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Albert Francis Wenger

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Albert Francis Wenger (c1840-1924), the founder of Wengers

1875 Married Harriet Cecilla Heady

1881 Living at 10 Jasper Street, Stoke-on-Trent: Albert F. Wenger (age 41 born Switzerland), Manufacturer of Potter Colours employing 6 men. With his wife Harriet Wenger (age 25 born Erith) and their three sons; Alfred Wenger (age 4 born Cobridge, Staffs.); Adolph Wenger (age 2 born Hanley, Staffs.); and Francis E. Wenger (age 10 months born Hanley, Staffs.). Two servants.[1]

1896 Partnership dissolved. '... the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned James Best and Albert Francis Wenger at Hanley in the county of Stafford and St. Enoder in the county of Cornwall in the trade or business of Clay Merchants and Mine Owners was this day dissolved by mutual consent....'[2]

1911 Living at London Road, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffs: Albert Francis Wenger (age 73 born Lausanne, Switzerland), Manufacturer of Chemicals - Employer. With his wife Harriet Wenger (age 54 born erith) and their two children Leopold Wenger (age 23 born Newcastle, Staffs.), Analytic Chemist, and Dorothy Wenger (age 16 born Newcastle, Staffs.). Married 36 years with 8 children and of whom 7 are living. Four servants.[3]

1924 February 25th. Died. 'Mr. Albert Francis Wenger, Newcastle-under-Lyme, founder and head of Messrs. Wengers, Ltd., pottery and chemical manufacturers, of Stoke-on-Trent, who died at the age of 86, left unsettled property valued at £96,964, with net personalty £93,549. He directed that two surgeons physicians of repute should make postmortem examination of his body, after cutting the veins of his arms and feet at intervals of half an hour, and that, after such post-mortem examination, these two medical men are to issue a certificate containing a full description of the cause of his death, which certificate is to be verified and countersigned by third and independent medical man, and this certificate then kept with his family records, and handed to his sons successively as an heirloom. After this he directed that his body should be burned.'[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:31 March 1896 Issue:26726 Page:2051
  3. 1911 Census
  4. Larne Times - Saturday 24 May 1924