Some more old evidence comes to light.
During a recent visit to an Antique Document Fair held in Stoke on Trent, a local dealer who previously knew of my interest in any documents that mention early members of the Daniel family drew my attention to an Indenture that had come into his possession. A cursory viewing of this large document convinced me that I should put my hand in my pocket and add this interesting Indenture to the steadily increasing file that is building a picture of the life and times of the Daniel family ancestry.
Over the following few days many hours were needed to make a reasonably accurate transcription of the document. This was far from easy given that the document had probably remained in a folded and sealed condition since it was composed in 1717. The document was written on vellum, which over the years had dried to a point where the folds have taken on a semi permanent set, and the faded and distorted words within these creases are far from easy to read, particularly given that the archaic language, and even the style of letters and hand-writing used in this legal contract are at best unfamiliar.
However, this Indenture provides further clear proof of the involvement of the Daniel family in the manufacture of pottery at around that time. Both Thomas Daniel and Ralph Daniel mentioned in this Indenture are recorded as ‘Earth Potters’ in and around Burslem, and a John Daniel is shown as a local Yeoman.
Below are photographs of the document, which measures approximately 30” x 15” (76cm x 38cm), and may illustrate some of the difficulty that was encountered during transcription.
The centre of the second photograph shows an example of just one reference amongst many to Thomas Daniel of Cobridge in the parish of Burslem, Earth potter.
H & R Daniel
Makers of the finest late Regency Porcelain
Many collectors of Daniel ceramics tend to only concentrate on the wares produced by Henry and Richard Daniel between the years of 1822 through to 1846, and rarely concern themselves with any of the old and intriguing documentation that provides an insight into the life and times of the Daniel dynasty, a family whose records stretch back into the early part of the16th century, and to which we have already alluded to in other sections of this website.
The following six inserted paragraphs record Henry Daniel's (and to a lesser extent James Daniel) transactions in the property market between 1807 - 1832. Do these references provide a facinating insight into Henry's other business interests, which have previously been thought were limited mainly to ceramics.
Daniel Land Transactions, 1807 – 1832:
Summary of entries from the Minute books,
Court Baron of the Manor of Newcastle under Lyme.
17th November, 1807. Vol. 31. Page 318
James Daniel of Stoke upon Trent, Painter on China, for a mortgage of £180 to Henry Daniel of Stoke on Trent, Enameller.
All that dwelling house or tenement erected and standing on all that plot of land, part of a plot or piece of land in Penkhull, heretofore called Smith’s Meadow, surrendered by Thomas Wolfe to Richard Horrobin and his heirs, and which said dwelling house is one of two dwelling houses described in a certain surrender of 25th November 1805, and is now in the holding of the said James Daniel, and adjoins the said other dwelling house to the West now in the holding of Joseph Eardley, together with the small room over the road or entry of the width of 4 ft leading to the back of the premises, and all outbuildings ways (etc); (fine ½d).
31st August 1824. Vol. 35. Page 607
Henry Daniel of Stoke upon Trent, late Enameller but now Manufacturer of China, for consideration of £18/8/9, to Thomas Hurd of Shelton, Potter.
All that plot or piece of land, parcel of Haines’s Meadow in Shelton, as the same is now marked out, containing in front of the new street called Union Street 21 ft 11 ins in depth into the said close 60 ft 8 ins, in whole 147 sq yds 6 sq ft, together with the dwelling house thereon, or on some part thereof, erected by and now in the holding of the said Thomas Hurd, (and which said plot of land is part of a plot of land surrendered to the said Henry Daniel by John Howe and others [on] 10th September 1812), and all outhouses edifies building ways etc., subject nevertheless to the said Thomas Hurd, his heirs assigns for ever hereafter repairing and keeping in repair as well the brick causeway in front of Union Street aforesaid and also one half, or to the centre, of the said Union Street as far as such plot of land extends; (fine 1 d).
31st August 1824. Vol. 35. Page 608
Henry Daniel of Stoke upon Trent, late Enameller, but now Manufacturer of China, for consideration of £28/9/-, to John Simpson of Shelton, Potter.
