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Daniel Large

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Daniel Large (1778?-1861)

Daniel Large married Mary Morehouse on 5 Jan 1802 in Burnley, Lancashire. They emigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 [? See below - he built an engine in America in 1804!]. Their children were: Elizabeth Large, Horatio M. Large, Daniel Large, Christopher Large, William J. Large, Ann Large, and Ellen Large. Daniel Large evidently prospered, as he was able to return to England for a trip in 1827, in company with James Patterson (who had married Eliza Large). They travelled extensively and visited Daniel's parents, who were living near Melksham, Wiltshire. He also visited two brothers, Samuel Large and William Large, also near Melksham.[1]

Served his apprenticeship with Boulton and Watt.

Emigrated to the USA.

1804 Built a 6.5 HP engine for Wetherill & Brother's whitelead works[2]

1808 Built a 10 HP Watt-type engine to grind paint and white lead at Wetherill & Brother at Philadelphia. c.1808-1811 In partnership with James Smallman.[3]

1810 Built an engine for the Globe[4]

1813 Constructed a steam engine for the Globe Mill, near Philadelphia.[5]

1813 Built the engine for 'Chesapeake', the first steamboat on Chesapeake Bay. Hull built at the shipyard of William Flanigan in Baltimore.[6]

1813? Built the engine for the steamboat 'Delaware' constructed by J. and F. Grice.[7]

1835 Built engines for steam towing boat 'Pennsylvania' for the Lehigh Coal Co[8]

Built a steam engine for grinding bark, etc., at the tannery of H. S. Weigand, Lancaster, Pa.[9]

1837 Built an engine for Joseph Leadbetter's iron foundry in Philadelphia[10]

1838 Built an 8 HP engine for B. Hutchinson's drug mill in Philadelphia County[11]

1856 Daniel Large patented a type of steam-powered icebreaker.[12]


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Ancestry.com message board - 'Large - Melksham, Wiltshire, England'. This includes interesting transcripts from James Patterson's journal
  2. [2] 'Steam Engines: Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury' by United States Dept. of the Treasury, 1838, p.163
  3. [3] 'A GENERAL CHRONOLOGY OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD COMPANY ITS PREDECESSORS AND SUCCESSORS AND ITS HISTORICAL CONTEXT' 1800-1809, by Christopher T. Baer, May 2015 Edition, Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society. Note: large pdf
  4. [4] 'Steam Engines: Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury' by United States Dept. of the Treasury, 1838, p.162
  5. p.87 'Proprietary Capitalism: The Textile Manufacture at Philadelphia, 1800-1885' by Philip Scranton, Cambridge University Press, 1983
  6. [5] 'A GENERAL CHRONOLOGY OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD COMPANY ITS PREDECESSORS AND SUCCESSORS AND ITS HISTORICAL CONTEXT' 1810-1814, by Christopher T. Baer, May 2015 Edition, Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society. Note: large pdf
  7. [6] 'History of Philadelphia' by J. Thomas Scharf & Thompson Westcott, Vol 1, 1884, p.560
  8. [7] 'Steam Engines: Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury' by United States Dept. of the Treasury, 1838, p.152
  9. [8] 'Steam Engines: Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury' by United States Dept. of the Treasury, 1838, p.157
  10. [9] 'Steam Engines: Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury' by United States Dept. of the Treasury, 1838, p.162
  11. [10] 'Steam Engines: Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury' by United States Dept. of the Treasury, 1838, p.162
  12. [11] US Patent US15187