Thomas (1) Livesey


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Brief biography

Thomas (1) Livesey was born around 1827/28, probably in Manchester, to parents Richard (1) Livesey and his wife Ellen Walmesley.

The 1841 Census finds him living with his parents and siblings in Vauxhall Gardens in the St. George district of Manchester.

The 1851 Census finds him at age "23" living in the household of his widowed mother at 4, Vauxhall Street in the St. George district. He was occupied as a dyer.

He married or partnered a woman named Margaret whose maiden name is not yet known. She was born around 1825/26 in Quebec, Canada.

The 1861 Census finds him at age "36" living with Margaret and two daughters at No. 9, Little Tilling (or Tulling?) Street in Manchester. He was occupied as a carter and Margaret as an umbrella maker.

The 1871 Census finds him at age "42" living with Margaret and two daughters at 69, Burton Street in the St. George district. He was again occupied as a carter whilst Margaret, by now a British Subject, was again occupied as an umbrella maker.

Thomas (1) appears to have died by 1881. He may have died in 1877 with his age seriously under-cited as "44" [Death Index: Manchester 8d 174, 1877 (Sept)].

The 1881 Census finds his widow Margaret aged "55" living at 4, Whitehead [Street? Road?] in Manchester. Her household included the family of her married daughter Elizabeth Ann (1).

The 1891 Census finds Margaret aged "65" - and wrongly described as married - living at 5, Susan Street in the St. George district in the household of Elizabeth Ann (1).

The 1901 Census finds Margaret aged "74" - now correctly described as widowed - as an inmate of the Manchester Workhouse in Crumpsall, Lancashire. Her occupation is again given as umbrella maker and her birthplace as Quebec.

Margaret died aged "76" in 1903 [Death Index: Prestwich 8d 253, 1903 (Dec)].

His children by Margaret ... (?)

  1. Elizabeth Ann (1) Livesey - probably [Birth Index: Manchester 8d 221, 1857 (Dec)]
  2. Miriam (1) Livesey - [Birth Index: Manchester 8d 264, 1860 (Dec)]
  3. Margaret Ellen (1) Livesey - [Birth Index: Manchester 8d 280, 1864 (March)]
  4. and probably others ...

Elizabeth Ann (1) was christened at Manchester Cathedral on May 9th 1858 [IGI: Batch C073545]. The 1871 Census finds her living with her parents at 69, Burton Street in the St. George district, where she was employed (like her mother) as an umbrella maker. She married Thomas Owen, a moulder born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. The 1881 Census finds her with her husband and two daughters, together with her widowed mother, living at 4, Whitehead [Street? Road?] in Manchester. The 1891 Census finds her family - again including her mother - living at 5, Susan Street in the St. George district. She was occupied as an umbrella maker and her husband was still occupied as a moulder. They now had five daughters with them. The 1901 Census finds them living with five daughters at 159, Hamilton Street in Manchester where Thomas was occupied as an iron moulder.

Miriam (1) was not with her parents in the 1871 Census and may have died in childhood.

The 1881 Census finds Margaret Ellen (1) at age 17 living at 44, Philip Park Road in the Beswick area of Manchester, occupied as a servant in the household of her cousin Richard (3). In 1882 she married John Kay [Marriage Index: Manchester 8d 233, 1882 (June)]. The 1891 Census finds them living with three children at 2, Brewery Street in Bradford, Manchester where John was occupied as a painter. The 1901 Census finds them living with five children at 41, Church Street in North Manchester where John was occupied again as a (house) painter.