Sunday, January 07, 2007

"Erected by the Birkenhead Improvement Commissioners. In Memory of their old and faithful Servant James Dennis Died 1863, Aged 70 years. During 37 years he served at Woodside Ferry, he saved 27 persons from Drowning and was rewarded by the Royal Humane Society with their Silver Medal."

According to the 1851 Census (HO107/2175 folio: 209 page: 58) James Dennis is living in Chapel Street, Birkenhead with his wife Margaret (aged 52 born in Barnston Cheshire) and his children Mary (age 11 born Birkenhead) and Thomas (age 9 born Birkenhead) James was 58 listed as Mariner born Liverpool, Lancashire.

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