Martha Handforth

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Born: Died: Married: David Stoppard Mother: Father: John Handforth Descendant: Annie Stoppard
Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921


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

October 4th

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.

Provision Merchant "M. Handforth"

From the Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 17th January 1919:

The Price of Apples
Henry Handforth, trading as M. Handforth, 
provision merchant, 17, Old Millgate, was sum-
moned at the Manchester City Police Court
for infringements of the Apple and Perry Pear
(Sales) Order, 1918, by selling apples, of which
the control price was 8d. a pound at 1s. 9d.
a pound. An inspector at the Food Control
Department, in evidence, said that on Nov.
5th the defendant sold six pounds of apples
to a Manchester hotel-keeper, for which a
charge of 10s. 6d. was made. The defendant
admitted the entry in his books, and said he
had no explanation to make. He added that
he could see that it would look very like
profiteering when it came before Mr. Brierley
and he wished it had never occurred. He sold
about a hundredweight a week, and he bought
them at 6d. a pound. - A fine of £30 was im-

Other References

Unconfirmed relations:

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.