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William Wheatstone

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William Dolman Wheatstone, of William Wheatstone and Co and Wheatstone and Co

1804 Born in Gloucester City[1] son of William and Beata Wheatstone[2]. William was a cordwainer

1806 The family moved to London. Thereafter, William Wheatstone Senior was in business at 128 Pall Mall from 1813 to 1823, at 24 Charles Street from 1823 to 1824, and at 118 Jermyn Street from 1824 to 1826

1816 Charles Wheatstone was apprenticed to his uncle (Charles, Senior), who manufactured musical instruments.

1823 Uncle Charles died; Charles and his younger brother, William Wheatstone, took over the business.

1824 Of 118 Jermyn Street, Westminster. Music seller. Patent to improve musical tones [3]

1841 Charles Wheatstone 35, Professor of Experimental Philosophy, William Wheatstone 35, musical instrument maker, and Sophia Ann Wheatstone 40, lived in Hanover Sq, London[4]

1851 Musical instrument seller, lived in Hanover Sq, London, with his sister Sophia[5]

1861 William Wheatstone 57, Harmonium and concertina maker, lived with Sophia Wheatstone 60, in Hanover Sq, London[6]

1862 Patent to William Wheatstone, of 20, Conduit street, St. George's, Hanover-square, in the county of Middlesex, Music Instrument Maker, has given the like notice in respect of the invention of "improvements in concertinas and other musical instruments, the tones of which are produced from the vibration of springs." [7]

1862 William Dollman Wheatstone died in London (St George's Hanover Sq)[8]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. Parish records
  3. Mechanics Magazine 1824/09/11
  4. 1841 census
  5. 1851 census
  6. 1861 census
  7. London Gazette 21 January 1862
  8. BMD