Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameCharles CROMPTON
EducationTrinity College Cambridge
SpouseFlorence Elizabeth GASKELL
FatherRev William GASKELL (1805-1884)
Notes for Charles CROMPTON
Charles Crompton Q.C. (4 February 1833 – 25 June 1890) was an English barrister and Liberal politician.

Crompton was born at St Pancras, London, the son of Sir Charles Crompton, a Judge of the Queen's Bench and his wife Caroline Fletcher of Liverpool. He was educated at University College School, University College, London, and at Trinity College, Cambridge (4th Wrangler 1855, MA 1858).[1] He was a Fellow of the college in 1856 and was called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1864. Crompton stood unsuccessfully for parliament at West Cheshire in the 1874 general election. He was a member of the commission to investigate alleged corrupt practices at Knaresborough in 1880.[2] and became became a Q.C. in 1882.

At the 1885 general election, Crompton was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Leek in Staffordshire. He lost the seat at the 1886 general election, and did not stand again.[3]

Crompton lived at Manchester and died at the age of 57.
Crompton married Florence Elizabeth Gaskell, daughter of Elizabeth Gaskell in 1863.
Notes for Florence Elizabeth GASKELL
Florence Elizabeth

Florence has no talents under the sun; and is very nervous and anxious.1851

Florence, also known as Flossy, was the third daughter, born in 1842. In spite of her mother's initial worries about her nervousness, Florence apparently grew up into a confident young woman. In 1864 she married Charles Crompton. Her sister Meta wrote this description of the courtship to Charles Eliot Norton in April 1863:

"You must remember her as such a very little girl, in the Skelwith
meadows...:but she is twenty,... she has a very decided, formed character, and is quite old enough in mind and heart to meet this great---this climax of her life, rightly and wisely.

There is a fancy beginning to this attachment.... Florence had never met Mr C-till abt this time last year-when she went to stay in London. A few weeks previously Mr Crompton had seen in a stray photograph book a portrait of Florence, and been so much struck with it that when he heard that she was in London he made great efforts to meet her – and et en voila le fin.

Elizabeth Gaskell writes about her being 'a little bit tyrannical over her sweet-tempered husband'. But, 'if he could dress her in diamonds and feed her on gold, and give her the moon to play with...I don't think he would question the wisdom of indulging her'. She died, childless, in 1881.
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