Anna Sewell
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Anna Sewell (1820 - 1878)

Anna Sewell
Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Englandmap
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Anna was born into a Quaker family: parents Isaac Phillip Sewell and Mary (Wright) Sewell, with Anna's brother Philip. She was baptised into the Quaker faith on 30 March 1820 at the Monthly Meeting at Great Yarmouth (her father was listed as a draper). [1] Later in life she preferred the Church of England.

Anna was educated at home at first, mainly due to her parents being unable to afford to send her to school. However, she went to school in Stoke Newington when she was twelve, after the family moved there.

In 1832, Anna fell, injuring her ankles. For the rest of her life she used crutches. Her main mode of transport was by horse and carriage. Her health deteriorated over the years, necessitating numerous moves in the search for new treatments.

In the 1851 census, Anna appears as a grandaughter with her mother's parents in Buxton, Norfolk: [2]
John Wright Head M 80 Lamas, Norfolk
Ann Wright Wife F 73 Sivetshall, Norfolk
Elizabeth Wright Daughter F 52 Sivetshall, Norfolk
Ellen Wright Daughter F 37 Yarmouth, Norfolk
Anna Sewell Grand Daughter F 31 Yarmouth, Norfolk
Sophia Oliver Servant F 21 Hasingham, Norfolk
Susan Smith Servant F 17 Aylsham, Norfolk

In the 1861 census, the family has moved to Siston in Somerset: [3]
Isaac Sewell Head M 67 Yarmouth, Norfolk
Mary Sewell Wife F 64 Suffolk
Anna Sewell Daughter F 44 Yarmouth, Norfolk
Elizabeth Ashley Servant F 56 ..., Somerset
Ann Ashley Visitor F 20 Wick, Gloucestershire

In the 1871 census, Anna is still living at home in Catton, Norfolk aged 51 with her parents and two servants: [4]
Isaac Sewell Head M 77 Yarmouth, Norfolk
Mary Sewell Wife F 73 Sutton, Suffolk
Anna Sewell Daughter F 51 Yarmouth, Norfolk
Sarah Garratt Servant F 43 Stanton, Somerset
Lucy Nash Servant F 20 Buxton, Norfolk

Anna wrote the children's novel, "Black Beauty" in 1877 and lived long enough to see its initial popularity, but died soon after of hepatitis or tuberculosis. [5]


  1. Archive reference RG6/557; Description NORFOLK AND NORWICH: Monthly Meeting of [Great] Yarmouth: Births
  2. "England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 23 October 2017), Anna Sewell in household of John Wright, Buxton, Norfolk, England; citing Buxton, Norfolk, England, p. 26, from "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  3. "England and Wales Census, 1861," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2017), Anna Sewell in household of Isaac Sewell, Siston, Somersetshire, England; from "1861 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  4. "England and Wales Census, 1871", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 December 2017), Anna Sewell in entry for Isaac Sewell, 1871.
  5. England & Wales death registration: Saint Faiths, Volume 4b, Page 57, June quarter 1878, age 58

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