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Engraved by Louis Poyet 

Dec 5, 1891 French Revue Magazine

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1821-1883 (m. 1846)

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Mother of five: James  Whitehead (died in infancy), Frances  Eleonor 'Ellen' Whitehead (1st m. Captain Louis Hassenphlug, 2nd m. Sir Charles Drury), Alice Whitehead (m. Count Georg Hoyos), John Whitehead (m. Countess Agathe Gobertina von Breunner - Agathe's parents), Sir James Beethom Whitehead (m. Honorable Cecilia Broderick), and Robert Jr. 'Bertie' Bovil Whitehead (m. Rosalie Emily Phelps)​


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Robert Whitehead

1752-1841 (m. 1785)

Born: Ringley, Lancashire, Great Britain (today United Kingdom)

Career: Founder of bleach works at Elton & calenderer on Bury St.​
Marriages: 1st m. Margaret 
Barker, had seven children

Alice Lever (2nd m.)

1750-1835 (m. 1785)

Born: Bolton-le-Moors, GB

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Robert Whitehead, Austro-Hungarian Baron (1823-1905)

Engineer and Inventor of the Torpedo


Multi-National: Robert was born in the United Kingdom, but left to follow engineering opportunities on the continent. He lived in France for two years, about a year in Lombardy (today Italy), spent several years in Trieste, Austrian Empire (today Italy) and finally settled in Fiume, the Austro-Hungarian Empire (today Rijeka, Croatia).

Art/Music: 'Exquisite' draftsman

Historic Merits: Inventor of the first self-propelled, underwater torpedo


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James Johnson 

1777-1851 (m. date unknown)

Born: Doncaster, South Yorkshire

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Career: dry-salter in Ardwick, Lancashire 


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Ann Boville 

1784-1852 (m. date unknown)

Born: Boville Manor (unconfirmed),​​ Great Britain 

Mother of unknown total # of children: Francis Maria Johnson (m. Robert Whitehead)


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Career: Partner, Bolton engineering works of Thompson, Swift & Cole; ​manufacturing machinery, including steam engines; two marriages

Elizabeth 'Betty' Greenhough

(1st m.) 1773 - 1795 (m. 1793)

Born: Wibsey, Yorkshire (unconfimed)
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Robert Whitehead, Austro-Hungarian Baron

1823-1905 (m. 1846)

Born: Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, United Kingdom (today Bolton, UK)

Career: British Engineer Robert Whitehead, invented the self-propelled torpedo in the 1860s with the hopes of "ending wars". His 1905 obituary in The Engineer stated,"Paradoxical as it may seem, Mr Whitehead is reported to have considered [the torpedo] as a means for ensuring peace rather than bringing war... His idea, no doubt, was of the fearful effects of the torpedo, once realised, would be a sufficient deterrent to peoples and nations contemplating war." ​ He established the world's first torpedo factory during the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Fiume (today Rijeka, Croatia). He was awarded an Austro-Hungarian Baron title in 1868.

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James Whitehead 

1788-1870 (m. 1813)

Born: Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, Great Britain (today Bolton, United Kingdom)
Career: Manger of bleach works in Rose Bank, Ainsworth; Owner of a Bolton calenderer on Bury St.; Owner of a Bolton wholesale brewery on All Saint's St.

Ellen Swift 

1795-1870 (m. 1813)

Born: Lower Moor, Yorkshire, GB

Mother of ten: James Whitehead (died young), Ellen Whitehead, Alice Whitehead, William Whitehead, Robert Whitehead (m. Frances Maria Johnson), James Whitehead, John Whitehead, Elizabeth Whitehead ​(2 daughters died young) and Mary Whitehead​

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