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Zebulun Stirk

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of York Street, Leeds

c.1785 Born

1817 Directory: Iron and brass founder [1]

1826 'The largest iron casting ever made in Leeds, was last week completed at the foundry of Mr. Zebulon Stirk, York-street; the ponderous mass weighs near nine tons, and is to be used in the iron works of Messrs. T. Brown and Co. now erecting near the Nether Mills.'[2]

1834 Listed as iron and brass founder, steam engine manufacturer, machine maker and flax spinner. Of York Street Iron Works, His house at 8 St Peter's square. [3]

1838 Advertisement: York Street Iron Works, Leeds to be sold by the order of the trustees of Mr Zebulun Stirk. Machinery to be sold included a 26 ft bed planing machine; a 'Machine for cutting wheels and pinions, on Ramsden’s plan'; new textile machinery and steam engines of 12 - 30 HP [4]

1841 Living at Leeds: Zebr Stick (age c55), Machine maker. Also James Stick (age c15); Jno Wade Thornton (age c25);, Book-Keeper; Sarah Stick (age c55); Harriet Atkinson (age c15); and Sarah Ann Thornton (age c7).[5]

1851 Living at 17 Bishopgate Street, Leeds: Zebulun Stirk (age 69 born Otley), Machine Maker master employing 6 men. With his wife Sarah Stirk (age 66 born leeds). Also their grand-daughter Sarah A. Thornton (age 16 born Leeds).[6]

1853 Died

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Sources of Information

  1. 1817 Directory of Leeds
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 9 December 1826
  3. 1834 Directory of Leeds
  4. Leeds Times - Saturday 5th May 1838
  5. 1841 Census
  6. 1851 Census