Edward William JOHNSON 1852-1919



William Edward Johnson was born 1852 in Broughton near Brymbo he was the son of William Johnson and Ann Edwards. His father had been in the iron trade in Scotland before moving to Wales. By 1861 William Edward was with his family in the Moss Valley.

In 1871 he was an engine fitter and lodging with Thomas Parry a grocer from Ellesmere, who had his business in Kirkdale, Liverpool, his daughter Lizzie Jane Parry was 19.

Lizzie Jane was in Ellesmere in 1861; her mother was Elizabeth from Chirk.  By 1871 her mother had died, and Thomas had remarried to Sarah.

On 29 March 1880 William Edward married Lizzie Jane Parry at St Chrysostom, Everton. His residence was given as Hope and he was an engineer, Lizzie Jane was in Eastbourne Street, the couple had known each other for at least 9 years.

They moved to Cefnybedd and 27th June 1884 there was an article in the newspaper.

“On Thursday a handsome marble timepiece was presented at Cefnybedd to Mr W. E. Johnson, engineer, son of Mrs Johnson, The Fleece, Hope-street, by his fellow workmen on the occasion of his leaving Llay Hall Colliery to commence business in Wrexham. Mr Edwards, the manager, made the presentation, which was suitably acknowledged by Mr Johnson.”

The reason behind the move was that in 1884 Mr Holker of the Bee Hive foundry had accepted an appointment connected with the Assam Railway, he had been in partnership with James Cudworth, this was now dissolved, and the business would carry on at the Eagle Foundry, Tuttle Street as Cudworth and Johnson.

The family first lived in Hightown before moving to 67 Ruabon Road. The children were Bertha Rebecca, Winifred A, William, Thomas Parry, Lizzie and Gladys. Thomas became an engineer in the business. William became a physician.

William Edward died 21 March 1919 aged 67.

LARGELY ATTENDED FUNERAL.  The funeral took  place on Tuesday, March 25  at the Wrexham Borough Cemetery, of Mr. W. E. Johnson, Gwern Alyn, Ruabon Road, Wrexham, who died at the Infirmary on the previous Friday it the age of 67. Mr. Johnson, who was the owner of the Eagle Foundry, Wrexham, had lived in the town for close upon forty years, and was one of the best known iron founders in North Wales. An active Freemason, who had received provincial honours, Mr. Johnson was a keen member of the Wrexham Bowling- Club, and enjoyed the friendship of a wide circle of acquaintances. The funeral was attended

by many people.


His son Thomas Parry married Ellen Bluck and in 1939 he was in Belmont Road, Engineer (Iron Brass Founder) and Director of Eagle Foundry.

Bertha was the secretary for the company in 1939; she and her two sisters Lizzie and Gladys were still unmarried.

Lizzie Jane Johnson died in January 1945. Gladys Johnson died in January 1947 aged 53, Bertha Rebecca died in December 1968 and Thomas Parry died in January 1970 aged 82.

Cudworth and Johnson became a well-established company and were known worldwide for their high quality and reliable goods.

Researched by Annette Edwards. January 2019. Gravestone photographs by Graham Lloyd.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery F-01387