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Thomas William Matthews

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1839 Born in Chorlton

Served his time (5 years) with Mr E. J. Bellis of Manchester

1860 A millwright when he married Mary Tabor in Manchester[1]

Manager with Mather and Platt for 7 years

1868 Mary died; he remarried Hester Leigh in Manchester[2]

c.1871 Became a partner in Leather, Matthews and Co

1871 Thomas H Matthews 32, millwright, lived in Salford with Hester E T Matthews 22, William L Matthews 10, Thomas T Matthews 5, Jane A Matthews 4[3]

1875 of Leather, Matthews and Co, Broughton Road Iron Works, Salford, Manchester when he a member of I Mech E

1875 Patent application by Josiah Richards and David Williams, both of Pontypool, in the county of Monmouth, and Thomas William Matthews, and Thomas Picton Leather, both of Broughton Road, Salford in the county of Lancaster, in respect of the invention of "improvements in apparatus employed in the manufacture of tin plate."[4]

1881 Thomas W. Matthews 42, unemployed, lived in Stockport, with Esther Matthews 32, Thomas J. Matthews 15, Edward L. Matthews 9, Esther E. Matthews 7, Harry C. Matthews 4 Florence M. Matthews 2[5]

1901 Living at Hill Crest, Llandrilloyn Rhos, Colwyn Bay; his occupation was an engineering employer[6]

1911 Thomas William Matthews 72, Engineer & Artissan well borer, lived in Colwyn Bay with Hester Matthews 63[7]

1923 Died in Conway[8]


c.1907 It appears that the Matthews family became the owners of the 'Fire Engine Colliery' in the Forest of Dean, which they registered as the Fire Engine Colliery Co. Ltd. Pendleton, Manchester [9]


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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. BMD
  3. 1871 census
  4. London Gazette 6 April 1875
  5. 1881 census
  6. 1901 census
  7. 1911 census
  8. BMD
  9. [1] Black Dwarf Lightmoor website
  • Mechanical engineer records