St. Michael's parish in the Cathedral rural deanery was formed in March 1839; the church having been built in 1789. The burial register dates from 1789, that of baptisms from 1791 and that of marriages from 1839.

The living together with that of St. Thomas, Redbank was united in 1929 to St. Paul, New Cross.

The church was demolished in 1935.


The following are the gravestones currently being revealed.

Nb. Information is being updated regularly and some links may not be currently active:



ALSOP  Here resteth the body of Sarah wife of Geo ALSOP died Novr 2nd 1810 aged [...]years Willm their son died Sept 24th 1809 aged 18 months Sarah their daughter died July 8th1812 aged 1 year & 8 months John their son died March 5th 1813 aged 8 years and 5 months George their son died Novr 28th 1815 aged 3 years

George and Sarah Alsop buried five children in St. Michael's Churchyard including another John, who died in 1804

George Alsop was born in Parwich, Derbyshire in 1770, son of Francis and Elizabeth Alsop.

He married Sarah Boardman in Manchester Cathedral in 1803.

Their only surviving child, daughter Elizabeth, married James Thompson in Manchester Cathedral in 1829.

Elizabeth and James' son was Alderman Joseph Thompson, a cotton manufacturer of Manchester. In the 1881 census, living in Wilmslow, they had two domestic servants and a cook. He turned down the opportunity to become Mayor of Manchester in 1891, settling for retirement.

Joseph wrote "The Owens College: its foundation and growth in 1886" which is now Manchester University. He was also governor of the North Manchester School in 1901.

Joseph and his wife Mary Joanna (nee Howell) had seven children in total.

Their daughter Gertrude Joanna Thompson married Arthur Crookes Newsum of Lincoln.

Arthur was chairman of Newsum & Son Timber Merchants with further branches in Hull, Gainsborough, Sheffield and Manchester. He was Mayor of Lincoln in 1905-06.

Another daughter Mildred Mary Thompson married the Reverend William Boothby Shelbie in Altrincham in 1890. Following his death in 1944, she returned to Wilmslow and died in 1964.

The Reverend William Boothby Shelbie was Principal of Mansfield College Oxford. There are several photographs and paintings of him in the National Portrait Gallery London. He was a prolific author of  religious books, as well as on the history of the college.

Joseph and Mary's grandson was Sir Joseph Herbert Thompson, a Colonialist and Journalist whose photographic portrait is held in the National Portrait Gallery in London. He died in Buckinghamshire in 1984.


Link to GEDCOM file for descendants of George & Sarah Alsop




BUCK Here resteth the body of Eliza daughter of William and Betty BUCK departed this life January 18 1795 aged 18 years and 1 month

William Buck (born Gargrave, Yorkshire in 1755) married Elizabeth Bulcock (born 1795) in Burnley in 1780.

William Buck's mother was Elizabeth Taylor (1730-1766) who was descended from the Redmaynes of Westmorland & Levens. The Redmaynes once owned Harewood Castle in Yorkshire. Henry VIII's sixth wife, Katherine Parr has ancestry linked to the Redmaynes of Westmorland.

Sarah Buck (nee Lane) remarried in New York in 1851 to Thomas Kay (1821-1895) of England.

Grand-daughter Hannah Elizabeth Buck (1829-1896) moved to America with her mother Sarah (1820-1896) after the death of her father John Buck (1810-1846). 

Hannah Buck married John Marshall Cookson (1848-1936) in Arkansas, USA. The extensive Cookson and Hudson Families in America are all related to William & Elizabeth Buck.

Great-grandfather Abraham Buck was born in Stoke by Nayland in Suffolk in 1664 and married Mary Garland in 1687. 

Grand-daughter Elizabeth Buck married Reuben Wodus Smith (1812-1883) in Manchester.

Elizabeth & Reubens' great-grandson James Cargill Smith was born in Chorlton in 1911 and died aged 74. His mother Isabella Penny Cargill was from Arbroath in Scotland and her father was a ship builder.

Their other great-grandson Norman Fielding (1904-1979) married Nellie Cass (1903-1988) and they are both buried in Richmond-upon-Thames in Surrey.


