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Richard Furnival

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c1828 Born in Manchester, son of Randal Furnival, cotton spinner.

1841 Mary Cavanah 85, lived in Manchester with Randle Furnival 35, spinner, Jane Furnival 35, Saml Furnival 15, Richd Furnival 14[1]

1849 Married Mary Morris in Chorlton

1853 Birth of daughter, Elizabeth Ann

1854 An engineer, at the baptism of his daughter[2]

1856 With Thomas Beatt Sharp, patent for certain improvements in machinery for drilling, cutting and slotting[3]

1858 Patent for improvement in machinery for cutting paper, cardboard, etc[4]

1862 A machinist, widower, married Elizabeth Caldecott, nee Bettney, widow, in Liverpool[5]

1863 Patent to Richard Furnival, machine and tool maker, for improvements in or applicable to platting or braiding machines[6]

1863 Patent to Richard Furnival, of Furnival and Morris, machinist, for improvements in braiding machines[7]

1864 Patent with George Birtwistle, braid manufacturer, for improvements in machinery for manufacture of braided or plaited fabrics[8]. Described and illustrated in The Practical Mechanic's Journal, November 1864.

1866 Patent for improvements in braiding machines[9]

1867 With Jacob Morris, smallware manufacturers, was declared bankrupt.

1869 Discharged from bankruptcy[10]

Presumably established Furnival and Co

1871 Master machinist, employing 40 persons, lived in Manchester with his wife Elizabeth, 33, and children[11]

1871 Was a trustee for the bankruptcy of Mary Mills of Ardwick and Manchester[12]

1874 Was a trustee for the bankruptcy of William Bland of Union Street, Preston[13]

1881 Machinist and Engineer, lived in Ardwick, Manchester, with Elizabeth Furnival 43, Thomas Furnival 25, machinist, Amy Furnival 22, Mary J. Furnival 14, Kate Furnival 13, Herbert Furnival 11, Sydney Furnival 6, Maud Furnival 5, Marion Furnival 3, Fred P. Furnival 1[14]

1886 Died in Chorlton[15]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. Parish records
  3. The London Gazette 19 February 1856
  4. The London Gazette 8 January 1858
  5. Parish register
  6. The London Gazette 11 December 1863
  7. The London Gazette 11 December 1863
  8. The London Gazette 8 March 1867
  9. The London Gazette 16 November 1866
  10. The London Gazette 7 May 1869
  11. 1871 census
  12. The London Gazette 12 June 1871
  13. The London Gazette 20 November 1874
  14. 1881 census
  15. BMD