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Henry Stephen Clarke

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of Cogent Cycle Co

c1837 Born the son of Thomas Clarke and Charlotte Wedge Parkes, his wife

Married Harriet Powney

1857 Birth of sons Thomas Clarke and George E. Clarke

1861 Birth of daughter Sarah A.

1861 Living at Baptist End Lane, Dudley: Henry S. Clark (age 28 born Pattingham), a Chelsea Pensioner and Wheelwright. With his wife Harriet Clark (age 25 born Wombourne, Staffs.) and their children Thomas Clark (age 4 born Wombourne, Staffs.), George E. Clark (age 4 born Wombourne, Staffs.) and Sarah A. Clark (age 3 born Netherton, Worcs.).[1]

1863 Birth of son Henry Clarke

1865 Birth of daughter Elizabeth

1867 Birth of son William Clarke

He helped his friend Daniel Rudge to build racing cycles at 19 Church Street, Wolverhampton, which included an improved form of wheel bearing.[2].

1869 Birth of daughter Jane

1871 Birth of daughter Fanny

1875 Birth of son John Clarke

1878 Birth of daughter Harriet

1879 Bankrupt. '...Liquidation by Arrangement or Composition with Creditors, instituted by Henry Stephen Clarke, of No. 2, Court, Darlington-street, Wolverhampton, in the county of Stafford, Bicycle Manufacturer....'[3]

1880 Birth of daughter Emma

1881 Living at Court 2, Darlington Road, Wolverhampton: Henry Stephen Clarke (age 48 born Pattingham, Staffs.),Bicycle Maker Employs 3 Men and 1 Boy. With his wife Harriet Clarke (age 45 born Wombourne, Staffs.) and their children Henry Clarke (age 18 born Wolverhampton), a Bicycle Maker; Elizabeth Clarke (age 16 born Wolverhampton); William Clarke (age 14 born Wolverhampton); Jane Clarke (age 12 born Wolverhampton); Fanny Clarke (age 10 born Wolverhampton); John Clarke (age 4 born Wolverhampton); Harriet Clarke (age 3 born Wolverhampton); and Emma Clarke (age 11 months born Wolverhampton).[4]

1889 Died age 52

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. Rudge Motorcycle History [1]
  3. [2] Gazette Issue 24670 published on the 21 January 1879. Page 39 of 60
  4. 1881 Census