Emma b.1842


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Emma Bonson (1842-1888)

Emma Jane Ann Bonson, daughter of Abraham Bonson and Emma Radford, was born on 26 Nov 1842 in 1 Margaret Place, Lower Bland Street, Newington, Southwark, was christened in 1843 in St Brides Church, Fleet Street, London, died on 2 May 1888 in Tyldesley, Lancashire, at age 45, and was buried in Altrincham, Cheshire. 

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From Family Bible;

Emma Jane Ann Bonson born November 26th 1842, 10 minutes before 11 at night. Registered at Newington. Christened at St Brides, Fleet Street, City 1843





She moved to Altrincham with her husband and set up a Furniture shop which was taken over by her younger brother Godfrey Bonson, a former apprentice of theirs, in 1879.

Emma married John Halloran in 1865. 

John was born in Ireland in about 1842 and he married Emma Jane Bonson in the December quarter of 1865 in London. He was a self made man of some standing and lived in Tyldesley from an early date. 

About 1870 they moved to Altrincham in Cheshire where they set up a furniture upholstery business and raised a family of 9 children.

1907 George St


In the 1881 Census the family is living at 50 George Street, Altrincham Cheshire. Their son William was born in about 1867 in Newington, London but their next son William was born a year later in Manchester. The third son and all of the other children had been born in Altrincham, beginning in 1870 indicating that this is when they had come to the town.






Census 1881 50 George Street, Altrincham, Cheshire

  • John HALLORAN Head 39 Ireland Cabinet Maker 2 Servers 2 Men 2 Boys    
  • Emma J. A. HALLORAN Wife 38 Newington, Surrey Cabinet Makers Wife    
  • John R. HALLORAN Son 14 Newington, Surrey Cabinet Makers Son    
  • William T. HALLORAN Son 13 Manchester, Lancashire Scholar    
  • Henry HALLORAN Son 11 Altrincham, Cheshire Scholar    
  • Arthur HALLORAN Son 10 Altrincham, Cheshire Scholar    
  • Charles HALLORAN Son 8 Altrincham, Cheshire Scholar    
  • George HALLORAN Son 6 Altrincham, Cheshire Scholar    
  • Eliza HALLORAN Daur 2 Altrincham, Cheshire       
  • Mary HALLORAN Daur 7 m Altrincham, Cheshire    

Unfortunately Emma Jane died comparatively young on 2nd May 1888 aged 45 at Tyldesley in Lancashire leaving a large young family

Emma’s death was registered at the Leigh District office and she was then taken to Altrincham for burial with her mother and children. Administration of her effects was under 100 and was granted to her husband John Halloran of Tyldesley, cabinet maker.

John married again quickly in 1889 to Mary.  In the 1891 census only Henry appears - the rest of the family has disappeared suggesting that perhaps they might have gone back to Ireland or even emigrated to another part of the world.

He must have returned, he died on the 19th May 1928 at a ripe old age of 86 at Tyldesley.

Children from this marriage were:

  • i. John Richard Halloran was born in 1866 in Lower Bland Street, Newington, Southwark, London and was christened on 2 Jun 1867 in Holy Trinity Church, Newington. 
  • ii. William Thomas Halloran was born in 1868 in Manchester. 
  • iii. Henry Halloran was born in 1870 in Altrincham, Cheshire.  In 1891 he was a Grocers assistant living in Barlow Street, Bradford, Manchester. He was lodging with a retired dressmaker called Rose Collier from Drogheda and her family.
  • iv. Arthur Halloran was born in 1871 in Altrincham, Cheshire. 
  • v. Charles Godfrey Halloran was born in 1874 and died in 1906 in Prestwick Lunatic Asylum, Lancashire, at age 32. 
  • vi. George Halloran was born in 1875 in Altrincham, Cheshire. 
  • vii. Eliza Halloran was born in 1879 in Altrincham, Cheshire. 
  • viii. Mary Halloran was born in 1880 in Altrincham, Cheshire. 


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