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William Mears

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William Mears (c1813-1895) of Exeter St. David's Railway Station

1861 Living at (?) Cottage, Cowley Bridge, Exeter: William Mears (age 48 born Louth ), Superintendent of B.R T. Co. With his wife Hannah and his father James Mears (age 72 born Stanford), Retired Inn Keeper. Also his niece.[1]

1871 Living at Mamby Cottage, Exeter: William Mears (age 58 born Louth), Railway Superintendent and a Widower. With his Niece.[2]

1891 Living at Hewedon Villa, Queens Road, Exeter:William Mears (age 78 born Louth), Great Western Railway Station Master. Widower. With his niece Mary Grace Read.[3]

1891 March. Retires. 'William Mears, who for over half century has been an officer on the Great Western Railway, and for more than 40 years the Superintendent of the Passenger Department at St. David's Station, Exeter, is about to retire. Mr. Mears first became railway employee in 1841, commencing duty at Bath. Twelve months later proceeded to Weston-super-Mare, and after a lapse of nine years went to Taunton. In 1851 he was appointed Superintendent at Exeter, and for between 40 and 41 years has been in charge of this station....About thirty years there was accident Cowley Bridge - we fancy it was in connexion with some excursion traffic - Mr Mears was a sufferer, having his leg broken....[4]

1895 August. Died.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 Census
  2. 1871 Census
  3. 1891 Census
  4. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 12 March 1891