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Massey Family

Origins

The surnames Massey, Massy, Massie and Macey have pre-8th century French origins, and were introduced to England following the Norman conquest. They have two possible origins, the first being a short form of the Roman personal name “Massius” - itself a form of Matthew. The second and more likely origin is a place name in Normandy (which furnished the bulk of Duke William‘s troops), such as Macey, Massy or Macé. 

The earliest record of the surname in England concerns the grant of land to Hamo de Masci in 1086 for his part in the Battle of Hastings. Part of his grant was the manor of Dunham in Cheshire, which subsequently became known as Dunham Massey and was the seat of the lords of Dunham. This titled Massey line died out in the 14th century, but shows the spelling most commonly found in Cheshire.

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First generation
Thomas Massey 1641
Thomas Massey

The starting point of our Massey family is Thomas Massey, who was born in Walton, Cheshire and baptised at All Saints' Church in nearby Daresbury on 8 September 1641. The parish records for this period at Daresbury unfortunately just give the names of the children baptised and not those of their parents, and no other Massey children were baptised in Daresbury around this time.  

Thomas married Mary Tayler in St Mary-on-the-Hill's Church, Chester on 21 January 1677 and the couple spent their married life in Hatton, about a mile from Daresbury where their six children were baptised:

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John Massey
Samuel Massey
Hannah Massey
Edmund Massey
Maria Massey
Thomas Massey

(1678-?)
(1681-?)
(1685-1745)
(1691-1728)
(1695-?)
(1699-1785)


m. Elizabeth Dunbabin, 1724

Thomas was buried in Daresbury on 30 September 1722

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Second generation
Thomas Massey 1699
Thomas Massey

Thomas Massey, youngest child of Thomas Massey and Mary Tayler, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 12 August 1699. His wife, Elizabeth Dunbabin, was also from Hatton, but the couple married in All Saints' Church, Runcorn on 22 December 1724. She was baptised in Daresbury on 16 January 1690, and her father was John Dunbabin.

Thomas and Elizabeth had two known children:

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Thomas Massey
Thomas Massey

(1725-1728)(1733-1820)


m. Elizabeth Jones, 1757

Elizabeth was buried in Daresbury on 22 March 1763 and Thomas on 17 March 1785.

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Third generation
Thomas Massey 1733
Thomas Massey

Thomas Massey, son of Thomas Massey and Elizabeth Dunbabin, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 14 October 1733. As frequently happened at the time, he was given the same name as an older brother who had died as a young child.  He became a farmer in Hatton and married Elizabeth Jones in All Saints Church, Runcorn 1757. The couple had five children, all baptised in Daresbury:

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Sarah Massey
John MasseyThomas Massey
Ellen Massey
Mary Massey

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(1760-1837)
(1763-1763)
(1768-?)
(1775-1776)


m. Sarah Nichols, 1785

Elizabeth died in Hatton on 14 January 1786, and was buried in Daresbury. Thomas was buried there on 28 March 1820.

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Fourth generation
John Massey 1760
John Massey

John Massey, second child of Thomas Massey and Elizabeth Jones, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 6 July 1760. He worked as a labourer (probably on a farm) and married Sarah Nichols in St Mary & All Saints Church, Great Budworth on 27 January 1785. Sarah was baptised in Daresbury on 1 November 1767, and was the daughter of Charles Nichols, a husbandman, and his wife Alice Houghton.

 

John and Sarah had thirteen children, all born in Hatton and baptised in Daresbury.

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Sally Massey
Betty Massey
Ellen Massey
John Massey
Thomas Massey
Miriam Massey
Mary Ann Massey
Sophia Massey
Joseph Massey
Samuel Massey
James Massey
William Massey
Hannah Massey

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(1790-1876)
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m. William Antrobus, 1812
m. Mary Johnson, 1818

m. Thomas Hinton, 1812
m. Thomas Unsworth, 1826
m. William Radley, 1818
m. Maria Kenham, 1825

m. Martha Helsby, 1841

John died in Acton Grange and was buried in Daresbury on 21 June 1837.

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Fifth generation
Ellen Massey 1788
Ellen Massey

Ellen Massey, third child of John Massey and Sarah Nichols, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 12 October 1788. She married William Antrobus, a wheelwright, in St Elphin's Church, Warrington on 30 June 1812 and the couple had five children, all born in Warrington:

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Sarah Antrobus
William Antrobus
John Antrobus
Ann Antrobus
Thomas Antrobus

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(1817-1854)
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m. Thomas Langley, 1837
m. Margaret Shimmin, 1838

William died before 1841 and Ellen lived for a while with her married son William in Wavertree, and later with her younger brother Joseph and his family in Everton. She died in Liverpool and was buried in Daresbury on 20 August 1862.

John Massey 1790
John Massey

John Massey, fourth child and oldest son of John Massey and Sarah Nichols, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 14 March 1790. He spent his working life as an agricultural labourer in or near Daresbury and married Mary Johnson in St Mary & All Saints Church, Great Budworth on 5 July 1818. The couple had one daughter:

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Sarah Massey

(1821-1823)

Mary died at the age of 24 and was buried in Daresbury on 6 March 1823; her daughter died less than two months later.

John then married Catherine Bennett in All Saints Church, Runcorn on 5 April 1825. Catherine was born in Hatton and baptised in Daresbury on 21 November 1802, and was the daughter of Richard Bennett and his wife Betty Haddock. John had nine children with his second wife, all born in Acton Grange and baptised in Daresbury:
 

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Samuel Massey
Sarah Massey
Catherine Massey
Richard Massey
Ellen Massey
Mary Massey
Thomas Massey
Joseph Massey
Hannah Massey

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m. Ann Webster, 1846
m. Henry Lawton, 1856

 

m. Thomas Baxter, 1857
m. Margaret Grimes, 1859
m. Alice Lawson, 1860
m. John Clare, 1859

Catherine died in Acton Grange and was buried in Daresbury on 4 January 1866.  John was buried there on 2 May 1876.

Mary Ann Massey 1796
Mary Ann Massey

Mary Ann Massey, daughter of John Massey and Sarah Nichols, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 28 February 1796. She married Thomas Unsworth, a tinplate worker, in the same church on 30 January 1826 and had eight children, all born in Warrington:

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Elizabeth Unsworth
Henry Unsworth
William Unsworth
Mary Anne Unsworth
Thomas Unsworth
Charlotte Unsworth
John Unsworth
Joseph Unsworth

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m. Jane Thomason, 1847

 


m. Eliza Battersby, 1856

m. Sarah Ann Gulliver, 1869
m. Jane Parkyn, 1880

Mary Ann died in Warrington in 1849, and soon afterwards Thomas moved to Manchester, where he remarried and had three more children. He died in Manchester in 1872

Sophia Massey 1798
Sophia Massey

Sophia Massey, daughter of John Massey and Sarah Nichols, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 4 March 1798. She married William Radley, a carter, in St Elphin's Church, Warrington on 29 December 1818. The couple lived initially in Warrington, where their first three children were born, before moving to Liverpool in the late 1820s. They had eleven children, four of whom died young:

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Sarah Radley
Sophia Radley
Elizabeth Radley
Ann Radley
William Radley
John Radley
Sophia Radley
Sarah Radley
Martha Radley
Eliza Radley
Ellen Radley

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(1825-1899)
(1828-1892)
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(1834-1911)
(1836-1894)
(1838-1904)
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m. William Bell, 1850
m. John Woodall, 1850

m. Eleanor Oakes Goodrum, 1853
m. George Shem Willings, 1855
m. John McKay, 1875
m. John Blackburn, 1862
m. Peter Joseph Matthews, 1869

Sophia and William both died in Liverpool in 1880.

Joseph Massey 1799
Joseph Massey

Joseph Massey, son of John Massey and Sarah Nichols, was born in Hatton on 28 December 1799 and baptised in St Luke’s Church, Lower Whitley on 8 February 1800. Like several of his siblings, he moved to Liverpool where he worked as a labourer and married Maria Kenham in St Peter’s Church on 29 August 1825. They had five children:

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(1826-?)
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(1834-1898)
(1837-1918)

m. Elizabeth
m. John Leyland, 1849

m. Margaret Dagnall, 1853
m. Elizabeth Mary Wood, 1861

The Liverpool Constabulary was established in February 1836, and Joseph must have joined up very early in its existence, because by 1841 he had already become an inspector of police, and this remained his occupation until his death.

The 1851 census shows Joseph’s widowed sister "Ellen Massey" living with the family: his sister Ellen was indeed widowed by 1851, but her married surname was Antrobus, so “Massey” is preumably an error.

Maria died of bronchitis on 6 February 1853, and Joseph married Eliza Jane Copeland, an Irishwoman from Belfast, in St Peter's Church, Liverpool on 1 January 1855. He had five more children with Eliza:
 

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m. William Alfred Newman, 1881
m. Helen Jane Morrison, 1889
m. Blanche Winifred Bankes, 1892
m. Ada Gwynne Sancto, 1896

Joseph died of consumption in Everton on 3 October 1873.

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Sixth generation
Sarah Antrobus 1815
Sarah Antrobus

Sarah Antrobus, oldest child of William Antrobus and Ellen Massey, was baptised in St Elphin’s Church, Warrington on 27 August 1815 and had moved to Liverpool with her family by the late 1830s. She married Thomas Langley, an engineer, in Walton on the Hill on 19 October 1837 and had two children:

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Hannah Langley
Thomas Langley

(1840-1907)
(1842-1914)

m. Charles George West, 1861
m. Isabella Robinson Bromley, 1868

The family lived for some years with Thomas' parents in Liverpool, remaining there after Thomas' death in 1849 at the age of 34.


Later Sarah lived with her married daughter Hannah, and died in Liverpool in 1900 at the age of 85, having outlived her husband by over fifty years.

William Antrobus 1817
William Antrobus

William Antrobus, son of William Antrobus and Ellen Massey, was baptised in St Elphin’s Church, Warrington on 5 January 1817 and married Margaret Shimmin in St Mark’s Church, Liverpool on 7 June 1838. Margaret was born in about 1814 in the Isle of Man. They had five children:

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m. Jane Ann Farmer, 1867
m. Emily Williams, 1862

m. John Stewart Lewis, 1864
m. James Hannon, 1887

The family moved to Birkenhead in the late 1840s, and William worked as a servant there; after his death, Margaret worked as a cook in the Castle Hotel on Chester Street.

William died in Liverpool in 1854 and Margaret in 1874: in 1871 she was living in Liverpool Workhouse.

Samuel Massey 1826
Samuel Massey

Samuel Massey, oldest son of John Massey and his second wife Catherine Bennett, was born in Acton Grange and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 19 March 1826. The 1841 census shows him living with his maternal grandparents, Richard and Catherine Bennett, probably as an apprentice or assistant to Richard, who was a shoemaker, because Samuel would follow the trade of boot and shoe maker for nearly all his adult life. He married Ann Webster in Daresbury on 19 December 1846, and had six children:

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(1851-1942)
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(1855-1855)
(1857-1891)

 

m. Samuel Houghton, 1870
m. Leonard Rawling, 1873
m. Charlotte Ann Woods, 1882

m. David Dunbabin, 1874

Ann died at the age of 35 and was buried in Daresbury on 31 August 1858.

Samuel then married Mary Robinson in Daresbury on 3 April 1860, and had eight more children. Mary was a young widow who had previously been married to Thomas Harrison.  
 

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Richard Robinson Massey
Elizabeth Massey
Thomas Massey
Lucy Massey
Clara Massey
Louisa Massey

Samuel Massey
Arthur Massey

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(1865-1938)
(1867-?)
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(1872-1872)
(1873-1951)

m. Alice Eliza Smith, 1882

m. Martha Bedrick, 1883

 

m. Ada Mary Hallas, 1905

Towards the end of his life, Samuel turned from shoemaking to market gardening, possibly alongside his son Richard, who also worked as a gardener. He died in Lower Walton on 4 July 1900.

Sarah Massey 1827
Sarah Massey

Sarah Massey, daughter of John Massey and his second wife Catherine Bennett, was born in Acton Grange and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 28 December 1827. By the age of 13, she was “in service”, like most of her sisters and female cousins. She married Henry Lawton in Daresbury on 30 December 1856 and the couple settled in Moore where their six children were born:

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Ellen Lawton
Sarah Jane Lawton
Henry Lawton
Isaac Lawton
Annie Lawton
John Lawton

(1858-1951)
(1859-1935)
(1861-1941)
(1863-1950)
(1865-1958)
(1869-1874)


m. James Cartwright, 1887
m. Mary Pickering, 1886
m. Mary Johnson, 1891
m. Frank Shaw, 1893

Henry was an agricultural labourer for virtually all his working life, finally rising at the age of 73 to be “overlooker” on the Moore Hall estate.

 

Sarah died in Moore at the age of 70, and was buried in Daresbury on 30 July 1898. Henry was buried there on 2 January 1905.

