Person:James Chesterman (1)

James Chesterman
d.25 Apr 1867 Yorkshire, England
  • F.  John Chesterman (add)
  • M.  Jane Woodland (add)
  1. James Chesterman1795 - 1867
m. bef 1825
  1. Ann Greaves Chesterman1825 - 1876
  2. George Greaves Chesterman1826 - 1856
  3. James Chesterman1829 - 1850
m. c 1833
  1. Harriett Chesterman1833 -
  2. Jane Chesterman1836 -
  3. William Chesterman1838 - 1930
  4. Sarah Ellen Chesterman1840 - 1884
Facts and Events
Name James Chesterman
Gender Male
Alt Birth[12] 1793 Buckinghamshire, EnglandCarbrook
Birth[7] 1795 Calebroke, Buckinghamshire, England
Marriage bef 1825 to Ann Greaves
Occupation[1][5][6] 1830-1864 Sheffield, Yorkshire, Englandinventor, steel measuring tape, frames for umbrellas and skirts, improvements to surveying equipment
Residence[17] 1832 Ecclesall Bierlow, West Riding of Yorkshire, EnglandBakers Hill
Marriage c 1833 to Harriet M Hewitt
Census 1841 Sheffield, Yorkshire, Englandwith Harriet M Hewitt
Census 1851 Sheffield, Yorkshire, Englandwith Harriet M Hewitt
Census? 1861 Ecclesall Bierlow, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death[7][14] 25 Apr 1867 Yorkshire, England
Probate[14] 18 May 1867 Wakefield, Yorkshire, England
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References
  1. "Steel Measuring Tapes", in Scientific American, page 216, 1869.
  2.   W. & L. E. Gurley, Manual of the Principal Instruments Used in American Engineering and Surveying (Troy, N.Y., 1871) and price list., p. 132.
  3.   James Chesterman & Co., Chesterman's Patent Measures, Engineers' Tools, &c. (Sheffield, n.d.), pp. 16-17.
  4.   Douglas J. Hallam, The First 200 Years. A Short History of Rabone Chesterman Limited (1984).
  5. "JULY 14, 1868: TAPE MEASURE CLICKS IN", in Wired (Magazine), by Alfred, Randy, 14 July 2009.
  6. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 9 General Register Office: 1861 Census Schedules.

    Espacenet Patent search
    Patent GB186302977 (A) ― 1864-05-23 Frames for umbrellas and skirts
    https://worldwide.espacenet.com

    1861 Census
  7. 7.0 7.1 Tape (Chesterman), in Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1869.

    Catalogue number: PH*328413
    Inscriptions: "CHESTERMAN'S PATENT SHEFFIELD" and "100 Ft"
    Dimensions: 4.5 inches diameter; 1.25 inches thick; tape .375 inches wide; 100 feet long
    Discussion: This steel tape is graduated in 100ths of a foot on one side, and links and poles on the other. There are joints every 20 feet. The case is leather with a brass handle. The signature refers to James Chesterman (1795-1867), a metal worker in Sheffield, England. In 1821 Chesterman received a British patent for a method of using a spring to rewind measuring tapes automatically. In 1842 Chesterman and James Bottom patented a woven cloth tape that incorporated strands of wire. Chesterman's 1853 patented process for heat treating long strips of steel led to the manufacture of steel tapes that remained virtually unchanged for over 50 years. Scientific American called attention to Chesterman & Co. in 1869, noting that their patent steel tape "is about the most unique thing of the kind we have ever seen," and mentioning its portability, neatness, and exact measuring capability. W. & L. E. Gurley offered Chesterman steel tapes as early as 1871, describing them as "made of a thin ribbon of steel, which is jointed at intervals, and wound up in a leathern case, having a folding handle." Gurley went on to say that these tapes were the best on the market, but at $17, their "great cost" prevented their general use. Gurley also sold Chesterman tapes of cloth reinforced with wire; these cost but $5.25.

    Ref:
    1. "Steel Measuring Tapes," Scientific American 21 (1869): 216.
    2. W. & L. E. Gurley, Manual of the Principal Instruments Used in American Engineering and Surveying (Troy, N.Y., 1871), p. 132, and price list.
    3. James Chesterman & Co., Chesterman's Patent Measures, Engineers' Tools, &c. (Sheffield, n.d.), pp. 16-17.
    4. Douglas J. Hallam, The First 200 Years. A Short History of Rabone Chesterman Limited (1984).

  8.   https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.31951000884477a;view=1up;seq=203 James Chesterman Measuring Tape Advertisement], in [www.hathitrust.org English Mechanic and Mirror of Science and Arts], page v, 6 Nov 1868.

    Advertisement for patent spring measure.

