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James Darcy Lever

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James Darcy Lever (1854–1910) of Lever Brothers

1854 February 10th. He was born in Bolton, the son of James Lever and Eliza Hesketh of Wood Street.

1861 Living at 16 Wood Street, Great Bolton (age 7) and in the house of his parents and with his siblings. [1]

1882 April 26th. James Lever married Annie Kershaw and, with other family members moved to Thornton Hough, 4 miles from Port Sunlight, after 1884.

With his brother William Hesketh Lever he established a business with the chemist William Henry Watson, inventor of a new soap-making process, in Warrington and then at Port Sunlight on the Wirral.

James Lever never took a major part in running the business. He fell ill in 1895, probably as a result of diabetes, and resigned his directorship two years later.

1901 Listed as a boarder at Watford (age 47 born Great Bolton), a Retired Soap Manufacturer. In the house of John C. Barker, a Medical Practioner. [2]

1910 March 29th. He died at Thornton Hough.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 Census
  2. 1901 Census