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John Dewrance (d.1861)

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1842-45. Ostrich.
1856. Boiler.

John Dewrance (c1803-1861), railway pioneer of Dewrance and Co

c.1804 Born[1] in Cumberland[2]

1832 John Dewrance, engineer, married Ellen Worrall in Liverpool[3]

He was associated with George Stephenson, and was the erector of the Rocket.[4]

For several years was the locomotive superintendent of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and the Great Southern and Western Railway

c.1843 Edge Hill Works closed. Presumably at this time he moved south

Went into partnership with Joseph Woods (brother of the engineer of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway), who had founded an engineering business in London. After the death of Mr. Woods, the firm was continued under the name of Dewrance.

1844 Formation of the company that later became Dewrance and Co

1855 Married Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Curtis, of Tilford.

1857 of Hanover Park, Peckham

1857 of Barge-yard, Bucklesbury[5]

1858 Birth of his son, John Dewrance at Peckham, London

1861 John Durrance 55, mechanical engineer, lived in Peckham with Elizabeth Dewrance 26, Elizabeth J Dewrance 6, Sarah A Dewrance 5, John Dewrance 3, Mary E Dewrance 1, Catherine M Dewrance 3 months[6]

1861 Died in Peckham. Left his engineering business, Dewrance and Co, to his son John.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Burial record
  2. 1861 census
  3. BMD
  4. Obituary of Sir John Dewrance
  5. The Engineer 1857/07/10
  6. 1861 census