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Rudolf Wissmann

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Ludwig Wilhelm Rudolf Wissmann (1855-1923)

1855 Born in Hanover, Germany.

He became a bank manager and then a stockbroker for Dutch brokers F. C. Stoop and Co in Hercules Passage, Threadneedle Street. He then set up his own firm, called Wissmann and Co, at 10 Throgmorton Avenue.

1879 Married Milley Betsy Fairfield from Lambeth.

Rudolf had become a naturalised British citizen in 1883. Their son, John Rudolf, was born on 23 October 1890 and a daughter, Kathleen Mary Caroline, followed in 1893.

In 1913 Rudolf, Milley and Kathleen moved to Great Duryard, Exeter

On 17 October 1933, aged 40, Kathleen Wissmann married the Revd Arthur Johnstone, the vicar of Heavitree (near the family’s country house in Exeter, ‘the family having been associated with the area for generations’). The wedding was a grand affair at Exeter Cathedral with guests including European royalty.

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