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John Joseph Bramah

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John Joseph Braham (c1798-1846), nephew of Joseph Bramah, latterly of Ashdown House, Kingswinford.

c.1798 Born son of Edward Bramah (baptized 1751), a younger brother of Joseph Bramah.

1832 Bramah left the partnership of Bramah and Sons of Pimlico

Bramah gathered together a huge business in railway plant at Pimlico based on his uncle's business, with the help of George and Robert Stephenson.

1833-6 Insured (Sun Fire): John Joseph Braham, iron founder, Belgrave St, Pimlico; also 4 Eccleston Place, Pimlico [1].

Bramah transferred the business to Smethwick as the London Works[2].

1838 He started a small iron foundry at Bilston in conjunction with Alexander Brodie Cochrane

1839 Resident in Lower Belgrave Place, London[3]

1839 Took Charles Fox into partnership as Bramah, Fox and Co at Smethwick

1840 Mr. Bramah started the Woodside Ironworks near Dudley with Alexander Brodie Cochrane and Cochrane's father, Alexander Brodie Cochrane (1786-1853).

1842 John Joseph Bramah retired from the partnership with Charles Fox and John Henderson, under the firm of Bramah, Fox, and Co. at the London Works, Harborne, near Birmingham, Engineers and Machinists; Charles Fox and John Henderson carried on the business as Fox, Henderson, and Co.[4]

1844 Mr J. Joseph Bramah, Ironmaster of Dudley, was a member of the committee of management of the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway [5].

1844 Bramah purchased share in the Broomfield (Bloomfield?) ironworks, at which point the name of the partnership became Bramah, Barrows, and Hall.

1845 Bramah of Ashwood House purchased Horseley Ironworks and will put them into full operation, according to the Wolverhampton Chronicle [6].

1846 September 13th. Death of Mr John Joseph Braham, an extensive ironmaster and celebrated engineer, at Ashwood House, Kingswinford in his 48th year [7].

Messrs Barrows and Hall purchased his share in the partnership Bramah, Barrows, and Hall from his estate.

Notes by FB 2014/04/09

I have been researching the Bramah family because I believe that there is a link between my own Robey ancestors and the Bramahs and Diplocks. With the help of David O'Flaherty and Robert Linford, I have recently uncovered the genealogy of John Joseph Bramah, as the son of Edward Bramah (born 1751) and Wilhelmina Sayers (born c.1768). He was baptized at St George's Hanover Square on 18 May 1798. His sister Esther Frances Bramah was baptized two years earlier on 13 March 1796, and it was her two children, Thomas Bramah Diplock and Samuel Robey Diplock, who were adopted by John Joseph and his wife Martha after the untimely death of Esther and her husband William Diplock in 1831.

Edward Bramah (baptized 1751) was the younger brother of Joseph Bramah (baptized 1748) the other celebrated engineer and inventor in the Bramah family, and thus John Joseph Bramah was indeed a nephew of Joseph Bramah. It should be noted that various members of the family spelled their surname Brammer, Bramma as well as the more usual Bramah.

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Sources of Information

  1. National Archives
  2. Glasgow Herald 25 October 1862
  3. London, England, Electoral Registers
  4. London Gazette 15 July 1842
  5. Bristol Mercury 19 October 1844
  6. The Standard 5 December 1845
  7. Berrow's Worcester Journal 24 September 1846