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Lemuel Wellman Wright

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Lemuel Wellman Wright (1790-1886)

General

1790 April 9th. Born in Plainfield, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA, to Ebenezer Wright (1756-1798, born in Plainfield) and Martha Wellman (1763-1849, born in Merrimack). He was one of twelve children.[1]

1824 Patent. L. W. Wright, engineer, of Wellclose-square, Mddx. for machines for making pins [2] [3]

1825 Patent. 'To Samuel Wellman Wright, of Wellclose-square, London; for certain improvements on Machinery or Apparatus for Washing, Cleansing, or Bleaching of Linens, Cottons, and other fabrics, goods, or fibrous substances.'[4]

1827 August 17th. Lemuel Wellman Wright of Mansfield Street, Borough Road, Surrey, Engineer, had a patent for improvements in the construction of Cranes. Describes a 'reciprocating rotary engine' driven by compressed air.

c1828 Henry Wright was a son (one of two sons) of the founder, a well-known foundry and machine tool business and known to the young Joseph Whitworth. The business traded as L. W. Wright and Co of 91 London Road, Southwark.[5]

1830 Bankrupt. '...Lemuel Wellman Wright, of Wenlock-Basin, near Hoxton, in the Parish of Saint Leonard, Shoreditch, in the County of Middlesex, and of the London-Road, in the County of Surrey, Engineer, Dealer and Chapman, and he being declared a Bankrupt...'[6] [7]

1831 Advert: 'To Engineers, Machinists, Millwrights, and Others. By WINSTANLEY and SONS, on the Premises, the Wenlock Patent Screw-factory, adjoining the Basin, City-road, TO-MORROW, June 29, and following Day, at Eleven, by order of the Assignees,
THE valuable Stock of Lathes, Engines, Tools, &c. of Mr. L. W. Wright, consisting of several superior lathes of various centres, fly-wheels, rotary steam-engines from ten to one-horse power, boring and drilling-machines, pin-machines, tobacco-cutting-machine, patent cranes and trucks, curious models, screw-stocks with taps and dies, straight edges and squares, bench vices, anvils, hammers, force bellows, smiths’ tools, blocks and fails, scale beams and weights, large triangle, about 100 gross of patent screws, wheel and machine-castings, bar and scrap steel, old steel, iron and metal, wood patterns, and various other articles; also four valuable patents for improvements machinery. To be viewed any time preceding and mornings sale, when Catalogues may be had the Premises ; of Messrs. Rixon and Son, Solicitors, No. 20, Jewry-street, Aldgate; and of Winstanley and Sons, Paternoster-row.'[8]

1834 Patent. 'Lemuel Wellman Wright, of Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, in the county of Middlesex, engineer, for certain improvements in machinery for cutting tobacco, and which machinery may be applicable to other useful purposes. Sealed July 10, 1834. (Six months.)'[9]

1836 Application to extend his patent of Lemuel Wellman Wright of 1824 for improvements in machinery for making pins, to be extended.[10]

1837 Application to extend his patent of 1825. '...Lemuel Wellman Wright late of Wellclose-square, in the county of Middlesex, but now of Manchester, in the county palatine of Lancaster, Civil Engineer,.....improvements on the machinery or apparatus for washing, cleansing, or bleaching of linens, cottons, and other fabrics, goods, or fibrous substances,...'[11]

1840 Partnership dissolved. '...Lemuel Wellman Wright, Isaac Nind Hopkins, John Swain Worth, and George Freeman, Brinksway Works, next Stockport, Cheshire, bleachers so far regards Worth and Freeman...'[12]

1841 Lemual Wright 45, civil engineer, lived in Cheadle, with Thomas Beever and family[13]

1841 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership, or joint trade lately subsisting and carried on by and between the undersigned, Lemuel Wellman Wright and Isaac Nind Hopkins, of Brinksway, near Stockport, in the county of Chester, Bleachers, under the firm of L. W. Wright and Co was this day dissolved by mutual consent. All debts due and owing to and from the said dissolved partnership will be received and paid by Charles Mullett Evans, on the premises...'[14]

1843 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership (if any) heretofore existing between us the undersigned, William Simpson, of Gresford-cottage, near Wrexham, in the county of Denbigh, Stationer, and Lemuel Wellman Wright, of Wrexham aforesaid, Engineer, was mutually dissolved...'[15]

1843 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Lemuel Wellman Wright and Robert Alexander Cochrane, as Paper Manufacturers, at Chalford, in the county of Gloucester, trading under the firm of L. W. Wright and Company, is dissolved, by mutual consent...'[16]

