James Thomas Margerison was a Rate Collector for Salford Council and his obituary claimed that he was also formerly a Lieutenant in the Regiment of Cavalry in the US at the time of the Civil War!
The IGI and Lancashire BMD reveal nothing about James and he appears to be a bit of a mystery. However, his gravestone (B18 933) at Weaste Cemetery reveals that he died on 17th May 1889 aged 45 and his wife Maria, died on 11th February 1915 aged 66. Also recorded are the death of three young children: Maria died 12 October 1889 aged 2 years and 3 months; Ernest Bradley died 9th January 1890 aged 10 months; and Harry Nelson died 29th June 1891 aged 7.
The Salford Reporter of 25th May 1889 records "The death of James Thomas Margerison, a rate collector for the Salford Corporation, took place on Friday week (17th May 1889) at his residence, 22 Duchy Street, Seedley, at the age of 45 years. He was formerly a lieutenant in a regiment of cavalry in the US at the time of the Civil War and had been in the employ of Salford Corporation for seven years, first as Assistant in the Borough Treasurer's Office and afterwards, upon the death of Mr Woodruff, as Rate Collector for the Salford District.
The funeral took place on Monday (20th May in Plot B18 of the Church of England portion) at the Salford Cemetery, the ceremony being performed by Rev H. Thompson Jones of St. Stephen's Church, Salford. Salford Corporation was represented by Mr F Martin (Borough Accountant), Mr Thomas Crossley (Borough Treasurer's Office), Mr W.T. Fullalove (Town Clerk's Office), Mr Clark (Chief Rate Collector), Mr A Yates (Engineer's Office) and others. There was also a deputation from the Zetland Masonic Lodge of which the deceased acted as Treasurer. The deceased leaves a wife (Maria) and eight children."