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James Livesey (1832-1925)

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c.1832 Born in Preston

Served apprenticeship in the workshops of the Caledonian Railway, at Messrs Musgrave's in Bolton and Beyer Peacock in Manchester

c.1857-61 Employed for 4 years on the Santander and Alar-del-Rey Railway, having management of the Locomotive Department

1859 Married Sarah Ford in Derby[1]

1860 Birth of son Harry in Santander

After Spain he spent 6 years working in business on his own account, overseeing design and installation of 2 saw mills in Spain, revised the design of Bessemer Steel Works in America, engineer for the Nova Scotia government and served as London agent for the Bolton Steel and Iron Co.

1861 James Livesay 29, engineer, lived in Levenshulme, Manchester with Sarah Livesay 25, Fernande H W Livesay 10 (sic)[2]

1867 of Victoria Chambers, Westminster, became an Associate of the Inst of Civil Engineers

1867 Became a Member of I Mech E

1871 James Livesey 39, civil engineer, lived in Kensington, with Sarah Livesey 35, Harry Livesey 10, Florence Livesey 9, William Livesey 7, John Livesey 5, Ada Livesey 3, Laura Livesey 4 months[3]

1878 became a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers

1885 Took his son, Harry, into partnership, presumably as James Livesey and Son

1891 James Livesey and Son became Livesey, Son and Henderson

Contractor for La Guaira-Caracas Railway

By 1896 his address was Broad Street Avenue, London EC

1903 His wife, Sarah, died in Dieppe[4]

1911 James Livesey 79 was a visitor in Folkestone; he was a widower; occupation: Consulting Engineer (Railway)[5]

Perhaps he retired from Livesey, Son and Henderson which, about this time, changed to Livesey and Henderson?

By 1916 his address was South Place, Finsbury

1925 Died in London, age 94[6][7]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Parish records
  2. 1861 census
  3. 1871 census
  4. National probate calendar
  5. 1911 census
  6. BMD
  7. National Probate calendar
  • Mechanical engineer records
  • Civil engineer lists