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John Matthew Habershon (1824 - 1894) -- First Mayor of Rotherham

Biographical notes:  "Alderman and JP. He was educated at Brampton School, together with his brother Samuel.  At an early age he left school and entered his father's Iron-works at the Holmes.  Upon the retirement of his father in 1851, he became the acting manager of the business.  Besides being senior partner in his firm, he was also a director of the Kelham Rolling Mills, Sheffield; of the Gawn Cae-Gurwen colliery, South Wales; and of the Masboro' Foundry Company.  Like his predecessors, he was a worshipper at the Masboro' Independent Chapel, and a thorough Nonconformist.  He was elected deacon on 15 January 1858 and a trustee in 1865.  He was a liberal in politics; a warm admirer of Mr. W.E.Gladstone; a believer in Home Rule for Ireland; and a vice president of the Rotherham Liberal Association.  Having taken an active part in the various efforts to obtain the incorporation of Rotherham, upon this result being achieved, he was elected the first Mayor of the town in 1871, and re-elected for a second term of office in 1872.  He retired from the council in 1883.  Over exerting himself at his advanced age, he was seized with pericarditis and died somewhat suddenly on 4 April 1894(?).  He was buried at the General Cemetery, Rotherham; the Mayor and Corporation of Rotherham, some hundreds of his own employees, and representatives from many of the public bodies of the town and district attending at his funeral."


John Matthew's siblings:
Joseph (1822-1845 or 1849)
Samuel Osborne (1825-1889)
Elizabeth Broadhurst (1828-1910)
Sarah Ruth (1830-1848)
Ellen Smith (1833-1852)

Peter sends more facts from the 1881 Census:

Joseph Jones Habershon, age 84, was living at Holmes Villas, Kimberworth, Rotherham with his second wife Mary Ann, age 71, and his daughter Elizabeth Broadhurst, age 53, together with 3 servants.

Also living at the same address were John Matthew Habershon, age 57, with his wife Lydia, age 56, daughters Sarah, 29, Lydia Harmar,27, sons Matthew Joseph, 25,and Arthur, 23, together with 1 servant.


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