Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fact of the Day: Father Darwin

In his life Charles Darwin had ten children with his wife Emma, and he was quite the devoted father. A bit uncommon in the 19th century, as many fathers spent very little time raising their children. When his daughter Anne died from scarlet fever at the age of ten, he was absolutely devastated. 

17 comments:

Margaret D said...

Not a lot of men were totally devoted to their children back then, always exception to the rule...

Elisabeth said...

Wow, ten children, that's a lot. Thanks for stopping by my blog Adam!

xxx
E from Helsinki, Finland
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Caro * said...

Very sad :/

Giga said...

It is very sad that one of the children gone forever.

Pat Hatt said...

10 is a lot, wow. Probably the worst thing ever to lose a child though.

Anonymous said...

He had a big family!!!! I think there was a movie documentary about this man , its was fascinating, I think he had poor health, if I'm not mistaken,

Holy Ghost Writer said...

He was quite the man

Christine said...

nice to know more about him.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yes, Victorian fathers were often cold and distant -- good to hear that Charles Darwin wasn't.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

How wonderful to know that this amazing man was also a great father. Cool!

Stephanie Faris said...

A lot of people died from scarlet fever back then, didn't they? My stepdaughter's little sister got scarlet fever and recovered. When you think of so many parents who lost their children back then--it had to be so hard.

stephen Hayes said...

My mother's older sister died of Scarlet Fever.

Lucy said...

wow, I didn't know that! Lucy www.tpinkcarpet.com

Mary Kirkland said...

Yep another fact I had no idea about.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Nice to hear that he was devoted to his kids in a time where it wasn't common. Especially to all 10!

Kay said...

Didn't he also marry his first cousin? I think he was always worried about the genetics of that.

bj said...

10 kids..??? That's a lot of mouths to feed. :)
Glad he was a good daddy...after all, what better way to be remembered.