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John Maxton (1820-1892)

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John Maxton (c1820-1892)

1848 'Mr. Maxton,the chief mechanical engineer at Cairo, has made a design for steam-carriage capable of conveying whole cargo of passengers, luggage, and goods of one steamer across the Desert in a few hours, and which, with all the necessities, will only cost 3500/. He has presented the plans and specifications to the Pasha, who has approved thereof, and given him permission to order one out immediately from England. These carriages, with two new steamers expected out shortly for the Nile service, will greatly improve the transit through Egypt.'[1]

1849 Mentioned. 'John Maxton, Esq., Superintendent Engineer to the Viceroy of Egypt, at Cairo.'[2]

1850 Marriage. 'At the British Consulate, Cairo, Egypt, on the 20th August, Alfred S. Walne, Esq., H. M. Consul, John Maxton, Fsq., resident engineer, to Harriet Anne, youngest daughter of the late Thomas Wells, Esq. of Deal, Kent.'[3]

1852 Birth of a son to Mrs. John Maxton, at Boulac, near Cairo.[4]

1871 Living at 41 Enfield Road, Hackney: John Maxton (age 51 born Scotland), Civil Engineer. With his wife Harriett A. Maxton (age 45 born Deal) and their two children Alexander B. Maxton (age 15 born Hackney) and Robert Maxton (age 13 born Hackney). One servant.[5]

1891 Living at Ardleigh Road, Hackney: John Maxton (age 71 born Scotland), Retired Civil Engineer. With his wife Harriett A. Maxton (age 61 born Deal) and their grand-daughter Elizabeth H. Maxton (age 3 born London).[6]

1892 March 14th. Died. Of 41 Ardleigh Road, Hackney. Probate to Robert Maxton, commercial clerk.

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Sources of Information

  1. Salisbury and Winchester Journal - Saturday 15 January 1848
  2. Caledonian Mercury - Thursday 22 November 1849
  3. Greenock Advertiser - Tuesday 08 October 1850
  4. Morning Chronicle - Tuesday 02 November 1852
  5. 1871 Census
  6. 1891 Census