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The Humphrys and Henry Families of Manchester Home Page

Updated September 5, 2000

Dorothy Elizabeth Gaunt

5 Latham Road

York Bay

Wellington, 6008

New Zealand

04 568 8055

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Thomas HENRY born 28 September 1734 in Wrexham, Wales, Married on 16 June 1760 to Mary KINSEY in Knutsford, Cheshire, England.Thomas was an apothecary, and moved to Manchester in 1764. Was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society at the instance of Dr Franklin. His nickname was 'Magnesia' - his process for the manufacture of magnesia for medicinal purposes (Milk of Magnesia) remained almost unchanged from its beginning in 1772.His son, William Henry 1774 - 1836) was noted as a scientist and was awarded the Copley gold medal. He married Mary BAYLEY on 27 June 1803 at Manchester Cathedral. Their daughter, Frances Henry, married George HUMPHRYS, who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803, the son of Abel Humphrys (also spelt Humphries and Humphreys) and Jane GRUNDY who had gone there probably in the 1790's. I think Abel was a rich merchant of some sort. Their five children were all baptised in the Unitarian Church in Manchester in 1821, alathough all had been born between 1793 and 1811 in the US.
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