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JOHN RYLANDS (18o1-1888)

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Originally appearing in Volume V23, Page 950 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JOHN RYLANDS (18o1-1888), English manufacturer and merchant, was born at St Helens, Lancashire, on the 7th of February 18o1, and was educated at the grammar school in that town. In 1819 he, his elder brothers and his father, a manufacturer of cotton goods, founded the firm of Rylands & Sons, cotton goods and linen manufacturers, at Wigan. The business rapidly increased, dye-works and bleach-works were added, and the discovery of coal under some of the firm's property added materially to its wealth. In 1825 the partners became merchant's as well as manufacturers, and subsequently acquired spinning mills at Bolton and elsewhere. In 1847, his father being dead and his brothers having retired, John Rylands assumed entire control of the business, which in 1873 was turned into a limited liability company. It has mills at Manchester, Bolton, and Wigan, and is now probably the largest concern of the kind in Great Britain. John Rylands was a benefactor to various charities, and was one of the original financiers of the Manchester Ship Canal. He died at Stretford on the 11th of December 1888. A permanent memorial, the John Rylands Library, was erected by his widow in Manchester in 1899.
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I have a connection through birth and marriage with the Ryland family, this is of a delicate nature and I would only consider discussing the matter with family.I am sure that amongst the family archives and memorabilia are the Bible that JR had printed privately and the concordance produced around the same time. More importantly included in this little collection is a memorium book relating in some detail the services burial and tributes which was printed for limited private publication, should there be any interested parties who can add to my very limited knowledge I would appreciate them getting in touch.
I would be greatly interested in talking to this possible family member of mine. Please email me. Christopher JP Rylands Ferndale USA.
I am a distant relative of John Rylands. I would very much like to contact Chrystopher J P Rylands of Ferdale USA as requested on the page. Please give my addres to Mr. Rylands or please let me have his mail address. Gerald Clark.
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