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Saltaire People: Additional Biographies
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Kay, James Edgar
1875 - 9 May 1937

Ref. WW1 Diary, 9 April, 1915

James Edgar Kay was the son of John Kay.
John was born c1833 in Hutton Rudby in North Yorkshire. He married Emma Light in 1856. In 1861 they were living at 37 Ada Street in Saltaire with John working as a plumber. By 1871 they were living at 64 George Street in Saltaire.
James, the youngest of six children, was born 1875 in Saltaire. In 1881 & 1901 the family were living at 21 George Street. By 1897 James was a plumber working for his father at 10 Bingley Road in Shipley. John died in 1901 and James carried on running the business.
James married Alice Mary Pickles in 1901. They had a daughter, Margaret, born 1910. By 1911 they were living and running the plumbing business at 54 Bingley Road in Shipley.
Alice Mary died in 1927; widowed James married Florence Spencer in 1928. Whilst the business continued to operate in Bingley Road, the family moved to Ilkley.
James died in 1937, leaving his widow living at 6 Easby Drive in Ilkley. He left £21,377 3s 1d (worth £1.3 million in 2015) to her in his will.

(In 2006 – 54 Bingley Road became part of the Co-op grocers.

Kendall, Eliza
1845 – February 1916

Eliza was the daughter of William Kendall. William was born 26 August 1798 in Idle. He married Mary Moreing 3 August 1819 at St Peters in Leeds.

Eliza was born 1845 in Idle, the youngest of nine children. The family lived in Idle with William working as a wool comber. In 1861 & 1871 Eliza was working as a weaver.

Eliza married Young Dewhirst 3 September 1876 at St Wilfrid, Calverley. From 1881 to around 1891 they lived at 21 Dove Street in Saltaire with Young working as a gas stoker and Eliza as a weaver.
In 1911 Eliza was boarding with her sister, Esther, at 22 Titus Street in Saltaire. Eliza died in February 1916 and she was buried 9 February 1916 at St Paul’s in Shipley.


Kendall, Esther (also written as Easter)
c1837 – 19 December 1915
[Relating to War Diary, 31 December 1915, ref. Esther Crossland]

Esther was the daughter of William Kendall. William was born 26 August 1798 in Idle. He married Mary Moreing 3 August 1819 at St Peters in Leeds.

Esther was born c1837 in Idle, the seventh of nine children. In 1841 the family were living in Idle with William working as a wool comber. In 1851 they were still in Idle with William working as a wool comber and Esther as a worsted rover.

Esther married John Crossland 28 November 1858 at St Wilfrid Calverley. They had four children; - William (b1863), Arthur (b1865), Kendall (b1867) and Sarah Ellen (b1869). In 1861 & 1871 they lived in Idle with John working as a stone mason. John died in 1873 aged just 34.

Widowed Esther married Richard Crossley, a violinist, 7 October 1876 at St Peter Leeds. They had one child – Walter (b1879). From 1881 to 1897 they lived at 29 Caroline Street (now two houses combined as one at 48 George Street) with Richard working as a weaver. In 1897 they moved to 52 George Street in Saltaire. Richard died in 1900.

From 1903 twice widowed Esther lived at 22 Titus Street in Saltaire. Her sister Eliza lived with her. Esther died 19 December 1915.







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