1853 Patent. '1573. And to Lemuel Wellman Wright, of Chalford, in the county of Gloucester, Engineer, for the invention of "improvements in the permanent way of railways."'[17]

1853 Patent to Lemuel Wellraan Wright, of Chalford, in the county of Gloucester, Engineer, for "Improvements in machinery or apparatuses for reducing and pulverizing gold and other metalliferous quartz and earths, and in separating metal therefrom". Became void in 1856[18]

1855 Patent. '978. To Lemuel Wellman Wright, of Birmingham, in the county of Warwick, Engineer, for the invention of "certain improvements in locks."'[19]

1856 Patent. '2048. Lemuel Wellman Wright, of Chalford, in the county of Gloucester, for "improvements in reaping and gathering machines"[20]

1868 Patent. '1818. To Lemuel Wellman Wright, of Brooklyn, in the State of New York, United States of America, for the invention of "improvements in meters for water and other liquids."'[21]

1869 Patent. '2315. To Lemuel Wellman Wright, of Brooklyn, in the State of New York, United States of America, for the invention of "improvements in paddle wheels."'[22]

1886 April 25th. Died in Brooklyn

1892 A bust of Lemuel Wellman Wright, the inventor, was given to the Carnegie Free Library, Ayr.[23]

Patents

  • 1820 No 4507 "Combination of machinery for making bricks and tiles"
  • 1824 No 4955 "Machinery for making pins; also combinations of such machinery"
  • 1825 No 5154 "Machinery for washing, cleansing, or bleaching linens, cottons and other fabrics, good or fibrous substances"
  • 1826 No 5400 "Construction of Trucks or Carriages;- applicable to other useful purposes"
  • 1827 No 5473 "Combination and Arrangement of machinery for making metal screws"
  • 1827 No 5544 "Construction of Cranes"
  • 1828 No 5638 "Construction of Wheeled Carriages"
  • 1828 No 5703 "Machinery for making screws"
  • 1833 No 6525 "Combination and arrangement of machinery whereby known agents may be employed in producing power"
  • 1834 No 6655 "Machinery for refrigerating fluids"
  • 1836 No 7251 "Machinery for bleaching or cleansing linens, cottons, or other fabrics, goods, or other fibrous substances"
  • 1837 No 7348 "Machinery for bleaching or cleansing linens, cottons, or other fabrics, goods, or other fibrous substances"
  • 1839 No 8028 "Machinery for bleaching or cleansing linens, cottons, or other fabrics, goods, or other fibrous substances"
  • 1843 No 9787 "Machinery for bleaching various fibrous substances"
  • 1847. "Machinery or apparatus for sweeping or cleansing chimneys, flues etc."[24]

See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] FamilySearch.org
  2. Mechanics Magazine 1824/06/19
  3. Hereford Journal - Wednesday 16 June 1824
  4. Hereford Journal - Wednesday 11 May 1825
  5. Whitworth. Sir Joseph Whitworth by Norman Atkinson. 1996 ISBN 0-7509-1211-1
  6. [2] Gazette Issue 18726 published on the 14 September 1830. Page 16 of 24
  7. Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 17 September 1830
  8. Morning Advertiser - Tuesday 28 June 1831
  9. Leicester Chronicle - Saturday 06 September 1834
  10. [3] Gazette Issue 19430 published on the 21 October 1836. Page 8 of 22
  11. [4] Gazette Issue 19518 published on the 11 July 1837. Page 11 of 28
  12. Birmingham Gazette - Monday 26 October 1840
  13. 1841 census
  14. [5] Gazette Issue 20054 published on the 24 December 1841. Page 13 of 32
  15. [6] Gazette Issue 20256 published on the 29 August 1843. Page 13 of 32
  16. [7] Gazette Issue 20682 published on the 11 December 1846. Page 18 of 36
  17. [8] Gazette Issue 21458 published on the 15 July 1853. Page 6 of 32
  18. London Gazette 17 Oct 1856
  19. [9] Gazette Issue 21714 published on the 18 May 1855. Page 7 of 38
  20. [10] Gazette Issue 21932 published on the 17 October 1856. Page 29 of 52
  21. [11] Gazette Issue 23391 published on the 19 June 1868. Page 30 of 76
  22. [12] Gazette Issue 23530 published on the 27 August 1869. Page 13 of 52
  23. Glasgow Herald - Thursday 10 November 1892
  24. The Bristol Mercury (Bristol, England), Saturday, June 5, 1847