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John Brownhill was born to Mary Brownell in Sale in early 1806. He appears to have been her first child.

John was baptised in St Martin's Church in Ashton upon Mersey on 23 February 1806 at which point he was described as the base son of Mary Brownell of Sale, meaning that Mary was unmarried (parish register).

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On 19 August 1808, John was joined by a younger brother, William Brownhill, who was baptised in St Martin's Church in Ashton upon Mersey on 18 September 1808. He too was described as the base son of Mary Brownhill of Sale (parish register).

No further siblings appear to have been born, certainly not to an unmarried Mary Brownhill who were subsequetly baptised in St Martin's Church.

Unfortunately, I have, to date, been unable to trace anything further regarding John's childhood including any subsequent marriage of his mother or indeed the death and burial of his mother. Equally, I have been uable to find any mention of a father for either John or his younger brother William.

John's only known sibling, Wiliam Brownhill, married Hannah Whitelegg on 07 October 1832 in Lymm. Their marriage followed the publication of banns and was witnessed by William Holt and William Cheetham, both of whom appear to be unrelated. Both William Brownhill and Hannah Whitelgg were unable to sign their names in the register and instead made their marks by way of an 'X' (parish register). Why did they marry in Lymm when both were from Sale and Ashton upon Mersey and they spent their entire lives in Ashton upon Mersey?

 

Elizabeth Renshaw was born in 1816 to John & Mary Renshaw nee Ridings in Sale. She was their fifth child and second daughter, joining elder siblings James Renshaw who was eight; William Renshaw who was six; John Renshaw who was four; and Ann Renshaw who was two.

Elizabeth Renshaw was baptised in St Martin's Church in Ashton upon Mersey on 28 July 1816; her father was noted as a husbandman. The register recorded that the family were living in Cross Street but did not say whether that was Sale or Ashton (parish register). However, in later census, Elizabeth consistently recorded that she had been born in Sale. A husbandman was a free tenant farmer or a small landowner, lower in status than a yeoman.

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In late 1819 or early 1820, Elizabeth's younger brother, George Renshaw was born. He was baptised in St Martin's Church on 13 February 1820. The family was recorded as still living in Cross Street (parish register).

Elizabeth's youngest sibling, Thomas Renshaw, was born in 1822 and was baptised in St Martin's Church on 14 April 1822. Once again the family was recorded as living in Cross Street with their father working as a husbandman (parish register).

Elizabeth's eldest brother, James Renshaw, married Sarah Hamnett on 13 December 1830 in Manchester Collegiate Church. James was 22 years old and Sarah was a year younger. Their marriage was witnessed by Thomas Parry & Jane Brownhill, neither of whom appears to be related; only Thomas Parry was able to sign his name in the register (parish register).

On 23 May 1834, Elizabeth's elder brother, John Renshaw, married Mary Davenport in Manchester Collegiate Church. John was 21 years old. Their marriage was witnessed by Thomas Parry and Thomas Hewitt, neither of whom appears to be related. Only Thomas Parry was able to sign his name in the register (parish register).

Elizabeth Renshaw's first child, a daughter named Mary Renshaw, was born in Sale on 10 October 1835. Mary was not baptised as a child but is believed to have been John Brownhill's daughter. Was Mary named in favour of both of her grandmothers? Elizabeth was 19 years old.

John Brownhill married Elizabeth Renshaw on 19 June 1836 in Cheadle. Their marriage was witnessed by George Smith and George Pollitt(?) neither of whom appears to be related. Neither John or Elizabeth were able to sign their names in the register - both signed with an 'X' (parish register). Why did John & Elizabeth marry in Cheadle? As with John's brother, William Brownhill, both John and Elizabeth were born in Sale and they lived their entire married lives in Sale and Ashton upon Mersey. Does the fact that both John & William married away from Sale and Ashton indicate that they had moved away, perhaps with their mother, as children which might also explain their mother's absence in the registers for St Martin's Church. Equally, why was Elizabeth in Cheadle, especially as she had a seven month old daughter and all her siblings married in Manchester's Collegiate Church?

