was born in 1872 at North Ormesby, near Middlesborough in Yorkshire,
one of four children of an ironworks manager Thomas Casson (1843-) and
his wife Mary (1843-). By the time he had reached his late
the family had moved to Kingswinford and then to Aston, Warwickshire,
and Frank had started training as an analytical chemist. In
1901 he was living at 6 Silver Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, and a
1903 trade directory shows him to have been in partnership with John
Henry Aplin, a mineral water manufacturer, at this address, the
business being described as a "chemist & druggist."
Frank Casson moved to Derbyshire some time prior to 1912, where he lived at 74 Nottingham road, Somercotes, and had a chemist's shop. A photograph of unknown format and date indicates that at some stage he also operated a photographic studio in Somercotes, while another photograph included on the Picture the Past web site suggests that he may have operated from nearby Alfreton too. By 1932 he was no longer listed under either Somercotes or Alfreton, so had presumably moved on.
Mee née Carrington (b. c1845)
by F. Casson of Somercotes
Undated, but probably taken between 1910 and 1920
Size: 85 x 134 mm
further is known about this photograph.
& Annie Fletcher
by F. Casson of Alfreton
Images and information kindly provided by Nick Tomlinson, Picture the Past, Robin Turton and Patrisia Carrington
1881 UK Census - online from the LDS church
1871, 1881, 1891 & 1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
1901 UK Census index - online from the PRO
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
North East Midland Photographic Record - Picture the Past
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Anon (1932) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1932, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Courtesy of John Bradley.
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