Born at Newton Heath into a deaf family; admitted in 1852 to the Manchester Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, though he also took some classes at the adjacent Blind Asylum. Trained in basketmaking, he began in that trade while living with his parents, but financial problems in his family put him in the "workhouse" (asylum for the poor). Died from an illness and was buried in the Sheffield general cemetery.
Deaf Lives, p.87-88; Touch, Touch, and Touch Again, p. 54-56.
1844-28 February 1879