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Lil Mercer's Birthday Book

A Family record of Birthdays, Deaths and othe family events
All from Bolton before moving to Birkenhead, Merseyside (oldest date yet seen 1840)
Joseph Mather          Born 07/02/1840 husband of Ellen Mather nee Tomlinson
                                  Died 06/09/1918 our Great grandfather and Mother see photo
Ellen Mather nee Tomlinson  Born 23/07/1843 wife of Joseph Mather
                                  Died 11/05/1921 our Great grandmother and Father see photo.
John Mather             Born 08/01/1873 husband of Sarah nee Stocks Mather
                                 Died 06/03/1950(77yrs)
Also on the 21st July Granma has wrote just John Mather June, 1906 not sure with this!, as he married in 1901 and had 8 children,! see wed photo Les sent me he and John Graham are his Grandsons. and our Grandfather’s brother.

Sarah Mather nee Stocks  Born 04/03/1878 wife of John Mather
                                          Died ?
John Mather married Sarah Stocks on 13/08/1901 see wedding photo

Richard Mather        Born 25/01/1875 husband of Lily nee Mercer Mather
                                  Died 31/05/1954 our Grandfather
Newspaper clipping of Manchester Evening News reads: at 34 Hemmons Road,
Longsight, Dearly Loved Husband of Lilly Mather and Dear Father of Nellie, Alice,
Winnie, Joe, service & committal at Manchester Crematorium on Friday, June 4th at
1pm,inquiries Mr.H.Snaden, Beswick co-op Society.Eas 0364 phone no

Lillie Mather nee Mercer     Born 22/12/1876 Think Granma’s date            
                                               Died   sadly nobody wrote the date namely Alice in
Newspaper clipping of Bolton reads: Lilly Mercer & Richard Mather married May23rd, 1904 at Cathcart Street Baptist Church, Richard youngest son of Joseph Mather to Lily Mercer eldest daughter of John Mercer both of this Town

Sarah Robinson nee Mather   Born 03/03/1869 wife of Thomas H Robinson
                                                 Died ?

Thomas.H.Robinson                Born 20/10/?      Husband of Sarah Robinson nee Mather
                                                 Died 24/03/1928

William .Jim Nugent                Born  20/04/1905 Husband of  Polly Nugent nee Mather
                                                 Died  5/03/1943
Newspaper clipping reads: Nugent-Dearest memories of my Dear Husband Jim Passed away March 5th 1943,lovingly remembered by all his family,17,Haldane Avenue, Birkenhead

Polly Nugent  nee Mather        Born ? Wife of Jim Nugent
Polly Mather married Jim Nugent 26/07/1904

Elizabeth (Betty) Cole nee Mather Born 04/11 /1886 wife of William John Cole
                                                       Died 27/02/1966 80 years old

William John Cole                  Born 03/07/1894 Husband of Elizabeth (Betty) Cole nee Mather
                                                Died ? / ? /1953

Nell Robinson nee Mather   Born ?   Wife of Tom Robinson
                                             Died  ?   

Tom Robinson                     Born  ?   Husband of Nell Robinson
                                             Died   ?

Willie Robinson                   Born 31/01/? Think B/Day, Son of Nell & Tom Robinson
                                              Died ?

Ephrain Hopwood                Born 1/03/?  Think B/Day, Husband of Nell Robinson
                                              Died   ?

Mrs Hopwood                       Born 13/03/? Presume Ephrain,s Mother
                                               Died May 22 or 23 or 24th May, 88yrs old

Majorie Nugent                     Born 28/01/? Think B/Day Daughter of Polly & Jim Nugent
                                               Died ?            Sister to William Joesph

Hilda Robinson                     Born 23/03/1900  Daughter of Sarah & Tom Robinson
                                              Died  ?                  Wife to Leslie Belford

A Jim Nugent                       Born 20/09/?      Think son of Polly & Jim Nugent
                                               Died   ?

Mrs Nugent                            Born 2/05/? Think B/Day ,of  Jim Nugent,s Mother
                                               Died ?

James Robinson (Jim)            Born 25/05/ ? son of Sarah & Thomas Robinson
                                                Died ?