All that plot or piece of land, parcel of Haines Meadow in Shelton, adjoining to a certain plot of land at this Court surrendered by the said Henry Daniel to Thomas Hurd and his heirs, as the same is now marked out, containing on front to the new street called Union Street 31 ft 4 ins, in depth into the said piece of land 62 ft 9 ins, and in the whole 218 sq yds 4 sq ft 2 sq ins, (which said plot of land, is part and parcel of a plot of land which was surrendered to the said Henry Daniel and his heirs by John Howe and others [on] 10th September 1812), and all ways waters etc., subject nevertheless to the said John Simpson, his heirs and assigns forever hereafter repairing and keeping in repair as well as the brick causeway in front of and adjoining the said Union Street and also one half, or to the centre of the said street as far as such plot of land extends; (fine 1 d).
31st August 1824. Vol. 35. Page 609
Henry Daniel of Stoke upon Trent, late Enameller, but now Manufacturer of China, for consideration of £13/4/8, to Richard Booth of Shelton, Potter.
All that plot or piece of land, parcel of Haines Meadow in Shelton, adjoining to a certain plot of land at this Court surrendered by the said Henry Daniel to John Simpson and his heirs, as the same is now marked out, containing on front to the new street called Union Street 13 ft 6 ins, in depth into the said piece of land 64 ft 3 ins, and in the whole 96 sq yds 3 sq ft 6 sq ins, (which said plot of land, is part and parcel of a plot of land which was surrendered to the said Henry Daniel and his heirs by John Howe and others [on] 10th September 1812), and all ways, waters etc., subject nevertheless to the said Richard Booth, his heirs and assigns, forever hereafter repairing and keeping in repair as well as the brick causeway in front of and adjoining the said Union Street and also one half, or to the centre, of the said street as far as such plot of land extends; (fine 1 d).
5th April 1832. Vol. 38. Page 426
Henry Daniel of Stoke upon Trent, late Enameller, but now Manufacturer of China and Earthenware, for a mortgage of £500 at 5% p.a., to Ann Leech, the wife of James Leech of Newcastle under Lyme, Gentleman and Alderman, and her trustee, John Tomlinson of Cliff Ville in the parish of Stoke upon Trent, Esq.
All those six several dwelling houses or tenements on the South side of a certain street, formally called Mollart Street but now called Union Street in Shelton, now or late in the several tenures or occupations of John Morrall, Jane Morris, John Reade, Thomas Pope, Mary Lee and Robert Simpson, and also all that plot piece or parcel of land or ground lying near to the said dwelling houses or tenements on the South side of the aforesaid said street, and containing 638 sq yds or thereabouts, the said plot of land or ground being part and parcel of a larger plot of ground which (together with the said six several dwelling houses or tenements and another plot of land, lying on the North side of the aforesaid street, [on] 10th September 1812 were surrendered by John Moore, Francis Keates, Thomas Heath and Benjamin Stubbs, to the use of the said Henry Daniel in fee, and also all that dwelling house or tenement, with the appurt’s in or near the Market Place in Stoke upon Trent, heretofore in the possession of James Daniel, China Painter, but now in the occupation of Luke Spooner, of which said last mentioned dwelling house or tenement and premises, the said Henry Daniel was admitted tenant in fee [on] 13th March 1812 on the surrender of the said James Daniel, and also all those two other messuages or dwelling houses being respectively numbers 7 and 37 of the buildings known by the general name of the Commercial Buildings, in Stoke upon Trent, heretofore in the several occupations of William Cartwright and William Plant but now of John Evans and widow Nixon respectively, together the outbuildings, yards and land to the said messuages respectively belonging, of which said last said mentioned messuages and premises the said Henry Daniel was admitted tenant in fee [on] 9th February 1819 on the surrender of Josiah Spode, Esq., and all and singular easements [etc.]; [fine 3¼d].
