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William Samuel Worssam

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William Samuel Worssam (1842-1908), also known as Samuel Worssam[1], of Samuel Worssam and Co

1842 Born in Shoreditch[2], son of Samuel William Worssam

Studied under Arthur Rigg at Chester College. [3]

1860 William Samuel Worssam, King's Road, Chelsea.[4]

1861 William S. Worssam (age 18 born Mddx.), Engineer, living at 3/6 Kings Road, Chelsea with his parents Samuel Worssam (age 52 born London), Engineer and Jannette Worssam (age 42 born Wilts.) and his siblings Charles Worssam (age 16 born Mddx.); Eliza Worssam (age 14 born Mddx.); and Ellen Worssam (age 5 months born Mddx.). One servant.[5]

1871 Samuel Worssam 29, Charles Worssam 27, Frederick Worssam 22, mechanical engineers, employing 33 men and 16 boys, living in Chelsea with their sister Eliza Worssam 24[6]

1874 of Oakley Works, Chelsea; proposed for membership of I Mech E

1881 Samuel Worssam 39, Mechanical engineer, living in Chelsea, with his brothers F.J. Worssam 30, A. J. Worssam 20[7]

1908 Died in South Kensington[8]

Obituary 1909 [9]

. . . son of the late Samuel Worssam, of Chelsea, one of the earlier sawmill engineers and wood-working machinists in this country.

For some time, while a young man, he was manager of the works at Chelsea, carried on by his father and Allen Ransome, now of Newark, under the style of Samuel Worssam and Co. Subsequently he patented the Worssam's general joiner, and commenced business at the Oakley Works, Chelsea.

Shortly after this, the partnership between his father and Allen Ransome having terminated, his father joined him at these new works, Allen Ransome continuing the original works, in partnership with a Mr. Jocelyn, as Allen Ransome and Co.

Within twelve months of this alteration the father died, and Samuel Worssam then carried on the firm of Samuel Worssam and Co. in partnership with his two younger brothers, Charles and Frederick Worssam. . . [more]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 census
  2. BMD
  3. The Engineer 1880/10/01
  4. 1860 Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  5. 1861 Census
  6. 1871 census
  7. 1881 census
  8. national probate calendar
  9. The Engineer 1908/02/07