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Unfortunately, it would be a little over another year before civil registration introduced new marriage registers in which rather more deatils about the bride and groom would be recorded. The above is however the only marriage entry between a Brownhill and Renshaw, and as such must be the marriage of our John Brownhill and Elizabeth Renshaw, Elizabeth's maiden name being confirmed on the birth registrations of their children.

In the December ¼ of 1837, John & Elizabeth's eldest son, George Brownhill, was born in Sale (Altrincham 19 7). Elizabeth was 21 years old. George was baptised on 28 January 1838 in St Martin's Church in Ashton upon Mersey. John was recorded as a labourer with the family living in Sale (parish register).

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John & ELizabeth's second son, William Brownhill, was born in the December ¼ of 1839 in Ashton upon Mersey (Altrincham 19 6). Elizabeth was 23 years old.

On 30 March 1840, Elizabeth's only sister, Ann Renshaw, married Samuel Hamnett in Manchester Collegiate Church. Ann was 25 years old and Samuel, the son of William Hamnett, a husbandman, was a year younger. Ann was recorded as living at Red Bank at the time of her marriage and Samuel was in Didsbury, however both had been born in Ashton upon Mersey / Sale and they spent their whole married lives also in Sale / Ashton. Their marriage was witnessed by John Taylor and Martha Hamnett, both of whom appears to be unrelated (parish register).

Two months later, John & Elizabeth's youngest son, William Brownhill, was baptised in St Martin's Church on 31 May 1840. John was recorded as still being a labourer but the family had moved to Ashton upon Mersey and Elizabeth was recorded as Betty, suggesting that that was what she was known as (parish register).

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In January 1841, John & Betty's youngest son, William Brownhill, died in Ashton upon Mersey at the age of one (Altrincham 19 3). William was buried in St Martin's Churchyard on 24 January 1841 (parish register).

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The 1841 census was taken on the night of 02 June 1841 and recorded 30 year old John Brownhill and 20 year old Elizabeth Brownhill as living in Ashton upon Mersey with their two young children - five year old Mary Brownhill and three year old George Brownhill. Also with them was Elizabeth's younger brother, 20 year old George Renshaw. Both John and George Renshaw were recorded as agricultural labourers (ref HO107/91/1/9/15). In the 1841 census the ages of all adults was rounded down to the nearest five, in actual fact John was 35, Elizabeth was 24 and George was 21.

John & Betty's third son, John Brownhill, was born in the December ¼ of 1841 in Ashton upon Mersey (Altrincham 19 2). Betty was 25 years old. John Brownhill junior, was baptised on 02 January 1842 in St Martin's Church. John senior was still a labourer (parish register).

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On 15 October 1843, John & Betty Brownhill's second daughter, Hannah Brownhill, was born at Back Lane in Ashton upon Mersey. Betty was 27 years old. On 09 November 1843, John Brownhill registered the birth of their daughter recording his occupation as that of a labourer and Betty's maiden name as Renshaw. Note that he signed the register with an 'X', confirming himself to be still be illiterate (certificate). Hannah was not baptised, certainly not in St Martin's Church as her elder brothers had been. Why?

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At the end of May 1844, John & Elizabeth's youngest son, John Brownhill, died in Ashton upon Mersey at the age of two (Altrincham 19 5). John was buried in St Martins's Churchyard on 02 June 1844 (parish register).

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Elizabeth's elder brother, William Renshaw, married Mary Adshead on 22 December 1844 in Manchester Collegiate Church. William was a 25 year old labourer living at Red Bank, the same address as his younger sister, Ann Renshaw, had given nearly four years earlier. Mary was the daughter of Thomas Adshead, a shoemaker. Their marriage was witnessed by Henry Hunt and Elizabeth Hunt, who do not appear to be related to them (parish register).

