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William Makepeace Thackeray, son of Richmond Makepeace Thackeray and Anne Thackeray [Becher]
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William Makepeace Thackeray was born on 18 July 1811 at Calcutta, the only child of Richmond Thackeray and Anne Becher who had married on 13th October 1810. Richard Thackeray had come to India at the age of 16 in 1797 where he worked for the East India Company until his early death in 1815. William returned to England one year later while his mother remained in India and subsequently remarried Major Henry William Carmichael-Smith. They returned to England in 1819.

William's early education was at Southampton and then Chiswick before he entered Charterhouse in 1822 where he remained until 1828. He matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1829 but left one year later without a degree. His early career activities were largely unsuccessful until he met Isabella Gethin Shawe whom he married on 20th August 1836. Three children (Anne Isabel, Jane and Harriet Maria) followed in the next three years but from 1840 onwards until her death Isabella became seriously depressed and mentally ill. William dedicated himself to his writing - Book of Snobs, Vanity Fair and The Virginians - published from 1846 until 1860 established him as one of England's foremost novelists. On 23rd December 1863 William Thackeray died from a stroke which, at the age of fifty-three, was entirely unexpected by his family, friends, and reading public. Some 7,000 people attended his funeral at Kensington Gardens and he was buried on 29th December at Kensal Green cemetery

Wiliiam Makepiece Thackeray's association with Tunbridge Wells commenced in 1823 when as a school boy he spent his summer holidays there and in The Virginians Thackeray uses Tunbridge Wells as the backlcloth to part of the novel. He returned in 1860 to stay at Rock Villa, now known as 'Thackeray's House', where he wrote Tunbridge Toys which he published as part of the Roundabout Papers in the Cornhill Magazine


See also Tunbridge Toys by William Makepeace Thackeray, Society at Tunbridge Wells by Lewis Melville, Peltons Guide to Tunbridge Wells and
Date
Type
Information
Source
 
18th Jul 1811
Born
At Calcutta in the Country of India
ODNB web site
 
1822 to 1828
Educated at
At Charterhouse
ODNB web site
 
1829 to 1830
Educated at
At Trinity College, Cambridge University; Left without a degree
ODNB web site
 
20th Aug 1836
Married
Isabella Gethin Shawe
ODNB web site
 
1837
Birth of a daughter
Jane
ODNB web site
 
1837
Birth of a daughter
Anne Isabell
ODNB web site
 
1840
Birth of a daughter
Harriet Marian (Minnie)
ODNB web site
 
1846 to 1847
Published
The Snobs of England later retitled The Book of Snobs
 
1847 to 1848
Published
Vanity Fair
 
1848 to 1850
Published
The History of Pendennis
 
1850
Published
Rebecca and Rowena
 
1852
Published
The History of Henry Esmond
 
1855
Published
The Rose and the Ring
 
1857 to 1859
Published
The Virginians
 
1860
History
At The Common
Tunbridge Toys
 
"I stroll over the Common and survey the beautiful purple hills around, twinkling with a thousand bright villas, which have sprung up over this charming ground since first I saw it. What an admirable scene of peace and plenty ! What a delicious air breathes over the heath, blows the cloud shadows across it, and murmurs through the full-clad trees ! Can the world show a land fairer, richer, more cheerful ? I see a portion of it when I look up from the window at which I write. But fair scene, green woods, bright terraces gleaming in sunshine, and purple clouds swollen with summer rain - nay, the very pages over which my head bends - disappear from before my eyes. They are looking backwards, back into forty years off, into a dark room, into a little house hard by on the Common here, in the Bartlemy-tide holidays. The parents have gone to town for two days; the house is all his own, his own and a grim old maidservant's, and a little boy is seated at night in the lonely drawing-room - poring over Manfroni, or the One-Handed Monk, so frightened that he scarcely dares to turn round."
 