The last Will & Testament of Ralph Daniell. 1623 - 1659
May the tenth in the year 1659:
In the name of God, Amen. I Ralph Daniell of Burslem in the countie of Stafford, yeoman, being sick and weak in bodie but in good and perfect memory, thanks be to God, for I do make this my last Will in manner and form following:
First: My soul I give unto the hands of God, my maker, and into the hands of Jesus Christ, my redeemer, and my bodie to be buried in the Church at Burslem, and my worldly goods I give and bequeath in the manner and form following:
Also: I give and bequeath unto Sarah Daniell my wife all that part of my lease in the Great Cobridge, for and using, for the time of her natural life, and after her decease I give and bequeath all the residue of the term aforesaid unto Thomas Daniel my eldest son, and after his decease, if he die without Will or issue, give and bequeath all the residue of the aforesaid term unto John Daniell, my second son.
Also: I give and bequeath unto Thomas Daniell my son twentie pounds.
Also: I give and bequeath unto John Daniell my son twentie pounds.
Also: I give and bequeath unto Ellen Daniell my daughter fortie pounds.
Also: I give and bequeath unto Sarah my wife all my goods, quick and dead, moveable and immoveable, for and towards the maintaining and bringing up my children.
Also: I nominate and appoint Thomas Daniell my brother, John Lawton my brother-in-law, and Sarah my wife my lawful executors, and do appoint John Lawton my brother-in-law, and another, to see this my last Will faithfully go forward according to my trust reposed in them.
In witness hereof I set my hand the day and year first above mentioned.
This being witnessed: John Lawton
This Indenture made the first day of September in the twentieth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King Defender of the Faith, and so forth, and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty.
Between James Daniel of Cobridge in the parish of Stoke upon Trent in the county of Stafford, potter, of the one part and Hugh Henshall of the parish of Burslem in the said county, gentleman, John Brindley of the said place, potter, of the other part.
Witnesseth the said James Daniel for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings of lawful British money in hand well and truly paid by the said Hugh Henshall and John Brindley at or before the sealing and delivery of these premises the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath bargained and sold by
these present doth bargain and sell unto the said Hugh Henshall and John Brindley all the messuage or tenement situate in Cobridge aforesaid with the potworks, buildings, lands and hereditaments thereto belonging late in the holding of James Tidmark but now of Measham, smith, James Daniel and Robert Clarkson their assigns or under tenants and all houses, warehouses, workhouses, out houses, workshops, potworks, pot ovens, edifices, buildings, yards, gardens, orchards, backsides, landways, water, watercourses, easements, commons, profits, privileges, advantages, emoluments, hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever to the said mesuage or tenement, potworks, buildings, lands, hereditaments and premises mentioned and intended to be hereby bargained and sold lying, belonging or in anywise appertaining of therewith near usually used, occupied, possessed or enjoyed or accepted, disputed, deemed when or known as part, parcel or member thereof.
To Have And To Hold the said mesuage or tenement, potworks, buildings, lands, hereditaments and all and singular other the premises hereby bargained and sold or mentioned or intended so to be with them and every of their appurtenances unto the said Hugh Henshall and John Brindley their executors, administrators and assigns from the day next before the day of the sale of these premises for and during and unto the full end of the term of one whole year from thence next ensuring and fully to be completed and ended. Yielding and Paying therefore unto the said James Daniel his heirs or assigns the rent of one pepper corn on the last day of the said term if the same shall be lawfully demanded to the end intent and purpose that by virtue of these presents and by force of the statute made for transferring uses into possession they the said Hugh Henshall and John Brindley may be in actual possession of all and singular the said bargained and sold premises and may there be enabled to accept and take a grant and release of the receiver and inheritance thereof to them, and their heirs to and for such more trusts and intents and purposes and under and subject to such provisos, limitations and such agreements as are mentioned and expressed declare of and concerning the same in and by a certain Indenture of release already prepared and intended to bear the date the day next after the day of the date of these presents and made or mentioned to be made between the said James Daniel of the first part and John Hales of Cobridge aforesaid, potter, and William Adams of Cobridge, aforesaid, potter, of the second part and the said Hugh Henshall and John Brindley of the third part and Robert Williamson of the parish of Burslem in the county of Stafford, Gentleman, and William Clowes of the same parish, potter, of the forth part and to or for none other use, intent or purpose whatsoever.
In Witness whereof the said parties to these present have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.
Recently the Editors uncovered several more of these old papers, which we have now transcribed, and which may be of interest to collectors and historians alike.
