Born at Glossip, Derbyshire, England; deaf at age 1 from water on the brain. Attended a school for the deaf at Manchester for only 1 year, then worked for his father, a coffin maker and woodturner. At age 13, emigrated to the US, entering the Maryland School for the Deaf, graduating there after 5 years. Worked in a Philadelphia furniture factory for 6 years. In 1882, married Carrie E. Henry. Moved to Baltimore in 1885 for a better furniture factory position, remaining there 15 years. In 1890, went to the Maryland School to become foreman/teacher of the cabinet shop.
Representative Deaf Persons [second edition], p.115-116.
24 June 1854-?