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Henry James Potter Burt

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often recorded as Henry Potter Burt, or H. P. Burt

c.1798 Born in Wiltshire, son of Thomas and Betty Burt[1]

1827 January. Married at Potterne, Wiltshire to Rachel Ferris. They had two children: Fanny died aged 10 in February 1839; Henry Kent Ferris died aged 18 in 1847.

1827 Dissolution of the Copartnership between Henry Potter Burt and William Yorke, in the business of Edge-Tool-Makers and Smiths, carried on at Great Cheverell-Mill, near Devizes, Wilts; the business has been continued by the said Henry Potter Burt alone[2].

1831 Dissolution of the Partnership between, Thomas Burt and Henry Potter Burt, of Devizes, and of Great Cheverell, in the County of Wilts, Ironmongers and Edge Tool-Makers, by mutual consent; Henry Potter Burt would carry on the business on his own account[3]

1841 Iron founder, living in Southampton with his wife Rachel[4]

1846 Became an associate of the Inst of Civil Engineers

1851 In business at 238 Blackfriars Road, timber seasoning[5]

1851 Contractor, living in Southwark, with his wife Rachel Burt 52[6]. Birth of son Henry Parsall

1853 Patent to Henry Potter Burt, of No. 2, Charlotte-row, in the city of London, Civil Engineer, for the invention of "improvements in portable houses."[7]

1853 Assoc. Inst. C. E.; read a paper to the Institution of Civil Engineers on preserving timber[8]

1855 His wife, Rachel, died in Lambeth[9]

1856 Married Frances Taylor in France[10]

1857 Birth of son Henry Parsall Burt

1859 Patent to Henry Potter Burt, of Charlotte-row, Mansion House, in the city of London, in respect of the invention of "improvements in railway carriages and waggons."[11]

1861 Merchant and contractor for creosoted timber, living in Streatham with his wife Frances Burt 29, and children Henry P Burt 3, William C Burt 1, Alice F Burt 4 months[12]

1861 of 238 Blackfriars Road, London[13]

1862 Patent to Henry Potter Burt, of Charlotte-row, Mansion House, in the city of London, for an invention of "improvements in protecting wooden posts from decay, more particularly applicable to posts for supporting electric telegraph wires."[14]

1866 Died in Streatham[15]

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. London Gazette 20 November 1827
  3. London Gazette 12 April 1831
  4. 1841 census
  5. 1851 Great Exhibition
  6. 1851 census
  7. London Gazette 27 May 1853
  8. The Engineer 1884/06/06
  9. BMD
  10. in the UK, Foreign and Overseas Registers of British Subjects, 1628-1969
  11. London Gazette 21 June 1859
  12. 1861 census
  13. Civil Engineer Lists
  14. London Gazette 9 June 1865
  15. London Burials