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Family Origins

Isidore Cyril Cannon

in Public Success, Private Sorrow

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099616
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207301 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.003.0002
Family Origins

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Charles Henry's father was Charles Taylor, and he was born on October 25, 1820 in Lewes, Sussex. Charles Taylor was engaged in shoemaking until he was about eighteen years old when he decided to join the Royal Navy. Despite Brewitt-Taylor's hyphenated name suggested high social origins, his family beginnings were indeed humble. Charles Taylor was given a medal for serving during the Crimean War. Although he worked as a boatman, Charles Taylor was often regarded by the family as a soldier since he had also been in the army too. Charles married Ellen Brewitt on October 26, 1848 in Essex. On December 11, 1857, Charles Henry was born, and his mother's surname was added to his name as a forename since Ellen wanted to share her identity with her eldest son. Charles Henry's forebears were evidently of the working class as indicated by their professions. This chapter illustrates Charles Henry's family history.

Keywords: Charles Taylor; Royal Navy; Ellen Brewitt; working class; family history; army

Chapter.  2552 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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