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- Edgecombe, John
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Born about 1817 and of English ancestry, John Edgecombe came to Fredericton, New Brunswick, in 1834. About 1840 he and Joseph Stentiford founded a wagon and carriage factory, one of the earliest in Fredericton. Eventually the two men dissolved their partnership, but they continued in the same type of business. An 1862 business directory shows separate business advertisements for Edgecombe and Stentiford. Edgecombe was listed as a manufacturer of "carriages, wagons and sleighs" with his business located on York Street.
In 1841 John Edgecombe married Ann Jane Wilman, a native of Fredericton, and they had two daughters and eight sons. Several of Edgecombe's sons joined him in the business which became known as "Edgecombe and Sons, Carriage Factory" in 1874. By the 1870s, the factory was the second largest of its kind in Canada, employing 50 men.
John Edgecombe died in 1890. His factory continued to operate; however, disputes among his heirs eventually led to the sale of all the Edgecombe property in 1898. Fred Edgecombe, son of John Edgecombe, bought the factory and continued to operate it for a time.
Squires, A., History of Fredericton, The Last 200 Years; Business Directory, 1982; York County census returns, parish of Fredericton, 1851 and 1871
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