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PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN THE MINES

The following list of names was gleaned from the late-19th century censuses (1861 and 1871), baptismal and marriage records for Nether Alderley, the Mining Journal, the Wages Book and other sources such as share certificates.   The column marked

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The keen reader will observe that this list does not tie up with the numbers above as the list is not claimed to be complete. 

The list is normally produced in name order. Click on the pointer alongside the miner's name for full details. You can also choose to list the miners by birth date (if known).

  FIRST SURNAME OCCUPATION BORN PLACE BORN YEAR NOTES
=> Abbadine    n/a    Uncertain provenance 
=> John  Adshead    n/a    Involved in riot 
=> William  Adshead  ?Secretary  Not known    Signed MSA share cert 
=> John  Andrew  Cu & Pb Miner  Stithans  1818   
=> James  Ashton  Labourer / miner  n/a    of Over Alderley in the County of Chester Labourer 
=> Samuel   Askington  "Drive"  Not known     
=> John  Bailey  Tank Man at Cu Mines  Mobberley  1828   
=> Joseph  Bailey  Miner  Chorley  1861   
=> William  Barker  Cu Miner  Mottram  1821   
=> John  Barrow  Miner (Cu)  Knutsford  1857   
=> John  Baston  Cu & Pb Miner  Kermingham  1837   
=> William  Bate  Cu Miner  Calstock  1834   
=> Charles  Bennett  Cu & Pb Miner  Landrake  1837   
=> Henry  Birch  Cu Miner  St Erth  1840   
=> Francis  Birchenough    n/a    Involved in riot 
=> John   Biscombe  "Drive"  Not known     
=> Joseph   Biscombe [1861], Pliscombe [1871]  Cu Miner  Calstock  1825   
=> James  Blackshaw  Miner (Cu)  Fulshaw  1837   
=> Solomon  Blancy  Cu Miner  Gwinear  1828   
=> James   Booth  Cu & Pb mines Labourer / Cu Labourer  Hyde  1817  Welsh Road 
=> John  Booth  Mine Labourer at Cu & Pb mines  Ashover  1847  Welsh Road son of James Booth 
=> Peter  Booth  ?? Mineral Miner  Wilmslow  1806  Occupation not certain 
=> William  Booth  Engine Tenter at Cu & Pb mines  Ashover  1845  Welsh Road son of James Booth. Engine Driver when marrried 
=> Robert   Bower  Miner's Labourer  Alderley  1861  Son of Peter Bower 
=> Samuel (2)  Bower  Blacksmith (Cu mines)  Toft  1836   
=> Thomas   Bower(s)  Cu & Pb Miner  Prestbury  1817   
=> Peter  Bower[s]  Cu & Pb Miner / Labourer in Cu Mines  Prestbury  1839  Shown as miner in 1861 and labourer in 1871. Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> James  Bowers  Cu & Pb Miner  Butley  1843  Son of Thomas Bower at MSA 
=> Joseph  Bowers  Cu & Pb Miner  Butley  1845   
=> Samuel  Bowers  Cu & Pb Miner  Butley  1851   
=> John  Bracegirdle  Cu Mine Labourer  Mottram St Andrew  1832   
=> Philip   Bracegirdle  "Filling tanks"  Not known    May be PB who moved to Failsworth and appears in 1871, 81, 91 censuses as labourer ex MSA (b 1837). Filling tanks. 
=> Colin  Bradbury  Miner  Not known     
=> John  Bradbury  Lab. At Cu mines  Ashley  1850   
=> Thomas  Braddock    n/a    Involved in riot 
=> Abel  Bradley  Miner (Cu)  Wilmslow  1837   
=> Thomas  Bradley  Cu miner  Wilmslow  1830   
=> Richard   Bradly  "Pumping water"  Not known     
=> Fred(erick)  Bruce  Lead Miner  Wo[o]lwich  1835   
=> John  Buckingham  Cu Miner  St Erth  1833  Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> John (jnr)  Buckingham  Cu Miner  Not known  1861   
=> Wm  Buckingham  Cu Miner  St Erth  1856   
=> Elijah  Burgess  Cu Miner  Warford  1847   
=> Robert   Burgess  "Wheeling tanks"  Alderley  1817   
=> Thomas  Burgess  Pb & Cu miner  Chorley  1829   
=> William   Burgess  Cu mine Labourer / Cu miner  Chorley  1839  Altered to miner in 1871 census 
=> Jeremiah  Bury  Cotton manufacturer  n/a    of Heaton Norris in the County of Lancaster Cotton Manufacturer 
=> William  Cann  Cu Miner  South Shields  1847  Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> James  Chynoweth    Nether Alderley  1872  May have been a miner in the early 20th century (info. Harold Smith) 
=> John   Chynoweth  Cu Miner  Tavistock  1838  Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> William  Chynoweth  Cu Miner  Tavistock  1840   
=> John  Clarke    n/a    Involved in riot 
=> Richard  Coed  Miner  Northhill  1831   
=> Thomas  Condliffe / Cunliffe  Ag Lab / Miner / Labourer  Not known  1835  Over Alderley. Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> Thomas   Cooper  Engine feeder to Cu & Pb works  Calow  1835  Hagg Cottage 3 
=> Joseph   Cumberbirch  Labourer at copper mines  Goostrey  1825   
=> William   Dale  Cu Miner  Nether Alderley  1825  Also Parish Clerk in 1861. Farmer and Parish Clerk in 1871. 