The first of these attached transcribed documents is particularly interesting as it provides evidence of commercial links between two of the branches of the Daniel family. It may be remembered that in Michael Berthoud’s excellent book ‘H&R Daniel 1822-1846’ he mentions the three branches of the family as being: The Brownhills Daniels of Burslem, the Daniels of Birch, and the Daniels of Chell and Stoke.
This transcript shows a land transaction between a James Daniel of the Brownhills ‘clan’ but then shown as residing in Stoke, and Henry Daniel also from Stoke, with the relevant legal niceties taking place in Penkhull. The document is dated 1812 and therefore predates Henry’s departure from Spode by some ten years.
The second attached document, also from 1812, is a land transaction that lists several local businessmen from in and around the North Staffordshire ‘Potteries’ which also involves Henry Daniel, recorded as being from Stoke upon Trent, ‘Enameller on China and Earthenware’.
The third attached transcribed document is different in that it is the Will & Testament of Murhall Daniel, China gilder, and dated 1856. What this documents shows is yet more of the possibly lesser known depth, and breadth, of the Daniel family’s involvement in the decoration of ceramics during the middle years of the 19th century.
Also in this document can be found connections to several other family names, many that were renown in the industry, including Adams and Minton. September 2015
Manor of Newcastle under Lyme
The Special Court of our Sovereign Lord the King
of the said Manor held at Penkhull and in the said Manor the
13th day of March 1812.
Homage, William Goodall and William Chell.
To This Court came James Daniel of Stoke upon Trent within the said Manor, Painter on china, customary Tenant of the said Manor in his proper person and in consideration of the Sum of Two hundred Pounds of lawful British Money to him in hand paid by Henry Daniel hereafter described as for, and being in full, of the consideration Money for the absolute Purchase of the Dwelling House and Hereditaments hereafter described and the Simple and Equity of redemption thereof and therein surrendered into the hand of the Lord of the said Manor by the Rod according to the custom thereof. All that Dwelling House or Tenement erected and standing on All that Plot of Land, part of a Plot, or piece of Land in Penkhull aforesaid heretofore called Smiths Meadow, Surrendered by Thomas Wolfe to Richard Horrobin and his Heirs and which said Dwelling House is one of the two Dwelling Houses described in a certain Surrender of the Twenty Fifth day of November 1805 and is now in the holding of the said James Daniel and adjoins the said other Dwelling House on the West now in the holding of Joseph Eardley, together with the small Room over the Road or entry of the width of Four feet leading to the back of the Premises. All which said Premises were at a Court holden for the said Manor, the 17th day of November 1807. Surrendered by the said James Daniel to the use of the said Henry Daniel of Stoke upon Trent within the said Manor, Enameller, his Executors, Administrators and Assigns for the term of Five hundred years for better securing the repayment of the sum of One hundred and eighty pounds and Interest as therein mentioned. And all Outbuildings, Ways, Easements and Appurtenances to the same belonging. To the Use and Behoof of the said Henry Daniel, his Heirs and Assigns, to the Uses, Intents and Purposes herein after mentioned and contained concerning the same viz. As for and concerning the said Dwelling House herein before described to be in the holding of the said James Daniel with the Appurtenances and All other of the Premises herein before mentioned, Except the said Room over the entry as herein before described. To the use of the said Henry Daniel his Heirs and Assigns forever. And as concerning the said Room over the said Entry as before mentioned and described in trust that he, the said Henry Daniel, his Heirs and Assigns, shall and do stand, seized and possessed of the same with the Appurtenances in Trust for the said James Daniel, his Heirs and Assigns forever.
At the will of the Lord to Henry Daniel. Fine 1d.
Manor of Newcastle under Lyme
The Special Court of our Sovereign Lord the King of the said Manor,
held at Penkhull in and for this said Manor the 10th day of September 1812.
The Homage, John Mollart, William Hill.