Mary Massey 1835
Mary Massey

Mary Massey, daughter of John Massey and his second wife Catherine Bennett, was born in Acton Grange and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 9 March 1835. She worked as a domestic servant as a young woman and married Thomas Baxter, an agricultural labourer, in All Saints Church, Runcorn on 13 December 1857. The couple lived for many years in Lower Walton, where all their nine children were born, but later moved to Warrington.

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John James Baxter
William Baxter
Richard Baxter
Kate Elizabeth Baxter
George Thomas Baxter
Louisa Baxter
Joseph Baxter
Mary Baxter
Mary Jane Baxter

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m. Florence Thompson, 1884
m. Phillis Letitia Rosewarne, 1887
m. Albert Edward Atkinson, 1892
m. Mary Ellen Wilkinson, 1888
m. William Henry Barley, 1893

 


m. Walter Bonnell, 1902

Thomas died in Warrington in 1901 and Mary in 1916.

Thomas Massey 1837
Thomas Massey

Thomas Massey, son of John Massey and his second wife Catherine Bennett, was born in Acton Grange and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 5 February 1837. He spent most of his life working with horses, either as a coachman, a groom or a horse keeper. He married Margaret Grimes in St Wilfrid’s Church, Grappenhall on 1 November 1859 and had ten children:

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Martha Ann Massey

Prudence Massey
Arthur Nathan Massey
Margaret Massey
Lucinda Massey
Thomas Massey
Vanda Massey
Alice Massey
Edward Massey
Joseph Massey
Catherine Massey

(1860-1932)

(1862-1863)
(1863-?)
(1865-?)
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(1871-1941)
(1873-1944)
(1875-1923)
(1876-1945)

m. Henry Buxton, 1884


m. Constance Annie Dutton, 1894

m. William Henry Rudge, 1892
m. Mary Ellen Sankey, 1897

m. John Massey, 1897
m. Elizabeth Ann Hinds, 1900
m. Ada Charlotte Calverley, 1900
m. James Raybould, 1897

Margaret died in Warrington in 1890 and Thomas in 1903.

Joseph Massey 1839
Joseph Massey

Joseph Massey, son of John Massey and his second wife Catherine Bennett, was born in Acton Grange and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 12 May 1839. At the age of 11, he is recorded on the 1851 census as an errand boy, and then worked for several years as a coachman before finally working on the railways. He married Alice Lawson at St Wilfrid’s Church, Grappenhall on 4 December 1860 and had six children:

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Joseph Massey

Thomas Massey
Mary Alice Massey
Edith Massey
William Lawson Massey
Harry Massey

(1861-1942)
(1863-1864)
(1865-1949)
(1867-1934)
(1868-1945)
(1872-1872)

m. Eliza Barker, 1887

m. William Clarke, 1887
m. Samuel Powell, 1895
m. Mary Jane Jackson, 1897

Joseph died in Willaston at the age of 60 and was buried in Wybunbury on 3 August 1899. On the 1911 census, Alice was living with her married daughter Edith in Birmingham, and her name was recorded as “Mary Alice”; her death was probably also registered in this name in Birmingham the following year.

Hannah Massey 1841
Hannah Massey

Hannah Massey, youngest child of John Massey and his second wife Catherine Bennett, was born in Acton Grange on 14 June 1861 and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 25 July 1841. At the age of 18, she married John Clare in Farnworth (near Prescot) on 30 December 1859. John, a gardener, was born in Rostherne in 1838. Hannah and John had twelve children, most of whom were born in Acton Grange:

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(1885-1974)

m. Mary Radburn, 1884
m. Albert Ashton, 1883
m. Thomas Fazakerley, 1887

m. Elizabeth Ellen Shaw, 1890
m. Samuel Wilson, 1894

m. William Anthony Osborne, 1897
m. Jane Elizabeth Lightfoot, 1900
m. William McIntyre, 1904
m. Matilda Hammersley, 1902
m. George Caley, 1906

The family moved from Acton Grange to Widnes and then to Warrington, where John died in 1895 and Hannah in 1925.

Henry Unsworth 1828
Henry Unsworth

Henry Unsworth, second child of Thomas Unsworth and Mary Ann Massey, was born in Warrington and baptised in St Elphin’s Church there on 5 October 1828. He was a tinplate worker like his father, and married Jane Thomason in St Paul’s Church, Warrington on 3 November 1847. The couple lived in Warrington for a couple of years and then moved to Manchester, where five of their seven children were born:

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Mary Ann Unsworth
Elizabeth Unsworth
Mary Ann Unsworth
Henry Edward Unsworth
Charlotte Unsworth
Jane Ann Unsworth
Charlotte Unsworth

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m. Richard Newell, 1879

Henry died in Manchester in 1864 at the early age of 32, and Jane subsequently married William Cowsill in Manchester Cathedral on 29 August 1869. William, a smith’s striker,  was a widower with two surviving sons from his first marriage. Jane died in Manchester in 1885.

Thomas Unsworth 1834
John Unsworth 1840
Thomas Unsworth

Thomas Unsworth, son of Thomas Unsworth and Mary Ann Massey,  was born in Warrington and baptised in St Elphin’s Church there on 9 March 1834. He moved to Manchester with his family as a small child, and like his father and several brothers worked in the tinplate industry for all his working life. He married Eliza Battersby in Manchester Cathedral on 11 May 1856 and had ten children:

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(1878-1968)
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m. Mary Ann Pickering, 1879
m. Elizabeth Parker, 1885
m. Samuel Hewitt, 1886
m. Josiah Alsop, 1885
m. Elizabeth Alice Higginbotton, 1890


m. Phoebe Harrison, 1896

m. John William Statham, 1898

Eliza died in Droylsden in 1896 and Thomas in Manchester in 1903.

John Unsworth

John Unworth, son of Thomas Unsworth and Mary Ann Massey,  was born in Warrington and baptised in St Elphin’s Church there on 19 April 1840. After moving to Manchester with his family as a child he became a tinplate worker like his father and brothers, and married Sarah Ann Gulliver in Manchester Cathedral on 17 July 1869. They had three children before John’s early death in Manchester in 1874:

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William Henry Unsworth
Frank Unsworth
Elizabeth Unsworth

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(1871-1940)
(1872-?)


m. Jane Weild, 1894
m. John Mason, 1896

Sarah subsequently married John Fitzgerald, a forgeman, in St Michael’s Church, Toxteth Park on 22 January 1877, and had six more children in Manchester.

Joseph Unsworth 1843
Joseph Unsworth

Joseph Unsworth, son of Thomas Unsworth and Mary Ann Massey, was born in Warrington and baptised in St Elphin’s Church there on 23 April 1843. He became a carriage trimmer and married Mary Ogden in Manchester Cathedral on 28 August 1864. They had one daughter:

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(1872-1947)

m. Fred Holland, 1894

Mary probably died when Martha was just a few months old and was buried at Philips Park Cemetery on 26 December 1872, although her age on the burial record is inconsistent. 

Joseph moved away from the area following Mary's death, and married Jane Parkyn in St Blazey, Cornwall in 1880. The couple lived in Swindon for a while before moving to Bristol. They had one daughter:

 

 

 

m. Joseph Lancey Golding, 1907

(1882-1957)

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Joseph died in Bristol in 1907.

Elizabeth Radley 1825
Elizabeth Radley

Elizabeth Radley, oldest surviving child of William Radley and Sophia Massey, was born in Warrington and baptised in St Elphin’s Church on Christmas Day 1825. She moved to Liverpool with her family as a small child, and married William Bell in St John the Baptist’s Church, Toxteth Park in 1850.  William was a sail maker, and may have spent some time at sea as he does not seem to be on the 1851 census.

William and Elizabeth had six children:

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Elizabeth Sophia Bell

Thomas William Bell

Mary Bell
Esther Sophia Bell
John Theodore Bell
George Albert Bell

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(1867-?)

m. John Carson, 1879

m. Jeannie Orr Gatherer, 1899
m. Sarah Davies, 1890

William died in Liverpool in 1887 and Elizabeth in 1899.

 

Ann Radley 1828
Ann Radley

Ann Radley, daughter of William Radley and Sophia Massey, was born in Toxteth Park on 17 May 1828 and baptised in St Michael’s Church on 20 July 1828. She married John Woodall, a clerk from Yorkshire, in St Clement’s Church, Toxteth Park on 9 September 1850 and had nine children:

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Esther Sophia Woodall
William Radley Woodall
Frances Ann Woodall
Fanny Woodall
Sophia Woodall
Alfred Woodall
Peter Frederick Woodall
Amy Woodall

Amy Woodall

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m. Emma Woods McKnight, 1877

m. William Groves Askew, 1878
m. Peter Blackburn, 1882

m. Ann Allen, 1891


m. William Ernest Gage, 1890

John died in Liverpool in 1881 and Ann lived for a while with her married daughter Fanny. She died in Liverpool in 1892.

 

John Radley 1831
John Radley

John Radley, son of William Radley and Sophia Massey, was born in Toxteth Park and baptised in St Michael's Church on 11 December 1831. In his youth he worked mainly in labouring jobs, and he married Eleanor Oakes Goodrum, a young woman from Norfolk, in St Nicholas’ Church, Liverpool on 30 March 1853. John later became a watchman, and the 1871 census states that he had lost his right arm, which may explain the change of job. The couple had eight children:

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William Radley
George Radley
Sophia Radley
John Radley
Harry Radley
Sophia Radley
Alfred Radley
William Radley

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m. Lizzie Forbes, 1875

m. William James Prior, 1884
m. Elizabeth Agnes Green, 1885
m. Beatrice Fairbairn, 1894

John died in Liverpool in 1872 at the early age of 40, and Eleanor subsequently married John James Sharman, a porter, in St George’s Church, Everton on 22 March 1880. She died in Liverpool in 1928.

Sophia Radley 1834
Sophia Radley

Sophia Radley, daughter of William Radley and Sophia Massey, was born in Toxteth Park and baptised in St Michael's Church on 2 March 1834. She worked as a house servant as a young girl before marrying George Shem Willings, a druggist, at St Bride’s Church, Liverpool on 28 January 1855: both partners were under age and married “with consent”. By 1871 George had become a licensed victualler, and later censuses refer to him as a brewer.  

 

Sophia and George had four children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Thomas Radley Willings
Sophia Elizabeth Willings
George Stanley Willings
Frederick William Willings

(1855-1910)
(1857-1858)
(1859-1923)
(1861-1899)

m. Lucy Ann Clarke, 1875

m. Margaret Kieren, 1881
m. Alice Smith, 1887

George died in Liverpool in 1904 and Sophia in 1911.

 

Martha Radley 1838
Martha Radley

Martha Radley, daughter of William Radley and Sophia Massey, was born in Toxteth Park and baptised in St Michael's Church on 11 March 1838. She married John Blackburn, a butcher, in St Peter’s Church, Everton on 2 September 1862 and had nine children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

Peter Blackburn
William Blackburn
Frederick John Blackburn
Amy Blackburn
Mary Annie Blackburn
Sophia Blackburn

Edith Blackburn

John Blackburn
John Blackburn

(1863-1929)
(1864-1936)
(1866-1945)
(1868-1936)
(1870-?)
(1871-1939)

(1874-1874)

(1875-1875)
(1879-?)

m. Sophia Woodall, 1882
m. Mary Ellen Milroy, 1893
m. Sarah Elizabeth Barkley, 1900
m. George Hulatt, 1899
m. Arthur Frederick Percy Smith, 1894
m. Gilbert Etheridge, 1892

On later censuses, John (alone or with Martha) combines the jobs of butcher and beer seller - a slightly strange combination by today’s standards!

Martha died in Wavertree on 1 October 1904 and John died in Rainhill on 24 December 1904.

 

Maria Massey 1829
Maria Massey

Maria Massey, daughter of Joseph Massey and his first wife Maria Kenham, was born in Liverpool and baptised in St Peter's Church on 1 February 1829. She married John Leyland, a porter, at St Philip’s Church, Liverpool on 9 December 1849 and the couple lived with John’s family for some time immediately after their marriage. They had two sons:

1.

2.

(1850-1937)
(1861-1900)

m. Mary Ann Howell, 1873
m. Alice Spencer, 1890

Maria died in Liverpool in 1885, and in early 1901 John was living with his widowed daughter-in-law Alice and her family.  He died in Liverpool later that year.

 

Francis Kenham Massey
Francis Kenham Massey

Francis Kenham Massey, son of Joseph Massey and his first wife Maria Kenham, was born in Liverpool and baptised in St Peter's Church on 14 September 1834. On the 1851 census he was recorded as an apprentice shoe maker living with his uncle John Massey in Acton Grange, Cheshire - probably learning the trade from his older cousin Samuel, who in turn most likely learned it from his maternal grandfather Richard Bennett.

