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Francis Parkin

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Francis Parkin (c1827- ), of Martin and Parkin and later of F. Parkin and Sons, Iron Founder of Bonhay and Eagle Foundries, Exeter

c1827 Born in Exeter the son of Isaac Parkin, a Publican

1841 Living at Exe Island, Exeter: Isaac Parkin (age c45), Publican. with Ann Parkin (age c45), Isaac Parkin (age c15), Francis Parkin (age c14), Emma Parkin (age c12), Katherine Parkin (age c9), Ellen Parkin (age c7) and Sophia Parkin (age c1).[1]

1851 Living at Saddler's Lane, St. Edmund's, Exeter: Francis Parkin (age 24 born Exeter), Iron Founder employing 9 men and 4 boys. Also his sister Emma Parkin (age 21 born Exeter)

1861 Living at the Foundry, St. Edmunds, Exeter: Francis Parkin (age 34 born Exeter), Iron Founder employing 21 men and 6 boys. Unmarried.[2]

1861 Purchases a 'long strip of ground in the Bonhay', owned by the Council and previously occupied by John Vickary.[3]

1871 Living at Bonhay Road, Exeter: Francis Parkin (age 45 born Exeter), Iron Founder - Unmarried. Also one boarder George Eddy (age 19 born Kennford, Devon), Iron Founders Clerk. One servant.[4]

1881 Living at Union Road, Exeter: Francis Parkin (age 54 born Exeter), Iron Founder employing 28 men and 4 boys. With his wife Mary Parkin (age 51 born Exeter) and their two sons Frank Parkin (age 12 born Exeter) and Frederick Parkin (age 10 born Exeter). Also his two daughter-in-Law Sarah Upright (age 25 born Exeter), Draper's assistant, and Mary Upright (age 20 born Exeter). One servant.[5]

1891 Living at Eagle House, Exe Island, Exeter: Francis Parkin (age 64 born Exeter), Ironfounder - Employer - Married. With his two sons Frank Parkin (age 22 born Exeter), Ironfounder, and Frederick Parkin (age 20 born Exeter), Ironfounder. Also his grandson Walter S. Pook (age 2 born Exeter). Two servants.[6]

1901 Living at Exe Island, Exeter: Francis Parkin (age 74 born Exeter), Iron Moulder - Employer. One servant.[7]

1854 Death. 'September 11, at his residence, Exe-island, Exeter, Mr. Isaac Parkin, late assay-master to the goldsmiths' company, aged 62, much lamented.'[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 Census
  2. 1861 Census
  3. Exeter Flying Post - Wednesday 26 August 1863
  4. 1871 Census
  5. 1881 Census
  6. 1891 Census
  7. 1901 Census
  8. Exeter Flying Post - Thursday 21 September 1854