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    Eeh pally Geneius, you've done well girl. I looked into this query late and got confused, tis what happens these days - if I'm not in in the beginning I find it difficult to get my head round it! Well done Jean.

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    Have finally caught up with this - wasn't around at all yesterday - and find you have all been beavering away on my behalf. Thank you. (And I have now been able to see those newspaper snippets. Thank you !)

    As a result of all this activity, I find myself becoming more and more interested in Charles Ezard b. 1840, Kilham, ERY. He is in my One-Name Study, rather than in family researches - but, of course, a link might emerge. It is the enterprise of Charles and his original partners, Richard Rowbotham and Isaac Sykes, that seems to have triggered the migration of several Ezard families from the East Riding to the Bradford area of Manchester. So families went for the new jobs that were on offer??? The area round Bradford expanded rapidly during the second half of the 19th century, because it offered what was necessary for industrial development - coal, water, good transport, a flat-ish terrain, clay (from which bricks were made). Lots of folk cashed in on this, presumably - amongst them those three young men from ERY.

    Charles initially prospered and in 1881 was living in a big house at Heaton Norris (a 'good' suburb?), with his large family (#9). He states that he was employing 100 men and boys in the iron foundry/hollow-ware manufacturing business. (There is an enumerator's mark through the middle digit, so that number might be '160' or '180' ; whatever, this was a sizeable concern.) He is listed in Slater's 1883 Trade Directory of Manchester, which probably went to print before his financial problems emerged.

    Anyway, in the spring of 1883 he went into liquidation, with debts totalling over three times the value of his assets (debts: c 7468, assets: c 1867). Handley & White, accountants of Manchester, were the trustees in his liquidation. They appointed a man called William Fieldhouse to manage the tinplate business and it looks as if Charles continued to work there, but as 'tinplate worker' [newspaper report, 1885]. However, William Fieldhouse and a man called Hartshorn started filtering off money and when they were found out fled to America; William came back and was charged with embezzlement in 1885.

    Charles then disappears from the records. I have not found him in the 1891 census, and I have not been able to identify a death. (Free BMD shows five Charles Ezard deaths between 1885-1940, but none of them could be this man because the ages do not match to an 1840 birth.) So what on earth happened to Charles and his family? Did they emigrate?

    Any suggestions? Any possible sightings?

    Owl

    Notes added after going through the whole thread again:
    Ref #10 The marriage in Australia between a Charles Henry Ezard and an Emily Ayres is not, to the best of my researches to date, anything to do with this immediate family. (Go on - prove me wrong!) The newspaper states that CHE had come to Victoria as a child of five. In 1881, the Harry Ezard who was the son of Charles Ezard, iron founder, was already 18 (#9). Perhaps CHE was a son of that Harry/grandson of Charles Ezard, iron founder? That would indicate that at least Harry went to Oz, and that he was already married.
    Ref #14 Thank you for the links to those old maps - have been going cross-eyed mousing over them! But they are very interesting. Peter Whitehead makes the point that the industrial heritage of this area has been completely lost (see link in my next post above this one).

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    Default EZARD link to George EZARD 1779-1859

    We have established that, in 1867, there was an influx of EZARDs from the East Riding to the Bradford area of Manchester. This was, mainly, to do with the iron foundry business run by Richard Rowbotham, Charles Ezard and Isaac Sykes; in addition, Charles's uncle William Ezard, 1812-1886, went bankrupt in Filey and moved his family to the Bradford area.

    Anyone looking at the 1871 census for this area is struck by the sheer density of Ezards on two pages. I have now discovered that they all link back to George Ezard 1779-1859, the illegitimate son born to Jane Ezard and George Clarkson. See this thread: https://www.british-genealogy.com/th...-Meaning/page2

    1871 RG10 Piece 4059 Folio 76 p17
    Charles Ezard b. 1840, son of James Ezard b. 1814, the youngest son of illegitimate George Ezard.
    William Ezard b. 1812, third son of illegitimate George Ezard.
    Rachael Rowbotham b.1844, sister of Charles/daughter of James (see above)/wife of Richard Rowbotham.

    1871 RG10 Piece 4060 Folio 44 p27
    James Ezard b. 1814, youngest son of illegitimate George Ezard.

    Plus, all but one of the Ezard children listed on those 1871 census pages. The exception is a 'George Ezard/21/nephew' - haven't yet established how he fits in. Working on it! ('Nephew' might be used here loosely as 'kinsman'. Not sure.)

