Biography of John Plumpton HUGHES
John Plumpton HUGHES
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John Plumpton Hughes was born in Liverpool, Lancashire in 1860. The census of 1861 shows him with the family living at 21 King Street in West Derby, Liverpool. By 1871 they had moved to 4 Edge Lane in West Derby but their whereabouts has not been found in the 1881 census.
John married Mary Josephine Parsons at St.Francis Catholic Church in West Derby, Lancashire on 9 January 1886. Her sister Eleanor and brother Charles were witnesses. He called Mary Jo and that name stuck with her.
Daughter Adelaide Clare, known as Clare, was born in 1888 and Margaretta in 1890. The census of 1891 shows them living at 8 Gilda Crescent in Eccles with Mary's sister Margaret visiting. Mary Millington was the General Servant to the household.
Daughter Mabel was born in 1892, Louisa Clemison Plumpton in 1894, Boyda Gwendolen in 1898 and Barbara Ursula in 1900. The census of 1901 lists John and Mary with children Louisa, Boyda and Barbara and servants Harriet Buffs and Elizabeth Buckley. Their address was 135 Withington Road in Withington, Lancashire and John is recorded as being a Provision Merchant.
Daughter Agnes Marion was born in 1904 and Elfrida Josephine in 1906. When the census was taken in 1911, the couple were recorded at different addresses. John was a Publican at the Rainbow Hotel located on the corner of Spring Gardens and Market Street in Manchester whilst Mary and the children were in Prestwich, Lancashire. She had all her daughters with her except Clare who had married the year before then moved to Calgary in Canade. Mary had gone with her to see what it was like in Canada and was so impressed that she determined to move her entire family there. However, difficulties in making the arrangements, then the Great War, prevented the trip. A family group photograph was taken in 1911 when Clara returned to England for a visit with her husband and son.
The family, with the exception of the three eldest daughters, sailed from Liverpool to Canada on 8 March 1919 aboard the Allan Line ship S S Minnedosa. John's occupation was noted on the ship's manifest as being a Stocktaker. They arrived in St.John's, New Brunswick then took the train to Calgary where they settled. The daughters continued with their education. John passed away in Calgary in 1934 but Mary survived until 1951 and was buried with him.
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