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CLARKSON Here resteth the body of Matthew CLARKSON who departed this life Augst 4th 1798 aged 46 years. In health in strength and prime of life I did arise by day, But by the evening being time My life was called away. also Hannah his wife departed this life Feby 1st 1807 aged 47 years Elizth daur of Matthew & Hannah CLARKSON died Decr 25th 1797 aged 2 years & 6 months Matthew their son died May 27th 1798 aged 14 weeks also William CORFIELD, their son - -in-law, who departed this life Decr 4th 1840 aged 51 years also Ann wife of William CORFIELD who departed this life November 22nd 1847 aged 56 years


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Link to GEDCOM file for descendants of William & Ann Corfield



COWLESHAW Here resteth the body of Thomas son of Joseph and Elizth COWLESHAW died Sepr the 13th 1791 aged 1 year also Barbara Ann their daur died Novr 3rd 1794 aged 3 years Elizth their daur died July 3rd 1795 aged 1 year

Joseph Cowlishaw (born in Ashley, Northants in 1760) married Elizabeth Wright in Manchester Cathedral in 1790.

Joseph's mother Barbara Clay was a descendent of Sir John Claye (b.1440) who was knighted by Edward IV, during the War of the Roses after the Battle of Tewksbury in 1471.

Sir John Thomas Claye III was a Welsh Coal Magnate and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I. His son John was a Captain of the Grenadiers and travelled to Virginia, USA in 1613 on a ship called The Treasurer.

The Treasurer returned to the UK in 1616 carrying native-american Pocahontas and her husband John Rolfe to London where she was paraded as an example of a "civilised savage."

There a still numerous descendants of the Clay family in America today.

One of those descendants was Senator Henry Clay who lost Presidential campaigns in 1824, 1832 & 1844. Henry's Great Grandson was Thomas Clay McDowell, a Racehorse Breeder who won the 1902 Kentucky Derby with Alan-a-Dale.

Another was anti-slavery politician Cassius Marcellus Clay whose name (descendant of African-American slaves) Herman H. Clay would bestow upon his own son in 1912 in tribute. His son Cassius Clay Jr (b.1942) would later convert to Islam and change his name to Muhammad Ali- arguably the greatest heavyweight boxer of all-time. 

Cassius' Daughter was Democrat Politician and Suffragette Laura Clay who founded the Kentucky Equal Rights Association. She was the first woman to have her name put forward for US presidential nomination. 

Joseph Cowleshaw's father was Reverend John Cowlishaw who studied Theology at Brasenose College Oxford in 1734. He was appointed Rector of Ashley Church in Northamptonshire in 1746.

Joseph & Elizabeth's son John lived in Buxton, Derbyshire according to the 1871 Census and was the landlord of the Old Sun Inn in the town; a pub still in existence today.

Their grandson Augustus Cowlishaw served in the Royal Navy and was based on HMS Monarch in Portsmouth at the time of the 1881 Census.

Granddaughter Margaret Cowlishaw married James Fairbotham in Manchester in 1835 and was a Milliner according to the 1861 Census.

Their Great-great granddaughter Edna May Cowlishaw married Frank Sidderley in 1935. Frank was killed in Greece whilst serving in the Royal Navy during World War Two in 1944.  Edna died in Stockport in 2004.


Link to GEDCOM file for descendants of Jospeh & Elizabeth Cowlishaw  



LEADENHAM In memory of Joseph LEADENHAM who died April 20th 1806 aged 40 years Francis son of Jos & Fanny LEADENHAM died Febr 1795 aged 17 months


Link to GEDCOM file for descendants of Joseph & Fanny Leadenham 



PORTER In memory of Prudence daugr of Peter & Hannah PORTER died Decr 1795 aged 14 months


Peter and Hannah Porter buried their daughter Prudence in St. Michael's Churchyard, Manchester .

Together they had six children- Percival, Priscilla, Prudence, James, Miles and Elizabeth. 

Peter worked as a Bread Baker in Manchester.

He was born in Astbury Cheshire in 1769 and died in Bury in 1825. 

His grandfather was John Porter, who married Mary Wilkinson in a chapel at Sutton Hall, Macclesfield in 1740.

Peter married Hannah Gill (from Derbyshire) at Manchester Cathedral in 1793.

Peter's brother James' grandson William (1831-1903) migrated to America in 1858, where descendants still live. FOAM were contacted by William's great grandson having learnt about our project and added to the research.

Their daughter Priscilla had three children by two separate partners, John Higginbottom and John Cribbs. Her ancestors can be traced to Bury in North Manchester working primarily in the cotton weaving industries according to available censuses.

Son Percival Porter (born 1799) was a block printer. He and his wife Ellen (nee Varley) had seven children. They too moved from Manchester to Bury, with later descendants migrating to the Burnley area. 

