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Thomas Jackson (1808-1885)

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Railway contractor, of Eltham Park, Kent

1805/8 Born in Kings Norton, Worcestershire

1816 Started work on the Birmingham Canal as a labourer at Audlem

1827 Took his first sub-contract on canal being built near Market Drayton for Telford

1837 Gained his first railway contract on part of the Birmingham and Derby Railway

1840 Had contracts on the Chester and Crewe Railway and the Tame Valley Canal

1843 Messrs Jackson and Bean undertook the refurbishment of the Caledonian Canal

1847 On completion of the work on the Caledonian, he returned to railway work

1847 Started construction of breakwater on Alderney which went on for 25 years

1854 Constructed Tyne Dock at Jarrow

Worked on fresh water supply at Harrogate

1871 Contractor, living in Eltham[1]

1881 Thomas Jackson 73, living in Eltham, with Mary Jackson 83, Mary Jackson 41, Albert F. Jackson 38, daughter Eleanor Haines 45, grandson Henry J. Haines 21[2]

1885 Died at Eltham Park [3]; executors included Alfred William Thomas Bean, civil engineer, grandson, and Eleanor Haines, daughter[4]

Sons John Jackson (1834-1891) and Thomas Jackson

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 census
  2. 1881 census
  3. The Times, Jan 13, 1885
  4. National Probate Calendars