=> William  Davenport  Cu & Pb Miner  Leek  1811  Son-in-law of Martha Hatton 
=> William   Davies  Cu Miner  Kea Parish  1840  Spelt Davis in census. Mines Cottage, Hagg Road. Baptism has Davey. 
=> Samuel  Dodge  Mercer  n/a    of Stockport in the County of Chester Mercer 
=> David   Dooley  Cu Miner  Wilmslow  1846   
=> Daniel   Downs  "All tramming" and "Wheeling Rubbish"  Not known     
=> Jonathan   Downs  Manager at Alderley Mines  Calstock  1824  Bradford Lodge, named in MJ and other refs. Children baptised in Nether Alderley. Agent in Copper Works in 1871 
=> John   Dunstone  "Drive"  Not known    Cornish name 
=> Thomas  Fielding  Lab. At Cu mines  Fulshaw  1849   
=> Joseph  Findlow  In Cu mines  Prestbury  1837   
=> Edward  Gard  Director and Chairman  Exeter  1791  Director when Co set up, C'man in 1863/4 
=> Allen  Gibb    Not known    Proprietor in 1914. Took over from first proprietors who leased mines in 1911. Closed mine in Feb 1916 
=> Thomas  Gibbon    n/a    Involved in riot 
=> James   Grange  Cu & Pb Miner / Cu Miner  Alderley  1823   
=> Thomas  Green  Miner  Butley  1839   
=> William  Green  [?mine] Labourer  Shrewsbury  1837  Type of labourer not certain 
=> James  Hague  Miner  Over Alderley  1838  Shown as Ag Lab on census. Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> John   Hague  Cu mine Labourer  Alderley  1836  Welsh Road. Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> Thomas   Hague  Cu mine Labourer  Henbury  1811  Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> William  Hale  Labourer Cu & Pb mines  Macclesfield  1837   
=> William  Ham  Mine Labourer  St Georges  1843  lodger at Hagg Cottage 2 
=> Peter  Hambleton  Miners Labourer  Bollin Fee  1821  Could this be Peter Hamilton? 
=> Isaac  Hamilton  Cu Miner  Chorley  1803   
=> Peter   Hamilton  "Drive"  Not known     
=> Henry  Harvey  Cu & Pb Miner  Buckfastleigh  1838   
=> Henry  Hatch  Carpenter  Plymouth  1838  Linked with John Martin 
=> Charles  Hatton  Cu & Pb Miner  Alderley  1836  Grandson of Martha Hatton (see William Davenport?). Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> John  Hatton  Cu & Pb Miner  Alderley  1832  Son of Martha Hatton. Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> William  Henderson  Chemist  Not known  1828  Family under 10 born Bristol and Alderley 
=> John  Heywood    n/a    Involved in riot 
=> Thomas  Hidderley  Not known    Signed receipt for MSA shares 
=> James   Hodge  "Drive"  Not known    Common name in Cornwall and Devon 
=> John   Hooper  Lead Miner  Calstock  1835  Married at Wilmslow Parish Church to Isabella Richards of Calstock (both parents were miners) on 21 October 1860 
=> John (the younger)  Hough    n/a    Involved in riot 
=> Henry  Howarth  Labourer at Cu Mine  Nether Alderley  1858   
=> Ephraim   Hulme  Miner  Alderley  1835   
=> Aaron  Jackson  Cu & Pb Miner  Prestbury  1828   
=> James  Jackson  Copper Miner  Henbury  1838  Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> Richard  Jackson    n/a    Involved in riot 
