William White was born in Birmingham in about 1815. He married Susan Marsh at St Phillips Church on October 22 1834 and at the time of his marriage was living at Pope Street Birmingham where his wife and 3 children where living 7 years later according to the 1841 census (William however was nowhere to be found! .. Althouth there is a William Wait - Clerk present at a road off New Meeting Street staying with 5 other people without wives of a similar age, maybe he'd stayed overnight with some friends and left the wife at home with 3 small children?). 10 years later the family had moved to 17 Soho Street, Ladywood where William was working as a Clerk and Branch Postmaster a post he was to keep until 1871. In the Post office directory of this year the entry under Handsworth with Soho had William as a shopkeeper and Postmaster but the census entry for this year had him, now widowed, living with his 2 remaining children as a town traveller for a glass maker. He clearly lost his job in the Post Office and then struggled to find gainful employment as by 1881 he was unemployed living with his 2 daughters. His daughter Lucy married Alfred Roger Jephcott in the September quarter of 1885 (aged 33) and one can assume Emma and Lucy went to live with them as his last days were spent at 31 Monument Road the home of the Jephcotts and in the 1891 census Emma was living with them. At Monument Road on December 21 1890 William died of Bronchitis, with his son-in-law A. R. Jephcott present at the death; he was 76. Interestingly his occupation at death was a retired commercial traveller even though most of his life had been spent as a clerk.
Occupation, Clerk & Postmaster
Married Susan Marsh 22 October 1834 St Phillips Birmingham