When Frank Brown was born about 1878, in Tredworth, Gloucestershire, his father, Joseph, was 25 and his mother, Charlotte, was 21. He had three daughters between 1902 and 1906. He died in December 1946 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, at the age of 68.
In the 1891 census, Frank was 13 and living with his parents and family in Wellesley St Gloucester. He is shown as a “hawk boy”. His father was a bricklayer so maybe this was a term used at the time for the boy who filled the bricklayers hawk with mortar. The terms for an item used by a bricklayer to temporarily hold the mortar before it is lifted by trowel to lay the bricks is a ‘spot’. Plasterers use a ‘hawk’ but that is the item they hold in their hands containing the plaster before its applied to the walls so this a bit confusing. It’s clear though Frank was working in the building industry at this young age.
In the 1901 census, Frank now married to Rose is living at 1 back of 10 Johnson St., Nechells, Birmingham. A back to back Court House. He is a bricklayer. He is aged 23 and has no children.
In the 1911 census Frank is living 4 back of 145 Highfield Rd., Saltley. Another back to back Court House. He is shown as a ‘Widower’ aged 34. His wife, Rose, had died in 1908. According to the census he was married to 10 years, has 6 children, 3 of whom are still living. He is still a bricklayer, a worker for a builder.
Known Children of Frank Brown and his wife Rose:
- Violet Rose Brown 1903-;
- Elsie May Brown 1905-;
- Daisy Brown 1906-;
Frank died in December 1946 aged 68.
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