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 Mary <I>Catlow</I> Bredbury

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Mary Catlow Bredbury

  • Birth 1851 Stockport, Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, Greater Manchester, England
  • Death Dec 1940 North Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial North Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Plot 463
  • Memorial ID 94150619

Mary Catlow Bredbury (89) was the daughter of James Catlow of Stockport, Cheshire, England. On Feb. 9, 1873 she married Joseph Bredbury of Cinder Lane Hyde at the Parish Church in Stockport, England. Joseph Bredbury was born 1849 in Stockport, Cheshire County, England the son of Thomas Bredbury. He was a Minder of a Self-acting Machine, which was a multi thread spinning machine the same profession as his father. Joseph was a wealthy merchant and did business in India, where he died while on business.

After Mary's husband, Joseph, died in India his financial accountant, swindled all of his money and Mary was left penneyless. Since she grew up wealthy, she was not used to a life of poverty and found it exceptionally difficult to cope. She eventually emigrated to the United States where she had a relative in New Jersey. She and all of her children arrived Sept. 19, 1921 at Ellis Island according to the Passenger Arrival Records. They settled first in North Andover and later in Lawrence. Mary's father, James Catlow, was a Hatter by profession.

Mary and Joseph's children were all born in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire, England.


1. Florence "Florie" Bredbury b. 1881 and died 1950 never married. She along with Susan and Esther lived in a lovely home at 7 Lowell St. in Andover, MA. The three sisters worked in the Lawrence Mills and ultimately opened a bakery shop in Andover near their home.

2. Harriet Bredbury b. 1877 and died 1942 m. Joseph R. Wilson b. 1876 (one daughter- Dorothy Wilson b. 1914)

3.Susan Bredbury never married

4. Esther Bredbury b. Jan. 9, 1885 Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire, England d. Nov. 1983 North Andover, MA never married.

5.Thomas Bredbury b. 1886 d. 1940

6.Fred Bredbury b. 1901- d. Dec. 1988

Howard Bredbury 1909-1959 (grandson of Mary) m. Sarah "Eleanor" Hill (Nancy Carlson Nelson's descendant)

Mary's daughters became born-again Christians and pleaded with the Assembly of God pastor in Providence, RI to open a church in Lawrence, MA. Bill Wyte, had just graduated from Seminary and answered the call to plant an Assembly of God church in Lawrence, MA. At the first church service which was near the corner of Essex and Jackson St. were the three Bredbury sisters, Florie, Esther and Susan. They were spirit-filled Christians and finally got their heart's desire to have a Holy Spirit filled church. They had been kicked out of the local baptist church for speaking in tongues. That Assemblies of God church ultimately moved to Methuen along the Merrimack River and recently celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2012. Their legacy lives on in the lives of their descendants.

1. original birth and death certificates
2. “England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915”
3. Helen Wyte, wife of Bill Wyte... oral history of Bredbury family
4. Nancy Carlson Nelson, descendant of Bredbury line.

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  • Created by: Evelyn Rowe Nelson
  • Added: 24 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94150619
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Catlow Bredbury (1851–Dec 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94150619, citing Ridgewood Cemetery, North Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Evelyn Rowe Nelson (contributor 47040334) .