Francis married Margaret Dagnall at St John’s Church Liverpool on 27 September 1853 and had seven children. Several of the children do not appear to have been baptised as infants: the two oldest daughters were baptised aged 24 and 18 respectively, following their own marriages.
 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

(1854-1904)
(1857-1942)
(1860-1946)
(1863-1942)
(1865-1914)
(1868-1942)
(1875-?)

m. William Morris, 1876
m. William Johnson Briscoe, 1873
m. James Barlow, 1884
m. Charles Davies, 1883
m. Rachel Parry, 1892
m. Charlotte Ann Simmons, 1893
m. Alfred Brown, 1892

The 1891 census shows Margaret as “married”, living in Everton with her two youngest children, while there is a rather doubtful entry for “Frank” Massey, a married shoemaker, lodging in Everton not far away, although his stated age is considerably younger than it ought to be. Francis probably died in Liverpool in 1898, although here again the age given on the death index is problematic. Margaret lived with her married daughter Georgina for several years, and died in Liverpool in 1914.

 

Charles Massey 1837
Charles Massey

Charles Massey, son of Joseph Massey and his first wife Maria Kenham, was born in Liverpool and baptised in St Peter's Church on 13 July 1837. He became a watchmaker, and on the 1861 census is recorded living in Ludlow, Shropshire with Samuel Wood and his family, including Samuel’s father, another watchmaker. Charles married Samuel's daughter Elizabeth Mary Wood in Ludlow register office on 19 July 1861 and had five children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Charles Samuel Massey
John Joseph Massey
Ernest Willie Massey
Kate Elizabeth Ann Massey
Samuel George Massey

(1862-1946)
(1863-1948)
(1867-1923)
(1868-?)
(1870-1939)

m. Miranda Mary Hannah De Sallis Mortimore, 1894
m. Ada Hunt, 1895
m. Elizabeth Mary Francies, 1894
m. William Ansell, 1901
m. Marion Hart, 1899

The family moved from Ludlow to Hereford, and later to Kings Norton in Worcestershire.

By 1891, Charles was living apart from the rest of his family in Kings Norton Workhouse, where he remained until his death on 16 May 1918. Elizabeth was living with two of her unmarried children in 1891, but on the 1901 census she is listed as a “lunatic” in Rubery Hill Asylum, Kings Norton, and she died there later that year on 23 May 1901.
 

Emma Jane Massey 1857
Emma Jane Massey

Emma Jane Massey, daughter of Joseph Massey and his second wife Eliza Jane Copeland, was born in Liverpool on 28 February 1857 and baptised in St Peter’s Church there on 13 April 1857.  She worked as a machinist, and married William Alfred Newman in St Peter’s Church, Everton on 28 March 1881. William was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in about 1854 and was a mariner - his oldest son’s marriage record later stated that William was a ship’s steward.

 

Emma and William had three children:

1.

2.

3.

Frederick William Newman
Gertrude Isabella Newman
John Alfred Newman

(1882-?)
(1884-?)
(1890-1979)

m. Susannah Williams, 1909
m. Isaac Howard, 1914

There seems to be no record of the family on the 1891 census, but by 1901 Emma had apparently been widowed, and was working as a laundress. She died in Liverpool in 1914.

William John Massey 1859
William John Massey

William John Massey, son of Joseph Massey and his second wife Eliza Jane Copeland, was born in Liverpool on 26 April 1859 and baptised in St Peter’s Church on 12 June 1859. He worked for the post office, first as a letter carrier, and later as a sorting clerk, and he married Helen Jane Morrison at St Bride’s Church, Liverpool on 1 September 1889. They lived with Helen’s family when they were first married, and her unmarried siblings lived with them for many years.

William and Helen had one daughter:
 

1.

Bertha Louise Lewis Massey

(1891-1953)

m. Ernest Dugdale Roden, 1935

William died in Liverpool on 30 August 1934 and Helen died there in 1945.

George Heny Massey 1862
George Henry Massey

George Henry Massey, son of Joseph Massey and his second wife Eliza Jane Copeland, was born in Liverpool on 5 September 1862 and baptised in St Peter's Church on 2 January 1863. As a young man he worked as a gentleman’s groom, but later became a ship’s steward, and is absent from most of the census returns. He married Blanche Winifred Banks at St Michael’s Church, Toxteth Park on 16 October 1892 and had one son:

1.

George Alexander Massey

(1893-1915)

George Alexander Massey joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on 8 July 1912, and immediately war was declared he was assigned to “Nelson“ battalion on 2 August 1914. His battalion was sent to Gallipoli, where George was killed in action on 4 May 1915. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial as one of the 20,763 men who fell in that campaign and whose graves are unknown or who were lost or buried at sea in Gallipoli waters.

George died in Tranmere and was buried in Toxteth Park on 19 July 1934. Blanche was buried in the same grave on 17 May 1940.

Frederick Massey 1865
Frederick Massey

Frederick Massey, youngest son of Joseph Massey and his second wife Eliza Jane Copeland, was born in Liverpool on on 22 February 1865 and baptised in St Peter’s Church on 27 March 1865. He became a produce clerk, and was later described as a dug and produce broker. Frederick married Ada Gwynne Sancto in St Cyprien’s Church, Edge Hill on 6 June 1896 and had one daughter:

1.

Irene Gwynne Massey

(1899-?)

Frederick died in Wallasey, Cheshire in 1928.  

Ada and Irene emigrated to Canada in 1947 and settled in British Columbia. Ada died there on Christmas Day 1951 and Irene on 25 January 1989.

Bridgewater Canal at Lymm
Seventh generation
Hannah Langley 1840
Hannah Langley

Hannah Langley, older child of Thomas Langley and Sarah Antrobus, was born in Liverpool and baptised at St Peter's Church there on 2 July 1840. She worked as a dressmaker as a young woman and married Charles George West at St George's Church, Everton on 15 July 1861. Charles, a wire worker, was born in Liverpool in 1840 and was the son of Charles Edward West and Elizabeth Robinson Alcock.

Charles and Hannah had seven children all born in Liverpool:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

Charles Edward West

Laura West

Thomas Langley West

Amy West

Ernest West

Gertrude West

Sarah Gertrude West

(1862-1935)

(1863-1908)

(1865-1941)

(1867-1955)

(1873-1942)

(1876-1877)

(1879-1880)

m. Jane Allerton, 1887

m. Mary Jane Okill, 1890

m. Charles Okill, 1900

Charles died in Liverpool in 1885 at the age of 45, and Hannah worked as a provision dealer following his death. She died in Liverpool in in 1907.

Thomas Langley 1842
Thomas Langley

Thomas Langley, younger child of Thomas Langley and Sarah Antrobus, was born in Liverpool and baptised at St Peter's Church there on 24 April 1842.  He worked as a clerk as a young man, and was a book keeper at the time of his marriage to Isabella Robinson Bromley at St Bride's Church, Liverpool on 24 September 1868.

Thomas and Isabella spent all their married life in Liverpool and had six daughters:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Minnie Langley

Florence Langley

Sarah Ann Langley

Isabel Langley

Emily Annie Langley

Laura Langley

(1871-1948)

(1871-1872)

(1872-1909)

(1876-1947)

(1879-1918)

(1881-?)

m. George Chichester, 1902

m. William Paterson, 1905

m. Samuel Stanley Stewart, 1901

Over the years Thomas worked as an estate agent, a public house manager, and finally a wharfinger and freight manager - a harbourmaster in modern terms.

 

Isabella died in Liverpool in 1909 and Thomas in 1914.

William John Antrobus 1839
William John Antrobus

William John Antrobus, oldest child of William Antrobus and Margaret Shimmin, ​was born in Liverpool on 11 March 1839 and baptised at St John's Church, Old Haymarket just under a month later on 7 April. He was apprenticed as a watch finisher by the age of 12, but spent all his adult working life as a fish curer.

William married Jane Ann Farmer at St Bride's Church, Liverpool on 23 January 1867 and had six children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Mary Emma Antrobus

William John Antrobus

George Antrobus

Charles Farmer Antrobus

Martha Antrobus

Jane Antrobus

(1867-1946)

(1869-1919)

(1870-1908)

(1873-1945)

(1875-1943)

(1878-1879)

m. William Rawsthorne, 1887

m. Eleanor Mooney, 1891

m. Marion Sophia Hammer, 1905

m. Andrew Dicker, 1908

William died in Liverpool on 1 October 1882 and Jane on 23 October 1888, and most the children went to live with their maternal grandparents for some time.

Charles Antrobus 1841
Charles Antrobus

Charles Antrobus, son of William Antrobus and Margaret Shimmin, ​was born in Liverpool and baptised at St Peter's Church there on 16 July 1841. He was working as a merchant's clerk at the time of his marriage to Emily Williams at St George's Church, Everton on 17 August 1862.

Charles and Emily had ten children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

John Charles Antrobus

Annie Emily Antrobus

William Alfred Antrobus

Maggy Antrobus

Mary Elizabeth Antrobus

Herbert Antrobus

George Edward Antrobus

Francis Cecil Antrobus

Henry Farmer Antrobus

Jane Edith Antrobus

(1863-1918)

(1864-1946)

(1867-1917)

(1868-1868)

(1869-1951)

(1872-1884)

(1874-1957)

(1876-1878)

(1877-1897)

(1879-1953)

m. Florence Alexandra Jones, 1884

m. Daniel Delaney, 1890

m. Eleanor Nelson, 1896

m. Herbert Edward Drain, 1893

m. Annie Brackenridge, 1895

m. William Henry Iredale, 1901

Between 1864 and 1878, Charles' occupation is given indiscriminately as either book keeper or ship overlooker, implying that he held a clerical role at the docks. By 1881 he had been promoted to wharfinger, or harbour master as we would call it today.

Emily died in Liverpool in 1892 and Charles in 1896.

Ellen Antrobus 1846
Ellen Antrobus

Ellen Antrobus, fourth child and oldest daughter of William Antrobus and Margaret Shimmin, ​was born in Liverpool and baptised at St Peter's Church there on 13 May 1846. She married John Stewart Lewis, a jewel case maker, at St George's Church, Everton on 15 August 1864, and the couple spent all their married life in Liverpool. They had fourteen children, but nearly all of them died at a young age:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

William John Lewis

Ellen Lewis

Frances Eleanor Lewis

Florence Lewis

Alfred Charles Lewis

Henry Antrobus Lewis

Charles Antrobus Lewis

Amy Lewis

Herbert Lewis

Margaret Ellen Lewis

Amy Antrobus Lewis

Florence Lewis

Alfred Charles Lewis

Arthur Lewis

(1866-1890)

(1867-1867)

(1868-1869)

(1870-1870)

(1871-1878)

(1872-1872)

(1874-1874)

(1875-1876)

(1876-1876)

(1877-1900)

(1878-?)

(1880-1882)

(1881-1889)

(1885-1885)

John died in Liverpool in 1887 or 1888 and Ellen in 1928.

Margaret Antrobus 1853
Margaret Antrobus

Margaret Antrobus, youngest child of William Antrobus and Margaret Shimmin, ​was born in Birkenhead on 26 September 1853, but the family returned to Liverpool shortly after her birth and she was baptised at St Peter's Church, Liverpool on 9 August 1859. She worked as a general servant before her marriage to James Hannon, a millwright, at Christ Church, Waterloo in 1887.

 

James was a widower with three young children, and he had three more children with Margaret:

 

1.

2.

3.

James Alfred Hannon

Arthur Hannon

Gertrude Hannon

(1888-1970)

(1891-1974)

(1894-1982)

m. Lilian Morley, 1920

m. Annie Thornton, 1918

m. Squire Bullen, 1928

James died in Salford Royal Hospital on 12 March 1901 and Margaret died in Pendlebury on 13 June 1903.

Catherine Elln Massey 1849
Catherine Ellen Massey

Catherine Ellen Massey, oldest surviving child of Samuel Massey and his first wife Ann Webster, was born in Acton Grange and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 18 February 1849. When she was 18, she had a daughter who was registered and baptised with the surname Massey, but who subsequently took the name of Catherine's husband. Catherine married Samuel Houghton, a labourer, at St James' Church, Latchford on 29 December 1870 and had eleven more children, five of whom died in infancy:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

Annie Massey (Houghton)

Thomas Henry Houghton

William Houghton

Mary Ellen Houghton

Alfred Houghton

Alice Houghton

Samuel Houghton

Louisa Houghton

Gertrude Houghton

John Houghton

William Houghton

Herbert Houghton

(1867-?)

(1871-?)

(1874-1929)

(1875-1943)

(1878-1933)

(1880-?)

(1885-1948)

(1889-1890)

(1889-1890)

(1891-1892)

(1893-1893)(1894-1894)

m. Philip Francis Hayes, 1890

m. Lizzie Waring, 1895

m. Mary Hough, 1901

m. Harry James Kent, 1905

m. Sarah Green, 1902

m. James Henry Chapman, 1906

m. Margaret Plant, 1912

Catherine died in Latchford in 1917 and Samuel in 1924.