On 25 March 1845, Elizabeth's younger brother, George Renshaw, married Martha Kelsall in Manchester Collegiate Church. George was 25 and Martha, the daughter of James Kelsall, was a year younger. Both George & Martha were recorded as living in Rusholme, a district of Chorlton in Manchester, yet they lived their entire married lives in Ashton upon Mersey and both were born in Sale or Ashton. George was recorded as a labourer, as was his father John Renshaw. Their marriage was witnessed by Samuel & Ann Hamnet, George's eldest sister and her husband (parish register).

John & Elizabeth's fourth son and sixth child, James Brownhill, was born in the June ¼ of 1846 in Ashton upon Mersey (Altrincham 8a 193). Elizabeth was 29 years old. James was baptised on 24 May 1846 in St Martin's Church when John was again recorded as a labourer (parish register). Note that Elizabeth was again recorded by her proper name.

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In the December ¼ of 1848, John & Betty's seventh child and third daughter, Ellen Brownhill, was born in Ashton upon Mersey. Betty was 32 years old. Ellen was baptised in on 12 November 1848 in St Martin's Church; John was again recorded as a labourer and Elizabeth was recorded by her 'pet' name of Betty (parish register).

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The 1851 census was taken on the night of 30 March 1851 and recorded John & Elizabeth as living in Ashton upon Mersey. John was a 45 year old brick labourer and Elizabeth his 34 year old wife. With them were their five surviving children - 15 year old Mary Brownhill; 12 year old George Brownhill; eight year old Ann Brownhill; five year old James Brownhill; and three year old Ellen Brownhill. Also with them was a visitor, 37 year old Joseph Wakefield, an agricultural labourer who does not appear to be related to them (ref HO107/2162/248/24). This census record was the first record of their second daughter Hannah being known as Ann.

John & Betty's eighth child, daughter Emma Brownhill, was born in the June ¼ of 1853 in Ashton upon Mersey (Altrincham 8a 181). Betty was 36 years old. There was over a four year gap between Ellen and Emma, had Betty lost a child in between them? There was no burial of an infant Brownhill in St Martin's in that time but not all stillbirths were routinely recorded. For some reason, Emma was also not baptised; certainly not as a child and not in St Martin's Church. Why?

Elizabeth's only sister, Ann Hamnett, died in January 1854 in Sale. She was just 39 years old and left her husband, Samuel Hamnett, widowed with five children - 13 year old Mary Hamnett; 11 year old Ann Hamnett; seven year old William Hamnett; four year old Eliza Hamnett and infant Ellen Hamnett. Ann was buried in St Martin's Churchyard on 20 January 1854 (parish register).

John & Elizabeth's eldest son, George Brownhill, married Julia Slingsby in St Martin's Church on 22 December 1856. George, a labourer, was recorded as being 20 years old but was at best 19 years old. Julia was recorded as being the daughter of Joseph Slingsby, a joiner, and of full age meaning that she was at least 21 years old. Their marriage was witnessed by John Heaney and John Davies, the parish clerk. Both George & Julia were able to sign the register. John Brownhill continued to be recorded as a labourer (parish register). It is unclear if George & Julia's marriage was successful as by the 1861 census they appear to be living apart and both were describing themselves as unmarried?

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In the March ¼ of 1857, John & Elizabeth's youngest child, Elizabeth Brownhill, was born in Ashton upon Mersey (Altrincham 8a 167). Elizabeth senior was 40 years old. Elizabeth junior was baptised in St Martin's Church on 12 April 1857. John was recorded as still being a labourer (parish register).

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The 1861 census was taken on the night of 07 April 1861 and recorded 52 year old John & 43 year old Elizabeth as living in Macum Lane in Ashton upon Mersey. John was noted as a brick maker and Elizabeth as a laundress. With them were five of their unmarried children: 24 year old laundress Mary Brownhill and her two children - five year old Margaret Jane Brownhill and one year old Frederick William Brownhill; 14 year old farmer's boy James Brownhill; 12 year old nurse Ellen Brownhill; eight year old scholar Emma Brownhill; and four year old scholar Elizabeth Brownhill. Also lodging with them was 22 year old orphaned, agricultural labourer James Aldred (ref RG09/2590/20/2).

