Birth: November 1760

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Wynn Hall, Ruabon, Denbighshire

Baptism: 12 November 1760

Place of Baptism: Wrexham, nr. Whitchurch, Denbighshire

Death: 26 October 1835

Place or Registered Place of Death: Springfields, Roebuck Lane, West Bromwich, Staffordshire

Father: John Kenrick

Mother: Mary Quarrell

Spouse(s):

1. Rebecca Smith

2. Mary Eddowes (1763-1854) Baptised 30 October 1763, High St. N.C., Shrewsbury, Shropshire - Died during the December Quarter of 1854 - death registered at Kings Norton, Worcestershire. She was the daughter of Joshua eddows and Lydia Phillips. There was no issue from this marriage.

Date of Marriage:

1. 1 December 1790

2. 1812 - Circa

Place or Registered Place of Marriage:

1. Birmingham, Warwickshire

2. Not Known

Children:

Archibald Kenrick (1798-1878)
Rebecca Kenrick (1799-)
Marianne Kenrick (1801-)
George Smith Kenrick 1803-1848)
Timothy Kenrick (1807-1885)

Notes:

Buckle maker of Wrexham
Iron Founder of West Bromwich (1791)
Founder of Archibald Kenrick & Sons, Spon Lane, West Bromwich
Director of Kenrick & Co. Varteg Iron Works from 1821

The Parents of Archibald Kenrick were:
John Kenrick, who was born 31 August 1725 in Wrexham, Denbighshire. He died 15 July 1803 in Wrexham and is buried in the Dissenters' Graveyard there.
Mary Quarrell was born in 1718 at Llanfylian in Montgomeryshire. She died 10 October 1801 at Wrexham and is also buried in the Dissenters' Graveyard.
John Kenrick and Mary Quarrell were married at Llanfylian, Montgomeryshire on 18 December 1850.

Kenrick family (per. c.1785–1926), hardware manufacturers, came to prominence with Archibald [i] Kenrick (1760–1835). Born in 1760 at Wynn Hall, Ruabon, Denbighshire, Archibald was the third eldest son among the seven children of John Kenrick (1725–1803), a small landowner, and his wife, Mary Quarrel or Quarrell. Timothy Kenrick (1759–1804) was his brother.

Archibald's first business venture, which commenced when he moved to Birmingham during the mid-1780s, was in the buckle trade with a distant relation who, like Archibald, was a Unitarian. After acquiring a knowledge of plating, Archibald was able in 1787, with financial support from his father, to enter into partnership with another buckle maker. However, when buttons and laces began to replace buckles Archibald turned to the hardware trade. The finance for this change of direction came from the dowry he received from his father-in-law, Joseph Smith of Staffordshire, on his marriage to Rebecca Smith (1770–1809) in December 1790.

In 1791 Archibald set up an iron foundry business in West Bromwich which produced cast ironmongery, beginning with coffee mills, door furniture, cast nails, and mole traps, supplying households and the building trade. Through patented technical improvements, litigation, and collusion, and by close attention to quality and appearance, which depended on careful control of casting and variation in finishes, Kenrick's tinned hollowware established a reputation for lightweight, attractive, and hygienic cooking utensils of a quality and at a price that enabled them virtually to replace ‘black’, or untinned, hollowware and to compete with similar vessels made from copper or brass. Growing sales of coffee mills, tinned light cast-iron hollowware, and nails were obtained from an increased asset base and a rise in the number of workers employed, counted in tens before 1815 but in two or three hundreds by the time of Archibald's death on 6 November 1835. Little is known about Archibald's life outside the business. He was a supporter of the Sunday school movement and of the diffusion of knowledge among workers. He established a works library and a savings society for his employees. In 1812 he married his second wife, Mary Eddowes (1763–1854). There were four sons and three daughters from his two marriages.

The History of the Older Non-Conformity of Wrexham and its Neighbourhood

The Rev. John Kenrick had, by his wife Sarah, six sons and three daughters........Of the eldest son, afterwards the second John Kenrick, of Wynne Hall, born August 31, 1725, I shall hereafter speak.....................

