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Charles Denton Abel

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1863. Fans.

Charles Denton Abel (1831-1906), brother of Frederick Augustus Abel

of Southampton Buildings, London.

1831 Born son of John Leopold and Louisa Abel

1833 Baptised in Kennington[1]

1851 Associate of Inst of Civil Engineers[2]

1861 Charles Denton Abel, 20 Southampton Buildings, London.[3]

1861 Charles Abel 30, consulting engineer, lived in Plumstead with John L Abel 65, Louisa Abel 67, Fredricka Abel 26, Alice Abel 1 year 4 months, Frederika Abel 4 months[4]

1881 Patent for improvements in bicycles and tricycles [5]


1906 Obituary [6]

CHARLES DENTON ABEL was born in London on 18th March 1831.

At the age of fifteen he went to Nuremberg, where he attended the Gymnasium; subsequently he studied at Carlsruhe.

On his return to London in 1852 he entered Somerset House as a draughtsman, in which position he remained until 1856, when he commenced business as a consulting engineer and patent agent in partnership with Mr. Charles Cowper.

After the death of the latter, Mr. Abel was for some years in business by himself, subsequently entering into partnership in 1877 with Mr. Oliver Imray.

He was one of the founders of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents, and was a Member of the Council from its commencement in 1881 until his death, being President from 1897 to 1899.

His death took place at his residence in Blackheath, London, on 27th August 1906, at the age of seventy-five.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1861.


1906 Obituary [7]



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Sources of Information

  1. Parish Register
  2. Civil engineer lists
  3. 1861 Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  4. 1861 census
  5. Birmingham Daily Post, Friday, February 25, 1881
  6. 1906 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries
  7. Engineering 1906 Jul-Dec: Index: General Index