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William Penn (1849-1921)

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William Penn, of John Penn and Sons

1849 Born the son of John Penn and his wife Ellen at Lewisham[1]

1871 Living with his parents, at Lee, Kent[2]

1873 joined I Mech E

1877 Married Constance Mary Lucas in London[3]

1881 Ellen Penn 54, at Lee, Kent, with John Penn 33, William Penn 31, both brothers were both directors, employing 838 men and 132 boys, Alfred Penn 26, daughter Ellen Green 28, Isabella Stokes 24, Amy F. Penn 24, daughter in law Constance M. Penn 25, Joseph F. Green 34, Frederick Stokes 30, granddaughter Amy D. Penn 3, Marion J. Penn 1, Eric F. Penn 3, Constance O. Penn 1, Ellen M. Green 1, Frederick F. Stokes [4]

1891 Living at 4 Richmond Terrace, Westminster (age 41 born Lewisham), an Engineer and Employer. Shown as married but no family listed. Seven servants. [5]

1899 Listed of Tavenham Hall, Norfolk and a director of John Penn and Sons when it was bought by the Thames Iron Works, Shipbuilding and Engineering Co

1901 Living at The Cedars, Belmont Hill, Lee, London (age 51 born Lewisham), Living on Own Means. With his daughters Olive (age 21 born London) and Marjorie (age 19 born London). Also his nieces Dorothy Penn (age 23 born London) and Joan Penn (age 21 born London). Fourteen servants. [6]

1912 Executor of his mother's estate[7]

1921 Died in Middlesex[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1871 census
  3. BMD
  4. 1881 census
  5. 1891 Census
  6. 1901 Census
  7. probate record
  8. National Probate calendar