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James Holcroft

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of Brierley Hill

1817 Born in Dudley, Worcs./Kingswinford, Staffs

1841 Living by himself[1]

1851 Living in Kingswinford, iron master employing 50 men[2]

1852 Joined I Mech E, of Shut End Iron Works, near Dudley

1861 Coal and iron master and magistrate, living in Kingswinford with his sister Mary Holcroft 39, and brother Charles Holcroft, 29, a coal master[3]

1868 of Norton, near Stourbridge

1870 With his brother Thomas he took over the Bovereux Furnaces of Tame Iron Co, where they smelted a brand of South Staffordshire mine iron.

1872 of Portfield Ironworks, Tipton

1881 Coal and Iron master, and JP[4], living in Upper Swinford with his sister Mary, 58[5]

1885 of Red Hill House, Stourbridge

1887 Resigned from I Mech E

1891 Coal and iron master, living in Upper Swinford with his sister Mary[6]

1894 Died in Stourbridge[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1861 census
  4. 1881 census
  5. 1881 census
  6. 1891 census
  7. BMD