Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1960 & 69

Edwin Reynolds Chick (1834 - 1960)

 Edwin Reynolds Chick was a Physician and Surgeon who lived in Hulme, Manchester and died at the young age of only 26.


He was born in 1834 in Surrey and baptised on 29th June 1834 at the Church of St. Peter and St Paul, Mitcham. His father was Robert Chick (born 1791 in Middleham, Surrey) who was a Drysalter and later a Drugs Agent, and his mother was Elizabeth (nee Ansell) Chick (born 1806 in Croydon, Surrey). Edwin's siblings were Julia (born 1827), Alfred P (born 1830), Clarissa (born 1848 in Ardwick) and Amelia (born 1840 in Ardwick) and Emma Ann (born 1842 in Ardwick). Between 1834 and 1838 the family moved to Manchester.


In 1841 their address was Burgess Villa, Ancoats, Manchester. Father Robert was aged 50, mother Elizabeth was aged 35, Julia was 14, Alfred was 11, Edwin was 7, Clarissa was 3 and Amelia Emily was aged 1. In 1844 the Manchester Rate Books shows the family still at Burgess Villa. The 1851 census shows Elizabeth as Head at Booth Street East, Chorton-on-Medlock, Manchester and her occupation is May School. Clarissa is aged 13 and a Student Teacher, Amelia is aged 12 and Emma is aged 9. Edwin is not in the 1851 census and it is likely that he is studying away from home. The newspapers show that in August 1855 he receives a Certificate of Merit for Materia Medic (junior class) at Chatham Street School of Medicine and in 1856 at the same School 2nd year Certificates of Merit for Surgery and Obstetrics and Forensic Medicine and was admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons.


It would appear that Edwin was a junior partner of "Robb and Chick", Surgeons, 116 City Road, Hulme, as the Guardian reported on 5th August 1857, "the dissolution by mutual consent of the partnership, and Dr James Robb was continuing in the practice." And by strange coincidence the Guardian of 6th August 1857 announced the marriage of Edwin Reynolds Chick to Annie, only child of Dr James Robb LRCS (Edinburgh), both of Manchester. In 1858 the Manchester Ratebooks show Edwin's address and practice in Great Jackson Street, Hulme. Edwin and Annie had two children, who were James Robb Goodman Chick (born 1858 in Hulme) and Annie Beatrice Chick (born 1859 in Hulme), however Annie died of diarrhoea the following year, aged 9 months.


On 13th July 1860, Edwin died at Great Jackson Street, Hulme aged only 26. He was buried at Weaste Cemetery on 17th July in grave AA10/CE/2200. The following month, on 7th August 1860, he was joined by his daughter Annie Beatrice. The 1861 census shows that Edwin's widow Annie (and son James R G) was living with her widowed father James Robb, Surgeon, at Baguley House Farm, Turnpike Road, Baguley, Altrincham, Cheshire. The following year, on 2nd July 1862, Edwin's widow Annie married George Lucas at St Martin's Church, Ashton-upon-Mersey, Cheshire. In 1880, the Guardian reports that Edwin's son, James Robb Goodman Chick, of Buckland in the Parish of Portsea, Hampshire has changed his name by deed poll to James Robb Goodman Chick-Lucas. In 1885 he becomes a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, had a successful Practice on the Isle of Wight and died in 1936.