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William Michael Peniston

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William Michael Peniston (c1815-1869)

c1815 Born the fourth son of John Peniston

Trained under Timothy Bramah[1]

1841 Living at Bleadon, Somerset: William Peniston (age c25), Engineer.[2]

1841 November 27th. Married at Bedminster to Louisa Joanna Fisher. 'Nov. 27, at Yatton, Somerset, by the Rev. N. Wodehouse, M. A., Wm. M. Peniston, Esq., of Weston-super-Mare, to Louisa Joanna, eldest of Joseph Fisher, Esq., of Cleeve, and grand-daughter of the late James Sparrow, Esq, of Flax Bourton, the same county.'[3]

1844 Engaged by the Bridgwater Corporation to prepare plans for a horse tramway linking Bridgwater Station to riverside quays.

1845 Appointed Resident Engineer on the Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway.

1849 Birth at Yetminster of son Edwin Peniston

1852 Birth at Yetminster of son Gerald Penison

1853 Birth at Yetminster of son Herbert Peniston

1854 Bankruptcy. William Michael Peniston of Yetminster, railway contractor.[4]

c1858 Went to Brazil as Resident Engineer on the Pernambuco and San Francisco Railway until 1862.

1868 Gave evidence to a Parliamentary Commission on railways in Natal.

1869 May 28th. Died. 'On the 28th May, suddenly, at Beere, Central Provinces, India, William Michael Peniston, fourth son of the late John Peniston, of De Vaux-place, Salisbury.'[5]

Buried at Khundwah (probably now Khundwa, Mahdyar Pradesh)

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Sources of Information

  1. 1847 ICE appliaction
  2. 1841 Census
  3. Salisbury and Winchester Journal - Monday 06 December 1841
  4. The Edinburgh Gazette Publication date: 11 April 1854 Issue: 6376 Page: 296
  5. Salisbury and Winchester Journal - Saturday 13 November 1869