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Charles Prosper Elieson

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Charles (Chaimsonovitz) Prosper Elieson (1849-1919) and connected with the Elieson Lamina Accumulator Co and Elieson Electric Co

c1849 Born in Schaulen, Kovno, Russia.

1869 Married Antoinette

1885 News item. 'Great progress appears to have been made with Mr. C. P. Elieson's patent electric engine for drawing tramcars and other purposes, and it has been shown that it possesses superiority over horse or steam power for such service. An engine has for some time past been tested and run at the works of the North Metropolitan Tramway Co, at Leytonstone. An engine of greater power is now being constructed with a view of shewing what can be done on a railway....'[1]

1885 Mention of C. P. Elison's patent for an electric engine.[2]

1886 Director of the Electric Locomotive and Power Co. Elieson is an electrical engineer of Drayton road, Leytonstone.[3]

1887 News item. 'An experimental trip has been made with the Elieson electric locomotive on the tramway which runs from Stratford Church to Manor Park, a distance of about two miles, and if a bill is passed in the present session of Parliament, it is intended to run electric locomotives alternately with the horse cars. The locomotive carries 80 storage cells, which are charged at the Stratford depot, and is propelled by means of an Elieson electromotor placed under the flooring of the car; the motor itself revolves, instead of being a fixture, as is usual. A prolongation of the spindle of its armature carries a pinion which gears into a circular fixed rack. Motion is transmitted to the road wheels through bevel gearing. The total weight of the locomotive is 6.5 tons, and that of the tramcar empty 2.5 tons, or, with its full complement of 46 passengers, 5 tons. But on the occasion of the actual run there were about 60 passengers on the car and engine, so that the total weight moved was in excess of 12 tons.'[4]

1889 Mention of Chaimsonovitz Prosper Elieson as a partner in the American Dental Manufacturing Co,[5]

1894 Became a naturalised British subject. Of 75 Edith Road, West Kensington. Married with five children.

1893 & 94 Listed as Charles Prosper Elieson, 75 Edith Road, Fulham.[6]

1899 Listed as Charles Prosper Elieson, 75 Edith Road, Fulham.[7]

1911 Living at 24 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington: Chaimsonovitz Prosper Elison (age 62 born Poland), Electrical Engineer. With his wife Antoinette Elison (age 59 born Switzerland) and their daughter Olga Elison (age 21 born Fulham), Actress. Also his grand-daughter Odette Alphandery Elison (age 5 months born Acton). One visitor. One servant.[8]

1919 March 19th. Died. Chaimsonovitz Prosper Elieson, 24 St. Mary Abbot Terrace, Kensington. Probate to Cecilia Anne Elieson, widow.

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Sources of Information

  1. Woolwich Gazette - Friday 13 November 1885
  2. Swindon Advertiser and North Wilts Chronicle - Saturday 07 November 1885
  3. London Evening Standard - Saturday 16 October 1886
  4. The Star - Thursday 03 March 1887
  5. [1] The London Gazette Publication date:13 December 1889 Issue:26001 Page:7219
  6. Electoral registers
  7. Electoral registers
  8. 1911 Census