Edward Bagnall

Edward Bagnall was baptized at St Leonard’s, Broseley in Shropshire on 22 Mar 1761. He was the third of four sons of John Bagnall and Margaret Dixon. John Bagnall is described as a mining engineer , significant because Broseley was at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution, just a mile or so from Coalbrookdale and the famous Ironbridge, built in 1779. The Bagnall family were to embrace the new technology of the revolution and by the time Edward and his older brother John had reached adulthood their father had established important coal and iron interests in the West Midlands, notably the Golds Hill Iron works and in and around  Darlaston and Wednesbury where the pace of industrialization was ever increasing.
The businesses were run as a web of family partnerships and it is difficult sometimes to disentangle each brother’s role from some of the documents that have survived.

Edward married Mary Wilkes on 1 Jan 1783 at St Lawrence, Darlaston. It would appear that the Wilkes family had Iron founding interests in Tipton and it was by a series of judicious marriages that the stretch of the family businesses was extended.

At some point around 1790 Edward Bagnall almost certainly became a Wesleyan – although his children continued to be baptized in the Church of Englans those of his brothers John and Daniel were baptized in Darlington Street Methodist Church in Wolverthampton.

Edward died in 1805 at the age of 44 only five years after his father John Bagnall, the elder. He was survived by his elder brother John who lived until 1829 and his younger brother Daniel.

John Bagnall, the younger, had six sons and were the names behind the important nineteenth century iron works in West Bromwich of John Bagnall and Sons. The fortunes of Edward’s own children were more mixed. His two elder sons both married members of the Hinton family. His eldest daughter Jane married Jeremiah Dimmack. His daughter, Martha, married Edward Charles Thorneycroft, the twin brother of Wolverhampton’s first mayor George Benjamin Thorneycroft.

Family of Edward BAGNALL and Mary WILKES

Husband:Edward BAGNALL (bap.1761, d.1805)
Wife:Mary WILKES (c. 1760-1834)
Children:Daniel BAGNALL (bap.1783, d.1865)
Edward BAGNALL (1786-c. 1854)
Jane BAGNALL (bap.1787, bur.1850)
John BAGNALL (bap.1789, d.aft1805)
Joseph BAGNALL (bap.1791, d.1791)
Mary BAGNALL (bap.1792)
Martha BAGNALL (bap.1795, d.1866)
William BAGNALL (bap.1795, d.1801)
Marriage1 Jan 1783St Lawrence, Darlaston

Husband: Edward BAGNALL

Name:Edward BAGNALL
Sex:Male
Father:John BAGNALL (bap.1730, d.1800)
Mother:Margaret DIXON (1730-1815)
Birth
Baptism22 Mar 1761St Leonard’s Broseley
OccupationCoal Master
Death18 Dec 1805Wednesbury
Burial23 Dec 1805Darlaston

Wife: Mary WILKES

Name:Mary WILKES
Sex:Female
Father:
Mother:
Birthc. 1760Tipton
Death17 Apr 1834 (age 73-74)West Bromwich

Child 1: Daniel BAGNALL

Name:Daniel BAGNALL
Sex:Male
Spouse 1:Betsy HINTON (1784-1847)
Spouse 2:Elizabeth (1799-aft1871)
Birth
Baptism30 Nov 1783St Lawrence, Darlaston
OccupationMine Agent
Death1865

Child 2: Edward BAGNALL

Name:Edward BAGNALL
Sex:Male
Spouse:Mary HINTON (1787-aft1851)
Birth1786Wednesbury
Residence1824 (age 37-38)Shireland Hall
Occupation1841 (age 54-55)Coal Master
Occupation1851 (age 64-65)Mining Engineer
Deathc. 1854 (age 67-68)

Child 3: Jane BAGNALL

Name:Jane BAGNALL
Sex:Female
Spouse:Jeremiah DIMMACK (bap.1781, bur.1848)
Birth
Baptism18 Jul 1787St Lawrence, Darlaston
Death
Burial2 Feb 1850Wolverhampton Methodists

Child 4: John BAGNALL

Name:John BAGNALL
Sex:Male
Baptism12 Apr 1789St Lawrence, Darlaston
Deathaft 1805

Child 5: Joseph BAGNALL

Name:Joseph BAGNALL
Sex:Male
Birth
Baptism24 Apr 1791St Lawrence, Darlaston
Death9 Dec 1791Darlaston
Occupation1861Coal Master

Child 6: Mary BAGNALL

Name:Mary BAGNALL
Sex:Female
Spouse:John DAVIS ???? ( – )
Birth
Baptism11 Nov 1792Darlaston

Child 7: Martha BAGNALL

Name:Martha BAGNALL
Sex:Female
Spouse:Edward Charles THORNEYCROFT (1791-1847)
Birth
Baptism5 Apr 1795St Lawrence, Darlaston
Residence1861Widow living with spinster neice Mary Ann Bagnall Dimmack
Death5 Sep 1866Shifnal

Child 8: William BAGNALL

Name:William BAGNALL
Sex:Male
Birth
Baptism5 Apr 1795St Lawrence, Darlaston
Same Christening date as Martha – probably twins
Death1801