JOHN DORBER (born c1840 – died 1909)

John was the fifth child of my Great Great Grandparents, John and Ann Dorber (nee Stanley).  He was born c1840 in Manchester.  On the 22nd April 1862, he married Margaret Haslem (born in Salford in 1841) at St Chad’s Church, Rochdale.

In the 1871 Census, John was 31 year old and employed as a Cotton Weaver.  His wife Margaret, was also 31 years of age and she too, was employed as a Cotton Weaver.  At that time they lived at 1 Ogden Street, Wardleworth, Rochdale, with their only child, Rosannah.

Rosannah had been born in Rochdale on the 27th January 1866 and christened on 19th August 1866 at St Chad’s.  On the 1871 Census, she is shown to be 5 years of age.

By the 1881 Census, the family have grown – they are still living at 1 Ogden Street.  John is now 40 and Margaret is 39.  John is still employed as a Cotton Weaver, but Margaret has no stated employment.

There are now 5 children listed on the 1881 Census – they are:

Rosannah (aged 15) is working as a Cotton Weaver.  Alice is 10 and at school – as is 7 year old George.  Frederick is 5 and William is 2 years old.

The 1891 Census shows that the family have moved house, but are still in Ogden Street – they are now living at number 18.  John is now 57 years of age and is employed as a Calico Weaver.  Margaret is also 57 and has no stated employment .

Rosannah, now aged 25, is single, and, like her father, is employed as a Calico Weaver.  Alice, also single, is 20 and works as a Cotton Winder.  George is 17 and works as a Machine Operative.  Sixteen year old Frederick is employed as a Grocer’s Assistant, and William (aged 12) still attends school.

The 1891 Census alkso reveals that there are also two lodgers living with the family – they are:  Joseph Taylor (aged 54) who works as a Woollen Warehouseman, and Isaac Helliwell (aged 24) – he’s described as a Factory Operative.

In 1894, Rosannah and Isaac Helliwell were married at St Chad’s Church – they went on to have at least five children.

By 1901, the family have shrunk.  They are still living at 18 Ogden Street.  John is 61 and Margaret is 60 – they are both working as Cotton Weavers.  All their children – except William – have left home.  William is still single and now aged 22 – he  works as an Iron Moulder.  Their lodger, Joseph Taylor still lives with them – he is employed as a Cotton Waste Warehouseman.

John died in Rochdale in 1909 – Margaret died in 1910.


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