The surnames Massey, Massy, Massie and Macey have pre-8th century French origins, and were introduced to England following the Norman conquest.  The most likely origin is a place name in Normandy (which furnished the bulk of Duke William ‘s troops), such as Macey, Massy or Macé.  However, it may possibly be a short form of the Roman personal name “Massius” (itself a form of Matthew.)

 

The earliest record of the surname in England concerns the grant of land to Hamo de Masci in 1086 for his part in the Battle of Hastings.  Part of his grant was the manor of Dunham in Cheshire, which subsequently became known as Dunham Massey, and was the seat of the lords of Dunham.  This particular Massey line died out in the 14th century, but shows the spelling most commonly found in Cheshire.

 

The starting point of our Massey family is Thomas Massey, who was born in Walton and baptised in All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 8 September 1641.  The parish records for this period at Daresbury unfortunately do not give the name of the child's parents, and no other Massey children were baptised in Daresbury around this time. 

 

Thomas married Mary Tayler in St Mary-on-the-Hill's Church, Chester on 21 January 1677, and the couple spent their married life in Hatton, about a mile from Daresbury where their six children were baptised:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.


John Massey

Samuel Massey

Hannah Massey

Edmund Massey

Maria Massey

Thomas Massey

(1678-?)

(1681-?)

(1685-1745)

(1691-1728)

(1695-?)

(1699-1785)






m. Elizabeth Dunbabin, 1724

Thomas was buried in Daresbury on 30 September 1722.



Thomas Massey, youngest child of Thomas Massey and Mary Tayler, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints' Church, Daresbury on 12 August 1699.  His wife, Elizabeth Dunbabin, was also from Hatton, but the couple married in All Saints' Church, Runcorn on 22 December 1724.  She was baptised in Daresbury on 16 January 1690, and her father was John Dunbabin.


Thomas and Elizabeth had two known children:


1.

2.


Thomas Massey

Thomas Massey


(1725-1728)

(1733-1820)


m. Elizabeth Jones, 1757

Elizabeth was buried in Daresbury on 22 March 1763 and Thomas on 17 March 1785.



Thomas Massey, son of Thomas Massey and Elizabeth Dunbabin, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 14 October 1733.  As frequently happened at the time, he was given the same name as an older brother who had died as a young child.   He became a farmer in Hatton, and married Elizabeth Jones in All Saints Church, Runcorn 1757.  The couple had five children, all baptised in Daresbury:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


Sarah Massey

John Massey

Thomas Massey

Ellen Massey

Mary Massey


(1757-?)

(1760-1837)

(1763-1763)

(1768-?)

(1775-1776)


m. Sarah Nichols, 1785

Elizabeth died in Hatton on 14 January 1786, and was buried in Daresbury.  Thomas was buried there on 28 March 1820.


John Massey, second child of Thomas Massey and Elizabeth Jones, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 6 July 1760.  He worked as a labourer (probably on a farm), and married Sarah Nichols in St Mary & All Saints Church, Great Budworth on 27 January 1785.  Sarah was baptised in Daresbury on 1 November 1767, and was the daughter of Charles Nichols, a husbandman, and his wife Alice Houghton.  John and Sarah had thirteen children, all born in Hatton and baptised in Daresbury.

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.


Sally Massey

Betty Massey

Ellen Massey

John Massey

Thomas Massey

Miriam Massey

Mary Ann Massey

Sophia Massey

Joseph Massey

Samuel Massey

James Massey

William Massey

Hannah Massey


(1785-?)

(1787-?)

(1788-1862)

(1790-1876)

(1792-?)

(1793-1854)

(1796-1849)

(1798-1880)

(1799-1873)

(1802-?)

(1805-?)

(1808-1808)

(1808-1808)



m. William Antrobus, 1812

m. Mary Johnson, 1818


m. Thomas Hinton, 1812

m. Thomas Unsworth, 1826

m. William Radley, 1818

m. Maria Kenham, 1825


m. Martha Helsby, 1841


John died in Acton Grange and was buried in Daresbury on 21 June 1837.



