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Thomas Melling (2)

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Thomas Melling (c1816- ) of Rainhill Iron Works

ca.1816 Born at Bolton the son of John Melling

1839 First Locomotive Superintendent of the Grand Junction Railway workshops in Liverpool.

1840 He was succeeded by William Buddicom.

1851 Living at St. Helens Road, Rainhill: John Melling (age 69 born Haigh Park, Lancs), Engineer, Iron and Brass Founder employing 20 hands. With his wife Alice Melling (age 73 born Kirkham in Hyde, Lancs) and their son Thomas Melling (age 32 born Smethellshell, Lancs), Engineer, Iron and Brass Founder.[1]

1861 Living at Rainhill Iron Works, St Helens Road, Prescot: Thomas Melling (age 41 born Bolton), Engineer employing 20 men and 13 boys. Unmarried with 2 servants.[2]

1868 Married at Blackburn to Mary Ellen Bevan

1870 Thomas Melling states 'I am an ironfounder in Rainhill and have been so for many years. In 1840 I acquired the property which I have there now and established my iron works. In 1856 I commenced the manufacture of gas....I supplied the railway company and the church and schools...I now supply nearly all the house in Rainhill...I have laid down three miles of water pipes...[3]

1871 Living at Garston, Lancs; Thomas Melling (age 55 born Bolton), an Engineer. With his wife Mary E. Melling (age 35 born St. Helens) and their daughter Gertrude (age 10 months born Prescot). Also his sister-in-law. Three servants.[4]

1881 Living at 2 Grassendale Park, Garston: Thomas Melling (age 64 born Bolton Le Moor), a Gas and Water Engineer. With his wife Mary E. Melling (age 45 born St Helens) and their five children. Also his sister-in-law and four servants and a visitor.[5]

1891 Living at 21 Welbeck Road, Birkdale, Lancs.: Thomas Melling (age 73 born Halwell), Retired Steam Engine Maker. With his wife Mary E. Melling (age 56 born St. Helens) and their five children. Also his SIL Ann Bevan.[6]

1901 Mary E. Melling is a Widow and living with two children.[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. 1861 Census
  3. Liverpool Courier and Commercial Advertiser - Friday 11 March 1870
  4. 1871 Census
  5. 1881 Census
  6. 1891 Census
  7. 1901 Census