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John Kenyon Blackwell

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John Kenyon Blackwell (1812-1869)

1812 Born at Worcester the son of John Blackwell and his wife Elizabeth Holden

1843 Partnership dissolved: John Kenyon Blackwell, Samuel Holden Blackwell, and John Jones the younger, Dudley, Worcestershire, iron and coal masters (so far as regards John Jones the younger). [1]

1847 Partnership dissolved: John Kenyon Blackwell, John Jones, jnr., and Thomas Oakes, Kingswinford and Dudley, iron masters (so far as regards John Blackwell) [2]

Note: the Blackwell brothers were owners of the Russells Hall Ironworks, Dudley

Concern about explosions in mines led to the appointment of a committee to inquire and to apply to Parliament if necessary, to appoint scientific men to inspect the pits from time to time. J. Kenyon Blackwell of Dudley was one of the first four inspectors to be appointed, in 1850. He had previously been commissioned to report on the ventilation of the mines in South Staffordshire, Lancashire and South Wales by Sir George Grey.[3]

1852 John Kenyon Blackwell left the Partnership with Edward Bagnall Dimmack, John Thompson, Joseph Firmstone, as Coal and Iron Masters, at Pontypool, in the county of Monmouth, as The Pontypool Iron Company.[4].

1867 Mentions 'John Kenyon Blackwell, of the city of Paris, in the Empire of France' concerning the state of 'John Howard Blackwell, formerly of No. 3, Eastbourne-terrace, but late of No. 75, Jermyn-street, in the county of Middlesex, Mining Engineer, deceased (who died on the 12th day of February, 1866' [5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Globe, 2 August 1843
  2. Globe, 14 August 1847
  3. [1] Black Country Living Museum - Accident Investigators“The Part Played by the Black Country in the Establishment of the Mines and Quarries Inspectorate” by George Price, 1988
  4. London Gazette 16 March 1852
  5. The London Gazette Publication date:8 October 1869 Issue:23544 Page:5474