I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.
Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights

dinsdag 12 augustus 2014

Branwell Family

pictureAlice BRANWELL  
          Birth: 1780 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 5 Dec 1780 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
          Death: Oct 1781 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
         Burial: 25 Oct 1781 - Madron, Cornwall, England
  
Parents 
Father: Thomas BRANWELL {3309} (Abt 1746-1808) Mother: Ann CARNE {3310} (Abt 1744-1809)
GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Date: 05-Dec 1780
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name: Alice BRAMWELL
Sex: dau
Father Forename: Thomas
Notes: At Penzance.

BURIAL: Date: 25-Oct 1781
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name: Alice BRAMWELL

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Amelia Josepha BRANWELL 
Individual Information
          Birth: 1820 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 1 Jan 1821 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
          Death: Jan 1892 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
         Burial: 16 Jan 1892 - Penzance St Mary, Cornwall, England
  
Parents     
Father: Benjamin Carne BRANWELL JP {3318} (1775-1818) Mother: Mary BATTEN {4623} (1777-1851)

GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Date: 01-Jan 1821
Parish Or Reg District: Madron, Penzance Chapelry
Name: Amelia Josephine BRANWELL
Sex: dau
Father Forename: Benjamin Carne
Mother Forename: Mary
Residence: Penzance
Father Rank Profession: gentleman
Notes:

DEATH: Death is recorded in the GRO indexes for the Penzance Registration District in the March quarter of 1892 under reference 5c 205. She is recorded as Amelia Josepha Branwell aged 76.

BURIAL: Date: 16-Jan 1892
Parish Or Reg District: Penzance, St. Mary (Madron Chapelry)
Name: Amelia Josepha BRANWELL
Age: 76
Residence: Under Chapel Yard
Notes: C.
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Anne BRANWELL    
Individual Information
          Birth: 1769 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 19 Apr 1769 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
          Death: May 1792 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
         Burial: 11 May 1792 - Madron, Cornwall, England
  
Parents 
Father: Thomas BRANWELL {3309} (Abt 1746-1808) Mother: Ann CARNE {3310} (Abt 1744-1809)
GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Date: 19-Apr 1769
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name: Anne BRAMWELL
Sex: dau
Father Forename: Thomas

Notes: Priv baptism.

MARRIAGE: Died unmarried.

BURIAL: Burial recorded in Madron Burial Registers:
Date: 11-May 1792
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name: Anne BRANWELL
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Benjamin Carne BRANWELL JP     
Individual Information
          Birth: 1775 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 25 Mar 1775 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
          Death: Jul 1818 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
         Burial: 27 Jul 1818 - Penzance, Cornwall, England

Parents 
Father: Thomas BRANWELL {3309} (Abt 1746-1808) Mother: Ann CARNE {3310} (Abt 1744-1809)
Spouses and Children
1. *Mary BATTEN {4623} (1777 - Dec 1851) Marriage: 25 Jan 1799 - Madron, Cornwall, England Mar. User ID: 1435 Children: 1. Thomas BRANWELL {8634} (1801-1805) 2. Mary Batten BRANWELL {8633} (1803-      ) 3. Emma BRANWELL {9879} (1804-      ) 4. Benjamin Batten BRANWELL {8632} (1806-1893) 5. John Batten BRANWELL {9880} (1814-      ) 6. Amelia Josepha BRANWELL {9878} (1820-1892)

General:
 GENERAL NOTES: Justice of the Peace. Became Mayor of Penzance.
BAPTISM: Date: 25-Mar 1775
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name: Benjamin Carne BRANWELL
Sex: son
Father Forename: Thomas
Mother Forename:
Father Rank Profession:
Notes: At Penzance.
 MARRIAGE: Date: 25-Jan 1799
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Groom Name: Benjamin Carne BRANWELL
Groom Residence: Town of Penzance
Groom Rank Profession: Gent.
Groom Signed / Marked (S/M): Signed
Groom Father Rank Profession:
Bride Name: Mary BATTEN
Bride Residence: Town of Penzance
Bride Condition: spinster
Bride Signed / Marked (S/M): Signed
Witness 1: J BATTEN
Witness 2: Elizabeth BRANWELL
Other Information: Licence dated January the 24th 1799.
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Catherine BRANWELL       Spouses and Children
1. *John EDMUNDS {1863}
   Mar. User ID: 776
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Charles Henry BRANWELL Individual Information
          Birth: 16 Feb 1830 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 13 May 1830 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
          Death: 
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 
        User ID: 8631
           AFN : 
Parents
         Father: Joseph BRANWELL {1580} (1789-1857) Mother: Charlotte BRANWELL {3316} (1789-1848)

