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Abraham Kershaw

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Abraham (later Abram) Kershaw (c1862-1929) of G. B. Kalee and Abram Kershaw and Sons

1861 Born at Thornton, Yorkshire, the son of Isaac Kershaw (1836-1906) and his wife Sarh Jane Laycock (1843-1933)

1881 Living at Market Street, Bradford: Isaac Kershaw (age 44 born North(?), Yks.), Reed Maker. With his wife Sarah Jane Kershaw (age 38 born Thornton, Yks.) and their children Abram Kershaw (age 19 born Thornton, Yks.), Telegraph Engineer; Frank Kershaw (age 15 born Clayton, Yks.), Worsted Spinner; Arthur Kershaw (age 13 born Thornton), Worsted Spinner; Eliz. Kershaw (age 10 born Clayton).[1]

1883 Married Martha Beilby

1888 Moved to Leeds working as a 'Scientific Instrument Maker and Repairer' at Park Place.

1904 Took first patent on a single lens reflex camera

1910 Produced the 'Kalee 1'. The name came from his initials reversed and the last three from the city

1911 Living at 62 Francis Street, Leeds: Abram Kershaw (age 49 born Thornton, Yks.), Scientific Instrument Maker and Director. With his wife Martha Kershaw (age 50 born Huddersfield) and their children Cecil Kershaw (age 27 born Halifax), Scientific Instrument Maker and Director; Norman Kershaw (age 11 born Leeds); and Dorothy Kershaw (age 21 born Leeds). One servant.[2]

1929 Died at Scarborough

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. 1911 Census