Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameFlorence Elizabeth GASKELL, 8351
Birth1842
FatherRev William GASKELL , 679 (1805-1884)
Spouses
EducationTrinity College Cambridge
MotherCaroline FLETCHER , 8403
Marriage1863
Notes for Florence Elizabeth GASKELL
Florence Elizabeth
1842-81

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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