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Thomas Robinson (1814-1901)

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c.1814 Born in Heaton Morris, Lancashire[1]

1841 Thomas Robinson 25, blacksmith, lived in St Helen, Prescot, Lancs, with Elizabeth Robinson 25, Charles Robinson 3 Mo[2]

1841 perhaps founded Widnes Foundry Co

1851 Thomas Robinson 35, iron and brass founder, employing 115 men and boys, lived in Parr, Lancs, with Elizabeth Robinson 36, Charles Robinson 10, Susanna Robinson 6, Elizabeth Robinson 2, Samuel Robinson 1[3]

1859 of St Helens, patent on steam hammers[4]

1873 Established Atlas Chemical Co with James Hargreaves

1881 Iron Founder, employing 163 Men and 38 Boys (Manufacturing), lived in Widnes with Elizabeth Mary Robinson 43, Thomas Robinson 26, John Robinson 24, Isaiah Robinson 2[5]

c.1888 member of Hargreaves and Robinson of Widnes

1888 A director of the Atlas Chemical Co, the Liver Alkali Works and the British Patent Portland Cement Co Ltd[6]

1901 Thomas Robinson 86, iron founder, employer, lived in Widnes with his wife Elizth M Robinson 63 and son Josiah Robinson 22[7]

1901 Died in Widnes[8]. Executors were Charles Robinson, engineer, Joseph Robinson, chemical manufacturer, Samuel Robinson, iron founder, John Robinson, chemical manufacturer[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. 1841 census
  3. 1851 census
  4. The Engineer 1860
  5. 1881 census
  6. Birmingham Daily Post, 28 September 1888
  7. 1901 census
  8. BMD
  9. National Probate calendar