ELISE MATHER                   Born 22/07/1905 at 103,Watson Street,Birkenhead
                                                Died 10/04/1907 at 103,Watson Street,Birkenhead,don,t know why
Funeral at Flaybrick Hill Cemetary,Birkenhead ,see Granma,s verse its heartbraking
First daughter of Lily & Richard Mather

GEORGE MATHER             Born 31/08/1909 in Bolton, at Ellen & Joseph Mather's
                                               Died 14/07/1918 at Manchester Royal Infirmary taken in 23rd May Accident details I received from Mum when I was very young, only above in the book, strange!
Due to an accident climbing over school railings, spike perched his head, funeral not listed.
First son of Lily & Richard Mather, again how heartbreaking how they must have all suffered.

Nellie Turner nee Mather     Born 21/10/1907 at 103,Warson Street, Birkenhead (see ELISE April)          
                                              Died 30/09/1977 at 12,Grange Avenue, Levenshulme, and Manchester.
                                                                          Wife of Ken Turner, mother of Ruth Turner
Newspaper clipping:
Turner – Nellie Died 30th Sept 1977 at her home 12,Grange Avenue, Levenshulme, Manchester,
Arrangements as published earlier but family flowers only please donations, if desired to Christies Hospital, inquiries, G.Wilkinson, Norwest Co-op Funeral service.

Nellie Mather married Ken Turner 12/10/1935 at Slade Lane Baptist, Levenshulme, Manchester

Ken Turner                           Born 06/10/? Husband of Nellie Turner nee Mather, Father of Ruth
                                              Died 08/06/1986 age unknown, part time lay preacher plus English
Teacher to actor John Thaw and brother at Manchester Grammer, plus saved Winnie’s (Mum) life in Clayton, Manchester, where they lived in the 2nd World War from sniper fire from a Nazis plane returning from a bombing raid.

Alice Mather                        born 19/11/1911 at 33,Witham St, Belfast, never married or family.
                                             Died 05/03/1996 in Oldham, cremation at Hollinwood Crem, 13/3/96
Born in Belfast while her Father Richard was helping to build the “Titanic” ship, he was a boiler maker so was part of a team building the boilers, then followed where the work was to Manchester docks, Aunt Alice was the keeper of the diary and updated till passing it to Susan in the 1980’s who has also kept it updated.

Winnie Doxey nee Mather born 26/10/1917 at 9,Seddon St, Longsight, wife of Lawrence Doxey
                                             Died 12/07/2004,Gosford, N.S.W.Australia 87yrs sadly on her Great
Grand Daughter’s 4th Birthday, Elizabeth Gibbons, note death date of Lawrence Doxey below.

Lawrence Doxey                  Born 26/11/1914 Hulmes Road/Droysden Rd, Newton Heath, M/c
                                             Died 09/07/1973 suddenly at Oldham Boundary Park Hospital
                                  Diabetic Coma + Pneumonia, Husband of Winnie Mather, Father of Susan
Winnie and Laurie get engaged Sat, 27th Sept 1952.
Winnie Mather married Lawrence Doxey 6th December 1952 at Slade Lane Baptist Church,
Levenshulme, M/c

Joe Mather                           Born 28/09/1920 at 9,Seddon St, Longsight, Levenshulme
                                             Died 20/05/1990 in Bavaria, Germany, Husband of Ursula Mather
                                             Grandma also wrote, serving with forces in 1941
Also on 16th Jan note: Joe joined up 16/01/1941,went to Gresford, North Wales to be trained as a
Motor Lorry Driver in the Royal Engineers

Ursula Mather                      Born 06/11/1924 Germany wife of Joe Mather
                                             Died 22/02/1988 in Bavaria from heart attack +Diabetic, 64yrs old
Joe and Ursula Mather married 03/07/1948 at Slade Lane Baptist Church, Longsight, M/c

Joe Mather (which one?)      Born 24/07/1902 think the husband of Evelyn Mather nee Martin
                                              Died 21/10/1983,81yrs old in Birkenhead

Albert Mather                        Born 25/08/1904 son of John and Sarah Stocks, unmarried, but
                                               Died?        Brother to Joe, Jack, Nellie, Norah, Jessie, Eileen, Walter,

George Anthony Turnbull     Born 29/09/1931 Husband of Ann, son of Edie and Norman
                                               Died?                 see Nell Robinson nee Mather tree line

Newspaper clipping:
Robinson – on March, 17th, 1937 at Westcliff Nursing Home, Eccles to Mr & Mrs.T.Robinson (nee
Edna.A.Lloyd) a daughter both well, daughter Wendy, (see Tom & Edna Lloyd

Ruth Hilda Turner                 Born 26/01/1943 adopted daughter to Ken and Nellie Turner
                                               Died?       Wife of Colin Bettoni, divorced, remarried name of man?

