Horton Staffordshire

 Our research has taken us back to Thomas Mayer and his wife Margaret. Thier son Thomas was christened at Horton church in Staffordshire on 30th March 1733. Thomas married Jane but the marriage details have not yet been found. His son and Grandson  who were both called Isaac were also christened in Horton although the younger Isaac was buried at Biddulph Staffordshire.

Beesom making and on to Biddulphjames mayer conveyance

The family moved from Horton to Biddulph sometime during the lifetime of Isaac Mayer who was born in 1790 and buried in 1839 at Biddulph. The record of his burial stated "Isaac Mayers Beesom maker & Pot seller of The Mill Hole near the Hurst. Found dead in bed". A Beesom was a broom made of twigs tied round a stick. His son James Mayer was born in 1828 and married Mary Walley in 1849, the two of them going on to have no less that 12 children between 1851 and 1875.

Right is a copy of part of the cover of a parchment document detailing the sale of land to James Mayer on which his home at 310 New Street Biddulph Moor was built.

The cost of the land was £26 14s 6d.

ernest and jacob mayer

James Mayer signed an agreement part of which is copied above. James married Mary Walley on 24 September 1849 at St Lawrence Church Biddulph. James was aged 20 and a collier the son of Isaac Mayor Labourer. Mary was 19 and a domestic servant the daughter of James Walley a collier. Witnesses were Isaac Shufflebottom and Ruth Hulme. Their great grandson Jacob Mayer is seen on the picture with his son Ernest Mayer.

The picture below which forms the background to these web pages shows a younger Ernest Mayer who was born on 11th November 1896 in Hot Lane, Biddulph Moor. He is pictured here with his fearsome looking grandmother Sarah Ann Mayer (nee Mellor).

ernest mayer sarah ann mellor

Left is Jacob Mayer with his son Ernest

Right is a younger Ernest with his grandmother Sarah Ann Mellor

lydia nixon

On the left is Lydieth (or Lydia) Nixon daughter of Sarah Ann Mellor (right) and wife of Jacob Mayer (above).

Jacob Mayer married Lydieth Nixon, the daughter of Sarah Ann Mellor, Lydieth was named Lydia on her birth certificate. Following the death of their son Jacob died aged 8 months an inquest followed - see newspaper report below.

marr cert james mayer lydieth nixon

Ernest Mayer Sailor:

Ernest Mayer is the son of Jacob Mayer and Lydieth Nixon. He was a collier for much of his life although he was also a sailor.

Ernest joined the Royal Navy aged 19 on 31 May 1916. He is described as having auburn hair blue eyes with a fresh complexion.

His first posting was on the Victory, then the Kildonan Castle when he recieved the certificate below when he first crossed the equator during the Great War ikildonnan castlen 1918, and finally back to the Victory.

From his copy of Course of Ammunition for Boys he notes the places he visited while in the navy.

These include Iceland, Russia, Sierra Leone, New York, Sydney, Quebec and New Jersey.

He was demobilised on 11 February 1919 and married Elizabeth Doorbar in 1921 at St Lawrence Church Biddulph.

They had 2 children - William and Betty.

inquest jacob mayer

jacob mayer sailor

On the left is Ernest Mayer who served on The Kildonan Castle above during the Great War when he recieved the certificate below.

On the right is the Newpaper report on the inquest into the death of 8 month old Jacob Mayer.

ernest mayer equator cert