Ellen Massey, third child of John Massey and Sarah Nichols, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 12 October 1788.  She married William Antrobus, a wheelwright, in St Elphin's Church, Warrington on 30 June 1812, and the couple had five children, all born in Warrington:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


Sarah Antrobus

William Antrobus

John Antrobus

Ann Antrobus

Thomas Antrobus


(1815-1900)

(1817-1854)

(1818-?)

(1820-?)

(1823-?)


m. Thomas Langley, 1837

m. Margaret Shimmin, 1838


William died before 1841, and Ellen lived for a while with her married son William in Wavertree, and later with her younger brother Joseph and his family in Everton.  She died in Liverpool and was buried in Daresbury on 20 August 1862.

 

 

John Massey, fourth child and oldest son of John Massey and Sarah Nichols, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 14 March 1790.  He spent his working life as an agricultural labourer in or near Daresbury, and married Mary Johnson in St Mary & All Saints Church, Great Budworth on 5 July 1818.  The couple had one daughter:

 

1.


Sarah Massey


(1821-1823)


Mary died at the age of 24 and was buried in Daresbury on 6 March 1823; her daughter died less than two months later.

 

John then married Catherine Bennett in All Saints Church, Runcorn on 5 April 1825.  Catherine was born in Hatton and baptised in Daresbury on 21 November 1802, and was the daughter of Richard Bennett and his wife Betty Haddock.  John had nine children with his second wife, all born in Acton Grange and baptised in Daresbury:

 

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.


Samuel Massey

Sarah Massey

Catherine Massey

Richard Massey

Ellen Massey

Mary Massey

Thomas Massey

Joseph Massey

Hannah Massey


(1826-1900)

(1827-1898)

(1829-1846)

(1831-1857)

(1833-1846)

(1835-1916)

(1837-1903)

(1839-1899)

(1841-1925)


m. Ann Webster, 1846

m. Henry Lawton, 1856




m. Thomas Baxter, 1857

m. Margaret Grimes, 1859

m. Alice Lawson, 1860

m. John Clare, 1859

Catherine died in Acton Grange and was buried in Daresbury on 4 January 1866.  John was buried there on 2 May 1876.

 

 

Mary Ann Massey, daughter of John Massey and Sarah Nichols, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 28 February 1796.  She married Thomas Unsworth, a tinplate worker, in the same church on 30 January 1826, and had eight children, all born in Warrington:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.


Elizabeth Unsworth

Henry Unsworth

William Unsworth

Mary Anne Unsworth

Thomas Unsworth

Charlotte Unsworth

John Unsworth

Joseph Unsworth


(1826-?)

(1828-1864)

(1831-?)

(1832-1833)

(1834-1903)

(1836-?)

(1840-1874)

(1843-1907)



m. Jane Thomason, 1847



m. Eliza Battersby, 1856


m. Sarah Ann Gulliver, 1869

m. Jane Parkyn, 1880

Mary Ann died in Warrington in 1849, and soon afterwards William moved to Manchester, where he remarried and had three more children.  He died in Manchester in 1872

 

 

Sophia Massey, daughter of John Massey and Sarah Nichols, was born in Hatton and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 4 March 1798.  She married William Radley, a carter, in St Elphin's Church, Warrington on 29 December 1818.  The couple lived initially in Warrington, where their first three children were born, before moving to Liverpool in the late 1820s.  They had eleven children, four of whom died young:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.


Sarah Radley

Sophia Radley

Elizabeth Radley

Ann Radley

William Radley

John Radley

Sophia Radley

Sarah Radley

Martha Radley

Eliza Radley

Ellen Radley

(1819-1828)

(1824-1828)

(1825-?)

(1828-1892)

(1830-1834)

(1831-1872)

(1834-1911)

(1836-1894)

(1838-1904)

(1840-?)

(1844-1844)




m. William Bell, 1850

m. John Woodall, 1850


m. Eleanor Oakes Goodrum, 1853

m. George Shem Willings, 1855

m. John McKay, 1875

m. John Blackburn, 1862

m. Peter Joseph Matthews, 1869


Sophia and William both died in Liverpool in 1880.

 

 

Joseph Massey, son of John Massey and Sarah Nichols, was born in Hatton on 28 December 1799 and baptised in St Luke’s Church, Lower Whitley on 8 February 1800.  Like some of his siblings, he moved to Liverpool where he worked as a labourer and married Maria Kenham in St Peter’s Church on 29 August 1825.  They had five children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


Joseph Massey

Maria Massey

John Massey

Francis Kenham Massey

Charles Massey


(1826-?)

