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Edward Taylor Simpson

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Edward Taylor Simpson (1843-1878)

1851 Joseph Simpson 49, superintendent of pipe laying, Manchester and C. water works, lived in Manchester with Mary Simpson 44, James Carrington Simpson 22, civil engineer, Elisabeth Simpson 20, Joseph Carrington Simpson 18, Harry Taylor Simpson 16, book-keeper, Ellen Simpson 11, Alice Carrington Simpson 9, Edward Taylor Simpson 7[1]

1861 Joseph Simpson 59, land surveyor, lived in Chorlton with Mary Simpson 54, Joseph C Simpson 28, organist, Ellen Simpson 21, Alice C Simpson 20, Edward T Simpson 17, warehouseman, Manchester, and grandson Fred Simpson 7[2]

1878 Died in Buenos Ayres[3]

1880 Obituary [4]

MR. EDWARD TAYLOR SIMPSON was born in Manchester on the 8th of October, 1843.

He was apprenticed to Messrs. John Samuels & Co., warehousemen; but the Manchester trade not being congenial to his taste, inheriting as he did a bent for engineering from his father and grandfather, he accompanied his eldest brother, Mr. James C. Simpson, M. Inst. C.E., to Buenos Ayres.

There, from November 1863 to September 1864, he was an assistant to Mr. John Coghlan, M. Inst. C.E., and Mr. J. C. Simpson, on the surveys and construction of the Buenos Ayres and Ensenada Port railway; while from September 1864 to March 1865 he was employed on the surveys for the railway from Port Ruiz to Gualequay, in the province of Entre Rios, and also on the surveys for the extension of the Northern railway.

From 1865 to 1869 he was sub-manager of the Ensenada railway; from 1869 to 1870 he was engaged by Mr. Coghlan on the surveys of the Buenos Ayres city improvements; and he succeeded his brother, Mr. Harry Simpson, in the latter year, on the nomination of Mr. Wheelwright, in the post of General Manager of the Ensenada railway, which appointment he retained until the line was taken over by the present company at the close of 1877.

Lastly, he took charge of the construction of one of the sections of the Buenos Ayres city improvements, which Mr. J. C. Simpson had undertaken as contractor.

He had a good general knowledge of works; understood the carrying out of plans, and the economical direction of men ; was active, obliging, and intelligent, and inspired confidence by never being absent from duty for a day during the two years that yellow fever and cholera were prevalent in Buenos Ayres. Out of business he was a great favourite, on account of his kind, genial temperament, and his ability as a musician and as an athlete.

He died from sunstroke, received while playing cricket, on the 20th of December 1878.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution in March 1876.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. 1861 census
  3. National probate calendar
  4. 1880 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries