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John Satchell Hopkins

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John Satchell Hopkins (1825-1898) of J. H. Hopkins and Sons

1825 Born the son of John Head Hopkins

1851 Living at 3 Baskerville Place Crescent, Lady Wood, Birmingham: John H. Hopkins (age 53 born Alcester), Tin Plate Maker and Japanner. With his wife Mary Hopkins (age 51 born Kettering) and their five children; Harriet M. Hopkins (age 26 born Wolverhampton); John S. Hopkins (age 25 born Wolverhampton), Tin Plate Maker and Japanner; Sarah H. Hopkins (age 23 born Wolverhampton); William F. Hopkins (age 22 born Derby), Merchant's Clerk; and Alfred N. Hopkins (age 14 born Birmingham). Two servants.[1]

1866 John Satchell Hopkins, Tinplate Works, Granville Street, Birmingham. [2]

1898 February 11th. Died.[3]


1898 Obituary [4]

JOHN SATCHELL HOPKINS was born at Wolverhampton in December 1825, whence his father, Mr. John Head Hopkins, removed a few years afterwards to Birmingham, where with his son he established in 1850 the Tin-Plate Works in Granville Street still known by the name of J. H. Hopkins and Sons (Proceedings 1897, pages 388-90).

Following up the employment of steam machinery for stamping, spinning, and burnishing, he introduced at these works twenty-five years ago pressure-plate presses, and machines for spinning, forming, trimming, wiring, &c., which were the first machines of the kind erected and used in this country, and except in some minor points indicated by continued experience have never yet been improved upon.

Besides largely extending the manufactory in conjunction with his brother, he occupied an influential position in connection with numerous local concerns, of which he was the chairman of several.

His death took place suddenly on 11th February 1898, in the seventy-third year of his age, from failure of the heart's action.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1866.


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