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James King (1855-1935)

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James King (1855-1935) founder of King and Bird

1883 Married in Mansfield to Elizabeth Ann Booth

1901 Living at 1 Toot Hill Street, Mansfield: James King (age 46 born Derby),Printer, Stationer and Cycle Maker. With his wife Elizabeth King (age 40 born Woodham, Mansfield) and their four children; Richard H. King (age 16 born Mansfield); Beatrice E. King (age 13 born Mansfield); William King (age 11 born Mansfield); and Florence J. King (age 8 born Mansfield). One servant.[1]

1911 Living at 1 Toot Hill Road, Mansfield: James King (age 56 born Derby), Printer, Motor Garage and Shipping Agent. With his wife Elizabeth Ann King (age 51 born Woodham, Mansfield) and their son William King (age 21 born Mansfield), Lithographic Printer. One servant.[2]



1935 Obituary.[3]

Mansfield's oldest tradesman, Mr. James King, died at his home, Toothill House, last night, at the age of 80.

He was the founder of the firm of Messrs. King and Bird, printers and sports outfitters, of Leeming-street, and remained senior partner up to his death, though, owing to advancing age and bronchial trouble, he had taken little part in the business for a long time. He had been confined to his house for about year.

Mr. King was born in Leeming-street, a short distance from the firm's present premises, and was in the printing business all his working life. He was apprenticed to a printing concern in West-gate, and worked in Hanley and Liverpool before returning to Mansfield in 1878 to found the present business.

Keenly interested in sport, he was for many years member of the Mansfield Bowling Club, as well as of the Forest Lodge of Freemasons, and of the local Conservative Club. He leaves a widow, two sons, and a daughter. Mr. and Mrs. King celebrated their golden wedding a year last September.

The funeral is on Tuesday.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1901 census
  2. 1911 Census
  3. Nottingham Evening Post - Saturday 02 March 1935