......Mr. Boult never married, but soon after his settlement in Wrexham, or but a little while before, he made an offer of marriage to Miss Mary Quarrell daughter of Mr Timothy Quarrell, tanner, of Llanfyllin. Almost, at the wine time, John Kenrick, Esq., of Wynne Hall, a member of his congregation, and the eldest son of his predecessor, offered his hand to the same lady. Mr Quarrell applied to the Rev Job Orton, of Shrewsbury for advice under these perplexing circumstances. The old minister in his reply expressed his own high opinion of both the suitors, and suggested that the young lady should herself decide between them. Miss, Quarrell was soon after married to Mr, Kenrick.

The Mr. Kenrick just named-the second John Kenrick, of Wynne Hall, lived for many years at Plas Gworn, Wrexham, which has within the last few months been destroyed. He had seven children, all but one baptised by Mr Boult, his wife's former suitor -

(1) Mary, baptized November 19, 1751.

(2) John, baptized October 10, 1753, afterwards the third John Kenrick, of Wynne Hall, of whom more will hereafter be said.

(3) James, baptized May 13, 1757, afterwards a grocer and chandler, in hope Street, Wrexham, and living where the shop of Messrs. Hughes and Sons, booksellers, now is. Here he also started a bank, to which he subsequently devoted all his time, and which he transferred to new buildings next his old shop, where the National Provincial Bank now is. He was an odd man, and all sorts of queer stories are told of him. He died of a fall from his gig at Parkgate, September 26, 1824. He left no legitimate issue, but devised his banking business to his nephew Samuel, son of his brother Timothy.

(4) Timothy, baptized February 6th, 1759. He was (1779-1784) a tutor in the Dissenting Academy• at Daventry, and subsequently for twenty years Presbyterian minister at Exeter. In the later years of his life he became a decided Unitarian. He was the author of an Exposition of the Historical Writings of the New Testament, in three volumes. He married (as his second wife) Elizabeth, sister of the Rev Thomas Belsham, of Hackney College. One of his sons, the late Rev John Kenrick, M A., of York had a wide reputation as a classical scholar and Biblical critic - he was also a ripe antiquarian, and had a fine literary taste. Another son, the Rev. George Kenrick, a Unitarian minister, was also very well known. Samuel Kenrick, a third son, succeeded his uncle James in Kenrick's Bank, Wrexham, and married his cousin Mary Anne, a daughter of his uncle Mr. Archibald Kenrick, of Bewdley. The Rev. Timothy Kenrick died suddenly while on a visit to this neighbourhood, and was buried in the Dissenters' Graveyard, Wrexham, August 26, 1804, where his tomb may still be seen.

(5) Archibald, baptized November 12, 1760, afterwards a hollow-ware manufacturer at Bewdley, ancestor of the Kenricks of West Bromwich and Birmingham.

(6) Martha, baptized June 16, 1762, who married the Rev. James Parry , she died at Chester, August 3, 1853.

Besides the above-named, Mr John Kenrick had a daughter, Sarah (the date of whose birth is not known to me), who married Ralph Eddowes, tobacconist, of Chester (son of John Eddowes,of Chester, of the family of Eddowes of Whitchurch, Salop), by whom she had at least thirteen children, one of whom, Sarah, was the mother of Mr. Peter Swinton Boult, of Liverpool. Mr. Ralph Eddowes was a determined champion of political liberty and famous in the annals of Chester having taken legal proceedings against the Corporation of Chester in a well-known case. Disappointed and disgusted, he afterwards emigrated to Philadelphia, U S A , where he died March 29. 1883, aged 82.

The second Mr John Kenrick, whose children have just been enumerated, died July 15, 1803, and was buried in the Dissenters' Graveyard, Wrexham, where also was buried his widow (Mary Quarrell), who died at the age of 83, October 10, 1801.

Archibald Kenrick