The Braddock family is unusual in that I have included a
narrative even though I am not directly related. The reason
is that the Braddocks have links with both my Rhodes
both through marriage and their social connections within
The family originates in Rowarth, Derbyshire, a hamlet
that lies north of New Mills and south of Charlesworth
and Glossop. The earliest member is John
Braddock who was born around 1750. He married Elizabeth
Collier at Mellor in 1774, presumably at St
Thomas Parish Church, then in Derbyshire. (Organ recital
Their eight children were baptised at Chinley Independent
Chapel founded in 1662 by the Rev William Bagshawe. (See
The youngest son was James Braddock
and he married Mary in the
early 1800s, although no record has yet been found. They
had six children while living in Charlesworth, but in
the mid-1820s the family moved to Mottram-in-Longdendale
where their two youngest daughters, Amelia
and Kitty, were born. This
means that Mary fecund quite
late in life having been about 48 when Kitty
In 1851, James described
himself as a retired innkeeper (although he had been a
collier in 1841) and was living in Staley with three of
his daughters and son-in-law, Caleb
Walker. He died in 1853, supposedly aged 69, although
this does not tally with the census. Mary
lived to be 84 and died in 1868 in Ashton. This narrative
follows some of their descendants.
It is assumed that the inn that James
was keeping was the Waggon and Horses, now the Waggon
on Broadbottom Road. Certainly it is shown on the Cheshire
tithe maps as being leased
by his second eldest son, Joseph,
Tollemache, along with Lime Field, Coal Meadow and
Coal Pit Bank.
It is through Joseph that
the Braddocks first link to my families. He married Betty
Goddard at St Michael's, Mottram, in 1833. She was
the daughter of Miles
Goddard and Peggy
Shepley, my gggg-grandparents, and sister of Margaret
who were both to marry my ggg-grandfather, George
By the time of the 1861 census, Joseph
was mining the coal pit mentioned on the tithe
maps above and employed 18 men and five boys which
would have included some of my Rhodes family who were
miners by trade. I have transcribed an article on coal
mining in Mottram which refers to plot
395, Coal Meadow. In 1881, the 66 year old Joseph
was a farmer of 17 acres.
Joseph and Betty
had ten children and here are details of just a few of
them. The most significant is Mary
Braddock born 1843 because she was another link in
the Braddock, Rhodes and Goddard connection. She married
her first cousin, Miles
Goddard Rhodes, the eldest son of her sister Margaret
and George Rhodes,
and their great-grandson, John Rhodes, is a fellow family
historian who has been a tremendous help in this project.
Miles became the postmaster
for Mottram. His first wife, Ann
Booth, died two years after they married in 1870 and
he remarried to Mary Tomlinson
in 1876. They had three daughters with Annie
another Rhodes connection by marrying John
James Sandiford, grandson of Mary
Although he had been an engineer at the coal pit in 1871,
by 1881 George Braddock
had become a publican in Ashton and was landlord at the
King William IV pub on Stamford Street. By 1891 he was
at the Church Inn on Scotland Street, but he died in 1894
aged 44. His widow, Hannah
Bottom, remarried to veterinary surgeon, Joseph
Hall. George left three
daughters and two sons.
James was the eldest of James
Snr's children. He married Sarah
Shaw at Glossop in 1827 and the couple had ten children.
Sarah died in 1852 and James
remarried to Harriet Kennedy
later that year He remained in Mottram, working as a collier,
and died in 1871.
Of his children, James married
Julia Reddington who had
been born in County
Mayo, Ireland. They moved around, from Mottram to
Disley to Oldham and then to Beswick, Manchester. Their
sons, James and Timothy,
married sisters, Hannah and
Mary Brett, who were originally
from Rochdale. Timothy went
on to become a police constable in Bradford, Manchester.
Ralph married Jane
Lettice Hadfield in Glossop in 1869 and they had a
son, Joseph Hadfield Braddock,
in 1870. Ralph died in 1875
and Jane remarried to Joseph
Hall. Son Joseph went
on to marry Frances Watson Slater
and the couple had seven Braddock children in Mottram.
Finally, Dorothy Braddock
married Miles Rowbottom
in 1870. They moved around, having children in Derbyshire,
Rotherham and then in Hollingworth before Miles
died in 1879 aged 29.
Also known as Milly, Amelia
married Caleb Walker at
St Mary's, Oldham, in 1849. Although they were living
with her parents in Staley in 1851, Caleb
became an engine driver (presumably in a factory, rather
than a train) and the couple had moved to Ashton by 1861,
although they had had a spell in Dinting in the meanwhile.
By 1871 they had settled in Bury where they were to remainn,Amelia
dying there in 1908 aged 80.
All Saints, Elton, Bury, now
converted into flats — photo by © Steve
Of their children, at least four of them married in Bury.
Of these, the one which needs further research is Selina.
She married Frederick
Williams at All
Saints, Bury, in 1880. They had four children, although
in infancy. It then seems that the family moved to Bolton
where Frederick also
died in 1894.
They reappear in Oldham in 1901, Selina
apparently having remarried to someone called Tierney,
although he isn't present and I have found no record of
a marriage as yet.
Her daughters, Annie
were with her, but her son, Robert,
was absent. It seems he was an inmate of the Bolton and
County Certified Industrial School at Lastock Junction,
Bury, although there is no indication of his crime.
were also living with Selina and it isn't clear if they
were her children, or children from a previous marriage,
but I have attributed them to her for the time being.
Finally the youngest of James
Snr's children, Kitty
married William Parkinson
in 1850 at St Peter's, Ashton, where she was living at
the time. William was a pork
butcher, but had become a confectioner on George
Street by the time of the 1871 census. The couple
had six children before Kitty
died in 1876 aged 45. William
remarried that same summer to Elizabeth
Stanfield of Haughton by whom he had two further children.