Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1890 & 99

John Thomas Greenough (1823 - 1891)

John Thomas Greenhough was a Draper and devoted 64 years to the Irwell Street Wesleyan Methodist Church.


He was born in 1823 in Salford. In 1857 he married Elizabeth Whittaker at St John's Church Manchester. (She was born in 1824 in Salford). The following year Eliza was born. The 1881 census reveals that the family was living at 24 Eccles New Road, Salford. John was described as a Joiner and Draper, Elizabeth was a Draper and Eliza, aged 23 had no occupation. John Thomas Greenhough died on 17th September 1891 at Woodbine Street at the age of 68 and was buried on 21st September  in Square 33 of the dissenters portion.


The Salford Reporter of 26th September 1891 records, "We regret to have to announce the death of Mr John Greenhough, who has been connected with the Irwell Street Wesleyan Chapel and Sunday school without interruption for the long period of 64 years. In the early part of 1927 when he was in his fourth year he was taken by his father to the Sunday school on the day that it opened. He continued from that day as a scholar until the year 1840, when he was appointed a teacher. He afterwards filled the positions of librarian, absentee secretary, secretary of the Sunday school and on the death of the late Alderman Davies he was appointed one of the superintendents.


Although Mr Greenhough had been in feeble health since the year 1887, he continued to attend to his duties as frequently as his condition permitted. He had often expressed a wish to retire, but the friends at Irwell Street desired that he should continue his connection with the place so dear to him, which he did until the day of his death. He attended as a scholar in the procession which took place at Ardwick Green on the occasion of the celebration of the Coronation of Her Majesty the Queen, and has preserved the medal which he then wore. It had been arranged, just a week before he died, to hold a meeting to recognise his long service, but he passed away without knowing what his friends desired.


The funeral took place at the Salford Cemetery on Monday last when as many friends as could make it attended to pay respects to his memory. Rev J.G Skemp conducted the service. Mr William Greenhough, a younger brother of the deceased, who has been connected with Irwell Street all his life, remains a superintendent of the Sunday School.