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ID:429 John Marklew 1817-1873
Lisa's 4th Great Grandfather
Birth    1817 Whittington, Staffordshire
Death 18 SEP 1873 Brownhills (Harrisons) Colliery, Stafford, England
1817
John Marklew was born in 1817 in Whittington, Staffordshire. He was the son of Joseph and Sarah Marklew (nee Elson). 
27th May 1817 - Baptism
John was baptised at St Giles Church in Whittington. His father Joseph and mother Sarah are named on the church record.
1839
1st April 1839 - Marriage to Sarah Sunderland
John marries Sarah Sunderland, age 20,  at St Giles Church in Whittington. His father Joseph is named on the church records.
1841
6th June 1841 - 1841 Census for 'Brownhills, Norton Canes'  
Staffordshire Norton Canes District 5: that part of the parish of Norton which lies to the South of the Watling Street Road including all houses on the South side of the said district, including Little Wyrley.
Name             
Age     Est YOB Gender   Birth County   Occupation
John Marklew 20 1821      Male       Staffordshire   Brickmaker
Sarah Marklew   20    1821 Female Staffordshire  
We can see that John, a brickmaker,  lived with his wife Sarah. Directly above them on the census (next door) are Johns parents  Joseph and Sarah and siblings Joseph,15, Samuel, 11.The area seems to be what is now known as Brownhills West.
1843
John and Sarah have daughter Mary in 1843.
19th Nov 1843 - Daughter Mary's Baptism
Mary is baptised at St James Church, Norton Canes.
John and Sarah are present on the church records.
1847
John and Sarah have daughter Betty in late 1846.
3rd January 1847 - Daughter Betty's Baptism
Betty is baptised at St James Church, Norton Canes.
John and Sarah are present on the church records.
1848
John and Sarah have son John around mid 1848.
15th October 1848 - Son John's Baptism
John Jr is baptised at St James Church, Norton Canes.
John and Sarah are present on the church records.
1851
30th March 1851 - 1851 Census for 'Brownhills, Norton Canes'  
Name                 
Relationship    Age     Est YOB Gender   Birth County           Occupation
Staffordshire Norton Canes District 8b: that part of the parish of Norton which lies to the South of the Watling Street Road comprising the Fleur de Lys, Little Wyrley, Wyrley Hays, part of Brownhills with all the houses on the South side of the Watling Street Road.
John Marklew    Head             35        1816       Male      Whittington, Staffs   Coal Miner
Sarah Marklew Wife 30 1821 Female Brownhills, Staffs  
Mary Marklew Daughter 8 1843 Female Brownhills, Staffs  
Betty Marklew Daughter 4 1847 Female Brownhills, Staffs  
John Marklew Son 2 1849 Male Brownhills, Staffs  
Joseph Johnson Adopted Son 13 1838 Male Whittington, Staffs  
We can see that John lived with his family in what we think is the Brownhills West area. He has also adopted a son, 13, Joseph Johnson from Whittington but we still have to find out who Joseph was and how he came to be adopted between 1841 and 1851.
1859
1859 - 1871 John becomes Landlord of The Railway Inn, Pelsall
The Railway Tavern was previously known as The Railway Inn and started out as a beer-house in the mid 1850's. The first landlord was Edward Seedhouse who was a local coal miner from Norton Canes. Edward like most of the landlords in Brownhills was taken to court in 1858 for having Jugs and Cups that gave short measure, he was found guilty and fined 5 shillings. He shortly left The Tavern and went to live on the Watling Street and became a leading mine bailiff. The Inn was taken over in 1859 by a John Marklew also a coal miner, he came from Whittington. The first full time landlord was John Jones who took over in 1871.  
After serving the locals for more than 140 years, sadly The Railway Tavern became a victim of the degree of abstinence that fell over Brownhills in the early 1900's. Even though the licensing laws had been relaxed to allow 'all day drinking', like so many pubs The Tavern found it difficult to make a profit. Property developers looking for land to build new houses on, seized upon the chance to acquire inexpensive public houses with their large car parks very cheaply and were able to build many small houses on the sites. The Tavern was demolished in October 1993 and was replaced with houses.
1861
7th April 1861 - 1861 Census for 'Wolverhampton Road, Ogley Hay, Staffordshire'  
Name                 
Relationship    Age     Est YOB Gender   Birth County                 Occupation                   
John Marklew     Head                40        1821       Male       Whittington, Staffs Coal Miner & Victualler
Sarah Marklew Wife 40 1821 Female Norton Canes, Staffs  
Mary Marklew Daughter 16 1845 Female Norton Canes, Staffs Straw Bonnet Maker
Betty Marklew Daughter 15 1846 Female Norton Canes, Staffs Scholar
John Marklew Son 14 1847 Male Norton Canes, Staffs Scholar
Emma Poxon Servant 20 1841 Female Norton Canes, Staffs General Servant
John took over The Railway Inn, Pelsall in 1859 (see above)
1862
3rd November 1862 - Witness at daughter Marys wedding
John is witness to his daughter, Mary's marriage to William Thacker at Ogley Hay, Brownhills
1871
2 April 1871- 1871 Census for 'Watling Street, Norton Canes, Ogley Hay, Staffordshire' - near to Crown Inn 
Name                            
Relationship    Age     Est YOB Gender   Birth County                 Occupation           
John Marklew     Head                53        1818       Male       Brownhillls, Staffs        Miner                    
Sarah Marklew Wife 53 1818 Female Brownhills, Staffs  
John Marklew Son 23 1848 Male Brownhills, Staffs Miner
Charles Hanslow Lodger 33 1838 Male Brownhills, Staffs Miner
Betty Hanslow Wife 25 1846 Female Brownhills, Staffs  
John Thomas Hanslow Son 4 1867 Male Brownhills, Staffs  
Mary Hanslow Daughter 1 1870 Female Brownhills, Staffs  
Lodging with the family is John and Sarahs daughter Betty, and her husband Charles Hanslow and their children.
1873
18th September 1873 - Johns Death
John was a pickman at Brownhills Colliery ( W Harrisons) and tragically died in an accident where he fell from the roof between tow props feet apart.