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Thomas Sorby

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Thomas Sorby (c1825-1875)

c.1825 Born in Sheffield

1852 Thomas Sorby and Robert Sorby, both manufacturers, lived in Shrewsbury Bank, Sheffield[1]

1861 Living at Walkley Road, Nether Hallam, Yorkshire: Thomas Sorby (age 36 born Sheffield), Steel Refiner - see Thomas Sorby (Business). With his wife Lydia and their son Thomas W. Sorby (age 8 born Sheffield) and a daughter.[2]

Early 1870s John Bramall (1812-1887) with Thomas Sorby and J. B. Walker decided to form a company to trade across the Atlantic, with 4 ships. The first was named John Bramall, followed by Thomas Sorby, and J. B. Walker and Nelly Martin (named after Brammall's daughter). [3]

1871 Thomas Sorby 46, steel manufacturer, lived in Nether Hallam with Lydia Sorby 48, Thomas W Sorby 18, clerk in head office, Mary J Sorby 22, John H Sorby 9, Frank W Sorby 7[4]

1875 Thomas Sorby died in Sheffield[5], the day after the steam ship named after him was launched[6]

1875 The steamer Thomas Sorby sank; she was owned by J. B. Walker and Co of which Thomas Sorby (person) was an owner.[7]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1852 White´s Sheffield and District Directory
  2. 1861 Census
  3. Sheffield Independent Oct. 18, 1887
  4. 1871 census
  5. National probate calendar
  6. Sheffield Independent Aug. 18, 1876
  7. Lloyd's List - Wednesday 01 December 1875 and many others