(1829-1885)

(1831-?)

(1834-1898)

(1837-1918)


m. Elizabeth

m. John Leyland, 1849


m. Margaret Dagnall, 1853

m. Elizabeth Mary Wood, 1861


The Liverpool Constabulary was established in February 1836, and Joseph must have joined up very early in its existence, because by 1841 he had become an inspector of police, and this remained his occupation until his death.

 

The 1851 census shows Joseph’s widowed sister Ellen Massey (sic) living with the family: his sister Ellen was indeed widowed by 1851, but her married surname was Antrobus, so “Massey” is preumably an error.


Maria died of bronchitis on 6 February 1853, and Joseph married Eliza Jane Copeland, an Irishwoman from Belfast, in St Peter's Church, Liverpool on 1 January 1855.  He had five more children with Eliza:


6.

7.

8.

9.

10.


Alma Massey

Emma Jane Massey

William John Massey

George Henry Massey

Frederick Massey


(1855-1858)

(1857-1914)

(1859-1934)

(1862-?)

(1865-1928)



m. William Alfred Newman, 1881

m. Helen Jane Morrison, 1889

m. Blanche Winifred Bankes, 1892

m. Ada Gwynne Sancto, 1896


Joseph died of consumption in Everton on 3 October 1873.

 

 

Sarah Antrobus, oldest child of William Antrobus and Ellen Massey, was baptised in St Elphin’s Church, Warrington on 27 August 1815, and had moved to Liverpool with her family by the late 1830s.  She married Thomas Langley, an engineer,  in Walton on the Hill on 19 October 1837, and had two children:

 

1.

2.


Hannah Langley

Thomas Langley


(1840-1907)

(1842-1914)

m. Charles George West, 1861

m. Isabella Robinson Bromley, 1868

The family lived for some years with Thomas' parents in Liverpool, remaining there after Thomas' early death.

Later Sarah lived with her married daughter Hannah, and died in Liverpool in 1900 at the age of 85.

 

 

William Antrobus, son of William Antrobus and Ellen Massey, was baptised in St Elphin’s Church, Warrington on 5 January 1817, and married Margaret Shimmin in St Mark’s Church, Liverpool on 7 June 1838.  Margaret was born in about 1814 in the Isle of Man.  They had five children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


William John Antrobus

Charles Antrobus

Thomas Antrobus

Ellen Antrobus

Margaret Antrobus


(1839-1882)

(1841-1896)

(1844-1856)

(1846-1928)

(1853-1903)

m. Jane Ann Farmer, 1867

m. Emily Williams, 1862


m. John Stewart Lewis, 1864

m. James Hannon, 1887


The family moved to Birkenhead in the late 1840s, and William worked as a servant there; after his death, Margaret worked as a cook in the Castle Hotel on Chester Street.

 

William died in Liverpool in 1854 and Margaret in 1874: in 1871 she was living in Liverpool Workhouse.



Samuel Massey, oldest son of John Massey and his second wife Catherine Bennett, was born in Acton Grange and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 19 March 1826.  The 1841 census shows him living with his maternal grandparents, Richard and Catherine Bennett, probably as an apprentice or assistant to Richard, a shoemaker, as Samuel would follow the trade of boot and shoe maker for nearly all his adult life.  He married Ann Webster in Daresbury on 19 December 1846, and had five children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


Catherine Ellen Massey

Frances Mary Massey

John Massey

Samuel Massey

Sarah Hannah Massey


(1849-1917)

(1851-1942)

(1853-1906)

(1855-1855)

(1857-1891)

m. Samuel Houghton, 1870

m. Leonard Rawling, 1873

m. Charlotte Ann Woods, 1882


m. David Dunbabin, 1874


Ann died at the age of 35 and was buried in Daresbury on 31 August 1858.

 

Samuel then married Mary Robinson in Daresbury on 3 April 1860, and had seven more children.  Mary was a young widow who had previously been married to Thomas Harrison. 

 

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.


Richard Robinson Massey

Elizabeth Massey

Thomas Massey

Lucy Massey

Clara Massey

Louisa Massey

Arthur Massey


(1861-?)

