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John Sturge

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John Sturge (1799-1840) of John and E. Sturge

1799 October 4th. John was born at Olverston in Gloucestershire, the seventh child of Joseph Sturge and his wife Mary. His brothers included Joseph Sturge, Charles Sturge and Edmund Sturge

After a Quaker schooling he was apprenticed at John Bell’s laboratory on Oxford Street in London in 1814.

He started manufacturing Verdigris and Solution of Tin for the use of dyers, in a yard at Severnside.

c1823 He moved to Birmingham and bought land between the canal and Wheeleys Road from Johnson, the glass manufacturer, for £500. His brother Edmund joined him after completing his schooling.

In 1831 John leased land across the road on which the John and E. Sturge works were later built and the manufacture of citrates, tartrates, bicarbonate of potash and precipitated chalk added to their portfolio

In 1833 he became a director of the London and Birmingham Railway

1837 He married Lucy Rebecca Wilkins, daughter of Judge Lewis Wilkins of Nova Scotia and Sarah (Creighton). Her eldest sister Isabella was the wife of William Scarth Moorsom. Lucy returned to Nova Scotia with her children Lewis and Lucy after John Sturge died. Later they lived at Rochester, Kent. She died 1860.

1840 December 29th. Died. 'Dec. 29, Lansdowne Place, Cheltenham, after an illness of about ten days, which terminated in typhus fever. Mr. John Sturge, of the firm of John and Edmund Sturge, manufacturing chemists, of Bath Row, Birmingham.'[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Gloucester Journal - Saturday 02 January 1841