Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1890 & 99

Edward Harvey (1827 - 1899)

Edward Harvey was a Cotton Spinner, who ran the family mill, situated off Oldfield Road, Salford. It was once owned by his father William Harvey (former Mayor of Salford Council), who was in partnership with Joseph Brotherton, (Salford's first MP). Edward was also an Overseer of the Poor in Salford for several years.

He was born in 1827 in Salford and baptised at the Bible Christian Church (BCC) on 28th August 1827. His father was William Harvey, founder and Deacon of the BCC, Alderman and Mayor of Salford Council (1857 and 1858), founder and President of the Vegetarian Society and played a prominent part in other political organisations. His mother Mary (nee Titley) Harvey, also played an important role in the BCC.

On 24th June 1856 Edward married Sarah Hordern (born 1833) at Manchester Cathedral. She was the daughter of David and Elizabeth Hordern who lived in Clay Street, Salford. The 1861 census shows that Edward and Sarah lived at 17, Park Place, Salford with their 4-year-old son Joseph Edward (born 1859 in Salford). Their first born, Alfred Brotherton (born 1857), was on holiday with his maternal grandparents in Wrexham, North Wales. In the 1871 census at Park Place, Salford, Edward is 43, Sarah was 38, Alfred B was 14 and new arrivals Beatrice Emily (born 1863) was 8 and Cecilia Mary (born 1866) was 5. This time it is Joseph Edward's turn to be with his maternal grandparents, at Regent Road, Salford. On 27th July 1875, tragedy struck when Beatrice Emily died, aged 13.

The 1881 census reveals a move to 4 Adelphi Terrace, Salford, where Edward's occupation was Cotton Spinner. Alfred B was a Bank Clark aged 24, Joseph E was a Bookkeeper aged 21 and Cecelia M was a Scholar aged 15. On 3rd September 1887, their son, Alfred Brotherton Harvey married Annie Bennett Collier (born 1856 in Hulme, Manchester) at the BCC. She was the daughter of Edwin Collier and Sarah (nee Bennett) Collier, who were also staunch members of the BCC.

On 10th July 1889, Edward Harvey died aged 62 and was buried in the family vault at Weaste Cemetery. The 1891 census showed his widow Sarah at Adelphi Terrace with Joseph Edward and Cecilia Mary. In the 1901 census Edward's widow Sarah was living with their son Alfred Brotherton Harvey at 2 Barrington Road, Altrincham, Cheshire. But on 19th October 1903 Sarah died aged 70. Alfred Brotherton Harvey's wife Annie died in 1895 aged 39. Alfred married a second time in 1907, to Bertha Clark (born 1858), daughter of Rev James Clark and Cordelia (nee Collier) Clark. Bertha died in 1929, aged 71 and Alfred B Harvey died on 2nd February 1939 age 82.

On 3rd December 1892, Edward's second son Joseph Edward married Edith Oxley (born 1870 in Timperley, Cheshire) at St Matthew's Church, Stretford, Lancashire. She was the daughter of Arthur and Mary Oxley of Stretford. They had 2 sons, but it would appear that they separated, as in 1901 Edith was boarding in Oak Road, Sale. In 1911 Edith was a widow. A curious report in several newspapers of 18th February 1903 reported a Joseph Edward Harvey aged 43, of no occupation, of a well-known Manchester family, had died in London, of syncope due to excessive smoking!