Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1890 & 99

Richard Johnson (1832 - 1892)

Richard Johnson was an Auctioneer and Valuer and also a church warden at St Paul's Church, Pendleton.


He was born in Pendleton in 1832. In 1854 he married Lucy Woodhouse Lynch at Manchester Cathedral. (She was born in 1834, in Manchester). Their children were: Richard Woodhouse (born 1861 in Ancoats, Manchester and died on 5th May 1909 at Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA), Clara (born 1862 in Hulme, Manchester and married William Davies at St John's, Pendlebury) and Amy Florence (born 1863 and died 21st June 1926 aged 62). There may have been more children as Amy Florence was described on the family gravestone as "youngest" daughter. In 1881 the family was living at 102 Bolton Road, Pendleton. Richard Johnson died on 13th May 1892 aged 59, and Lucy survived him by 27 years. She died on 19th March 1919 aged 84.


The Salford Reporter of 21st May 1892 records, "We are sorry to announce the demise of a well-known Pendletonian in the person of Mr Richard Johnson, who died at his residence, 337, Eccles New Road, Pendleton on Friday week after much suffering. The deceased gentleman who was in his 60th year had not enjoyed robust health for a number of years and during the past 15 months his sufferings were much aggravated by an internal complaint, which eventually carried him off.

The deceased had lived all his life in Pendleton. His creed was Church of England, of which denomination he was a staunch member and filled the post of Church Warden at St Paul's Pendleton some years ago. In politics he was a Liberal and some years ago he was asked to stand as a candidate in Seedley Ward, but he declined. For a number of years Mr Johnson was actively connected with the Pendleton Cricket Club of which he was vice president. As a mark of the esteem in which he was held, the flag at the cricket ground in Langworthy Road was hoisted at half mast. He was also a member of the Eccles and Pendleton Horticultural Society and a life member of the Freemasons, being a member for 25 years. He resided for about 25 years at the Woodlands on Bolton Road."


The funeral was held on Wednesday 18th May at Weaste Cemetery. The service was conducted by Rev G. Morgan, Curate of St Ambrose Church, Pendleton, assisted by Rev J Garner of St Luke's Church, Weaste. Richard was interred in plot F of the Church of England portion.