6 March 1894
Date of birth submitted by descendant of this line.
Q2 1894 - West Bromwich Vol 6b Page 802
Recorded birth of Agnes Smart
29 January 1916 St Michael's, Oldbury (Kings N. Vol 6d Page
Recorded marriage between Agnes Smart and James Busby
Agnes was born at 4
The Avenue, Handsworth, but lived most of her life in Smethwick (except
for the period 1916 to 1923, when she lived in Moilliett St, as did her
sister-in-law Phillis). After her husband James died in 1925, she
brought up her three children on her own (although her sister Amy and
brother-in-law Jack helped by looking after the children whilst Agnes
was at work). From 1923, she lived in the same house until the end of
her life (from 1945) with her daughter Evelyn and son-in-law Frank).
Agnes's early working career was at Baxters, the Parade, Birmingham
(national phone central 2036): a company that stocked and sold nuts,
bolts and screws. It is clear that Baxters was a family company,
supportive of its employees. There was an annual outing to the Baxters'
home in Worcestershire. It also participated in the Girls Friendly
Society scheme, and Agnes was in this scheme for 3 years until she got
married (the GFS was only for single women at that time).
the 'treble twenties' club (for those over 60) at St Marks church and
was a local community warden for Greenfield Rd, into her 80s. In
connection with this, she was interviewed about this by ABC television
(it is believed the programme was broadcast on 17th October 1965).
After she retired (from the MEB) at the age of 65, Agnes visited Canada
to see her sister Carrie (Caroline) and nephew (Joe Bradbury). She died
in Dudley Road Hospital in January 1986.
January 1986 Birmingham Warwickshire Vol 32 Page 1533
Recorded death of Agnes Busby (nee Smart) aged 91