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Public Success, Private SorrowThe Life and Times of Charles Henry Brewitt-Taylor (1857-1938), China Customs Commissioner and Pioneer Translator$
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Isidore Cyril Cannon

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099616

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.001.0001

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Family Origins

Family Origins

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(p.11) 2 Family Origins
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Public Success, Private Sorrow
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Isidore Cyril Cannon

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099616.003.0002

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

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