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Thomas Comstive (1829-1886)

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Thomas Comstive was a shuttle maker who founded Thomas Comstive Ltd. of Burnley

  • 1829 Born in Burnley [1], son of William and Alice Cumstive.
  • 1841 Lived at Old Mill, Habergham Eaves, Lancashire, with his parents, two brothers and a sister.[2]
  • 1851 Lived at 3 Peel Court, Habergham Eaves, with his wife Elizabeth and son James. Occupation: Shuttle Maker.[4]
  • 1854 Patented an improved weaving shuttle.[5]
  • 1860 NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Thomas Comstive, William Comstive, and Joseph Comstive, as Manufacturers of Shuttles and Picking Sticks in Marsden's Foundry, Burnley, in the county of Lancaster, under the style of Thomas Comstive and Bros., has this day been dissolved by mutual consent; and that all debts due to and owing by the late copartnership will be received and paid by the said Thomas Comstive.— As witness our hands this 15th day of November, 1860.[6]
  • 1868 All debts owed by James Ingham, shuttle maker (deceased) will be paid by Thomas Comstive[8]
  • 1880 Thomas and his brother James patented an improved weaving shuttle.[10]
  • 1881 Lived at 2 Sefton Terrace, Burnley, with wife, daughters Isabella and Elizabeth, and his four sons, Thomas, William, Albert and Louis.[11]
  • 1886 Died at home on the 6th of June[12]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. 1841 census
  3. Burnley Express, 21 May 1949
  4. 1851 census
  5. Leeds Times, 25 November 1854
  6. London Gazette', 23 November 1860
  7. London Gazette, 1864
  8. Burnley Advertiser, 15 February 1868
  9. Burnley Advertiser, 14 February 1874
  10. Nottingham Evening Post, 14 August 1880
  11. 1881 census
  12. Burnley Express, 12 June 1886