1860
History
At The Pantiles [als The Parade, The Walks]
Tunbridge Toys
 
"Who knows ? They may have kept those very books at the library still - at the well-remembered library on the Pantiles, where they sell that delightful, useful Tunbridge ware. I will go and see. I went my way to the Pantiles, the queer little old-world Pantiles, where, a hundred years since, so much good company came to take its pleasure. Is it possible, that in the past century, gentlefolks of the first rank (as I read lately in a Lecture on George II. in this Magazine) assembled here and entertained each other with gaming, dancing, fiddling, and tea ? There are fiddlers, harpers; and trumpeters performing at this moment in a weak little old balcony, but where is the fine company ? Where are the earls, duchesses, bishops, and magnificent embroidered gamesters ? A half-dozen of children and their nurses are listening to the musicians ; an old lady or two in a poke bonnet passes, and for the rest, I sec but an uninteresting population of native tradesmen. As for the library, its window is full of pictures of burly theologians, and their works, sermons, apologues, and so forth."
 
1860 to 1863
Published
Roundabout Papers in Cornhill Magazine
 
24th Dec 1863
Died
At Palace-green in the Parish of Kensington, London
Probate Registry of England and Wales
 
29th Dec 1863
Buried
At Kensal Green Cemetery
ODNB web site
 
5th Mar 1864
Probate
At Principal registry; Effects: under £20,000 to his daughters
Probate Registry of England and Wales
 
c 1930
Thackeray's House
Thackeray's House, Tunbridge Wells
Private collection

Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Thackeray individual records
The ancestral pedigree of William Makepeace Thackeray
  
 Robert Thackeraym: c 1625Mrs 
 b: c 1600  b: c 1600
  
       
 Mary Thomas Agnes Walter Jane Dorothy 
 b: 1626 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 28th Sep 1626 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
 b: 1628 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 6th Jul 1628 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: May 1670 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
bur: 4th May 1670 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
 b: 1631 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 17th Aug 1631 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
 b: 1633 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 19th Dec 1633 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
 b: 1636 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 16th Oct 1636 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
 b: 1638 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 17th Dec 1638 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
 
              
Great-Great-
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
  
  
   
 Thomas Thackeraym: c 1653Mary 
 b: 1628 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 6th Jul 1628 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: May 1670 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
bur: 4th May 1670 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
  b: 1637 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
d: November 1696 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
bur: 24th Nov 1696 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
  
            
Thomas  Marie  John  Samuel Timothy Elias Joseph Jane 
b: 1654 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 3rd Sep 1654 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: July 1714 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
  b: 1657 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 19th Dec 1657 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
  b: 1659 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 26th Dec 1659 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: February 1716/17 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
  b: 1662 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 6th Jul 1662 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: July 1664 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
bur: 17th Jul 1664 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
 b: 1664 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 24th Nov 1664 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: April 1722 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
bur: 5th Apr 1722 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
 b: 1666 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 18th Jan 1666 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: July 1725 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
bur: 27th Jul 1725 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
 b: 1668 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 14th May 1668 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: May 1733 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
 b: 1669 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire 
  N/K Robert Isabel           
  b: 1656 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire b: 1659 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 26th Dec 1659 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: July 1664 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
bur: 17th Jul 1664 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
 b: 1661 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 21st Jan 1661 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
           
                 
Great-
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 Timothy Thackeraym: c 1690Mrs 
 b: 1664 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 24th Nov 1664 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: April 1722 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
bur: 5th Apr 1722 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
  b: c 1665
  
            
Thomas  Jane  Elias  Joseph Mary Jane Timothy John 
b: 1693 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 8th Dec 1693 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: 25th Aug 1760 Eton, Buckinghamshire
  b: 1697 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 24th Jan 1697 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: November 1700 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
bur: 23rd Nov 1700 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
  b: 1700 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 29th Nov 1700 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
  b: 1704 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 25th Jun 1704 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: January 1772 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
 b: 1706 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 17th Nov 1706 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: October 1750 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
 b: 1708 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
d: March 1749/50 Ripley, Yorkshire
 b: 1711 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 30th Jun 1711 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: March 1712 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
bur: 6th Mar 1712 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
 b: 1713 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire 
   Timothy Timothea Joseph          
   b: 1695 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 5th May 1695 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: May 1696 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
bur: 4th May 1696 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
 b: 1699 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 22nd Jan 1699 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
 b: 1703 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 17th May 1703 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: August 1703 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
bur: 2nd Aug 1703 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
          
