HISTORY OF THE PRICE
FAMILY AND FIRM
Price and Charles Fox Price are brothers. Their parents were Richard
and Mary who married in 1786 in Bristol.
Henry Cruger Price
was born on the 27th February 1794 in Queen Square
Bristol. Why he was given the same first names as a prominent Bristol
MP who also became Mayor has yet to be confirmed, as there appears to
family link between
the Price family and Henry Cruger.
Charles Fox Price is born 4th January 1802.
in the 1784 Parliamentary election for Bristol a Henry Cruger and
Charles Fox both stood as candidates. Henry Cruger was duly elected as
Member for Bristol. Was the Price family so involved with this
election process that they decided to name two of their sons born after
two prominent local men.
ongoing query is that Henry Cruger Price is the second
child to carry these names. The first Henry Cruger Price was born on
the 6th April 1788 to the same parents Richard & Mary. It was a
common feature in those days if the first Son died in infancy to give
the next born Son the same name.
Henry Cruger the
politician returned to his birth country America in 1790, which is
two years after the first Henry Cruger Price was born.
business is established in 1805 by Edward Homes in Clare Street
1812 the firm also has John Price and later in 1821
they are joined in the business by Henry Cruger Price and then Charles
Fox Price. The firm continues to trade as Ironmongers and Brightsmiths
through the 1820's with Henry and Charles making their important Patent
application in 1829.
Charles Fox Price
then resident in Clifton Bristol marries Mary Sophia
Stephenson at St Mary's Church Hampstead London in January 1831.
However, the marriage was short lived as he dies two years later
January 1833 in Bristol.
1833 sees the three person Parnership of Edward, Henry and Charles
being dissolved with the firm now carried forward in the sole name of
Two years after the
death of Charles in 1833 his widow Mary Sophia
Price marries Henry Cruger Price in January 1835 at the Parish Church
in Minchinhampton Gloucestershire. They have one child a daughter named
Mary Stephenson Price born in Clifton Bristol.
1851 census shows the family has moved to the St Pancras area of
London where Henry's niece Frances and nephew Richard Price are living
with them. It must be assumed that these two relatives are
the children of Charles Fox Price from his marriage to Mary Sophia.
In the Census Henry gives his occupation as Civil Engineer.
Henry Cruger Price
dies aged 62 in the later part of 1856 in St Pancras
London. His widow Mary Sophia moves to Swanage in Dorset where she
lives with Mary her daughter until
moving in the 1890's to Dunmow in Essex. She dies there aged 87 in 1897.