William Wordsworth had 6 children, the first of whom was Caroline, born in 1792.
She lived in France with her mother, Annette Vallon, and rarely saw her father.
He married a childhood friend, Mary Hutchinson, in 1802 and together they had 5 children, 3 of whom predeceased the poet.
8 year old Thomas and 4 year old Catharine both passed away in the year 1812, after short illnesses. Dorothy (Dora),
was born in 1804. She married Edward Quillinan in 1841. She passed away at the age of 42 on July 9, 1847. Wordsworth wrote
dear C____ ,
"Last night (I ought to have said a quarter before
one this morning), it pleased God to take to Himself
the spirit of our beloved daughter, and your truly
affectionate cousin. She had latterly much bodily
suffering, under which she supported herself by prayer,
and gratitude to her heavenly Father, for granting her to
the last so many of His blessings.
"I need not write more. Your aunt bears up under
this affliction as becomes a Christian.
;"Kindest love to Susan, of whose sympathy we
are fully assured.
Your affectionate uncle, and the more so for this affliction,
"Pray for us!"
Wordsworth passed away on 4/23/1850 and was survived by his widow, Mary, and two sons, John and William (Willy).
His sister, Dorothy (1771-1855), was the only one of his 4 siblings to survive him.
In October 1814, Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, had planned a trip to France to attend the wedding of Caroline to Jean-Baptiste
Baudouin. However, Napoleon's return from Elba and the outbreak of war prevented the trip. The marriage was postponed until February
1816, and although Wordsworth could not attend, he provided a dowry for his daughter. Poet, Robert Southey was in Paris in 1817 and,
presumably at Wordsworth's request, he visited Caroline and found that neither she nor her husband spoke a word of English, and that
they had an infant, whom they had named Dorothy.