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Wilbur Gunn

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Wilbur A. Gunn (1859-1920) of Lagonda

1859 Born in Springfield, Ohio the son of James Wynn Gunn, a Clerk in Holy Orders

Wilbur Gunn, an aspiring opera singer, lived in west central Ohio, and decided he might have better luck in this career in cosmopolitan Europe. He emigrated to England around 1897, and soon married.

1891 'Mr. Wilbur Gunn, the American tenor, has been engaged by the Carl Rosa Co for three years'[1]

1898 Q1. Married Constance Anne Grey, (daughter of Charles Wilton Good, a soldier), a widower who had lost her husband in 1896. Wilbur is listed as a vocalist and a widower.

1901 Listed as an artist at a concert at Kensington Town Hall for the National Anti-Vivisection League [2]

His musical aspirations were not achieved, so in 1904 he gave up on opera, and established the Lagonda Motor Cycle Co., in Staines, Middlesex.

1911 Living at 6 Thorpe Road, Egham (age 50 born USA, US citizen), a Motor Car Manufacturer and Employer. With his wife Constance (age 57 born St Peter's, Eaton Square, London) and their daughter Marjorie (age 22 born America, US citizen). Two servants. [3]

1920 Q3. Died at Windsor


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Daily Post (Birmingham, England), Thursday, August 27, 1891
  2. Morning Post - Thursday 08 February 1900
  3. 1911 Census
  • A-Z of Cars of the 1920s by Nick Baldwin. 1994. ISBN 1 870979 53 2