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John Smith junior, developer of steam ploughing
1828 Born in Coven, Staffordshire, son of John Smith, farmer
1851 John Smith 51, farmer, lived in Penkridge, with Elizabeth Smith 59, Jane Smith 25, Mary Ann Smith 25, John Smith 24, engine fitter, and visitors William Bayliss 47, chain maker and Jane Bayliss 20
1856/7 John Smith developed an original form of traction engine with the boiler carried independently of the rest of the machinery
1861 Patent application by John Smith the younger, of Coven, in the county of Stafford, Manufacturer, and John Birch Higgs, of Brewood, in the county of Stafford, Machinist, have given the like notice in respect of the invention of "an improvement or improvements in thrashing machines."
1862 Patent application by John Smith the younger, of Coven, in the county of Stafford, Engineer and Machinist, and John Birch Higgs, of Coven aforesaid, Engineer and Machinist, have given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in thrashing machines, and in mills for grinding and in apparatus for raising or moving grain in granaries and other places."
1862 Exhibited at the Royal Agricultural Show a self-propelled engine, The Bee, similar to Mr Aveling's, which could be used with threshing machines.
1862 Patented a machine for drying wheat and other grain. Also patented use of a current of air in a threshing machine.
1862 Built steam locomotives for Fletcher, Solly and Urwick
1864 Dissolution of partnership Smith and Higgs
1866 Founded his own company: John Smith
1868 John Smith junior, engineer and patent boiler manufacturer, iron and brass founders, agent to and manufacturers of John Fowler junior's patent steam ploughs
1871 Engineer employing 22 men and 7 boys, lodging with his father in Coven