- Gerald W. R. Ward
Bakewell, Benjamin (01 August 1767–19 February 1844), glass manufacturer, was born in Derby, England, the son of Joseph Bakewell and Sarah Woodhouse. At the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to a haberdasher in Derby, and at the completion of his training in 1788 he went to London to work as a salesman in a mercer’s shop. Three years later he opened his own store, selling primarily French goods. That same year Bakewell married Anne White; they had four children. The French Revolution began in 1789 and interrupted the flow of goods, however, and Bakewell immigrated to the United States with his wife and family in 1794....