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William Henry Avery

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William Henry Avery (1812-1874) of W. and T. Avery

1812 Born in Birmingham the son of William Avery and his wife Elizabeth

1814 His father inherited the scale-beam making business from Joseph Balden

1843 By the time that his father died, both William and his brother Thomas were working in the scale-making business.

1851 William Henry Avery 38, manufacturer of scales and weighing machines, employing with partner 154 men and boys, lived in Kings Norton, with his sister Sarah Avery 25[1]

1853 August 4th. Married in Edinburgh to Maria Richmond Beilby

1865 William Henry took sole charge of William and Thomas Avery

1871 Living at Norfolk Road, Edgbaston: William H. Avery (age 58 born Birmingham), Land Owner. Manufacturer employing 233 men and 71 boys and women. With his four children; William B. Avery (age 16 born Edgbaston); Edith E. Avery (age 13 born Edgbaston); Henry J. Avery (age 10 born Edgbaston); and Alice M. Avery (age 9 born Edgbaston). Also his sister-in-law Mary A. Beilby (age 36 Born Edinburgh). Four servants.[2]

1874 Died in Birmingham

1879 The distribution of his assets took place[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. 1871 Census
  3. London Gazette 15 August 1879