To this court came John Howe of Hanley in the County of Stafford, Grocer, Francis Keates of the same place, Brazier, and Thomas Heath late of Shelton but now of Hume wall Field in the County of Chester, Stone Mason, Trustees named in a certain Surrender passed at a Court holden for the said Manor the 24th December 1801 for the purposes of a Building Club or Society in such Surrender expressed and in exercise execution and performance of such Trusts, and Benjamin Stubbs of Hanley aforesaid, Maltster, in their proper persons and according to the respective Estates and Interests of the said Surrendering parties in the hereditaments herein after mentioned, for and in consideration of the sum of One Hundred and Ninety six pounds of lawful English money to the said Trustees with the consent of the said Benjamin Stubbs in hand paid by Henry Daniel of Stoke upon Trent in the said County, Enameller on China and Earthenware, as and for the absolute consideration or purchase of the Hereditaments and Premises herein after described, surrendered into the hands of the Lord of the said Manor by the holder according to the custom thereof. All those six several Dwelling Houses or Tenements erected and standing on All that Capital Plot of Land parcel of Haines’s Meadow situate in Shelton aforesaid within the said Manor, adjoining on the South side of the Street or Road of the width of Twelve yards there and which are now in the several holdings of John Murhall, James Greatbatch, Thomas Smith, William Pope, Thomas Lea, Thomas Ratcliffe. And also all that other Plot or Parcel of Land other Parcel of the said Haines’s meadow as the same is now marked out, lying at the West end of the said Close of Land containing in length to the Front or North of the said Twelve yards Street, One hundred and Fifty three feet. On the West and extremity of the same plot of land Seventy Three feet and Nine inches, and on the East next adjoining the Plot of Land and Premises intended to be Surrendered to William Simpson and his Heirs, Sixty feet and Two inches and in the whole One thousand and One hundred yards of Land of superficial measure, or thereabouts, be the same more or less.
And Also all that other Plot or piece of Land other part of the said Close called Haines’s Meadow as the same is now also marked out containing in length to the Front or South of the same Street, One hundred and Forty five feet Seven inches on the West next adjoining to a Plot of Land intended to be Surrendered to John Wright and his Heirs, Sixty four feet and Ten inches. And on the East next adjoining to a Plot of Land intended to be surrendered to Thomas Stubbs and his Heirs, Sixty seven feet and Five inches, and in the whole Eight hundred and Ninety yards and a half of Land of superficial measure, and which said last mentioned Plots of Land lie opposite each other and are divided by the said Street separating the same all which said several Plots of Land are parcel of the Land and hereditaments surrendered to the said John Howe, Francis Keates and Thomas Heath as Trustees as aforesaid, and their Heirs in and by the said before mentioned Surrender of the 24th day of December 1801. And all Houses, Outhouses, Edifices, Buildings, Yards, Ways, Waters, Watercourses, Easements, Privileges and Appurtenances to the said several Dwelling Houses, Plots or Pieces of Land, Hereditaments or any part thereof lying, belonging or appertaining Subject nevertheless to the said Henry Daniel his Heirs and Assigns for ever hereafter, repairing and keeping in repair as well the Brick, Causeway in front and adjoining the Buildings as also one half or to the centre of the said Road or Street in front of the said Dwelling Houses and any other Dwelling Houses or Buildings which he, his Heirs or Assigns may hereafter erect on the same Plots of Land as far only as such Dwelling Houses or Buildings do or shall extend To The Use of the said Henry Daniel, his Heirs and Assigns forever.
At the will of the Lord of the said Manor, Henry Daniel, Fine 3d.
This Is The Last Will and Testament
Of me, Murhall Daniel, of Penkhull in the Parish of Stoke upon Trent, in the County of Stafford, China gilder.
