Josiah Wedgwood
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Josiah Wedgwood (1730 - 1795)

Josiah Wedgwood
Born in Burslem, Staffordshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 25 Jan 1764 in Astbury, Cheshire, Englandmap
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Died in Etruria, Staffordshire, Englandmap
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English 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.


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Josiah Wedgwood was baptised on 12 July 1730 at St John's Church, Burslem, Staffordshire, England, the son of Thomas Wedgwood and Mary Stringer. [1] He was the youngest of ten children, two of whom died in infancy (Mary and Abner).

Josiah Wedgwood married his third cousin, Sarah Wedgwood, on 25 January 1764 in Astbury, Cheshire, England. [2]

He was the grandfather of Charles Darwin and Emma Darwin.

Fellow of the Royal Society.

Occupation: Master potter.

He passed away in 1795.


  1. "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.
  2. "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 .
  • 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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I plan soon to do some work on this profile on behalf of the England Project
posted by Ros Haywood
Dear Gilly,

The England Project would like to comanage Josiah's profile with you due to his historical significance. I will send you a request directly from the England Project's account.

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posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
My Goodall ancestors were in Madeley,Staffs,about 1850 and we are connected to Wedgwoods. Does anyone know the connection? [email address removed]

Anthony Richard Goodall whose grandfather Joseph Wilkinson Goodall emigrated from UK to NZ in 1860.

posted by [Living Goodall]