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Matthew Wells

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Matthew Wells (c1836-1907) of Matthew Wells and Co

1860 Established oil business in Manchester.

1869 Matthew Wells, of Hardman-street, in the city of Manchester, Oil Merchant, left in the office of the Chief Registrar of the Court of Bankruptcy a list of his debts and liabilities, and a statement of his property and credits, as required by the Bankruptcy Amendment Act, 1868.[1]

1871 Messrs Fairbairn and Wells patented their first screw thread-forming machine.

1871 Living at 49 Craven Lane, Newton, Manchester: Matthew Wells (age 35 born Ireland), Oil Merchant and Drysalter. With his wife Mary Wells (age 32 born Ireland) and their four children; Jane Wells (age 9 born Ireland); Matthew H. Wells (age 4 born Dirley, Ches.); Lutton W. Wells (age 1 born Newton); and Caroline Wells (age 4 months born Newton). One servant.[2]

1901 Living at Broomfield Road, Sale: Matthew Wells (age 65 born Ireland), Oil Merchant Colour - Employer. With his wife Helen Wells (age 49 born Hull) and his daughter Emma Wells (age 29 born Newton Heath). Two servants.[3]

1907 Died. 'Mr. Matthew Wells, late of Broomfield, Wardle road. Sale, has died at Marple. Mr. Wells, who was for six years - from 1894 to 1900 - Liberal representative of St. John's Ward in the Manchester City Council.'[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. London Gazette 29 Oct 1869
  2. 1871 Census
  3. 1901 Census
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Friday 20 September 1907