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John Goodman (1857-1929)

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John Goodman (c1857-1929), formerly John Gutgemann, of Veloce Ltd, makers of Velocette motorcycles.

c1857 Born in Germany as Johannes Gutgemann

1876 Emigrated to England from Germany

1881 A clerk, boarding in All Saints, Birmingham[1]

1884 Married Elizabeth Caroline Ore in Kings Norton[2]

In partnership with Mr. Barrett in Isaac Taylor and Co and later bought out Barrett.

1891 Living at 56 Ingleby Street, Lady Wood, Birmingham: John Gutgemann (age 33 born Germany), nail maker's foreman. With his wife Elizabeth Gutgemann (age 33 born Birmingham) and their four children; Percy J. Gutgemann (age 6 born Birmingham); Adele Gutgemann (age 5 born Birmingham); Ethel Gutgemann (age 2 born Birmingham); and Eugene F. Gutgemann (age 5 months born Birmingham)[3]

1896 He also used the name John Taylor in forming a partnership Taylor, Gue, cycle makers.

1901 Jno Gutgemann 43, cycle manufacturer, employer, lived at 3 Twyning Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham with Elizth Gutgemann 43, Percy J Gutgemann 16, cycle (tool) manufacturer, worker, Adele Gutgemann 15, Ethel Gutgemann 12, Eugene Gutgemann 10, Doral Gutgemann 2[4]

1911 John Gutgemann 53, cycle manufacturer, employer, lived in Edgbaston with Elizabeth C Gutgemann 52, Percy John Gutgemann 26, motor manufacturer, employer, Adele Gutgemann 25, Ethel Gutgemann 22, Eugene Frederick Gutgemann 20, motor manufacturer, worker, Dora Edith Gutgemann 12[5]

1917 Name change. 'I, JOHN GOODMAN, heretofore called and known by the name of "John Gutgemann," of Number 112, Vivian-road, Harborne, in the city of Birmingham, Motor Cycle Manufacturer, hereby give public notice that, on the twenty-second day of August, one thousand nine hundred and seventeen, I formally and absolutely renounced, relinquished and abandoned the use of my said surname "Gutgemann," and then assumed and adopted, and determined thenceforth on all occasions whatsoever to use and subscribe the name of "John Goodman" instead of the said name "John Gutgemann."[6]

1929 Died in Malvern[7]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1881 census
  2. BMD
  3. 1891 Census
  4. 1901 census
  5. 1911 census
  6. The London Gazette Publication date:21 September 1917 Issue:30296 Page:9778
  7. National probate calendar
  • Velocette Production Motorcycles by Mick Walker. Published 2006. ISBN 1 86126 886 6