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John Briggs Leadbeater was born in Manchester about 1847.

There is no record of this and it is believed that he was adopted by Edward Leadbeater following his own parents deaths, a not uncommon occurrence in 1850's Manchester working class areas. See note on Edward Leadbeater at bottom of page.

He Married Barbara Richardson (Daughter of William richardson and Jane Stubbs) in Wray Parish Church on September 18th 1869. He shows his father as Edward Leadbeater.

Barbara died in 1874 leaving 3 young sons, William, Edward and Joseph Leadbeater.

John then married Margaret who was born about 1840 (1881 census)

His children (all born Lancaster) are
William Leadbeater b.1869
Edward Leadbeater b.1871
Joseph Leadbeater b.1873 d. 1945 (South Shields)
Margaret Ada Leadbeater b. 1875
Eleanor Talbot Leadbeater b.1880
Herbert Leadbeater b. 1881, d. 1881

John Briggs Leadbeater died on 14th April 1900, the day after being run over by a timber wagon.

Here he is with two of his sons.


Edward Briggs Leadbeater married Kate Atkinson (nee Heslop) in 1905.
She was born in 1878.
Kate already had 3 children and the 1911 census shows the family below

Edith Atkinson b. 1898
James Atkinson b. 1899
Henry Atkinson b. 1901
Mary Leadbeater b. 1906
Edward Leadbeater b. 1908
Lavinia Leadbeater b. 1910
Another child Kate was born in 1912.
Here are some more photos from Edward's grandaughter Lorna.

Kate and Edward


Joseph Briggs Leadbeater, born 13th September 1873 at 2 George Street Lancaster, married Edith Heslop on 30th September 1899 at St. Marys Church, South Shields. His occupation was a Teamer, his residence 54 Francis Street and his father's occupation was given as Engine Driver.

Edith and Kate were sisters.

Joseph and Edith's family are
John Briggs b. 1900
Edith Briggs b. 1903
Barbara Briggs b. 1907
Margery Briggs b. 1910
Joseph Briggs b. 1912 (3.15pm)
Mary Jane b. 1912 (3pm)d. 1913

Joseph and Mary Jane were twins, born on 27 April 1912 at 36 Johnson Street South Shields.

Edith (nee Heslop) died in South Shields in 1961, Joseph in 1945.

Joseph and his sisters, Madge , Eleanor and Barara with their husbands at a family wedding. Joseph, Edith and some of their children

I found the following entry on the 1881 census.      
26 Frances Street, Westoe      
Thomas Heslop Coal Trimmer age 43 B. South Shields
Mary Heslop Wife 42 South Shields
Sarah Heslop Daughter 15 South Shields
Matthew Heslop Son 13 South Shields
Frederick Heslop Son 13 South Shields
Thomas Heslop Son 11 South Shields
Edith Heslop Daughter 8 South Shields
Mary Jane Heslop Daughter 4 South Shields
Kate Heslop Daughter 2 South Shields
James S. Heslop Son 2m South Shields
Thomas Heslop and Mary Scott married in South Shields early in 1863 (10a - 616)    

Edith Briggs Leadbeater married William Godfrey Robinson in Kendal on 21st
February 1925.
She died aged 48 and her husband died a year later.

Her children were

Mary b. c.1927
Doreen b. c.1930 d.
Alan b. c.1938
Roy b.c.1939
Sandra b.1947

I will scan some photos soon for this page.

Joseph Briggs Leadbeater married Elsie Henderson in 23rd February 1938

Elsi and Joe on Honeymoon in 1938

Madge Briggs Leadbeater married Ralph Fettis in December 1932

Eleanor Briggs Leadbeater married Norman L Harle in May 1934

Barbara married Stan Harle but I am unable to find the record.

Joseph Briggs Leadbeater and Elsie had 5 children

Richard Briggs Leadbeater born 1939
Joseph Leadbeater born 1940
Michael Leadbeater born 1947 died 2006
John Keith Leadbeater born 1950
Susan May Leadbeater born 1956

The older children At Hexham with the younger children

Joseph Briggs Leadbeater died in 1984 aged 72 and Elsie in 2008 aged 93.

Richard is my husband and still playing golf as often as he can (weather permitting).

Michael married Lillian, she died earlier this year (2011 aged only 61)
leaving 2 children.


Edward Leadbeater.

I have found a marriage certificate at Manchester Cathedral for 30th March 1851 between Edward Leadbeater and Mary Ann Briggs.

They are both aged 32

and Edward is a bootmaker.

I checked the address given in Hazel Street Hulme on the 1851 census, Lavinia Leadbeater was living there.
The next schedule was for a family called Briggs, husband and wife from Cornwall. Is this the benefactor who adopted John Briggs Leadbeater or is he an illegitimate sone of Mary Ann?
I would welcome any further information.

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Last updated December 2011