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William Hawkes

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William Hawkes (1800-1862) of Smith and Hawkes

1800 Born In King's Norton, the son of Thomas Lakin Hawkes, a Factor, and his wife Susannah Smith (daughter of Timothy Smith). Brother of Timothy Hawkes

1851 Living at 7 Calthorpe Street, Edgbaston: William Hawkes (age 50 born King's Norton), Iron Founder. With his sister Susan Hawkes (age 62 born King's Norton). Two servants.[1]

1857 of the Eagle Foundry, Birmingham.[2]

1862 May 31st. Died. Of Vicarage Road, Edgbaston.[3]

1862 Probate to his brother Timothy Hawkes of the Eagle Foundry and his nephew James Russell of Birmingham.


1863 Obituary [4]

William Hawkes was born at Moseley near Birmingham in 1800; and after serving his time with Mr. William Brunton at the Eagle Foundry, Broad Street, Birmingham, became a member of the firm of Messrs. Smith and Hawkes at the same works, in which he continued an active partner up to nearly the time of his death.

His health having been declining for more than two years previously, he died on 31st May 1862 at the age of sixty-two. He was elected an Honorary Member of the Institution in 1857.



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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. 1857 Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  3. Birmingham Journal - Saturday 07 June 1862
  4. 1863 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries Minutes of the Proceedings