I bequeath to my son John David Mellor, otherwise John Daniel, of Penkhull aforesaid, China gilder, the sum of five hundred pounds of lawful British money, but in case of his death in my lifetime I bequeath the same to such of his children as shall live to attain the age of twenty one years in equal shares, and I devise all my real estate of what nature or kind whatsoever, and where so ever situate, whether in profession, reversion, remainder or expectancy, and bequeath all my personal estate and effects whatsoever unto the said John David Mellor, otherwise John Daniel, and the Reverend Samuel Minton, that their heirs, executors and administrators, upon the trusts and subject to the declarations following: namely, upon trust that the said John David Mellor, otherwise John Daniel, and Samuel Minton, or the survivor of them, or the executors, or administrators of such survivor, or other of the trustees, or trustee, for the time being of my Will shall sell and convert into money my said trust estates, or such part thereof as shall be of a valuable, or convertable nature, and get in the other parts thereof with full discretionary power to sell by public auction, or private contract, together or in parcels, subject to such terms and conditions as to the title or the nature of title, or the time or mode of payment of the purchase money, or indemnity against, or apportionment of encumbrances, or as to any other matter relating to the sale as my said trustees, or trustee, shall judge expedient, and to fix reserved biddings and to buy in property offered for sale, and to vacate or vary contracts for sale and to re-sell without liability to answer for consequential loss and generally to effect to sale and reversion of my trust estates on such terms and in such manner as they, or he, shall deem most advantageous, and also full discretionary power to suspend for such period as my said trustees, or trustee, shall judge expedient the sale, conversion, or getting in of my said trust estates, or any part or parts thereof respectively, and I declare that for the purposes of enjoyment and transmission under the trusts here in after contained my said trust estates shall be considered as money from the time of my decease, and that the yearly income and produce respectively to accrue, but after my decease and until the actual sale, conversion, and getting in thereof , shall be because the annual income applicable as such for the purposes of the said trusts without regard to the amount of such income or to the nature of the investments yielding the same, and as to the monies to arise from the sale, conversion and getting in of my said trust estates, upon trust thereof, to pay or retain all the expenses incident to the execution of the preceding trusts and powers also my debts and my funeral, and testamentary expenses, and the aforesaid legacy, and subject thereto to lay out and invest the same in the name, or names, of the said John David Mellor, otherwise John Daniel, and Samuel Minton, or the survivor of them, or the executors or administrators of such survivor, or other trustees, or trustee, for the time being of my Will in the public stocks or funds of Great Britain, or upon mortgage of any freehold or copyhold lands, tenements, or hereditaments in England, with power for my said trustees, or trustee, to change or vary all, or any, of such investments or securities and I direct and declare that my said trustees, or trustee, for the time being shall be possessed of the said trust monies, stocks, funds, securities upon trust out of the annual procure and in arising there from therefore from time to time weekly and every week during the lifetime of my dear wife Hannah, the weekly sum of one pound without deduction and subject as aforesaid I direct and declare that the said trust monies, stocks, funds and securities shall be divided into five shares as follows, namely three of such shares shall be of equal amount and they are herein after referred to as three shares of the said trust monies, stocks, funds and securities, and each of the remaining two shares shall be seventy five pounds less than each of the said three shares and they are hereinafter referred to as two shares of the said trust monies, stocks, funds and securities, and I direct and declare that my said trustee, or trustee, for the time being shall be possessed of the said trust, monies, stocks, funds and securities as follows: namely as to one of such three shares of the said trust, monies, stocks, funds and securities in trust for the said John David Mellor, otherwise John Daniel, absolutely and as to one other of such three shares thereof in trust for my daughter Elizabeth, the wife of Richard Boulton of Penkhull aforesaid, Potters painter, for her separate use and disposal absolutely and without being liable to the debts,
control, interference or engagements of her said husband and her receipt alone notwithstanding coverture shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees for such share and as to the remaining one of such three shares thereof upon trust to pay the income arising there from unto my daughter Harriet, the wife of Edward Dobson, during her life for her separate use and disposal and without being liable to the debts, control, interference or engagements of her said husband and her receipt alone notwithstanding coverture shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees for such income and after the decease of the said Harriet to pay such income to the said Edward Dobson and his assigns during his life and after the decease of the said Harriet Dobson and her said husband in trust as to the capital of such share for all the children of the said Harriet Dobson who shall live to attain the age of twenty one years if more than one in equal shares as absolutely as tenets in common but