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Alexander Stocker

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Alexander Stocker (c1806- )

ca.2806 Born in Martock, Somerset, the son of William Stocker and his wife Anne Southwood. Brother of George Stocker and William Southwood Stocker

1830 Patent to George Stocker and Alexander Stocker of Yeovil, gunsmiths, for a cock for drawing liquor from casks

1835 Patent granted to Alexander Stocker (gentleman) of Yeovil, Somerset for improvements in manufacturing horse shoes and other articles[1].

1835 New horseshoe produced by patented process using steam engine at a quarter of the cost of normal shoe, invention of Mr Alexander Stocker[2].

1836 Patent granted to Alexander Stocker of Bordesley Iron Works, Birmingham and Henry Downing of French Wall's iron works, Birmingham (gentlemen) for improvements in manufacturing rivets, screw blanks, and other articles[3].

1851 Listed In Wolverhampton as an Iron Merchant.[4]

1863 Stocker was manager of (presumably) the Patent Tip and Horseshoe Co[5].

1864 Court case brought by Alexander Stocker against Charles and Paul Elwell as a result of Stocker being dismissed by the Elwells for being absent from the business[6].

1864 Alexander Stocker had made inventions and received patents in relation to manufacture of horse shoes and shoe tips; Charles and Paul Elwell had advanced money to enable Stocker to set up the business in exchange for assignment of the patents and an agreement to supply the goods only to the Elwells[7].

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Sources of Information

  1. Leicester Chronicle, 9 May 1835
  2. The Bury and Norwich Post 9 December 1835
  3. Manchester Times and Gazette January 7, 1837
  4. 1861 Census
  5. Birmingham Daily Post, 20 July 1864
  6. Birmingham Daily Post, 20 July 1864
  7. Birmingham Daily Post, 20 July 1864