(1862-1863)

(1864-1916)

(1865-?)

(1867-?)

(1870-1873)

(1873-1951)


m. Alice Eliza Smith, 1882


m. Martha Bedrick, 1883




m. Ada Mary Hallas, 1905


Towards the end of his life, Samuel turned from shoemaking to market gardening, possibly alongside his son Richard, who also worked as a gardener.  He died in Lower Walton on 4 July 1900.



Sarah Massey, daughter of John Massey and his second wife Catherine Bennett, was born in Acton Grange and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 28 December 1827.  By the age of 13, she was “in service” a family in Upper Walton, like most of her sisters and female cousins.  She married Henry Lawton in Daresbury on 30 December 1856 and the couple settled in Moore where their six children were born:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6


Ellen Lawton

Sarah Jane Lawton

Henry Lawton

Isaac Lawton

Annie Lawton

John Lawton


(1858-1951)

(1859-1935)

(1861-1941)

(1863-1950)

(1865-1958)

(1869-1874)


m. James Cartwright, 1887

m. Mary Pickering, 1886

m. Mary Johnson, 1891

m. Frank Shaw, 1893


Henry was an agricultural labourer for virtually all his working life, finally rising at the age of 73 to be “overlooker” on the Moore Hall estate.    Sarah died in Moore at the age of 70, and was buried in Daresbury on 30 July 1898.  Henry was buried there on 2 January 1905.

 

 

Mary Massey, daughter of John Massey and his second wife Catherine Bennett, was born in Acton Grange and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 9 March 1835.  She worked as a domestic servant as a young woman, and married Thomas Baxter, an agricultural labourer, in All Saints Church, Runcorn on 13 December 1857.  The couple lived for many years in Lower Walton, where all their nine children were born, but later moved to Warrington.

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.


John James Baxter

William Baxter

Richard Baxter

Kate Elizabeth Baxter

George Thomas Baxter

Louisa Baxter

Joseph Baxter

Mary Baxter

Mary Jane Baxter


(1858-1914)

(1861-1917)

(1863-?)

(1865-1937)

(1867-1913)

(1870-1936)

(1872-1872)

(1874-1874)

(1876-1952)



m. Florence Thompson, 1884

m. Phillis Letitia Rosewarne, 1887

m. Albert Edward Atkinson, 1892

m. Mary Ellen Wilkinson, 1888

m. William Henry Barley, 1893



m. Walter Bonnell, 1902

Thomas died in Warrington in 1901 and Mary in 1916.



Thomas Massey, son of John Massey and his second wife Catherine Bennett, was born in Acton Grange and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 5 February 1837.  He spent most of his life working with horses, either as a coachman, a groom or a horse keeper.  He married Margaret Grimes in St Wilfrid’s Church, Grappenhall on 1 November 1859 and had ten children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.


Martha Ann Massey

Arthur Nathan Massey

Margaret Massey

Lucinda Massey

Thomas Massey

Vanda Massey

Alice Massey

Edward Massey

Joseph Massey

Catherine Massey


(1860-?)

(1863-?)

(1865-?)

(1867-1925)

(1870-1925)

(1871-1873)

(1871-1941)

(1873-1944)

(1875-1923)

(1876-1945)



m. Constance Annie Dutton, 1894


m. William Henry Rudge, 1892

m. Mary Ellen Sankey, 1897


m. John Massey, 1897

m. Elizabeth Ann Hinds, 1900

m. Ada Charlotte Calverley, 1900

m. James Raybould, 1897

Margaret died in Warrington in 1890 and Thomas in 1903.



Joseph Massey, son of John Massey and his second wife Catherine Bennett, was born in Acton Grange and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 12 May 1839.  At the age of 11, he is recorded on the 1851 census as an errand boy, and then worked for several years as a coachman before finally working on the railways.  He married Alice Lawson at St Wilfrid’s Church, Grappenhall on 4 December 1860 and had six children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.


Joseph Massey

Thomas Massey

Mary Alice Massey

Edith Massey

William Lawson Massey

Harry Massey


(1861-1942)

(1863-1864)

(1865-?)

