|Born:||Died:||Married: David Stoppard||Mother:||Father: John Handforth||Descendant: Annie Stoppard|
Martha Handforth was worn in around 1830-1831 in Cheadle, Cheshire (or Wilmslow according to the 1891 census).
Her parents were John Handforth and Elizabeth Handforth.
In 1841 she was 11 and living with her parents at Wilmslow Mills, Wilmslow, Cheshire.
In 1851 she was the head of the household at 1 Gollings Buildings, Newton, Manchester. She was a Grocer and Provision Dealer. It was unusual for her to be listed as the head of the household as her parents were living with her - John Handforth (67, born Mottram, Cheshire) a retired miller, and Elizabeth Handforth (55, born Bramley Moor, Derbyshire).
She married David Stoppard and together they had three children.
|1860. Marriage solemnized at Christ Church in the Parish of Christ Church Salford in the County of Lancaster|
|When Married.||Name and Surname.||Age||Condition.||Rank or Profession||Residence at the Time of Marriage||Father's Name and Surname||Rank or Profession of Father|
|David Stoppard||30||Bachelor||Hosier||Poplar Grove, Cross Lane||Aaron Stoppard||Farmer|
|Martha Handforth||30||Spinster||---------||Lord Duncan Street||John Handforth||Corn Miller|
|Married in the aforesaid Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the established Church by me Hugh Howell|
|This marriage was solemnized between us||David Stoppard||In the Presence of us||A/C? J. Handforth|
|Martha Handforth||Mary Maria Handforth|
In 1862 they were living at 124 Oxford road, and David was a Provision Dealer.
Their children were:
- Henry David Stoppard (b.23 June 1862, 124 Oxford Road, c.23 July 1862, St Saviour, Manchester, Lancashire)
- Annie Elizabeth Stoppard (b.27th August 1863, Oxford Street, Chorlton upon Medlock, c.23 Sep 1863, St. Saviour's, Manchester, Lancashire).
- Martha Louisa Stoppard (b.1 July 1866, 4 New York St, Chorlton upon Medlock. c. 26 Sep 1866, St Saviour, Manchester, Lancashire)
By 1871 they had moved to 134 Wilmslow Road in Withington, where (apart from Henry and Annie) they had three other people in the house:
- Mary Sandiford (visitor) a 70 year old widow, allegedly born in Bramley Moor in Sheffield, Yorkshire
- Hannah M. Bradshaw an unmarried 36 year old born in Sheffield, Yorkshire.
- John Doherty a 15 year old errand boy born in Particroft, Lancashire.
Come 1881, the family had moved to Stockport Road, Cheadle, Cheshire, which was Martha's original hometown. David was a Shopkeeper/Grocer and their children Henry and Annie were still at home, probably working for their father (both being Grocer's Assistants). A William Locket was visiting from Manchester (the birthplace of Henry and Annie) and they had an Irish domestic servant (Jane Guilfoyle).
By 1891 Martha was head of the household at 417 Oxford Street, in Chorlton on Medlock, and was a provision dealer.
The death of one Martha Stoppard was registered in the June quarter of 1896, at the age of 66, in the registration district of Altringham, Volume 8a, Page 116.
The Altringham Registration District covered the following villages:
Agden, Altrincham, Ashley, Ashton upon Mersey, Aston by Budworth, Baguley, Bexton, Bollin Fee, Bollington, Bowdon, Carrington, Dunham Massey, Fulshaw, Hale, High Legh, Knutsford, Lymm, Marthall cum Warford, Mere, Millington, Mobberley, Northenden, Northen Etchells, Ollerton, Partington, Peover Inferior, Peover Superior, Pickmere, Plumley, Pownall Fee, Ringway, Rostherne, Sale, Styal, Tabley Inferior, Tabley Superior, Tatton, Timperley, Toft, Warburton, Wilmslow.
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability Mark HANDFORTH Head M Male 52 Didsbury, Cheshire, England Cheese Monger Clarissa HANDFORTH Wife M Female 51 Sheffield, York, England Mark P. HANDFORTH Son U Male 23 Manchester, Lancashire, England Assistant Cheese Monger William B. HANDFORTH Son U Male 22 Manchester, Lancashire, England Assistant Cheese Monger Henry T. HANDFORTH Son U Male 14 Manchester, Lancashire, England Scholar Eleanor RUSSELL Serv U Female 14 Sheffield, York, England General Serv Domestic
A different Martha Handforth (26, father John Handforth, farmer) married a James Atherton in 1861 (birth ~1835) in Manchester. We have to be careful to make sure we don't pick her pre-marriage as our Martha.