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William Tose was born in Germany in c1819 (registered as a British subject) He died in1885.
In the 1881 census he was living at 7 Frederick St. South Shields. He married to Hannah Gray in 1849 in South Shields. They had five children:
William b.1854
Joseph Gray b1855
Robert b.1856
Hannah b.1857
Thomas Gray b.1859
Mary Ann b.1861

Click on the small image on the right to view enlarged photographs of the Tose family gravestone.

Number 7 Frederick St. today. The upper story brick bond suggests this may have been the original building. Although this is number 7 today, the street may have been re-numbered when a nearby  church was demolished. The building though would have been similar.

Advertisements in the local newspapers show a William Tose as being a ships chandler and sail maker, though this was probably his son William.

In the 1858 Christie's Shipping Register, Maritime Compendium and Commercial Advertiser, William Tose is listed as the owner of the Brigantine, 'Cactus'

CACTUS (1857-1867) Brigantine. Snow O.N. 22587 203 tons 87.9 x 25.4 x 14.5
1846 launched by J.T. Alcock, Sunderland Yard No. ? for his own account. 1851 sold to William Tose, South Shields. 1856 purchased by E.H. Watts, Blyth. 1857 transferred to Watts, Milburn & Co. 1867 sold to John Manners, Blyth. 7.2.1883 wrecked in mouth River Tyne.

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