(1867-1934)

(1868-1945)

(1872-1872)


m. Eliza Barker, 1887


m. William Clarke, 1887

m. Samuel Powell, 1895

m. Mary Jane Jackson, 1897


Joseph died in Willaston at the age of 60 and was buried in Wybunbury on 3 August 1899.  On the 1911 census, Alice was living with her married daughter Edith in Birmingham, and her name was recorded as “Mary Alice”; her death was probably also registered in this name in Birmingham the following year.

 

 

Hannah Massey, youngest child of John Massey and his second wife Catherine Bennett, was born in Acton Grange on 14 June 1861 and baptised in All Saints Church, Daresbury on 25 July 1841.  At the age of 18, she married John Clare in Farnworth (near Prescot) on 30 December 1859.  John, a gardener, was born in Rostherne in 1838.  Hannah and John had twelve children, most of whom were born in Acton Grange:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.


Henry Clare

Elizabeth Clare

Mary Ellen Clare

Catherine Clare

Thomas Clare

Catherine Eliza Clare

William Clare

Maria Clare

John William Clare

Sarah Annie Clare

Albert Clare

Esther Hannah Clare


(1860-1908)

(1862-1938)

(1864-1936)

(1866-1866)

(1867-1940)

(1869-1941)

(1872-1875)

(1875-1948)

(1876-1922)

(1879-?)

(1880-1946)

(1885-1974)


m. Mary Radburn, 1884

m. Albert Ashton, 1883

m. Thomas Fazakerley, 1887


m. Elizabeth Ellen Shaw, 1890

m. Samuel Wilson, 1894


m. William Anthony Osborne, 1897

m. Jane Elizabeth Lightfoot, 1900

m. William McIntyre, 1904

m. Matilda Hammersley, 1902

m. George Caley, 1906


The family moved from Acton Grange to Widnes and then to Warrington, where John died in 1895 and Hannah in 1925.


Henry Unsworth, second child of Thomas Unsworth and Mary Ann Massey,  was born in Warrington and baptised in St Elphin’s Church there on 5 October 1828.  He was a tinplate worker like his father, and married Jane Thomason in St Paul’s Church, Warrington in 1847.  The couple lived in Warrington for a couple of years, and then moved to Manchester where five of their seven children were born:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Mary Ann Unsworth

Elizabeth Unsworth

Mary Ann Unsworth

Henry Edward Unsworth

Charlotte Unsworth

Jane Ann Unsworth

Charlotte Unsworth


(1848-1849)

(1850-?)

(1852-?)

(1855-1855)

(1857-1857)

(1858-1904)

(1861-1865)






m. Richard Newell, 1879

Henry died in Manchester in 1864 at the early age of 32, and Jane subsequently married William Cowsill in Manchester Cathedral on 29 August 1869.  William, a smith’s striker,  was a widower with two surviving sons from his first marriage.  Jane died in Manchester in 1885.

 

 

Thomas Unsworth, son of Thomas Unsworth and Mary Ann Massey,  was born in Warrington and baptised in St Elphin’s Church there on 9 March 1834.  He moved to Manchester with his family as a small child, and like his father and several brothers, worked in the tinplate industry for all his working life.  He married Eliza Battersby in Manchester Cathedral on 11 May 1856 and had nine children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.


William Unsworth

Thomas Richard Unsworth

Mary Ann Unsworth

Elizabeth Ellen Unsworth

Joseph Unsworth

Henry Edward Unsworth

James Unsworth

Eliza Unsworth

John Unsworth


(1857-1940)

(1859-1907)

(1862-1891)

(1864-1930)

(1868-?)

(1873-1926)

(1875-1883)

(1878-?)

(1881-1882)

m. Mary Ann Pickering, 1879

m. Elizabeth Parker, 1885

m. Samuel Hewitt, 1886

m. Josiah Alsop, 1885

m. Elizabeth Alice Higginbotton, 1890

m. Phoebe Harrison, 1896


m. John William Statham, 1898


Eliza died in Droylsden in 1896 and Thomas in Manchester in 1903.



John Unworth, son of Thomas Unsworth and Mary Ann Massey,  was born in Warrington and baptised in St Elphin’s Church there on 19 April 1840.  After moving to Manchester with his family as a child, he became a tinplate worker like his father and brothers, and married Sarah Ann Gulliver in Manchester Cathedral on 17 July 1869.  They had three children before John’s early death in Manchester in 1874:

 

1.

