James Walker Crossley’s birth was registered in the June quarter 1838 in the Leeds district (23 394). He was a son of James Crossley and Jane formerly Walker.
In 1841 James was living with his parents, aged 3.
In 1851, he was living with his parents, aged 12, a half timer Mill (i.e. he worked at the mill half the time whilst he was still at school), born in Leeds.
In 1861, at Gass House, Alma Street, Beaumaris, Wales, James may have been an unmarried lodger aged 22, a gas stoker and born in Leeds in the household of Thomas Walker, aged 28 a gas fitter, his wife Emma aged 26 and their children MO aged 4 and Ann aged 2, all born in Leeds. Thomas Walker could be related to James’s mother, Jane nee Walker.
He married Jane Tasker at St Matthew, Little London, Leeds on 22 April 1867 after banns. They were both of full age. He was a bachelor, a boot manufactory manager of Cross Alfred Street, a son of James Crossley, an innkeeper. Jane was a spinster of Cookson Street, Richmond Hill, a daughter of Richard Tasker, an Engine Man. The witnesses were James Freeman and Emma Crossley.
In 1871, at 12 Chesapeake Street, Leeds (North West, St Matthew’s parish), James W. was aged 32, a foreman in shoe factory. His wife, Jane was aged 29 and born in Swillington. Their children were Mary Jane aged 2 and Alice A aged 11 months. With them was a nephew, Frederick Tasker aged 6. All except Jane were born in Leeds.
In 1881 he was living at 7 Rugby Place, Leeds. He was aged 42, a milk purveyor and born in Leeds. With him was his wife, Jane, aged 39, born at Swillington, Yorks, and children Mary J. aged 12 and Anne aged 2 both born in Leeds. There was also James' mother, Jane Crossley, a widow aged 68 and born at Leeds.
In 1891 at 39 Meanwood Road, Leeds (St Matthew’s parish, Brunswick ward), James W. was aged 52, a milk dealer working on his own account. Jane, his wife was aged 49 and born in Swillington. Their children were Mary J. aged 23 a domestic servant and an employee, Annie aged 12 and Florence aged 8. All were born in Leeds except Jane.
In the 1901 census, at 39 Meanwood Street, Jas W. Crossley was aged 62, a milk dealer working on his own account from home. His wife, Jane was aged 59 and born at Swillington. Their children were Mary Jane aged 32, Anne aged 22 a shop assistant and Florence aged 18 a dressmaker. All except Jane were born in Leeds.
James Walker Crossley, milk dealer, died 10 January 1905 (registered in the March quarter 1905 in the Leeds district, aged 66). Probate of his will was granted 1 February 1905 at Wakefield to Jane his widow, Arthur Sayner, a butcher and James Johnson Ogram, a boot maker. His effects were £1,024.16s and he was of 39 Meanwood Street, Leeds.
James and Jane’s children were
Mary Jane Crossley, birth registered in the June quarter 1868 in the Leeds district.
Alice Ann Crossley, birth registered in the June quarter 1870 in the Leeds district.
Annie Crossley, birth registered in the March quarter 1879 in the Leeds district.
Florence Crossley, born about 1882.
Posted February 2017