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John Martineau

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The Martineau and Taylor families of Norwich were closely related. Sarah Martineau's sons included David and Peter, who were sugar-refiners in London, and John (her fourth son) who was a brewer and became a partner in Whitbread and Co.[1]; she was also the grandmother of Harriet Martineau, the writer, and James Martineau.

John Martineau (1789–1831), sugar refiner and mechanical engineer, married Jane Taylor (1792–1868), daughter of Samuel Taylor. They had 7 children. Their first daughter was Jane (1812–1882) who became administrator of Bedford College, London.[2].

Went into business with Philip Taylor and John Taylor as J. P. Taylor and Martineau

1821 John Martineau, Bury Couch, became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.[3]

1824 Engineer and a Vice-president of the London Mechanics Institute [4]

1831 the family emigrated to America but was forced to return to London following John Martineau's death on board ship[5].


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Sources of Information

  1. A memoir of the history of the Taylor Family of Norwich, by Philip Taylor, 1886 [1]
  2. Biography of Jane Martineau, ODNB [2]
  3. 1821 Institution of Civil Engineers
  4. Mechanics Magazine 1824/09/18
  5. Biography of Jane Martineau, ODNB [3]