Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin seated crop

Charles Darwin c. 1854, by Henry Maull and John Fox, (Maull & Fox) for Harper’s Magazine, derivative work: Beao, via Wikimedia Commons

Birth Name: Charles Robert Darwin

Date of Birth: 12 February, 1809

Place of Birth: The Mount, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England

Date of Death: 19 April, 1882

Place of Death: Down House, Kent, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: English

Charles Darwin was an English naturalist and geologist. He is known for his contributions to evolutionary theory.

Charles was the son of Susannah Sukey (Wedgwood) and Robert Waring Darwin. He was married to Emma Wedgwood, his first cousin, with whom he shared grandparents through his Wedgwood line. Those grandparents, Josiah and Sarah, were third cousins. Charles and Emma had ten children. Charles’ great-great-great-grandson is actor Skandar Keynes.

Charles’ paternal grandfather was Erasmus Darwin (the son of Robert Darwin and Elizabeth Hill). Erasmus was born in Elston Hall, Elston, Nottinghamshire. Robert was the son of William Darwin and Anne Waring. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Hill and Elizabeth Alvey.

Charles’ paternal grandmother was Mary Howard (the daughter of Charles Howard and Penelope Foley). Mary was born in Lichfield, Derbyshire. Charles Howard was the son of Charles Howard and Mary Bromley. Penelope was the daughter of Paul Foley and Elizabeth Turton.

Charles’ maternal grandfather was Josiah Wedgwood (the son of Thomas Wedgwood and Mary Stringer). Josiah was born in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Thomas was the son of Thomas Wedgwood and Mary Leigh. Charles’ great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Josiah Stringer.

Charles’ maternal grandmother was Sarah Wedgwood (the daughter of Richard Wedgwood and Susannah/Susan Irlam). Sarah was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Richard was the son of Thomas or Aaron Wedgwood and Mary Hollins. Susannah/Susan was the daughter of Thomas Irlam and Sarah Travis.

Sources: Genealogies of Charles Darwin –

6 Responses

  1. follers says:

    Where was his Irish ancestry from?

    • savanna says:

      From Penelope, the daughter of Paul Foley. Foley surname which originated in Ireland, in southeast Munster… derived from the original modern Irish Ó Foghlú / Irish Ó Foghladha. Penelope was born in England.. not sure where her paternal line is from tho..

    • bearboy says:

      Follers mind adding or confirming Amber Marshall the Canadian actress. I wasn’t able to find a family tree but I believe she has some English by her surname.

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