Catherine Thomson Hogarth

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Catherine Thomson Hogarth

Also Known As: "Kate"
Birthplace: Scotland
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Hogarth and Georgiana Thompson
Wife of Charles Dickens
Mother of Charles Culliford Boz Dickens, Jr.; Mary Angela Dickens; Elizabeth "Kate" Dickens; Walter Savage Landor Dickens; Francis Jeffrey Dickens and 5 others
Sister of Mary Scott Hogarth and Georgina Hogarth

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About Catherine Thomson Hogarth

Catherine 'Kate' Thomson Dickens was the wife of English novelist Charles Dickens, with whom he fathered 10 children.

Catherine was the daughter of George Hogarth, editor of the Evening Chronicle where Dickens was a young journalist. They were married on April 2, 1836 in St. Luke's Church, Chelsea and honeymooned in Chalk, near Chatham. Dickens found Catherine an increasingly incompetent mother and housekeeper and seemed to blame her for the birth of their 10 children. Their separation, in 1858, was much publicized and rumors of Dickens unfaithfulness abounded, which he vehemently denied in public. Dickens and Catherine had little correspondence after the break, Catherine moving to a house in London with oldest son, Charley, and Dickens retreating to Gad's Hill in Kent with Catherine's sister, Georgina, and all of the children except Charlie remaining with him. On her deathbed in 1879 she gave her collection of Dickens' letters to daughter Kate instructing her to "Give these to the British Museum, that the world may know he loved me once."

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Catherine Thomson Hogarth's Timeline

May 19, 1815
April 2, 1836
Age 20
St. Luke's Catholic Church
January 6, 1837
Age 21
March 6, 1838
Age 22
London, England
October 29, 1839
Age 24
February 8, 1841
Age 25
January 15, 1844
Age 28
October 28, 1845
Age 30
April 18, 1847
Age 31
January 16, 1849
Age 33