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Robert Baxendell (1825-1895)

Robert was born in Manchester, Lancs. 1825, The youngest child of Thomas Baxendell (1792-1851) and Mary (nee Shepley). He spent his early years on his fatherís farm at Smedley, then then at Crumpsall while apprenticed as a Corn Dealer, and by the age of 21, when he married Eliza Hannah Hughes,(the daughter of his neighbouring farmer Daniel Hughes), he had embarked on a career as a Corn Factor. In this enterprise, he was no doubt assisted by his Uncle James Baxendell (1794-1840), who had experience as a corn and flour dealer, and his mother-in-law Elizabeth Hughes, who, on the death of her husband, became a provision dealer and baker, living with her grown, unmarried children, close by in Cheetham Hill.

Robert and Eliza had four children:

Ada b. 1847, Christened: 7 Nov. 1847, St. Thomas, Ardwick, Manchester, Lancs.

Martha b. 1850, Manchester, Lancs.

Walter b. 1854, Salford, Lancs.

Mary Hughes b.1856, Manchester, Lancs.

In 1880, Robert inherited £1000 plus ¼ of the residuary estate of his Uncle Joseph Baxendell (1797- 1869), hatter and cotton spinner of Denton. By this time he was a Corn Merchant, employing 30 men and 5 boys, and shortly afterwards he set up his own flour-mill which prospered. He took in his son Walter as a partner, who eventually inherited the mill.

He died 3 Aug. 1895 in Salford, Lancs. Leaving an estate of £19,874 18s 8d

 Marriage Certificate of Robert Baxendell and Eliza Hannah Hughes:

From Calendar of English Probates and Admimistrations, 1895:

Baxendell, Robert of 44 Crescent, Salford, corn miller, died 3 August 1895, probate London 23 September to Eliza Hannah Baxendell widow, Ada Baxendell spinster, Walter Baxendell corn miller and Alfred Coleman telephone agent.

Effects: £19,874 18s 8d

Robert Baxendell (1825-1895) --- Census Entries

1841 Census

(HO 107\581 E.D.15 pg.28) Cheetham Street,Crumpsall,Lancs

Forename Surname Marit. Age

(rounded down to nearest 5)

Thomas Baxendell 45 Land & Building Agent
Robert Baxendell 15  Corn Dealer Apprentice

1851 Census

(pg.326) 133 Cheetham Hill, Manchester, Lancs.

Forename Surname Relationship to Head Marit. Age Occupation Birthplace
Robert Baxendale Head M 26 Cashier Lan Manchester
Eliza H. Baxendale Wife M 34 Cashierís Wife Lan Manchester
Ada Baxendale Dau. U 3 Lan Manchester
Martha Baxendale Dau. U 1 Lan Manchester
Mary Jane Anderson Serv. U 17 Domestic Servant Lan Manchester
Harriett Roberts Serv. U 34 Nurse Lan Manchester

1851 Census

(pg.331) 168 Cheetham Hill, Manchester, Lancs.

Forename Surname Relationship to Head Marit. Age Occup. Birthplace
Elizabeth Hughes Head Widw. 69 Provision Dealer Lan Barton
Daniel Hughes Son U 37 Provision Dealer Lan Broughton
Christiana Hughes Dau. U 35 Provision Dealer Lan Broughton
Daniel Hughes Grndson. U 14 Provision Dealer Lan Widnes

(Elizabeth Hughes was Eliza Hannah Baxendellís mother)
1881 Census

(3966,39,7 ) 39, Crescent, Salford, Lancs.

Robert Baxendell Head M 56 Corn Merchant employing 30men and boys Lan Manchester
Mary H. Baxendell Dau. U 25 Lan Manchester

1881 Census

(4252,87,8) 7 Central Beach, Layton with Warbreck, Lancs. (Seaside Lodging House)

Eliza H. Baxendell Visitor M 64 Housekeeper Lan Broughton
Ada Baxendell Visitor U 33 Housekeeper Lan Cheetham
Christiana Hughes Visitor U 65 Housekeeper Lan Broughton

(Christiana Hughes was Eliza Hannah Baxendellís sister)

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