The Daniel Dynasty



Below are listed only some of the Daniel potters and the approximate date they were born or died:

This partial list only includes the Daniel's whose occupations have been corroborated thus far by documented evidence, and will be up-dated as new evidence is discovered.

Note: There is some evidence that several Daniel's also owned coal mines, or other mining rights, in the Burslem area.


John, d. 1587, Potter.

John, d. 1610, Potter.

Thomas, d. 1611, Yeoman & potter.

Thomas, d. 1623, Potter. (1)

Thomas b.1602, d. 1661, Potter. (2)

William, b. 1631, Potter. (3)

Thomas of Birch, d. 1641, Potter.

Thomas, b. 1681. d. 1768, Potter.

Richard, d. 1687, Potter.

Thomas, b. 1715, Earthenware.

Ann Warburton (nee. Daniel) b. 1720. (5)

Ralph b. 1722, d 1765 Salt glaze ware (4)

Sampson, b. 1729, Salt glazed ware.

Thomas, b. 1739, d. 1818, Enameller.

Walter, b. 1749, d. 1818, Earthenware.

Timothy, b. 1752, d. 1800, Earthenware.

John, 1756, d. 1821, Porcelain.

James, b. 1759, d. 1810, Master potter.

Henry, b. 1765, d. 1841, Porcelain.

Joseph, b. 1767, Potter

Charles, b. 1768, d. 1805, China.

Murhall, b. 1781, d. 1856, Potter.

Richard, b. 1800, d. 1884, Porcelain.

Joseph Daniel, working, c. 1858. E/ware


(1) Believed impressed mark on butter-pot (As shown in section "Daniel backstamps").


(2) Believed to be the Thomas Daniel (Son of the above) who was fined in 1682 for "engrossing" his butter pots, in contravention of an Act of Parlament.


(3) Believed impressed mark on butter-pot (As shown in section "Daniel backstamps").


(4) Introduced French moulding technique using plaster of Paris moulds.


(5) See details of Ann Warburton (nee. Daniel) in the Daniel Dynasty section.


H & R Daniel


Makers of the finest late Regency Porcelain



The Daniel Family Tree is a 'live' document. It currently stretches from c.1550 when records show that a John Daniel of Burslem was producing earthenware, probably in the form of simple 'butter pots', and then on through to his various descendants of today. It is a 'live' document because, although a tremendous amount of research has been compiled over the years, it is still very much on-going today (even Henry Daniel himself in around the 1830's turned his attention to the subject).


Liverpool University hold a large amount of documentation on the early history of the Daniel family that was researched and compiled by Percy Adams & Aleyn Lyell Reade at the end of the 19th century. These papers make fascinating and valuable reading, and many of these old research documents mention the numerous inter-marriages between the Daniel's and the various other families who were involved in the manufacture of ceramics in the Stoke-on-Trent area of Staffordshire. Many of the early Daniel marriages included, and often several times over the years, into the Wedgwood, Adams, Colclough, Warburton and Meakin families, to name but a few of the better known manufacturers, who were operating in the Potteries. These inter-marriages give some credence to the views of at least one of the early researchers that this regular fusion between the great potting families in and around Burslem probably resulted in the formation of a system of close co-operation, possibly approaching a consortium, and thus controlling wages, material and transport costs etc.


Mention must also be made to the sterling research performed by Michael Berthoud and published in his book: 'H&R Daniel. 1822-1846', which went a long way in pointing to the path along which our current quest must continue to take. In his book Michael lists three separate branches of the Daniel family, but we now believe that after much further research we could be tantalisingly close to merging all three of these branches.

Researching this family has been, and still is, made extremely difficult (and occasionally somewhat annoyingly so) by their repeated use of only a few first male names, Thomas, John, Ralph, Henry, Richard are found many times in every generation, and almost all are listed as potters. In many of the very early documents, ie., Church records, Wills etc., the name Daniel is written as Daniell, and even sometimes as Danyell, and often in Latin before c.1650, which was then in common use on many documents (sadly, computers are not very adept at lateral thinking!).

An illustration of an early Burslem pottery - circa. 1650.

(Dr. Plot's Natural History of Staffordshire - 1686)


Early 'earth pottery' was fired in simple kilns only a few feet in height as this illustration clearly shows.

On the table is the ware, presumably for sale, and at the base of the wall appears to be some saggars. The worker on the right hand side is 'blunging' the liquid clay in a pit to remove the course grit and make the clay more workable.


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