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John Gibbons (1777-1851)

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John Gibbons (1777–1851), ironmaster

1777 Born, son of Thomas Gibbons

John and his 2 brothers, Benjamin and Thomas, were involved in a set of interlocking partnerships, centred on the Level works

1816 The three brothers were recorded as bankrupt as bankers, bringing the iron business down with them.

1820s the 3 brothers built three new furnaces in the mid-1820s at the Corbyn's Hall Colliery and Ironworks; they also worked together at the Ketley works near Dudley.

1838 John Gibbons was of Edgbaston, ironmaster.

John proved to be the most technically adept of the brothers, publishing two short works on industrial practice: Practical Remarks on the "Construction of the Staffordshire Blast Furnace" (1839) and "Practical remarks on the use of the cinder pig in the puddling furnaces, and on the management of the forge and mill" (1844).

He was married to Elizabeth Steen (d. 1889), who survived his death in 1851.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Biography of the Gibbons family, ODNB