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GEORGE STOTHERT  was born 23 Dec 1755 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England to parents Adam (1730-1800) and mother Elizabeth Conway (?-1786), and died 1818 in Bath, Somerset.

George mar:  (1) 30 Aug 1783 to Ann Rotten (b: Dec 1755 d: Mar 1788)  Their children were:

... i Ann Stothert (b: Jul 1784 d: 08 May 18670

... ii Elizabeth Stothert (b: 1785 )

... iii George Stothert (b: 1786 d: 25 Nov 1858)

... iv Charlotte Stothert (b: 1788)

George mar: (2) 21 Nov 1791 in Aston Juxta Birmingham, Warwickshire to ELIZABETH ASPREY. She was b: 28 Aug 1765 in Worfield, Shropshire, England to parents John Asprey(1746 1801) and mother Sarah Parsons (1745 -) Elizabeth d: 26 Jan 1855 in Bath, Somerset, England.

The Stothert name originated in Scotland and  in 1785 George Stothert senior took over the shop formerly belonging to Thomas Harris and became an agent for the domestic cast ironmongery produced by Abraham Darby's Coalbrookdale Iron Company. By 1815 however Abraham Darby had his own warehouse in Bristol so George Stothert senior started his own foundry became a supplier to the construction industry. He passed management of the engineering company to his son George junior. In 1834 the firm took on Robert Pitt (1818 - 1886) as an apprentice. In  1844 son Henry Stothert took into partnership his then managing engineer, Mr. Rayno, and also Robert Pitt, the firm becoming Stothert, Rayno, and Pitt and continued as a renowned manufacturer of cranes and other engineering products independently until 1986.  

As the firm of Stothert & Pitt became established it developed a reputation for heavy engineering, particularly the designing and construction of dockside and many survive throughout the World. A number of Stothert & Pitt cranes are listed including the Fairbairn Steam Crane at Wapping Wharf, Bristol (Grade II*) and the Giant Crane at the former NEM Works, Wallsend, North Tyneside (Grade II*). Stothert & Pitt were at the forefront of crane development following the production of their first steam crane in 1851, including the introduction of the first electric-powered dock cranes in the country in 1892-3 for Southampton Docks. It was however the securing of a series of patents for heavy equipment, including the invention in 1912 of the 'level luffing' mechanism which allowed a dock crane's jib to be raised or lowered while its load remained at the same level, which secured the future success of the company. Stothert & Pitt also produced water pumping engines, iron lighthouses, mini-submarines, concrete mixers, quarry crushing and screening plant and provided machinery for the construction of much of the Great Western Railway line which created a vital transport link, spurring the development of industrial Bath. More specifically they provided the machinery for the excavation of the Box Tunnel. Stothert & Pitt closed in January 1989, bringing to an end a celebrated commercial enterprise which was a major employer in Bath.

ENGINEERING TIME LINE

GEORGE STOTHERT and ELIZABETH ASPREY'S CHILDREN:

... i John Stothert (b: 1792 d: 1869) mar: Susanna Kelston

... ii SARAH STOTHERT b: 04 Mar 1794 in Bath, Somerset d: 05 Jan 1862 in 5 Norfolk Cresc, Bath Somerset

... iii William Stothert (b: 1795 d: Abt. 1860) mar:  Marrianne Turner

... iv Henry Asprey Stothert (b: 1797 d: 1860) mar  Elizabeth (Bessy) Crowther

... v Mary Stothert (b: 1798 d: 1873) mar:  William Evill

... vi Catherine Stothert (b: 1800 d: 18 Mar 1864)

... vii Jane Stothert (b: Sep 1802 d: 15 Dec 1873) mar:  William Littlewood

... viii Richard Stothert (b: Jan 1805 d: 25 Mar 1879) mar;  Mary Agnes Carpenter

... ix Helen Stothert b: 1806 d: 1873