James Woodhouse was baptised on 18 April 1735 at St. Giles’ Church, Rowley Regis, Staffordshire. He was the eldest son of Joseph and Mary Woodhouse (neé Bridgwater), freeholders who worked a small farm that had been in the family for over three centuries, and one of at least five (and possibly six) children. Taught to read and write at school, Woodhouse’s formal education nonetheless ended at the age of just eight. Growing to six feet six inches in height, on January 7 1760 he married Hannah Fletcher (the daughter of Thomas and Catherine Fletcher, and later the ‘Daphne’ of his poems). The Staffordshire Parish Registers appear to record that the couple had six children. One of them (whose name is obscured in …
Van-Hagen, Stephen. "James Woodhouse". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 March 2007; last revised 18 September 2007.
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