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John Musgrave

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c.1785 Born in Leeds

1805 Married Hannah Brooks in Bradford

Held a position of responsibility at the Soho Ironworks, Bolton, then belonging to Benjamin Hick and Son.

1839 John Musgrave founded Globe Ironworks,

1841 Iron founder, living in Bolton, with Hannah Musgrave 55, Martha Musgrove 30, Elizabeth 20, John 20, Hannah 15, James 14[1]

From his efforts, and his ingenuity and ability, he built the firm gradually until, by the end of the century, its works covered ground extending from Kay Street into Waterloo Street, one of the largest engineering and millwright establishments in the country.

Later assisted by his sons Joseph, Jonathan, John, and James Musgrave.

1851 Ironfounder, employing 300 men[2]

1861 Ironfoudner, employing 407 men and 144 boys[3]

1864 Died in Bolton; 3 of sons (Jonathan, John and James) were executors; all were shown as ironfounders[4]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1861 census
  4. National Probate Calendar
  • Biography of Joseph Musgrave