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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. 

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The list is normally produced in name order. You can also choose to list the miners by birth date (if known) or by county.

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

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