John & Elizabeth's second daughter, Hannah Brownhill, married James Aldred in St Martin's Church on 05 June 1861. Hannah was recorded as being of full age but was actually only 17 years old and James Aldred, a labourer and son of the late James & Hannah Aldred, was five years older. John Brownhill was still recorded as a labourer, as was James' father who had actually been dead for over 21 years. Their marriage was witnessed by Joseph Howarth, who appears to be unrelated to them and Thomas Aldred, who was James' cousin. Only Thomas Aldred was sufficiently literate to sign his name in the register (parish register).

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On 27 September 1862 Mary Renshaw, John & Elizabeth's eldest daughter, married Richard Aldcroft in Manchester Cathedral. Mary was recorded as the 27 year old daughter of John Renshaw, living at 25 Gould Street in Manchester; she clearly did not wish to disclose the fact that she was illegitimate - was that the reason that she married in Manchester and not St Martin's Church? Richard was the 21 year old son of John Aldcroft, a labourer and his wife Martha. He too was recorded as living at 25 Gould Street. Their marriage was witnessed by Thomas Buttenton and Ann Aldred. Only Thomas was able to sign his own name in the register (parish register). 25 Gould Street was occupied by Mary's uncle, John Renshaw, Elizabeth's elder brother, and his family in the 1861 census, so most likely, Mary & Richard simply used the address as a means of satisfying the residency requirements for marrying in the Cathedral. Richard had also been baptised on 09 February 1840 which would mean that he was at least 22 years old.

John & Elizabeth's eldest son, George Brownhill, died in October 1864 in Ashton upon Mersey (Altrincham 8a 98). He was just 27 years old. It is not known what happen to his wife of just under eight years, Julia. George was buried in St Martin's Churchyard on 19 October 1864 (parish register).

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Some time in 1866, John & ELizabeth's youngest daughter, ELizabeth Brownhill, started to attend the local parish school; Elizabeth would have been eight or nine years old.

Ellen Brownhill, John & ELizabeth's third daughter, married Samuel Penney on 08 May 1867 in St Martin's Church. Ellen was 18 years old, although she was recorded as being only 17, and Samuel, a bricklayer, was the 30 year old widowed son of Samuel & Mary Ann Penney from Carrington. Their marriage was witnessed by Richard Aldcroft, Ellen's brother in law, husband of her eldest sister Mary, and John Davies, the parish clerk. Samuel & John Davies were the only ones able to sign their names in the register. Both fathers were noted as being labourers (parish register).

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Samuel Penney had been widowed for less than five months, following the death of his first wife Elizabeth Penney at the age of 29 in December 1866. Elizabeth's death had left Samuel widowed with five children - Sarah aged 12; Joseph aged six; John aged three; Martha Jane aged one and infant Samuel aged five weeks. 18 year old Ellen took on his five surviving children.

The 1871 school admissions register for St Martin's Church of England Primary School in Ashton upon Mersey revealed that 13 year old Elizabeth Brownhill junior transferred from the parish school to St Martin's. Her age was incorrectly recorded as nearly 15, making her significantly older than the the other pupils - had she stayed on at school because she was academically able? Was this why she was the only one of her siblings to be sufficiently literate to sign her name? Unfortuantely the same register also revealed that she spent only three months at the school as she as withdrawn on 28 March 1871 as she was required at home (1871 admissions register).

