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Harry Stevens

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Harry Stevens (1876-1954) M.I.Mech.E., A.M.I.A.E., Director and Works Manager, A. J. Stevens and Co. (1914), Ltd., and Stevens Brothers (Wolverhampton)

1876 Born son of Joseph Stevens.

1881 Living at Hickman Street, Willenhall: Joseph Stevens (age 27 born Wednesfield), Jobbing Smith and Press Tool Maker. With his wife Sarah Ann Stevens (age 26 born Wednesfield) and their children Lucy Stevens (age 5 born Wednesfield), Harry Stevens (age 4 born Wednesfield), and George Stevens (age 2 born Wednesfield).[1]

Self-trained in mechanical engineering using books and studying the general principles, even during school days

1893 Joined his father's business J. Stevens and Co

c.1895 Took charge of Screw and Rivet Mfg. Works

Designed and produced a number of Automatic and Semi-Automatic Screw-making Tools.

1901 Metal screw and rivet maker, employee, lived in Raby Street, Wolverhampton with Anna Stevens 20[2]

In the early days of motoring studied internal combustion engine design, as applied to motor cars, motor cycles; designed, built and rode one of the first motor cycles seen in the Midlands. Designed an internal combustion engine for a motorcycle which was manufactured by his father's company.

1904 Formed a company with his father and brothers, for the manufacture of Motor Cycles and Internal Combustion Engines - Stevens Motor Manufacturing Co

1909 Formed another Company - see AJS

1911 Harry Stevens 35, petrol motor manufacturer for motor cycles, employer, lived in Wolverhampton with Annie Stevens 31, Edna Mary Stevens 7[3]

1914 Joint Managing director when the company was incorporated as A. J. Stevens and Co. (1914), Ltd.

1919 Elected member of I Mech E.

1932 With his brothers founded Stevens Brothers (Wolverhampton)

1954 Died in Wolverhampton.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. 1901 census
  3. 1911 census
  • Mechanical engineer records