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Richard Stephens (1836-1898)

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Richard Stephens (c1836-1898) of R. Stephens and Son

1871 Living at Pendarves Street, Camborne: Richard Stephens (age 36 born St. Austle, Cornwall), engine Fitter. with his wife Jane Stephens (age 33 born St. Austle, Cornwall) and their three children; William C. Stephens (age 8 born St. agnes, Cornwall); Jannie Stephens (age 7 born Camborne); and Dennis Stephens (age 7 Months born Tuckingmill).[1]


1898 January 9th. Died. 'There died at Roskear, Camborne, on Sunday, Mr. Richard Stephens, the inventor of the Climax rock drill — one who rose to eminence the ranks of mine machinery makers through natural aptitude and acquired skill, backed by indomitable perseverance. Mr. Stephens was also much esteemed for his generosity and neighbourly goodwill.'[2]

1898 Probate to his widow Jane.

1915 Death of his widow. 'At Havelock House, Cambourne, may 5th, Jane, widow of the late Richard Stephens of the Climax Rock Drill Works, Carn Brae, age 77.'[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  2. Cornishman - Thursday 13 January 1898
  3. West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser - Monday 10 May 1915