Sunday’s Obituary – Tom Myers (1862-1945)

Tom Myers is the husband of my 1st cousin 3x removed, Mary Ellen Procter. Mary’s parents are William Procter and Nancy Stowell. Our common ancestors are John Stowell and Ann Riddeoff, my 4x great grandparents.

Tom was born about 1862 in Burnley, Lancashire – his birth is registered in the June quarter of that year.

Tom and Mary Ellen were married on 22 April 1884 at St. Peter’s church in Burnley. They had at least seven children between 1885 and 1904.

In the census returns for 1891, 1901 and 1911 Tom’s occupation is described as “barber” or “hairdresser and tobacconist”.

Sadly Mary Ellen died at the relatively young age of 44 early in 1908.

Tom lived for another 37 years passing away on 30 August 1945. The following notice was published in the Burnley Express on 5 September 1945.

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Mr TOM MYERS

Mt Tom Myers, last of four brothers who did so much for the musical life of Burnley, was laid to rest in Burnley Cemetery on Monday. Mr Myers, who was 83, had been residing for the past few years at 294, Scotland Road, Nelson. He was a brother of the late Mr Fred Myers, who was one of the founders and conductors of the old Philharmonic Orchestra in Burnley which afterwards became the nucleus of the Municipal Orchestra.

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2 comments

  1. Hi, do you have a death certificate reference for Tom Myers? I can’t seem to find it at all. He is my great grandfather x2. I have searched the GRO records and can’t seem to find anything under his name for 1945. Do you have any further information on him or his wife Mary Ellen? What did he do in the Orchestra?

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    1. Hello Stuart – thanks for looking at my blog and for commenting. The GRO reference for Tom Myers death is Nelson 8E 217. Which one of Tom and Mary Ellen’s children are you descended from? If you want to email directly at mikedawson1953@msn.com I will reply with further details about Tom and Mary Ellen. Regards, Mike

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