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KEARY, William - born 1815/16 (Stockton, Yorkshire) - died 1886,   Solicitor, Stoke-upon-Trent


father: Revd. H. W. Keary mother: Lucy Plumer

William KEARY

1st wife: Ann Archer
three sons:
William Plumer
Henry Mee
Charles Francis

William KEARY

2nd wife: Mary Peyton Sparkes
three daughters:

William Keary's father:
Revd. H. W. Keary was an Irishman from Tarem in County Galway. He served in the British army during the Peninsular war (1807-14) against the French. 
His personal circumstances were badly affected by land ownership problems.
He took holy orders and became the rector of Nunnington in Yorkshire.

William Keary's mother:
Lucy Plumer was daughter of Hall Plumer of Bilton Hall, Yorkshire

William KEARY:

1815/16 Born, Stockton in Yorkshire - son of Revd. H. W. Keary and Lucy ne้ Plumer.
1840 by this date William Keary had become a solicitor and was practicing in the town of Stoke-upon-Trent.
was in partnership with Frederick Tomlinson and later J. H. Sheppard (Keary and Sheppard) and Marshall (Keary and Marshall)
1840 Keary became a Stoke-upon-Trent improvement commissioner.
1841 4th March 1841 he married Ann Archer and they had three sons: William Plumer, Charles Francis and Henry Mee
1845 From 1845 he was solicitor for the North Staffordshire Railway
  William Keary was a director of the Staffordshire Potteries Waterworks Co. and also a governor of the North Staffordshire Infirmary. 
1846 W.K. was chief bailiff for Stoke-upon-Trent (also in 1858)
c.1847 William's first wife Ann died and his siter, Annie Keary, went to live with the family at the Hollies, Trent Vale to look after the three sons.
1851 White's directory records Wm Heary, solicitor as living at The Hollies, Trent Vale. The practice of Keary and Sheppard was in Brook Street, Stoke.
  Later William Keary re-married and he and his wife Mary Peyton Sparkes had three daughters: Mary, Alice and Helen.  
1858 W.K. was chief bailiff for Stoke-upon-Trent (also in 1846)
1874 Keary was the first mayor of the newly incorporated borough of Stoke-upon-Trent. 
"In 1874, Stoke-on-Trent, whose parish includes nearly the whole of the pottery district, was made a municipal borough by Royal Charter, and is now governed by a Corporation consisting of the Mayor, six Aldermen, and eighteen councillors."
1893 trade journal
1883-4 Became Conservative party agent for north-west Staffordshire.
1886 William Keary died on 23 November 1886.


The arms of the borough of Stoke-upon-Trent

The three roses in the top right quarter ['on a bend sable three roses of the field (barbed and seeded proper)'] included in the Stoke arms were taken from the arms of Adam de Keary, c.1200 of Castle Cary, Somerset. 


Brook Street, Stoke
the practice of  Keary and Sheppard was in one of these buildings


looking down Brook Street to Stoke Town hall (on Glebe Street)
which housed the 'Keary law library'


both the Town Hall and the properties in Brook Street
were designed by Henry Ward

Boothen - Stoke upon Trent
Keary Street - named after William Keary
the first mayor of the newly incorporated borough of Stoke-upon-Trent

1851 census:
Trent Vale, Stoke upon Trent
Dwelling: The Hollies


Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
William Keary Junior Wid | 34 | M Head Stockton, Yorkshire Attorney & Solicitor
William Plumer Keary 8 | M Son Stoke-upon-Trent Scholar at home
Henry Mee Keary 5 | M Son Stoke-upon-Trent Scholar at home
Charles Francis Keary 3 | M Son Stoke-upon-Trent  
The Revd William Keary M | 61 | M Father Tarem County Galmey, Ireland Rector, Nunnington, Yorkshire
Lucy Keary M | 61 | F Mother Bilton, Yorkshire, England Wife of the Revd W Keary
Annie Maria Keary U | 26 | F Sister Bilton, Yorkshire, England  
Eliza Harriet Keary U | 23 | F Sister Bilton, Yorkshire, England  
Elizabeth Wilson U | 36 | F Servant Brant Broughton, Lincolnshire Nurse
Ann Haines U | 32 | F Servant Nuneaton, Warwickshire Cook
Hannah Meakim U | 22 | F Servant Calton, Northamptonshire Housemaid
Mary Ann Wood U | 16 | F Servant Stoke on Trent Kitchen maid


