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The Unfortunate Death of Samuel Astley

The Manchester Evening News of 3rd May 1873, reported the terribly tragic death of `13 year old Samula Astley.

Samuel was employed as a "platerdown" at Spring Vale Dye works,a accidentally died in a kier/boiler at the Works. The kier had an open top, and it is presumed that poor Samuel fell in on the Monday, and his bones were found a day later.

Samuel was born in 1860 to Thomas Astley and Sarah (Hilton) of Kirkhams in Prestwich. Thomas was a warehouseman, and Sarah was a Cotton Weaver. They married in 1858 at Stand Church, and in the census of 1861 they had an elder son William as well as Samuel.

Samuel had been named after his grand father, who had married Amelia Jones in 1833.

Samuel Snr. and Amelia were cotton weavers, and lived in Pilkington. In 1861 Samuel & Amelia were recorded as having 6 children including their son Thomas who went on to father Samuel Jnr. in 1860. Amelia died in 1863, and is buried in St Mary's Prestwich.

Samuel was buried at St Mary's Prestwich on the 4th May 1873, just 4 months after his aunt Mary had been buried in St Mary's. Although no record of a grave location is shown in Samuel's burial register entry at St Mary's, it is expected that the family used the grave plot of his grand parents (Thomas and Amelia). In the following year, Thomas and Sarah also buried samuel's sister Elizabeth, aged just 1.

Samuel Snr. died in 1875, interred with his wife Amelia and daughter Mary at St Mary's.

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Gordon died in Beverley, Yorkshire, 1990.