Josiah Wedgwood II
Josiah Wedgwood II (3 April 1769 – 12 July 1843), the son of the English potter Josiah Wedgwood, continued his father's firm and was Member of Parliament for Stoke-upon-Trent from 1832 to 1835. He was an abolitionist, and detested slavery.
Josiah and his brother Thomas gave their friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge a life annuity of £150, with the goal of freeing Coleridge from financial worries and the need to support himself by noncreative work, so that he could pursue his literary and philosophical interests. This was offered in January 1798, and accepted by Coleridge, who was then a probationary minister in the Unitarian Church, with the condition he discontinued in the ministry.
Wedgwood was responsible for the Wedgwood Company’s first bone china wares.
Wedgwood married Elizabeth Allen (1764–1846) and they had four sons and three daughters, two of whom married their first cousins, the offspring of Robert Darwin and Susannah Wedgwood:
- Josiah Wedgwood III (1795–1880); married his cousin Caroline Darwin, sister of Charles Darwin.
- Charlotte Wedgwood (1797–1862); married Charles Langton (1801–1886) in 1832. After her death Charles Langton remarried her cousin Emily Catherine Darwin, daughter of Robert Darwin, sister of Charles Darwin.
- Henry Allen Wedgwood (1799–1885) married secondly his cousin Jessie Wedgwood, daughter of John Wedgwood (1766–1844).
- Francis "Frank" Wedgwood (1800–1888)
- Hensleigh Wedgwood (1803–1891)
- Fanny Wedgwood, died unmarried in August 1832 at the age of 26.
- Emma Wedgwood (1808–1896); married her cousin Charles Darwin, son of Robert Darwin.
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