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William Wilson (2)

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William Wilson (c1773-1860) of Edward Price and Co

Formed a brokering business trading with Russia, which was extremely profitable.

1813 Admitted into the Freedom of the City of London

1830 One of Russia's principal exports was tallow, and so in 1830 he bought the patent granted to James Soames in 1829 for the processing of coconut oil into a solid fat substitute for tallow in candle manufacture, and oil-burning lamps.

1830 Edward Price and Co was founded by William Wilson and his business partners, John Studholme Brownrigg, John Cockerell and Sir George Gerard de Hochpied Larpent. The firm was possibly named after his business partner's aunt who was not connected with the business.

Built a factory at Battersea

By 1840 their 'composite' candles, made from tallow and coconut fats on plaited wicks were very successful.

1841 William Wilson 65, a merchant, was living in Wimbledon with Margarett Wilson 50, Lydia Wilson 35, Mary Wilson 30, Ann Wilson 30, Robert Wilson 25, a solicitor, Margaret Wilson 20, George Wilson 15, Henry Wilson 15, M W I Wilson 15, Rosamond Wilson 3[1]

1851 Living at Wandsworth Common: William Wilson (age 78 born Stanmore), a Retired Merchant. With his wife Margaret Wilson (age 65 born Edinburgh) and their children Mary Wilson (age 43 born Edinburgh); Ann Wilson (age 42 born Wilson Town, Lanark); Robert Wilson (age 38 born Wilson Town, Lanark), Solicitor; George Fergusson Wilson (age 29 born Wandsworth), Manager of Patent Candle Co; Maria Wilson (age 25 born Wandsworth); his nephew James Lung (age 22 born Edinburgh), Assistant Manager of Patent Candle Co; and son James W. Wilson (age 33 born Hampstead), Manager of Patent Candle Co. Six servants.[2]

1860 William Wilson Esq., died at Wandsworth; his sons John and Robert were executors[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. 1851 census
  3. National Probate Calendar