Contents:PrefacePart OneLETTER FROM ELIJAH TO HIS WIFEdated 13th March 1853Part TwoELIJAH'S DIARYcovering the months of November 1852 to December 1853.Part ThreeLETTER TO WALTER H. BRENTNALL FROM JOHN GODDARDwritten 4th March, 1896Part FourNOTES WRITTEN BY HIRAM BRENTNALL.12 March 1860.PART FIVENOTESENDNOTESTHE EGYPTIAN RAILWAYSPREFACEELIJAB BRENTNALL BIOGRAPHY
He was born on March 17, 1803, in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, eldest son of John Brentnall(1779 - 1848), bricklayer, and Hannah Hickton Brentnall (1785 - 1864.) He married Hannah Aldredon May 4, 1823. They had seven children; Mary, George, Edwin, William, Hiram, Thomas andCharles. In 1832 to 1835 he lived at Stapleford, Nottingham. He was a successful builder of housesand hotels until 1844, when he was declared bankrupt, and his property which was sold at auctionincluded two substantial "genteel residences" with valuable land in Brixton and Camberwell, sufficientto build six others. In the 1851 census he was shown as a bricklayer and journeyman, living at 3 Clive Terrace, Birmingham, with his wife and sons George, Tom and Charles, the elder two alsobricklayers. His wife Hannah died in January 1855. Elijah and Hiram did not return to England until1856. Hiram married Elizabeth in May 1852 and on his return to England, they emigrated to Australiain 1856. (see
The Diary of Hiram Brentnall
at Scribd.com for further details.)On his return from Egypt he built the Anchor Inn in Ilkeston and lived there with hisdaughter Mary and her husband, John Goddard. In 1871 he was at 1 Market Street, Ilkeston. He diedMarch 6, 1875 aged 71 and was described as a Publican and Builder. When his will was proved onMay 3, 1875 his effects amounted to less than twenty pounds. He is buried in the BirminghamGeneral Cemetery.