The Lilley Family

Luke Lilley married Mary Maria Jackson
13 August 1848
All Saints Birmingham

1851
Census 2 House 3 Court Russell Street Birmingham
Luke Lilley aged 22 cooper born Birmingham
Mary Maria Lilley age 23 spectacle glazier, glass born Birmingham
Rosina Lilley age 12 months born Birmingham

This firm started out as a coopers business at 155 Summer Lane 1863 making barrels.
They then turned their hand to case making, a natural progression in the timber trade.
The man who started this firm was Mr Luke Lilley. they moved premises a few times but kept to Summer Lane.

1864 Mr Luke Lilley and John Tyler were working at 179 Summer Lane coopering and case making.

1867, Mrs Sara Brown news vendor and a William Jeffery blacksmith were living at 152 Summer Lane, The Old Asylum.
1875 the firm became known as M.M.Lilley still coopering and case making and were at 195 Summer Lane.
1884, 1886 and 1890 they had dropped the coopering and where box making Still at 195 Summer Lane.

Luke Lilley must have died some time before 1881 for his wife was now running the business. She then called the firm M. M. Lilley's; using the initials of her Christian names (Mary Maria) for the firm's title.
Mr Newby must have taken the firm over, buying her out or marrying in to the firm, more research will reveal the unfolding story.

1881 census.

180 Summer Lane, Asylum

BR. No 4. BR. No 5. BR No 3.
1&2 Asylum Road asylum store rooms.
3&4 Asylum Road asylum store rooms.
Dwelling: 195 Summer Lane Census Place: Birmingham, Warwick, England

Mary M. LILLY W 53 F Birmingham, Warwick, England
Relationship: Head
Alfred L. LILLY U 27 M Birmingham, Warwick, England
Relationship: Son
Occupation: (Packing Case & Cask Maker Employing 5 Men & 1 Boy) (case makers)
James MILLER U 16 M Birmingham, Warwick, England Relationship Border Occupation Packing Case Maker
Lucy E. SIMMONS U 22 F Birmingham, Warwick, England
Relationship Servant Occupation: Domestic Servant

Initials denote status of occupants: W - Widower, M - Married,  M - Male, U- unmarried. F - female.