Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1890 & 99

John Millers jnr (1822 - 1893)

John Millers junior was the proprietor of the Merchants' Dining Rooms on Market Street, Manchester, and was Chairman of Agecroft Rowing Club.

He was born on 3rd September 1822 at Sedburgh, Yorkshire. His father was John Millers senior (1800 – 1861) who was a Marble Mason and Merchant of Stanley Street, Salford. His mother was Elizabeth (nee Booth) Millers (1798 – 1867) and they were married in 1822 in Kendal, Westmoreland. John junior had a younger brother Richard (1824 – 1860). The 1851 census shows that John junior was at home with his mother at 7, Stanley Street, Salford. His father is shown at 1, Stanley Street, Salford.

On 23rd September 1854, John junior married Margaret Townley Braithwaite at St John's Church, Deansgate, Manchester. Margaret was born in August 1832 in Kendal, Westmorland, and was the daughter of James Townley Braithwaite and his wife Ann. In 1856 the Manchester rate books show that John Millers junior was renting property at 94A Market Street, Manchester.

In 1861 and 1871 John and Margaret lived at Kennerly, Peers Lane, Northenden, Cheshire. John's occupation was given as Marble Merchant, Ironmonger and Keeper of Plaster. Their children were Elizabeth A (born 1855), Margaret (born 1857), John Townley (born 3rd July 1859), Richard Townley (born 1861), Amelia Townley (born 1863), James Townley (born 1865 and died 1870 aged 4), Ada Townley (born 1868) and Emma Townley (born 1873). All born at Northenden, Cheshire.

In 1881 the family lived at Statford House, Palatine Road, Didsbury, Manchester. John's occupation was Restaurant/Eating House Keeper (employing 19 Hands). Elizabeth was aged 25, Margaret was aged 23, John Townley was aged 21 and was a Manager of a Restaurant/Eating House, Richard was aged 20 and was a Cashier at a Restaurant, Amelia was aged 18, Ada was aged 13 and Emma was aged 8.

In 1885, John's son Richard Townley Millers married Teresa Daly at Oldham. On 13th March 1887, John's son John Townley Millers married Ellen Elizabeth Wolfenden at Didsbury, Manchester. In 1891, 68-year-old John lived at 96 Palatine Road, Didsbury and had retired from the restaurant business. (His son John Townley Millers was now Manager). John's wife Margaret was aged 58 and their five unmarried daughters were: Elizabeth aged 35, Margaret aged 33, Amelia aged 28, Ada aged 23 and Emma 18.

John Millers junior was Chairman of the Agecroft Rowing Club and also acted as a Starter or Steward or Judge at the Manchester and Salford Regattas and the Agecroft Rowing Club Amateur Regattas. The latter used a 7 furlong stretch of the River Irwell between Douglas Green Weir and Kersal Cell. John also advertised two houses to let, one in Strangeways for £18, and one in Pendleton for £16. He was also a member of the Committee of Promoters for the Second Freeholders Building Society in 1848.

John Millers junior died on 4th September 1893 aged 71 and was buried in the family grave at Weaste Cemetery. His wife Margaret died in April 1920 aged 87 and was re-united with her husband.