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Joseph Shuttleworth

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Family Tree. Exhibit at the Shuttleworth Collection.

Joseph (formerly Joshua) Shuttleworth (1819–1883) of Clayton and Shuttleworth, agricultural engineer

1819 Born at Dog Dyke on the Witham River in Lincolnshire on 12 July 1819, the son of John Allenby Shuttleworth of Coningsby, a boat builder, and his wife, Rebecca Newton. He was baptised Joshua.

He left school at the age of fourteen to follow his father's trade, and two years later in 1835 took over the management of a boat-building yard at Lincoln, which his father had acquired.

1842 Nathaniel Clayton was working in adjoining premises as an iron-founder and steam-packet owner, and he and Shuttleworth established the firm of Clayton and Shuttleworth

In 1842 Shuttleworth married Sarah Grace, daughter of the elder Nathaniel Clayton and sister of his partner. They had two sons.

1844 The partnership between Joseph Shuttleworth and Robert William Goodwin of Lincoln, boatwrights, is dissolved [1]

c1844 Birth of his son Alfred Shuttleworth

c1845 Birth of his son Frank Shuttleworth

1849 His first wife died

1859 Joseph Shuttleworth, Stamp End Works, Lincoln.[2]

1861 Living at New Road, Lincoln (age 41 born Coningsby), Engineer employing 900 men, Widower. With son Frank (age 16 born Lincoln). Six servants. [3]

1861 December 4th. He married Caroline Jane, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Richard George Ellison of Boultham Hall. [4] They had no children.

1881 Living at Mansion, Old Warden, Bedfordshire (age 61 born Lincolnshire), Engineer. Four servants. Caroline Shuttleworth is living at Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire (age 43 born Boultham). With Frank Shuttleworth (age 36 born Lincoln), Captain 7th Hussars - active list. [5]

1883 January 25th. He died aged 63 at home at Hartsholme Hall, Skellingthorpe, near Lincoln. Also of Old Warden Park, Bedfordshire. [6]

1883 May. Will. Mentions his sons Alfred and Frank; Nathanial Clayton; wife Caroline; the firm Clayton and Shuttleworth of Lincoln, Pesth and Vienna. [7]

1884 Obituary [8]

JOSEPH SHUTTLEWORTH was born in the parish of Coningsby, Lincolnshire, on 12th July 1819.

In 1842 he joined his brother-in-law, Mr. Nathaniel Clayton, in establishing the firm of Clayton and Shuttleworth, Stamp End Iron Works, Lincoln, for the manufacture of agricultural implements and machinery.

In 1845 they produced the first of their portable engines, which with thrashing machines constituted thenceforth the chief specialties of their works.

While continuing to take an active part in the management of this extensive business, Mr. Shuttleworth also devoted a large part of his time to numerous public enterprises. He was for many years a member of the council of the Royal Agricultural Society, in the success of which he took the deepest interest. His death took place at his residence, Hartsholme Hall near Lincoln, on 25th January 1883, in the sixty-fourth year of his age, after an illness of several weeks.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1819.

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Sources of Information

  1. The York Herald, and General Advertiser, Saturday, August 24, 1844
  2. 1859 Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  3. 1861 census
  4. The Standard, Saturday, December 07, 1861
  5. 1881 census
  6. The Standard, Tuesday, January 30, 1883
  7. The Morning Post, Friday, May 18, 1883
  8. 1884 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries