Worsley

Edward WorsleyAge: 34 years18441878

Name
Edward Worsley
Surname
Worsley
Given names
Edward
Birth 1844 26 26
Birth of a sisterEliza Worsley
1849 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a sisterHannah Worsley
1851 (Age 7 years)
Census 1851 (Age 7 years)
Publication: H.O 107/2166
Birth of a brotherRichard Worsley
1853 (Age 9 years)
Birth of a sisterSarah A Worsley
1856 (Age 12 years)
Birth of a brotherJohn Worsley
1859 (Age 15 years)
Death of a fatherJohn Worsley
before 1861 (Age 17 years)

Census
Mersey Flat
1861 (Age 17 years)
Census 1861 (Age 17 years)
Publication: RG 9.2704
MarriageMary Ann WalkerView this family
24 December 1866 (Age 22 years)
Source: M.Cert
Citation details: 1866 Dec Qtr W. Derby 8b/922
Birth of a son
#1
Charles Worsley
1867 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2
Eliza Ann Worsley
1868 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3
Sarah Jane Worsley
1870 (Age 26 years)
Census
27, head, Captain of Flat (barge)
1871 (Age 27 years)
Publication: RG10/3798
Birth of a son
#4
Edward Worsley
1872 (Age 28 years)
Source: PRO
Publication: Public Record Office
Citation details: June Qtr, 1872, 8b 309
Birth of a son
#5
John (Jack) Worsley
1873 (Age 29 years)
Publication: RG13 3432 41 25 140
Birth of a daughter
#6
Mary Ann Worsley
1875 (Age 31 years)
Occupation
Master Waterman, Mersey
yes

Death 17 September 1878 (Age 34 years)
Cause of death: Drowning
Birth of a daughter
#7
Margaret Worsley
1879 (3 months after death)
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: 10 December 1837Cheshire, Great Budworth, Parish Church
2 years
elder sister
3 years
elder brother
4 years
himself
6 years
younger sister
3 years
younger sister
3 years
younger brother
4 years
younger sister
4 years
younger brother
Family with Mary Ann Walker - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: 24 December 1866Lancs West Everton Crescent Chapel
1 year
son
2 years
daughter
3 years
daughter
3 years
son
2 years
son
3 years
daughter
5 years
daughter
Margaret Worsley
Birth: 1879 35 39Lancs Liverpool
Death: 22 October 1885Lancs Liverpool Toxteth Park 1 Toxteth Street

CensusCensus 1851 (...) 68 Meadow Bank, Over, Cheshire
Publication: H.O 107/2166
CensusCensus 1861 (7th April) Vessels, Mary Jane
CensusCensus 1861 (7th April) 29 Clive St, South Toxteth, Liverpool, Lancs
Publication: RG 9.2704
MarriageM.Cert
Citation details: 1866 Dec Qtr W. Derby 8b/922
CensusCensus 1871 (2nd April) 122 Beaufort St. South Toxteth Liverpool
Publication: RG10/3798
Death
The certificate confrims that he was drowned in the River Mersey following an accident in which his barge was in collision with another. The Inquest on 28th Sep 1878.
Note
Master Waterman on Mersey The story repeated by John and Barbara Worsley (his grand children) of his death is the Ramming Incident. When the large ships unloaded at Liverpool, they anchored in the roads, and barges ferried the freight from ship to inner basin, through a sea lock. Edward was in charge of such a barge. At the close of day when the tide had turned, it was the last locking that could be had for that tide. Edward was the last barge in the lock which was full. Another tried to enter the lock (it would otherwise have had to remain outside until the next tide), and rammed the stern of Edward's barge. This second barge was driven by a man with a known antagonism towards Edward. The rudder was pushed over forcing the tiller to swing violently. This took Edward into the lock. It is said that his body was found by the Isle of Man Steamship packet, and that his back had been broken. His funeral was stopped so that an inquest could be held. On the hearse, each corner was decorated with a black feather. As it passed the home of the man with attitude, the feathers fell - showing some divine indication of guilt. The second man is reported to have committed suicide because of the tragedy. In a rather macabre twist, it is said that his body would not fit into the coffin, and that his wife went to the funeral parlour, and after removing her hat and gloves, bent his limbs round and about to fit him in. How we ever prove this colourful story is problematical. We have certainly found the date and cause of death, having traced the death certificate. Unfortunately, the inquest records were destroyed in the bombing of Liverpool during WWII. We’ll look in the local papers to see if they can fill any of the details. However, the story related above gives his wife as Maltese. There is a mystery here, and we need to be much more rigorous in linking Mary Ann Worsley, widow with a son of the correct age with Edward our grandfather. However, Jean, daughter of Cissie, daughter of Edward recalls hearing that the wife was French, and that "The only French thing about my mum was her temper" (Edward talking to Cissie) December 2005 The basic details of his death have been verified by the death certificate, i.e. he was drowned following a collision with another Flat. And there is more news. I looked at the census of 1861, when Edward would have been 18. I found him twice, which is not only unusual but also probably a bit naughty. He is listed at his mother's home, and as the mate of the Flat "Mary Jane". The Liverpool Telegraph and Daily Shipping and Commercial Gazette. Monday, September 30th 1878. Coroners' Court. Saturday. (Before Mr. Clarke Aspinall, Borough Coroner) The fatal collision in the river. - An inquest was held on the body of Edward Worsley, 36 years of age, master of the flat Alpha, of Liverpool. On the 17th instant the deceased was knocked overboard through his flat colliding with the Lady Sale in the river. He was carried down the river by a strong ebb tide and drowned. His body was picked up in the river on Thursday afternoon by Richard Atkin, engineer of the steam tug Spenddrift. A verdict of accidentally drowned was returned. Atkin, it transpired, had received 25s for recovering the body, and had handed the amount to the widow of the deceased. --00-- Brian, my husband, a retired Dock Master, said the currents are treacherous approaching and in all locks and your poor relative would not have stood a chance. --00-- Thanks to Mrs Pat Simpson
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