Frances Mary Massey 1851
Frances Mary Massey

Frances Mary Massey, daughter of Samuel Massey and his first wife Ann Webster, was born in Acton Grange on 26 February 1851 and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 20 April 1851. She married Leonard Rawling, a childless widower ten years her senior, at St Paul's Church, Warrington on 6 March 1873. At the time of their marriage Leonard was a book keeper, but later worked as an insurance agent.

Leonard and Frances had six children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Herbert Rawling

Annie Ursula Rawling

George Henry Rawling

Leonard Rawling

Frances Mary Rawling

George Henry Rawling

(1873-1958)

(1875-1970)

(1878-1879)

(1880-1946)

(1883-1892)

(1886-1968)

m. Isabel Adelaide Hibbard, 1904

m. Richard Harper, 1897

m. Bertha Wild, 1904

m. Beatrice Lawson, 1922

The couple spent the early part of their marriage in Warrington before moving to Manchester in about 1885.

Leonard died in Newton Heath on 16 December 1913 and was buried in Phillips Park Cemetery four days later. Frances was buried in the same grave on 17 January 1942.

John Massey 1853
John Massey

John Massey, son of Samuel Massey and his first wife Ann Webster, was born in Acton Grange on 24 February 1853 and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 17 April 1853. As a young man he worked as a labourer before becoming a cab driver. He married Charlotte Ann Woods at St Elphin's Church, Warrington on 2 July 1882 and had twelve children, all born in Warrington:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

Frederick Massey

Elizabeth Annie Massey

Nellie Massie

Charlie Massey

Margaret Louisa Massey

George Henry Massey

Samuel Massey

Annie Massey

Mary Massey

John Massey

Gertrude Massey

William Edwin Massey

(1882-1920)

(1884-1888)

(1886-1967)

(1888-1967)

(1889-1969)

(1891-1970)

(1893-1958)

(1894-1984)

(1896-1897)

(1897-1966)

(1899-1900)

(1904-1958)

m. Edwin Ernest Pollitt, 1907

m. Sarah Worrall, 1913

m. William Rowson, 1910

m. Clara Marshall, 1916

m. Mary Alice Caldwell, 1916

m. John Swindells, 1921

m. Martha Ann Milner, 1924

m. Mary Theresa Ward, 1931

 

John died in Warrington on 1 October 1906 and Charlotte on 21 May 1918.

Sarah Hannah Massey 1857
Sarah Hannah Massey

Sarah Hannah Massey, youngest child of Samuel Massey and his first wife Ann Webster, was born in Higher Walton and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 20 April 1857. Her mother died when she was only a year old, so she was raised by her stepmother, Mary Robinson. Sarah married David Dunbabin, a coal dealer, at Daresbury on 31 December 1874 aged just 17.

The couple initially lived in David's native village of Moore before moving to Warrington in about 1880 - probably when David started working as a railway engine driver. They had seven children, two of whom died young:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

Margaret Dunbabin

George Edwin Dunbabin

Thomas Henry Dunbabin

Annie Dunbabin

William Dunbabin

Ellen Dunbabin

Harriet Dunbabin

(1876-1940)

(1877-1955)

(1879-1880)

(1882-1952)

(1883-1962)

(1885-1887)

(1889-1934)

m. Daniel David Pepperell, 1897

m. Hannah Bibby, 1902

m. James Dooley, 1903

m. Dorothy Shipley, 1915

m. Frederick Dickenson, 1910

Sarah died in Warrington in 1891 at the early age of 34, and David died there in 1908.

Richard Robinson Massey
Richard Robinson Massey

Richard Robinson Massey, oldest child of Samuel Massey and his second wife Mary Robinson, was born in Higher Walton and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 17 February 1861. He worked as a gardener and married Alice Eliza Smith at All Saints' Church, Runcorn on 3 February 1882.  The couple had eight children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

Mary Alice Massey

Anne Massey

Thomas Massey

Samuel Massey

Arthur Edward Massey

Horace Sidney Massey

Albert Harold Massey

Gladys Massey

(1884-?)

(1885-1961)

(1889-1962)

(1892-1965)

(1894-1949)

(1898-1950)

(1900-?)

(1902-1902)

m. Florence Phipps, 1910

m. Elsie Page, 1920

m. Gertrude Melley, 1929

m. Lilian W Walters, 1922

 

Richard and Alice moved around during their marriage: their first two children were born in Mobberley and Lichfield, and the family then lived in Warrington for about ten years before moving to Kings Norton in the 1890s and finally to Birmingham by 1911.

 

Richard and Alice's son Horace enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps on 17 January 1917, having probably served previously (under age) in the Army: he had added three years to his age on his military papers. He acted as a rigger, but was discharged on 9 June 1918 either because of wounds or illness: he was awarded the Silver War Badge, indicating a discharge for one of these reasons.

Horace's younger brother Albert was definitely under age when he enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery on 5 March 1915, although he claimed that he was 19. He was drafted to France on 13 December 1915, but was discharged from the Army on 6 July 1916 for reasons which are unclear: possibly because his true age had been discovered. He was called up for service in the regular way on 5 July 1918 when he reached the age of 18, and was assigned initially to an Agricultural Company and later to the Dorset Regiment, but did not serve overseas.

Richard probably died in Birmingham in 1914, although there is a slight discrepancy in his recorded age: his sons' military records only give their mother as next-of-kin, implying that he was no longer alive.

Sarah Jane Lawton
Sarah Jane Lawton

Sarah Jane Lawton, daughter of Henry Lawton and Sarah Massey, was born in Moore and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 20 November 1859. She was in domestic service as a cook before her marriage to James Cartwright, a shoemaker, in Runcorn in 1887. James and Sarah spent their married life in Moore and had three sons:

1.

2.

3.

John Henry Cartwight

Walter James Cartwright

William Massey Cartwright

(1890-?)

(1892-1971)

(1894-1973)

m. Nellie Taylor Forster, 1920

m. Vera Deprez, 1920

 

James and Sarah's second son Walter joined the Royal Field Artillery on 3 August 1915, and it was doubtless his civilian occupation as a grocer which led to him becoming a Battery Quartermaster-Sergeant. He was drafted to France on 30 October 1917, and wounded not long before the end of the war on 30 October 1918, although apparently without lasting consequences.

 

James died in Moore in 1915 and Sarah on 10 March 1935.

.

Isaac Lawton
Isaac Lawton

Isaac Lawton, son of Henry Lawton and Sarah Massey, was born in Moore on 4 June 1863 and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury just over a month later on 12 July 1863. Like his older brother Henry, he was apprenticed to a wheelwright as a youth, and followed this trade throughout his working life. Isaac married Mary Johnson in Runcorn in 1891 and had two daughters:

1.

2.

Alice Lawton

Hilda Lawton

(1894-1953)

(1901-1952)

m. Reginald Wallington, 1920

Mary died in Moore on 26 November 1933 and Isaac on 6 February 1950.

Annie Lawton
Annie Lawton

Annie Lawton, daughter of Henry Lawton and Sarah Massey, was born in Moore on 21 April 1865 and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury exactly one month later. She was working as a kitchen maid by the age of 15, and remained in domestic service until her marriage to Frank Shaw, a file cutter, in Daresbury on 26 October 1893. Frank and Annie lived in Stockton Heath and had one daughter:

1.

Eleanor Shaw

(1896-1945)

By 1901 Frank was working as a time keeper, and he later became a registration clerk.

Frank died in Stockton Heath in 1925 and Annie died there on 4 February 1958 at the age of 92.

William Baxter
William Baxter

William Baxter, son of Thomas Baxter and Mary Massey, was born in Lower Walton and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 10 February 1861. He worked as a grocer and married Florence Thompson at St Mary's Church, Great Sankey on 2 December 1884. The couple had six children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Ernest Baxter

William Thomas Baxter

George Baxter

Albert Edward Baxter

Christopher Baxter

Margaret Baxter

(1884-?)

(1885-?)

(1886-1923)

(1887-1888)

(1888-1958)

(1892-1892)

m. Margaret Cook, 1913

m. Eliza Baines, 1909

m. Esther Dora Wilson, 1941

 

The family initially lived in Crewe before moving to Warrington around 1890.

 

Florence died in 1892, either in childbirth or shortly afterwards, and William married Mary Booth at St Paul's Church, Warrington on 10 August 1894. There were no children from his second marriage.

William and Florence's son William emigrated to the US in 1914 and lived in Illinois.

William died in Warrington in 1917.

Richard Baxter
Richard Baxter

Richard Baxter, son of Thomas Baxter and Mary Massey, was born in Lower Walton and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 19 April 1863. Although he worked as an assistant in the shoe trade as a youth, by 1887 he had moved to Staffordshire and become the manager of a bookshop: later he is described as a book dealer. He married Phillis Letitia Rosewarne at St John's Church, Wednesbury on 8 August 1887 and had one son:

1.

 

Percival Rosewarne Baxter

(1888-1947)

m. Jessie Gertrude Harris, 1925

Richard and Phillis had moved to Liverpool by 1911, and Richard died there in 1923. Phillis later returned to Staffordshire and died in Wolverhampton on 1 September 1939.

Kate Elizabeth Baxter
Kate Elizabeth Baxter

Kate Elizabeth Baxter, daughter of Thomas Baxter and Mary Massey, was born in Lower Walton and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 16 July 1865. She married Albert Edward Atkinson, a builder's carter, at St Paul's Church, Warrington on 16 April 1892 and had nine children, all born in Warrington:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7. 

8.

9.

Herbert Atkinson

Edith Mary Atkinson

Thomas Richard Massey Atkinson

Albert Hedley Atkinson

Edward Bertram Atkinson

Ernest Atkinson

Amy Atkinson

Frederick Atkinson

Reginald Frederick Atkinson

(1893-1918)

(1895-1967)

(1896-1968)

(1898-1943)

(1900-1967)

(1902-1964)

(1905-1989)

(1907-1908)

(1909-1980)

m. William Waywell, 1918

m. Mary Baldwin, 1922

m. Edith May Pollitt, 1923

m. Audrey Howard Ellis, 1940

m. Harold Atherton, 1942

m. Louisa Thomason, 1935

Albert and Kate's oldest son Herbert attested for military service with the Royal Garrison Artillery on 11 December 1915 and was mobilised on 5 June 1916. He was drafted to France on 21 October 1916 and was twice wounded in action, once lightly and once more seriously. He was killed in action a little over a month before the Armistice on 2 September 1918, and is buried in Wancourt British Cemetery near Arras.

Albert died in Warrington in 1921 and Kate in 1937.

George Thomas Baxter
George Thomas Baxter

George Thomas Baxter (known as Thomas), son of Thomas Baxter and Mary Massey, was born in Lower Walton and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 29 December 1867. He worked as a barman and married Mary Ellen Wilkinson in Northwich in 1888. Thomas and Mary had eight children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7. 

8.

Thomas George Baxter

Mary Ellen Baxter

Percy Baxter

Maud Beatrice Baxter

Reeves Baxter

Louisa Bexter

Florrie Baxter

Leslie Baxter

(1888-1918)

(1889-?)

(1891-1969)

(1893-1924)

(1896-1918)

(1898-1929)

(1900-1952)

(1904-1904)

m. Sarah Anne Chadwick, 1914

m. Beatrice Alice Oliver, 1916

m. John Jenkins, 1915

m. Arthur Edwin Jones, 1920

The first four children were born in Middlewich, but the family then moved permanently to Warrington.

 

Thomas and Mary's son Reeves served in the South Lancashire Regiment during the First World War and was killed in action on 29 March 1918. He is buried in Rue-du-Bois Military Cemetery at Fleurbaix, near Armentières.

Mary probably died between 1904 and 1911, although her death registration is hard to pinpoint. Thomas died in Warrington in 1913.

Louisa Baxter
Louisa Baxter

Louisa Baxter, daughter of Thomas Baxter and Mary Massey, was born in Lower Walton and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 5 June 1870. She worked as a domestic servant before her marriage to William Henry Barley, a boiler maker, at St Paul's Church, Warrington on 3 April 1893. William and Louisa had four children, but only the older two survived past childhood:

1.

2.

3.

4.

William Harold Barley

Ernest Massey Barley

Elsie Louisa Barley

Gladys Ruth Barley

(1894-1974)

(1895-1955)

(1899-1911)

(1902-1903

The family initially lived in Warrington before moving to Crewe in the late 1890s.

William and Louisa's son Ernest joined the Royal Air Force in the final months of the First World War on 4 June 1918. He did not serve overseas, but his civilian expertise was put to use fitting aero engines.

Louisa died in Crewe in 1936 and William died in Warrington on 23 May 1943.

