When Samuel Moore was born on November 24, 1868, in Chorley, Lancashire, England, his father, David Moore (1831-1890), was 37 and his mother, Ann (née Kellett) (1828-?), was 40. Samuel had one sister, Elizabeth.
Samuel married Elizabeth Longworth on December 29, 1888, at St. James Church in Chorley (the church was built approximately ten years prior).
When Elizabeth Longworth was born on July 22, 1869, in Adlington, Lancashire, England, her father, John Longworth (1835-1880), was 34, and her mother, Alice (née Loxham) (1839-1891), was 30. Elizabeth had seven sisters and four brothers.
At the time of the marriage, both Samuel and Elizabeth’s occupation was “Weaver”, with John living at 23 Cavendish Street and Elizabeth living at just up the street at 253 Lyons Lane. The wedding was witnessed by Elizabeth’s sister Isabella and John Moore, likely a relative of Samuel.
The cotton industry made up one-quarter of Britain’s exports at the turn of the century. This film from the British Film Institute on Facebook provides some insight into what it looked like.
Lancashire’s Time for Adventure (1948)
Follow the thread and take a tour of Lancashire’s rich textile industry in 1948.
“Beyond a doubt, King Cotton.”
Posted by BFI on Thursday, 9 November 2017
The couple can be found (with Elizabeth likely pregnant) in the 1891 Chorley census living at 63 Water Street (the home no longer appears to exist).
They had two daughters:
- Lily Moore (1891-1985) married Arthur Bird Griffin (1888-1972)
- Dora Moore (1897-1981) married Albert Hulme (1890-1960)
The 1901 England census shows the family living with Elizabeth’s eldest sister, Isabella, as well as her sister Joanna and brother John at 32 Bolton Road.
The family boarded the S.S. Tunisian in June 1901. The ship was only a year old. The passenger list shows Samuel, Elizabeth and Lily boarded at Liverpool and disembarked in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
This initial trip may have been a vacation, or may have been scouting for their new home, as there is another trip (this time listing Dora as well) aboard the Virginia following the same route from Liverpool through Montreal in July 1910. Samuel’s occupation is still listed as a weaver.
The family settled in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (records suggest that immigration was in 1910) and can be found on the 1911 Census at 402 McNab Street North with two boarders. At this time, Samuel is a machinist at the International Harvester Company of Canada.
On the 1921 Canadian Census, we find the family at 299 Grovesnor Street (where daughter Lily eventually settled with her husband Arthur as well) with their two daughters.
In 1948 the couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary and there was a photo of them in the local newspaper:
Samuel Moore died on January 30, 1951, in Hamilton, Ontario, at the age of 82.
Elizabeth Moore died in March. Her obituary reads:
MOORE – at the residence, 290 Grosvenor Avenue North, on Friday, March 9, 1951, Elizabeth Longworth, wife of the late Samuel Moore, in her eighty-third year. Resting at the L.G. Wallace Funeral Home, Limited, 131 Ottawa Street North. Funeral Service on Monday at 3:30 p.m. Interment in Hamilton Cemetery.
The couple are interred at Hamilton Cemetery at Monument #142. The stone reads:
MOORE / In loving memory of/ SAMUEL MOORE / 1868-1951 / husband of ELIZABETH LONGWORTH / 1868 – 1951
Main image: Victoria Inn, Lyons Lane, Chorley