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The 1871 census was taken on the night of 02 April 1871 and recorded 64 year old brick labourer John and 55 year old laundress Elizabeth as then living in Church Road in Ashton upon Mersey. With them were their three unmarried children - 24 year old agricultural labourer James Brownhill; 17 year old servant Emma Brownhill; and 12 year old scholar Elizabeth Brownhill (ref RG10/3683/71/10). Note that John was actually 65, Elizabeth senior was actually 54 and Elizabeth junior was actually 14 and accordingly to the school admissions book, no longer a scholar!

John's only brother, William Brownhill, died in June 1871 in Ashton upon Mersey aged 62. William was buried in St Martin's Church on 21 June 1871 (parish register). John was 64 years old.

John & Elizabeth's son, James Brownhill, married widow Martha Sherlock in St Martin's Church on 12 September 1874. James was 28 years old and working as a labourer. Martha was the daughter of James & Felicia Greaves from Carrington. Both of their fathers were described as labourers and both were living in Ashton upon Mersey at the time of the their marriage. Thomas Aldred and Emma Brownhill, James' younger sister and her future husband acted as witnesses for them. Neither James nor his sister Emma were able to sign their names in the register (parish register).

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Martha had been widowed for just under two years following the death of her first husband, Samuel Sherlock, in December 1872 at the age of 31. She had been widowed with a four year old son, Harry Sherlock, and another one on the way, Martha Sherlock, who was born on 07 May 1873, to support. Unfortunately, as with three other children that Martha & Samuel had had, Martha junior died before her first birthday and was buried in St Martin's Churchyard on 17 February 1874 (parish register). James Brownhill took on the care of Martha's surviving son, Harry Sherlock, and he was raised with James and Martha's children.

Elizabeth's brother in law, Samuel Hamnett, widower of her elder sister Ann, died in February 1875 in Ashton upon Mersey. He was 60 years old and had outlived his wife by 21 years. Samuel was buried on 14 February 1875 in St Martin's Churchyard (parish register).

On 24 April 1876, John & Elizabeth's daughter, Emma Brownhill, married Thomas Aldred in St Martin's Church. Emma was recorded as being 22 years old and Thomas, the son of Samuel & Elizabeth Aldred from Ashton upon Mersey was simply noted as of full age; he was actually 37, making him 15 years older than Emma. Thomas Aldred was also the cousin of James Aldred, who had married Emma's elder sister, Hannah, nearly 15 years earlier, as such James & Hannah Aldred witnessed the marriage of Thomas & Emma. Curiously, James Aldred had learnt to sign his own name in the 15 years he had been married to Hannah. John Brownhill was noted as still being a labourer (parish register).

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On 21 July 1877, John & Elizabeth's youngest daughter, Elizabeth Brownhill, married John Greaves in St Martin's Church. Despite being described as being of full age, Elizabeth was only 20 years old and Henry was the 25 year old son of James & Felicia Greaves from Carrington. He was also the brother of Martha Brownhill nee Sherlock nee Greaves who had married Elizabeth's elder brother James Brownhill just under three years earlier. Both father's were noted as being labourers, as was John. Their marriage was witnessed by Annie Jones and William Millatt, neither of whom appears to be related to them. Only John was unable to sign his name in the register (parish register).

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John & Elizabeth's son in law, Thomas Aldred, husband of their daughter, Emma, died on 16 May 1878 in Ashton upon Mersey at the age of 39 (Altrincham 8a 127). Emma and Thomas had been married for just over two years but do not appear to have had any children in that time. It would appear that Thomas knew he was dying as on 26 April 1878 he made his last will and testament in the presence of his cousin, James Aldred, and John Wolstencroft, naming Henry Garner as his executor whom he charged with splitting his estate equally between his wife, Emma, and his father, Samuel Aldred. Thomas Aldred was laid to rest in St Martin's Churchyard on 19 May 1878 (parish register).

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The 1881 census was taken on the night of 03 April 1881 and 74 year old agricultural labourer John and 64 year old laundress Elizabeth were recorded as living at Chruch Lane in Ashton upon Mersey. With them was their widowed daughter, 28 year old washer woman, Emma Aldred, and her daughter 14 month old Mary Elizabeth Aldred (ref Rg11/3504/111/5); it is not known who the father of Emma's daughter was, as she would have been conceived a little over a year after her husband, Thomas Aldred had died.

