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Matthew Smith (of Halifax)

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Matthew Smith (1819-1880), of Caledonia Wire Mills, Halifax

1819 Born in Halifax, son of Thomas and Hannah Smith; Thomas was a card maker[1]

c.1845 in Tintern, Monmouth when his daughter Hannah was born[2]

c.1847 Living in Halifax when he son George was born.

1851 Mathew Smith, 32, Wire Drawer, manager for Jeremiah Sharp, .... resides at Halifax, Yorkshire, employing 75 men in Birmingham, lived in Birmingham with Mary S Smith 32, Hannah H Smith 7, George H Smith 4, Mich H Smith 3, Fredk Smith 1, Josh E Smith 4 Mo[3]

1858 of Sharp and Brown's wire mills, Fazeley Street Mills, Birmingham, was proposed for membership of the Inst of Mech Engineers[4]

1859 Joined Inst Mech Engineers

1861 Matthew Smith 42, manager of an iron wire manufactury, lived in Edgbaston with Mary S Smith 42, Hannah H Smith 17, George H Smith 14, Michael H Smith 13, Frederick Smith 11, Lewis Smith 8, Herbert Smith 7, Mary H Smith 4[5]

1864 Returned to Halifax and joined his brother in Frederick Smith and Co.

1871 Councillor, wire manufacturer, employing 74 men and 30 boys and 9 women, lived in Halifax with Mary S Smith 52, Michael H Smith 23, commercial clerk in wire works, Frederick Smith 21, commercial clerk in wire works, Lewis Smith 18, commercial clerk in cotton spinner, Herbert Smith 17, commercial clerk in wire works, Bertha F Smith 9, Gertrude Smith 7[6]

1880 Died in Halifax[7]

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  2. Censuses
  3. 1851 census
  4. Mechanical Engineer records
  5. 1861 census
  6. 1871 census
  7. BMD