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John Bell (1832- )

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c.1832 Born in Salford

1841 Elizabeth Bell 56, lived in Salford with Ann Bell 25, Mary Ann Bell 15, John Bell 9[1]

1851 Merchant clerk, visiting Frances Baldwin 79, annuitant, in Marylebone, with Thos B Baldwin 40, and Frances' son-in-law Peter Bell 53 and daughter Lucy Bell 50, John Bell 19[2]

1861 Ship insurance broker, lived in Hampstead with his son Francis Corbett Bell 1 and in-laws[3]

c.1879 Introduced asbestos rope for packing of joints[4]

c.1880 after the formation of the United Asbestos Co, John Bell acquired samples of asbestos; he then sought advice from a Lancashire cotton spinner and weaver, Samuel Turner, who entered an agreement to supply woven asbestos to John Bell[5], which subsequently became John Bell and Son

1881 Asbestos manufacturer, lived in Lewisham with Sarah C. Bell 42, Francis C. Bell 21, clerk, Herbert A. Bell 19, clerk, Cristina M. Bell 17, Charles S. Bell 6[6]

1883 of the Turin Asbestos Co

1885 Bell's weaving and rope making factory was at Southwark-street, London S.E

1888 Bell's Asbestos Co was incorporated as a Limited Company to carry on the business of asbestos mine owners and manufacturers of John Bell and Son, manufacturers of asbestos in all the forms used in steam engines and electric machines, together with freehold deposits of asbestos in the province of Quebec, Canada.

1891 Retired asbestos manufacturer, lived in Cranley, Surrey with Sarah C Bell 52, Cristina M Bell, 26, Charles S Bell 16, Maud F Bell 4, Dorothy Bell 4[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1861 census
  4. The Engineer 1885
  5. The Times, 7 December 1928
  6. 1881 census
  7. 1891 census