Colin and Ruth Bettoni nee Turner married 25/03/1961,think Slade Lane Baptist Church
Iris Ursula Brown nee Mather born 27/10/1944 in Germany daughter of Joe and Ursula Mather
                                                                           Wife of Ron Brown, Mother to Shani
Ron and Iris Brown nee Mather married 15/04/1977, Florida, U.S.A.

Brian Richard Mather               Born 16/02/1950 Manchester, son of Joe and Ursula Mather
                                                                               Partner Margaret in Perth, Australia
Monica Ann Green nee Mather Born 25/10/1951 Manchester, daughter of Joe and Ursula Mather
                                                        Wife of Martin Green, Mother to Amanda, Michelle, and Mark

Susan Jean Robinson nee Doxey born 26/04/1953,Oldham Boundary Park Hosiptal, daughter of
          Winnie and Lawrence Doxey Wife of Stephen.G Robinson, Mother to Jennifer and David

Susan.J.Doxey married Stephen Gary Robinson 31/08/1974 at St.John’s Church, Failsworth      
                                                                                                  Oldham, 4pm

Jacqueline Bettoni                     Born 16/05/? 1960’s at 13,Griffin Crescent, M/c, daughter of                  
                                                                      Colin and Ruth, sister to Peter, Jeannette, Pamela

Peter Stephen Bettoni                Born 23/02/1960? M/c, son of Colin and Ruth Bettoni
No listing for Jeannette and Pamela Bettoni

Amanda Jane Green                  Born 14/03/1975 Manchester, daughter of Monica, Martin Green
                                                                               Sister to Michelle and Mark

Jennifer Dawn Gibbons nee Robinson Born 24/04/1976,Woodfield Maternity Home, Werneth,
                                                         Daughter of Stephen and Susan.J.Robinson, wife of Mark

Mark Gibbons                           Born 21/04/1976, Sydney, N.S.W. Australia, Husband to Jennifer

Jennifer Robinson married Mark Gibbons, 22/11/2002,3pm at Christ Church, Gosford, N.S.W.
                                                      4pm Daughter of Stephen and Susan Robinson nee Doxey

Michelle Hall nee Green            Born 06/07/1977,Hazel Grove, M/c, daughter of Martin & Monica
                                              Green nee   Mather Wife of Steve Hall, sister to Mark and Amanda

David Edward Laurence Robinson  Born 03/02/1980,Boundary Park Hosiptal, Oldham, Lancs
                                              Son of Stephen and Susan Robinson nee Doxey, brother to Jennifer

Mark Richard Green                Born 18/08/1982,Hazel Grove, M/c, son of Martin and Monica
                                                  Green nee Mather, brother to Amanda and Michelle

Shani Brown                            Born 19/03/1986,Zaire, South Africa, daughter of Ron and Iris
                                                                             Brown nee Mather

Elizabeth Louise Gibbons       Born 12/07/2000(see death date of her Great Granma, Winnie)
                                                 Gosford Hospital, N.S.W. Australia, daughter of Mark and Jennifer

Chloe Elizabeth Hall              Born 17/02/2003 daughter of Steve and Michelle Hall nee Green
                                                                            Stepping Hill Hosiptal, Stockport

Daniel, William, David, Douglas Gibbons Born 24/11/2003,Gosford Private Hosiptal, N.S.W.
                                                                          Son of Mark and Jennifer Gibbons nee Robinson

George Stephen Hall                               Born 18/06/06 Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, 7lb 1oz
                                                                          Son of Michelle and Steve Hall brother to Chloe
The cited information was sourced from Document (hardcopy on paper, tax record) published about 1901 edited by Sue Robinson and held in Central Coast The author/originator was Lil Mercer, Alice Mather. This citation is considered to be secondary evidence, data officially recorded sometime after event.
Transcribed into a Microsoft Word document and sent via email by Steve R on 5-July-2007. 
  • Source Notes
      MATHER list in Granma’s birthday book of about 1901.

      Originaly written by Lil Mercer, but after Lil died, Alice Mather was the keeper of the diary (a.k.a. Lil Mercer's Birthday Book) and updated till passing it to Susan Robinson in the 1980’s who has also kept it updated since then.  It is currently managed by Sue Robinson.

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