Saturday, May 4, 2013

Henry Heys, Reed Maker

I knew very little of Henry Heys' life before I stumbled over a couple of newpaper clippings from the Manchester Times. I knew he was a "reed maker" from census data but have to admit that I hadn't done much research on exactly what a reed maker was. That changed when I found a reply to a request for information on the man who taught Henry his trade:

Manchester Times January 27 1893

From this short clipping written by his daughter, I found out that Henry Heys had been apprentised as a young boy, what his nickname was and how he came to acquire his business. There is still much I don't know (the names of his parents and the maiden name of his wife Lydia for example) but it is good to celebrate small victories.

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