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FUSSELL - 18th century edge tool makers
« on: Friday 19 August 11 13:20 BST (UK) »
Does anyone have access to records about the family of Fussells, who were edge tool makers. My ancestor Austin Fussell was obviously in the family business in the later 1700s. I wonder if his father was the John who started the business in 1744? Austin was born around 1737 in Mells. Any help would be gratefully received!

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Re: Fussell - 18th century edge tool makers
« Reply #1 on: Friday 19 August 11 14:37 BST (UK) »
Hi Totnor
 re the above a bit  threadbare but some records
1) Marriage  27th Oct 1781  AndrewFussell of Mells
 to Ann Dansen  by licence at MELLS
  2 )Austin Fussell death 7th July 1794 aged 57 years at Mells ,Anglican reg.
 these dates confirm the 1737 Birthdate for him
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Move  on a few years and we have  :
 Austin Fussell , of Oxford All saints. Ironmonger,21/1/1840
Bankrupt Directory 1820-1848
no other comments
             Then I found GWR Railway Shares;-to
  1)John C Fussell 15th Nov 1865
Elizabeth Hounsell death 16th Sept 1868
Miss Frances Fussell Executrix  niece 14th nov 1865,
 Mr John C Fussell Recipient 15th Nov 1865
 Gwr railway shares to John H Fussell 9th Apr 1872 Frome
Miss Francis F ussell death 15th sept 1867
Miss Lucy Fussell Executrix, sister 8th March 1867
 2)  John H Fussell  Reciept 9th april 1772
Can you confirm if this is the corect family as no Census images at all that I can find?

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Re: Fussell - 18th century edge tool makers
« Reply #2 on: Friday 19 August 11 17:39 BST (UK) »
Hi Totnor

I don't know if you have found this yet:

www.fussels.org

It is the site for the Fussell Iron Works Society, giving a great deal of information on the company as well as details of a recently published history. The original Fussell in the business, James III, seems to have come from Stoke Lane to Mells in the 1740s

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Re: Fussell - 18th century edge tool makers
« Reply #3 on: Friday 19 August 11 18:10 BST (UK) »
Hi Totnor
Old Bristolian is  spot with this site  but you need to add an L to fussell. should tell you everything you need to now about the family,business etc,

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Re: FUSSELL - 18th century edge tool makers
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 20 August 11 08:59 BST (UK) »
Thank you all for that. I will certainly peruse the Fussells website. A quick look seemsd fascinating!

I am descended from Austin and Mary (Nash). Mary died in 1773 and then Austin re-married Ann. I have Dawson not Dansen, as her surname, so will check that out.

I think the younger Austin was the son of one of my Austin's brothers, if I remember.

I look forward not only to finding more about Austin's parents but also more about their flourishing busines..

Does anyone know anything about Mary Nash, please?


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Re: FUSSELL - 18th century edge tool makers
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 20 August 11 10:08 BST (UK) »
Hello Totnor,

They have a permanent display on the Fussell Ironworks in the Frome Museum. There is also a huge amount of information on the family there.

http://www.fromemuseum.org/

There is a bit about the Fussells on the website of Mary de Viggiani, a local historian. http://www.dixon.org.uk/deviggiani/LOM_index.html

There is also a website dedicated to the Frome area. A name search of Fussell on this produces many hits. http://www.fromeresearch.org.uk/ A search on Nash likewise, many results.

I found the marriage of Austin to Mary Nash in Chelwood in 1763. I take it you have the details, names of witnesses etc? Mary Nash appears to have been baptised in Chelwood, Independent Chapel, on 22 November 1742. She was the daughter of George Nash. Abode: Clutton. Also on Freereg http://www.freereg.org.uk

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Re: FUSSELL - 18th century edge tool makers
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 20 August 11 10:24 BST (UK) »
Hello again,

A further search of Freereg revealed quite a colony of the Nash family around Chelwood.

Siblings of Mary Nash baptised in Chelwood Independent Chapel were as follows:

28 February 1732/3 Elizabeth.

13 December 1734 Joanna.

21 April 1738 George.

5 December 1740 Ann.

All children of George Nash, abode Clutton.

There were other people by the name of Nash, Thomas and John, who lived in Clutton and baptised children there around this time.

These are on Freereg.

Jo.

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Re: FUSSELL - 18th century edge tool makers
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 20 August 11 11:05 BST (UK) »
Many thanks, Jo. Most helpful. I will look at Mary's site. I had found the baptism for Mary Nash, but it's useful to have her siblings. (FreeReg is great!).

I hope to be in the SW in the next month or two visiting relatives and shall try to get to the Frome museum. Have also sent for their book on the Fussells.

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Re: FUSSELL - 18th century edge tool makers
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 25 August 11 13:13 BST (UK) »
Thank you again all of you. I have now received an interesting book from Frome Museum that details the history of the Fussells' ironworks  over the years. I am now trying to find James Fussell who started the business and his marriage to Barbara. Anyone know that, please? Also their baptisms?! I live in hope.