Joseph Rathbone (1746-1790) of Liverpool, ironmaster
1785 Large-scale iron-making began with a furnace at Donnington Wood constructed by William Reynolds and Joseph Rathbone on land leased from Earl Gower, on the north side of the Donnington Wood Canal. Gower contributed £2,000 to the enterprise.
Joseph Rathbone's executors were his widow (?) Mary of Coalbrookdale and William Rathbone, merchant, of Liverpool.
1790 August. Died
1807 Death of his wife. ' On the 17th inst at Coalbrook-dale, aged 57, Mrs. Mary Rathbone, relict of Mr. Joseph Rathbone, formerly a merchant in Liverpool, and one of the people called Quakers.'
Sources of Information
- Lilleshall: Economic history, in A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 11: Telford (1985), pp. 155-164. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=18111 Date accessed: 28 October 2010
- National Archives 
- Lancaster Gazette - Saturday 25 April 1807