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Ralph Heaton, Junior

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Ralph Heaton, Junior (1794-1862) of the Ralph Heaton and Sons

1794 Born son of Ralph Heaton

1808-1812 Ralph Heaton Junior became apprenticed to Thomas Willetts as a die maker.[1]

1817 On 2 December, Ralph Heaton, an engineer, inventor and businessman, conveyed to his son Ralph Heaton, Junior, land and buildings at 71 Bath Street, to enable him to develop a separate company. Ralph, Junior, engaged in brass founding, stamping and piercing. Brass chandeliers were made for the newly invented gas lighting and a "bats wing" burner patented. The business became Ralph Heaton and Sons.

1819 Married Mary Grew in Birmingham[2]

1827 Birth of son Ralph Heaton III (1827-1891)

1833 A stamper and piercer, at 71 Bath Street, Birmingham[3]

c.1833 Birth of son George Heaton

1841 Ralph Heaton 45, brass founder, die sinker, and stamper, lived in Birmingham with Mary Ann Heaton 41, Eliza Heaton 15, Ralph Heaton 14, Harry Heaton 12, Kate Heaton 4, Martha Jane Heaton 2[4]

1850 on 29 April, Ralph Heaton, Junior bought four steam-powered screw presses and six planchet presses for making blanks from strip metal. These were installed at the Bath Street works, and in that year trade tokens were struck for use in Australia. The start of Birmingham Mint

1851 Ralph Heaton 56, brass founder and ... coiner, employed 58 pairs of hands, town councillor and guardian of the poor, lived in Birmingham with Mary A Heaton 51, Eliza Heaton 25, Harry Heaton 21, George Heaton 18, Kate Heaton 14, and nieces Mary Kynaston 7, Emma Kynaston 5[5]

1858 of 3 Highgate[6]

1859 R. and G. Heaton patented Coining Machinery[7]

1861 Ralph Heaton 66, retired brass founder, lived in Deritend[8]

1862 October. Died

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Museums Victoria Collections:
  2. Parish records
  3. 1833 Wrightson's Triennial Directory of Birmingham
  4. 1841 census
  5. 1851 census
  6. Birmingham Directory 1858
  7. The Engineer 1860/03/23
  8. 1861 census