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John Wilton Gordon

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John Wilton Gordon (1867-1947)

1871 Living at Hampstead: John Gordon (age 31 born Scotland), Civil Engineer. With his wife Hannah Gordon (age 40 born Stratford) and their five children; George W. Gordon (age 16 born Bow); Jessie Gordon (age 7 born West Hackney); Ada Gordon (age 4 born West Hackney); John W. Gordon (age 3 born West Hackney); and James Gordon (age 1 born Hampstead). Four servants.[1]

1895 'The marriage of Mr. John Wilton Gordon, of Aboyne House, Hampstead, with Mlle. Cecile Du Pontet, eldest daughter of M. le Pasteur and Mne. Du Pontet de la Harpe, took place at the Eglise Reforinee Evangelique'[2] He is third son of John Gordon.[3]

1901 Birth of son John Donald Gordon

1911 Living at 20 Chesterford Gardens, Hampstead: Celia Gordon (age 41 born Bayswater - Swiss nationality). With her three children; Marguerite Gordon (age 14 born N. Kensington); Irene Gordon (age 12 born N. Kensington); Donald Gordon (age 9 born N. Kensington). Four servants.[4]

1913 Passenger from Trinidad to Southampton. Engineer age 46.

1924 Passenger from Bristol to Port Simon, Costa Rica. Engineer of 20 Chesterfield Road, Halifax, age 57.

1947 May 28th. Died. Of 20 Chesterford Gardens, Hampstead. Probate to John Donald Gordon, Engineer.

1949 Obituary [5]

"JOHN WILTON GORDON, whose death occurred on 12th January 1947, was associated with the firm of Messrs. John Gordon and Company, makers of machinery for sugar, coffee, and other products, London, for the very long period of fifty six years.

He was born in 1867 and was educated privately and at the University College School, London, and Aberdeen Grammar School. After two years' practical training with Messrs. McKinnon and Company, Ltd., engineers, of Aberdeen, he entered the family firm, founded by his father, as a draughtsman, becoming a partner at the early age of twenty-one. During his long connection with the business Mr. Gordon travelled widely; amongst the countries visited being those of Central America, the West Indies, and Kenya, in all of which he was well known and highly respected. He had several patents to his credit in connection with improvements to machines for the treatment of coffee. Mr. Gordon became sole partner in 1904 and continued to act as such until 1933, but though ceasing to be financially concerned, he maintained an active interest in the business until 1940, when he finally retired. He had been an Associate Member of the Institution for fifty years having been elected in 1897."

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  2. Clifton Society - Thursday 18 July 1895
  3. Clifton Society - Thursday 30 May 1895
  4. 1911 Census
  5. 1949 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries