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William Wilkinson Platt

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William Wilkinson Platt (1814-1879)

1813 Born in Eccles[1]/Manchester[2]/Salford[3] son of John and Emma Platt, a weaver[4].

1839 John Platt leased the Salford Iron Works from Sherratt's trustees.

1841 John Platt 60, a "machine maker", lived in Roman Road Terrace, Higher Broughton, with Emma Platt 55, William Platt 25[5].

1845 The Mathers leased part of Salford Iron Works from John Platt

1846 William married Elizabeth Worrall in Manchester[6]

1847 His father, John Platt, died

1848 Birth of his son John

1850 Birth of daughter Sarah Emma Platt in Salford

1852 William became a partner of Colin Mather, forming Mather and Platt.

1852 Patent to Colin Mather and William Wilkinson Platt for improvements in machinery for finishing cloth[7]

1861 William W Platt 47, machine maker, employing 200 men and 50 boys, lived in Broughton near Salford, with Elizabeth Platt 43, John Platt 13, Sarah Emma Platt 11, Mary Platt 8, Elizabeth Platt 7[8]

1871 Maker of machinery for weaving, lived in STretford with Elizabeth Platt 53, John Platt 23, Sarah Platt 21, Mary Platt 18[9]

1872 of Mather and Platt, Salford Iron Works, Manchester

1879 Died in Ormskirk[10]

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Sources of Information

  1. Parish records
  2. 1861 census
  3. 1871 census
  4. Parish records
  5. 1841 census
  6. Parish records
  7. London Gazette Issue 26 November 1852
  8. 1861 census
  9. 1871 census
  10. BMD