Stories of Places
High Peak reporter: June 14th 1924
A Long Lived Mellor Family
Five brothers whose ages aggregate 373 years.
The total ages of five brothers, natives of Mellor, Derbyshire, namely Stephen, Alfred, Edwin, Abraham and Jesse Marshall amount to an aggregate of 373 years. They are the surviving sons of the late Mr Samuel Marshall who died in 1902 aged 91 years. He served his time as a hatter and worked at Ridgway’s at Smithy Lane, Chatterton Lane, Ludworth.
The oldest surviving son is Mr Stephen Marshall, who attained his 82nd year last Boxing Day. He lives at Newhouse Hill, Mellor. Until he was 70 years he worked for J & J Hadfield & sons, Bleachers, of Garrison Bleachworks, Thornsett, New Mills and Chinley.
Mr Alfred Marshall lives at Garden Cottages, Rose Brow, Compstall and is 78 years of age. He commenced working when 7 years and 3 months old at Waller’s Mill, Mellor, which was burned down about 48 years ago. In his later years he was a general carrier and marine store dealer and became very well known in Compstall, Mellor, Ludworth, Marple etc. For a time the family went to Glossop and there Mr Stephen Marshall was a weaver when he was 10 years old.
Mr Edwin Marhsall, who is 75 years of age, and lives at Hague Fold, New Mills, started work when he was 8 years of age as a half-timer at Waller’s Mill, Mellor. Afterwards he worked at Strines Print Works and was employed there 42 years.
Mr Abraham Marshall was 71 years of age on April 11th this year. He commenced working when very young at Primrose Mill, Mellor. Until he retired, when he was 70 years of age, he was the bleaching and dyeing foreman at Smethurst’s works near Bury.
Mr Jesse Marshall, who lives at Hollinwood, Oldham, is 67 year of age and is still working, being employed at Platt Bros’ works, Oldham. He also commenced working when a very young boy at Primrose Mill, Mellor.
N.B. We checked the 1851 and 1861 Census records. Mr Samuel Marshall’s wife (and mother of the brothers) was called Ann. Their eldest son was Isaac and in the 1861 Census there is a daughter aged 1 - Ann was aged 48.