Mary Jane Baxter
Mary Jane Baxter

Mary Jane Baxter, youngest daughter of Thomas Baxter and Mary Massey, was born in Lower Walton on 18 May  1876 and baptised at St Thomas' Church, Stockton Heath on on 4 June 1876. She was a machinist in a soap works before her marriage to Walter Bonnell, a wire worker, at St Paul's Church, Warrington on 11 September 1892.  The couple had five daughters, all born in Warrington:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Gladys Bonnell

Elizabeth Bonnell

Ethel Bonnell

Doris Bonnell

Beatrice Minnie Bonnell

(1903-1957)

(1905-1984)

(1907-1995)

(1910-1988)

(1918-1988)

m. John Henry Western, 1929

m. George H Smith, 1930
m. Solomon Brookes, 1929

m. Percy Taylor, 1934

Walter died in Warrington on 14 August 1935 and Mary on 10 December 1952.

Martha Ann Massey 1860
Martha Ann Massey

Martha Ann Massey, oldest child of Thomas Massey and Martha Grimes, was born in Stretton, near Warrington on 5 November 1860. She moved to Derbyshire, where she worked as a dairy maid at Allestree Hall before her marriage to Henry Buxton, a bricklayer, at St Edmund's Church, Allestree on 22 November 1884. Henry and Martha had seven children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7. 

Constance Irena Buxton

Florence Gladys Buxton

Harry Willie Luke Buxton

Sydney Bernard Elwin Buxton

Violet Doris May Buxton

Arthur Edward Ewart Buxton

Annie Clara Daisy Buxton

(1885-1959)

(1887-1976)

(1892-1967)

(1894-1944)

(1897-1968)

(1898-1960)

(1904-1972)

m. John Thomas Shaw, 1911

m. Charles Alfred Stanley, 1912

m. Mary Clifford, 1919

m. George Henry Clarke, 1915

m. Gertrude Mary Capewell, 1959

m. James Walker Endsor, 1935

The couple lived in Allestree until the early 1900s and then moved to Derby where their youngest child was born.

Henry died in Derby in 1916 and Martha in 1932.

Arthur Nathan Massey
Arthur Nathan Massey

Arthur Nathan Massey, son of Thomas Massey and Martha Grimes, was born in Stretton, near Warrington on 5 November 1863. He became a groom, and by 1891 was employed by the wealthy Strutt family at Bridge Hill House, Belper. He married Constance Annie Dutton, a housemaid in the same establishment, at St Peter's Church, Belper on 26 March 1894 and had one daughter:

1.

Rosa Massey

(1895-1980)

m. Frederick John Alldis, 1924

By 1901, Constance was working at Beaumanor Hall in Loughborough, and census returns describe her as married, rather than widowed, but there is no obvious record of Arthur after the birth of his daughter, who lived with Constance's married sister Alice and her husband Alfred Rowland.

Constance died in her home town of Stafford in 1932.

Lucinda Massey
Lucinda Massey

Lucinda Massey, daughter of Thomas Massey and Martha Grimes, was born in Lower Whitley and baptised at St Luke's Church there on 17 November 1867. She married William Henry Rudge, a clerk, at Holy Trinity Church, Warrington on 12 May 1892 and had three children:

1.

2.

3.

Doris Rudge

Arthur Rudge

William Harold Rudge

(1898-1899)

(1900-1960)

(1905-1967)

m. Ellen Maskall, 1928

William became secretary to a limited company, and by 1901 the family was able to afford a live-in domestic servant.

Lucinda died in Warrington on 18 October 1925 and William died in Great Sankey on 17 January 1939

William and Lucinda's older son Arthur suffered from epilepsy, and at the outbreak of World War II he was recorded as "incapacitated", living in the David Lewis Colony at Warford, near Alderley Edge.

Thomas Massey 1870
Thomas Massey

Thomas Massey, son of Thomas Massey and Martha Grimes, was born in Lower Whitley and baptised at St Luke's Church there on 23 January 1870. He worked as a groom as a young man, and later as a carter. He married Mary Ellen Sankey at St Elphin's Church, Warrington on 25 February 1897 and had three children, all born in Warrington:

1.

2.

3.

John Massey

Elsie Massey

Arthur Massey

(1897-?)

(1901-1957)

(1911-1966)

m. Frances Ray, 1924

m. Harold Davies, 1923

m. Joyce Pettifor, 1945

Thomas died in Warrington in 1925 and Mary in 1939.

Alice Massey 1871
Alice Massey

Alice Massey, daughter of Thomas Massey and Martha Grimes, was born in Lower Whitley and baptised at St Luke's Church there on 17 December 1871. She had a twin sister with the unusual nale of Vanda, who died at the age of two. After her mother's death in 1890, Alice appears to have helped keep house for her father until her marriage to John Massey, a tripe dresser, in Warrington in 1897. John was born in Bolton on 13 July 1875, but his family was originally from Warrington: any relationship to his wife, however, was very distant.

John and Alice lived in Warrington and had three daughters:

1.

2.

3.

Milly Massey

Elizabeth Massey

Doris Massey

(1897-1985)

(1901-1993)

(1907-1996)

m. Thomas Frederick Harding Nixon, 1924

m. Percy Bradford, 1926

m. Frederick Sharp, 1932

Alice died in Warrington on 16 September 1941 and John on 1 July 1945.

Edward Massey 1873
Edward Massey

Thomas Massey, son of Thomas Massey and Martha Grimes, was born in Lower Whitley on 5 March 1873 and baptised at St Luke's Church there on 22 June 1873. He initially worked as a groom like his older brothers before becoming a domestic coachman. He married Elizabeth Ann Hinds at St James' Church, Barton under Needwood on 1 October and the couple spent their married life in the Chesterfield area. They had four children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Catherine Massey

Margaret Jane Massey

John William Edward Massey

Constance May Massey

(1901-1973)

(1904-1989)

(1907-1993)

(1913-1972)

m. Thomas Percy Davis, 1934

m. William Needham, 1922

m. Diana Doris Burlinson, 1931

m. Ernest Bacon, 1935

On the 1911 census Edward is recorded as a domestic chauffeur, having apparently exchanged horses for motor vehicles.

Edward died in Chesterfield in 1944 and Elizabeth in 1948.

Joseph Massey 1875
Joseph Massey

Joseph Massey, son of Thomas Massey and Martha Grimes, was born in Lower Whitley and baptised at St Luke's Church there on 21 February 1875. Like his brothers he worked with horses, becoming a domestic coachman. He married Ada Charlott Calverley, a Yorkshire woman, in Newton in Bowland in 1900 and the coupled settled in Eyam, Derbyshire.

 

Joseph and Ada had seven children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

William Edward Massey

Emily Massey

Helen Massey

Margaret Massey

Edith Massey

John Massey

Arthur Massey

(1901-1918)

(1902-1918)

(1905-1979)

(1908-1991)

(1910-1980)

(1910-1910)

(1918-1988)

m. John Tasker, 1961

m. James Ernest Cropper, 1931

m. Colin Newman, 1930

 

The two oldest children both died in late 1918 - possibly victims of the Spanish Flu epidemic.

Joseph died in Chesterfield in 1923 and Ada in 1960.

Catherine Massey 1876
Catherine Massey

Catherine Massey, youngest daughter of Thomas Massey and Martha Grimes, was born in Lower Whitley on 7 August 1876 and baptised at St Matthew's Church, Stretton on 5 November 1876. She was apprenticed to a dressmaker as a teenager and married James Raybould, a wire drawer, at St Elphin's Church, Warrington on 18 December 1897.

The couple had six children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Frederick Raybould

Herbert Raybould

Lilian May Raybould

Doris Raybould

Wilfrid Raybould

Kathleen Raybould

(1898-1975)

(1901-1972)

(1902-1992)

(1906-?)

(1909-1991)

(1912-1986)

m. Elsie Pretoria Gregg, 1920

m. Florence Margaret Darwin, 1923

m. Frank Beaumont, 1922

m. Ernest Bradley, 1930

m. Irene Lockwood, 1937

m. George Wagstaff Hullock, 1946

The first three children were born in Warrington, but the family then moved permanently to Thurlstone in Yorkshire.

James and Catherine's oldest son Frederick was called up for military service on 29 June 1918, but did not go overseas until after the Armistice, when he served with the West Kent Regiment as part of the British Army of Occupation of the Rhine.

James died in Thurlstone in 1940 and Catherine in 1945.

Joseph Massey 1861
Joseph Massey

Joseph Massey, oldest child of Joseph Massey and Eliza Barker, was born in Grappenhall on 1 November 1861 and baptised at St Wilfrid's Church there just over a month later on 8 December 1861. He spent his working life as a railway telegraph clerk and married Eliza Barker at Christ Church, Crewe on 27 October 1887.

Joseph and Eliza had six children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Harry Horace Massey

Leonard Massey

Charles Clifford Massey

Frank Massey

Joseph Arthur Jubilee Massey

Marjorie Edith Alice Massey

(1888-1969)

(1890-1891)

(1892-1916)

(1894-1972)

(1897-1997)

(1899-1988)

m. Mary Alice Morrey, 1915

m. Kate Hammersley, 1915

m. Annie Wright, 1920

m. Dora Jones, 1930

Joseph and Eliza's fifth son was given the middle name Jubilee in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee: the fiftieth anniversary of her accession to the throne occurred when he was ten days old. "Diamond", "Jubilee" "Victoria" and other regal references were all popular names for children born that year, but the palm probably goes to a Yorkshire couple who named their son "Thistle Diamond Jubilee"!

Charles Clifford Massey was apprenticed as an electrical instrument maker as a young man and joined the Navy as an electrical artificer on 29 July 1913. He died on 31 May 1916 when his ship, HMS Black Prince, was sunk with all hands off Jutland. He is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Frank Massey served as a driver in the Royal Engineers during the First World War. His service record has not survived, but his medal entitlement shows that he did not go overseas until after 1915.

Joseph died in Stafford on 1 August 1934, although his probate record indicates that his home address was in Willaston, near Crewe. Eliza died in Royton Wistaston, also near Crewe, on 10 February 1941.

MaryAlice Massey 1865
Mary Alice Massey

Mary Alice Massey, daughter of Joseph Massey and Eliza Barker, was born in Grappenhall on 10 April 1865 and baptised at St Wilfrid's Church there on 7 May 1865. She worked as a dressmaker before her marriage to William Clarke, a railway guard, in Nantwich in 1887. William and Mary had five children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Nellie Clarke

William Clarke

Albert Clarke

George Ernest Clarke

Harry Clarke

(1888-1941)

(1889-?)

(1891-?)

(1898-1982)

(1902-1978)

m. Arthur William Davies, 1914

m. Louisa Harding, 1915

m. Gladys Agnes Wilkinson, 1922

m. Olive Preston, 1931

The first two children were born in Toxteth Park and the family then moved to Monks Coppenhall, near Crewe.

 

Mary died in Crewe on 5 April 1949 and William on 30 December 1952.

Edith Massey 1867
Edith Massey

Edith Massey, daughter of Joseph Massey and Eliza Barker, was born in Davenham and baptised at St Wilfrid's Church there on 10 February 1867. She was in domestic service as a young woman and married Samuel Powell, a coal agent, in Birmingham in 1895. Samuel was a widower seventeen years older than Edith, with at least six surviving children from his first marriage. He and Edith had four sons together:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Wilfrid Lawson Powell

Herbert William Powell

William Leonard Powell

Edgar Samuel Powell

(1896-1958)

(1897-1951)

(1900-1969)

(1910-1990)

m. Doris Lilian Broomfield, 1920

m. Gertrude M Snart, 1921

m. Ruby Elizabeth Gumery, 1928

m. Maud Aston, 1922

Samuel died in Birmingham in 1922 and Edith in 1934.

Henry Clare 1860
Henry Clare

Henry Clare, oldest child of John Clare and Hannah Massey, was born in Acton Grange and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 17 June 1860. He worked as a carter and married Mary Radburn at St Paul's Church, Warrington on 4 February 1884. The couple passed all their married life in Warrington and had nine children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

Annie Clare

Florrie Clare

Beatrice Hannah Clare

Harry Clare

John Radburn Clare

Florence Mary Clare

Edith Clare

Minnie Clare

Charles Clare

(1884-1952)

(1886-1893)

(1888-1969)

(1890-1966)

(1892-1931)

(1894-?)

(1896-1897)

(1897-1976)

(1899-1963)

m. Alfred Rostron, 1908

m. Francis Rostron, 1908

m. Beatrice Warburton, 1912

m. Celia Bastian, 1914

m. Thomas Lowe, 1920

m. Lily Smith, 1921

John Radburn Clare emigrated to Canada around 1912, settling in the Toronto area.

Henry died in Warrington in 1908 and Mary on 5 February 1931.

Elizabeth Clare 1862
Elizabeth Clare

Elizabeth Clare, daughter of John Clare and Hannah Massey, was born in Acton Grange and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 18 May 1862. She worked as a domestic servant before her marriage to Albert Ashton, a blacksmith, at St Paul's Church, Warrington on 26 March 1883. The couple lived in Albert's home town of Seaforth until at least 1911, and later moved to Birkenhead. They had three daughters:

1.

