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Joseph J. Seekings

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c.1839 Born in Birmingham, the son of a grocer

1861 Manager of a cotton mill

1862 George Edward Belliss and Joseph J. Seekings went into partnership as Belliss and Seekings.

1866 J J Seekings retired from the business, which was renamed G. E. Belliss and Co[1].

Mr Seekings subsequently moved to Gloucester, where he presumably went into business as Seekings and Ellery and later established J. J. Seekings and Co.

1885 As President of the Gloucester Liberal Two Hundred, J J Seekings led the dissolution of that body on grounds of principle that paid agents were barred from employment by candidates for Parliament, and that this rule applied to associations as well as individuals[2]

1889 W. Sisson and Co acquired Seekings' engineering works

1894 J. J. Seekings was appointed a county magistrate by the Lord Chancellor but refused to pay the fees, about which opinions differed[3]

1899 Seekings died, after which land he owned on corner of Hagley Road and Ladywood Road was sold; banks were constructed on the site[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Daily Post, 19 April 1866
  2. The Times, Oct 15, 1885
  3. The Times, Apr 04, 1894
  4. Birmingham Daily Post, 18 January 1900
  • 1841, 1861 census
  • BMD