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William Firth (of Leeds)

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of Burley Wood House, Leeds (1872)

1810 William Briggs Firth was born in Leeds, son of Mary Firth[1]

1841 Samuel, son of William Briggs Firth and his wife Hannah, was born in Leeds[2]

1861 William Firth 51, magistrate and alderman of Leeds, was in Torquay with Hannah Firth 52, Ellen Ware 22, Samuel Firth 20, Mary Firth 18, Wilfred Ware 9 months[3]

1861 Patent to William Firth, of Leeds, Merchant, and Robert Ridley, of Leeds Engineer, in respect of the invention of "improvements in apparatus and machinery for working coal and other mines."[4]

1861 Patent to George Edmund Donisthorpe and William Firth, oi Leeds, Merchants, and Robert Ridley, of Leeds, Engineer, in respect of the invention of "improvements inmachinery and apparatus for working coal and other mines."[5]

1863 Presumably the person who presented a paper on "On Coal Cutting by Machinery" which included information on the performance of machinery then in operation at West Ardesly Colliery, near Leeds[6]

1871 Magistrate, iron and coal master, lived in Burley, Leeds with Hannah Firth 62, his daughter Mary Sewell and granddaughter Marguette Sewell[7]

1874 Became a Member of I Mech E; director of West Ardsley Iron and Coal Co and of the Great Northern Railway

1881 Magistrate & Iron Master, widower, lived in Burley Wood[8]

1890 William Briggs Firth (b.1808) died in Scarborough[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. Parish record
  2. Parish records
  3. 1861 census
  4. The London Gazette 25 March 1862
  5. The London Gazette 25 March 1862
  6. The Engineer 1863/10/02
  7. 1871 census
  8. 1881 census
  9. BMD