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John Heywood (1771-1855)

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Originally from Manchester, Heywwod was interred as a prisoner of war at Montpellier. c.1803, at Bordeaux, he married Marie-Charlotte Duperrier, 'une créole de Saint-Domingue'. In 1805 he built a water-powered spinning mill for Jean-Claude Marmod, in the Abbey of Senones. It started operation in 1809. After the death of his wife in 1817, he installed a spinning mill at Schirmeck, for the compte du Strasbourgeois Malapert. In 1831, developed a spinning mill in the village of La Broque, leaving his son-in-law Benoît-Aimé Seillières in charge of the mill at Schirmeck. Heywood was one of two British emigrants who took the modern British waterwheel technology to France (the other being William Aitken (2)).[1]


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  1. Loosely translated and condensed from:[1] La première filature mécanique de coton de France : LA MANUFACTURE DE L’EPINE (1784-1830) by Frédéric MORAIS, Mémoire de Master 2 d’Histoire préparé sous la direction de Jean-Louis LOUBET, Professeur des Universités, et Serge BENOIT, Professeur agrégé d’Histoire, April 2007: UNIVERSITE D’EVRY VAL D’ESSONNE U.F.R. DE SCIENCES SOCIALES ET DE GESTION Département d’Histoire