NameFanny WILKES
Birth20 Sep 1875, Sedgley, Staffordshire, England
Baptism12 Oct 1875, Sedgley, Staffordshire, England
Death30 Aug 1941
FatherBenjamin Michael WILKES (~1834-<1891)
MotherFanny TIBBITS (~1835-)
Birth27 Jul 1828, Sedgley, Staffordshire, England6
Baptism10 Aug 1828, Sedgley, Staffordshire, England6
Death9 Jul 19016
Burial13 Jul 1901, Sedgley, Staffordshire, England6
FatherCharles Kemp HOMER (1795-1857)
MotherAnne Mary LEAKE (1793-1872)
Marriage17 Feb 1899, Castle Church, Staffordshire, England
ChildrenThomas Kemp (1900-1981)
Notes for Fanny WILKES
England Select Births and Christenings
Fanny Wilkes baptism October 12, 1875 Sedgley, Staffordshire, father Benjamin Michael Wilkes, mother Fanny

In the 1881 census civil parish of Sedgley at 88 Bilston Street .
Benjamin M.? Wilkes age 47 Labourer in Iron Works born Brettle Lane Worcestershire.
Wife Fanny Wilkes age 46, formerly Nail Maker, born Sedgley.
Son Thomas L. Wilkes, unmarried, age 24, labourer in Iron Works.
Daughter Ann M. Wilkes, unmarried, General Servant Domestic, age 21.
Mary R? Wilkes age 18 Labourer in brickyard.
Son David Wilkes age 15, Scholar.
Son Benjamin Wilkes age 11.
Daughter Fanny Wilkes, age 5.
All the children were born in Sedgley.

In the 1891 census 88 Bilston Street, Sedgley.
Fanny Wilkes age 57, widow, born Rowley Worc. [note the change from the 1881 census].
Son David Wilkes age 25, single, shoemaker, born Sedgley.
Son Benjamin Wilkes, single, age 21, Iron moulder, born Sedgley.
Daughter Fanny Wilkes age 15, single, born Sedgley.

Marriage listed in the January to March 1899 marriage index Frederick Augustus Homer and Fanny Wilkes, Stafford district, Staffordshshire, volume 6b page 21

In the 1911 census 5 Gibbons Road, Sedgley, Staffordshire, Dudley district.
Fanny Homer, widow, age 35, born Sedgley.
Son Thomas Kemp Homer, age 11, born Sedgley.
1 servant Phoebe Robbins,

Still living at Sedgley in 1920.

Daughter of Benjamin Wilkes of Sedgley.

National Probate Calendar
Fanny Homer of 36 Bradford-street Walsall Staffordshire widow died 30 August 1941 at Northampton Administration (with Will) Birmingham 3 November 1941 to Thomas Kemp Homer [son] medical practitioner. Effects 794 pounds 7 shillings and 6 pence.
Notes for Frederick Augustus (Spouse 1)
England and Wales Christening records, Frederick Augustus Homer, born July 27, 1828, christened August 10, 1828 at Sedgley, father Charles Homer, mother Ann Mary.

Educated at Stourport and Queen’s College, Birmingham

In the 1861 census living on Dudley Road
Frederick A Homer age 31, landed proprietor, born at Sedgley.
Wife Eliza Homer age 29, born at Roston, Nottingham.
Visitor Ann Homer, visitor, age 30, proprietor of house, Cumberland.
1 servant.
Civil parish Sedgley, ecclesiastical parish Upper Gornal, Staffordshire, registration district Dudley, sub district Sedgley.

from from Sedgley Sundries by Edward Naylor
1867, at the first election of the Upper sedgley Local Board, there were forty-five nominations for twenty seats and much interest in the contest. [11 names] F. A. Homer 285 [i.e. he was elected]

In the 1871 census “The Villa”, 17 Dudley Street, Sedgley, Staffordshire.
Head Frederick A. Homer, age 41, proprietor of lands and mines, born Sedgley, Staffordshire.
Wife Eliza Homer, age 39, born Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.
Daughter Alice Mary Lewis Homer, age 12, adopted child, born Worcester, Worcestershire.
Son Charles F. L. Homer, age 8, born Sedgley, Staffordshire.
Son John Twigg Homer, age 6, born Sedgley.
Son Frederick A. Homer, age 4, born Sedgley.
Daughter Ann Mary Homer, age 3, born Sedgley.
Son Paul A. Homer, age 2, born Sedgley.
3 servants. cook nurse and housemaid

Listed in the Upper Ten Thousand 1877
Homer, Frederick Augustus, J.P. Stafford: The Villa, Dudley at Sedgley

In the 1881 census living at “The Villa”, Dudley St., Sedgley, Stafford. Occupation listed as County Magistrate & Lay Preacher Of Church Of England.

