The Family of Richard Kerton (1839 – 1881) of Leeds

Richard was born 1839 in Leeds and registered in the June quarter and baptised 12 January 1840 at Kirky Malzeard, a son of George Kerton (labourer) and Ann, of Sheepscar Row, Leeds. 


In the 1841 index, at Kirkby Malzeard Richard Kearton (sic) was aged 1,with Elizabeth Kearton aged 55, Richard Kearton aged 70 (his grandfather and step-grandmother) and John Shaw aged 23 (possibly the son of Elizabeth, late Shaw).


In the 1851 census he was at home with his father and step-mother, aged 11 and born at Leeds.


He appears to have married Annie Gill in a Registered Building in Leeds in 1863 (RB/29/12).


His death was registered in the Leeds district, aged 41 in the March quarter 1881 (9b 367).


His death notice was published in the Leeds Mercury, Tuesday, 1 March 1881, Issue 13382.  Kerton – On Feb 20th, suddenly at his residence St Matthew’s Schoolhouse aged 41, Richard, oldest son of George Kerton, Sheepscar Street (will be interred at Burmantofts Cemetery on Wednesday leave the house at 2.30.  Friends please accept this intimation.)”


In the 1881 census at 226 Laurel Bank Orphan Girls Home there is an Ann Kerton, a widow aged 41, a working Matron, born in Leeds.  The home was founded in 1872 (a directory gives the address as 230 Manningham Road, Bradford) as a charitable home for orphan and deserted girls with a view to their being trained as servants.

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Posted February 2017