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PIDGEONs, Manchester, England

The family legend tells of a Charles PIDGEON who was a court hairdresser and wigmaker.

What we know, however, is that in 1851 William Henry PIDGEON was a 33-year-old hairdresser lodging in Manchester, but born in London. Perhaps it was in Manchester where he may have met Mary Ann GRAY. She was from Pilling, Lancs (near Blackpool). Perhaps they married in Scotland (their marriage cannot be found in England), because it was in Edinburgh where the first of their sons were born. William Henry died of TB in 1860 after the family had moved to Glasgow, and his widow and sons then returned to Manchester, where they settled in Stretford.

The Scottish death certificate of William Henry states that his father was also William Henry, a cabinet maker, and his mother was Sarah, whose maiden name was unknown. The only birth record which can be found in London gives his mother as Margaret. As Mary Ann’s mother was a Sarah, perhaps she was mistaken.

Additional contributions are from Andrew PIDGEON of Wimbledon, Eileen PIDGEON of Slingsby, Yorkshire and John Walker.

Notes:
   ab. = about,  b. = born,  bp. = baptised,  bu. = buried,  d. = died,  m. = married,
   (+) = extra-marital relationship
  Barton = the registration district of Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire, which includes Stretford, Manchester.
  Chorlton = registration district of Chorlton upon Medlock, which also includes part of Stretford.
Charles PIDGEON (?) Court Hairdresser & Wigmaker?

   ?

