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Wilberforce Bryant (1837–1906) by Augusto Stoppoloni Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)


Bryant, Wilberforce (1837–1906), match manufacturer, was born in Plymouth on 25 January 1837, the eldest of four sons (there was also a daughter) of William Bryant (1804–1874) and his wife, Elizabeth Carkeet. William Bryant, who had become a Quaker on his marriage, ran a malodorous business making tallow, candles, blacking, sugar, and locomotive lubricants. In 1844 he teamed up with a fellow Quaker, ...


May, Francis (1803–1885), grocer and match manufacturer, was born at Alton, Hampshire, on 17 July 1803, the third son and fourth child of Samuel May, a prosperous merchant belonging to an old Quaker family, and his wife, Anne Curtis of Alton. His older brother ...