Charles Dodgson
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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 - 1898)

Charles Lutwidge "Lewis Carroll" Dodgson
Born in Daresbury, Cheshire, Englandmap
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Died in Guildford, Surrey, Englandmap
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Charles Dodgson is Notable.
  • Most famously was the author of Alice in Wonderland, which has never been out of print since its first publication in 1866
  • Early practitioner of photography
  • Education: BA from Christ Church, Oxford, 1854, MA 1857
  • Day job: Lecturer in Mathematics at Oxford (1855-1881)

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the renowned Victorian author, was better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll. He was the third of eleven children born to Rev. Charles Dodgson and his wife Frances Jane (Lutwidge) Dodgson. On the 1841 census [1] he is at home with his family in the Newton by Daresbury Parsonage in Runcorn:
Charles Dodgson M 40-44 Scotland
Frances Dodgson F 35-39
Frances Dodgson F 13 Cheshire
Elizabeth Dodgson F 11 Cheshire
Charles Dodgson M 9 Cheshire
Caroline Dodgson F 7 Cheshire
Mary Dodgson F 6 Cheshire
Skeffington Dodgson M 4 Cheshire
Langley Dodgson M 2 Cheshire
Louisa Dodgson F 0 Cheshire
Lucy Lutwidge F 35-39
Joseph Usington M 15-19 Ireland
Thomas Hesketh M 15-19
Cadogan Francis M 15-19
Cornelia Chase F 20-24
Elizabeth Carter F 35-39
Elizabeth Dutton F 30-34 Cheshire
Emma Vine F 20-24
Ann Hammond F 25-29

In 1846 he entered Rugby School. On the 1851 census, misspelled as DODSON, he is an undergraduate at Christ Church College, Oxford [2]and in 1854 he graduated. On the 1861 census he was boarding with James and Henrietta Hunt in Ore, Sussex. [3] James was a Psellismologist (one who remedies stuttering).

Charles also was a photographer, often choosing children as the subject of his portraits. One of his favorite models was a young girl named Alice Liddell, the daughter of the Dean at Christ’s Church, who later became the basis for his fictional character, Alice. Back at Oxford on the 1871 census, Charles is counted as a Deacon of the Church of England. [4]

He primarily wrote comic fantasies and humorous verse that was often very childlike. Carroll published his novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865, followed by Through the Looking Glass in 1872. Also famous is Carroll’s poem “Jabberwocky," in which he created nonsensical words from word combinations.

In the 1881 census, Charles (still teaching at Oxford) was boarding with Edwin and Henrietta Palmer (Edwin was his Archdeacon).[5] On the 1891 census, misspelled as DOGSON, still in Oxford but 'living on his own means', Charles is lodging with the Chaplain of Christ Church College: Herbert A Williams.[6]

Carroll died in Guildford, Surrey, on January 14, 1898, age 66. [7] He was buried on 19 January 1898. Under his name in the burial register is written "Priest". [8]

Sources

  1. "England and Wales Census, 1841," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7MK-Z82 : 13 December 2017), Charles Dodgson in household of Charles Dodgson, Runcorn, Cheshire, England; from "1841 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  2. "England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGXJ-CMM : 24 October 2017), Charles L Dodson in household of George Marshall, Christ Church College, Oxfordshire, England; citing Christ Church College, Oxfordshire, England, p. 68, from "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  3. "England and Wales Census, 1861," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7T3-C56 : 13 December 2017), Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in household of James Hunt, Ore, Sussex, England; from "1861 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  4. "England and Wales Census, 1871", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KD86-ZLZ : 10 December 2017), Charles L Dodgson, 1871.
  5. "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27H-TCZG : 11 December 2017), Charles L Dodgson in household of Edwin Palmer, Oxford St Aldate (Christ Church College), Oxfordshire, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 44, Piece/Folio 1501/25, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,466.
  6. "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:4LYZ-CT2 : 10 December 2017), Charles L Dogson, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Oxfordshire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  7. England & Wales death registration: Guildford [district], Volume 2a, Page 63, March quarter 1898
  8. Anglican Parish Registers. Woking, Surrey, England: Surrey History Centre, ref GUM/5/3

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