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Joseph Parsons Biddle

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Joseph Parsons Biddle (c1841-1892) of the Merthyr Forge and Foundry Co

1840 Born in Merthyr Tydfil the son of Philip Biddle, a Blacksmith, and his wife Elvira

1851 Living at Merthyr Tydfil, age 10 years with his woidowed mother.[1]

1891 Living at 9 Courtland Terrace, Merthyr Tydfil: Joseph Parsons Biddle (age 50 born Merthyr), Iron Founder - Employer. Withn his wife Mary Ann Biddle (age 49 born Merthyr) and their three children; Edith Tydfil Biddle (age 21 born Merthyr); John Ernest Biddle (age 20 born Merthyr); and Florence Maud Biddle (age 17 born Merthyr).[2]


1892 Obituary.[3]

DEATH OF MR J. P. BIDDLE, MERTHYR.

We regret to announce the death at his residence, No. 9, Courtland-terrace, Merthyr of a well-known and highly-respected resident, Mr Joseph Parsons Biddle, ironfounder and coal merchant, who carried on business for a long period of years in Lower High-street.

The deceased gentleman had suffered very much from ulceration of the intestines, more especially during the last two or three years, but occasionally he recovered sufficiently to be able to go out and transact business. Thus, for instance, he journeyed to Ebbw Vale as lately as Monday, and his last appearance about town was on Wednesday. After that, another attack came on, and on Thursday it was seen that the end was not far off. Dr C. Biddle was in constant attendance upon his brother until the time of his death, which occurred about 10 minutes Past 10 o'clock on Thursday night.

The deceased gentleman was of a very genial disposition. He was a native of Merthyr, and from his youth up was closely connected with Market-square Congregational Church, of which place of worship he was a deacon. He was a teacher in the Sunday-sohool of Market-square, and a member of the Executive Committee of the General Hospital. He was 51 years of age, and leaves a widow and three children to mourn his loss; and for them as well as for his brothers, Dr Biddle and Mr E. P. Biddle, the sincerest sympathy is felt in their bereavement.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday at two o'clock, and, in order to meet the wishes of many of the inhabitants, it will be a public one.



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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. 1891 Census
  3. South Wales Daily News - Saturday 22 October 1892