in case that the said Harriet Dobson shall die without having had any child, or all her children shall die under the age of twenty one year’s, then the trust for the said John David Mellor, otherwise John Daniel, absolutely. And as to such two shares of the said trust monies, stocks, funds and securities upon trust during the lifetime survivor of them Ann Adams, Mary Adams and Eliza Adams, daughters of William Adams Esq., deceased as follows: mainly as to one of such two shares of the said trust monies, stocks, funds and securities upon trust to pay the income arising there from unto my daughter Suzy, the wife of George Eardley, of Dale Hall in the parish of Burslem, in the county of Stafford, Potter, for her separate use and disposal and without being liable to the debts, control, interference or engagements of her husband and her receipt alone notwithstanding coverture shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees for such income and after the decease in the lifetime of the survivor of them, the said Ann Adams, Mary Adams and Eliza Adams, to pay such income unto her executors or administrators and I direct and declare that my said trustees or trustee for the time being shall after the decease of the said Ann Adams, Mary Adams and Eliza Adams, to be possessed of such share of the said trust monies, stocks, funds and securities, upon the trusts following, that is to say of the said Suzy Eardley or in the event of her death in the lifetime of the survivor of the said Ann Adams, Mary Adams and Eliza Adams, her child or children or grandchild or grandchildren shall out live the decease of such survivor as the heir or heirs, or their heirs, or next of kin, of such survivor, or as a legate or legatees of such survivor or the husband of the said Suzy Eardley in their right or the husbands of her child or grandchild, children or grandchildren shall become possessed of or entitled to any real or personal property of the said Ann Adams, Mary Adams and Eliza Adams or either of them and she or they or her or their representatives shall within twelve calendar months thereafter at the costs of the said John David Mellor, otherwise John Daniel, effectively recover assign and assure to him absolutely an equal third share of such real and personal property aforesaid in case the said Suzy Eardley, her child or children, grandchild or grandchildren, or their respective husbands shall not become entitled to any such property as aforesaid upon trust for said Suzy Eardley for her separate use and disposal absolutely and without being liable to the debts, control, interference of her said husband, and the receipt of the said Suzy Eardley notwithstanding coverture shall be sufficient discharge to my said trustees for such share but in case the said Suzy Eardley, her child or children, or grandchild or grandchildren or their respective husbands in their right shall become entitled as aforesaid to any such real or personal property as aforesaid and he or they or his or their representatives shall not as aforesaid effectively convey, assign and secure an equal third part of the same property to the said John David Mellor, otherwise John Daniel, absolutely then upon trust for the said John David Mellor, otherwise John Daniel, absolutely and as to the remaining one of such two shares of the said trust monies, stocks, funds and securities upon the same trust in favour of my daughter, the wife of Thomas Beeks, of Penkhull, aforesaid, Potters painter, and my son John David Mellor, otherwise John Daniel, as are here in before expressed, concerning the other of such two shares of the said trust monies, stocks, fund and securities in favour of the said Suzy Eardley and John David Mellor, otherwise John Daniel and I declare that receipts of the trustees, or trustee, for the time being of my will for all monies which shall come to their hands by virtue of this my will shall effectively discharge the previous paying the same for liability to see to the application thereof I declare that if any person herein named or herein after to be appointed a trustee of my will be now dead or shall die or go to reside out of England or to be absent for a year from England and Wales, or renounce, or relinquish, or refuse, or be incapable to perform the office, it shall be lawful for the other trustee, or trustees, or if there be no such trustee for the person so retiring, or renouncing (being capable and willing to exercise this power) or if there be no such person for any executor, or administrator, of the trustee who shall then have died in the office, or if there be no such person for any of my administrator to appoint any person, or persons, to be a trustee, or trustees, in the room of such first mentioned person and I declare that my said trustees shall be answerable for their own respective aforesaid defaults only, and shall and may, retain and allow to each other out of the income coming to their hands by virtue of my Will all expenses incurred in the execution of the trusts hereof. I devise all trust and mortgages, stocks for which may be called in at my decease unto the said John David Mellor, otherwise John Daniel, and Samuel Minton, their heirs and assigns, upon the trusts and subject to the equities effecting the same and I appoint the said John David Mellor, otherwise John Daniel, and Samuel Minton, executors of this my Will in witness thereof I have to this my last Will and Testament contained in five sheets of paper, set my hand, that is to say, at the foot of the four preceding sheets thereof, and at the end of this last sheet thereof, this Fifth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Fifty Two.
Signed by the testator, Murhall Daniel, in the joint presence of us, who at his request, in the presence of each other, have here and unto inscribed our names as witnesses.
