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Emma (1) Stubbs was born in 1862 in Salford to parents Francis (2) Stubbs and his wife Hannah (nee Beech). Her birth certificate [Birth Index: Salford 8d 64, 1862 (Sept)] states that she was born on August 6th 1862 at 11, Greengate in Salford and names her father as a bread-baker journeyman Francis Stubbs and her mother as Hannah (nee Beech). She was christened at Manchester Cathedral on November 9th 1862 [IGI: Batches C073543 and onwards].
The 1871 Census finds her aged "8" living with her mother at 30, Deal Street in Salford and attending school.
She has not been found in the 1881 Census despite repeated and extensive efforts. It now seems most likely that she eluded enumeration.
In 1881 she married a widower Joseph (1) Livesey (J1L). Their marriage certificate [Marriage Index: Salford 8d 181, 1881 (Dec)] states that they married at the Sacred Trinity Church in Salford on December 18th 1881. He is described as a widower and greengrocer "of full age", and she as a spinster of no occupation and also "of full age". She was actually only 19. Their place of residence is given as 21, Quay Street in Salford. His father George (1) is described as a brickmaker and hers, "Frank" Stubbs, as a baker. The witnesses were Samuel Walker and Elizabeth Walker whose connections are unknown. They may have been the couple whom the 1881 Census finds living at 11, Cook Street in Salford, and they may have married in 1877 [Marriage Index: Salford 8d 101, 1877 (Sept)], the bride's name being Elizabeth Jones Robinson.
J1L was born in Salford in 1846 to parents George (1) Livesey and his wife Bridget Grimes. He was born on April 1st 1846 and was christened on July 5th at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Livesey Street in Manchester, the record naming Susan McAlister as his Godmother [St. Patrick Baptisms Register: Folio 143 (1846), Lancs. County Record Office at Preston]. There appears to be no reference to his birth in the GRO Birth Index. He first married Alice Cartwright [Marriage Index: Warrington 8c 180, 1867 (June)]. Alice died from tuberculosis aged "26" at 5, Stamford Street in Warrington on June 25th 1877 [Death Index: Warrington 8c 126, 1877 (June)]. The 1881 Census finds J1L as a widower living, with three of his children by Alice, at 22, Wood Street, Salford in the household of his parents. He was then occupied as a hawker.
Further details of J1L and his Livesey ancestry can be found on this page in the Livesey Family History website.
A pre-WW1 photograph of Quay Street, doubtless looking much as it had done in the 1880s, can be viewed on this page.
Emma (1) and J1L were living at 13, Quay Street in 1885 when their child William Henry (1) was born. J1L was then working as a greengrocer.
The 1891 Census finds Emma (1) and J1L with various children living at 14, Quay Street. He was now working as a lodging-house keeper. He had 10 unmarried lodgers there, from whom he must have been extracting a handsome amount of rent.
In 1893, when their son Harold (2) was born, they were still at 14, Quay Street. J1L was then described as a hawker.
The 1900 Slater's Directory for Salford lists J1L as an owner of two houses (probably Nos. 13 and 14, Quay Street).
The 1901 Census finds J1L and some of his children still living at 14, Quay Street, described as a "common lodging house". He was again described as a lodging-house keeper, on his "own account working at home". He again had 10 lodgers in the property, besides two servants. Emma (1) was no longer with him. It is known from anecdotal family evidence that she and J1L had separated. Attempts to ascertain her own whereabouts in 1901 have not succeeded.
J1L died in 1902. The death certificate [Death Index: Salford 8d 86, 1902 (June)] states that he died aged 55 on June 17th 1902. The cause of death was "chronic Bright's disease - suppression of urine". He died at his home 14, Quay Street and his occupation was cited as lodging-house proprietor. His son Samuel George (1) was the informant. He was buried on June 21st at the Weaste Cemetery in Salford.
On September 30th 1916 Emma (1) remarried to Richard ("Dick") Tootill [Marriage Index: Salford 8d 24, 1916 (Sept)]. Richard was born in Salford [Birth Index: Salford 8d 91, 1877 (Dec)] to parents James Tootill (a wheelwright) and his wife Louisa Ann (nee Stevens), who had married at Manchester Cathedral on July 19th 1874 [Marriage Index: Manchester 8d 276, 1874 (Sept)]. The 1881 Census finds Richard at age "3" living with his parents and widowed grandmother at 3, Dixon Street in Salford. The 1901 Census finds his parents living at 7, Dixon Street [PRO Ref: RG13 Piece 3728 Folio 133 Page 34].
Emma (1) died from oesophagal cancer at her home 97, Walnut Street in Salford on December 6th 1940 [Death Index: Salford 8d 903, 1940 (Dec)]. The informant was her husband Richard, now occupied as a Corporation bus cleaner. The certificate cites her age upon death as 72 but it was actually 78.