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O'Donnell, Gordon

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Olsen, Thomas William
8 September 1892 –????

Thomas William Olsen was born 8 September 1892 in Norway, to parents unknown. He lived with his grandparents, William & Susannah Shackleton. In 1901 they were living at 7 Whitlam St, Saltaire; by 1911 they had moved to 18 Dover St in Shipley.

Thomas worked as a cloth finisher in Saltaire Mills. Thomas emigrated to America. He lived in Massachusetts after arriving arrived in New York 4 November 1912 aboard the “Cymric,” having sailed from Liverpool.


Owen, Thomas
1843 –????

Thomas Owen was the son of Robert Owen. Robert was born c1810 in Bolton, Lancashire. He married Mary Blackburn, 6 May 1832, at St Peter’s, Bolton-Le-Moors.

Thomas was born in 1843 in Bolton. In 1851 the family were living in Bolton with Robert working as an iron turner. In 1861 Robert was a shopkeeper & beer seller, whilst Thomas was an engineer in a foundry.

Widower Thomas married Mary Ann Jenkins, 5 January 1891, at Holy Trinity, Bolton-Le-Moors. They had two daughters – Mary Elizabeth, born 13 April 1894 in Bolton, and Emily, born 1 December 1898 in Saltaire. By 1897 they were living at 27 (renumbered 53) Albert Road in Saltaire.

In February 1901, Thomas, as head engineer at Saltaire Mills, gave evidence at an inquiry into an explosion at the Mill that killed a man.

By 1902 Thomas and his family had left Saltaire; it is unclear what happened to them.






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