General:
GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Baptism Circuit: Madron &c W-M Circuit
Name: Charles Henry BRANWELL
Sex: son
Father Forename: Joseph
Mother Forename: Charlotte
Residence: Penzance Parish Or Reg District
Father Rank Profession: Schoolmaster
ate: 13-May 1830 
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Charlotte BRANWELL       Individual Information
          Birth: 1789 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 10 Nov 1789 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
          Death: Jun 1848 - Launceston, Cornwall, England
         Burial: Jun 1848
 Cause of Death: 
        User ID: 3316
           AFN : 

Parents     
Father: Thomas BRANWELL {3309} (Abt 1746-1808) Mother: Ann CARNE {3310} (Abt 1744-1809)

Spouses and Children

1. *Joseph BRANWELL {1580} (1789 - 7 Apr 1857)
       Marriage: 29 Dec 1812 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
   Mar. User ID: 1228
                 
       Children:
                1. Joseph BRANWELL {8624} (1813-1819)
                2. Richard BRANWELL {8628} (1815-      )
                3. Thomas Bronte BRANWELL {8625} (1817-      )
                4. Maria BRANWELL {8629} (1820-      )
                5. William BRANWELL {8627} (1823-      )
                6. Charlotte BRANWELL {8630} (1825-      )
                7. George Taylor BRANWELL {9881} (1827-      )
                8. Charles Henry BRANWELL {8631} (1830-      )
                9. Eliza Anne BRANWELL {10744} (1831-      )
                10. John Bedford BRANWELL {10745} (1833-      )

General: GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Date: 10-Nov 1789
Parish Or Reg District: Penzance
Name: Charlotte BRAMWELL
Sex: d/o
Father Forename: Thomas
Father Rank Profession:
MARRIAGE: Date: 29-Dec 1812
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Groom Name: Joseph BRANWELL
Groom Residence: Parish of Gulval
Groom Condition: bachelor
Groom Rank Profession:
Groom Signed / Marked (S/M): Signed
Groom Father Rank Profession;
Bride Name: Charlotte BRANWELL
Bride Residence; Parish of Madron
Bride Condition: spinster
Bride Signed / Marked (S/M); Signed
Witness 1: Robr. W BRANWELL
Witness 2; Richd BRANWELL
Other Information: Other Witnesses: Elizth Branwell, Grace Thomas, Tob. Read. Licence dated the eleventh day of Decr. 1812.
DEATH: Death is recorded in the GRO indexes for the Launceston Registration District in the June quarter of 1848 under reference 9.89.
BURIAL: Date: 05-Apr 1848
Parish Or Reg District: Launceston, St. Mary Magdalene
Name: Charlotte BRANWELL
Age: 58
Residence: Tamar Terrace
Transcriber Ntes: N means New Burial Ground. 
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Charlotte BRANWELL      
Individual Information
          Birth: 23 Feb 1825 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 26 Jul 1827 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
          
Parents
Father: Joseph BRANWELL {1580} (1789-1857) Mother: Charlotte BRANWELL {3316} (1789-1848)
General: 
GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Baptism Circuit: Penzance, Wesleyan Circuit
Name: Charlotte BRANWELL
Father Forename: Joseph
Mother Forename: Charlotte
Residence: Penzance Parish Or Reg District
Father Rank Profession: School Master
Date: 26-Jul 1827
Age: born 23 Feb 1825

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Eliza BRANWELL      
Individual Information
          Birth: 1786 - Madron, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 5 Jun 1786 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
          Death: 13 Aug 1835 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
         Burial: 16 Aug 1835 - Penzance St Mary, Cornwall, England
 
Parents
Father: Richard BRANWELL {234} (1744-1812) Mother: Honour MATTHEWS {235} (1745-1811)
General:  GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Date: 05-Jun 1786
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name: Eliza BRAMWELL
Sex: d/o
Father Forename: Richard
BURIAL: Buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Penzance. Age recorded as 49.
Date: 16-Aug 1835
Parish Or Reg District: Penzance, St. Mary (Madron Chapelry)
Name: Eliza BRANWELL
Age: 49
Residence: Penzance

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Eliza Anne BRANWELL       Individual Information
          Birth: 3 Aug 1831 - Launceston, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 21 Feb 1832 - Launceston, Cornwall, England
          
