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Charles Pierce Merriam

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Charles Pierce Merriam (1856-1933) of the British Xylonite Co

1856 Born in United States the son of Levi Parsons Merriam

1881 Living at 43 Petherton Road, Islington: Levi B. Merriam (age 51 born United States), Manager of Xylonite Co. With his wife Martha A. Merriam (age 51 born United States) and their two children Charles P. Merriam (age 24 born United States), Manufacturer of Xylonite, and Alice W. Merriam (age 14 born Italy. Two servants.[1]

1886 June 2nd. Married Anne Susan Brooke daughter of Charles Berjew Brooke

1911 Living at 79 Highbury New Park, Highbury: Charles Pierce Merriam (age 54 born Islington), Managing Director of company manufacturing Xylonite - Employer. With his wife Anne Susan Merriam (age 46 born Liverpool) and their three children; Charles Franklin Merriam (age 24 born Islington), Correspondent - Xylonite; Edith Annie Merriam (age 20 born Islington); and Laurence Pierce Brooke Merriam (age 17 born Islington). Married 24 years with four children. Three servants.[2]

1931 December 10th. Death of his wife Anne Susan, of Blue Bridge House, Halstead.[3]

1933 February 18th. Died.

1933 Obituary [4]

Mr. Charles Pierce Merriam, J.P., of Blue Bridge House, Halstead, died on Saturday at the age of 76.

Born at Lewiston, Maine, U.S.A., Mr. Merriam was educated in America and Germany. He came to England with his parents when he was fifteen, and began his business career with the English Condensed Milk Company in London.

In 1877 his father, with others, started the British Xylonite Company, Ltd., and the manufacture of celluloid, and the death of his father in 1889 Mr. Merriam succeeded the management of this Company, which has factories at Brantham, near Manningtree, and in London.

Mr. Merriam retired in July, 1927, and was succeeded by his son, Mr. G. F. Merriam.

The deceased qualified as a Justice of the Peace for Essex in 1912.

He married Ann Susan, second daughter the late Mr. C. B. Brooks, of Brantham Place, who predeceased him 1931. There are two sons and two daughters.

The funeral took place on Tuesday, the service being held at St. Andrew's Church, conducted the Vicar (Canon T. H. Curling, R.D.). The mourners were: Mr. L. P. B. Merriam and Lady M. Merriam, son and daughter-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. J. A. Glover, Lt.-Col. and Mrs. O. V. Viney, sons-in-law and daughters; Mrs. C. F. Merriam, daughter-in-law ; Mrs. E. W. Conbrough. sister; Miss Brooke, sister-in-law; Mrs. Roscoe. cousin; Mr. J. F. P. Merriam and Mr. M. Glover, grandsons; C. E. M. and Mr. J. A. Conbrough, nephews. Mr. C,. P. Merriam (son) is in Australia on business. There was a large attendance of magistrates, officials, representatives of the companies with which Mr. Merriam was connected, and the general public, and the police were present under Insp. Chaplin and P.s Maynard.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. 1911 Census
  3. Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 11 December 1931
  4. Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 24 February 1933