The Haslam Family

Mary Haslam's father, John, was born in 1823. He had an older brother, Joseph Brabin Haslam, who was born in Bolton in 1821. Their father, Joseph, brought the family to Preston. A cotton manufacturing business in Preston, Joseph Haslam & Sons, owned by the father and 2 sons, was dissolved in 1852.

Mary Haslam was born in Preston in 1860, the youngest of three daughters and a son. At the time of the 1861 census John Haslam, 'master cotton spinner', lived with his wife Mary, his family and one servant at 1 Spring Bank. By 1881 the son and 2 eldest daughters had married and left home; John and Mary had moved to Springfield where they lived with their daughter Mary and two servants. At the 1891 census they had moved to 89 Powis Road, Ashton, where they lived with one servant. John died in 1899 and his widow in 1904.

John's brother, Joseph B. Haslam, 'cotton spinner', lived for a time in Millbank, Cadley with his wife Elizabeth. In 1871 they were living in Mill Lane with one servant. In 1881 Joseph, now a widower, was living at Cadley House, Mill Lane with two servants. By 1891, now 'master cotton spinner' and employer, he had moved to 10 Rose Terrace where he lived with his second wife, also called Elizabeth, and one servant.

The Parker Street Mill, built in 1851, was acquired by Joseph and John Haslam by 1855. It burned down c.1860. It was back in production by 1865 and was still operational and owned by the Haslam brothers in 1891.

At the time of the 1911 census Mary Haslam still lived at 89 Powis Road with two servants - a cook and a housemaid. She was single, 51 years old and with 'private means'. Mary Haslam died in 1939 and is buried in Preston cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Lancashire Daily Post 19th May 1939. The house she lived in for so many years sadly no longer exists.

Originally published by FoHP with PCC Parks Section. Researched and written by Philip Pacey. With thanks to Preston Museum & Art Gallery and Lancashire Records Office.