Parents
Father: Joseph BRANWELL {1580} (1789-1857) Mother: Charlotte BRANWELL {3316} (1789-1848)

General: 
GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Baptism Circuit: Launceston, Wesleyan Methodist
Name: Eliza Anne BRANWELL
Sex: dau
Father Forename: Joseph
Mother Forename: Charlotte
Residence: Parish Or Reg District Launceston
Father Rank Profession: Accountant
Date: 21-Feb 1832
Age: born: 03 Aug 1831

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Elizabeth BRANWELL 
Individual Information
          Birth: 1750 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 30 Jun 1750 - Penzance St Mary, Cornwall, England
          
Parents
Father: Richard BRANWELL {1568} (1711-1792) Mother: Margaret JOHN {1569} (Abt 1711-1791)
Spouses and Children

1. *John KEAM {4613} (1754 -       )
       Marriage: 1 Dec 1788 - Madron, Cornwall, England
   Mar. User ID: 1437
                 
General: 
GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Date: 30-Jun 1750
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name: Elizabeth BRAMWELL
Sex: dau
Father Forename: Richard

MARRIAGE: Date: 01-Dec 1788
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Groom Name: John KEAM
Groom Age:
Groom Residence: Town of Penzance
Groom Condition:
Groom Rank Profession:
Groom Signed / Marked (S/M): Signed
Groom Father Name:
Groom Father Rank Profession:
Bride Name: Elisabeth BRAMWELL
Bride Residence: Town of Penzance
Witness 1: Jane BRANWELL
Witness 2: Willm. WILLIAMS
Other Information: Banns published Novr. 16th, 23rd & 30th 1788
Transcriber Notes: Bride signed Eliza BRANWELL.

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Elizabeth BRANWELL 
  

Individual Information

          Birth: 1776 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 2 Dec 1776 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
          Death: 29 Oct 1842 - Haworth, Yorkshire, England
         Burial: Oct 1842 - Haworth, Yorkshire, England
  
Parents  
 Father: Thomas BRANWELL {3309} (Abt 1746-1808) Mother: Ann CARNE {3310} (Abt 1744-1809)
General: CENSUS INFORMATION: In the 1841 UK Census, she is listed as Elizabeth Branwell, aged 60 (rounded) of independent means and born in Cornwall. She is living with her brother-in-law, two neices and a servant in Parsonage House, Haworth, Yorkshire. (HO 107/1295/6, Folio 41, Page 1).

GENERAL NOTES:
BAPTISM: Date: 02-Dec 1776
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name: Elisabeth BRANWELL
Sex: dau
Father Forename: Thomas
Notes: At Penzance.

Was well known at the Haworth Parsonage. She came to Haworth after the death of her sister Maria to help care for her children; she never returned to Cornwall. She taught the remaining Brontes at home, including instruction on needlework and good housekeeping.
DEATH: Death is recorded in the GRO indexes for the Sheffield Registration District in the December quarter of 1842 under reference 22.333.
Plaque in Chapel Street Methodist Chapel, Penzance, reads:
In memory of ELIZABETH BRANWELL born Penzance 1776, died Haworth 1842. A member of Penzance Wesleyan Society, elder sister of MARIA. From 1921 until her death she dedicated herself to the upbringing and welfare of the motherless BRONTE children. This plaque is the gift of the BRONTE Society, Haworth, Yorkshire. Also HUGH BRANWELL 1890 - 1966.
BURIAL: Buried in St Michael and All Angels church in Haworth, West Yorkshire.
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 Elizabeth BRANWELL Individual Information
          Birth: 1772 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 8 Sep 1772 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
          Death: Feb 1776 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
         Burial: 23 Feb 1776 - Madron, Cornwall, England
 
Parents   
 Father: Thomas BRANWELL {3309} (Abt 1746-1808) Mother: Ann CARNE {3310} (Abt 1744-1809)
General: GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Date: 08-Sep 1772
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name: Elizabeth BRAMWELL
Sex: dau
Father Forename: Thomas
Father Rank Profession:
Notes: At Penzance.

