The idea for this blog came as I was putting together a books for my daughter, Kate and son, Tyler. The books were to inform them about the potter, John Bennett (1840-1907). The obsession about John Bennett came to me from my grandmother, Marguerite Bennett Kelley. She was the granddaughter of John Bennett. That would make John Bennett the great-great-great-grandfather to my children. Marguerite was the daughter of Harold Bennett, the son of John Bennett.
The information I wanted them to know was John Bennett place in the world of pottery and how he was instrumental in the Arts and Crafts movement in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
In researching John Bennett, my quest has taken me to many museums and auction houses throughout the country.
I plan to list links to all of the museums that have John Bennett in their collections. Hopefully you will plan to visit these museums when visiting those cities.
John Bennett (1840-1907) and the family homestead. I would like to thank Chuck and Carol (Bennett) Hinds for sending me these photos.
Burslem, Staffordshire, England
Burslem, Staffordshire, is the area where the Bennett’s lived. Burslem was perhaps the area with the highest recognition for pottery in the world. According to census records the Bennett’s lived within blocks of the Doulton factory. In 1882, Doulton bought out a small company in Burslem, on Nile St, by the name of Pinder & Bourne. Pinder & Bourne was in business from 1862-1882, but I suspect they had been working with Doulton before 1882. Doulton on Nile St became Doulton’s major place in the 1950’s. You can view the area with Google Street view – it’s now a bunch of derelict buildings. It shows the approximate locations of the Bennetts in 1841, 1851, 1861 (Pitt St) and John Bennett in 1871 (Commercial St).
The Royal Doulton factory is on Nile St. JBs brother, Enoch lived a little further South on Waterloo Rd.
John Bennett Rest in Rosedale Cemetery
West Orange, New Jersey
This is a large old cemetery with borders in Orange & Montclair.
Cemetery records indicate John Bennett’s remains were re-interred
to a new site, in 1917, to rest with daughter Sarah
John Bennett 1840-1907 (see copy of cemetery record for details)
Mary Hall his wife 1846-1928
Daughter Sarah 1877-1917 (see copy of cemetery record for details)
Daughter Mary B Barker 1871-1943