Lucy Boardman 1811 - 1888

Lucy was born about 1811 in Bolton, Lancashire to Geoffrey Boardman and Ellen Turner.

In 1834, it appears she may have had an illegitimate son called John, by James Seddon.

Lucy then marries, John Yates in 1840.

John is a hand loom cotton weaver.

In the 1841 census, they are living with Lucy’s parents and her son John.

Also recorded at this census was a 1-month-old daughter, Mary; who does not appear in the later 1851 census, so presumably she has died as an infant.

The 1851 census shows us that John Yates is still employed as a hand loom cotton weaver, an occupation that was to be overtaken by the introduction of the power looms.

Many handloom workers were out of work and many had difficult times ahead to feed themselves and their families.

Lucy and her family now include another son, Joseph Yates, who was born in 1845.

Lucy’s first born son, John Boardman, is a 17-year-old Blacksmith, so perhaps he is supplementing the family finances?

The 1861 census reveals that John Yates is still a cotton weaver, and probably has progressed to a power loom.

Lucy’s occupation is a dressmaker, while 16-year-old Joseph has not followed his father’s occupation as he is recorded as a Moulder – most probably in the iron industry.

John Boardman, has by this time left to marry Mary Maria Fitzpatrick.

The 1871 census is the last time John Yates is recorded – he is a 67 year old cotton weaver and his wife Lucy continues as a dressmaker.

They are living in lodgings at 68 York Street, Bolton.

John’s death is recorded the following year.

The 1881 census records Lucy living at York Street, Bolton as a lodger in 73 York Street, Bolton.

Lucy’s death is recorded in 1888.