Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,101 pages of information and 233,633 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

William Brown

From Graces Guide

Jump to: navigation, search

William H. Brown (c1830- ) of Brown and May.

c1830 Born at Winterbourns Monkton, Wiltshire

1854 Founding partner of Brown and May

1861 Living at Fortuneswell, Portland (age 31 born Winterbourns Monkton, Wiltshire), Engineer at Iron Founder. With wife Ellen (age 25 born Reading) and daughter Catherine (age 1) and Annie E. Philbrick (age 15 born Reading) plus a nursemaid. [1] Note: Philbrick is the maiden name of the wife of his partner Charles Neale May and both (and his wife Ellen) are from Reading

1861-c1907 Lived at Brow Cottage, Devizes

1863 Mayor of Devizes

1871 Living at London Road, St. James, (Devizes) Wiltshire (age 41 born Winterbourns Monkton, Wiltshire), Mechanical Engineer and Ironfounder employing 110 men and (?) boys. With wife Ellen (age 35 born Reading) and children John P. (age 5), William Henry (age 3), Charles Edgell (age 1) and Jessie Philbrick (age 23 born Reading), his sister-in-law. Four servants. [2]

1881 Living at Browfort House, Devizes (age 51 born Winterbourns Monkton, Wiltshire), Mayor and J.P. of Devizes. Engineer and Ironfounder employing 230 men and boys. With wife Ellen (age 45 born Reading) and children Katherine (age 21), Alice (age 19), Jessie E. (age 17), Thomas O. (age 7), Amy E. (age 6). Three servants. [3]

1891 Living at Browfort House, Devizes (age 61 born Winterbourns Monkton, Wiltshire), Portable Steam Engine Maker. With wife Ellen (age 55 born Reading) and children John P. (age 25), Steam Dairy Proprietor and George C. (age 19), Agricultural Student. Two servants. [4]

1901 Living at Church House, Potterne, Wiltshire (age 71 born Winterbourns Monkton, Wiltshire), Agricultural Engineer (Retired). With wife Ellen (age 65 born Reading) and children William H. (age 33), Tobacco Works Manager, Maude E. (age 27), daughter-in-law and Michael (age 1), his grandson. Three servants. [5]


  • Katherine 1860
  • Alice 1862
  • Jessie E. 1864
  • John P. 1866
  • William Henry 1868
  • Charles Edgell 1870
  • George C. 1872
  • Thomas O. 1874
  • Amy E. 1875

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1861 Census
  2. 1871 Census
  3. 1881 Census
  4. 1881 Census
  5. 1901 Census