Close Family Tree

Birth 1816 30 35
Baptism 11 August 1816
Birth of a sisterAnn Close
1819 (Age 3)
Note

Note: As a young man John helped his father Jarvis with his butchers business but he mistakenly thought he…
Baptism of a sisterAnn Close
25 March 1819 (Age 3)
Census 1841 1841 (Age 25)
Note: Living with parents and family at Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland
Note 1842 (Age 26)

Note: He had a hand in The Book of the Chronicles : or, Winter Evening Tales of Westmorland.
Note 1846 (Age 30)

Note: Established himself as a printer and called himself "Poet Close".
Occupation
Printer at Town Head
1849 (Age 33)
Publication: Simpkin, Marshall and Co, Hall Court, London, 1849
Census 1851 1851 (Age 35)
Note: Living with parents and family at Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland.
Death of a fatherJarvis Close
13 August 1853 (Age 37)
Death Index
Death Index

Note: Jarvis Close (1786) Death Index

Photograph about 1855 (Age 39)

Note: Poet Close at the lakes composing his Grand War Poem. Image taken from one of his books.
Marriage of a siblingWilliam George YareAnn CloseView family
1857 (Age 41)
Marriage Index
Marriage Index

Note: Ann Close (1819) Marriage Index


Marriage Index
Marriage Index

Note: William George Yare (1823) Marriage Index

MarriageEliza EarlyView family
2 March 1858 (Age 42)
Marriage Index
Marriage Index

Note: John Close (1816) Marriage Index


Marriage Index
Marriage Index

Note: Eliza Early (1826) Marriage Index

Birth of a son
#1
Jarvis William Close
about 1858 (Age 42)
Birth Index
Birth Index

Note: Jarvis William Close (1858) Birth Index

Note 1859 (Age 43)

Note: Taken to court at Liverpool for libel about a young lady of Kirkby Stephen district and fined £300 which caused him to be impoverished.
Birth of a daughter
#2
Elizabeth Close
8 July 1860 (Age 44)
Birth Index
Birth Index

Note: Elizabeth Close (1860) Birth Index

Note 1860 (Age 44)

Note: Through the influence of Lord Lonsdale he was granted a Civil List Pension by Lord Palmerston, the P…
Death of a motherElizabeth Harker
27 February 1861 (Age 45)
Note: Died at the home of daughter Ann near Appleby, Westmorland
Death Index
Death Index

Note: Elizabeth Harker (1781) Death Index

Photograph about 1861 (Age 45)

Note: John Close shows how he is under attack.
Census 1861 1861 (Age 45)
Note: Living with wife Eliza and family at Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland. Printer and dealer in fancy wares…
Photograph 9 May 1861 (Age 45)

Note: Article on JPC and his pension woes, published by The Caledonian on 9 May 1861.
Note 23 July 1861 (Age 45)
Note: On 23rd July 1861 the question of John's pension was raised in the House of Commons. Sharon Close has sent a copy of the Hansard transcript which is available in John's Hall of Fame entry on the main Close Ancestry site.
Birth of a son
#3
Charles Musgrave Close
1862 (Age 46)
Birth Index
Birth Index

Note: Charles Musgrave Close (1862) Birth Index

Note 1862 (Age 46)

Note: He's still at it with the Once a Year correspondence.
Baptism of a sonCharles Musgrave Close
3 August 1862 (Age 46)
Photograph about 1863 (Age 47)

Note: Poet Close at home. Image taken from one of his books.
Birth of a son
#4
Edward Horatio Close
20 October 1864 (Age 48)
Birth Index
Birth Index

Note: Edward Horatio Close (1864) Birth Index

Baptism of a sonEdward Horatio Close
27 November 1864 (Age 48)
Birth of a son
#5
Henry Cecil Close
about 1866 (Age 50)
Birth Index
Birth Index

Note: Henry Cecil Close (1866) Birth Index

Note 1869 (Age 53)

Note: Publication of Poet Close's Grand Lake Book of 1869.
Photograph about 1870 (Age 54)

Note: Photograph of The Waddle Family by John Poet Close.
Census 1871 1871 (Age 55)
Note: Living with wife Eliza and family at Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland. Printer and news agent.
Photograph 1871 (Age 55)

Publication: About 1871
Note: Photograph of the children of John "Poet" Close.
Photograph 1873 (Age 57)

Publication: About 1873
Note: Photograph of John "Poet" Close.
Photograph 1873 (Age 57)

Publication: About 1873
Note: John "Poet" Close Autograph Card.

