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William Sherratt

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William Sherratt (1754-1822) of Bateman and Sherratt

1754 September 13th. Born at Norton in the Moors (near Stoke-on-Trent), the son of William Sherratt and his wife Mary Bourne. [1]

1777 September 24th. Married at Prestbury, Cheshire, to Mary Ann Murray (1758-1828). William is a Millwright.

1779 Birth of son John Sherratt

1783 Birth of son Thomas Sherratt

1804 Birth of son Smith Sherratt. He died 1830 May. '19th inst. at Congleton, Mr. Smith Sherratt, third son of the late William Sherratt, Esq. of the Salford Iron Works, aged 43.'[2]

1822 December 6th. Died. 'In his 69th year, William Sherratt, esq. of Manchester. He has been long known as the successful rival of the late Mr. Watt in the construction of the steam-engine, and the early applications of its powers throughout the country.'[3] 'On Friday week, William Sherratt, Esq. of Manchester. This gentleman possessed a very superior mind, and has been long known as the successful rival of the late Mr. Watt, in the construction of the steam-engine, and the early application of its power throughout the country.'[4]

Burial at Prestbury, Cheshire

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Sources of Information

  1. "Concerning Mr Bedson, we have the authority of Mr William Sherratt, the elder, of Milton, (the father of the gentleman, who in 1790, in company with Mr Bateman, erected the extensive Iron Foundry, in Salford, Manchester,) in a memorandum, that the first attempt at grinding flint in a slop or wet state, was at the Ivy house, by a small water wheel." History of the Staffordshire Potteries by Simeon Shaw 1829
  2. Chester Chronicle - Friday 28 May 1830
  3. Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle Volume XCII
  4. Hull Advertiser and Exchange Gazette - Friday 20 December 1822