  9.   Board of Managers., 1887 - Engineering, in Journal of the Association of Engineering Societies, by Association of Engineering Societies (U.S.), Volume 6, 1887.

    page 305 "Steel Tapes" by John L. Culley
    page 311 "Improvements in Steel Tapes" by J. D. Varney
    https://books.google.com

  10.   James Christerman, in General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1-1465 Census Returns: 1841 Census Schedules, 1841.

    Name: James Christerman [James Chesterman]
    Age: 45
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1796
    Gender: Male
    Civil Parish: Sheffield
    Hundred: Strafforth and Tickhill (South Division)
    County/Island: Yorkshire
    Country: England
    Street address:

    Occupation:

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    Registration district: Ecclesall Bierlow
    Sub-registration district: Ecclesall Bierlow
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Piece: 1333
    Book: 5
    Folio: 4
    Page Number: 3
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    James Christerman 45
    Heancett Christerman 40
    Ann Christerman 15
    George Christerman 15
    James Christerman 12
    Harriott Christerman 8
    Jane Christerman 5
    Willm Christerman 3
    Sarah Christerman 1
    Source Citation
    Class: HO107; Piece: 1333; Book: 5; Civil Parish: Sheffield; County: Yorkshire; Enumeration District: 6; Folio: 4; Page: 3; Line: 5; GSU roll: 464279

  11.   James Chesterman, in General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1466-2531 Census Returns: 1851 Census Schedules, 1851.

    Name: James Chesterman
    Age: 56
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1795
    Relation: Head
    Spouse's Name: Harriet Chesterman
    Gender: Male
    Where born: Calebroke, Buckinghamshire, England
    Civil Parish: Sheffield
    Ecclesiastical parish: Eldon Street
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    Town: Sheffield
    County/Island: Yorkshire
    Country: England
    Street address:

    Occupation:

    Condition as to marriage:

    Disability:

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    Registration district: Sheffield
    Sub-registration district: West Sheffield
    ED, institution, or vessel: 19
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household schedule number: 56
    Piece: 2338
    Folio: 528
    Page Number: 14
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    James Chesterman 56
    Harriet Chesterman 46
    Jane Chesterman 15
    William Chesterman 13
    Ellen Chesterman 11

  12. James Chesterman, in General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 9 General Register Office: 1861 Census Schedules, 1861.

    Name: James Chesterman
    Age: 68
    Estimated Birth Year: 1793
    Relation: Head
    Gender: Male
    Where born: Carbrook, Buckinghamshire, England
    Civil Parish: Ecclesall Bierlow
    Ecclesiastical parish: St Mary
    County/Island: Yorkshire
    Country: England
    Street address:

    Occupation:

    Condition as to marriage:

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    Registration district: Ecclesall Bierlow
    Sub-registration district: Ecclesall Bierlow
    ED, institution, or vessel: 37
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household schedule number: 12
    Piece: 3474
    Folio: 25
    Page Number: 2
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    James Chesterman 68
    William Chesterman 23
    Sarah Ellin Chesterman 21
    Josiah Caleb Chesterman 8
    Matilda Fowler 20

  13.   James Chesterman, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Death Index. (London, United Kingdom: General Register Office, 1837-Present), 1867.

    Name: James Chesterman
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1792
    Registration Year: 1867
    Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
    Age at Death: 75
    Registration district: Ecclesall Bierlow
    Parishes for this Registration District: Search for Ecclesall Bierlow in the London Times
    Inferred County: Yorkshire West Riding
    Volume: 9c
    Page: 159
    Source Information
    FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

  14. 14.0 14.1 England & Wales. National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1858 onwards. (Ancestry.com).

    The will of James Chesterman late of Sheffield in the county of York Merchant deceased who died 25 April 1867 at Sheffield aforesaid proved at Wakefield by the oathes of Harriet Chesterman of Sheffield aforesaid Widow the Relict and William Chesterman of Sheffield aforesaid Merchant the Son the Executors.

  15.   James Chesterman, in UK, City and County Directories, 1766 - 1946. (Ancestry.com), 1822.

    Name: James Chesterman
    Publication Year: 1822
    Address: Harvest-lane
    Residence Place: Yorkshire, England
    powder flask and shot belt maker

    Source Citation: UK, City and County Directories, 1600s-1900s
    Source Information: Ancestry.com. UK, City and County Directories, 1766 - 1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

  16.   James Chesterman, in UK, City and County Directories, 1766 - 1946. (Ancestry.com), 1857.

    Name: James Chesterman
    Publication Year: 1857
    Address: 188 Rockingham street
    Residence Place: Yorkshire, England
    Occupation: Machinist

    Source Citation: UK, City and County Directories, 1600s-1900s
    Source Information: Ancestry.com. UK, City and County Directories, 1766 - 1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

  17. Ecclesall Bierlow , in UK, Poll Books and Electoral Registers, 1538-1893, Page 12, 1932.