Percival and Ellen's daughter Mary married Charles Brierley from Bury.

Peter and Hannah Porter's Great-great Grandson, Levi Brierley was killed in action at the WWI Battle of the Somme in 1916. He is buried in Sucriere Military Cemetery at Collinscamp, France.

Levi and his wife Priscilla had six children, the last of which died in Preston in 2002. Family members can be traced to the Preston and Fylde area.


 Link to GEDCOM file for descendants of Peter & Hannah Porter



RANDLES   Here resteth the body of George RANDLES who died June 15th 1793 aged 44 years Elizabeth wife of Ralph KENT died April 27th 1823 aged 67 yrs. Also Willm son of Geo & Elizh RANDLES who died Octr 22nd 1795 aged 5 years and 8 mons also Willm son of Jas & Sophia SCRAGG who died March 17th 1806 aged 1 year and 8 mons also James SCRAGG who died 23rd Feby 1842 aged 66 years also Sophia his wife who died 4th Feby 1830 aged 47 years also Hannah their daughter who died 19th Octr 1828 aged 12 years.

After George Randle's death in 1793, Elizabeth remarried Ralph Kent at Manchester Cathedral in 1803. 

George is believed to have been born in Chester in 1749 and married Elizabeth Bowers in 1778 in Worcester.

Sophia was married to James Scragg at Manchester Cathedral in 1803. They had six children including Hannah, William and Mary who are also buried within St. Michael's Churchyard. 

Another daughter Mary married Timothy Mason in Manchester Cathedral in 1831. Timothy died in Aston, Birmingham in 1865. According to the 1861 Census Timothy was a Coach Maker.

Other occupations according to the censuses revealed amongst descendants of George & Elizabeth Randles were Carters, Electro-platers, Shipping Warehousemen, Hydraulic Packers, Railway Navvies and general labourers. 

Mary & Timothy's daughter Alice married Abraham Braeley in Warwickshire in 1861 and produced eight children.

One descendant of was Ignatius Charles Braelee (Brearley) (1894-1978) who was an archbishop of the breakaway Old Holy Catholic Church in Sheffield. 

His son Stanley Braelee was killed in action during WWII and is recorded on the War Memorial in Groesbeek, Netherlands.

Another descendant of Abraham & Alice was John Vyse Braeley who served with the Gloucestershire Regiment, Royal Army Service Corps during WWI. 

There are a significant number of Braeley/Bralee/Brearley descendants still connected to the Birmingham Area.

George & Elizabeth's son James married Lucy McClay in Manchester Cathedral in 1855 and had four children.

Great-great-great granddaughter Hilda Scragg married John Shorrocks. She died in Trafford in 2002.


Link to GEDCOM file for descendants of George & Elizabeth Randles  



THORNHILL In memory of John the son of Randle and Elizabeth THORNHILL who died 26th April 1840 aged 4 years and 5 months also Joseph THORNHILL who died January 22nd 1846 aged 2 years also Randle THORNHILL who died February 14th 1852 aged 20 years. No.153

Randle Thornhill (1805-1858) married Elizabeth Todd (1800-1876) in Chester in 1826.

Randle was a Silk & Calico Dresser and Elizabeth was a Draper.

Son James Thornhill (1830-1873) was a verger at Manchester Cathedral.

Grandson Randle Thornhill (1866-1905) was a Professor of Music in Manchester.

Great-nephew Sir Thomas Thornhill Shann (1826-1923) was Lord Mayor of Manchester between 1903 and 1905 and is buried at Willow Grove Cemetery in Reddish. Recognition of his service as mayor can be found on ceremonial boards in Manchester Cathedral.

Several antecedents named Randle & Thomas Thornhill recorded in Malpas, Cheshire with the earliest dying in 1663.

Great-great niece Clara Agnes Shann married William Dewar Hoy, son of Sir James Hoy- Lord Mayor of Manchester in 1901/02.

Great-great grandson William Randle Griffiths was born in Manchester (1904) and died in Bury aged 80.

Great-great-great nephew Phillip Thornhill Shann was born in Heaton Chapel 1907 and died in Stockport aged 75.

Grand-daughter Ethel Thornhill married photographer Harold Handsley Knowles before settling in Lytham. There is still family in the Blackpool & Fylde area.


