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Samuel Pearson and Son

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of Broomfield Works, Bradford

1844 Samuel Pearson founded a small brickmaking and contracting company in Bradford

1850s George Pearson, Samuel's eldest son, was running the contracting business in Bradford

1861 George employed 32 labourers, 14 masons, 8 boys; lived at Bowling, Bradford[1]

1871 George was a builder and contractor employing 200[2]

c. 1871 George's son, Weetman Dickinson Pearson, left school at sixteen and was apprenticed to the family firm.

1877 Weetman was sent to the USA to seek new business, especially orders for the bricks, tiles, and piping whose manufacture was a major concern of the firm.

1879 Partnership dissolved, Samuel Pearson and Son, Bradford, contractors[3]

1879 Samuel retired and gave his share in the firm to Weetman, who became the sole partner of his father, George Pearson (1834-1899). Presumably at this point or so after the company became S. Pearson and Son

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. 1871 census
  3. The Huddersfield Daily Chronicle, August 11, 1879