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Titus Barlow 1834-1903


Titus Barlow was born in 1834, in Flixton, the sixth child of John Barlow and his wife Ellen (nee Warburton). He was baptised at St Michael’s Parish Church in Flixton on the 2nd March 1834.


His elder siblings Ann, Christianna, Joseph, Alice were living with their parents in Green Lane. Their next two children John and William sadly died in infancy ad were later followed by two more girls Mary Ellen and Betsey, and at the time of the 1841 census, John and Mary were living in Green Lane Flixton where John worked as a labourer, with Alice, Titus and Mary. Their daughter Christianna was working as a servant in Manchester, and Ann Joseph and Betty were living with John Taylor and family in Moorside in Flixton working as weavers.


Around 1845, the family moved from the home in Flixton a distance of around 15 miles to Horwich, where John’s brother Titus had acquired a farm named Sefton Fold with approximately forty acres of land. When they arrived in Horwich, they lived at the farm and Titus’s father John worked as a labourer, presumably for his brother Titus. His sister Christianna married a local man, Moses Howarth, and Titus initially worked as a servant, then a carter, residing at his Uncle Titus’s  house. When his sister Christianna died in 1857, his niece and nephew also came to live at Sefton Fold.


Sefton Fold farm was unfortunately demolished in the 1990’s to make way for the development of the Middlebrook shopping complex and Reebok Stadium.


On New Years Eve 1862, Titus, now twenty eight years old, married Ann Morris, a spinster, at Deane Parish Church.. She was seven years his junior and the daughter of James Morris, a collier, and his wife Ann, who lived in a cottage at Barrel Rock in Wingates.


After their marriage, the couple moved to a house in Fourgates, Westhoughton and the first child, a daughter Mary Jane, was born in 1863. John, William, Alice, Christianna, James, Ann, Richard, Titus and Betsey all followed over the next twenty years.


At the time of the 1881 census, the family were living in Smithy Row, Fourgates, round the corner from Barrel Rock where Ann had been raised. Titus was working as a day wage man/dataller. The children started to marry and leave home one by one, Mary Jane in 1883, John in 1887, Alice 1891, Christianna 1894, William 1894, Richard 1898, and Ann 1899.


In 1891, Titus was still working as a coal miners labourer and by 1901, the remaining family were living at 358 Chorley Road Westhoughton. Titus, now aged 67, was a furnace minder at the colliery and James, Titus and Betsy were  still at home.


Titus’s wife Ann died on the 10th November 1902 at their home of an ovarian cyst and malignant growth.. Titus died a few months later of valvular heart disease on the 11th March 1903 and was buried at St John the Evangelist Church ,Wingates on the 14th March 1903.