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William Hunt (1808-1875)

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1808 Born in Droitwich

William Hunt worked for the British Alkali Works at Stoke Prior (of William Gossage).

1841 William Hunt 30, worker of chemistry, lived in Dodderhill with Mariah Hunt 30, William Hunt 10, Hanah Hunt 5, Edwin Hunt 3, Mariah Hunt 1[1]

1851 William Hunt 43, soda maker, lived in Bromsgrove with Maria Hunt 43, Susanna Hunt 16, Edwin Hunt 14, assistant to his father, James Hunt 8, Rubin Hunt 4, Thomas Hunt 2[2]

1851 Following Gossage's establishment of business at Widnes, Hunt set up his own alkali and sulphuric acid works at Wednesbury - W. Hunt and Sons of Wednesbury[3]

1860 of Wednesbury

1861 William Hunt 52, master chemist, employing 45 men and 8 boys, lived in Tipton, with Maria Hunt 53, Edwin Hunt 25, clerk in chemical works, James Hunt 19, clerk in chemical works, Susannah Hunt 27, Mary A Hunt 23, Maria Hunt 21[4]

1863 Hunt (or perhaps his son William Junior) established alkali manufacture at the Aire and Calder Chemical Works, at Castleford in Yorkshire.

1871 William Hunt 61, manufacturing chemist, lived in Castleford with Maria Hunt 61 Frederick T Hunt 21, manufacturing chemist's clerk[5]

1875 Manufacturing chemist of Castleford (previously of Oak Hill, Tipton) when he died; an executor was his son, Edwin, also a manufacturing chemist[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. 1851 census
  3. The Chemical Trade Journal and Chemical Engineer, 1918 [1]
  4. 1861 census
  5. 1861 census
  6. National probate calendar