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Thomas Donkin

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c.1816 Born in Bermondsey, son of Bryan Donkin and his wife Mary; baptized in 1817[1]

1847 Married Sarah Dunn in Newcastle upon Tyne[2]

1851 Practising civil engineer, living in Camberwell with Sarah Donkin 30, Thomas H Donkin 3, Juliana Donkin 9 Mo[3]

Partner in Bryan Donkin and Co

1856 Patent on improvements in glazing of paper

1858 Gave notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in apparatus employed in the manufacture of paper, applicable also to controlling the motion of travelling webs and fabrics." A communication from Gabriel Planche.[4]

1860 Patent on improvement in paper-making machines.

1861 Engineer, living in Norwood, Lambeth, with Sarah Donkin 40, Juliana Donkin 10, Edwin B Donkin 7, Charles Donkin 6, Arthur Donkin 4, Harry S Donkin 3, Ellen M Donkin 2[5]

1871 Mechanical engineer, living in Norwood, with Sarah Donkin 50, Edwin B Donkin 17, mechanical engineer, Charles Donkin 16, mechanical engineer, Arthur Donkin 14, mechanical engineer, Ellen M Donkin 12[6]

1881 Mechanical engineer, living in Walton on Thames[7]

1894 Died in Weybridge, Surrey; probate to Edwin Bryan Donkin and Harry Julyan Donkin, engineers, and Harry Dunn[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. BMD
  3. 1851 census
  4. London Gazette
  5. 1861 census
  6. 1871 census
  7. 1881 census
  8. national Probate calendar