On 22nd December 1853, George Gooding married Ann Lord at the Parish Church, Rochdale, Lancashire. He was a widower aged twenty four years and she was one year younger.
Only two years earlier George had been living with his parents in Suffolk where he was a carpenter and his father was a bricklayer. How he came to be living over 200 miles north is a mystery.
After their wedding George and Ann lived at her home town of Spotland, Lancashire and George continued his trade working as a joiner.
They had two daughters: Minnie born in 1865 and Emma Jane born in 1871.
In the 1870s they moved to Newchurch, Lancashire and as well as working as a joiner, George set up a refreshment house. This was successful and he gave up joinery and employed two young women to work as waitresses in his refreshment house. When she was old enough Emma Jane worked as a waitress there as well and the establishment became known as a Coffee House.
Later on in life George changed careers again and became an insurance agent. He died in 1913 and left £167 (over £16,000 in today's money) to his daughter Emma Jane and her husband.
George Gooding was my great-great grandfather. A few years ago I was asked by my aunt and uncle to take charge of a wooden cabinet which had been passed on to them by their father. He had been given the cabinet by his mother (Emma Jane Gooding) who had been given it by her father (George Gooding). The cabinet has an inlay of marquetry (small pieces of wood) on the top which are quite nicely done but not perfect; you can see some of the lines drawn to guide the cabinet maker. I think this piece might have been made by George when he was an apprentice and learning the skills of joinery and cabinet making: if so he would have probably made it in the 1840s so I guess it now qualifies as being an antique!