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William Wesson

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William Wesson (c1845-1929), Chairman of W. Wesson and Co

c.1845 Born in West Bromwich

c.1852 started work.

c.1874 Married Margaret[1]

1881 William Wesson, 34, a roller in an iron works was living in Darlaston with Margaret Wesson 32, William H. Wesson 6, Frederic C. Wesson 5, S. Wesson 3[2]

1891 William Wesson 46, Guide roller in ironworks, living in Bilston, with Margaret Wesson 42, William H Wesson 16, Charles Wesson 15, Alfred Wesson 13, Mary A Wesson 9, Alice E G Wesson 8, Harry G Wesson 6, Ellen H Wesson 4, Joseph S Wesson 2[3]

1901 William Wesson 56, Ironmaster and employer, living in Moxley with Margaret Wesson 54, William Henry Wesson 26, a guide roller in ironworks, Fredrick Charles 25, Alfred John Wesson 23, Margaret Ann Wesson 19, Henry Gordon Wesson 16, Joseph S Wesson 13[4]

1911 William and Margaret Wesson were on holiday in Blackpool at the time of the census[5]

1926 Mr W. Wesson, Chairman of W. Wesson and Co retired. Mr Wesson, who neared 82 in this year, started work when seven years old. His sons carried on the business.[6]

1929 William Wesson died in Wolverhampton; his executors included Joseph Sydney Wesson, company director, and Ellen Hannah Wesson[7]


1929 Obituary [8]

WILLIAM WESSON, founder of Messrs. Wesson & Co., Ltd., iron and steel manufacturers, Victoria Ironworks, Moxley, died in June 1929, in his eighty-fifth year.

At the age of seven he commenced work in a foundry at West Bromwich, and joined the Victoria Ironworks eight years later. He was subsequently engaged in the iron and steel trade in various parts of the country unti11898when he acquired the Victoria Ironworks and founded the present business. He retired from active participation in the work of the firm in 1926.

He became a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1920.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 census
  2. 1881 census
  3. 1891 census
  4. 1901 census
  5. 1911 census
  6. The Engineer 1926/03/19
  7. National Probate Calendar
  8. 1929 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries