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Daniel Spill

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Daniel Spill (1832-1887) of the Xylonite Co

1832 Born in Winterbourne, Glos., the son of Daniel Spill and his wife Prudence.[1]

1853 Living in Bristol[2]

His brother, George Spill, had a rubber factory in Hackney (George Spill and Co).

1866 Works manager of Parkesine Co, making the first plastic (Parkesine, known as Celluloid in USA).

1868 The Parkesine Co closed

1869 Spill formed the Xylonite Co. Ltd in the same premises that had been used by Parkesine Co.

1871 Living at 12 Hackney Terrace, Hackney: Daniel Spill (age 39 born Bristol), Xylonite Manufacturer employing 20 men. With his wife Sarah Spill (age 37 born London) and their daughter Laura Sarah Spill (age 18 born Bristol). One servant.[3]

1874 Xylonite Co was liquidated

Set up Daniel Spill and Co which became British Xylonite Co in 1877.

Started a legal battle with the Celluloid Manufacturing Co. of New Jersey, USA.

1881 Daniel Spill 49, retired manufacturer, lived in West Ham, with Sarah Spill 47, Laura Spill 28, George Spill 29[4]

1887 June 20th. Died, of Clyde House, Victoria Road, Upton, Essex, a mechanician. Probate to his widow Sarah.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. Based on the birth of his daughter
  3. 1871 Census
  4. 1881 census
  • Archives of the British chemical industry, 1750-1914: a handlist. By Peter J. T. Morris and Colin A. Russell. Edited by John Graham Smith. 1988.