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Robert Dyer Commans

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Robert Dyer Commans (c1824-1906), Chemist, of Edden and Commans and Commans and Wilson

1852 Birth of son Robert Edden Commans

1901 Living at 22 Macauley Buildings, Bath: Robert Dyer Commans (age 77 born Milverton, Soms.), Retired Chemist (Magistrate). With his wife Mary Jane Commans (age 78 born Staffs.) and their three children; John Edden Commans (age 49 born Bath), Solicitor; Emily Commans (age 44 born Bath); and Catherine Ellen Commons (age 41 born Bath). One visitor. Two servants.[1]

1906 After being totally incapacitated for five years by paralysis, Mr. R. D. Commans, who was formerly Chairman of the Bath Gas Company, died at his residence in the city on the 14th inst., at the age of 82

Will 'The late Mr. Robert Dyer Commans, aged eighty-two, of Macaulay House, Bath, formerly carrying on business at George Street, Bath, and at Clifton, as a chemist and druggist,manufacturer of "Areca Nut" tooth-paste, has left a gross estate of £119,777. The testator bequeathed to his wife his household and personal effects and an immediate legacy of £200, and he left to her his residence, Macaulay House. He also left £10,000 in trust for his wife (Mary Jane, nee Edden) for life, and, subject to her interest, he left the said sum in trust for his daughters, Emily and Catherine Helen Commans, for life, with remainder to their children and remoter issue. He bequeathed £15,000 to each of his sons, Robert Edden and John Edden Commans, and made bequests. He directed his trustees at their discretion to carry on his business as a manufacturer of "Areca Nut" toothpaste, or to form the business into a company, or to sell it, and he directed that should either of his two sons become a manager of the business, he is to receive an annual salary of not more than £150 and a commission of 10 per cent, on the net annual profits. He directed that his wife during her life should receive one-fifth of the annual proceeds of the business. Subject to numerous other provisions, the testator left the ultimate residue of his estate in trust for all of his children in equal shares'

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  1. 1901 Census