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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.
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.
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.
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.'