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Henry James Hogg King

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Henry James Hogg King (1844-1895 ) of H. J. H. King and Co

1844 Born at Kings Stanley[1], the son of Peter King, corn merchant and flour miller and Susanna Hogg (1805-1891).

An excellent history of King, the company and its innovative products is available on-line [2]. From this we learn that Henry James Hogg King was born in Kings Stanley. He initially worked for James Apperley and Co of Dudbridge, then Brassey, Wythes and Co of Glasgow, where he was responsible for the inspection of 24,000 tons of cast iron pipes for the Calcutta Waterworks. By 1869 he had established an engineering company, H. J. H. King, in St Rollox, Glasgow. Products included instruments, such as an early hand-held micrometer, which he called a 'Linemeter', reading to 0.001" (see illustration [3]).

1868 Description and illustrations of inspection calipers and testing equipment designed by King for use on the Calcutta pipe contract. The calipers allowed the wall thickness of pipes to be measured deep in the pipe. The bar testing machine was made by D. Y. Stewart and Co.[4]

1871 Henry J H King 26, civil engineer, lived in Govan with Sarah A E King 29, and his sister Matilda J King 26[5]

In 1874 he was in America

c.1874 Birth of his son Henry James Hubert King in the USA

By 1875 he had settled in Nailsworth.

1881 Living at Newmarket House, Horsley, Stroud: Henry James Hogg King (age 36 born Rodborough, Glos.), Civil Engineer, Master, employing 8 men and 1 boy. With his wife Sarah Ann Evans King (age 39 born Stonehouse, Glos.) and their three children; Margaret E. King (age 9 born Glasgow); Henry J. H. King (age 7 born Boston, USA); and Charles E. King (age 3 born Horsley). Two servants.[6]

1891 H J H King 46, mechanical engineer, lived in Horsley, Glos, with S A E King 49, M E King 19, H J King 17, engineering student, Charles E King 13[7]

1895 Died in Nailsworth[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. [1] 'The Nailsworth Engineers' by Tony Youles (GSIA)
  3. H. J. H. King and Co
  4. The Practical Mechanic's Journal, 1 April 1868
  5. 1871 census
  6. 1881 Census
  7. 1891 census
  8. National Probate calendar