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The Band of Hope Casket, No.13: Grace abounding to the chief of sinners; or the true history of Job Morley, commonly called "Blackball", pigeon merchant, Sheffield

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Title:The Band of Hope Casket, No.13: Grace abounding to the chief of sinners; or the true history of Job Morley, commonly called "Blackball", pigeon merchant, Sheffield
Location:Sheffield_Park
Date:1872
Date Period:1851-1899
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Job Morley was born in 1819 at Shelley Bank Bottom near Huddersfield, to Thomas and Ruth Morley.  His early childhood was described as 'mischievous.'  After joining the Royal Fusiliers in Leeds and being sent to Ireland he married a local woman.  Deserting from the army he returned to England and led a life on the run.  After the death of his child in Leeds he eventually came to live at Sheffield where he was involved in 'swindling and gambling.'  He sold pigeons, fowls, canaries, larks, throstles, guinea pigs, rabbits, parrots, squirrels, dogs, ferrets, white mice, rats and monkeys.  No doubt a colourful character, he was once witnessed jumping on the back of a dancing bear at Sheffield Park in front of a large crowd.

He lived at Low Street, Park.

Morley signed the pledge at a temperance meeting in Sheffield and later became a Christian at a meeting at Hanover Chapel.

 

Original at Sheffield Local Studies Library: local pamphlets vol. 129 (042 S)

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