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William Marshall

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William Marshall of William Marshall and Son

c1812 Born at Gainsborough

William Marshall was an agent for William Fairbairn and Sons

c1837 Birth of son James Marshall

c1840 Birth of son Henry Dickenson Marshall

Worked in St Petersburg for several years

1842 He branched out on his own and purchased the defunct engineering works of William Garland and Son at Back Street Foundry in Gainsborough.

1848 Company established as Britannia Ironworks

1851 Living at Back Street, Gainsborough (age 39 born Gainsborough), Millwright and Engineer. With wife Frances (age 39) and children James (age 14 born Manchester) and Henry (age 10 born Manchester). Also niece Janet Kearton (age 2 born Manchester). [1]

1857 Made his son James a partner in the firm; the company was renamed William Marshall and Son.

1861 His other son Henry became a partner in the business, which later became Marshall, Sons and Co

1861 Living at Trinity Street, Gainsborough (age 48 born Gainsborough), Master Engineer employing 21 men and 10 boys. With son James Marshall (age 24 born Stalybridge), Engineer. One servant. [2]

1861 Died

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. 1861 Census