2.

3.


William Henry Unsworth

Frank Unsworth

Elizabeth Unsworth


(1870-1872)

(1871-1940)

(1872-?)


m. Jane Weild, 1894

m. John Mason, 1896

Sarah subsequently married John Fitzgerald, a forgeman, in St Michael’s Church, Toxteth Park on 22 January 1877, and had six more children in Manchester.



Joseph Unsworth, son of Thomas Unsworth and Mary Ann Massey,  was born in Warrington and baptised in St Elphin’s Church there on 23 April 1843.  He became a carriage trimmer, and was the only member of his immediate family to leave his native Lancashire.  He married Mary Ogden in Manchester Cathedral on 28 August 1864, but they had no children, and Mary must have died young, because Joseph married Jane Parkyn (widow of Stephen Burnell) in St Blazey, Cornwall in 1880 and had one daughter:

 

1.


Elizabeth Parkyn Unsworth


(1882-1957)

m. Joseph Lancey Golding, 1907


The couple moved to Swindon, Wiltshire immediately after their wedding, and by 1891 were living in Bristol where Joseph died in 1907.

 

 

Elizabeth Radley, oldest surviving child of William Radley and Sophia Massey, was born in Warrington and baptised in St Elphin’s Church on Christmas Day 1825.  She moved to Liverpool with her family as a small child, and married William Bell in St John the Baptist’s Church, Toxteth Park in 1850.  William was a sail maker, and may have spent some time at sea as he does not seem to be on the 1851 census, and the first of the couple’s four children was born over seven years after their marriage:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Thomas William Bell

Esther Sophia Bell

John Theodore Bell

George Albert Bell


(1858-?)

(1861-1918)

(1864-?)

(1867-?)



m. John Carson, 1879

m. Jeannie Orr Gatherer, 1899

m. Sarah Davies, 1890

William probably died between the 1871 and 1881 censuses (although Elizabeth is recorded as “married” rather than “widow” in 1881), while Elizabeth probably died between 1881 and 1891, but the exact date is difficult to pin down.  Elizabeth and her two youngest sons were living with her married daughter Esther in 1881.

 

 

Ann Radley, daughter of William Radley and Sophia Massey, was born in Toxteth Park on 17 May 1828 and baptised in St Michael’s Church on 20 July 1818.  She married John Woodall, a clerk from Yorkshire, in St Clement’s Church, Toxteth Park on 9 September 1850 and had eight children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.


Esther Sophia Woodall

William Radley Woodall

Frances Ann Woodall

Fanny Woodall

Sophia Woodall

Alfred Woodall

Peter Frederick Woodall

Amy Woodall


(1851-1855)

(1853-?)

(1855-1856)

(1857-1932)

(1859-1924)

(1862-1909)

(1864-1930)

(1869-1936)



m. Emma Woods McKnight, 1877


m. William Groves Askew, 1878

m. Peter Blackburn, 1882


m. Ann Allen, 1891

m. William Ernest Gage, 1890


John died in Liverpool in 1881, and Ann lived for a while with her married daughter Fanny.  She died in Liverpool in 1892.



John Radley, son of William Radley and Sophia Massey, was born in Toxteth Park and baptised in St Michael's Church on 11 December 1831.  In his youth, he worked mainly in labouring jobs, and he married Eleanor Oakes Goodrum, a young woman from Norfolk, in St Nicholas’ Church, Liverpool on 30 March 1853.  John later became a watchman, and the 1871 census states that he had lost his right arm, which may explain the change of job. The couple had eight children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.


William Radley

George Radley

Sophia Radley

John Radley

Harry Radley

Sophia Radley

Alfred Radley

William Radley


(1854-1858)

(1855-1920)

(1858-1861)

(1860-?)

(1864-1888)

(1865-1935)

(1868-1955)

(1870-?)


m. Lizzie Forbes, 1875




m. William James Prior, 1884

m. Elizabeth Agnes Green, 1885

m. Beatrice Fairbairn, 1894


John died in Liverpool in 1872 at the early age of 40, and Eleanor subsequently married John James Sharman, a porter, in St George’s Church, Everton on 22 March 1880.  She died in Liverpool in 1928.

