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John Bailey (1815-1884)

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Father of William H. Bailey

c.1815 Born in Pendleton by Salford son of Matthew Bailey and his wife Ann

1832 John Bailey began work with Cocker and Higgins, then Sharp, Roberts and Co. He was a foreman for Richard Roberts.

1837 Married Mary Ann Mitchell in Eccles[1]

1838 John and Mary Ann Bailey had a son, William Henry[2]

1839 Went into business for himself at Albion Works, Oldfield Road. When Bailey established his own business, his products included turret clocks designed by Richard Roberts. Clockmaking continued as part of the business of W. H. Bailey and Co[3]

1851 John Bailey 34, ironmonger, lived in Salford with Mary Ann Bailey 33, W Henry Bailey 12, James Baily 11, Mary Jane Bailey 3[4]

1861 John Bailey 44 (born Pendleton), turret clock and machine maker, employing 8 men and 8 boys, lived in Salford with Mary Ann Bailey 42, Edward Mitchell 74, widower, William Henry Bailey 22, turret clock maker, James Bailey 21, turret clock maker, Lilly Ruth Bailey 5, Mary Frances Bailey 1[5]

1864 John Bailey was one of the pall bearers at the funeral of Richard Roberts, the others being Benjamin Fothergill, John Ramsbottom, W. Heywood, S Anderson, and Alderman T Fletcher, of Salford [6]

1865 Retired from John Bailey and Co

1871 John Bailey 55, retired machinist various, lived in Salford with Mary Ann Bailey 55, Lily Ruth Bailey 15, Mary F Bailey 11[7]

1881 John Bailey 65, retired engineer and town councillor, lived in Salford, with Mary A. Bailey 65, Mary F. Bailey 21[8]

1884 Died in Salford[9]




Another John Bailey in Salford was a printer:

1851 Living at 5 Devonshire Street, Hulme (age 43 born Garstang, Lancs.) a Letter press printer and Compiler. With his wife Sarah (age 43 born Chester) and their children Elizabeth Ann (age 17 born Salford), William Henry (age14 born Salford), Frederick (age 10 born Manchester), Walter Harrison (age 8 born Manchester). Also sister and visitor Mary Dutton (age 45 born Chester). [10]

1861 Living at 142 Bedford Street, Hulme (age 53 born Inglewhite), a Letter Press Printer. With his wife Sarah (age 53 born Chester) and their children Elizabeth Ann Reid (age 27 born Salford); William Henry (age 24 born Salford, a Letter Press Printer; Frederick (age 20 born Manchester), a Letter Press printer; and Walter Harrison (age 18 born Manchester), Patten Card Maker;. Also two Reid grandsons. [11]


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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. Manchester Parish Records
  3. 'Life and Inventions of Richard Roberts 1789 - 1964' by Richard Hills, Landmark Publishing, 2002
  4. 1851 census
  5. 1861 census
  6. [1] 'Richard Roberts, The Inventor', by William Henry Bailey, Papers of the Manchester Literary Club (read 20th January 1879)
  7. 1871 census
  8. 1881 census
  9. BMD
  10. 1851 Census
  11. 1861 Census