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Peter Brusey Cow

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'Peter Brusey Cow (1815–1890), rubber manufacturer of P. B. Cow and Co

1815 September 25th. Born at Deptford the younger son of John Cow, a master boat builder at Woolwich Dockyard.

1830 At the age of fifteen, he was apprenticed to Charles Gower Collins, a linen draper of Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea.

1835 After completing his apprenticeship, he stayed with Collins until 1837, when he worked for Gainsford and Goods for a year.

1838 Went to Swan and Edgar at Waterloo House, where he lived in, but was meantime in touch with Samuel Matthews

1843 Married Sarah Hatfull, a doctor's daughter from Deptford.

1847 The Cows lived at the Cheapside premises and their first son, Peter Brusey Cow (1847-1916), was born there.

1849 A second son, Douglas Cow, followed and there were also three daughters.

1851 Living at Deptford, age 35, India Rubber Manufacturer. With his wife Sarah and their daughter and two sons.[1]

1861 Living at Streatham Common, age 45, India Rubber manufacturer. With his wife Sarah and their three daughters and two sons.[2]

1871 Living at Streatham, age 55, India Rubber Manufacturer. With his wife Sarah and their two sons and two daughters.[3]

1881 Living at Streatham, age 65, India Rubber Manufacturer Employing 95 Men, 43 Boys, 37 Women. With his wife Sarah and their daughter.[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. 1861 Census
  3. 1871 Census
  4. 1881 Census