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Erasmus 1731-1802 Josiah 1730-1795 John 1733-1803 Mary Howard 1740-1770 Elizabeth 1764-1846 Sarah 1734-1815 Elizabeth Hensleigh 1738-1790 Elizabeth 1847-1926 Mary 1842 William 1839-1914 Francis 1848-1925 Horace 1851-1928 Henrietta 1843-1929 7 others 12 others Anne 1841-1851 Robert 1766-1848 Charles 1809-1882 Leonard 1850-1943 Charles 1856-1858 George 1845-1912 Emma 1808-1896 Sussanah 1765-1817 Josiah II 1769-1843 Darwins Wedgwoods Allens M 1792 M 1764 M 1763 M 1737 M 1796 M 1839 4 others 5 others 4 others Darwin Family Tree Charles and Emma were First cousins sharing one set of Grandparents through Charless mother and Emmas Father. In the end he concluded he best get married. Emma was the obvious choice but when she saw him in London in 1838 she didnt think he was interested. Emma wrote to her Aunt Jessie The week I spent in London on my return from Paris I felt sure he did not care about me. It might have been nervesEmma was not only very pretty but quite accomplished she spoke French Italian and German played the piano brilliantly she had taken lessons from Frdric Chopin and was widely read. The Wedgwood family was also connected to many famous peopleone of Emmas aunts was a friend of Florence Nightingale an uncle was friends with Lord Byron Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. To top it off Emma had already turned down several suitors. Darwin may have thought his chances slim. Nevertheless he summoned up his courage and proposed to her at Maer in November 1838. To his surprise she said yes. Over the next seventeen years they had ten children. Three died young Mary Eleanor at three weeks 1842 Charles Waring at age one 1856-1858 and Anne Elizabeth at age ten 1841-1851. Darwin was devastated when Annie died he was very close to her but the idea often put forward that her death influenced his work andor religious views does not fit the facts. Darwin completed the first sketch of his theory in 1842. In 1844 he expanded it to about 200 pages. Clearly Darwin had formulated his theory long 25