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John Smith (1800-1874)

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1800 Born in Coven

1851 John Smith 51, farmer, lived in Penkridge, with Elizabeth Smith 59, Jane Smith 25, Mary Ann Smith 25, John Smith 24, engine fitter, and visitors William Bayliss 47, chain maker and Jane Bayliss 20[1]

A Mr Smith of Coven patented use of friction straps (patent no. 1791, 1858), an idea which was used by Clayton, Shuttleworth and Co to drive the driving axle of a portable steam engine.[2]

1861 John Smith 61, lived in Coven, Staffs., farmer and machinist employing 21 men and 18 boys, Jane Smith 37, Mary Ann Smith 35, John Smith 33, engineer and steam plough maker[3]

A1862 Patent by John Smith, senior, of Coven, concerning "improvements in thrashing machines"[4]

1871 John Smith 71, farmer lived in Coven with Jane Smith 46, Mary Ann Smith 45; John Smith, engineer employing 22 men and 7 boys, was a lodger[5]

1874 September: Died in Coven

1875 His executors were John Smith, engine manufacturer, John Wright of Wolverhampton, manager of iron works, Mary Anne Smith of Coven[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. The Engineer 1862/12/12
  3. 1861 census
  4. London Gazette 23 September 1862
  5. 1871 census
  6. The London Gazette 15 January 1875