Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1890 & 99

George Binns (1819 - 1890)

George Binns was a Warehouseman and was also Secretary and Collector for the Salford Independent Burial Society for over 40 years.


He was born in Salford in 1819. He married Martha Peeling (born 1820), at St George's Church, Hulme, Manchester in 1846. Their children were: Thomas (born 1847), Elizabeth Peeling (born 1849), Thomas Bradley, (born 1850, died 2nd Nov 1880 aged 30), Joseph (born 1852), Martha (born 1855), George (born 1857 and married Margaret Elliott in 1884 at St Stephen's Church, Salford), Sarah Emma (born 1860, married John Lambert in 1884 at Ascension Church Salford) and Robert Peeling (born 1863). George's wife Martha died on 12th October 1868 and he married again in 1872, to Mary Harrison (born 1817 at Christleton, Cheshire), at St Stephen's Church Salford.


The 1881 census reveals that the family was living at 74, St. Stephen's Street Salford. George was 61 and an unemployed warehouseman, Mary was aged 63 and son George was a Brewer's Clerk aged 23. Mary died on 21st March 1889 aged 72 and George died the following year on 20th May aged 71.


The Salford Reporter of 24th May 1890 records, "A well known public character in Salford in the person of Mr George Binns has passed over to the great majority. Mr Binns, who was in his 72nd year was well known in the Salford district and was highly respected. He had been unwell for some months and died on Tuesday morning (20th May), at his residence, 74, St. Stephen Street, Salford. For a period extending over 40 years he was the trusted and valued secretary and collector of Salford Independent Burial Society, and was respected by the members. In connection with St. Stephen's Church, he had filled almost every position from Sunday school teacher to church warden extending over 40 years. He was no less active as a Conservative worker in Trinity Ward at election times. His figure will be greatly missed."


The funeral of George Binns took place at Weaste Cemetery on Saturday 24th May where he was interred in plot B18 of the Church of England portion. Reverend H.J. Jones officiated.