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Josiah Guest (1837-1915)

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Josiah Guest (1837-1915) of J. Guest and Sons

1837 Born in Bilston, the son of Cornelius Guest, a moulder, and his wife Frances Carpenter

1851 Living at Old Meeting Street, West Bromwich. Edward Guest (age 28 born Dowlais), Foundry Manager. With his wife Emma and their two children. Also his sister Fanny Guest (age 16 born Bilston) and his brother Josiah Guest (age 14 born Bilston). One visitor.[1]

1860 February 12th. Married at Birmingham (St. Mark), to Eleanor Holden.

1891 Living at 25 Beeches Road, West Bromwich: Josiah Guest (age 54 born West Bromwich), Iron founder - Employer. With his wife Eleanor Guest (age 524 born West Bromwich), Frederick C. Guest (age 214 born West Bromwich), Minnie G. Guest (age 194 born West Bromwich), Lizzie E. Guest (age 184 born West Bromwich). One servant.[2]

1911 Living at 41 Beeches Road, West Bromwich: Josiah Guest (age 74 born Bilston), Heavy Iron Founder - Rolling Mill Machinery - Employer. With his wife Eleanor Guest (age 71 born Tipton). They had been married 51 years with eleven children of whom eight are still living. Three servants.[3]

1915 September. Died.


1915 Obituary [4]

News was received at West Bromwich to-day of the death of Mr. Josiah Guest, J.P., head of of J. Guest and Son, ironfounders, West Bromwich, which took place suddenly at Bude, Devonshire, where was spending holiday to recuperate after operation. Mr. Guest, who was 78 years of age, had apparently been in the best of health until lately, and the news of his death created painful surprise in the town.

Some years ago Mr. Guest was member of the Town Council, being a representative of Spon Lane Ward, and for number of years was a member of the borough bench.


1915 Obituary [5]

JOSIAH GUEST of Halton House, West Bromwich, died on September 20, 1915, aged seventy-eight. He was head of the firm of J. Guest and Son, ironfounders, of West Bromwich.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1875.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. 1891 Census
  3. 1911 Census
  4. Birmingham Mail - Monday 20 September 1915
  5. 1915 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries