Mary (1) Livesey

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Mary (1) Livesey was born to parents George (1) Livesey and his wife Bridget Grimes. Census records indicate that she was born in Salford around the early 1850s.

The 1861 Census finds her at age "8" living in George (1)'s household at 11, Spaw Street in Salford.

In 1870 she married John Thomas (1) Bedale [Marriage Index: Manchester 8d 323, 1870 (Sept)]. He was born in Salford in 1849 [Birth Index: Salford 20 795, 1849 (Dec)]. They were married by Banns at Manchester Cathedral on August 14th. The register describes him as a bachelor and "picker maker" aged 20 residing at 20, Wood Street in Salford, and her as a spinster aged 19 residing at 22, Wood Street. Her father is named as a coal dealer "George Livsey" and the groom's father as a grinder Henry Bedale. Both parties were able to write their signatures, in her case spelling her surname as "Livsey". The witnesses were "George Livsey" - perhaps George (1) or the latter's son George (2) - and Priscilla Birchall who, the following year, would become George (2)'s second wife.

The 1871 Census finds her at age "21" with her husband living in George (1)'s household at 22, Wood Street. She was working as a "card room hand", and her husband as a "picker maker". The latter occupation entailed making the leather "pickers" involved in the shuttle movement on weaving looms.

The 1881 Census finds them with several children living at 3, Robinson's Court in Salford. John Thomas (1) was now described as a "picture maker", presumed to be a mis-rendering of "picker maker". Boarding with them was Mary (1)'s 13-year-old nephew Samuel George (1) Livesey.

The 1891 Census finds them with several children still living at 22, Wood Street with Bridget, now a widow. John Thomas (1) was described as a "buffalo picker maker (calico weavers)".

The 1901 Census finds the family still at 22, Wood Street. John Thomas (1) was now occupied as an insurance club collector.

In 1903 John Thomas (1) died aged "53" [Death Index: Salford 8d 60, 1903 (June)].

The 1911 Census finds Mary (1) still at 22, Wood Street together with the family of her married daughter Esther.

Mary (1) died aged "67" in 1920 [Death Index: Salford 8d 101, 1920 (Dec)].

Her children by John Thomas (1) Bedale

  1. Richard Bedale - [Birth Index: Salford 8d 129, 1873 (Dec)]
  2. Mary Ann Bedale - [Birth Index: Salford 8d 129, 1873 (Dec) (also)] - christened at Sacred Trinity on March 11th 1874
  3. John Thomas (2) Bedale - [Birth Index: Salford 8d 178, 1876 (March)] - christened at Sacred Trinity on March 8th 1876
  4. Joseph (1) Bedale - [Birth Index: Salford 8d 140, 1878 (June)] - christened at Sacred Trinity on February 4th 1880
  5. Esther Bedale - [Birth Index: Salford 8d 170, 1880 (March)] - christened at Sacred Trinity on February 4th 1880 (also)
  6. Sarah Emma Bedale - [Birth Index: Salford 8d 152, 1889 (March)]
  7. Florence Bedale - [Birth Index: Salford 8d 160, 1890 (Dec)]
  8. Samuel Bedale - born about 1896
  9. and possibly others ...

The first four christening records above all describe John Thomas (1) as a "picker maker". These records also indicate that the family's move from Wood Street to Robinson's Court occurred around 1874-76.

Richard Bedale was evidently a twin to his sister Mary Ann. He appears to have died very soon after birth [Death Index: Salford 8d 72, 1873 (Dec)].

Mary Ann Bedale may have died aged "2" in Salford in 1876 [Death Index: Salford 8d 74, 1876 (June)].

John Thomas (2) Bedale evidently died aged "5" in Salford in 1881 [Death Index: Salford 8d 93, 1881 (June)].

Joseph (1) Bedale married Ann ("Annie") Thomas on October 1st 1898 [Marriage Index: Salford 8d 115, 1898 (Dec)]. They produced at least two children - Joseph (2) Bedale (born about 1899) and John (1) Bedale (born in mid-1900). The 1901 Census finds them living as a separate household at 22, Wood Street.

Esther Bedale married in 1902 to Alfred Harvey [Marriage Index: Salford 8d 135, 1902 (March)]. The 1911 Census finds her living with him and their four children at 22, Wood Street in the household of her widowed mother.

Sarah Emma Bedale married John Henry Broughton in 1907 [Marriage Index: Manchester 8d 449, 1907 (Sept)]. She produced nine children by him and died in 1961 [descendant's report].