=> Robert  Jackson  Cu & Pb Miner  Mary Tavy  1840   
=> Thomas  Jackson  Labourer to Cu & Pb mines  Nether Alderley  1827   
=> Daniel   Jarman  Miner  Over Alderley  1846  Shown as Ag Lab on census. Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> Thomas  Jarrold  Doctor of physic  n/a    of Manchester in the County of Lancaster Doctor of physic 
=> John  Jenkin  Cu & Pb Miner  Crantock  1838   
=> James   Johns  "Drive"  Not known     
=> Thomas  Johnson    n/a    Involved in riot: of Alderley, Cheshire 
=> Wm.  Jones  "Pumping water"  Not known     
=> John  Kelsall  Miner (Cu)  Wilmslow  1828  Probably same as J Kessel 
=> Kessel  "Drive"  Not known     
=> Thomas   Kessel  "Drive"  Not known    Common name in Cornwall 
=> Samuel  Lang  Cu Miner  Oakhampton  1831   
=> John  Lawton  Labourer at Cu Mines/ Mine Agent (Cu M)  Alderley  1827  Secretary in 1870. Mine Agent in 1871. Handled liquidation in 1878 
=> George  Leamon [1861], Layman [1871] or Leeman  Cu & Pb Miner / Mine Agent  Throwleigh  1833  Miner and Lodger with William Swindells at MSA in 1861, agent in 1871 
=> Samuel  Leigh  Cu & Pb Miner  Henbury  1847   
=> John  Livesey  Cu Miner  Manchester  1845   
=> Thomas  Lowe    n/a    Involved in riot 
=> Thomas  Manuel  Cu Miner  St Austell  1816   
=> John  Martin  Carpenter  St Mary Plympton  1831  May not be linked with mines. Same as below? 
=> John  Martin  Blacksmith  Fidston  1831  Copper Mines, Hagg Road.  
=> John Thos  Martin  Errand boy in mines  Stockport  1858  son of John Martin 
=> Timothy  Mason    n/a  1663  Involved in riot: of Sutton 
=> Joseph  Massey  Miner Cu & Pb  Alderley  1835  (has son Isaac Massey born c. 1857). Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> Sampson   Mayne  "Drive"  Not known     
=> James  Michell  Proprietor  Gwennap  1796  Main driving force behind mines, died 1862 in mine. 1841 census dubious. 
=> James F  Michell  Secretary  Not known    On share certs and in advert in MJ. All census images dubious. 
=> Mills    n/a    Mined about 1750s and may be 1790s 
=> Thomas  Milner  Cu & Pb Miner  Checkley  1840  Stepson of William Swindells 
=> John  Moore  Cu Miner  Wilmslow  1848   
=> Allen   Motham  "To sink below level"  Not known    May be Allan Mottram, see ID 98 
=> Allan  Mottram  Cu Miner  Wilmslow  1845  Probably same as Allen Motham 
=> Thomas  Mottram  Miner (bapt.)  Chorley  1833  Shown as Ag Lab in census. Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> Samuel  Norbury  Lab at Cu mines  Chorley  1837   
=> Thomas   Norbury  Cu Miner / Lab.  Gt Warford  1828  Welsh Road. Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> Patrick  O'Callaghan  Cu Miner  Not known  1843   
=> Thomas  O'Callaghan  Cu Miner  Not known  1840   
=> John  Oakes  Labourer at copper works  Kinderton  1824   
=> Samuel   Oakes  Cu & Pb Miner  Hough  1824  Hagg Cottage 2 head. Mioved to Widnes by 1871, probably via Shropshire. 
