The Ancestors of Dorothy Shakespeare, wife of Ezra Pound

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The Ancestors of

Dorothy Shakespeare

Wife of Ezra Pound

Dorothy was the daughter of Henry Hope Shakespear, a London Solicitor,  and his wife Olivia. Henry appears in the 1881 census, with his father Alexander:

Dwelling: Holly Lodge
Census Place: Burnham, Buckingham, England
Source: FHL Film 1341354 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 1461 Folio 49 Page 45
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Alexander SHAKESPEAR M 59 M East Indies
Rel: Head
Occ: H.M. Indian Civil Service Retd
Catherine Mary SHAKESPEAR M 52 F East Indies
Rel: Wife
Henry Hope SHAKESPEAR U 30 M East Indies
Rel: Son
Occ: Solicitor
Sarah MILLER U 31 F Putney, Surrey, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: Dom Serv
Rebecca WEBB U 26 F White Waltham, Berkshire, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: Dom Serv
Louisa KENDLE U 17 F Ovenhope, York, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: Dom Serv

It seems that Henry and Olivia's marriage was loveless - Olivia is known to have had an affair with W B Yeats during 1896 - 7. Olivia, moving in literary circles, was an author herself - having a number of books published.

Henry and Olivia's only child, Dorothy, married Ezra Pound in 1914. Her date of birth is, as yet unknown.

 

Notes
  • Alexander Shakespear was born about 1822 in India, son of Henry Davenport Shakespear

  • Descendants of the 'Stepney Shakespeares'

 

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