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William Henry Dorman

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c.1834 Born in Stafford

1860s living in Sweden

1870 Started in business in Stafford

1871 William H Dorman, 37, civil engineer, living in Stone, with his wife Eliza Dorman 40, children George E Dorman 6, John E. Dorman 5, Catherine S Dorman 4, Mabel W Dorman 2, Jane S Dorman 1, Lucy M Dorman 3 Months[1]

1875 Went into partnership as Dorman and Walker

1881 William H. Dorman 47, Engineer Civil & Mechanical, Employing 100 Men, lived in Stafford with Eliza Dorman 51, George E. Dorman 16, engineer's apprentice, John E. Dorman 15, Katherine S. Dorman 14, Mabel W. Dorman 12, Jane S. Dorman 11, Lucy M. Dorman 10[2]

1882 Formation of W. H. Dorman and Co

1891 William H Dorman age 57, engineer in shoe and knitting machinery, living in Stafford with his wife Elisa 61, and children Mabel W Dorman 22, Jane S Dorman 21, Lucy M Dorman 20[3]

1895-1900 More than 50 patents concerning machinery for making boots and shoes, some of which were acquired by British United Shoe Machinery Co[4]

Post-1900 Several more patents for shoe making machinery in conjunction with W. H. Dorman and Co

1908 Patent for improvement in printing machinery

1911 William H Dorman, widower, a general engineer and employer, was living in Stafford with his daughter Katherine Lingwood (nee Dorman) and grand-daughter[5]

1911 Walter Haddon and Ivor L. James became joint managing directors of W. H. Dorman and Co[6]

1914 of Cookley, Worcester, patent for improvement in motor cars

1926 Died Stafford[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 census
  2. 1881 census
  3. 1891 census
  4. The Times, Jul 19, 1906
  5. 1911 census
  6. The Times, May 09, 1921
  7. National Probate Calendar