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Matthew Gray (b.1821)

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Matthew Gray (c1821-1901)

1835-41 Apprentice to Tod and Higinbotham, mechanical engineers, of Glasgow

Employed by the Commercial Steam Navigation Co, London

Constructed water wheels and flour mills in USA and Canada for Tod and Higinbotham

1856-63 Partner in the Dalmarnock Co, calico printers, Dumbarton

1861 Living at Salmonach House, Bonhill, Dumbartonshire: Matthew Gray (age 40 born Stonehouse, Lanarkshire), Calico Printer Master Employing 390 Men 280 Women 136 Boys 70 Labs. With his wife Agnes Gray (age 38 born Glasgow) and their six children; Robert K. Gray (age 9); Matthew Gray (age 6); John K. Gray (age 5); Bethia K. Gray (age 3); Christian M. Gray (age 2) and William E. Gray (age 9 months). Three servants.[1]

1863 Partner in the Lancefield Forge, Glasgow

1865 General manager of India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Co, London, where he supervised the construction of the works and the manufacture of numerous cables for the West India and Panama Telegraph Co and the International Ocean Telegraph Co and supervised the construction and laying of cables for the Direct Spanish Telegraph Co and the French government.

1870 Member of the Inst Mech Engineers

1871 Matthew Gray 50, manager of telegraph works, lived in Greenwich with Agnes Gray 45, Robert K Gray 19, electrician, Mathew Gray 16, John K Gray 15, Bettina A Gray 13, Christian H Gray 12, William E Gray 10[2]

1872 Member of Society of Telegraph Engineers

1875 of Abbey Wood, Kent; became an Associate Member of Inst Civil Engineers

1901 Matthew Gray 80, retired civil and mechanical engineer, lived in Erith with Robt K Gray 49, civil, mechanical and electrical engineer, director of public companies, Bertha A Gray 43[3]

1900 Managing Director I. R. G. P. Co

1901 Died in Abbey Wood[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 Census
  2. 1871 census
  3. 1901 census
  4. National probate calendar