Note 3 January 1874 (Age 58)

Note: Penrith Herald Jan 3 1874 Letters to the Editor
Photograph about 1875 (Age 59)
Note: Photograph of John Close at Bowness in about 1875.
Photograph
Photograph

Note: The plate is from a 1975 book of photos of old Windermere called "Fenty's Album". According to the book the original print was in Windermere library back then.

Photograph 14 May 1880 (Age 64)

Note: Poem written by JPC, and published in the Ambleside Herald on 22 May 1880.
Census 1881 1881 (Age 65)
Note: Living with wife Eliza and family at Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland. Bookseller and stationer.
Marriage of a childJohn SayerElizabeth CloseView family
29 June 1882 (Age 66)
Note: John Sayer (1855) Marriage Index
Marriage Index
Marriage Index

Note: Elizabeth Close (1860) Marriage Index

Note 1883 (Age 67)

Note: Publication of The Satirist or Every Man in his Humour.
Occupation
Author and Poet, Poets Hall, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland.
1885 (Age 69)
Publication: T Bulmer & Co, Stanley Grove, Longsight, Longsight, Manchester, 1885
Note 1885 (Age 69)

Note: Publication of Poet Close's Christmas Book of 1885.
Death 15 February 1891 (Age 75)
Death Index
Death Index

Note: John Close (1816) Death Index

Burial after 15 February 1891
Will 24 March 1891 (37 days after death)

Note: Summary of the Will of John Close of Town Head, Kirkby Stephen, Bookseller & Stationer. Drawn 6 …
Photograph about 1915 (23 years after death)

