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Biographies of people buried between 1880 & 89

Jose Antonio Ynfiesta (1835 - 1889)

 Jose Antonio Infiesta was a Manchester Merchant and Commission Agent who was appointed the Consul for Mexico and the Vice Consul for Spain in Manchester.

He was born in 1835 in Gijon, Spain, which is located 110 miles (177 kilometres) west of Santander by road on the northern coast. His father was Jose Infiesta. At an early age he went to Havana, Cuba and stayed until 1862 when he came to England where he resided for the last 27 years of his life. He was appointed Vice Consul for Spain in July 1883 and Consul for Mexico in spring 1888

Not a lot is known about his personal life, but on 29th November 1865 he married Anna Magdalena Katherina Adami at St Ann's Church, Stretford, Manchester. Anna was the fifth daughter of Mr George H Adami of Mergentheim, Wurtemburg, Germany and was living at Woodfield House, Sale, Cheshire. Jose's address was Lansdowne Terrace, Stretford.

The Northwich Guardian of 20th July 1881 records a Sale by Auction of "the excellent household furniture and appointments at the residence of Mr J A Infiesta, Buena Vista, near St Margaret's Church, (Dunham Road A56), Altrincham, Cheshire."

On 11th December 1880 the Manchester Courier reported his business failure at 69, Piccadilly, Manchester, lately residing in Bowdon, (Cheshire), but now of Buxton (Derbyshire). In June 1881, Jose placed an advertisement in the Manchester Evening News that the Spanish Government required a Contractor to undertake the dredging of 540,000 cubic metres of sand from a river bed in Spain. In 1884, Jose was elected to membership of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

The Manchester Courier of 8th January 1885 reports, "Earthquake in Spain. The Vice Consul for Spain in Manchester Senor Infiesta has addressed the Mayor regarding the Appeal of the Spanish Government for help for the survivors of the recent earthquake in Andalucia". And on 24th February 1885 "Spanish Earthquake Relief Fund. The Spanish Vice Consul in Manchester and Hon Secretary of the Fund desires to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the subscribers reaching £602.10s."

The Courier of 23rd May 1888 reported "Trade with Mexico," where Jose had informed traders with Mexico that invoices written, printed, lithographed or otherwise with inks containing aniline, fuschsine, etc, which fades quickly, will not be allowed. On 20th September 1888, the Courier reported Jose's favourable outlook for Trade with Spain regarding the building of the Manchester Ship Canal, both the export of Manchester goods and the importation of Spanish products, chiefly foodstuffs.

Jose Antonio Infiesta died on Sunday 14th April 1889 at his home 9 Albany Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, after a very brief illness. He was 54 years of age. Probate records that his personal estate was worth £8 – 10s – 6d. He was late of 9, Albany Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy although his widow Kate Infiesta resided at Ashton House, Ashton-upon-Mersey, Cheshire.