Ann, George & Sarah WHITAKER

Powell Brothers and Whitaker machinery.

ANN WHITAKER 1848 – 1878

SARAH ANN WHITAKER 1844 – 1907

GEORGE WHITAKER 1849 – 1913

Ann Ross was born in Scotland about 1848, she was the daughter of Angus Ross from Inverness and Elizabeth Wolfenden who was from Worsley Lancashire, by 1851 the family had moved to Lancashire and were living in Hulme where they stayed for at least 20 years.

In 1871 Annie Ross was working as a milliner, and on 23 August 1871 she married William Whitaker at St Johns, Deansgate, and Manchester.  William’s occupation is a machinist. His father is John Whitaker, also a machinist. Annie’s father is Angus Ross, a journeyman traveller. They moved to Wrexham where she sadly on 3 September 1878 aged only 30,   no children’s births were registered in the time they were married.

John Whitaker was a blacksmith and both he and his wife Sarah Pickup were born in Yorkshire, they had a family of at least nine children.  George was the youngest, born in 1849, Sarah Ann was born in 1844 and William about 1838.

The family moved to Salford before George was 1 year old, John was the master of an iron foundry in Pennington, but by 1871 they were lodging in High Street, Criccin, Rhuddlan and John is an engineer, only his wife Sarah and George are there. Sarah died in that district 

Powell Brothers and Whitaker machinery.

In 1876 the company known as Messrs Powell and Whitaker was set up in the in the Cambrian Ironworks on Regent Street, they were described as being ‘iron and brass founders and agricultural and general engineers’. This company became very successful.

In 1881 John and was living in Cross Street, Rhosddu, he was an ironfounder, his son William, a widower is the iron foundry manager and George is the book keeper.  Sarah Ann their sister is also there as their housekeeper.

George and Sarah Ann remained at 4 Cross Street, both never married. In 1887 the partnership between John and the Powell’s was dissolved and William took his father’s   place and became a partner in the company. John died in July 1896 aged 84, his body was taken by train to Rhuddlan where he was buried in the Churchyard. The service was conducted by the Vicar of Rhosddu. His obituary was published in the Rhyl Journal.

Sarah Ann died on 3 February 1907 aged 63; she was still living in Cross Street.

George moved to Cunliffe Street, and in 1911 he was a cashier at an “agricultural implement makers” which would have been Powell and Whitaker.

On 11 October 1913 he died at “The Willows” New Road, Stansty and was buried with his sister and sister in law.

Researched by Annette Edwards. January 2019.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery J-02981

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF ANN, THE BELOVED WIFE OF WILLIAM WHITAKER OF RHOSDDU, WREXHAM. WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 3, 1878, AGED 30 YEARS. ALSO SARAH ANN WHITAKER OF RHOSDDU, WREXHAM. WHO DIED FEB 8, 1907, AGED 63 YEARS. ALSO OF GEORGE WHITAKER, WHO DIED OCT 11, 1913, AGED 63 YEARS.