In the 1891 census The Villa, Dudley Street, Sedgley, Staffordshire.
Frederick Augustus Homer age 62 Living on his own means, born Sedgley.
Wife Eliza Homer age 59 born Nottingham.
Son John Twigg Homer, single, age 25, born Sedgley.
Daughter Ann Mary Leake Homer, single, born Sedgley.
Daughter Martha Eliza Homer, single age 18, born Sedgley.
Servant Eliza Jane Dutton, cook age 27.
Mary Jane Wilkes, single age 21, housemaid, born Sedgley.

listed in the Kelly's 1896 Trade Directory for the Sedgley District
Homer Frederick Augustus esq. The Villa, Sedgley, Dudley
Homer Fredk. Augustus jp. The Villa

In the 1901 census Frederick A Homer living at 17 Dudley Street, Sedgley age 72 born in Sedgley is living on his own means.
He is living with his wife Fanny age 25,
son John Twigg Homer age 35,
daughter Martha Eliza age 28 and
son Thomas Homer age 1.
Also in the household are a cook and a housemaid.

Commissioner of the Peace and Alderman of the County Council of Staffordshire.

England death index, Frederick Augustus Homer, July to September 1901, age 72, Dudley, volume 6c page 31

Will dated 7 April 1900 proved at Lichfield 14 August 1901.

From Black Country Muse - Black Country Characters

Now here's a man who made himself quite unpopular, at least with the hardened drinkers of Sedgley. Frederick Augustus Homer, born in Sedgley in 1828, and saw both his elder brothers die from the effects of too much booze. Charles Homer, somehow managed to drive the horse he was riding, right through a large plate-glass window in Birmingham. Double vision no doubt. The other brother, Richard Homer, contrived to shoot himself while hunting, maybe he was in a confused state, and couldn't count how many barrels the Gun had. In any case, Frederick gave up drinking, and took the pledge. Preaching against poverty and drinking, he now devoted his life, to helping those in the parish less fortunate than himself. In 1862, at the tender age of 34, he founded, in Sedgley, a Mission and Ragged School. The Bull Ring, surrounded by many drinking dens, would never be the same again. Opposition was plentiful and vocal, but Frederick, undaunted, carried on with his work. Both the School and the Mission were a great success, on Sundays, the latter place was usually packed. On hot days, so the story goes, Frederick would go round the building, breaking windows to let in more air. Great pay days, for the local glazier and carpenter. His wife meanwhile, complimented his work, by training some of Sedgley's young girls in Domestic service, even finding them jobs. Frederick, a much loved and respected man, found time to serve on the local Council, and was made a Justice of the Peace as well. I wonder what some of the hardened drinkers were feeling, when they were put up before the bench for their mis-deeds, knowing his views on the subject. Some of them weren't above a bit of petty damage either, on one notable occasion, tearing down the notice board outside the Mission. Sometime in the 1870s, he also founded, The Sedgley Band of Hope, made up of mainly reformed miners, with a smart uniform to wear. As well as the religion and preaching temperance, he was an outspoken critic of the Truck System, and agitated for it's abolition. Frederick Augustus Homer died in 1901, a man greatly mourned by the population of Sedgley. Well, maybe not all of them, I'm sure there would have been a few quiet toasts drunk in many pubs, not all of them complimentary.
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The Times, London, England March 13, 1885
Queens Bench Division
Homer v Cadman
This was a special case stated by the stipendiary magistrate of Wolverhampton . . . On October 12 last the appe;;ant Homer, who was stated by his councel to be a temperance advocate and by the defendant to be a capatain of the Salvation Army, was charged under section 72 of the General Highway Act 1835, before the stipendiary magistrate, with having the unlawfully and wilfully obstructed the free passage of a certain highway, the Bull Ring, at Sedgley, in the county of Stafford. The whole of the Bull Ring is a public highway, and it is in the form of an irregular triangle, and situate at a spot at which six highways converge. On September 12 last Homer had marched into it at the head of a band, and had taken up position there upon a chair or stool, and addressed a crowd, numbering 150 to 200 persons, who collected round him and upon the highway in question for about an hour and a-half. During that time, as the case stated, no person could without considerable inconvenience and daqnger have either walked or driven across that part of the highway where Homer anf the crowd had been. There was, however, space outside the crowd, and between it and the footpath for vehicles or foot passemgers to have passed and repassed. It was contended before the magistrate that under these circumstances the present appellant had caused no obstruction within the meaning of section 72 of 5 and 6 William Iv., cap. 50, and that he had a right to hold the said meeting on the highway in question so long as had been a passage round the crowd for foot passengers, horses and vehicles.
[The magistrate convicted of an offence and fined him 1 shilling.]
[The conviction was confirmed.]
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