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Charles Watson

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Charles Watson (c1838-1916), head of Joseph Watson and Sons - soap manufacturer

c1838 Born the son of Joseph Watson, Senior

1861 Living at Willow Terrace Road, Leeds (age 23 born Horsforth), a Hide and Skin Broker. With his parents Joseph (age 47 born Kirkstall), a Hide and Skin Broker employing 15 men, and Hannah (age 45 born Kirkstall). Also their son George (age 21 born Kirkstall), a Hide and Skin Broker. Three servants and a visitor.

1871 Living at Woodhouse Lane, Leeds (age 32 born Kirkstall), a Hide Broker. With his parents Joseph (age 57 born Kirkstall) a Hide Broker, and Hannah (age 55 born Kirkstall). Two servants.

1881 Living at Wanstead House, Burley Road, Headingley cum Burley (age 43 born Kirkstall), a Hide Broker and Soap Manufacturer employing 50 men and 25 boys. With his wife Annie E. (age 38 born Leeds). One servant. [1]

1891 Living at 17 Burton Crescent, Headingley cum Leeds (age 53 born Kirkstall), a Soap Manufacturer. With his wife Ann E. (age 48 born Leeds). Also a visitor and two servants. [2]

1911 Living at Burton Grange, Headingley (age 73 born Kirkstall), Chairman of Messrs Jos. Watson and Sons Ltd, Soap Makers. Employer. Widower. Five servants. [3]

1916 March 31st. Died aged 78. Of Burton Grange, Headingley. Head of Joseph Watson and Sons and a member of Leeds Chamber of Commerce. [4]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. 1891 Census
  3. 1911 Census
  4. The Times, Saturday, June 10, 1916