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William James NUNNS

Male Abt 1794 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name William James NUNNS 
    Born Abt 1794  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Baptism record not found. He was recorded as 27 when he emigrated to the USA in 1821 while most other records indicate a birth date of about 10 years later.
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 21 Nov 1821  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: Wm. J. Nunns
      Year: 1821
      Age: 27
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1794
      Place: New York, New York
      Source Publication Code: 9268
      Primary Immigrant: Nunns, Wm J
      Annotation: Derived from transcripts made by the State Department from National Archives records. Includes immigrants of many origins. Few names from the end of 1821 through 1823 (documents lost). Pages 1-357 list names; pages 359-427 provide an index of vessels and
      Source Bibliography: UNITED STATES. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. Passengers Who Arrived in the United States, September 1821 - December 1823. Indexed. Baltimore: Magna Carta Book Co., 1969. (Available from Tuttle, Rutland, VT.)
      Page: 1
    William Nunns (c1793-1907)
    William Nunns (c1793-1907)
    Passenger list: Ship Cincinnatus, departed London.
    Occupation 21 Nov 1821 
    Merchant 
    Occupation 1850 
    Piano F(orte) Maker 
    • Age recorded as 45 possibly living in a hotel.
      Mary Nunn is 2 lines beneath (not known, but possibly the Mary he is found with in several censuses seemingly having split up with his wife).
    Census 23 Aug 1850  1st District 8th Ward, New York City, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1860 
    Piano Maker 
    • Value of real estate owned: $800, personal estate $50
      Living with Mary Nunns (unidentified)
      Age recorded as 56.
    Occupation 1823–1860  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Piano makers 
    • Nunns & Clark

      One of the most illustrious and historical piano makers in American history were brothers Robert and William Nunns. Robert & Willian Nunns established their firm of R&W Nunns in 1823. The firm built pianos both under their own name and also for the prominent Dubois & Stodart Piano Company of New York City until 1836.

      William Nunns: In 1836, William Nunns went into a separate partnership with Augustus Brumley to create the Nunns & Brumley Piano Company, a venture that was very short lived. In 1839, William Nunns left the firm entirely to his brother Robert. In 1843, William Nunns went into partnership with John & Charles Fischer to create the Nunns & Fischer Piano Company. Nunns & Fischer built pianos until 1848 when William Nunns withdrew to establish his own firm of William Nunns & Company, which remained in business until 1853 when he retired.

      Robert Nunns: From 1832-1838, the name of the firm was changed to Nunns, Clark & Company when John Clark joined the firm. After 1838, the firm was known as Nunns & Clark. By the 1840’s, Nunns & Clark were so successful that they had warerooms in several major cities in the United States. The Nunns & Clark firm enjoyed a superb reputation and great success until they closed around 1860.

      Pianos by any of these names are exceedingly rare today and of museum caliber. They deserve the finest restoration and preservation available as they are irreplaceable parts of America’s musical history.

      Nunns & Brumley

      Augustus Brumley began building small square pianos in New York City in about 1835, listed at 31 Reade Street in New York City. In about 1836, Brumley went into partnership with the renowned piano maker William Nunns, establishing the firm of Nunns & Brumley. In 1837, Brumley withdrew from Nunns & Brumley and went into partnership with James Smyth, forming the company of Brumley & Smyth. Brumley & Smyth was out of business by 1840. Pianos by any of these firms are exceedingly rare today, and are considered to be of museum caliber. They deserve the finest restoration and preservation available.

      Source: http://antiquepianoshop.com/
    Census 4 Jun 1860  9th District, Cecil, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Living 1868  New York City, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • See Joseph's will.
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I11110  1. Essex Ennevers
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2009 

    Father William NUNNS,   Born:  1757, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  27 Nov 1835, New York City, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Mary GIBBS,   Born:  1770, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  9 Jan 1831, New York City, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 12 Apr 1792  Tiverton, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family histories
    Piano manufacturers:
W. J. Ennever & Son and Ennever & Steedman, pianoforte manufacturers in London and the related Nunns family, pianoforte manufacturers of New York.
    Piano manufacturers: W. J. Ennever & Son and Ennever & Steedman, pianoforte manufacturers in London and the related Nunns family, pianoforte manufacturers of New York.
    A short history of the Ennever and Nunns pianoforte makers.
    Family ID F216  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) Katharine Ann COWENHAVEN 
    Children 
     1. Mary Ann NUNNS
    Family histories
    Piano manufacturers:
W. J. Ennever & Son and Ennever & Steedman, pianoforte manufacturers in London and the related Nunns family, pianoforte manufacturers of New York.
    Piano manufacturers: W. J. Ennever & Son and Ennever & Steedman, pianoforte manufacturers in London and the related Nunns family, pianoforte manufacturers of New York.
    A short history of the Ennever and Nunns pianoforte makers.
    Family ID F3229  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1794 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - 21 Nov 1821 - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 23 Aug 1850 - 1st District 8th Ward, New York City, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Piano makers - 1823–1860 - New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 4 Jun 1860 - 9th District, Cecil, Maryland, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 1868 - New York City, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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