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Matthew Cridge

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Matthew Cridge (1823- )

1823 Born in Merriott, Somerset, on 12 March, son of John and Mary (nee England).

Matthew became a patternmaker, and emigrated to the USA at the age of 19. He was an inventor, and patented several improvements to steam engines. He built the Evergreen Narrow-Gauge Railroad. In 1844 he married Elizabeth Wadsworth, who had emigrated from Cheshire in 1817.[1]

1854 US Patent US12052 for oscillating steam engine, granted to Matthew Gridge and Samuel Wadsworth[2]

1860 US26654 US Patent for improvement to steam engine governor, granted to Matthew Cridge[3]

1860 US26664 US Patent for oscillating steam engine, granted to Matthew Cridge and Samuel Wadsworth.

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Sources of Information

  1. History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Vol 2, Part 2, 1889
  2. [1] US Patent US12052
  3. [2] US Patent US26654