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John Elce of J. Elce and Co
NB some of these references may relate to John Elce (1823- ) who also worked for the same company.
c.1835 Set up in business in Manchester
1853 Listed as 'Elce, John, machine maker (J. Elce and Co); ho. Embden Lodge, Greenheys 
1853 John Elce, of Jersey St, Ancoats
1855 John Elce, of John Elce and Co, machine maker, of Alderley Edge
1855 Patent. '943. To John Elce and John Bond, both of Manchester, in the county of Lancaster, Machinists, for the invention of "improvements in caseing, guarding, arid protecting, revolving shafts and mill work in general."
1855 Patent. '1059. And Joseph Hallam, of Sheffield, in the county of York, Needle Manufacturer, and John Elce, of the city of Manchester, Machinist, have given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in the construction of rowels or toothed cylinders for self-acting temples and other purposes."'
1856 Patent. '2647. To John Elce, of the city of Manchester, Machine Maker, and George Hammond, of the same place, Watch Maker, for the invention of "the employment of a new material in the manufacture of wicks for moderator lamps."'
1856 Patent. '343. To John Elce and Samuel Fletcher Cottam, both of the city of Manchester, Machinists, for the invention of "an improved mode of lubricating the spindles of machinery used in preparing and spinning cotton and other fibrous materials revolving in a lifting rail."'
1857 Patent '243. To John Elce, of the city of Manchester, Machinist, and John Hewitt, of the same place, Foreman, for the invention of "certain improvements in mules and other machines for spinning and doubling."'
1858 Patent. '1139. To John Elce and James Champion, both of the city of Manchester, Machinists, for the "invention of improvements in parts of machinery used in preparing and spinning cotton and other fibrous substances."'
1859 May. Died. Notice concerning his estate. 
1860 Sale of his mansion 'The Hurst', at Alderley. Description given. 
1861 Concerning his estate. '...John Elce and others against Eliza Elce and others, the creditors of John Elce, late of Alderey-edge, in the county of Chester, Machine Maker, who died in or about the month of May, 1859...'
1861 February 16th. Eliza relict of John Elce of Alderley, dies age 53 at Southport.