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Preece. Also Brooks, Thornley
My Grandfather was Francis Edwin Preece b 1889, Wales, d 1980. Buried in the St Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Swinton.

He was a brother, I think, of Emily Elizabeth (b Powys, 1886), Walter (b 1887), Hilda whose married surname became Brooks, Miriam b 1895 who married Thomas Thornley, Craven aka John (1897), Sarah or Olive (1904), Amy (1910) and Michael.

Their parents were John (1859-1927) and Bridget (1866-1945 I think) Preece nee Evans who travelled to Salford from Wales prior to Hilda's birth in 1893.

The Preece family settled in Lower Broughton at 5 Derby St., one of the streets between Duke St and Earl St.. After serving in WW1 with the Royal Engineers, Francis Edwin Preece, started up a business as a green grocer in Broughton Lane, opposite Alban St., and bought a horse and cart which he stabled in Talavera St. at the opposite end of Camp St. It was during this time that he met his wife Ann Jane Martin nee Mason. Ann was the widow of Samuel Gromshaw Mason with two young children, a daughter Rhoda (1907-1995) who married Arthur Tomkinson and a son, John Mason (1910-2005). They married in January 1920 and combined their businesses at the Strong Street shop. Frank and Ann Jane went on to have two further children, Francis Douglas Preece (1921) and Irene who married Jim Crowe.

Any family links would be treasured.

With Thanks,
Lorraine (NZ)

Posted: 2014
Salford, Lancashire


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