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William Leech

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William Leech (c1831-1904) of the Pepper Mill Brass Foundry Co

1881 Living at Ellesmere Road, Pemberton: William Leach (age 58 born Haigh, Lancs), Coal Agent and Brass Founder employing 40 hands. With his wife Elizth. Leach (age 46 born Shropshire) and their six children; Marion Leach (age 18 born Wigan); Elizth. Leach (age 16 born Wigan); Edith Ellen Leach (age 15 born Wigan); Amy Leach (age 13 born Wigan); Elsie Leach (age 10 born Wigan); and Herbert Hy. Leach (age 23 born Wigan), Brass Foundry Manager.[1]

1891 Living at Ellesmere House, 359 Ormskirk Road, Pemberton: William Leech (age 60 born Hargh, Lancs), Brass Founder and Agent - Employer. With his wife Elizabeth Leech (age 54 born Shropshire) and their six children; Herbert Hy Leech (age 34 born Wigan), Brass Founder; Mary Hannah Greener (age 31 born Wigan), Married; Marian Leech (age 29 born Wigan); Edith Helen Leech (age 26 born Wigan); Amy Leech (age 24 born Wigan); and Elize Leech (age 21 born Wigan).[2]

1904 February 3rd. Died.


1904 Obituary

We regret record the death of Mr. Leech, of Ellesmere House, Pemberton which took place on Wednesday.

The deceased gentleman, who was 73 years of had not taken any active part public life for some years. Formerly was member of the old Pemberton Local Board, and one time chairman; and we also believe was on the Highway Board about the same period.

In business, Mr. Leech was bressfounder, and was the head the firm of the Pepper Mill Foundry Company. Darlington-street, Wigan.

Mr. Leech leaves a grown-up family to mourn his loss. The funeral will take place Saturday.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. 1891 Census