On 21 March 1883, Elizabeth Brownhill died at Church Lane in Ashton upon Mersey at the age of 66. She had suffered from gangrene in her right foot for three weeks following the ulceration of her right leg. Her youngest daughter, Elizabeth Greaves, who had been with Elizabeth when she died, registered her death the following day, recording her occupation as the wife of John Brownhill, a labourer in the brickyard. Elizabeth junior signed the register and noted her own address as Derby Road in Ashton upon Mersey (certificate).

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Elizabeth was survived by her husband of 46 years, 77 year old John Brownhill, and six of her nine children - 47 year old Mary Aldcroft; 39 year old Hannah Aldred; 36 year old James Brownhill; 34 year old Ellen Penney; 29 year old Emma Aldred; and 26 year old Elizabeth Greaves. Elizabeth was buried in St Martin's Churchyard on 24 March 1883 (parish register).

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John & Elizabeth's eldest daughter, Mary Aldcroft nee Renshaw, was baptised as an adult in St Martin's Church on 28 May 1883. Despite the fact that she had been married for 19 years and was born before John & Elizabeth married, she was recorded as John & Elizabeth Brownhill's daughter (parish register). What made Mary decide that she wanted to be baptised? Was it the death of her mother two months earlier? Did her two younger sisters, Hannah & Emma, also make a similar decision in later years?

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On 02 January 1886, John & Elizabeth's widowed daughter, Emma Aldred, married Henry Greaves in St Martin's Church. Although Emma was recorded as being 33, she was actually 32 and Henry was the 31 year old son of James & Felicia Greaves, meaning that he was also the brother of Martha Brownhill nee Sherlock nee Greaves who had married Emma's elder brother James 11 years earlier and the brother of John Greaves, the husband of Emma's youngest sister Elizabeth, who had married eight years earlier. Their marriage was witnessed by Philip Darbyshire who appears to be unrelated to either of them and Elizabeth Greaves, Emma's youngest sister. Only Emma was unable to sign her name in the register. John Brownhill was recorded as still being a labourer despite being 80 years old (parish register). Emma was at least three months pregnant with their first child.

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Emma had been widowed for seven and a half years and despite having no chilldren with her first husband, Thomas Aldred, brought two children to her second marriage - five year old Mary Elizabeth Aldred and three year old Lily Aldred, both of whom's fathers are unknown. Henry had been widowed for 20 months following the death of his first wife Martha Greaves nee Sherlock in April 1884 at the age of 38. He was left with four children, two of whom were from his marriage to Martha - James Greaves who was five and Martha Jane Greaves who was two; and two of whom were his first wife's children from prior to their marriage - Clarence James Sherlock who was 13 and Samuel Sherlock who was nine.

On Tuesday 04 February 1890, John Brownhill died at The Rectory in Ashton upon Mersey. He was 84 years old and died as a result of heart failure. Why was he at The Rectory? Had he collapsed whilst out and about or at Church and been taken there? The Rectory was only a few doors from John's home on Church Lane. John's youngest daughter, Elizabeth Greaves, was called from her home in Derby Road to be with John and having been in attendance when he died, she registered his death the following day, recording his occupation as general labourer. Elizabeth also recorded that her father had been seen by a doctor, I J E Renshaw; was this as a result of a known heart condition or had the doctor also been summoned when John collapsed (certificate)?

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John had outlived his wife, Elizabeth Brownhill, by just under seven years and was survived by six of his nine children - 54 year old Mary Aldcroft; 46 year old Hannah Aldred; 43 year old James Brownhill; 41 year old Ellen Penney; 36 year old Emma Greaves and 32 year old Elizabeth Greaves. John was buried in St Martin's Churchyard on 08 February 1890 (parish register).

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