William Henry PIDGEON (b. – d.) cabinet maker
   m.() Margaret ? (b. – d.)
    |
    |– William Henry PIDGEON (b.25/3/1815, Marylebone – d.11/12/1860, 43y, Glasgow) Hairdresser
            :    1851:  at 24 Bridgewater Street, Deansgate – William H (Lodger, Hairdresser) + Jane BERRY & family
           m.() Mary Ann GRAY (bp.31/1/1828, Pilling, Lancs – d.1899, 71y, Prestwich) Dressmaker, Housekeeper
            |    1861:  at 5 Abstinence St, Toxteth Park, Lancs – Maryann (wid);  William, Charles, John
            |    1871:  at 5 Oldham Rd, Castleton, Rochdale – Mary (wid);  William H, Charles, Mary Jane
            |                                                                                                                   + John McCORQARDALE (lodger)
            |    1881:  at Nursery-Cottage, Chester Rd, Stretford – Mary A (wid) with SALTHOUSE family
            |    1891:  at 42 Pickford St, Stretford – Mary A (wid), with son Charles & family (see below)
            |
            |– William Henry PIDGEON (b.23/2/1856, Edinburgh – d.11/10/1908*, 52y, Crumpsall) Clerk, Cashier
            |       :    1881:  at 1 Hamilton St, Stretford – William H, Mary J, Charles E & Sarah J; Charles F, William H
            |       :                                                                                                       + Elizabeth GOWRIE (housekeeper)
            |      m.(1882, Hull)  Elizabeth Louise PRICE (b.1859, Chorlton – d.1932, 73y, Manchester N)
            |       |    1901:  at 11 Archer St, Cheetham – William H & Elizabeth L;  Louisa M, Gladys M
            |       |    1911:  at 21 Fraser Road, Crumpsall – Elizabeth Louisa (wid);  Louisa Maude, Gladys May
            |       |                                                                                                                                         [2/4 ch’n alive]
            |       |– Harry Lionel PIDGEON (b.1883, Prestwich – d.1884, 1y, Prestwich)
            |       |
            |       |– Frederick William PIDGEON (b.1885, Prestwich – d.1886, 1y, Prestwich)
            |       |
            |       |– Louisa Maude PIDGEON (b.1886, Cheetham – d.1928, 41y, Manchester N)
            |       |
            |      └  Gladys May PIDGEON (b.24/9/1897, Cheetham – d.1975, 77y, Salford)
            |              m.(1944, Manchester) William TATTERSALL (b. – d.)
            |
            |– Charles Edward PIDGEON (b.5/8/1858, Edinburgh – d.19/2/1915, 57y, Chorlton) Commercial Traveller
            |      m. (1878, Chorlton) Sarah Jane GOWRIE (b.1857, Salford – d.1949, 83y, Manchester) Dressmaker
            |       |    1881:  at 1 Hamilton St, Stretford – Charles E & Sarah J; Charles F, William H
            |       |                                                                                – with brother William H, sister Mary J (see above)
            |       |    1891:  at 42 Pickford St, Stretford – Charles & Sarah;  Charles, William, Milly, Thomas, Annie,
            |       |                                                                                            Albert + Mary A (mother, wid), Mary (sister)
            |       |    1901:  at 6 Norfolk St, Moss Side – Chas E & Sarah J;  Chas F, Wm H, Thos S, Ann F, Albt G,
            |       |                                                                                                            Ethel M, Alice E, Marian PIGEON
            |       |    1911:  at 12 Stanley St, Moss Side – Sarah Jane & Charles Edward;  Annie Florence, Albert
            |       |                                                               [8/10 ch’n alive]          George, Ethel Mary, Alice Edith, Marion 
            |       |                                                                                               + William Henry ROBERTS (boarder)
            |       |– Charles Frederick PIDGEON (b.1879, Barton – d.1931, 51y, Barton)
            |       |      m.(23/12/1905, Chorlton) Elizabeth LEINSTER (b.ab.1880 – d.1949, 69y, Barton)
            |       |       |    1911:  at  8 Walter St, Old Trafford – Charles & Elizabeth;  Charles            [1/2 ch’n alive]
            |       |       |
            |       |       |– William Henry Leinster PIDGEON (b.1906, Barton – d.1909, 2y, Barton)
            |       |       |
            |       |      └  Charles Edward PIDGEON (b.2/3/1909, Barton – d.1972, 63y, Manchester)
            |       |              m.(1941, Barton) Vera GRANGE (b.24/3/1917 – d.4/2000, 83y, Manchester)
            |       |               |                             m2.(1974, Trafford) Charles LEINSTER (b.8/8/1908 – d.4/1998, 89y,
            |       |               |                                                                                                                                Trafford)
            |       |                                             Andrew PIDGEON
            |       |
            |       |– William Henry PIDGEON (b.21/3/1881, Stretford – d.1954, 72y, Bradford)
            |       |      m.(1/6/1908, Perth) Helen Murray HEPBURN (b.ab.1884, Crief, Perths – d.1962, 78y, Luton)
            |       |       |    1911:  in West Africa, working for West African Trading Co.
            |       |       |
            |       |       |– Evelyn Jessie PIDGEON (b.16/1/1915, Ormskirk – d.9/2/2001, 86, Bournemouth)
            |       |       |      m.(1940, Lewisham) William Hewitson WALKER (b.27/3/1913, Leeds – d.27/1/1969,
            |       |       |       |                                                                                                                         Malaga, Spain)
            |       |       |                                     John WALKER
            |       |       |
            |       |      └  William Robert PIDGEON (b.6/7/1925, Lytham St Anne’s – d.19/5/2007, 81y, Slingsby,
            |       |                                                                                                                                                   N.Yorks)
            |       |                                              Eileen PIDGEON
            |       |
            |       |– Milly PIDGEON (b.1883, Liverpool – d.1896, 13y, Chorlton)
            |       |
            |       |– Thomas Sinclair PIDGEON (b.1885, Chorlton – d.1918, 33y, Ivory Coast)
            |       |
            |       |– Elizabeth Mary PIDGEON (b.1886, Barton – d.1889, 2y, Barton)
            |       |
            |       |– Annie Florence PIDGEON (b.1888, Barton – d.20/1/1938, 49y, Withington Hosp.) Dressmaker
            |       |
            |       |– Albert George PIDGEON (b.1889, Barton – d.20/9/1917, 27y, Ypres?) Reporter
            |       |      m.(1912, Leeds) Margaretta Amelia POPPLEWELL (b.1878 – d.1961, 83y, Canterbury)
            |       |       |
            |       |      └  George Montague PIDGEON (b.6/5/1913, Barnsley – d.23/1/2004, 90y, Hull)
            |       |
            |       |– Ethel Mary PIDGEON (b.1891, Barton – d.1958, 66y, Manchester)
            |       |
            |       |– Alice Edith PIDGEON (b.11/9/1893, Barton – d.1969, 76y, Manchester) Machinist
            |       |      m.(1920, Chorlton) Harry Walker TRIGG (b.4/6/1892 – d.1974, 82y, Manchester)
            |       |       |
            |       |      └  Dennis A TRIGG (b.1921, Chorlton – d.)
            |       |              m.(1945, Barton) Joan CAINE (b. – d.)
            |       |               |
            |       |
            |      └  Marianne PIDGEON (b.16/5/1899, Chorlton – d.5/1985, 86y, Manchester)
            |
            |– John PIDGEON (b.26/7/1860, Blythswood, Glasgow – d.)
            :
          (+) ? ?
           └  Mary J PIDGEON (b.1866, Manchester – d.) Post Office Assistant
                         1881:  at 1 Hamilton St, Stretford – Mary, with brother William & family (see above)
                         1891:  at 42 Pickford St, Stretford – Mary, with brother Charles & family (see above)

                         What happened to John and Mary J?  John cannot be found after 1861, while Mary
                         cannot be found after 1891, either in a census or the marriage and death indexes.

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* PIDGEON William Henry of 21 Fraser-road CrumpsaIl Manchester advertising manager died 11 October 1908 Probate Manchester 29 October to Elizabeth Louisa Pidgeon widow. Effects £293 14s. 11d.  [Nat.Prob.Cal.]
Updated:  23 Jul 2017
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