1861 census:
Penkhull, Stoke on Trent
Dwelling: Stoke Villas


Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
William Keary M | 44 | M Head Stockton On The Common, Yorkshire Solicitor
Mary P Keary M | 35 | F Wife Newcastle, Staffordshire  
Mary E Keary 5 | F Daughter Stoke-on-Trent  
Alice A Keary 3 | F Daughter Stoke-on-Trent  
Helen L Keary 9mo | F Daughter Stoke-on-Trent  
Elizabeth Wilson U | 45 | F Servant Brant Broughton, Lincolnshire Nurse Domestic
Elizabeth Shufflebotham U | 40 | F Servant Newcastle, Staffordshire Cook Domestic
Maria Holden U | 21 | F Servant Coton, Staffordshire Housemaid
Sarah Warrender U | 15 | F Servant Wall Heath, Staffordshire Nursemaid Domestic

1861 census:
East Retford, Clarborough , Nottinghamshire 
Dwelling: Chapelgate


Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
William P Keary U | 18 | M Lodger Stoke-on-Trent Solicitors Articled clerk


1871 census:
Trent Vale, Stoke upon Trent
Dwelling: The Hollies


Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
William Keary M | 54 | M Head Stockton, Yorkshire Solicitor


1871 census:
Longsdon, Endon, Staffordshire
Dwelling: Lower Dunwood


Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
William Plumer Keary M | 28 | M Head Stoke-on-Trent Attorney


William Keary's sister Annie Keary (born March 3 1825, -died March 3, 1879) was an English novelist.

She was born near Wetherby, Yorkshire, the daughter of an Irish clergyman (Revd. H. W. Keary). She was the author of several children's books and novels, of which the best known is Castle Daly, an Irish story.
She also wrote an Early Egyptian History (1861) and The Nation Around (1870). She died at Eastbourne.

Other books by Annie Keary:
The Heroes Of Asgard (with her sister  Eliza KEARY) [1857]
The Rival Kings [1857]
Castle Daly [1875]
A York And A Lancaster Rose [1877]
Father Phim [1879]
Janet's Home

William Keary's sister Eliza Keary (1828, -1914) was a writer and poet.

The Heroes Of Asgard (with her sister Annie KEARY) [1857]
Little Seal-Skin.. [p|1874]
The Magic Valley [1877]


William Keary's son William Plumer Keary (born c.1843 , -died ) followed in his father footsteps and became a solicitor -

William Keary's son Charles Francis Keary (born 1848, -died 1917 Oct 25) became a Keeper at the British Museum, he wrote a number of books - some under the pseudonym of H. Ogram Matuce.
In 1894 Charles Francis Keary was awarded the medal of
The Royal Numismatic Society. The Society's Medal was instituted in 1883. It is awarded annually to 'some person highly distinguished for services to Numismatic Science'

Books by Charles Francis Keary:

The Coinages Of Western Europe.. [1878]
The Dawn Of History (ed) [1879]
Outlines Of Primitive Belief Among Indo-European Races [1882]
The Two Lancrofts [1893]
The Journalist [1898]
A Wanderer (ps: H Ogram MATUCE) [1901]
High Policy [1902]
The Posthumous Poems Of C. F. Keary [1923]


Sources: Census 1851, 1861, 1871; Encyclopaedia Britannica Eleventh Edition,   New General Catalogue of Old Books and Authors (see); The Royal Numismatic Society (see); Staffs Advertiser 27 November 1886;  People of the Potteries ISBN 0 903160 23 4