George William Marsden was a Warehouseman and an ardent supporter of the temperance movement in Salford.
He was born in Salford in 1841. It would appear that he married in about 1860 and moved to Ardwick as the 1881 census has him living in 19, Syndal Street, Ardwick, Manchester and his children were all born in Ardwick. His wife's name was Margaret, (aged 35, born in Manchester) and their children were Elizabeth aged 11, Lucy aged 9, George aged 7 and Margaret aged 3. Also in the house on census night was Mary Ann Marsden, George's mother, aged 81, born at Darley, Deryshire.
The funeral of George William Marsden was held on 22nd October 1887. He was 45 years of age and was buried in a common grave in the Dissenters portion of Weaste Cemetery. Reverend E Walker conducted the service.
The Salford Reporter of 29th October 1887 makes reference to George's passing during a concert at Booth Street Mission, Pendleton, presented by the Seedley Temperance Entertainment Society. The Chairman informed the audience that one of their number, Brother George Marsden, had been buried at Weaste Cemetery that afternoon. The funeral was attended by forty temperance friends, who had walked in procession, headed by Brother Longworth LD of Seedley Perseverance Lodge, who had conducted the service and had given a stirring address. The choir at the Mission Room sang two hymns in memory of Brother Marsden, one of which was his favourite, "Whiter than Snow". The President and Secretary (Brothers Potter and Hannell) thanked members of the audience who had helped with the expense of the funeral.