BURIAL: Date: 23-Feb 1776
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name: Elisabeth BRANWELL
Notes: dau of Thomas
Transcriber Notes: recorded with Thomas. (Brother).

picture Emma BRANWELL      Individual Information

          Birth: 1804 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 17 Sep 1804 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
           
Parents

         Father: Benjamin Carne BRANWELL JP {3318} (1775-1818)
         Mother: Mary BATTEN {4623} (1777-1851)

General: GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Date: 17-Sep 1804
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name: Emma BRANWELL
Sex: d/o
Father Forename: Benjamin

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George Taylor BRANWELL Individual Information

          Birth: 13 Nov 1827 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 13 Dec 1827 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
          
Parents

         Father: Joseph BRANWELL {1580} (1789-1857)
         Mother: Charlotte BRANWELL {3316} (1789-1848)

General: GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Baptism Circuit: Penzance, Wesleyan Circuit
Name: George Taylor BRANWELL
Father Forename: Joseph
Mother Forename: Charlotte
Residence: Penzance Parish Or Reg District
Father Rank Profession: School Master
Date: 13-Dec 1827
Age: Born 13 Nov 1827

picture Honor BRANWELL 
      
Individual Information

          Birth: 1773 - Madron, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 16 May 1773 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
          Death: Bef 1776
          
Parents

         Father: Richard BRANWELL {234} (1744-1812)
         Mother: Honour MATTHEWS {235} (1745-1811)

General: GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Date: 16-May 1773
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name: Honour BRAMWELL
Sex: dau
Father Forename: Richard
Notes: At Penzance.

picture Honor BRANWELL       Individual Information

          Birth: 1777 - Madron, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 21 Mar 1777 - Penzance St Mary, Cornwall, England
         
Parents

         Father: Richard BRANWELL {234} (1744-1812)
         Mother: Honour MATTHEWS {235} (1745-1811)

Spouses and Children

1. *Matthew CRASTOR {4149}
   
2. SILBY {7182} (       - Bef 1809)      
   

General: GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Date: 21-Mar 1777
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name: Honor BRANWELL
Sex: dau
Father Forename: Richard
Notes: At Penzance Chaple.

MARRIAGE: Was twice married.
First marriage: First husband was SILBY.
Second marriage: Date: 05-Feb 1809
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Groom Name: Matthew CRASTER
Groom Residence: of North Shields in the County of Northumberland
Groom Condition: bachelor
Groom Signed / Marked (S/M): Signed
Groom Father Name:
Groom Father Rank Profession:
Bride Name: Honour SILBY
Bride Residence: Town of Penzance
Bride Condition: widow
Bride Rank Profession:
Bride Signed / Marked (S/M): Signed
Witness 1: Wm HARLE
Witness 2: M WRIGHT
Other Information: Licence dated the 3rd day of January 1809.

picture Jane BRANWELL    Individual Information

          Birth: 1753 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 3 Dec 1753 - Penzance St Mary, Cornwall, England
          Death: 26 May 1829 - Todmorden, Yorkshire, England
         Burial: 29 May 1829 - Todmorden, Yorkshire, England
 
Parents

         Father: Richard BRANWELL {1568} (1711-1792)
         Mother: Margaret JOHN {1569} (Abt 1711-1791)

Spouses and Children

1. *Rev. John FENNELL {4617} (1762 - Oct 1841)
       Marriage: 13 Dec 1790 - Madron, Cornwall, England
   Mar. User ID: 1436
                 
       Children:
                1. Jane Branwell FENNELL {4618} (1791-      )

General: OCCUPATION: Matron.

GENERAL NOTES:
BAPTISM: Date: 03-Dec 1753
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Forename: Jane BRAMWELL
Sex: dau
Father Forename; Richard
Notes; At Penzance.
 MARRIAGE: Date: 13-Dec 1790
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Groom Name: John FENNELL
Groom Residence: Town of Penzance

Groom Signed / Marked (S/M): Signed
Bride Name: Jane BRANWELL
Bride Residence: Town of Penzance
Bride Signed / Marked (S/M): Signed
Banns / Licence (B/L): Banns
Witness 1: Richd. (Junr.) BRANWELL
Witness 2: Jane SUTHERLAND
Other Information: Other Witness: Alice Branwell. Banns published Novr. 28th, Decr. 5th & 12th 1790.
In 1812, she became the Matron of her Husbands' school.
DEATH: She died at Crosstones Vicarage, near Todmordon, Nr Halifax.   
picture Jane BRANWELL       Individual Information

          Birth: 1773 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 29 Nov 1773 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
          Death: May 1855 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
         Burial: 12 May 1855 - Penzance St Mary, Cornwall, England
 

Parents

         Father: Thomas BRANWELL {3309} (Abt 1746-1808)
         Mother: Ann CARNE {3310} (Abt 1744-1809)

Spouses and Children

1. *John KINGSTON {4626} (1769 -       )
       Marriage: 12 Jun 1800 - Madron, Cornwall, England
   Mar. User ID: 1433
                 
