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Joseph Tangye

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Joseph Tangye (1826-1902) of Tangyes

1826 Born the son of Joseph Tangye (1798-1854) in Ilogan, Cornwall

c.1850 Joseph, with his brother James, both mechanical experts, for William Brunton, Junior, engineer to the West Cornwall Railway and proprietor of the W. Brunton and Co safety-fuse works. They later made a hydraulic press, which favourably impressed Brunel, engineer of the railway.

1851 Working for William Brunton, Junior, living in Redruth with his parents Joseph Tangye 52, retired grocer, Ann Tangye 50, James Tangye 25, engineer, Joseph Tangye 24, engineer, Ann Tangye 20, Edward Tangye 18, farmer, George Tangye 15, Sarah Tangye 6[1].

James and Joseph followed their younger brothers Richard and George to Birmingham.

James Tangye set up as a machine tool manufacturer.

1858 January: Richard Tangye went into business with his brother James , in what ultimately developed into Tangye's Cornwall Works, at Birmingham. They were soon joined by their brother Joseph and George.

1859 Joseph married Jane Angove in Redruth[2]

1861 Living at Alston, Lady Wood, Birmingham (age 34 born Illogan), Hydraulic Machinist. With his wife Jane (age 30 born Redruth) and their daughter Annie Jane (age 3 months). Also one lodger and a servant. [3]

1865 Patent to Joseph Tangye, of the firm of Tangye, Brothers, and Price, of Birmingham, in the county of Warwick, Manufacturers, in respect of the invention of "improvements in hydraulic pulling jacks."[4]

1871 Jane Tangye died[5]

1871 Master engineer, living in Handsworth with his 4 children Anne M Tangye 10, John Tangye 6, Albert W Tangye 4, James F Tangye 2[6]

1872 Retired from the businesses


1902 Obituary.[7]



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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. BMD
  3. 1851 Census
  4. London Gazette 15 August 1865
  5. BMD
  6. 1871 census
  7. The Engineer 1902 Jan-Jun: Index: Miscellaneous
  • Biography of Sir Richard Tangye, ODNB