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The Memorial Stone |
The Memorial Stone of Benjamin Law, his first wife, Rachael Stubley, and his second wife, Lydia Sheard leans against the back of the Batley Parish Church. It reads"
In Memory Of
RACHAEL, wife of BENJAMIN LAW
Who died October 29, 1797 in the
28th year of her age
also SARAH, their
daughter who died in her infancy
Also the aforesaid BENJAMIN LAW
who died February 21, 1837, aged 65 years
(He was the inventor and first manufacturer
of shoddy cloth and his best monument
is the prosperity of the town where he
resided, which had been raised by the industry
he introduced from a mere hamlet to an
important manufacturing town)
Also LYDIA, second wife of the aforesaid BENJAMIN LAW who died November 28th, aged 68 years
This memorial was renewed by
CATHERINE BARRETT (?) of Salf___*
The only (survi)ving daughter of the
Aforesaid BENJAMIN LAW, August 1887
In June 2015 Allan Shaw wrote to suggest that the missing part of the word
"Salf----" is "ord'.
"This would make the word Salford and would fit in the space available on the damaged section of the stone. Salford is a district of the city of Manchester in England, noted for the working of cotton fibres into cloth."
It should also be noted that Catherine Barrett was the 10 child of Benjamin's marriage to Lydia Sheard. Catherine lived in Salford.
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