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William James Lister (c1843-1903) of W. J. Lister and Sons
c1843 Born at Dursley the son of George Lister
1851 Living at The Rivers, Uley Road, Dursley: George Lister (age 54 born Liversedge, Yorkshire), Tanner and Wire Card Maker employing 51 men, 5 women and 6 boys - and a Widower. With his children Mary Lister (age 20 born Dursley); Helen Lister (age 16 born Dursley); William Lister (age 8 born Dursley); Ashton Lister (age 6 born Dursley); Emma Lister (age 4 born Dursley); and Henry Lester (age 2 born Dursley). Four servants on one child. 
1861 Living at River, Uley Road, Dursley: George Lister (age 64 born Hightown, Yorkshire), Tanner, Currier and Machine Maker employing 39 men and 5 boys - and a Widower. With his children William J. Lister (age 18 born Dursley), Mechanic; Emma L. Lister (age 16 born Dursley); and Thomas H. Lister (age 12 born Dursley). One servant.
c1868-1870 In New Zealand
1888 Receives a bequest of £33,782 from his uncle Thomas William Richards
1891 Living at Rivers Mill, Dursley: William J. Lister (age 48 born Dursley), Woollen Machine Maker, Tanner and Employer. With his wife Catherine Lister (age 47 born Cape Breton Island, Canada) and their children; Louisa M. Lister (age 23 born New Zealand); Catherine Lister (age 21 born New Zealand); George Lister (age 18 born Dursley), Woollen Machine Maker, Tanner and Employer; and Ernest A. J. Lister (age 13 born Dursley).
1901 Living at Rivers Lodge, Dursley: William J. Lister (age 58 born Dursley), Mechanical Engineer and Employer. With his wife Catherine Lister (age 57 born Nova Scotia) and their children Catherine Lister (age 30 born New Zealand) and James Fraser Lister (age 25 born Dursley), Electrical Engineer and Employer. One servant.