Pratt to Seely
Charles Pratt (1811-1881)
Charles Pratt was born in Newark in 1811. He married Ann Hopkins in Balderton in 1834. In 1841 he was a partner in Stevenson & Pratt, hop dealers, later trading as C Pratt & Son at 297 High Street, Lincoln, Wine and Spirit merchant. He died in 1881.
Edwin Norton Pratt (1836-1913)
Edwin Norton Pratt was born in Derby in 1836, parents Charles and Ann (nee Hopkins) Pratt. married Sarah Eleanor Brogden in 1864. He was a Magistrates Clerk for the Lincoln Justices. Retired by 1881 and living at Monks Leas House, Lindum Terrace. He died in 1913 in Lincoln
James Toyne Proctor (1805-1873)
James Toyne Proctor was born 1805 at Upton near Gainsborough. He formed the partnership of Proctor & Burton with Theophilus Burton. The business became Ruston, Proctor & Co and in 1865 Proctor sold his interest in the business to Joseph Ruston. In 1872. He lived at Osgodby House, Kirkby-cum-Osgodby. He died in 1873 at Kirkby-cum-Osgodby.
William Wright Richardson (1834-1910)
William Wright Richardson was born in 1834 at Holton Cum Beckering, parents William and Mary Richardson. Married Matilda Ann Smith in Lincoln in 1862. Seed Crusher Manure & Agricultural Merchant, director of Doughty, Son & Richardson Ltd. He was mayor of Lincoln in 1891. Died 1910 in Lincoln
Robert Robey (1826-1876)
Robert Robey was born in Nottingham in 1826, Robert served an apprenticeship at Clayton, Shuttleworth & Co and in 1854 he formed a partnership with William Watkinson of Pocklington Yorkshire. By the early 1860s Watkinson was no longer involved in the business, and it became Robey & Co. Robert married Emma Sandon in 1845. Emily gave birth to 7 children and died in 1863. Robert married Anne Landrow. Robert died at 2 Upper College Street, Nottingham in 1876 and was buried at Canwick Road Cemetery on 11th March 1876. Anne moved to Beeston and lived on the Imperial Estate, a new development of 'superior' housing.
John William Ruddock (1851-1936)
John William Ruddock was born in Malton, Yorkshire in 1851, parents John and Mary Ruddock. Married Matilda Davis at York in 1876. In 1881 living at 41 Burton Road, Lincoln with his wife and child, described as a shopman bookseller.
He was a partner in Akrill, Ruddock & Keyworth at 253 High Street from about 1889, became sole proprietor in 1899 following the resignation of Edwin Keyworth, and changed the business name to J W Ruddock & Co. Mayor of Lincoln 1901-02. 1911 Living at Derwent House, Yarborough Road, Lincoln. He died in Lincoln in 1936
Joseph Ruston (1835-1897)
Born February 1835 in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. He was the son of Robert Ruston and Margaret Seward. Apprenticed at the Sheffield cutlery firm of George Wolstenholme in Sheffield, On completion of his apprenticeship he became a partner in Proctor & Burton of Lincoln in 1856. In 1857 Ruston, Proctor and Burton was formed. Theophilus Burton, one of the partners, left 6 months later and Ruston, Proctor & Co was born. Married Jane Brown, daughter of William Brown, Sheffield banker, in 1859
In 1890 Ruston turned down a demand for higher wages - with the excuse that the business was hardly earning him bread-and-cheese. In the same year he paid for a new Drill Hall for the Lincoln Volunteers, to be built at Broadgate. The new building became known as 'Bread and Cheese hall'. Joseph Ruston was nicknamed 'Mr Bread and Cheese. Profits, of the Company had, in fact, been very high that year, but Ruston knew that to grant an increase in wages to his employees then would probably put other local engineering companies out of business!
Member of Parliament for Lincoln 1884 to 1886. Died at his Home. Monks Manor, in 1897
Family Motto — "Have patience and endure."
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Joseph Seward Ruston (1869-1939)
Born 1869 in Washingborough, son of Joseph and Jane (nee Brown) Ruston of Ruston, Proctor & Co. Married Muriel Curle of Melrose in 1909 in Chelsea. High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1918. Lieutant-Colonel in Territorial Army Died 1939 in Chelsea
Charles Seely (1803-1887)
Charles Seely was born in Lincoln in 1803. Charles's mother, Ann, bought land between the High Street and the River Witham in 1824 and built a five sail mill. Charles Seely was a miller at St Peter in Eastgate and on the High Street, partnership with ? Coupland.. Charles Seely was in partnership with Thomas Michael Keyworth and established the first steam powered mill in Lincoln in 1836.
Mayor of Lincoln in 1841. Elected to parliament in 1847 as MP for Lincoln but his election was declared void in 1848, due to irregularities concerning bribery of electors and paying travelling expenses of non-resident electors.
He was an investor with Thomas Michael Keyworth in Clayton Shuttleworth & Company.
Seely's previous transgression was obviously forgotten when he was elected MP for Lincoln again on 9 Oct 1861, he resigned in 1885. Giuseppe Garibaldi had paid his third visit to Britain in 1864 to secure funds for his Italian campaigns. He was mobbed by supporters when he landed at Southampton on 3 April, but was promptly whisked off to the Isle of Wight to stay at Brook House, the home of Charles Seely, the radical MP for Lincoln. Garibaldi met Tennyson and his wife who fell for him, but not as hard as Mary Seely, Charles's wife, who wrote him romantic letters.
After eight days on the Isle of Wight, he travelled by train to London. There he was greeted by a massive crowd of admirers, estimated at half a million people. Garibaldi stayed several days at Seely's house in London where a reception was hosted for him on April 19. Charles Seely died at his home on the Isle of Wight in 1887