William Hosbrough Hutton was born on 22 February 1843 in or near Hawnby on the North York Moors. He was the oldest son of John Hutton and Hannah Wedgewood who had him baptised on 2 April 1843 in Hawnby.

By the time of the birth of his sister Betsy the family had moved to Leeds. I haven’t found them on the 1851 Census but by the 1861 Census they were living at 18 Elmwood Street. John was joiner employing 1 man and William (16) was also a joiner and may have been the one man employed. Elmwood Street looks to have been in the Little London are of Leeds and housing on Elmwood Street seems to have been demolished at the end of the World War 2.

By the time of the 1871 Census the family had moved to 6 Newton Lane in Potter Newton. John and William were working as auctioneers, George and John (younger brothers) were auctioneer clerks.

The 1881 Census shows that they had moved again, they were now living at 73 Sholebrook Avenue. John is described as a “Retired Joiner” and William, now 38 years old and still unmarried, was a builder along with his younger brother George.

Gravestone for William Hosbrough Hutton