Proved in London on 15th April, 1856, before the Judge by the oath of John Daniel one of the executors to whom Admin was granted having been first sworn in duly to administer. The Reverend Samuel Minton the other executor and one of the residuary legatees in trust named in the said Will having renounced the probate and executor thereof and also the settlers of (which the said Will annexed) of the goods of the deceased (as by the Acts of Court approved).
Henry Daniel. 1765-1841.
Death certificate (Transcribed).
Richard Daniel. 1800-1884
Death certificate (Transcribed).
Various references to Richard Daniel found in old Newspaper articles, including (below) his Obituary in the Potters Gazette, 1884.
The last Will & Testament of Thomas Daniell dated 1641 is shown below, together with an inventory of his Goods and Chattels at the time of his death.
This Thomas Daniell can be found in the family tree of the 'Brownhills' Daniels of Burslem & Cobridge on page 18 in Michaels Berthoud's book H&R Daniel 1822-1841. (See second Thomas down from top of the family tree)
A full transcript of this Will can be found by clicking on the Link labelled Transcripts at the top of this page. See Ref. 6
Article of Agreement dated 1760.
This recently acquired, and very fragile, document is a certified and contemporary copy of the original, showing a transaction between two Daniel brothers, Thomas and Richard, both listed as potters. The agreement refers to a land and property transaction in and around Burslem.
A transcription can be found in the adjoining link labelled as Transcripts. (Ref 5)
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Taking the Daniel family history much further back in time.
A recent discovery of the Last Will & Testament of John Daniell of Burslem, potter, dated 1587 and proved at the Eccesiastical Court at Lichfield on 25th October 1587.
This old document was, without doubt, the most difficult to transcribe of all the old papers so far found, given the style of writing and the archaic English used.
Our best efforts at the transcription can be found in the adjoining link labelled as Transcripts. (Ref 4)
It should be remembered that many of the Daniel family spelt their name with two L's (i.e. Daniell) prior to circa 1780, and in at least one case as late as up to 1865, with several prior to 1600 even recorded as Danyell.
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The seal of Thomas Daniell from an Indenture dated 1696
Attached to the Will, and shown here on the left, was an inventory of the Goods & Chattels belonging to John Daniell at the time of his death.
The seal of Jane Daniell from an
Indenture dated 1696
A full transcript of this document, which is believed to be as accurate as the condition of the document allows, can be seen in the Transcript section of this website (Ref 1)
Daniel porcelain we know something about,
as we also know something about Daniel earthenware,
but how about Daniel glass???
Another old document, this particular one is dated 1763, has recently been discovered that sends Daniel research down another avenue.
A full transcript of this ‘Articles of Agreement’ can be found by following the Transcripts link (see Ref 2), but the gist of the document refers to the formation of a company by three Daniel brothers, Thomas, Sampson and Ralph, to be known as Daniel & Company, and a legal agreement between their Company and a land-owner in the village of Swettenham in the county of Cheshire for the mining of ‘sand’ suitable for the manufacture of glass and earth pottery.
The Ralph Daniel mentioned in the above ‘Articles of Agreement’ is the same Ralph Daniel that considerably advanced the speed of the manufacturing of ceramic products in and around the North Staffordshire ‘Potteries’ when, following his visit to Europe, he returned with a ‘mould’ produced from 'Plaster of Paris' and of the type then being employed by French porcelain manufacturers. This method of quickly and consistently producing ceramics without the need to employ so many skilled workers was enthusiastically adopted by most, if not all of Daniel’s fellow Staffordshire potters, and helped to further establish the ‘Potteries’ as the main centre for the production of ceramics in England.
Ralph’s son John Daniel (1756-1821) was to become the manager, and later a partner, in the ‘New Hall Company’ producing extremely fine early porcelain.
Always a very uesful document for cross referencing and corroborating family history research is an old family Will. An example of which is shown below and is the Will of Thomas Daniel the Elder, dated 1759 and proved in 1760.
This document lists not only his children, but also his grandchildren, and thus confirms his decendants that can be found in the 'Daniels of Brownhills' family tree (also mentioned in H&R Daniel 1822-1846 by Michael Berthoud, page 18 & 19).
A transcript of this Will can be seen as Ref 3 in the 'Transcripts' section.
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