2.

3.

Ethel Maud Ashton

Edith Ashton

Lily Mabel Ashton

(1884-1952)

(1886-?)

(1888-1888)

m. Harry Patrick, 1910

Elizabeth died in Birkenhead on  11 December 1938 and Albert shortly afterwards on 1 February 1939.

Mary Ellen Clare 1864
Mary Ellen Clare

Mary Ellen Clare, daughter of John Clare and Hannah Massey, was born in Acton Grange and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 22 May 1864. Like her older sister Elizabeth, she worked as a domestic servant before her marriage to Thomas Fazackerley in Warrington in 1887. The couple had four children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Effie Fazackerley

Lizzie Fazackerley

John Edward Fazackerley

Annie Fazackerley

(1888-1963)

(1889-?)

(1892-1900)

(1894-?)

m. James Eckersley, 1919

m. Lewis Birchall, 1913

m. Walter Aspinall, 1925

The first two children were born in Thomas' home town of Newton-le-Willows, and the family then lived in St Helens for some time before returning to Newton-le-Willows in the early 1900s. Their movements were possibly related to changes in Thomas' employment: he is recorded as a blacksmith in 1891, a farmer in 1901 and a publican in 1911. 

Mary died in Newton-le-Willows in 1936 and Thomas on 29 January 1942.

Thomas Clare 1867
Thomas Clare

Thomas Clare, son of John Clare and Hannah Massey, was born in Acton Grange and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 21 April 1867. He worked with horses for most of his working life, both as a groom and a cab driver. He married Elizabeth Ellen Shaw in Warrington in 1890 and had four children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Edith May Clare

John Herbert Clare

Ethel Lilian Clare

Harry Shaw Clare

(1892-1952)

(1894-1955)

(1899-1981)

(1902-1986)

m. Robert Sloper, 1913

m. Florence Louisa Brookhouse, 1914

m. David Percival, 1918

m. Jennett Hasler, 1924

Elizabeth died in Warrington in 1918 and Thomas died in Runcorn in 1931.

Catherine Eliza Clare
Catherine Eliza Clare

Catherine Eliza Clare, daughter of John Clare and Hannah Massey, was born in Acton Grange on 20 December 1868 and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 7 February 1869. She married Samuel Wilson, a wire worker, at St Paul's Church, Warrington on 26 March 1894 and had five children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Samuel Massey Wilson

Lily Annie Princess Maud Louisa Wilson

John Clare Knight Wilson

Henry Harold Wilson

Florence Louisa Wilson

(1895-1966)

(1896-1897)

(1898-1960)

(1900-1975)

(1902-1955)

m. Margaret Irving, 1915

m. Minnie Eliza Wardle, 1918

m. John McMullen, 1946

The couple's second child was born on the day Princess Maud, daughter of Edward VII, married Prince Carl of Denmark, and was presumably named in honour of the occasion.

Samuel died in Warrington in 1921 and Catherine in 1941.

Maria Clare 1874
Maria Clare

Maria Clare, daughter of John Clare and Hannah Massey, was born in Acton Grange on 22 October 1874 and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 17 January 1875. She married William Anthony Osborne, a commercial traveller from Shropshire, at St Mary's Church, Lymm on 26 January 1897 and the couple settled in Warrington. They had four sons, but only one survived past infancy:

1.

2.

3.

4.

John Osborne

James Osborne

William Albert Osborne

William Henry Osborne

(1897-?)

(1898-1898)

(1899-1901)

(1908-1908)

m. Lilian May Walkley, 1924

William died in Warrington in 1945 and Maria in 1948.

John William Clare 1876
John William Clare

John William Clare, son of John Clare and Hannah Massey, was born in Acton Grange on 25 March 1876 and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 18 June the same year. He was working as a grocer when he married Jane Elizabeth Lightfoot, a shop assistant, at St Pauls' Church, Warrington on 5 April 1900. The couple lived in Warrington and had seven children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

John Clare

William Clare

Walter Clare

Lily Clare

Minnie Clare

Dorothy Clare

Marjorie Clare

(1901-?)

(1904-1986)

(1905-1906)

(1906-1971)

(1910-1987)

(1913-1915)

(1920-2005)

m. Emma Cookson, 1938

m. Samuel Knight, 1932

m. Clifford Fearnley, 1931

m. William G Lewis, 1945

John joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry late in the First World War, on 2 July 1918, and by this time his occupation was given as refreshment house keeper, and his address as the Brewers' Arms, Warrington. He served in home or coastal defence.

John died in Warrington in 1922 and Jane in 1967.

Sarah Annie Clare 1879
Sarah Annie Clare

Sarah Annie Clare (known as Annie), daughter of John Clare and Hannah Massey, was born in Acton Grange on 18 April 1879 and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury a month later on 18 May. She had a daughter whose father is not known:

1.

Hannah Clare

(1902-1982)

m. John Richard Beckett, 1922

Annie married William McIntyre, a coachman, at St Paul's Church, Warrington on 16 June 1904 and had six more children, all born in Warrington:​

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

William Joseph McIntyre

Mary Winifred McIntyre

William McIntyre

Henry McIntyre

John McIntyre

Peter McIntyre

(1905-1905)

(1906-1976)

(1908-1908)

(1909-1970)

(1911-1978)

(1914-1998)

m. William George Seymour Williams, 1935

m. Bessie Clarke, 1934

m. Betty Frances Wolfe, 1940

William served in the South Lancashire Regiment during World War I: he was probably not an early volunteer as he did not go overseas until after the end of 1915. He was killed in action in France two months before the Armistice on 9 September 1918 and is buried in Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy.

Annie did not remarry and died in Warrington on 23 January 1940.

Albert Clare 1890
Albert Clare

Albert Clare, son of John Clare and Hannah Massey, was born in Acton Grange on 26 July 1880 and baptised at All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 17 October 1880. He worked as a groom as a young man, but was a wire worker by the time he married Matilda Hammersley at St Pauls' Church, Warrington on 7 September 1902. The couple had two children, one of whom died in infancy:

1.

2.

Elsie Clare

John Henry Clare

(1903-1971)

(1907-1907)

m. Fred Hatton, 1927

It is unclear what happened to Matilda, but she is not recorded with Albert and Elsie on the 1911 census, although Albert is described as married, rather than widowed. There is no obvious record of her death or remarriage.

Albert died in Warrington in 1946.

Esther Hanah Clare
Esther Hannah Clare

Esther Hannah Clare, youngest child of John Clare and Hannah Massey, was born on 27 October 1885, shortly after the family moved to Warrington, and baptised at St Paul's Church there on 26 November 1885. She married George Caley, a house painter, at St Paul's Church on 8 February 1906 and had five children, all born in Warrington:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Alice Caley

Edith Mary Caley
Arthur George Caley

Ernest Caley

Kathleen Caley

(1906-?)

(1907-1937)

(1911-1984)

(1913-1939)

(1916-1977)

m. Tom Harrison, 1927

m. Walter Shaw, 1934

m. Lily Gilbert, 1937

m. Stanley Peak, 1940

George died in Warrington in 1952 and Esther married James Hinde there two years later. She died in Manchester in 1974.

Jane Ann Unsworth 1858
Jane Ann Unsworth

Jane Ann Unsworth, youngest surviving child of Henry Unsworth and Jane Thomason, was born in Manchester on 9 June 1858 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Hulme on 15 August 1858. At the age of 12, she was already working as a nursemaid, but when she married Richard Newell at Holy Trinity Church on 14 June 1879 her occupation was given as machinist. Richard, a cellarman, was born in Shropshire in 1857.

The couple had six children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Herbert Newell

Polly Newell

Frank Newell

Richard Newell

Harry Newell

John Newell

(1880-1958)

(1882-1953)

(1884-?)

(1887-?)

(1895-1959)

(1897-1927)

m. Annie Eliza Higgins, 1900

m. Charles William Tandy, 1904

m. Lily Lofkin, 1918

Richard and Jane initially lived in Manchester, where their first four children were born, before moving to Warrington in the early 1890s.

Richard died in Warrington on 28 May 1903 and Jane in 1904.

The couple's youngest son John enlisted in the Army Service Corps on 11 December 1915, but did not go overseas until 7 August 1918. He was a clerk in civilian life, and may have been used in this capacity in the Army.

John's brother Frank emigrated to the US Virgin Islands in 1926.

William Unsworth 1857
William Unsworth

William Unsworth, oldest son of Thomas Unsworth and Eliza Battersby, was born in Stalybridge on 26 July 1857 but spent most of his life in Droylsden. He worked as a boiler maker and married Mary Ann Pickering at St James' Church, Collyhurst on 5 June 1879. 

William and Mary had nine children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

William Unsworth

Ellen Unsworth

John Unsworth

James Unsworth

Lily Unsworth

Fred Unsworth

Harry Unsworth

Bertha Unsworth

Edward Unsworth

(1879-1892)

(1881-1882)

(1883-1962)

(1885-?)

(1887-1979)

(1889-1918)

(1891-1892)

(1893-1920)

(1896-1915)

m. Dinah Stafford, 1905

m. Joseph Crabtree, 1914

m. Robert Allen Mason, 1918

 

All William and Mary's sons were of an age to serve in World War I, but no service records have survived for them. The only one known definitely to have served is Fred, who enlisted in the Liverpool Regiment and was drafted to France some time after the end of 1915. He was killed in action on 8 February 1918 and is buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, near Arras.

Mary possibly died in Droylsden in 1911 and William died there in 1940.

Thomas Richard Unsworth
Thomas Richard Unsworth

Thomas Richard Unsworth, second son of Thomas Unsworth and Eliza Battersby, was born in Stalybridge in 1859 and became a tin plate worker. He married Elizabeth Parker at All Saints' Church, Gorton on 3 April 1885 and had nine children, all born in Droylsden:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

Eliza Unsworth

John Unsworth

Thomas Richard Unsworth

Edith Unsworth

Henry Unsworth

William Unsworth

Arthur Unsworth

Ethel Unsworth

May Unsworth

(1886-1886)

(1887-?)

(1890-1918)

(1892-?)

(1894-?)

(1897-1913)

(1899-1899)

(1904-?)

(1907-1907)

Thomas died in Droylsden and was buried in Philips Park Cemetery on 28 December 1907. He shares a grave with his wife's parents as well as May and William, two of his children who died young.

Mary Ann Unsworth 1862
Mary Ann Unsworth

Mary Ann Unsworth, daughter of Thomas Unsworth and Eliza Battersby, was born in Droylden in 1862 and worked as a cotton weaver before her marriage to Samuel Hewitt, a labourer, at St Silas' Church, Ardwick on 8 September 1886. The couple had two children, but only one survived past infancy:

1.

2.

Eliza Ann Hewitt

Thomas Hewitt

(1887-1945)

(1889-1890)

m. Benjamin Fairbrother, 1919

Mary died in Droylsden at the age of 29 and was buried in Philips Park Cemetery on 28 November 1891. Her parents and husband were subsequently buried in the same grave.

Elizabeth Ellen Unsworth
Elizabeth Ellen Unsworth

Elizabeth Ellen Unsworth, daughter of Thomas Unsworth and Eliza Battersby, was born in Droylden in 1864 and like her older sister Mary worked as a cotton weaver as a young woman. She married Josiah Alsop, a railway wagon maker, at St Silas' Church, Ardwick on 17 January 1885 and had seven children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

Lilian Alsop

Elizabeth Alsop

Joseph Alsop

Eliza Alsop

Harry Alsop

Alice Alsop

Josiah Alsop

(1885-1947)

(1887-1888)

(1889-1959)

(1891-1950)

(1895-1954)

(1900-1942)

(1903-1905)

m. James Frederick Buckle, 1905

m. Margaret Jane King, 1918

m. Alfred Heywood, 1914

m. Thomas William Pearce, 1929

Elizabeth died in Manchester on 18 January 1930 and Josiah on 3 December 1933. They are buried in the same grave in Gorton Cemetery.

Joseph Unsworth 1868
Joseph Unsworth

Joseph Unsworth, son of Thomas Unsworth and Eliza Battersby, was born in Stalybridge in 1868, but spent most of his life in Droylsden and Gorton. He worked as an engine fitter and married Elizabeth Alice Higginbottom at St Mary's Church, Droyslden in 1890. Joseph and Elizabeth had two daughters:

1.

2.

Frances Unsworth

Alice Unsworth

(1892-?)

(1897-?)

Elizabeth died in Manchester in 1901 at the early age of 32 and Joseph then married Harriet Garlick at St Barnabas' Church, Ardwick in 1904. Harriet was a widow with two sons from her first marriage to James Henry Swallow, and she had two further children with Joseph:

3.

4.

Joseph Unsworth

Ivy Unsworth

(1905-?)

