Joseph Daker was born about 1815 in Otley. He married Elizabeth Senton on 3 January 1836 at St Peter’s Church in Leeds. The register shows that Joseph was a Delver – probably a quarryman – and that he was probably illiterate.
Joseph and Elizabeth had at least three children:
The 1841 Census suggests that Joseph and Elizabeth were either living with, or next door, to Ann Senton (widow) and her children, Ellen and John. Joh was a delver, Elizabeth was a washerwoman (as was Ann), and they had two children, Sarah aged 4 and John aged 8 months.
By the time of the 1851 Census the family had moved to Town Street in Chapel Allerton, Joseph is described as a Stone Quarrier.
The 1861 Census suggests that the family were still living on Town Street, Joseph was a delver and Elizabeth was a laundress.
In 1864, John married and Joseph is shown as a delver.
In 1871 the census shows that Joseph and Elizabeth had moved to Henconner Lane, Joseph still worked as a delver.
Elizabeth died on 13 September 1876 and John died on 3 May 1878. They were both buried in the churchyard of St Matthew’s Church.
IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 13TH 1876
AGED 63 YEARS.
Here all her pain and suffering end
Safe on the bosom of her friend
Her Saviour and her God.
ALSO THE ABOVE NAMED
WHO DIED MAY 3RD 1878
AGED 63 YEARS
THY WILL BE DONE
ALSO JOHN DAKER
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 4TH 1899
AGED 58 YEARS.
ALSO ELIZABETH, DAUGHTER OF THE THE ABOVE
JOSEPH AND ELIZABETH DAKER
WHO DIED APRIL 6TH 1926
AGED 75 YEARS
LIFE’S RACE WELL RUN,
LIFE’S WORK WELL DONE,
LIFE’S CROWN WELL WON