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C. B Johnson (Prescot)

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Charles B. Johnson of Prescot, Lancashire

Charles B Johnson was born c.1822.

1841, age 15, he was an apprentice in the industry.

1851 Listed as a watchmaker employing 4 men and 2 apprentices.

1861: Listed as a watch hand maker, employing 3 men and 3 apprentices.

1871: 'Watch and watch material maker'

1881: 'Watchmaker - hands and balance weights', employing 5 men and 1 boy

1891: 'Watch & material maker'.

The above information is from census returns.

A number of examples of vernier calipers are in existence, marked C. B Johnson, Prescot.

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