(1908-1971)

m. Irene Hall, 1935

m. George Pownall, 1931

Joseph died in Gorton in 1912 and Harriet on 16 July 1941.

Henry Edward Unsworth
Henry Edward Unsworth

Henry Edward Unsworth, son of Thomas Unsworth and Eliza Battersby, was born in Stalybridge in 1873 and became a boiler maker. He married Phoebe Harrison at St Clement's Church, Openshaw on 3 October 1896 and had three daughters, all born in Manchester:

1.

2.

3.

Doris Unsworth

Ethel Unsworth

Annie Unsworth

(1901-?)

(1903-1918)

(1906-1920)

m. Thomas H Jones, 1953

Henry died in Gorton on 26 January 1926 and was buried in Gorton Cemetery four days later. He shares a grave with his wife's father as well as his daughters Ethel and Annie, who died as teenagers. Phoebe died in Manchester on 1 November 1951.

Eliza Unsworth 1878
Eliza Unsworth

Eliza Unsworth, youngest surviving child of Thomas Unsworth and Eliza Battersby, was born in Stalybridge on 5 June 1878 and married John William Statham, a boiler maker's labourer, at St Mary's Church, Droylden in 1898. The couple had three children:

1.

2.

3.

 

John Statham

Ida Statham

Lottie Statham

(1899-1987)

(1903-2003)

(1906-1986)

m. Ethel Victoria Hancock, 1926

m. Lewis M Brown, 1931

m. Thomas H Sams, 1935

John died in Ancoats on 8 October 1940 and was buried in Gorton Cemetery four days later. Eliza was buried in the same grave on 28 November 1968.

 

Frank Unsworth 1871
Frank Unsworth

Frank Unsworth, oldest surviving child of John Unsworth and Sarah Ann Gulliver, was born in Openshaw on 20 September 1871. He worked as a labourer as a young man, but spent most of his working life as an iron driller. He married Jane Weild at St Andrew's Church, Ancoats on 14 May 1894 and had nine children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

John Unsworth

Beatrice Unsworth

Emily Unsworth

Sarah Hannah Unsworth

Frank Unsworth

Hilda Unsworth

Nellie Unsworth

Ernest Unsworth

Arthur Unsworth

(1894-1902)

(1896-1974)

(1898-1977)

(1900-1973)

(1902-1980)

(1905-1989)

(1909-1911)

(1911-1917)

(1915-1997)

m. Samuel Kerridge, 1920

m. Alfred Wood, 1921

m. William Joseph Wathey, 1929

 

Frank died was buried in Gorton Cemetery on 6 November 1940 in the same grave as his son Ernest. Jane was also buried in this grave on 2 October 1958.

 

Elizabeth Unsworth 1872
Elizabeth Unsworth

Elizabeth Unsworth, youngest child of John Unsworth and Sarah Ann Gulliver, was born in Openshaw in 1872 and as a young woman worked in the cotton industry as a card room hand. She married John Mason, a coal miner from West Bromwich, at St Clement's Church, Openshaw on 29 February 1896 and had eight children, at least five of whom died in infancy:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

Selina Mason

Joseph Henry Mason

Ada Mason

John Mason

Walter Mason

Harold Mason

Stanley Mason

Lilian Mason

(1896-1897)

(1899-?)

(1900-?)

(1902-1902)

(1903-1904)

(1904-1905)

(1906-1907)

(1909-?)

The surviving family members are difficult to identify with certainty on any records after the 1911 census.

 

Martha Hannah Unsworth
Martha Hannah Unsworth

Martha Hannah Unsworth, only child of Joseph Unsworth and his first wife, Mary Ogden, was born in Manchester on 3 August 1872. Her mother died when she was very young, and she was brought up by her aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and George Nuttall. She married Fred Holland, a labourer, at St Clement's Church, Openshaw on 22 December 1894 and had eight children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

May Holland

Fred Holland

Leonard Holland

Rose Holland

Wilfred Holland

John Holland

Olive Holland

Eric Holland

(1895-1955)

(1897-?)

(1900-1975)

(1904-?)

(1907-1978)

(1909-1909)

(1913-1956)

(1916-1995)

m. Henry Francis Hibbert, 1924

m. Doris Alice Margaret Morris, 1929

m. Patrick Vincent Joseph Forde, 1934

m. Margaret Duggan, 1935

m. Stanley Bossons, 1938

Fred died in Manchester in 1946 and Martha the following year: she was buried in Southern Cemetery on 4 March 1947.

 

Jane Parkyn Unsworth
Jane Parkyn Unsworth

Jane Parkyn Unsworth, only child of Joseph Unsworth and his second wife, Jane Parkyn, was born in Swindon on 17 March 1882. Like her half-sister Martha, she appears to have lived with different maternal relations as a child, first in Swindon and later in Cornwall. She married Joseph Lancey Golding, a commercial traveller, in Bristol in 1907 and had four children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Joseph Lancey Royston Golding

Dennis Clifford Golding

Alfred H U Golding

Peggy Ethel P Golding

(1909-1930)

(1915-1966)

(1921-?)

(1924-2003)

m. Etta R Baker, 1938

m. Phyllis D Elliott, 1942

 

Joseph died in Kingswood, Gloucestershire in 1949 and Jane in 1957.

 

Esther Sophia Bell
Esther Sophia Bell

Esther Sophia Bell, oldest surviving daughter of William Bell and Elizabeth Radley, was born in Liverpool on 6 June 1861 and baptised at St Peter's Church there on 24 June. At the age of 18 she married John Carson, a labourer, at St Nicholas' Church, Liverpool and the couple had eleven children, four of whom died at a young age:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

John Carson

William Carson

George Carson

Mary Elizabeth Carson

James Albert Carson

Thomas Carson

Herbert Carson

Esther Carson

Peterice Bell Carson

Archibald Mossop Carson

Beatrice Carson

(1881-?)

(1884-?)

(1886-1887)

(1889-?)

(1890-1916)

(1893-?)

(1895-1961)

(1897-1897)

(1898-1898)

(1900-1900)

(1902-1978)

m. Jane Ann Richardson, 1910

m. Mary Louisa Cairns, 1914

m. Edith Annie Cairns, 1914

m. Francis Willacy Johnson, 1921

John and Esther's fifth child, James, joined the Royal Navy on 14 December 1907, and after five years on active service was transferred to the Naval Reserve. As a reservist, he was called up immediately upon the outbreak of World War I and died on 1 June 1916 when his ship, the HMS Tipperary, was sunk at the Battle of Jutland with the loss of virtually all its crew. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial along with nearly 10,000 other sailors from the First World War who were lost or buried at sea.

Esther died in Liverpool in 1918.

 

John Theodore Bell
William Radley Woodall
John Theodore Bell

John Theodore Bell, son of William Bell and Elizabeth Radley, was born in Liverpool on 30 April 1864 and baptised at St Peter's Church there on 16 May. He worked as a carter and married Jeannie Orr Gatherer at st Mary's Church, Kirkdale on 17 December 1899. The couple had one son who died as a baby:

1.

Robert William Bell

(1901-1901)

John died in Liverpool in 1912.

 

William Radley Woodall

William Radley Woodall, second child and oldest son of John Woodall and Ann Radley, was born in Toxteth Park and baptised at St Michael's Church there on 25 September 1853. He worked as a ship's cook and married Emma Woods McKnight at St Mary's Church, Walton on the Hill on 20 November 1877. The couple had one daughter:

1.

Emma Woodall

(1880-1971)

m. William Edge, 1902

 

William went missing at sea and was presumed drowned on 24 February 1901. Emma subsequently remarried and died in Liverpool in 1935.

 

Sophia Woodall
Sophia Woodall

Sophia Woodall, daughter of John Woodall and Ann Radley, was born in Liverpool on 3 April 1859 and baptised at St Peter's Church there just under a month later on 1 May. She married her cousin Peter Blackburn at St Mary's Church, Walton on the Hill on 18 April 1882. Peter, a butcher, was born in Walton on 3 July 1863 and was the oldest son of John Blackburn and Martha Radley.

Sophia's first child was born a year before her marriage and registered in her maiden name of Woodall, but he subsequently adopted the surname Blackburn: his true relation to Peter is unknown. A further seven children were born after the marriage:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

Arthur John Woodall (Blackburn)

Edith Amy Blackburn

Herbert Blackburn

Alfred Blackburn

Annie Radley Blackburn

Norah Gertrude Blackburn

John Blackburn

John Blackburn

(1881-1941)

(1884-1925)

(1886-1967)

(1888-1943)

(1890-1904)

(1891-1968)

(1894-1895)

(1896-?)

m. Lily Farrell, 1910

m. Robert Denton Abell, 1921

m. Elizabeth A Morris, 1918

m. John Hughes, 1911

 

The 1911 census shows Sophia living with her younger children in Ditton, while Peter, inaccurately recorded as a widower, is boarding in Liverpool. Although this may just have been a temporary arrangement, it is possible that the couple had separated: Sophia died in Ditton in 1924 and Peter in Liverpool on 8 November 1929. The executor of Peter's will was a nephew, rather than one of his own children.

 

Peter Frederick Woodall
Peter Frederick Woodall

Peter Frederick Woodall (known as Frederick), son of John Woodall and Ann Radley, was born in Liverpool on 5 February 1864 and baptised at St Peter's Church there on 6 June the same year. He worked as a brewer's labourer and married Ann Allen at St Mary's Church, Walton on the Hill on 8 February 1891. The couple spent their married life in Liverpool and had eight children, four of whom died young:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

Agnes Woodall

Florence Woodall

Fanny Woodall

Ada Woodall

William Woodall

Frederick Woodall

Winifred Woodall

Amy Woodall

(1893-1993)

(1894-1898)

(1895-1895)

(1901-?)

(1904-1974)

(1906-1994)

(1908-1909)

(1909-1913)

m. Hugh John Owens, 1915

Frederick died in Liverpool in 1930 and Ann in 1951.

 

Amy Woodall
Amy Woodall

Amy Woodall, youngest child of John Woodall and Ann Radley, was born in Liverpool on 20 March 1869 and baptised at St Peter's Church there six months later on 21 September. Following a fairly common practice of the time, she was given the same name as an older sister who died as a baby a year earlier. She married William Ernest Gage at St Cuthbert's Church, Everton on 11 August 1890 and had ten children, all born in Everton:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

Amy Gage

William Henry Gage

Leslie Woodall Gage

Arthur Stafford Gage

Ernest Radley Gage

Marjorie Gage

Norman Gage

Ernestine Gage

Edgar Radley Gage

Arnold Gage

(1891-1982)

(1893-1915)

(1895-1958)

(1897-1917)

(1899-1901)

(1902-1993)

(1904-1909)

(1907-1984)

(1910-1988)

(1912-1977)

m. Harold Dean Mason, 1923

m. Dorothy Price, 1951

m. David Alfred Vaughan, 1928

m. Marjorie Tayer Luke, 1938

William was employed as a book keeper at the time of their marriage, but had become a produce broker's manager by 1901.

The couple's three oldest sons all served in the First World War, but sadly only one returned: Leslie, who enlisted as a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery. William Heny was a Territorial, having joined the King's (Liverpool) Regiment on 13 August 1913, and was therefore mobilised immediately upon the outbreak of war. He was drafted to France on 21 February 1915 and was killed in action three months later, on 16 May 1915, the second day of the Battle of Festubert. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial near Béthune. Arthur joined the Royal Garrison Artillery like Leslie and was drafted to France some time after the end on 1915. He was killed in action on 14 November 1917 and is buried in The Huts Cemetery outside Ypres.

William died in Anfield on 23 October 1931 and Amy in 1936.

 

George Radley 1855
George Radley

George Radley, oldest surviving child of John Radley and Eleanor Oakes Goodrum, was born in Toxteth Park and baptised at St Michael's Church there on 10 June 1855. He worked as a domestic coachman and married Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Forbes at St Peter's Church, Liverpool on 2 April 1875. The couple spent all their married life in the Liverpool area and had eight children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

Fred Radley 

Gilbert Radley

George Radley

Helen Radley

John Radley

Norah Radley

Sophia Radley

Robin Radley

(1876-1919)

(1877-1917)

(1879-1893)

(1881-1969)

(1885-1886)

(1886-1967)

(1888-1982)

(1894-1977)

m. Elizabeth Sanders, 1904

m. Alfred Edgar Tupman, 1904

m. Philip Edgar Corrin, 1910

m. Dorothy May Christian, 1920

 

In the early 1890s George changed his occupation and became a licensed victualler

Elizabeth died in Toxteth Park in 1916 and George died in Liverpool on 1 August 1920.

 

Sophia Radley 1865
Sophia Radley

Sophia Radley, daughter of John Radley and Eleanor Oakes Goodrum, was born in Everton in mid-1865 and baptised at St Augustine's Church there on 5 April 1866. She married William James Prior, a tobacconist's assistant, at St Saviour's Church, Chelsea on 8 July 1884 and had two sons, one of whom died in infancy:

1.

