Biography of Emma THOMAS
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Emma Thomas was born on 19 April 1865 at Alma Terrace in Stone, Staffordshire, the eldest child of William and Sarah Thomas.
In 1871, the family were living in Old Road, Stone, Staffs, by which time Emma had two sisters. Ten years later, they were living at 13 Grey Friars Place in Stafford and the family comprised six girls and one boy, the boy, William, being the youngest. By that year, Emma was working in a shoe factory as a machinist.
The census of 1881 shows the family living at 13 Grey Friars Place in Stafford. Emma was living at 8 Lime Tree Avenue in Stafford when married Albert James Cook at the Presbyterian church in Stafford on Christmas Day 1886. The wedding was witnessed by Samuel Smith and Clara Bentley.
Their daughter Gertrude Bentley Cook was born at the house in Lime Tree Avenue on 25 September 1877. The name Bentley seems to have been after Clara Bentley who was probably a friend of Emma's from work and was also a machinist.
The family were living at 30 Devonshire Street in Leicester when Emma's husband Albert died on 22 July 1889, when their daughter, Gertrude, was less than two years old. They went to live with Emma's parents at 30a North Street in Stafford as shown in the census of 1891.
Emma and her daughter had moved to live with her parents at 5 Beacon Street in Wolverhampton before she married Alfred Dexter on 6 June 1891 at The Register Office at Wolverhampton. Her sister Ada was a witness at the wedding.
Their daughter Ada Louisa was born at 12 Southerland Place in Wolverhampton on 11 December 1892 and Annie at Market Place in Shepshed, Liecestershire on 26 October 1893. Doris was born at 22 Lovatt Street in Stafford on 20 February 1897 and son William Thomas on 30 June 1899 at 23 Ruby Street in Leicester. At the time the census of 1901 was taken, it shows them still living at 23 Ruby Street in Leicester, however, Emma's daughter Gertrude was living with her aunt Ada, Emma's sister, at that time. Alfred and Emma had two more sons, Harry born on 27 January 1902 at 79 Sylvan Street in Leicester and Alfred born on 17 January 1905 at 40 Marfith Street in Leicester.
Alfred and Emma had decided upon emigration so in September 1906, Albert sailed to Canada to find a place to establish themselves. On 13 June 1907, Emma and her children from her second marriage, sailed from Liverpool aboard the Dominion Line ship Southwark bound for Montreal and then on to Jamilton, Ontario.
Son Charles Hamilton Dexter was born in Hamilton, Ontario on 3 October 1908.
The couple had moved to Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio at some in the 1920's along with many of their children. Alfred died in 1927. Emma survived him and was living in City Park Avenue, Columbus and listed in the street directory as a Shoeworker when she died on 29 May 1942. She was buried in Green Lawn Cemetery.
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