Brontë Family Timeline
1777 Patrick Brontë is born “Patrick Brunty” in County Down, Ireland.
1806 Patrick earns a bachelor’s degree in theology from Cambridge.
1807 Patrick is ordained by the Church of England.
1810 Patrick publishes his first poem, “Winter Evening.”
1812 Patrick marries Maria Branwell and moves to Yorkshire.
1814 Maria Brontë is born.
1815 Elizabeth Brontë is born.
1815 Patrick Brontë is named curate at Thornton.
1816 Charlotte Brontë is born.
1817 Patrick Branwell Brontë is born.
1818 Emily Jane Brontë is born.
1820 Anne Brontë is born and family moves after Patrick is offered the Perpetual
Curacy at Haworth.
1821 Maria Brontë (wife of Patrick) dies.
1824 Maria and Elizabeth attend the Clergy Daughters’ School at Cowan Bridge in
Lancaster; Charlotte and Emily soon follow.
1825 Maria and Elizabeth Brontë die within six weeks of each other from tuberculosis;
Charlotte and Emily return home.
1831-32 Charlotte attends Roe Head School in Mirfield.
1835 Charlotte becomes a teacher at Roe Head School. Emily enrolls as a student but
returns home shortly after. Anne takes Emily’s place at Roe Head.
1837 Charlotte and Anne return home after Anne becomes ill. Charlotte resigns her
1838 Emily is hired to teach at Law Hill School. She returns home six months later.
1838 Branwell goes to Bradford to become a portrait painter.
1839 Anne works briefly as governess to the Ingham family but is soon dismissed and
becomes governess to the Robinson family.
1840 Branwell takes a position as assistant clerk in Sowerby Bridge Railway Station.
1842 Charlotte and Emily travel to Brussels to study at the Pensionnat Heger.
1842 Aunt Elizabeth Branwell dies at the family home in Haworth. Charlotte and
Emily return home for the funeral. Charlotte returns to Brussels, while Emily
remains in Haworth.
1843 Charlotte becomes a teacher in the Pensionnat Heger. Branwell is hired as tutor
for the Robinson family.
1844 Charlotte returns to England.
1845 Anne resigns from position as governess to Robinson family and Branwell is
dismissed for having an affair with Mrs. Robinson.
1846 Publication of Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell.
1847 Charlotte's Jane Eyre published.
1847 Anne's Agnes Grey and Emily's Wuthering Heights published together.
1848 Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall published; Branwell dies of tuberculosis,
followed three months later by Emily.
1849 Anne dies of tuberculosis.
1849 Charlotte's Shirley is published.
1853 Charlotte's Villette is published.
1854 Charlotte marries Arthur Bell Nicholls.
1855 Charlotte dies of tuberculosis and complications from pregnancy.
1857 Charlotte's The Professor is published.
1861 Rev. Patrick Brontë dies, having outlived his entire family.