Edward Simpson Croasdell and Eliza Turner

Edward Simpson Croasdell was born on 30 April 1830 according to the baptism register of Dunmow Congregational Church where he was baptised as the son of Edward and Thirza Simpson some time in 1830 - no exact date is given and the entry is written, squashed in, at the bottom of the page in different handwriting from other entries. The baptism was confirmed and registered as Edward son of Edward and Thirza Simpson Croasdale sometime in the 1840s. Edward appears on the census in 1841 at Dunmow and in 1851 at Moss Side, Ulverston with the rest of the family. He also moved with them to Manchester and is found with his mother and brother Henry in 1861 at 22 & 24 River Street, Hulme. Edward's occupation is a General Broker and his mother is described as "housekeeper for son Edward". There is also a 12 year old house servant. Five years later Edward, aged 36, married Eliza Turner on 28 June 1866 at the Cathedral Parish Church. Eliza was born in Finchin(g)field Essex, daughter of Charles Turner, a carrier. Edward gave his name as Edward Simpson Croasdell and described his father, with the same name, as a Gentleman. Finchingfield is not far from Great Dunmow and its possible the couple knew each other through family contacts from earlier days, although Eliza wasn't born until about 1842/3 and was 12 years younger than her husband

Edward and Eliza had 6 children -but the middle two died young. No research has yet been done on church records to discover baptisms, marriages or burials and information on births, deaths and marriages comes from certificates, General Registration Indexes, censuses and probate documents.


In 1871 Edward and Eliza were living at 1 Upper Jackson Street with their first two children and a lady named Matilda Cox who is described as Edward's mother-in-law, aged 65 and born in London. Presumably she married again after the death of Eliza's father. In 1881 Matilda, now seen with the name Coe, is head of the household at 61 Embden Street, Chorlton on Medlock and is described as a Licensed Broker born in Whitechapel, London. Her daughter Eliza Croasdell and her 4 surviving children, Matilda's grandchildren are with her. Eliza is also a Licensed Broker and is described as married, but there is no sign of Edward and he has not been discovered anywhere else on the 1881 census index. The family have not been found so far in 1891 (except for Edward Charles) but by 1901 Eliza was a widow living at Elswick, Newcastle-on-Tyne with her daughter Thirza and son Arthur. Edward junior and his family were in Eccles and Albert was in Leicester. Most of the family seem to have been involved in the original Edward Simpson Croasdell's line of business - the boot and shoe trade, although in different capacities.

Edward died in 1890 in Prestwich Registration District and Eliza in 1903 in the Newcastle-on Tyne area. Eliza used the middle initial S in later years, presumably standing for Simpson.

This family seem to have been particularly keen to preserve the Simpson element of the name.