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William Hobart Bird

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William Hobart Bird (c1851-1934) of Hobart Bird and Co

c1851 Born in Daventry the son John Bird and his wife Mary

1871 Living at the Workhouse, Coventry: John Bird (age 57 born Daventry), Master of Workhouse. With his wife Mary (age 59 born Rickmansworth) and their son William Hobart Bird (age 18 born Daventry), an Ironmonger's Apprentice. [1]

1881 Living at 40 Smithford Road, Coventry: John Bird (age 68 born Daventry), a Collector. With his wife Mary (age 70 born Rickmansworth) and their son William H. Bird (age 28 born Daventry), an Ironmonger. One visitor and a servant. [2]

1887 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership which has for some time past been carried on by us the undersigned, William Hobart Bird and William Henry Icke, under the style or firm of Bird and Icke, at the city of Coventry, in the trade or business of Ironmongers and General Hardware and Electro-Plate Dealers, was this day dissolved by mutual consent...'[3]

1890 William Hobart Bird of Glenthorpe Villa, Crompton Road, Wolverhampton applies for an amended patent for 'An improved methods for attaching lock knobs, door knobs and the like to spindles' [4]

1891 Living at 30 Compton Road, Wolverhampton: William H. Bird (age 38 born Daventry), a Cycle Manufacturer and Employer. With his wife Lawra E (age 32 born Coventry) and their daughter Gladys H. (age 5 born Coventry). Two servants. [5]

1901 W. Hobart Bird is a visitor at the Gravel(?) Hotel, Bournemouth (age 48 born Northampton), a Bicycle Manufacturer and Employer. [6]

1911 Living at Stoneleigh Terrace, Greens Road, Coventry. William Hobart Bird (age 59 born Daventry), Engineer, Cycle Manufacturer and Employer. With his wife (married three years) Ethel Annie (age 38 born Moseley). Two servants. [7]

1934 Q1. Died at Cheltenham age 82

1934 Legal notice concerning the estate of the deceased. William Hobart Bird, late of Lansdown Hotel, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, who died on the 6th day of March, 1934'[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  2. 1881 census
  3. [1] Gazette Issue 25758 published on the 15 November 1887. Page 33 of 74
  4. The Times, Tuesday, Oct 07, 1890
  5. 1891 Census
  6. 1901 Census
  7. 1911 Census
  8. [2] Gazette Issue 34054 published on the 29 May 1934. Page 29 of 68