Publication: About 1915
Note: Postcard of John Close selling his books at Windermere.
BaptismParish Register: Gunnerside Wesleyan Chapel, Parish: Gunnerside, Richmond, Yorkshire
Census 1841Jarvis Close (1786) 1841 Census, Census Type: 1841 English Census, Census Place: Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland
OccupationHistory, Topography and Directory of Westmorland and Lonsdale North of the Sands in Lancashire, Edition: 1849
Publication: Simpkin, Marshall and Co, Hall Court, London, 1849
Census 1851Jarvis Close (1786) 1851 Census, Census Type: 1851 English Census, Census Place: Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland
PhotographContributor: Stephen Nelson
Census 1861John Close (1816) 1861 Census, Census Type: 1861 English Census, Census Place: Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland
PhotographContributor: Sue Premru
NoteContributor: Sharon Close
PhotographContributor: Stephen Nelson
PhotographContributor: Stephen Nelson
Census 1871John Close (1816) 1871 Census, Census Type: 1871 English Census, Census Place: Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland
PhotographJohn Close (1816) 1871 Family, Subject: John "Poet" Close Family
Publication: About 1871
PhotographJohn Close (1816) 1873 Photograph, Subject: John "Poet" Close
Publication: About 1873
PhotographJohn Close (1816) 1873 Autograph Card, Subject: John "Poet" Close
Publication: About 1873
NoteContributor: Stephen Nelson
PhotographContributor: Stephen Nelson
PhotographContributor: Sue Premru
Census 1881John Close (1816) 1881 Census, Census Type: 1881 English Census, Census Place: Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland
OccupationHistory, Topography and Directory of Westmoreland, Edition: 1885
Publication: T Bulmer & Co, Stanley Grove, Longsight, Longsight, Manchester, 1885
PhotographJohn Close (1816) 1915 Postcard, Subject: John "Poet" Close
Publication: About 1915
NameContributor: Karen Burnell
NameContributor: Lorraine Smith
NameContributor: Christine Howarth
NameContributor: Sue Premru
NameContributor: Stephen Nelson
NameContributor: Sharon Close
Census 1841
Living with parents and family at Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland
Note
He had a hand in The Book of the Chronicles : or, Winter Evening Tales of Westmorland.
Note
Established himself as a printer and called himself "Poet Close".
Census 1851
Living with parents and family at Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland.
Photograph
Poet Close at the lakes composing his Grand War Poem. Image taken from one of his books. Probably around 1855, assuming the war in question is the Crimean. Many thanks to Stephen Nelson for the scan.
Note
Taken to court at Liverpool for libel about a young lady of Kirkby Stephen district and fined £300 which caused him to be impoverished.
Note
Through the influence of Lord Lonsdale he was granted a Civil List Pension by Lord Palmerston, the Prime Minister, but this was revoked and he was given £100 from the Royal Bounty in compensation. He wrote of this “injustice” for the remainder of his life.
Photograph
John Close shows how he is under attack. Thanks to Sue Premru for the picture.
Census 1861
Living with wife Eliza and family at Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland. Printer and dealer in fancy wares. Eliza's two children, John and Ann, from her previous marriage to Thomas Lowdon are present.
Photograph
Article on JPC and his pension woes, published by The Caledonian on 9 May 1861. Many thanks to Sue Premru for the copy.
Note
On 23rd July 1861 the question of John's pension was raised in the House of Commons. Sharon Close has sent a copy of the Hansard transcript which is available in John's Hall of Fame entry on the main Close Ancestry site.
Note
He's still at it with the Once a Year correspondence.
Photograph
Poet Close at home. Image taken from one of his books. Probably around 1863. Many thanks to Stephen Nelson for the scan.
Note
Publication of Poet Close's Grand Lake Book of 1869.
Photograph
Photograph of The Waddle Family by John Poet Close. Not sure when it was produced 1870 is a guess. Many thanks to Stephen Nelson for the photograph.
Census 1871
Living with wife Eliza and family at Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland. Printer and news agent. Eliza's two children, Mary and John, from her previous marriage to Thomas Lowdon are present.
Photograph
Photograph of the children of John "Poet" Close. Taken around 1871.
Photograph
Photograph of John "Poet" Close. Probably taken around 1873.
Photograph
John "Poet" Close Autograph Card. Produced around 1873. He sold autographed copies of these for 1 shilling each.
Note
Penrith Herald Jan 3 1874 Letters to the Editor LORD LONSDALE'S KINDNESS TO POET CLOSE. In the preface to Mr. CLOSE's Christmas Book, which he has just sent us, we find a sketch of the LOWTHER Family, and how kind his Lordship and his son were to the Poet when last at Kirkby Stephen. On their return to Lowther Castle, VISCOUNT LOWTHER sent Mr. CLOSE a box of game, containing 2 large hares and 2 fine pheasants. On Tuesday, Dec. 16th, a hamper came by rail, with a large Stilton cheese inside, with a paper upon it, with these words, "From the Hon. Hugh LOWTHER;" which kind present no little astonished and pleased Mr. and Mrs. CLOSE. A READER OF THE HERALD. ==================== Given the number of CAPITAL letters there are in this, one has to assume that the anonymous reader was JPC himself.
Photograph
Photograph of John Close at Bowness in about 1875.
Photograph
Poem written by JPC, and published in the Ambleside Herald on 22 May 1880. Many thanks to Sue Premru for the copy.
Census 1881
Living with wife Eliza and family at Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland. Bookseller and stationer. Seems to be a granddaughter, Kate E Stonehouse present who is probably the daughter of either Mary or Ann Lowdon from Eliza's first marriage, since Elizabeth Close is unmarried at this time. Later living at “Poet’s Hall”, New Terrace, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland.
Note
Publication of The Satirist or Every Man in his Humour.
Note
Publication of Poet Close's Christmas Book of 1885.
Note
As a young man John helped his father Jarvis with his butchers business but he mistakenly thought he had a talent to be a poet. At the age of 16 he started printing fly-sheets of his verses to sell at the markets and later progressed to writing books. In 1846 he established himself as a printer in Kirkby Stephen and called himself "Poet" Close and his house "Poet's Hall". His prolific publications included his annual "Christmas Book". In addition to his verses and stories these gave a revue of the year's events in the district and therefore contain much biographical information on the inhabitants of the district as well as on his family and relations. In 1858 he married Eliza Early, a young widow who had three children and together they had five of their own. During the summer months John lived at Bowness where he had a bookstall at the boat-landing stage on Lake Windermere. The Closes and the Barkers were ardent Methodists, several of them being local preachers for many years, However John was always making disparaging remarks about Methodists while at the same time writing about "good old John Barker". At one time his sister Ann, who was married to a local preacher, George Yare, wrote to him on behalf