Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1890 & 99

Moses Berry (1844 - 1890)

Moses Berry was a Coal Merchant and a prominent member of the Nursery Street Baptist Church.


He was born in 1844 at Little Hulton (at that time in Bolton). According to Lancs BMD his mother's name was Hardman. In 1870 he married Mary Howarth in Manchester, by Registrar. The 1881 census reveals that Moses was aged 39, born in Bolton and a Coal Merchant employing 2 men and a boy. Mary was aged 39, born in Pendleton and a Confectioner. There were two children, Elizabeth A. aged 8 and Robert M. aged 6. Moses died on 26th February 1890 aged 45 and Mary died on 22nd May 1905 aged 63.


The Salford Reporter of 1st March 1890 records, "We regret to announce the death, which took place on Wednesday last, of Mr Moses Berry, coal merchant of Broad Street, Pendleton, at the comparatively early age of 45. He has resided in Pendleton from boyhood, and by steady hard work and perseverance, joined to strict integrity, had worked his way up. He leaves a large circle of devoted friends. He will be much missed at the Baptist Church in Nursery Street, where for many years he faithfully discharged his duties as a member, deacon and secretary."


The funeral took place on Saturday 1st March. A service was held at the Nursery Street Baptist Church conducted by the Pastor Rev J.G. Skemp, before the cortege made its way to Weaste Cemetery. Moses was interred in plot 37 of the Dissenters portion.