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John Boulton

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John Boulton (1790-1853) of Glossop, who claimed to be a relative of Matthew Boulton, and to have financed James Watt and had become the senior partner of the world-renowned Boulton and Watt, of Soho Foundry, Birmingham

1790 Born in Glossop the son of James Boulton and his wife Sarah Warhurst

c1821 Married Nancy Wright

1823 Birth of son Isaac Watt Boulton

1827 Birth of daughter Sarah

1830 He was a millwright and moved to Ashton becoming the manager of the Peter Platt and Co at Flash Hall Mills.

1833 He was appointed to a a position in Middleton.

1835 Became a partner in Peter Platt and Co

1839 He took over the Egret Mills but this enterprise failed and he was bankrupted

1841 Living at Katherine Street, Ashton (age 50), Agent. With wife Ann (age 43), son Isaac (age 17) and daughter Sarah (age 14). [1]

1841 Listed as an agent for the West of England Fire and Life Assurance Co [2]

Started a passenger carrying canal boat company between Ashton and Guide Bridge

Later opened a canal boat company on the Peak Forest Canal between Dog Lane Station, Dukinfield and Marple and Macclesfield, a distance of some twenty miles

1845 Invents a way of stopping railway carriages [3]

1846 Declared a bankrupt. Described as of Ashton-under-Lyne, a carrier, dealer and chapman. [4]

1847 January. Convicted with his son Isaac of stealing a boat and sentenced to three months imprisonment [5]

1851 Living at Katherine Street, Ashton (age 60 born Glossop), Agent. With wife Nancy (age 57). One servant. [6]

1851 John Boulton of Ashton-under-Lyne, Cotton spinner. [7]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 Census
  2. The Manchester Times and Gazette, Saturday, December 18, 1841
  3. The Manchester Times and Gazette, Saturday, October 25, 1845
  4. The Manchester Times and Gazette, Saturday, June 20, 1846
  5. The Manchester Times and Gazette, Friday, January 15, 1847
  6. 1851 Census
  7. Manchester Times, Saturday, February 15, 1851