John James Rayner, born 22nd August 1823, Halifax Yorkshire. Son of Rachel and John Rayner, linen draper.
In October 1849 John married Ellen Walker, postmistress of Fleetwood, and eldest daughter of the late Thomas Walker, chemist and druggist, Poulton-le-Fylde.
In 1851 John James Rayner is living at the premises of his brother-in-law, Joseph Walker, Druggist and Grocer,
Market Place, Poulton Le Fylde, Fylde, Lancashire. John’s trade is recorded and tailor and draper.
In December 1851 Rayner is declared bankrupt.
At some date before 1864 Rayner re-establishes a drapery / outfitting business at 64 Regent Road, Bootle; this time he is successful.
Ellen and John James Rayner had eleven children. Four sons joined the company: William Henry Rayner, Charles Herbert Rayner, Frank Walker Rayner and John James Rayner (Jnr).
The sons carried on running the company after John James Rayner (Snr) died in 1894.
The entry in the 1911 Gore’s Directory of Liverpool for the company is given as:
[Regent Road] 51,52,53,54 & 55, Rayner J.J. & Sons, merchant tailors, naval outfitters and general contractors. Telegrams “Outfits, L’pool” Telephone 5323 (Central)
In August 1914 the Company merged with two others, Miller & Sons and G. Haysom Ltd., forming a new company, Miller, Rayner and Haysom Ltd.