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1839 Born in Colly Arboy, Isle of Man
1865 Set up in business in Liverpool with Richard Kneen as jobbing builders.
1866 Married Mary Kneen
1888 The partnership was dissolved; Costain's three of his sons (Richard, William and John) later joined him in the business.
1891 Richard Costain, a contractor and builder, 52, was living in Great Crosby with Margaret Costain 47, Richard A Costain, a builder and contractor's clerk, 23, Henry K Costain, a bank clerk, 21, Theresa Costain 19, John K Costain 15, Alfred J Costain 9, Nellie K Costain 8
1901 Living in Great Crosby, Richard Costain 62, a builder, Margaret Costain 57, Mariam A Costain, a cashier (builder's office), 29, William P Costain, a house plumber, 27, John H Costain, bricklayer 25, Alfred J Costain 19, Nellie H Costain 18
1902 Died in Liverpool