                 
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
    
 Thomas Thackeray
D.D.
m: 26th Jul 1729 Heydon, EssexAnn Woodward 
 b: 1693 Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire
ch: 8th Dec 1693 St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hampsthwaite
d: 25th Aug 1760 Eton, Buckinghamshire
  b: 1709 Heydon, Essex
d: 23rd Feb 1797
  
                 
Anne  Elias  John  Frederick  Jane  Theodosia  Frances  Martha   
b: 1730 Eton, Buckinghamshire
d: 1808
  b: 1732 Eton, Buckinghamshire
ch: 17th Oct 1732 Parish Church, Eton
d: 1781
  b: 1735 Eton, Buckinghamshire
ch: 3rd Apr 1736 Parish Church, Eton
d: 1770
  b: 1737 Eton, Buckinghamshire
d: 1782
  b: 1739 Eton, Buckinghamshire
d: 1830
  b: 1742 Eton, Buckinghamshire
d: 1830
  b: 1745 Eton, Buckinghamshire
d: 1822
  b: 1747 Eton, Buckinghamshire
d: 1831
   
  Catherine Thomas Thomas Joseph Decima Alethia Henrietta William Makepeace
  b: 1731 Eton, Buckinghamshire b: 1733 Eton, Buckinghamshire
ch: 29th Dec 1733 Parish Church, Eton
d: 1734
 b: 1736 Eton, Buckinghamshire
d: 1806
 b: 1738 Eton, Buckinghamshire
d: 1804
 b: 1740 Eton, Buckinghamshire
d: 1824
 b: 1743 Eton, Buckinghamshire
d: 1832
 b: 1746 Eton, Buckinghamshire b: 20th Jun 1749 Eton, Buckinghamshire
d: 11th Mar 1813
                  
Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
 William Makepeace Thackeraym: 31st Jan 1776 Calcutta, IndiaAmelia Richmond Webb 
 b: 20th Jun 1749 Eton, Buckinghamshire
d: 11th Mar 1813
  b: 1757 daughter of Lt-Col. Richmond Webb
d: 1810
  
              
Selina  Amelia  Emily  Charlotte Sarah  Thomas  Francis Charles Sarah Jane Henrietta 
b: c 1777 London  b: 1780
d: 1824
  b: 1783 Monken Hadley, London  b: 1786 Monken Hadley, London
ch: 2nd Oct 1786 Monken Hadley
d: 1854
  b: 1789 Monken Hadley, London
ch: 3rd Sep 1789 Monken Hadley
  b: 1793 Monken Hadley, London
ch: 11th Aug 1793 Monken Hadley
d: 1842
 b: 1794 Monken Hadley, London
ch: 26th Oct 1794 Monken Hadley
d: 1846
 b: 1798 Monken Hadley, London
ch: 10th May 1798 Monken Hadley
 
  William  Richmond Makepeace Augusta Webb John      
  b: 1778 London
ch: 19th Jun 1778 St. Mary, Marylebone, London
d: 1823
  b: 1st Sep 1781 South Mimms
d: 13th Sep 1815
 b: 1785 Monken Hadley, London
ch: 19th Mar 1785 Monken Hadley
 b: 1788 Monken Hadley, London
ch: 30th Apr 1788 Monken Hadley
 b: 1791 Monken Hadley, London
ch: 13th Jun 1791 Monken Hadley
      
                  
Grandfather record
   
   
    
 Richmond Makepeace Thackeraym: 13th Oct 1810 IndiaAnne Becher 1st marriage
 b: 1st Sep 1781 South Mimms
d: 13th Sep 1815
  b: 1792
d: 31st Dec 1864
  
  
 William Makepeace 
 b: 18th Jul 1811 Calcutta, India
d: 24th Dec 1863 Palace-green, Kensington, London
bur: 29th Dec 1863 Kensal Green Cemetery
 
    
Parental record
   
   
    
 William Makepeace Thackeraym: 20th Aug 1836Isabella Gethin Shawe 
 b: 18th Jul 1811 Calcutta, India
d: 24th Dec 1863 Palace-green, Kensington, London
bur: 29th Dec 1863 Kensal Green Cemetery
  b: 1816
d: 1893
  
    
 Anne Isabell Jane Harriet Marian (Minnie) 
 b: 1837
d: 1919
 b: 1837
d: 1838
 b: 1840
d: 1875
 
        
Family record

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