Samuel George (1) Livesey

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Samuel George (1) Livesey was born in Salford in 1868 to parents Joseph (1) Livesey and his first wife Alice Cartwright. The birth certificate [Birth Index: Salford 8d 113, 1868 (March)] states that he was born on February 17th 1868 at 14, Johnson Street where his parents were then living. It describes his father as a coal carter.

He was christened at Manchester Cathedral on May 31st 1868 [IGI: Batch C073547]. The baptism register confirms his birthdate and describes his father Joseph (1) as a carter.

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

The 1881 Census finds him at age 13 boarding at the same address in the household of John Thomas (1) Bedale, the husband of his aunt Mary (1).

He married Frances Ann Stead at St. Simon's Church in Salford on June 6th 1887 [Marriage Index: Salford 8d 149, 1887 (June)]. The register describes him as a bachelor aged 21, residing at Bedford Court and occupied as a hawker. Frances Ann is described as a spinster aged 21, also residing at Bedford Court. His father is described as a hawker and hers, John Stead, as a gardener. The witnesses were Emma Livesey - probably Joseph (1)'s second wife Emma (nee Stubbs) - and John "Sturt" (unclear) who may have actually been John Stead.

Frances Ann must have been in an advanced state of pregnancy when they married, as their first child John (1) was christened barely three months later in September 1887, at which time they were living at 13, Quay Street in Salford with Samuel George (1) working as a greengrocer.

The 1891 Census finds Samuel George (1) at age 23 with his wife and first two children living at 46, Brighton Street, Ordsall in Salford. He was working as a market porter.

The 1901 Census finds him at age 33 with his wife and six children living at 4, Tamworth Street in Salford. He was now working as a fishmonger's labourer.

In 1902 he served as the informant on his father's death certificate, and was then still living at 4, Tamworth Street.

He and Frances subsequently separated. The 1911 Census finds him at age "43", with no other family members, living at 14, Windsor Terrace in Salford, occupied as a porter for a fish market. The only other person present was a single woman Annie Longbottom aged "29" and occupied as a domestic housekeeper, presumably for him. Meanwhile, Frances and five of her children were living at 36, Granville Street in Ordsall, Salford. She described herself as "married separated" and was working as a charwoman. Also present were two very young children Sydney Livesey and William Ralph Livesey whose relationship to Frances was left unspecified; probably they were illegitimate offspring of Frances' daughters Hannah (2) and/or Mary (3) who were living with her. In 1914 Hannah (2) produced an illegitimate daughter.

Samuel George died at the Hope Hospital in Salford on April 19th 1922 [Death Index: Salford 8d 14, 1922 (June)] and was buried at the Weaste Cemetery in Salford. His gravestone confirms the date of his death and gives his age as "56". Probate was granted on May 10th to his above-mentioned housekeeper/mistress Annie Longbottom. His effects were valued at £3,331, a very handsome amount in that era. His Will had been drawn up on March 6th 1913 when Annie Longbottom must have been about five months pregnant with their child George. It made explicit provision for "his infant children" as well as for Annie and his three youngest sons by Frances.

In 1923 Frances Ann was living with her son Samuel George (2) at 36, Granville Street in Ordsall [Electoral Register for Ordsall: Spring 1923].

Frances Ann died in 1926 [Death Index: Salford 8d 503, 1926 (Dec)] and was likewise buried at the Weaste Cemetery, apparently in the same grave as her husband. The gravestone cites her date of death as November 26th 1926 and her age as "64". Her son Samuel George (2) is also commemorated on this gravestone. Whether all three are indeed buried there together is uncertain.

Annie Longbottom died in the same year. She died aged "45" on November 29th 1926 at the Lancashire County Mental Hospital in Winwick, Warrington [Death Index: Warrington 8c 213, 1926 (Dec)]. She had been living at 84, Mornington Street in Chorlton-upon-Medlock. Probate was granted nearly a year later on September 24th 1927 to George Evans, a detective sergeant. Her effects were valued at just over £1,386. However, the probate register notes that there was a "further grant 14 April 1959", perhaps indicating that there had been some long-standing dispute over the inheritance of Samuel George (1)'s assets.

