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William Pursall

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William Pursall (1815-1890)

1815 March 14th. Born in Birmingham the son of William Pursall and his wife Elizabeth

1841 Tailor, living in St Phillip, Birmingham, with his wife Amelia[1]

1845 the Commissioner made a Final Order at the Newcastle-upon-Tyne District Court of Bankruptcy, in the Matter of the Petition of William Pursall, an inmate of Warwick Gaol, whose family was residing in lodgings at No. 375, in Summerlane, in Birmingham, and for twelve months immediately previously residing at Snow-hill, in Birmingham, and being a Tailor, and for five years and upwards immediately previously to the last-mentioned period residing in Cherry-street, in Birmingham, and carrying on the said business of a Tailor[2]

1851 Tailor employing 2 men, living in St Paul, Birmingham, with Amelia Pursall 30, Arthur J Pursall 7 Mo[3]

1858 Patent by William Pursall, of No. 22, Whittall street, Birmingham, in the county of Warwick, Percussion Cap Manufacturer, who has given notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in the manufacture of percussion caps."[4]

1861 Living at 45 Hampton Street, Birmingham: William Pursall (age 46 born Birmingham), Percussion Cap Maker. With his wife Amelia Pursall (age 47 born Birmingham) and their four children; William Pursall (age 19 born Birmingham), Warehouseman; Eliza Pursall (age 14 born Birmingham); James Pursall (age 10 born Birmingham); and Amelia Pursall (age 8 born Birmingham), [5]

1863 Pursall retired from his business

1881 retired manufacturer, living in Harborne with his wife[6]

1890 Died in Harborne[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. London Gazette 9 May 1845
  3. 1851 census
  4. London Gazette 16 November 1858
  5. 1861 Census
  6. 1881 census
  7. BMD