of their mother, asking him not to be so harsh on the Methodists. He was in the habit of letting his pen run away with his discretion and so in 1859 was taken to court in Liverpool for libel for remarks he had made about a young lady of the Kirkby Stephen district. This resulted in £300 damages against him. He also had great difficulty making a living, however, he was in the habit of saying flattering things of those in authority and in high places. In 1860, through the influence of Lord Lonsdale, Lord Carlisle and other gentlemen, he was granted a Civil List Pension by the Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. When it was discovered by Parliament that his writing had no merit the pension was stopped and he was given £100 from the Royal Bounty by Lord Palmerston in compensation. He continued to write of this "injustice" for the remainder of his life. Here's a little sample of his doggerel: Around the gods, each seated on a throne, The poets, crowned like royal kings they sat. Around their heads a dazzling halo shone, No needs of mortal robes, or any hat. ("Haloes, Not Hats") ... which has apparently appeared in an anthology of the best bad poetry out there...
Will
Summary of the Will of John Close of Town Head, Kirkby Stephen, Bookseller & Stationer. Drawn 6 May 1890. Proved 24 Mar 1891. Effects & Value of Estate = £41.18.1d. Executor: Son Henry Cecil Close of Preston, Lancs. Postal Clerk. To youngest son Henry Cecil Close whole of Property including 4 houses on Townhead all customary Hold under Lord Hothfield of Appleby Castle. Remainder of Personal Property to Henry Cecil if still alive otherwise to wife Eliza Close
Photograph
Postcard of John Close selling his books at Windermere. Appears to be one of a series. This one is postmarked 1915, which is 24 years after his death.
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Census 18511851 Census1851 Census
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PhotographAt The LakesAt The Lakes
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Note: John Close (1816) Marriage Index
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Note: Eliza Early (1826) Marriage Index
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PhotographAt HomeAt Home
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NoteThe Grand Lake Book 1869The Grand Lake Book 1869
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PhotographAutograph Card (front)Autograph Card (front)
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Note: The plate is from a 1975 book of photos of old Windermere called "Fenty's Album". According to the book the original print was in Windermere library back then.
PhotographAmbleside HeraldAmbleside Herald
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OccupationBulmers History 1885Bulmers History 1885
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NoteThe Christmas Book 1885The Christmas Book 1885
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Note: John Close (1816) Death Index
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Family with parents - View family
father
Jarvis Close
Birth: about 1786 34 34Dyke Heads, Gunnerside, Richmond, Yorkshire, England
Baptism: 22 January 1786Grinton, Richmond, Yorkshire, England
Occupation: Farmer1816Dyke Heads, Gunnerside, Richmond, Yorkshire, England
Residence: 1819
Death: 13 August 1853Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Burial: after 13 August 1853Wesleyan Methodist Burial Ground, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
mother
Elizabeth Harker
Birth: about 1781Swaledale, Yorkshire, England
Death: 27 February 1861Appleby-in-Westmorland, Westmorland, England
Burial: 4 March 1861Wesleyan Methodist Burial Ground, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Marriage: 9 November 1815Church of St Andrew, Grinton, Richmond, Yorkshire, England
14 months
John Close
Birth: 1816 30 35Gunnerside, Richmond, Yorkshire, England
Baptism: 11 August 1816Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Gunnerside, Richmond, Yorkshire, England
Occupation: Printer at Town Head1849Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Will: 24 March 1891
Death: 15 February 1891Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Burial: after 15 February 1891Grave C423, Kirkby Stephen Cemetery, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
4 years
younger sister
Ann Close
Birth: 1819 33 38Crosby Garrett, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Baptism: 25 March 1819Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Gunnerside, Richmond, Yorkshire, England
Death: 1903Culgaith, Penrith, Cumberland, England
Family with Eliza Early - View family
John Close
Birth: 1816 30 35Gunnerside, Richmond, Yorkshire, England
Baptism: 11 August 1816Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Gunnerside, Richmond, Yorkshire, England
Occupation: Printer at Town Head1849Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Will: 24 March 1891
Death: 15 February 1891Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Burial: after 15 February 1891Grave C423, Kirkby Stephen Cemetery, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
wife
Eliza Early
Birth: about 1826Marylebone, London, Middlesex, England
Death: 9 October 1899Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Burial: 11 October 1899Grave C422, Kirkby Stephen Cemetery, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Marriage: 2 March 1858Brough under Stainmore, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Westmorland, England
10 months
son
Jarvis William Close
Birth: about 1858 42 32Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Death: 1899Carlisle, Cumberland, England
3 years
daughter
Elizabeth Close
Birth: 8 July 1860 44 34Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Death: August 1934Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Burial: August 1934Grave I26, Kirkby Stephen Cemetery, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
3 years
son
Charles Musgrave Close
Birth: 1862 46 36Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Baptism: 3 August 1862Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Death: 1895Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England
3 years
son
Edward Horatio Close
Birth: 20 October 1864 48 38Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Baptism: 27 November 1864Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Death: 1926Croft House, Market Street, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Burial: 11 September 1926Grave L57, Kirkby Stephen Cemetery, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
2 years
son
Henry Cecil Close
Birth: about 1866 50 40Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Death: 31 August 1900Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Burial: 2 September 1900Kirkby Stephen Cemetery, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Thomas Lowdon + Eliza Early - View family
wife’s husband
wife
Eliza Early
Birth: about 1826Marylebone, London, Middlesex, England
Death: 9 October 1899Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Burial: 11 October 1899Grave C422, Kirkby Stephen Cemetery, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, England
Marriage: about 1850Marylebone, London, Middlesex, England
2 years
step-daughter
3 years
step-son
3 years
step-daughter

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