His children by Frances Ann Stead

  1. John (1) Livesey
  2. Hannah (2) Livesey
  3. Mary (3) Livesey
  4. Joseph (3) Livesey
  5. James (2) Livesey
  6. Samuel George (2) Livesey
  7. and possibly others ...

His children by Annie Longbottom

  1. Alice (2) Livesey - probably [Birth Index: Salford 8d 119, 1908 (March)]
  2. George Longbottom - [Birth Index: Salford 8d 174, 1913 (Sept)]

Alice (2) was baptized on February 12th 1908 at All Saints in Chorlton-upon-Medlock [IGI: Film No. 2112983]. The register states that she was born on January 22nd 1908 and that her parents were living at 13, St. Leonard's Street. Samuel George (1) was occupied as a fish salesman. She died on June 6th 1908 [Death Index: Salford 8d 76, 1908 (June)] and was buried at the Philips Park Cemetery in Miles Platting, Greater Manchester [Plot GConsecrated 830].

George Longbottom was baptized on July 23rd 1913 at All Saints in Chorlton-upon-Medlock. The register gives his date of birth as June 7th 1913 and states that his parents were living at 13, St. Leonard's Street. Whereas in Alice (2)'s baptism entry his mother pretended that her surname was Livesey, in George's baptism entry his father pretended that his surname was Longbottom. In 1913 Samuel George (1) again gave his occupation as fish salesman.

Will of Samuel George (1) Livesey

BE IT KNOWN that Samuel George Livesey of 19 George Street Pendleton Salford in the County of Lancaster commission agent who at the time of his death had a fixed place of abode at 19 George Street aforesaid within the district of the City of Manchester and Hundred of Salford died on the 16th day of April 1922 at Hope Hospital Pendleton aforesaid

AND BE IT FURTHER KNOWN that at the date hereunder written the last will and testament of the said deceased and proved and registered in the District Probate Registry of His Majesty's High Court of Justice in Manchester and that administration of all the estate which by law devolves and vests in the personal representative of the said deceased was granted by the aforesaid Court to Annie Longbottom of 19 George Street aforesaid spinster the sole Executrix named in the said Will

Dated the 10th day of May
Gross value of Estate £3331 : 1s : 4d
Net value of Personal Estate: £3286 : 0s : 2d
Extracted by H Gilman Jones Solr Manchester

This is the last will and testament of Samuel George Livesey of 19 George Street Pendleton Salford in the county of Lancaster. I appoint my friend and housekeeper Annie Longbottom to be the Executrix and trustee of this my will and guardian of my infant children. I give and bequeath to the said Annie Longbottom for her own use absolutely all my plate linen china glass books pictures prints wine liquors furniture and other household effects and all loose cash in the house and all securities for money and all my personal estate and effects (excepting only all moneys standing to my credit at any Bank or Banks) and I give and bequeath unto the said Annie Longbottom all of the residue of my real and personal estate upon trust that she shall sell call in and convert into money the same or part thereof as shall not consist of money and shall with and out of the moneys produced by such sale calling in and conversion pay my funeral and testamental expenses and debts and shall stand possessed of the balance thereof in trust to pay and divide the same into and equally between herself the said Annie Longbottom (for her own use) and my three sons, Joseph James and Samuel each taking a like share and in case any of the said four shall predecease me without leaving issue which shall survive the share of him her or them so dying shall belong to the survivors or survivor of him her or them living at the date of my decease. Provided always that if either of my three said sons shall die in my lifetime leaving a child or children who shall survive me and being a son or sons shall attain the age of 21 years or being a daughter or daughters shall attain that age or marry under that age the and in every such case the last mentioned child or children shall take (and if more than one equally between them) the share which his or her parent would have taken of and in the residuary estate if such parent had survived me and attained the age of 21 years and I hereby revoke all former will made by me and declare this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have signed my name this sixth day of March one thousand nine hundred and thirteen.

Signed by the above named Samuel George Livesey (the Testator as and for his last Will and testament in the joint presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses
H Gilmore Jones Solicitor 8 Bexley Square Salford
Geo H Jones 70 New Barton Street ... his clerk
On the 10th day of May 1922 Probate of this will was granted at Manchester to Annie Longbottom spinster the sole executrix

Certified to be a correct copy