Robert Baxendell (1825-1895)
Robert was born in Manchester, Lancs. 1825, The youngest child of
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
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
(HO 107\581 E.D.15 pg.28) Cheetham Street,Crumpsall,Lancs
(rounded down to nearest 5)
|Thomas||Baxendell||45||Land & Building Agent|
|Robert||Baxendell||15||Corn Dealer Apprentice|
(pg.326) 133 Cheetham Hill, Manchester, Lancs.
|Forename||Surname||Relationship to Head||Marit.||Age||Occupation||Birthplace|
|Eliza H.||Baxendale||Wife||M||34||Cashierís Wife||Lan||Manchester|
|Mary Jane||Anderson||Serv.||U||17||Domestic Servant||Lan||Manchester|
(pg.331) 168 Cheetham Hill, Manchester, Lancs.
|Forename||Surname||Relationship to Head||Marit.||Age||Occup.||Birthplace|
(Elizabeth Hughes was Eliza Hannah Baxendellís mother)
(3966,39,7 ) 39, Crescent, Salford, Lancs.
|Robert||Baxendell||Head||M||56||Corn Merchant employing 30men and boys||Lan||Manchester|
(4252,87,8) 7 Central Beach, Layton with Warbreck, Lancs. (Seaside Lodging House)
(Christiana Hughes was Eliza Hannah Baxendellís sister)