Josiah Wedgwood, of Etruria

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Josiah Wedgwood, of Etruria

Birthplace: Burslem, Staffordshire, England
Death: January 03, 1795 (64)
Etruria, Staffordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Wedgwood, III and Mary Wedgwood
Husband of Sarah Wedgwood
Father of Susannah Sukey Darwin; John Wedgwood; Josiah Wedgwood, Jr.; Thomas Wedgwood; Catherine Wedgwood and 3 others
Brother of Ann Wedgwood; Mary Wedgwood; Thomas Wedgwood; Samuel Wedgwood; Margaret Wedgwood and 5 others

Occupation: Master Potter
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About Josiah Wedgwood, of Etruria

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"...Josiah Wedgwood (12 July 1730 – 3 January 1795) was an English potter, credited with the industrialization of the manufacture of pottery. A prominent abolitionist, Wedgwood is remembered for his "Am I Not A Man And A Brother?" anti-slavery medallion. He was a member of the Darwin-Wedgwood family. He was the grandfather of Charles Darwin and Emma Darwin...

...Born in Burslem, Staffordshire, England, the twelfth and last child of Thomas Wedgwood and Mary Wedgwood (née Stringer; d. 1766), Josiah was raised within a family of English Dissenters...

...Wedgwood married Sarah Wedgwood (1734–1815), his third cousin, in January 1764. They had seven children..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Josiah Wedgwood', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2 January 2011, 05:58 UTC, <> [accessed 6 January 2011]


Category: Entrepreneurs Category: Pottery Manufacturers Category: Burslem, Staffordshire Category: Etruria, Staffordshire EnglandEnglish potter, founder of the Wedgwood company, credited with the industrialization of the manufacture of pottery. A prominent abolitionist, Wedgwood is remembered for his "Am I Not a Man And a Brother?" anti-slavery medallion.


Notables StickerEngland, NotablesJosiah Wedgwood was baptised on 12 July 1730 at St John's Church, Burslem, Staffordshire, England, the son of Thomas Wedgwood and Mary Stringer. <ref>"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 30 December 2014, Josiah Wedgwood, 12 Jul 1730); citing BURSLEM,STAFFORD,ENGLAND, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 0096876-78.</ref> He was the youngest of ten children, two of whom died ininfancy (Mary and Abner). Josiah Wedgwood married his third cousin, Sarah Wedgwood, on 25 January 1764 in Astbury, Cheshire, England. <ref>"England, Cheshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1606-1900," database, FamilySearch ( : 7 December 2017), Josiah Wedgwood, 25 Jan 1764; citing , , Cheshire Record Office,Chester; FHL microfilm .</ref>

He was the grandfather of Charles Darwin and Emma Darwin.

Fellow of the Royal Society.

Occupation: Master potter.

He passed away in 1795.


<references />* Probate entry, Josiah Wedgewood, Probate date: 2 Jul 1795 Residence:Etruria, Staffordshire, England, The National Archives; Kew, England;Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 1264, England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013 Free Ancestry Image accessed 18 Aug 2020

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Acknowledgments ===* Wedgwood-16 created through the import of Lockwood Family Tree.ged on 30 April 2011.

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Josiah Wedgwood, of Etruria's Timeline

July 12, 1730
Burslem, Staffordshire, England
January 3, 1765
Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
March 28, 1766
Burslem, Staffordshire, England
April 3, 1769
Stoke, Staffordshire
May 14, 1771
Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
November 30, 1774
Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
September 25, 1776
Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
August 18, 1778
Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
January 3, 1795
Age 64
Etruria, Staffordshire, England