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David Wood

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David Wood (1761-1820) of Fenton, Murray and Wood

David Wood was the son of a blacksmith from Ulleskelf, near Tadcaster. In 1783 David was a blacksmith in Bolton Percy.[1]

1790 Arrived in Leeds [2]

1795 Partnership established as a steam engine manufactory at Holbeck by Matthew Murray, James Fenton, David Wood, and William Lister to establish Fenton, Murray and Wood

Married Eleanor and had sons Joseph and David

1820 October 1st. Died. . Of his six sons, four died before him and Joseph followed in 1821. Both his daughters Ann and Mary and his wife also pre-deceased him. Only his second son David lived much beyond this date, dying in 1830 age 32 in Düsseldorf

Memorial tablet in Isles Lane Chapel, Holbeck

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Matthew Murray 1765-1826 and the firm of Fenton Murray and Co 1795-1844' by Paul Murray Thompson, published by Paul Murray Thompson, 2015
  2. Family memorial in Isles Lane Chapel, Holbeck in existence as a car repair workshop in 1966
  • History of Fenton, Murray and Wood. A Thesis by Trevor Turner for the Victoria University of Manchester. UMIST. May 1966