Photos of Harborne in Staffordshire in England, United Kingdom
of Great Britain.
Photos of Harborne in Staffordshire in England
Staffordshire, Harborne, John Mappin born 1796.
The story and pictures of John Mappin are kindly shared with us
from the colection of Mr Ben Hall.
John Mappin was born in London in 1796. He later became a surgical
instrument maker, and plied his wares from a premises in 88, Newall
Street, Birmingham. His home however was in the quiet village of
where he lived at Westborne Villa on Victoria Road.
In 1876 he had this desire printed on the back of the above cabinet
card (cartte de visite).
Staffordshire, Harborne, John Mappin's desire.
On the 1881 census, John Mappin is a widower, still living at
the above address in Harborne, and he has surrounded himself by
family members that included a daughter in law, his grand-daughter
- Ann Lucy (Mappin) Fletcher, Ann Lucy's husband - Frederick William
Fletcher, and his great grandson William Fletcher - aged just 8
John Mappin sadly passed away later that year (1881).
This anecdote passed down by generations of John Mappin's descendants
makes for interesting reading.:-
"In Manchester [John Reynolds] didn't find anything interesting,
so he walked south to Birmingham. There he called on a man named
John Mappin who dealt in surgical instruments hoping that he could
get a job. He was told that there was no work for him. As he stood
interviewing on the front porch, the John Mappin's daughter, aged
eighteen, was standing in the hall. She overheard the conversation
and was able to get a look at the young man, my grandfather. John
Mappin had thirteen children in all. His daughter in the hallway
was rather frustrated at the time since she and her sister had
arranged to have a double wedding with two young doctors. Her young
doctor, however, had recently left this world due to an attack
of smallpox. She thought John Reynolds did not look too bad so
as he was walking away, she climbed out of a window and ran after
him. She caught up with him and they both walked back to Liverpool
and had eighteen children."
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