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William Pollitt

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Sir William Pollitt (1842-1908) was a railway manager and general manager of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway and the Great Central Railway under Edward Watkin

1841 Born in Ashton-under-Lyne the son of William Pollitt, Grocer, and his wife

1862 Married Esther Crompton

1869 Appointed accountant for the company having previously served as chief clerk

1871 Living at Branforth Terrace, Moss Side: William Pollitt (age 29 born Ashton-under-Lyne), Accountant. With his wife Esther Pollitt (age 30 born Ashton-under-Lyne) and their three children; Jane Pollitt (age 7 born Ashton-under-Lyne); Henry Pollitt (age 5 born Ashton-under-Lyne); and Margaret Ellen Pollitt (age 3 born Ashton-under-Lyne). Two servants.[1]

1885 Assistant General Manager

1891 Living at Fernlea, Dunham Road, Altrincham:William Pollitt (age 49 born Ashton-under-Lyne), Director and Manager of Railway. With his wife and their five children; Esther Pollitt (age 50 born Ashton-under-Lyne); James Burton Pollitt (age 29 born Ashton-under-Lyne), Solicitor; Jane Pollitt (age 27 born Ashton-under-Lyne); Harry Pollitt (age 25 born Ashton-under-Lyne), Railway Mechanical Engineer; and Margaret Ellen Pollitt (age 23 born Ashton-under-Lyne). Three servants.[2]

1908 October 14th. Died age 66.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  2. 1891 Census