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1827 Became a partner in the family firm, Josiah Wedgwood and Sons
1832 Married Frances Mosley in Rolleston, Staffordshire
1841 Francis Wedgwood 40, pottery manufacturer, lived in Shelton with Frances Wedgwood 30, Godfrey Wedgwood 8, Amy Wedgwood 6, Cicely Wedgwood 4, Clement Wedgwood 1
1843 Became sole proprietor of the firm following his father's death
Soon after taking over, financial difficulties caused him to offer for sale the firm's factory at Etruria and the family home Etruria Hall but in the event, and fortunately for the company, only the hall was sold. He continued as senior partner until his retirement to Barlaston Hall in 1876.
Joined by his sons in the management of the firm.
1871 Francis Wedgwood 70, retired potter and land owner, lived in Trentham with Frances Wedgwood 62, Godfrey Wedgwood 38, master potter employing 427 hands, Clement Wedgwood 31, master potter employing 427 hands, Laurance Wedgwood 26, master potter employing 427 hands, Amy Wedgwood 36, Rose Wedgwood 24, Mabel Wedgwood 19, and daughter in law Emily Wedgwood 30, and grandsons Cecil Wedgwood 8, Francis Wedgwood 3
1876 Retired from the business
1888 Died in Barlaston