 

 

Sophia Radley, daughter of William Radley and Sophia Massey, was born in Toxteth Park and baptised in St Michael's Church on 2 March 1834.  She worked as a house servant as a young girl before marrying George Shem Willings, a druggist, at St Bride’s Church, Liverpool on 28 January 1855: both partners were under age and married “with consent”.  By 1871 George had become a licensed victualler, and later censuses refer to him as a brewer.  Sophia and George had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Thomas Radley Willings

Sophia Elizabeth Willings

George Stanley Willings

Frederick William Willings


(1855-1910)

(1857-1858)

(1859-1923)

(1861-1899)


m. Lucy Ann Clarke, 1875


m. Margaret Kieren, 1881

m. Alice Smith, 1887

George died in Liverpool in 1904 and Sophia in 1911.


 

Martha Radley, daughter of William Radley and Sophia Massey, was born in Toxteth Park and baptised in St Michael's Church on 11 March 1838.  She married John Blackburn, a butcher, in St Peter’s Church, Everton on 2 September 1862 and had seven children:

 

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2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Peter Blackburn

William Blackburn

Frederick John Blackburn

Amy Blackburn

Mary Annie Blackburn

Sophia Blackburn

John Blackburn


(1863-1929)

(1864-?)

(1866-1945)

(1868-1936)

(1870-?)

(1871-1939)

(1879-?)

m. Sophia Woodall, 1882

m. Mary Ellen Milroy, 1893

m. Sarah Elizabeth Barkley, 1900

m. George Hulatt, 1899

m. Arthur Frederick Percy Smith, 1894

m. Gilbert Etheridge, 1892


On later censuses, John (alone or with Martha) combines the jobs of butcher and beer seller - a slightly strange combination by today’s standards!

 

Martha died in Liverpool in 1904.

 

Maria Massey, daughter of Joseph Massey and his first wife Maria Kenham, was born in Liverpool and baptised in St Peter's Church on 1 February 1829.  She married John Leyland, a porter, at St Philip’s Church, Liverpool on 9 December 1849  and the couple lived with John’s family for some time immediately after their marriage.  They had two sons:

 

1.

2.


John Joseph Leyland

James Leyland


(1850-1937)

(1861-1900)


m. Mary Ann Howell, 1873

m. Alice Spencer, 1890

Maria died in Liverpool in 1885, and in early 1901 John was living with his widowed daughter-in-law Alice and her family.  He died in Liverpool later that year.



Francis Kenham Massey, son of Joseph Massey and his first wife Maria Kenham, was born in Liverpool and baptised in St Peter's Church on 14 September 1834.  .  On the 1851 census he was recorded as an apprentice shoe maker living with his uncle John Massey in Acton Grange, Cheshire - probably learning the trade from his older cousin Samuel, who in turn most likely learned it from his maternal grandfather Richard Bennett.

 

Francis married Margaret Dagnall at St John’s Church Liverpool on 27 September 1853 and had seven children. For some reason, it appears that the younger children (at least) were not baptised as infants: the two oldest daughters were baptised aged 24 and 18 respectively, following their own marriages.

 

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2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Maria Kenham Massey

Mary Elizabeth Massey

Frances Massey

Sarah Jane Massey

John Alfred Massey

Francis Henry Massey

Georgina Massey


(1854-1904)

(1857-1942)

(1860-1946)

(1863-1942)

(1865-1914)

(1868-1942)

(1875-?)

m. William Morris, 1876

m. William Johnson Briscoe, 1873

m. James Barlow, 1884

m. Charles Davies, 1883

m. Rachel Parry, 1892

m. Charlotte Ann Simmons, 1893

m. Alfred Brown, 1892

The 1891 census shows Margaret as “married”, living in Everton with her two youngest children, while there is a rather doubtful entry for “Frank” Massey, a married shoemaker, lodging in Everton not far away, although his stated age is considerably younger than it ought to be.  Francis probably died in Liverpool in 1898, although here again the age given on the death index is inaccurate.  Margaret lived with her married daughter Georgina for several years, and died in Liverpool in 1914.

