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Thomas Backway Brannam

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Thomas Backway Brannam (1815-1897) (or Brannan) of C. H. Brannam

1815 Born in Bideford, the son of Abraham Brannan and his wife Mary Backway. His father Abraham had left Exeter as a child and settled in Bideford as a shoemaker, also following in the footsteps of his own father Abraham and serving as a sergeant in the North Devon militia.

Thomas served his apprenticeship at Cleavehouses Potteries (Bideford) and by 1837 had settled in Barnstaple as a potter, working for John Rendell.

1841 Rendell owned two potteries: one at North Walk (which no longer exists) where Thomas' brother James was working, and one in Litchdon Street where Thomas was working in the same year.

1855 Birth of his son Charles Hubert Brannam

1897 Died and buried in the churchyard of Holy Trinity, Barnstaple.

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