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Thomas Forknall (1843-1935)

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Thomas Forknall (c1843-1935) of T. Forknall and Son

c1843 Born at Longlawford, Warks., the son of Thomas Forknall and his wife Elizabeth Flowers

1870 Sale of property. 'SALE THIS DAY, To Engineers, Machinists, and Others.— 18, Belgrave-gate Leicester. A FOUR-HOB3E POWER VERTICAL ENGINE and 4-horse power Cornish boiler, with, steam gauge, water and fittings,complete; an excellent screw cutting gap lathe, 6 1/2-inch centres, 10 feet bed, with 2 face plates, 1 chuck plate, 19 change wheels, ete.; drilling machine, hand drilling machine, 2 pairs of large iron vice, anvil and block, forge as fixed, pair of bellows, work bench, sets of stocks and ties, patent gas tongs, shafting and pulleys, boring bars, turning tools, drills, rose bits, wrenches, force pump, split-lift machine, flowering press, sewing machine, sewing machine stands, and other trade effects, the property of Mr. Thomas Forknall, Engineer Machinist, WILL BE SOLD AT AUCTION, By H. and F. TARRATT, This day, Friday, the 18th day of November, 1870, at Eleven prompt, on premises, in Yard, 18, Belgrave-gate, Leicester, under and by virtue of a Bill of Sale. Also, will be sold in the Afternoon of the same lay, at Three o'clock punctually, the HOUSEHOLD FURNTTURE, Shop Fixtures, &c, on the premises, 79, Church-gate, Leicester.'[1]

1880 Patent (US). Thomas Forknall of New York - Improvement in Printing-Presses

1880 Living in New York: Thomas Forknall (age 34 born England), Machinist. With his wife Sarah A. Forknall (age 30 born England) and their three children; Horace Forknall (age 5 born new York), Eva Forknall (age 3 born New York); and Thomas Forknall age 10 months born New York). [2]

1884 Patent (US). Thomas Forknall of Manchester - Improvements in Printing Presses

1885 Patent (US). James Edward Solofield Thornhill of Beswick, near Manchester, in the county of Lancaster, England, engineer, Thomas Forknall, of Fairfield, near Manchester, in the county aforesaid, engineer, and Edward Thronhill,, of Ardwick, near Manchester, in the county aforesaid, overlooker, have invented certain new and useful improvements in mounting the wheels of railway-carriages and tram-cars,and in the axles of such railway-carriages and tramcars.

1899 Listed as Thomas Forknall, printers' engineer and machinist, Blake St; h. Stoughton Road. [3]

1901 Living at The Beeches, Leicester: Thomas Forknall (age 58 born Longlawford), Printers Engineer and Employer. With his wife Sarah Ann Forknall (age 45 born Leicester) and their son John Herbert Forknall (age 15 born Manchester), Engineers Clerk. One visitor.[4]

1903 Listed as Thomas Forknall, Engineer, 51 1/2 Blake Street, Leicester.[5]

1911 Listed as Thomas Forknall, Printers' engineer, 51 1/2 Blake Street, Leicester; ; h. Stoughton Road.[6]

1911 Living at Stoughton Road, Leicester: Thomas Forknall (age 68 born Long Lawford, Warks.), Engineer and Employer. With his wife Sarah Ann Forknall (age 63 born Leicester). Married 43 years with seven children of whom three are still living.[7]

1916 Listed as Thomas Forknall, Printers' engineer, 51 1/2 Blake Street, Leicester; h. Stoughton Road.[8]

1935 November 18th. Died.

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Sources of Information

  1. Leicester Journal - Friday 18 November 1870
  2. 1880 US Census
  3. 1899 Wright's Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland
  4. 1901 Census
  5. 1903 Wright's Directory of Leicester
  6. 1911 Wright's Directory of Leicester
  7. 1911 Census
  8. 1916 Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland