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William Jones (1800-1884)

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William Jones (1800-1884) of William Jones and Sons

1884 Obituary.[1]

It is with regret that we record the death of Mr. Jones, which took place at his residence at Penketh, where he had resided for the last 22 years, on Saturday morning. Mr. Jones, who was 84 years of age, had been confined to his house for over twelve months previous to his decease, which is attributed entirely to old age. His remains were interred in the Warrington Cemetery on Tuesday, the funeral arrangements being entrusted to Messrs. Garnett and Sons.

Mr. Jones was a native of Shropshire, being born at Dawley Green in 1800. He commenced work in the collieries there at the early age of nine, but eventually apprenticed himself as a smith at the Horseheys Ironworks, Salop.

He first came to Warrington in 1822, and immediately found employment under the late Mr. William Whitley, at the Bridge Foundry, Mersey-street, on the site of which Messrs. Roberts, Dale, and Co.'s chemical works now stand. While with this firm Mr. Jones superintended the building of a number of boats for the Old Quay Canal Co., and also the building of "The Warrington," the largest steamer which had been seen at Warrington at that time. The launching of this boat caused a great sensation in the town, considerable difficulty being experienced in getting her to leave the stays.

Shortly after this, in 1840, Mr. Jones commenced business with Mr. John Rylands as partner, at the present works, Bewsey Mill foundry, as boiler makers, etc. Mr. Rylands withdrawing from the business in the course of a few years. Mr. Jones was the inventor of several improvements in boilers, engines, and soap makers plant; the most important being the use of vertical tubes in horizontal steam boilers, which are now so general, the first boiler of this description being mode for Mr. Thomas Eskrigge, the Hope Mills, Dallamlane.

The deceased gentleman was a Liberal in politics, and in that interest served as a Councillor for the North-West Ward from 1853 to 1850, when he retired. In him the Wesleyans have lost an old friend, he having been identified with that denomination for over 50 years.

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  1. Runcorn Examiner - Saturday 31 May 1884