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Thomas Auster

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Thomas Auster (c1826-1878) of Potts, Auster and Smith, Auster and Smith and Thomas Auster and Co

1871 Living at 243 Moseley Road, Birmingham: Thomas Auster (age 45 born Birmingham), Coach Axle and Spring Manufacturer employing 30 men and 4 boys. With his wife Sarah Auster (age 33 born Dudley) and their seven children; Edward Auster (age 12 born Birmingham); Ellen E. Auster (age 11 born Birmingham); Alfred W. Auster (age 9 born Birmingham); Arthur C. Auster (age 7 born Birmingham); Sarah H. Auster (age 5 born Birmingham); Walter W. Auster (age 3 born Birmingham); and Howard I. Auster (age 1 born Birmingham). Two servants.[1] Note: His wife's name appear to be in error as it was Eliza.

1878 April 29th. Died. Of Lonsdale House, Moseley. Patent Axle Manufacturer. Probate to Eliza Auster his widow.

1878 Inquest. ' An inquest was held in Birmingham on Saturday, touching the death of Mr. Thomas Auster, manufacturer, Lonsdale House, Moseley. The deceased left his office in Barford-street about 25 minutes past eight on Monday evening, and was not seen or heard of until he was found in the Birmingham canal, near Monument-road bridge, on Wednesday night, by two men in charge of a passing boat. There was no evidence that the deceased had committed suicide, or that he had met with his death by violence, and the jury returned a verdict of ` Found drowned."[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  2. Liverpool Mercury - Monday 06 May 1878