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Thomas De La Rue

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Thomas De La Rue (1793-1866) of Thomas De La Rue and Co

1793 March 24th. Born in born in La Forêt, Guernsey.

1803 Apprenticed to the master printer Joseph Antoine Chevalier at St Peter Port in Guernsey.

c1808 Joined Tom Greenslade of Bishop's Nympton in Devon

1814 March 21st. Married Jane Warren (1789–1858) of Bishop's Nympton.

1815 Birth of son Warren de la Rue (1815–1889) at St Peter Port.

Set up business in Finsbury Square manufacturing straw hats

Birth of son William Frederick

Later in business with Samuel Cornish and William Frederick Rock, calling themselves ‘Cardmakers, Hot Pressers and Enamellers’.

1835 The business moved to 110 Bunhill Row in the City, with the family living next door at number 108

1851 Living at 84 Westbourne Terrace, Paddington (age 58 born Guernsey), Manufacturer. With his wife Jane (age 59 born Bishop's Nympton, Devon). Also his daughter Mary (age 21 born Finsbury) and her husband John Williams. Plus five servant. [1]

1858 His wife, Jane, died; some months later he married a young Swedish woman, Alice Marie André

1861 Living at The Hazells Mansion, Sandy, Bedfordshire (age 66 born Guernsey), a retired manufacturer. With his wife Marie (age 26 born Friburg, Duchy of Baden). With nine visitors and thirteen servants. [2]

1866 June 7th. Died at his residence 84 Westbourne Terrace, Hyde Park, London aged 73. [3]

1867 November 7th. His widow Marie married to Richard Temple Rennie, a Barrister. [4]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. 1861 Census
  3. The Morning Post, Friday, June 08, 1866
  4. The Pall Mall Gazette, Saturday, November 9, 1867