Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1880 & 89

Francis Cox (1810 - 1889)

Francis Cox was a Salford Policeman and spent some time in Canada.


He was born in Clonminch, Ireland in January 1810. He was the son of John Cox, a Weaver and Margaret Kelly. Francis took to weaving, but in about 1839 he was employed at Tullamore Gaol as a Warder. His record showed that he was 5 ft 8 inches tall with dark brown hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion. He married Mary Ann Lowe, who had been christened at St. Catherine's Church of Ireland at Tullamore in June 1813. She was the daughter of Addison Lowe (Lieutenant in the 47th Regiment of Foot) and Abigail Shawe.


Their children were Abigail (born 2nd February 1833 at Clonminch and married John Thomas Neden in 1855 in Manchester), James (born 1835 in Clonminch and emigrated to Canada), Francis (born 1837 at Clonminch and emigrated to Canada), William (born 1839 at Clonminch and married in 1859 in Crumpsall, Manchester. He died on 23rd Nov 1903 and is buried at Peel Green Cemetery), Margaret (born 1842 in Manchester, but whilst emigrating to Canada in 1870 she died and was buried at sea), Charles Richard (born 1846 at Crumpsall and married Martha Whittaker), Addison (born 1849 at Manchester and emigrated to Canada), Anne Elizabeth (born 1851 at Manchester, emigrated to Canada and married James Cox in 1875) and Richard Thomas (born 1856 in Crumpsall and emigrated to Canada).


Francis and his family relocated to Manchester around 1841 as he joined Lancashire Police on 1st June of that year. In 1851 they were living at Wooley Court, Crumpsall. Francis received several promotions during his 16 years as a policeman and retired on 15th January 1858 on a life pension. In 1861 he was working as a Watchman and living at 47, Springfield Road, Crumpsall. In 1870 Francis and Mary Ann emigrated to Canada. They bought a farm near Quebec, but sadly Mary Ann died on 4th July 1872, aged 57. After his son Addison's untimely death in 1873, Francis sold his farm and returned to England. He remarried later that year (on 9th December 1873) to Elizabeth Wallace, who was born in Scotland in 1835 and was a midwife. The couple resided at 6, Albert Terrace, Pendleton. In 1881 they were living at 214, Ellor Street, Pendleton and later at 215, High Street Pendleton. Francis died on 10th October 1889 at the age of 79. He was buried on 16th October in Plot 35 of Weaste Cemetery. Rev. Edwin. Walker officiating.