2.

William Edwin Prior

Reginald Arthur Prior

(1885-1952)

(1888-1889)

m. Mabel Gertrude Victoria Cosgrave, 1910

 

The family returned to Liverpool in about 1890 and William spent the rest of his working life as a publican.

William seems to have died in the early 1900s, and following his death Sophia worked as a domestic servant. She died in Liverpool in 1935.

 

Alfred Radley 1868
Alfred Radley

Alfred Radley, son of John Radley and Eleanor Oakes Goodrum, was born in Everton on 1 March 1868 and baptised at St Augustine's Church there three days later. He was working as a printer's machinist when he married Elizabeth Agnes Green at St Peter's Church, Liverpool on 6 April 1885, but late became a stationary engine driver.

Alfred and Elizabeth had thirteen children, four of whom died in infancy:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

Eleanor Radley

Alfred Radley

Harry Radley

Alfred Radley

William Radley

John Radley

Lilian Radley

Eleanor Oakes Radley

Harry Radley

Elizabeth Beatrice Agnes Radley

James Radley

George Stanley Radley

Herbert Radley

(1885-1886)

(1887-1890)

(1889-1890)

(1890-1918)

(1892-1958)

(1894-1895)

(1895-1982)

(1898-1992)

(1899-1970)

(1900-1988)

(1903-1965)

(1904-1970)

(1906-1972)

m. Ruth Fitzsimmons, 1915

m. Percy Harold Evans, 1923

m. Norman Garner, 1922

m. Ethel Benton, 1924

m. William Joseph Coggan, 1930

m. Catherine Lightfoot, 1930

m. Edna May Eilbeck, 1935

Alfred initially worked as a printer's machinist, but by 1901 had become a stationary engine driver.

The couple's oldest surviving son, Alfred, served in the King's (Liverpool) Regiment in the First World War and was killed in action late in the war on 27 September 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. 

Elizabeth died in Liverpool in 1925 and Alfred in 1955.

William Radley 1870
William Radley

Wiliam Radley, son of John Radley and Eleanor Oakes Goodrum, was born in Everton on 7 August 1870 and baptised at St Peter's Church, Liverpool on 31 March 1872. He became a licensed victualler and married Beatrice Fairbarn in West Derby in 1894. The couple had nine children, all born in Liverpool:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

Harry Radley

William Radley

Mark Radley

William Radley

Robert Radley

Frank Radley

Beatrice Radley

Doris Radley

Doris Radley

(1894-1957)

(1896-1896)

(1897-1964)

(1898-?)

(1904-?)

(1906-1986)

(1909-1980)

(1912-1914)

(1917-1960)

m. Elizabeth Tate, 1921

m. Joan Donegan, 1921

m. Mary Lilian Edwards, 1927

m. Gladys Kelley, 1928

m. Michael Francis Donegan, 1943

m. Daniel Thomas Hughes, 1936

By 1911 William was working as a dock labourer.

Beatrice died in Liverpool in 1927 and William possibly died in Birkenhead in 1955.

 

Thomas Radley Willings
Thomas Radley Willings

Thomas Radley Willings, oldest son of George Shem Willings and Sophia Radley, was born in West Derby on 16 September 1855 and baptised at St Anne's Church there three weeks later on 7 October. After serving an apprenticeship with a ship's broker, he initially worked as a shipping clerk and married Lucy Ann Clarke at St Peter's Church, Everton on 25 December 1875.

 

The couple had seven children:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

Edith Lucy Willings

Ethel Sophia Willings

Thomas Frederick Willings

George Clarke Willings

Harold Willings

Dorothy Willings

Thomas Hubert Willings

(1877-1945)

(1880-1973)

(1884-1885)

(1887-1941)

(1889-1954)

(1893-?)

(1895-1980)

m. Georgia Isabel Renshaw, 1911

m. Virginia Miller

m. John W Stewart, 1915

m. Elynor Ann Cook, 1926

 

Soon after Thomas' marriage he was promoted to the post of cashier with a shipping company, and had become a shipping manager in Liscard by 1901.

The couple's three surviving sons all emigrated to America prior to World War I.

Thomas died in Liscard on 23 November 1910 and Lucy in 1911.

 

George Staley Willings
George Stanley Willings

George Stanley Willings, son of George Shem Willings and Sophia Radley, was born in Childwall on 6 August 1859 and baptised at St Peter's Church, Woolton on the following 1 September. He became a brewer and married Margaret Leigh in Toxteth Park in 1881.

 

The couple had six children, two of whom died in infancy:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Sophia Eliza Willings

Alice Willings

Georgina Maud Willings

Lena Willings

Stanley Leigh Willings

Amy Beatrice Willings

(1882-?)

(1883-1959)

(1885-1885)

(1889-1965)

(1892-1893)

(1895-1942)

m. Robert Tarbuck Sandiford, 1901

m. Walter Owen Sherbrooke, 1903

m. William James Lloyd, 1909

m. James Wilson Huntington, 1917

George died in Birkenhead in 1923 and Margaret died in Liverpool in 1943.

 

Frederick William Willings
Frederick William Willings

Frederick William Willings, youngest child of George Shem Willings and Sophia Radley, was born in Liverpool on 10 September 1861 and baptised at St Peter's Church there five weeks later on 17 October. As a young man he worked as a clerk, but by the time of his marriage to Alice Smith in West Derby in 1887 he had become a commercial traveller.

 

Alice had a daughter born some time before the marriage who subsequently used the surname Willings, and two more children were born in wedlock:

1.

2.

3.

Florence Smith (Willings)

Lucy Willings

Frederick Willings

(1882-?)

(1888-1889)

(1891-1943)

m. Henry Smith, 1905

m. Maria Luisa

Frederick died in Bolton in 1899 at the age of 37 and Alice remarried a few years later. She died in West Derby in 1913.

The couple's youngest child Frederick emigrated to the United States and settled in Texas.

 

William Blackburn 1864
William Blackburn

William Blackburn, son of John Blackburn and Martha Radley, was born in Woolton on 25 September 1864 and baptised at All Saints' Church, Childwall a month later on 30 October. He worked as a house painter and married Mary Ellen Milroy at St Margaret's Church, Walton on the Hill on 27 April 1893.

The couple had four children, all born in Liverpool:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Amy Blackburn

William Leonard Blackburn

John Milroy Blackburn

George Frederick Blackburn

(1894-1970)

(1896-1915)

(1899-1935)

(1902-1960)

m. Norman Rowen, 1920

m. Margaret Ball, 1926

William and Mary's oldest son William Leonard (known as Leonard) joined the King's (Liverpool) Regiment as a Territorial on 9 February 1914, aged 17. He was mobilised at the outbreak of World War I, but was too young to be sent overseas immediately. He was drafted to France on 2 February 1915 and was killed in action just three months later on 25 May 1915. He is buried in the Railway Dugouts Cemetery, Zillebeke, near Ypres.

William died in Liverpool in 1936.

 

Frederick John Blackburn
Frederick John Blackburn

Frederick John Blackburn, son of John Blackburn and Martha Radley, was born in Woolton on 3 July 1866 and baptised at St Peter's Church there a month later on 5 August. He became a butcher like his father, initially assisting in the family business, and married Sarah Elizabeth Barkley at All Saints' Church, Chidwall in 1900.

The couple had three children, all born in Liverpool:

1.

2.

3.

Florence Elizabeth Blackburn

Frederick Spencer Blackburn

Frances Amy Blackburn

(1900-1963)

(1904-1958)

(1913-1989)

m. Albert Lightfoot Sedman, 1921

m. Martha Gertrude Cannell, 1932

m. James Stanley Sefton, 1924

Frederick changed careers in the early 1900s, becoming a ship's cook. He died in Liverpool in 1945 and Sarah died there in 1962.

 

Amy Blackburn
Amy Blackburn

Amy Blackburn, fourth child and oldest daughter of John Blackburn and Martha Radley, was born in Woolton on 24 August 1868 and baptised at St Peter's Church there the following 4 October. She married George Hulatt, an audit clerk, at All Saints' Church, Chidwall in 1899 and had three children, all born in Woolton:

1.

2.

3.

George Radley Hulatt

John Blackburn Hulatt

Doris Amy Hulatt

(1890-1843)

(1892-1962)

(1895-1983)

m. Violet Gibb, 1917

m. Eva Squires, 1919

m. Robert Leslie Balfour, 1925

Both of George and Amy's sons were early volunteers in World War I, enlisting in different battalions of the King's (Liverpool) Regiment less than a month after war was declared. George was drafted to France before the end of 1914, but was discharged due to illness on 31 March 1915. John, who reached the rank of Colour Sergeant, was not sent overseas until 12 February 1917 and was fortunate enough to come through the remainder of the war without serious injury.

Amy died in Liverpool on 8 December 1936 and George on 14 January 1945.

 

Mary Annie Blackburn
Mary Annie Blackburn

Amy Blackburn, fourth child and oldest daughter of John Blackburn and Martha Radley, was born in Woolton on 24 August 1868 and baptised at St Peter's Church there the following 4 October. She married George Hulatt, an audit clerk, at All Saints' Church, Chidwall in 1899 and had three children, all born in Woolton:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Frederick Arthur Smith

Elsie Evelyn Smith

George Harold Blackburn Smith

Albert Edward Smith

Constance Amy Smith

(1896-1981)

(1899-1979)

(1900-1960)

(1904-?)

(1906-1994)

m. Mabel Lydia Pritchard, 1921

m. John Morris Hodgson, 1925

m. Frances Marguerite Wheater, 1931

m. John I Griffiths, 1967

The family lived briefly in Kent and Liscard, Cheshire, before settling in Lincoln in the early 1900s.

 

Mary and Arthur's two oldest sons both served in World War I: Frederick in the RAF and George in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

Arthur died in Bracebridge Heath on 4 June 1947 and Mary died in Skegness on 30 July 1962.

 

Sophia Blackburn
Sophia Blackburn

Sophia Blackburn, youngest surviving daughter of John Blackburn and Martha Radley, was born in Woolton on 26 November 1871 and married Gilbert Etheridge, a bricklayer, in Liverpool in 1892. The couple had three children:

1.

2.

3.

Thomas Norman Etheridge

John Dudley Etheridge

George Urban Etheridge

(1894-1978)

(1897-1973)

(1898-1904)

m. Annie Laurie Ferguson, 1923

m. Dorothy Sellars, 1926

However, the marriage broke down, and by 1900 Sophia was in a relationship with George Stephenson, a stockbroker's salesman, with whom she had five more children:

 

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

Alan Stephenson Etheridge

Ernest Wallace Stephenson

Arthur Leonard Stephenson

Violet Stephenson

Martha Frances Marjorie Stephenson

(1900-1961)

(1902-1903)

(1903-1964)

(1905-1905)

(1907-?)

m. Emily Kate Hailey, 1932

m. Haidee Doreen Ashton, 1933

m. Joseph Harilng Herdman, 1929

After the couple separated, Thomas remained with his father while the other children lived with Sophia. Although John and Alan were registered with the surname Etheridge, they subsequently adopted the name Stephenson.

 

Thomas enlisted in the King's (Liverpool) Regiment fairly early in World War I and was drafted to France on 7 November 1915. He received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the same regiment on 26 June 1918. His brother John Dudley (known as Dudley) served as a private in the Cheshire Regiment, while Alan entered the Royal Naval Reserve in the last year of the war.

Sophia died in Wallasey in 1939 and Gilbert remarried the following year. George died in Wallasey in 1947 and Gilbert died in Liverpool in 1951.

John Joseph Leyland
John Joseph Leyland

John Joseph Leyland, older son of John Leyland and Maria Massey, was born in Liverpool and baptised at St Peter's Church there on 20 October 1850. He became a gas fitter and later worked as a gas meter inspector. He married Mary Ann Howell at St Peter's Church, Everton on 4 April 1873 and had six daughters:

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

Mary Emma Leyland

Rebecca Leyland

Alice Leyland

Maria Leyland

Amy Bird Leyland

Gertrude Leyland

(1877-1957)

(1878-?)

(1879-1972)

(1883-1973)

(1886-1956)

(1887-1969)

m. William Sidney Jenkins, 1902

m. William John Bassnett, 1916

m. William Houghton Carruthers, 1912

Mary died in Liverpool in 1914 and John on 22 February 1937.

 

James Leyland
James Leyland

James Leyland, younger son of John Leyland and Maria Massey, was born in Liverpool on 28 October 1861 and baptised at St Peter's Church there on 16 February 1862. He worked as a whitesmith and married Alice Spencer at St Augustine's Church, Everton on 9 November 1890. The couple had three children, all born in Liverpool:

1.

2.

3.

William John Leyland

Maria Leyland

James Leyland

(1891-1916)

(1893-?)

(1895-?)