    So - much has been achieved in this last year, and I now understand why it was so 'Ezard cosy' on those two census pages.

    Thank you Geneius and all posters here for all the help you have given with this.

    Swooping off.

    Owl
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    The Ezard family moved to the US. The family showed up in the Orange County census of 1885 under the last name of Edgar. At some point the family moved to mobile alabama. Charles founded Mobile Pulley Works. Charles was the great grandfather of my wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb3700 View Post
    Charles founded Mobile Pulley Works. Charles was the great grandfather of my wife.
    Good morning, mb3700, and a very warm welcome to Brit Gen..

    I was delighted to read your post, because it helps to answer the question: "What happened to Charles Ezard?" You say he founded the Mobile Pulley Works, so it looks as if he stayed, broadly, in the same line of business - he was the design brains in Ezard, Rowbotham & Sykes, who ran an iron foundry. Charles specialised in small useful household items and some of his designs are held at the UK National Archives.

    Charles was a cousin of my great-grandfather Joseph Ezard, 1850-1926. Joseph was the first-born son of William Ezard, 1812-1884; and Charles was a son of James Ezard, c1814 - .[Research notes not to hand. My apologies.]Joseph and Charles were both grandsons of the George Ezard (sometime Clarkson, then Ezard again)born in 1779. He was the son of Jane Ezard, who married his father, George Clarkson, some months later.


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    My researches are currently on hold, I'm afraid, but it really is so good to have this further information.
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    Yes, Charles Ezard and his family moved to Mobile, Alabama. I didn't know about the name change to Edgar in the US. Did they change their name to escape any implication in the embezzlement scandal? However, they did keep in contact with the rest of the Ezard family in the UK, at least for a time. Somewhere in the family, we have a picture of the house they lived in in Mobile, on St Ann Street. It seems this is the same street on which Mobile Pulley Works is still located, which I didn't know about before seeing this post. But it does seem to corroborate why we have this picture. It also dispels at least some family myths about him.

    Sarah Ezard (nee Saltmer) died in Alabama in January 1925. In total, it seems she and Charles had ten children, and some of the elder ones had already left the home before Charles and Sarah emigrated, and they must have taken those still under age with them to the US. It seems Harry, the eldest, who was learning his father's trade in 1881, went with him to the US, but Maria and Alfred, who would have both been 21 and 19 respectively in 1885, stayed in the UK.

    Alfred is my great-grandfather, so Charles is my great-great-grandfather. Alfred had two sons and one daughter, and they lived in Carlisle. Wilfred fought in the First World War, and later lived in Lancashire. Clarence, as a previous post pointed out, worked for the Foreign Office, and became British Ambassador is several countries in South America, and was appointed CBE. Phyllis, my gran, married and lived in Lancashire. Ironically, given the name change to Edgar in the US, neither Wilfred nor Clarence had any children, so there are no further Ezards in Alfred's family line.

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    Good afternoon, MilvusMilvus, and a very warm welcome to BritGen...

    It is so interesting to have this further information, so I thank you for taking the time to post here. As you will see from my other recent post, my own researches have been on hold for some time, then - after several years - this info about Mobile Pulley Works arrives here and now you have fleshed out some of the names. Wow - isn't BritGen wonderful!

    "Alfred is my great-grandfather, so Charles is my great-great-grandfather. Alfred had two sons and one daughter, and they lived in Carlisle. Wilfred fought in the First World War, and later lived in Lancashire. Clarence, as a previous post pointed out, worked for the Foreign Office, and became British Ambassador is several countries in South America, and was appointed CBE. Phyllis, my gran, married and lived in Lancashire. Ironically, given the name change to Edgar in the US, neither Wilfred nor Clarence had any children, so there are no further Ezards in Alfred's family line."

    The generations have not kept sync because of age gaps/late marriages. My own great-grandfather was Joseph Ezard, 1850-1926 [so somewhere between Charles and Alfred]. My grandfather was Joseph's youngest and only surviving son, Walter George Ezard 1884-1930. The male line has continued: my father, my brother, his sons, and now a baby grandson through his first son. So the name is surviving but with no firm geographical roots (as is the case with many families who experience the diaspora of higher education).

    Thank you for your help.

    Swooping off now.

    Owl
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