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c.1803 Born Newcastle upon Tyne
1824 Arrived in Manchester seeking employment; found a job at Marsden, Walker and Co in Salford, machine makers.
1825 Took job of turner at Sharp, Roberts and Co.
1825 Enrolled at the Manchester Mechanics Institution
1843 By the time of the dissolution of the partnership, Fothergill had become foreman.
1845 Presented with a service of plate by Mr Dean on behalf of 250 operatives of Sharp, Brothers and Company, Atlas Works, Faulkner Street.
c.1845 Birth of son Benjamin D. Fothergill in Manchester
1847 Of Roberts, Fothergill and Dobinson
1847 Founding member of the I Mech E - number 13
c1850 Fothergill retired and the firm became Roberts and Dobinson
1853 Listed as of Roberts, Fothergill and Dobinson and living at 25 Acomb Street, Greenheys. 
1853 Appointed to be Superintendent of Machinery at Sydenham Crystal Palace
1856 Vice President of the I Mech E
1860 Birth of daughter Annie
1861 Consulting engineer, living in London, with his wife Anne and daughter Annie
1866 of 27 Cornhill, London, E.C.