Chapter

Brevity of Life

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

in The House of Percy

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195109825
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109825.003.0004
Brevity of Life

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Will Percy did not mention the unusual rate of mortality that this generation and the next had to confront. There were too many occasions to mourn, beginning with Thomas's own childhood. This chapter describes the life of Thomas George Percy, emphasizing the bonds he formed and the trials he faced. If Thomas George Percy had any inclination toward melancholy, he had ample reason. His father had killed himself when the boy, born in 1786, was eight years old. He had witnessed the deaths of his two younger brothers, William and Luke, in the 1790s from childhood diseases. Thomas Percy's eldest sister Sarah had to be hospitalized with melancholia in her middle years. Another sister, Susan, died young, sometime after 1809. But more than that, Thomas also formed close friendships with John Walker and Samuel Brown—a fraternal ring not to be broken as long as they lived.

Keywords: William Alexander Percy; Thomas Percy; John Walker; Samuel Brown

Chapter.  9620 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Local and Family History

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