 

 

Charles Massey, son of Joseph Massey and his first wife Maria Kenham, was born in Liverpool and baptised in St Peter's Church on 13 July 1837.  He became a watchmaker, and on the 1861 census is recorded living in Ludlow, Shropshire with Samuel Wood and his family, including Samuel’s father, another watchmaker.  Charles married Samuel's daughter Elizabeth Mary Wood in Ludlow register office on 19 July 1861 and had five children:

 

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2.

3.

4.

5.


Charles Samuel Massey

John Joseph Massey

Ernest Willie Massey

Kate Elizabeth Ann Massey

Samuel George Massey


(1862-1946)

(1863-?)

(1867-1923)

(1868-?)

(1870-1939)


m. Miranda Mary Hannah De Sallis Mortimore, 1894

m. Ada Hunt, 1895

m. Elizabeth Mary Francies, 1894

m. William Ansell, 1901

m. Marion Hart, 1899

The family moved from Ludlow to Hereford, and later to Kings Norton in Worcestershire.

 

By 1891, Charles was living apart from the rest of his family in Kings Norton Workhouse, where he remained until his death in 1918.  Elizabeth was living with two of her unmarried children in 1891, but on the 1901 census she is listed as a “lunatic” in Rubery Hill Asylum, Kings Norton, and she died there later that year.

 

 

Emma Jane Massey, daughter of Joseph Massey and his second wife Eliza Jane Copeland,  was born in Liverpool on 28 February 1857 and baptised in St Peter’s Church there on 13 April 1857.  She worked as a machinist, and married William Alfred Newman in St Peter’s Church, Everton on 28 March 1881.  William was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in about 1854 and was a mariner - his oldest son’s marriage record later stated that William was a ship’s steward.  Emma and William had three children:

 

1.

2.

3.


Frederick William Newman

Gertrude Isabella Newman

John Alfred Newman


(1882-?)

(1884-?)

(1890-?)

m. Susannah Williams, 1909

m. Isaac Howard, 1914


There seems to be no record of the family on the 1891 census, but by 1901 Emma had apparently been widowed, and was working as a laundress.  She died in Liverpool in 1914.

 

 

William John Massey, son of Joseph Massey and his second wife Eliza Jane Copeland,  was born in Liverpool on 26 April 1859 and baptised in St Peter’s Church on 12 June 1859.  He worked for the post office, first as a letter carrier, and later as a sorting clerk, and he married Helen Jane Morrison at St Bride’s Church, Liverpool on 1 September 1889.  They lived with Helen’s family when they were first married, and her unmarried siblings lived with them for many years.

 

William and Helen had one daughter:


1.


Bertha Louise Lewis Massey

(1891-1953)

m. Ernest Dugdale Roden, 1935

William died in Liverpool in 1934 and Helen in 1945.



George Henry Massey, son of Joseph Massey and his second wife Eliza Jane Copeland,  was born in Liverpool on 5 September 1862 and baptised in St Peter's Church on 2 January 1863.  As a young man he worked as a gentleman’s groom, but later became a ship’s steward, and is absent from most of the census returns.  He married Blanche Winifred Bankes at St Michael’s Church, Toxteth Park on 16 October 1892 and had one son:

 

1.


George Alexander Massey

(1893-1915)


George Alexander Massey joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on 8 July 1912, and immediately war was declared, he was assigned to “Nelson“ battalion on 2 August 1914.  His battalion was sent to Gallipoli, where George was killed in action on 4 May 1915.  He is remembered on the Helles Memorial as one of the 20,763 men who fell in that campaign and whose graves are unknown or who were lost or buried at sea in Gallipoli waters.

 

 

Frederick Massey, youngest son of Joseph Massey and his second wife Eliza Jane Copeland,  was born in Liverpool on on 22 February 1865 and baptised in St Peter’s Church on 27 March 1865.  He became a produce clerk, and was later described as a dug and produce broker.  Frederick married Ada Gwynne Sancto in St Cyprien’s Church, Edge Hill on 6 June 1896 and had one daughter:

 

1.


Irene Gwynne Massey

(1899-?)


Frederick died in Wallasey, Cheshire in 1928. 

 

Ada and Irene emigrated to Canada in 1947, and Ada died in British Columbia in 1951.

 


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