Walter Early, born in 1872 in Rotherham, is my first cousin, thrice removed and son of Priscilla Walker Berry and Jesse Early.
In 1897, in Rotherham, Walter married Lucy Helena Hutchinson and together, they issued six children.
Walter was a confectioner and had won awards for how well he had decorated his shop on Clifton Lane, Rotherham. In 1925, he is recorded as having seven shops, six of these being in Sheffield. His Rotherham shop at 25 High Street was originally the Three Cranes public house which has recently been restored to it’s former condition.
Below is Walter’s obituary.
THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, 1941
The death occurred on Sunday morning of Mr. Walter Early, of “Lynwood,” 42, Haugh Lane, Sheffield.
Mr. Early, who was a native of Rotherham, had been ill for a considerable time. He was 69 years of age. About 32 years ago he left Rotherham for Sheffield to control the business of Messrs. Dainties Ltd., confectioners. He retired about 13 years ago.
A long life Congregationalist, Mr. Early while in Rotherham was a member of the Doncaster Road Congregational Church choir. During his residence in Sheffield he attended the Endcliffe Congregational Church.
He leaves a widow and four daughters.
Prior to interment in the Moorgate Cemetery on Thursday, a service in the Doncaster Road Congregational Church was conducted by the Rev. V. E. Watson (minister).