Link to GEDCOM file for descendants of Randle & Elizabeth Thornhill 



WOODHEAD Sacred to the memory of Thomas son of Joshua and Elizabeth WOODHEAD of Manchester who departed this life Sepr 6th 1840 in the 23rd year of his age also Elizabeth their daughter who departed this life April 5th 1846 in the 15th year of her age. No. 107

Joshua Woodhead (1796-1871) married Elizabeth Burrows (1791-1870) in Burnley in 1817.

Joshua was a Butcher by trade according to the 1841 Census.

Great grandsons Cyril Samuel Woodhead and Eric James Woodhead died during WWI in Gallipoli and France, respectively.

Grandson Garside Woodhead (1850-1917) was followed by Great-great grandson Garside Woodhead (1902-1983) in Oldham.

Grandson Daniel Barrington died from pneumonia shortly after arriving to start a new life in Queensland, Australia in 1888.

Joshua Woodhead is descended from Michael Woodhead (1620) who was born in Colne, Lancashire. Subsequent generations moved into Manchester via Rochdale and Todmorden.

Grand-daughter Mary Jane Woodhead (1847-1941) moved to New Jersey in America and married Isaac Hand Garrabrant (1841-1912) in 1872.

Isaac Hand Garrabrant became a Fire Fighter but also served in the American Civil War (1861-1865) and collected a war pension.

Descendants of Mary Jane and Isaac Garrabrant still remain in the New Jersey area today.

Great-grandson Robert Woodhead Stuart was born in Newton Heath in 1893 and died in Prestwich aged 83.


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ZUILL   In memory Robert son of James & Marrion ZUILL, Print Cutter, who died Octr 6th 1806 aged 22 years also Robert son of John & Ann ZUILL who died March 2nd 1807 aged 11 weeks also Marrion wife of Alexander ARMOUR & daughr of James & Marrion ZUILL who died Feby 16th 1811 aged 35 years

Surprisingly the name Zuill is an English surname. It is of early medieval origins, and derives from the 12th century word "yule", meaning Christmastide, but ultimately from the pre 7th century "geol" and the Norse-Viking "jol". The surname would have been given as a nickname to someone who was born on Christmas Day.

We have traced our Angel Meadow Zuill's back to Scotland where they become Yules. In the modern idiom the surname has many spellings including Yol, Yole, Youle, Youll, Yoell, Youhill, Youell, Yuille and others.

James and Marrion Zuill (nee Renwick or Rhenick) were both born in Scotland in the 1740s. Marrion was from Glasgow but met and married James in Kilsyth - 10 miles north of Glasgow.

They had 8 children that we know of, most of whom were born in Kilsyth. It is unknown why and when they arrived in Manchester but they were certainly established in Manchester when their son Robert died aged 22 and was buried in St Michael's.

James was a print cutter so may have moved south to work in the local mills.

The second Robert mentioned on the grave died in infancy and was a nephew of Robert above.

John and Ann Zuill had 7 children. John was an engraver and died aged 83 in the workhouse.

Their daughter, Marion, married a Charles Sankey. They had 8 children of whom 2 died in infancy, 5 emigrated to Australia and New Zealand and only 1 remained in the area, eventually moving to Stockport.

After Marion's husband died in 1863 she moved to Widnes and then New Zealand. She died aged 91 in Waitaki, Otago, New Zealand.

Marrion Zuill was born on 15 October 1775 in Kilsyth. It is unknown when she married Alexander or whether they had any children before she died aged 35.


Link to GEDCOM file for descendants of James & Marion Zuill


DICKSON   In memory of Alexander DICKSON, Joiner who died Jan 10th 1806 aged 35 years also Mary daur of Henderson & Sarah ZUILL who died March 21st 1812 aged 15 years

Unsurprisingly the Zuill mentioned on this stone is a relation to the other Zuill's of Angel Meadow.

Henderson Zuill was born in January 1771 in Kilsyth in Scotland and is the son of James and Marrion Zuill mentioned above.

He married a Sarah Booth at what is now Manchester Cathedral in 1796 and had 6 children. Unfortunately at least 3 of these children died under the age of 16 and Sarah herself died aged only 45.

Their son Joseph married Ann and had a son, Henderson, who was born in 1830. However, the 1891 shows Joseph as a widower and living in the workhouse.

The link to Alexander Dickson is unclear but it is possible he was the husband of Ann Zuill born around 1804 as they would have been of similar ages.

The only other daughter surviving into adulthood was Agnes who married Richard Haslam in 1889 when she was "of full age" i.e. over 21 year old.


Link to GEDCOM file for descendants of Henderson & Sarah Zuill

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