Our Heritage: 1840
By 1840 John had become a very wealthy and influential man, owning a sizeable fleet and a thriving metals business. However tragedy struck, when he was attacked and brutally murdered on the 19th July 1840. John was found by a local farmer near Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, face down in a pond. He was just 65.
The case of this murder has never been closed, and still sits in the archives of the Merseyside Police. John's death left his sons with a prosperous business and together John and James took the helm of the Bibby Line.