This afternoon I have got over involved in the family tree of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), knowing that he had a cousin who had been Mayor of Tunbridge Wells (Major Charles Robert Lutwidge) and finding out he had an uncle who was interested in early photography (Robert Wilfred Skeffington Lutwidge – who it turns out wasn’t the Mayor’s father). Lewis Carroll was also a keen photographer, under the influence of his uncle, and used the wet plate collodion process – which is where my research started.
His parents (Rev Charles Dodgson and Frances Jane Lutwidge) were cousins, but I couldn’t work out if his mother’s parents (Major Charles Lutwidge and Elizabeth Anne Dodgson) were cousins, or if that was an early bit of mis-reading. But ultimately the families lead back to Lady Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmorland in the 15th century.
What was interesting was finding some wet-plate photos he took of his maiden aunts, who lived in Hastings. Many of the family encountered interesting deaths, a subject I may return to….