       Children:
                1. Thomas Branwell KINGSTON {10748} (1801-1855)
                2. Ann Branwell KINGSTON {10747} (1803-      )

General: GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Date: 29-Nov 1773
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Name:: Jane BRAMWELL
Sex: dau
Father Forename; Thomas
Notes: At Penzance.
MARRIAGE: Date: 12-Jun 1800
Parish Or Reg District: Madron
Groom Name: John KINGSTON
Groom Residence: Town of Penzance
Groom Condition: bachelor
Groom Signed / Marked (S/M): Signed
Bride Name: Jane BRANWELL
Bride Residence: Town of Penzance
Bride Condition: spinster
Bride Signed / Marked (S/M); Signed
Banns / Licence (B/L): Licence
Witness 1: Elizth. BRANWELL
Witness 2: Thos. LONGLEY
Other Information: Licence dated June the 10th 1800.

DEATH: Death is recorded in the GRO indexes for the Penzance Registration District in the June quarter of 1855 under reference 5c 220.
BURIAL: Buried in Penzance St Mary. Age recorded as 81.
Date: 12-May 1855
Parish Or Reg District: Penzance, St. Mary (Madron Chapelry)
Name: Jane KINGSTON
Age: 81
Residence: Penzance

picture John Batten BRANWELL       Individual Information
          Birth: 1814 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 6 May 1814 - Penzance, Cornwall, England
           
Parents

         Father: Benjamin Carne BRANWELL JP {3318} (1775-1818)
         Mother: Mary BATTEN {4623} (1777-1851)

General: GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Date: 06-May 1814
Parish Or Reg District: Madron, Penzance Chapelry
Name: John Batten BRANWELL
Sex: son
Father Forename: Benjamin Carne
Mother Forename: Mary
Residence: Penzance
Father Rank Profession: gentleman & alderman of this town

picture John Bedford BRANWELL      Individual Information

          Birth: 28 Nov 1833 - Launceston, Cornwall, England
        Baptism: 8 Apr 1834 - Launceston, Cornwall, England
          
Parents
         Father: Joseph BRANWELL {1580} (1789-1857)
         Mother: Charlotte BRANWELL {3316} (1789-1848)

General:  
GENERAL NOTES: BAPTISM: Baptism Circuit: Launceston, Wesleyan Methodist
Name: John Bedford BRANWELL
Father Forename: Joseph
Mother Forename: Charlotte
Residence: Langor Parish Or Reg District St. Thomas
Father Rank Profession: Banker
Date: 08-Apr 1834
Age: born: 28 Nov 1833
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Kingston, Elizabeth Jane (1808–78) niece of Maria and Elizabeth Branwell, daughter of their sister Jane and her scapegrace Methodist husband John Kingston, whom she left when Elizabeth Jane was a baby. She was bequeathed one-fourth of Elizabeth Branwell’s money, as were all three of the Brontë sisters, the sum amounting to around £300 each. Charlotte wrote their co-heiress friendly and concerned letters in 1846, and Patrick apparently wrote to her as late as 1859. She died in poverty.

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Charlotte Bronte

Presently the door opened, and in came a superannuated mastiff, followed by an old gentleman very like Miss Bronte, who shook hands with us, and then went to call his daughter. A long interval, during which we coaxed the old dog, and looked at a picture of Miss Bronte, by Richmond, the solitary ornament of the room, looking strangely out of place on the bare walls, and at the books on the little shelves, most of them evidently the gift of the authors since Miss Bronte's celebrity. Presently she came in, and welcomed us very kindly, and took me upstairs to take off my bonnet, and herself brought me water and towels. The uncarpeted stone stairs and floors, the old drawers propped on wood, were all scrupulously clean and neat. When we went into the parlour again, we began talking very comfortably, when the door opened and Mr. Bronte looked in; seeing his daughter there, I suppose he thought it was all right, and he retreated to his study on the opposite side of the passage; presently emerging again to bring W---- a country newspaper. This was his last appearance till we went. Miss Bronte spoke with the greatest warmth of Miss Martineau, and of the good she had gained from her. Well! we talked about various things; the character of the people, - about her solitude, etc., till she left the room to help about dinner, I suppose, for she did not return for an age. The old dog had vanished; a fat curly-haired dog honoured us with his company for some time, but finally manifested a wish to get out, so we were left alone. At last she returned, followed by the maid and dinner, which made us all more comfortable; and we had some very pleasant conversation, in the midst of which time passed quicker than we supposed, for at last W---- found that it was half-past three, and we had fourteen or fifteen miles before us. So we hurried off, having obtained from her a promise to pay us a visit in the spring... ------------------- "She cannot see well, and does little beside knitting. The way she weakened her eyesight was this: When she was sixteen or seventeen, she wanted much to draw; and she copied nimini-pimini copper-plate engravings out of annuals, ('stippling,' don't the artists call it?) every little point put in, till at the end of six months she had produced an exquisitely faithful copy of the engraving. She wanted to learn to express her ideas by drawing. After she had tried to draw stories, and not succeeded, she took the better mode of writing; but in so small a hand, that it is almost impossible to decipher what she wrote at this time.

