John Taylor Lytle

John Taylor Lytle  (1866 – 1944)

John was born slightly deaf, and had a coal merchant’s business in Liverpool. He was married to Margaret Ross and had three children.

In the 1881 Census, John Taylor Lytle is a boy of 14, living with his foster parents above the greengrocer’s shop at 71 Robson Street, Everton, Liverpool. He is listed as ‘shopboy greengrocer’.

When he got back to Britain from his travels in America, he seems to have returned to the greengrocery business.

In the 1891 Census, John Taylor appears as a visitor to his uncle and aunt, Joseph and Mary Taylor. Joseph was the younger brother of Alice Lytle. But by 1901 John was recorded at his home address and business: 71 Robson Street, living with the Scantleburys again. He is 34, still single and listed as ‘assistant green grocer shop’.

However, by the 1911 Census, John Taylor was 44 and married to Margaret, aged 27. They were living at 50 Herschell St, Everton, Liverpool. He had become a coal dealer. Margaret’s mother, Ann Margaret Ross, a widow, was living with them. They had three children: Margaret Alice born in 1911, Daniel Leslie born in 1912 and John Taylor born in 1916.

This son John, was partially sighted since birth, and was sent to a special school and then worked at the Blind Workshops. By the time he was in his 60’s he lived with his daughter and son-in-law at Childwall.

In the 1939 Register, John is still listed as a coal retailer, and living at 50 Herschell Street, Liverpool, with his daughter, Margaret Alice, who was 29, single and a cigar roller.