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Schweppe, (Jean) Jacoblocked

(bap. 1740, d. 1821)
  • D. A. Simmons
  • , revised by Anita McConnell

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Schweppe, (Jean) Jacob (bap. 1740, d. 1821), artificial mineral water manufacturer, was baptized in the Liebfrauenkirche in Witzenhausen, Hesse, on 16 March 1740, the son of Conrad Schweppe, a peasant. Believing that their son lacked the strength for agricultural life his parents turned him over to a travelling tinker when he was only eleven or twelve years old. Before long the tinker brought him back, explaining that the boy was so adept at mending pots that he should be put to the silversmiths' craft; the same then occurred, the silversmith recommending that he learn the jewellers' craft. ...

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