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Samuel Danks (1840-1913)

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Note: There is possibility of confusion with another person of the same name - Samuel Danks (b.1842)

c.1840 Born in Dudley son of Thomas, an ironstone miner, and Eliza Danks

1861 Blacksmith, living with his parents[1]

1870 Married Eliza Jane Wilkinson[2]

1871 A civil engineer, living in Sutton Coldfield with his wife[3]

1881 An engineer, living in Wellington with his wife and 2 children[4]

1891 A mechanical engineer, living in Wellington, Salop, age 51 with Eliza Jane Danks 47, Thomas Henry Danks 19 and Lucy Florence Danks 16[5]

1899 Death of his wife Eliza[6]

1901 Civil and mechanical engineer, working on his own account, living in Hadley with his daughter Lucy[7]

1911 Engineer and valuer of ironworks and collieries, working on his own account; living as a boarder in Wellington[8]



1913 Obituary [9]

SAMUEL DANKS died at his residence, Haygate House, Wellington, on June 3, 1913, aged seventy-five.

He was born in Dudley, and entered the iron industry as a lad. In 1868 he became general manager of the Old Park Coal and Iron Company's Works at Shifnal, Shropshire. In 1874 he undertook the reorganisation of the mines and works at Santiago-de-la-Plata, and the designing and laying down of new rolling-mills near Valencia.

In 1876 he was appointed general manager of the collieries and ironworks of the Cwm-Afon Works Proprietors, Glamorganshire, remodelling the whole of the plant, designing and building new steelworks. He held the position up to 1889, and from that time onwards he devoted himself largely to making valuations of ironworks and mining properties, and held the appointment of Government valuer of minerals.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1882.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. BMD
  3. 1871 census
  4. 1881 census
  5. 1891 census
  6. BMD
  7. 1901 census
  8. 1911 census
  9. 1913 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries