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Francis Wedgwood (1800-1888)

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1800 Born in Dorset son of Josiah Wedgwood and his wife Elizabeth[1]

1827 Became a partner in the family firm, Josiah Wedgwood and Sons

1832 Married Frances Mosley in Rolleston, Staffordshire[2]

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[3]

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[4]

1876 Retired from the business

1888 Died in Barlaston[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Parish register
  2. BMD
  3. 1841 census
  4. 1871 census
  5. national probate calendar