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Jeremiah Colman

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Jeremiah Colman (1777-1851).

Jeremiah Colman (1777-1851) of J. and J. Colman, an English miller who founded Colman's Mustard, a business which merged into the conglomerate Reckitt and Colman, now represented by Reckitt Benckiser.

1777 Born in Norfolk the son of Robert Colman (1749-1807) and his wife Mary Harmer.

Trained as a miller, Jeremiah Colman managed a mill at Bawburgh before buying his own mill at Pockthorpe in 1803.

1802 Married in Norwich to Ann Theobold - no children

1814 Bought the mustard business of Edward Ames and moved it to a mill at Stoke Holy Cross where he started crushing mustard seed.

1823 Having no children of his own, he went into partnership with his nephew James Colman.

By 1829 the company was selling mustard in London.

1845 Elected Sheriff of Norwich

1846 Mayor of Norwich.

1851 Living at Newmarket Road, Norwich: Jeremiah Colman (age 73 born Norwich), Mustard Manufacturer. With his wife Ann Colman (age 73 born Topcroft, Norfolk). Three servants.[1]

1851 December 3rd. Died at his house in Newmarket Road,aged 74.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census