=> James  Oldham  Cu Labourer  Nether Alderley  1833  brother to William Oldham, same home 
=> William  Oldham  Cu Labourer  Nether Alderley  1820  Welsh Road 
=> Stephen   Osborne  Captain  Not known    May have been mine agent at Maughold in IOM in 1861 
=> John  Owen  Miner  Not known    no trace on censuses. Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> Kay  Owen  Miner / labourer on bapt.  Alderley  1830  Carter on 1861 census, Gardener on 1871 census. Children baptised in Nether Alderley. Father also called Kay(e) Owen 
=> Richard   Palin  Cu Miner / Miner / labourer on bapt.  Coppenhall  1827  Children baptised in Nether Alderley 
=> John  Pascoe  Agent  Cronan  1806  ?Mining? crossed out. Captain of MSA mine in 1862 
=> John  Pearson  Copper Miner  Knutsford  1842   
=> John  Pearson  Cu Mine Labourer  Mottram St Andrew  1845   
=> Joseph  Pearson  Cu Mine Labourer  Mottram St Andrew  1840   
=> Thomas  Pearson  Cu Mine Labourer  Mottram St Andrew  1859   
=> Samuel  Percival  Cu Miner  Wilmslow  1844   
=> Francis   Phillips  Copper & Lead Mine Agent  Mary Tavy  1825   
=> Henry  Phillips  Cu Miner  Mary Tavy  1834   
=> Ralph  Plant    n/a    Involved in riot 
=> Phillip  Potts  Miner, Cu mines  Alderley  1841   
=> John   Powel  "Filling tanks"  Not known    Filling tanks 
=> Isaac  Powell  Cu mines Labourer  Mottram St Andrew  1841   
=> Charles Edward  Procter  Chairman in 1865  Not known  1809  May be Land Agent living at Sutton in 1861, b. 1841 
=> William  Read  Cu Miner  Gawsworth  1837   
=> Mr  Richardson    n/a    Mining experience in South Africa 
=> James  Ridgway  Cu Mine Labourer  Nether Alderley  1828   
=> John  Rigby    n/a    Involved in riot 
=> Joseph  Rigby  Lead Mines Labourer  Wilmslow  1846   
=> John  Ritchards  Cu Miner  St Erth  1838   
=> Solomon  Ritchards  Cu Miner  St Erth  1807   
=> William  Ritchards  Cu Miner  St Erth  1843   
=> Charles  Roe    n/a  1715  Mined about 1750s and may be 1790s 
=> Samuel Rowe  Sanders  ?Accountant  Devonport  1820  Probably Financial Director 
=> [Husband of Willmot]  Scadden  Miner  Not known    Absent at time. Wife born Cornwall. 
=> William  Scadden  Miner (Cu)  Gwinear  1836   
=> John   Semmens  "Drive"  Not known    Common name in Cornwall 
=> William   Semmens  "Drive"  Not known    Common name in Cornwall 
=> William  Serpell  Cu & Pb Miner  Stockport  1843   
=> Mr  Shenton  ?Miner or UG captain  Not known    Mottram St Andrew: mentioned in report 
=> James  Sinclair Ross    n/a     
=> Smith  Miner  n/a    Harold Smith's father, worked in early 20th century 
=> Joseph   Spear  Engine Driver for Mines  Bedminster  1828   
=> William  Stonehewer  Cu Labourer  Macclesfield  1850   
=> John H  Stonier  Miner (Cu)  Chorley  1861   
=> William  Stonier    n/a     
=> George  Street  Miner  Gorton  1818   
=> Daniel   Sum[m]erville = Summerfield  Cu Miner  Alderley  1821  Welsh Road 
=> James  Summerfield  Labourer in Cu mines / Cu Miner  Alderley  1825  Miner in 1871 
=> John  Sumner  Labourer at copper mines  Hough  1823   
=> William  Swindells  Cu & Pb Miner  Butley  1812   
=> William  Taylor  Mine Labourer  Sheffield  1794  Hagg Cottage 4 head 
=> Samson  Termain  Cu & Pb Miner  Calstock  1834  Lodger with William Swindells 
=> John  Thompson    n/a    Involved in riot 
=> Nathan  Tollett    n/a    Involved in riot 
=> Henry  Turkington  Cu & Pb Miner  Not known  1834   
=> Thomas  Upton  Cu & Pb Miner  Mottram St Andrew  1825   
=> Josiah  Wagstaff    n/a    Mined about 1765 
=> John   Waine  "Sink"  Not known     
=> John  Wainmouth  Cu & Pb Miner  Callington  1825   
=> David   Walton  Cu Miner  Alderley  1826  Hagg Cottage 1 head 
=> Thomas  Warne  Cu Miner  Mary Tavy  1839   
=> George (2)  Wood  Lab at Cu mines  Wilmslow  1831   
=> George (or Ger?)  Wood  Cu & Pb Mine Labourer  Macclesfield  1821   
=> James   Wood  Cu Mine Labourer  Mottram St Andrew  1834   
=> Henry  Woodall  Cu & Pb Miner  Mottram St Andrew  1850  Son of William Woodall 
=> William   Woodall  Cu & Pb Miner / Cu Mine Labourer  Hough  1818  Labourer on 1871 census 
=> James  Worth  Cu Miner (labourer)  Wilmslow  1811   
=> William  Worthington  Miner  Not known     
=> Henry  Wright  Cu & Pb Miner  Prestbury  1827   
=> James  Wright  Cu Miner  Alderley  1849   
=> John   Wright  Cu Miner  Alderley  1843   
=> Thomas  Yarwood    n/a     
=> William  Yarwood  Cu & Pb Miner  Morley  1821   


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