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1874 Born at Leyland
1881 William Sumner aged 7 was living in Leyland with his parents, Richard Sumner aged 51 and born in Leyland, a blacksmith employing 3 men and one boy; Richard's wife Alice (age 48) and their children James (age 21) Ann (age 20), Margaret (age 10), Robert (age 8) 
1897 With Henry Spurrier (II) showed their first steam vehicle at the Royal Agricultural Show where they won the top prize