John William (1) Livesey

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John William (1) Livesey was born in Salford around 1869-70 to parents Joseph (1) Livesey and his first wife Alice Cartwright. His GRO birth reference is probably [Birth Index: Salford 8d 119, 1870 (March)], which gives both forenames and spells the surname as "Livsey".

He was christened at the Sacred Trinity Church on February 2nd 1870, when his parents were living at 19, Wood Street in Salford. His father was described in the register as a carder.

The 1871 Census finds him at age "1" living with his parents at 3, Robinson's Court in Salford.

The 1881 Census finds him at age "9" living with his widowed father at 22, Wood Street in the household of his grandfather George (1).

He has not yet been located in the 1891 Census. His future wife Martha (1) Prince was then living at age "18" with her parents - James Prince and wife Martha - and her siblings at 2, Brewery Place in Salford, occupied as a fustian cutter. Her GRO birth reference is probably [Birth Index: Altrincham 8a 182, 1872 (Dec)].

John William (1) and Martha (1) married at the Sacred Trinity Church in 1897 [Marriage Index: Salford 8d 173, 1897 (Dec)].

The 1901 Census finds him at age "31" living with his wife and two children at 18, Yorkshire Street in Salford. He was occupied as a general labourer. She is described as aged 28 and born at Lymm in Cheshire. One of the children, Alice (1), was clearly his own child. The other, named "Mattie E.[?] Prince", is described in the record as his step-daughter aged 8 and born in Salford.

It is not certain whether "Mattie" - designated here as Martha (2) Prince - did have an official middle name. She may have been a child of Martha (1) by some prior relationship, and her GRO birth reference may be [Birth Index: Salford 8d 173, 1893 (June)].

The 1911 Census finds John William (1) and Martha (1) and their two children living at 63, King Street in Salford; his occupation was given as general labourer in an engineering business and hers was given as woollen sorter.

John William (1) may have died aged "49" in 1919 [Death Index: Salford 8d 101, 1919 (Dec)]. Martha (1) may have died aged "54" in 1926 [Death Index: Salford 8d 372, 1926 (March)].

His children by Martha (1) Prince

  1. Alice (1) Livesey
  2. John William (4) Livesey

The birth reference for John William (4) is probably [Birth Index: Salford 8d 106, 1904 (Sept)] but otherwise [Birth Index: Salford 8d 118, 1904 (March)]. A relative has reported that John William (4) was profoundly deaf (although there is no indication of this on his 1911 Census entry) and that he worked at a school for the deaf, also that he had a daughter Edna and that he died of bowel cancer. His GRO death reference is probably [Death Index: Salford 10f 501, 1963 (Dec) : aged "59"].

His step-child by parents unknown

  1. Martha ("Mattie") (2) Prince