Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1857 & 1869

William Blundell (1795 - 1859)

 William Blundell was an Engineer and when he died in 1859 he was the 4693rd person to be buried at Weaste Cemetery.


He was born in 1795 in Henley-in-Arden (which used to be part of the ancient Forest of Arden), near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire and was baptised at the Church of St Nicholas and St John the Baptist in the same village on 18th February 1796. His parents were Joseph Blundell, born 1776 in Welford, Warwickshire, and Charlotte (nee Avery) Blundell born in Dummer, Hampshire in 1769. William's parents were married in 1789 at Tardebigg, Worcestershire.


On 26th December 1833, William married Amelia Orrell at Manchester Collegiate Church (which became Manchester Cathedral). William was a 38-year-old Engraver.  Amelia was 23-years-old and was the daughter of John Orrell (a Cotton Spinner) and Mary (nee Turner) Orrell, who were married in 1793 at Manchester Collegiate Church.

In the 1841 census, William and Amelia lived at Paradise Court, McDonald's Lane, Manchester. William was aged 42, Amelia 30. Their children, all born in Manchester, were: Mary (born 1835), Robert (born 1837), Charlotte (born 1838) and William (born 1840). Also in the house was William's mother Charlotte Blundell aged 71 and Amelia's mother Mary Orrell aged 67. In 1845, William's mother Charlotte died aged 76. The 1851 census shows that the family lived at 2, Paradise Court, Manchester, where William was aged 55 and an Engineer. Amelia was aged 44, Robert was aged 14 and a Pattern Card Maker, William was aged 10, and new arrivals: Margaret (born 1843) aged 8, Amelia (born 1845) age 6 and Edward (born 1850) aged 1. Also in the house was Amelia's mother Mary Orrell, aged 78, but on 18th December 1858, Mary Orrell died of a fever and was buried at Weaste Cemetery B18/CE/3087.


Eight months later, on 10th July 1859, William Blundell died at Broughton Street, Salford aged 63. He was buried with his mother-in-law at Weaste Cemetery on 13th July. The 1861 census shows Amelia at 111, Becket Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, aged 50 where she is a Shopkeeper/Draper. Also in the house are Margaret aged 18 who is a Living Machine Maker and Edward aged 11 who is an Errand Boy. But on 11th February 1868, Amelia died of bronchitis at Lower Broughton, Salford, aged 57 and was buried with her husband and mother in grave B18/CE/3087 at Weaste Cemetery.


William and Amelia's eldest son Robert married Rachel Keen in 1858 at Manchester Cathedral. Rachel was born in Birmingham in 1835. In 1861 they lived at 13, Blue Bell Passage, Cheetham, Manchester, where Robert was aged 24 and a Pattern Card Maker. Rachel was aged 26. In 1871 they lived at Dale Street, Broughton, Salford, with their children: Lucy (born 1866) aged 5 and William Crossley (born 1871) aged 0. But sadly, William died the following year age 1. In 1881 they lodged at 13 Hope Cottage, Pendleton with daughter Lucy aged 12 and Rachel's niece Maude Keen aged 7. But in 1888, Rachel died aged 54. In 1891 Robert lived at Bowden View, Rocky Lane, Monton, with Lucy aged 24 and Maud Keen aged 15. In 1882, Lucy married Oliver Derbyshire at St Andrew's Eccles. Robert Blundell died in 1902 aged 64.