The information on Samuel Lord in America's Successful Men of Affairs:
An Encyclopedia of Contemporaneous Biography (New York: New York
Tribune, 1895), vol. 1, p. 403:
"Dry goods merchant, born in Yorkshire, England, died at his home,
Ashton-on-Mersey, Cheshire, England, May 23, 1889, in his 86th year.
The youngest of five children, he was left an orphan while young. He
served an apprenticeship in the trade of iron moulder, rising to be
master of the craft. In 1824 [sic] he came to New York and engaged in
the dry goods business, and in 1826 was joined by his young wife and
child, whom he had left in England. His wife's cousin, George W.
Taylor, entered the business with him in 1834 under the firm name of
Lord Taylor, but withdrew in 1845, and was jucceeded by James S.
Taylor, Mrs. Lord's brother. They continued in business in Catherine
street until 1854, when they moved to the corner of Grand and Chrystie
streets, and in 1860, established a second store on Broadway at the
corner of Grand Street, later removing the later to the corner of
Braodway and 20th street, the present location of the up-town store.
Mr. Lord retired in 1862, making his home thereafter at Ashton,
Cheshire, England. He was a special partner in several firms. He never
forgot those who helped him in his early struggles. His two sons, G.W.
Taylor Lord and Samuel Lord, Jr., succeeded him in the firm."
Using the above information, I found that his obituary was published in
the New York Times. I also found that his son Samuel's obituary was
published Nov. 9, 1895 (page 2, column 2) and stories on his will were
published in the Times on Jan. 11, 1896 (page 2, column 7) and Feb. 5,
1896 (page 5, column 3).
If I were you, I would get the New York Times for May 1889 to look at
the death notice and I also would get the other newspapers published in
New York City in May 1889 to see what they said about him. All
microfilmed newspapers (listed at www.nysl.nysed.gov/nysnp
) held at the
New York State Library are available to you at your public library
through interlibrary loan.
Next, I would get the federal census for 1830, 1840, 1850 and 1860 to
see what information you can gather from those sources. I also would
go to cyndislist.com which is the mega-database for doing genealogical
research. Also check out the New York State Library's Genealogy pages
Samuel Lord and George Washington Taylor (brother in law) started Lord and Taylor in 1826.