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Thomas Melling (1837-1909) of the Ince Forge Co
c1837 Born in Wigan, son of William and Martha Melling
1841 William Melling 30, lived in Aspull, Wigan with Martha Melling 25, Thomas Melling 4, John Melling 1
1881 Thomas Melling 44, iron forgemaster, lived in Wigan with Annie Melling 43, William Sol. Melling 14, Richard Gladstone Melling 12, Elizabeth Melling 7, John David Melling 5, Samuel Ernest Melling 3
1901 Thomas Melling 64, iron forgemaster, employer, lived in Standish, Wigan, with Richard G Melling 32, iron forge manager, Elizabeth Melling 27
1910 Obituary 
THOMAS MELLING of Wigan died December 7, 1909, suddenly, after an operation. He was in his seventy-third year. Apprenticed to the firm of the Haigh Foundry Company, with which his father was connected, he was well grounded in general engineering.
On the expiration of his apprenticeship he gained further experience in different parts of the country, one phase of which was that of being engaged on the SS. Alabama in her memorable outfit for sea.
Afterwards he became one of the managers of the Ince Forge, Wigan, and in 1877 took over with his brothers the whole concern.
He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1886.