John Garland was the son of William Garland and was born on 17 December 1794. He was baptised on 15 February 1795 at St Peter’s Church in Leeds and the baptismal record shows that the family were living on Union Street.
John married Mary Chapman at All Saints Church in Harewood just outside Leeds. They had the following children:
The baptism records show that the family were living on Call Lane in Leeds and that William was working as a “Brick Layer”.
John was described as a widower when he married Margaret Ryder Shillito on 14 November 1839 at St Peter’s Church in Leeds. I have been unable to find any details about Mary’s death. The marriage certificate shows that John was still working as a builder but was living on Cobourg Street (demolished to build the Merion Centre and other buildings). Margaret was a spinster, the daughter of William Shillito, “Grazier”, and she lived on “Upperhead Row”.
The 1841 Census shows that John and Margaret were living on Cobourg Street with Henry, Harriet, Robert and William. Daughter, Harriet, died in 1842 aged 19 – they were still living on Cobourg Street.
By 1851, John, Margaret and Henry had moved to Town Street in Chapel Allerton. John was now 56 years old and was still described as a builder.
Margaret died on 8 October 1860, possibly in Scarborough, though she was still living in Chapel Allerton. She was buried on 11 October in St Matthew’s graveyard.
The 1861 Census records that John was still living on Town Street and was a retired builder. His sister-in-law, Sarah Ackroyd (nee Shillito) was staying with him along with his grandson, William H Smeeton.
John died on 23 May 1869 and was buried on 26 May 1869 along with his wife in St Matthew’s graveyard.
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MARGARET RYDER GARLAND
WIFE OF JOHN GARLAND OF POTTERNEWTON
WHO DIED OCTOBER 8TH 1860 AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE NAMED
WHO DIED MAY 23RD 1869
AGED 74 YEARS
GARLAND John. 9 August. The Will of John Garland late of Potternewton in the Parish of Leeds in the County of York Gentleman deceased who died 23 May 1869 at Potternewton aforesaid was proved at Wakefield by the oaths of Henry Garland of Leeds aforesaid Manufacturing Chemist and Robert Chapman Garland of Leeds aforesaid Builder the Sons the Executors.
Effects under £4,000.