I asked her whether she had ever taken opium, as the description given of its effects in Villette was so exactly like what I had experienced, - vivid and exaggerated presence of objects, of which the outlines were indistinct, or lost in golden mist, etc. She replied, that she had never, to her knowledge, taken a grain of it in any shape, but that she had followed the process she always adopted when she had to describe anything which had not fallen within her own experience; she had thought intently on it for many and many a night before falling to sleep, - wondering what it was like, or how it would be, - till at length, sometimes after the progress of her story had been arrested at this one point for weeks, she wakened up in the morning with all clear before her, as if she had in reality gone through the experience, and then could describe it, word for word, as it had happened. I cannot account for this psychologically; I only am sure that it was so, because she said it. ----------------------She thought much of her duty, and had loftier and clearer notions of it than most people, and held fast to them with more success. It was done, it seems to me, with much more difficulty than people have of stronger nerves, and better fortunes. All her life was but labour and pain; and she never threw down the burden for the sake of present pleasure. I don't know what use you can make of all I have said. I have written it with the strong desire to obtain appreciation for her. Yet, what does it matter? She herself appealed to the world's judgement for her use of some of the faculties she had, - not the best, - but still the only ones she could turn to strangers' benefit. They heartily, greedily enjoyed the fruits of her labours, and then found out she was much to be blamed for possessing such faculties. Why ask for a judgement on her from such a world?" elizabeth gaskell/charlotte bronte



Poem: No coward soul is mine

No coward soul is mine,
No trembler in the worlds storm-troubled sphere:
I see Heavens glories shine,
And faith shines equal, arming me from fear.


O God within my breast.
Almighty, ever-present Deity!
Life -- that in me has rest,
As I -- Undying Life -- have power in Thee!


Vain are the thousand creeds
That move mens hearts: unutterably vain;
Worthless as withered weeds,
Or idlest froth amid the boundless main,


To waken doubt in one
Holding so fast by Thine infinity;
So surely anchored on
The steadfast Rock of immortality.


With wide-embracing love
Thy Spirit animates eternal years,
Pervades and broods above,
Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates, and rears.


Though earth and man were gone,
And suns and universes ceased to be,
And Thou wert left alone,
Every existence would exist in Thee.


There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou -- Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed.


--
Emily Bronte

Family tree

The Bronte Family

Grandparents - paternal
Hugh Brunty was born 1755 and died circa 1808. He married Eleanor McClory, known as Alice in 1776.

Grandparents - maternal
Thomas Branwell (born 1746 died 5th April 1808) was married in 1768 to Anne Carne (baptised 27th April 1744 and died 19th December 1809).

Parents
Father was Patrick Bronte, the eldest of 10 children born to Hugh Brunty and Eleanor (Alice) McClory. He was born 17th March 1777 and died on 7th June 1861. Mother was Maria Branwell, who was born on 15th April 1783 and died on 15th September 1821.

Maria had a sister, Elizabeth who was known as Aunt Branwell. She was born in 1776 and died on 29th October 1842.

Patrick Bronte married Maria Branwell on 29th December 1812.

The Bronte Children
Patrick and Maria Bronte had six children.
The first child was Maria, who was born in 1814 and died on 6th June 1825.
The second daughter, Elizabeth was born on 8th February 1815 and died shortly after Maria on 15th June 1825. Charlotte was the third daughter, born on 21st April 1816.

Charlotte married Arthur Bell Nicholls (born 1818) on 29th June 1854. Charlotte died on 31st March 1855. Arthur lived until 2nd December 1906.

The first and only son born to Patrick and Maria was Patrick Branwell, who was born on 26th June 1817 and died on 24th September 1848.

Emily Jane, the fourth daughter was born on 30th July 1818 and died on 19th December 1848.

The sixth and last child was Anne, born on 17th January 1820 who died on 28th May 1849.

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