Edward (Pass) Balshaw (1842-1876)


Edward Balshaw, 3/11/1842 Altrincham, son of Thomas Balshaw and Lucy. Have birth certificate. Baptised 21st November 1842 (St George, Altrincham). Given as "Teddy" on 1851 census, age 8.


Manchester Warehouseman from 1861 census, age 18, still living with parents at 32 Church St.

Merchant living at Bowdon (from marriage certificate) June 1865.

Yarn agent, Brookside, Stretford, on Edward Ernest's birth certificate, November 1865.

Surgeon in Manchester in 1876, from his will. However, the Royal College of Physicians can't find him in the Medical Directory for 1875.  The Guildhall Library says that he cannot be found in the Society of Apothecaries licenciate records for the period 1815-1887 (MS 8241B/1-2), or in the Medical Directory for 1868, 1870, 1872, 1874 or 1875.  This is quite a mystery!


Priscilla Hannah Procter (age 24) on 22nd June 1865 at the parish church, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire.  One of the witnesses was John Balshaw (presumably John Riddiough Balshaw his oldest brother).

Note that in 1881, 5 years after Edward's death, Priscilla was lodging in Hammersmith, London, aged 40, widow, born in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire.  Her 15 year old son Ernest was still living with her at the time.


Edward Ernest Balshaw, 26th November 1865 at Stretford; Lucy P Riddiough Balshaw, September 1868 at Greenwich (living as a border in North Meols, Lancashire, aged 12 in 1881, head of household Kate Simpson); Harold Cecil Leurs Balshaw (whose birth was probably registered  in the Kensington registration district in the Dec. quarter of 1863) - he later emigrated to Jamaica; James Henry Balshaw, (whose birth was probably registered  in Barton registration district in the Dec. quarter of 1866),- he later married Nellie.


Edward Pass Balshaw died in Altrincham, aged 33, on 16th May 1876.  (Altrincham, 8a 145, Jun. qtr 1876).  This is the only place where I have come across his second name Pass. However, his grand-daughter Olive told her niece Ann Moore that his name was Edward Pass many years later.

Altrincham and Bowdon Guardian, May 27th, 1876. Deaths. At the residence of his brother, George St, Altrincham, age 33 years, Edward Pass Balshaw MRCS of John St, Manchester, youngest son of the late Thomas Balshaw of Altrincham.


This is the last will and testament of me Edward Pass Balshaw, of Manchester in the County of Lancaster, Surgeon. Subject to the payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath unto my brothers the Reverend Robert Balshaw of Birmingham and Henry Balshaw of Altrincham Auctioneer all my estate and effects of what nature or kind soever both real and personal that I may die possessed of or be entitled to at the time of my decease. In trust my dear wife Priscie N [presumably should be H] Balshaw for her own and separate use excepting my gold watch and chain which I hereby bequeath to son Ernest and also that mahoganny corner cupboard made by my grandfather which I hereby bequeath to my son James Henry.  And I hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said Robert Balshaw and and Henry Balshaw Executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I the said Edward Pass Balshaw the testator have hereunto set my hand this 16th day of May 1876.  

Signed and declared by the said Edward Pass Balshaw the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us both being present at the same time who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses G Haines Atwell LRCP [probably Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians?], Henry Balshaw.

Proved at Chester the 17th April 1878 by the oath of Henry Balshaw the brother the surviving executor to whom Administration was granted.  The testator Edward Pass Balshaw was formerly of the City of Manchester but late of Altrincham in the County of Chester Surgeon and died on the 16th day of May 1876 at Altrincham aforesaid.  Under £450 - no leaseholds.


His birth certificate confirmed that Lucy's maiden name was Riddiough. They had another son called Edward who died in 1841. His unusual second name came from Nathaniel Pass, a notorious character, mayor of Altrincham, and Methodist friend of Thomas and Lucy.

His will, written on the day of his death, confirms the identity of his brother Robert, previously assumed to have died in 1877 in London.

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