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Friedrich Engels

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Friedrich Engels (1820-1895) of Ermen and Engels

1820 Born in Evangelisch, Elberfeld, Rheinland, Prussia[1]

1842 His parents sent the 22-year-old Engels to Manchester, England, a manufacturing centre. He was to work in Weaste in the offices of Ermen and Engels's Victoria Mill, which made sewing threads. Engels's father thought that working at the Manchester firm might make his son reconsider some of his liberal opinions. On his way to Manchester, Engels visited the office of the Rheinische Zeitung and met Karl Marx for the first time.

1861 A lodger at 6 Thorncliffe grove, Chorlton-upon-Medlock: Frederick Engels (age 40 born Prussia), Merchant - Unmarried - Short Sighted.

1871 Retired cotton spinner and author, lived in Regents Park with his wife Lydia 43 and niece Mary E Burns 11[2]

1878 Married at 122 Regent's Park Road, London, to Mary (Lydia) Burns (who reportedly died the following day) by special licence[3]

1881 Author (history, political economy), widower, lived in 122 Regents Park Road, London with his nieces Mary E. Burns 21, Lydia Burns 4[4]

1895 August 5th. Died

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1871 census
  3. Parish records
  4. 1881 census