Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters

A Family Record

Chronology of Jane Austen's Life

1775

Dec. 16 - Birth, at Steventon.

1779

June - Charles John Austen born.

1780

July - James Austen matriculated at Oxford (St. John's).

1782

Jane and Cassandra at Oxford under care of Mrs. Cawley (sister of Dr. Cooper).

1783

Mrs. Cawley having moved to Southampton, Jane nearly died there of a fever. Mrs. Cooper (her aunt) took the infection and died (October).

1784

The Rivals acted at Steventon.

1784 or 1785

Jane and Cassandra left Mrs. Latournelle's school at Reading, and returned home.

1786

Eliza Comtesse de Feuillide came to England. Birth of her son.

1787

James Austen in France.

1788

July - Henry Austen matriculated at Oxford (St. John's). Francis Austen went to sea.

1791

Edward Austen married Elizabeth Bridges.

1792

March - James Austen married Anne Mathew.

1794

Feb. - Comte de Feuillide guillotined.

1795 (?)

Cassandra engaged to Thomas Fowle.

May - Mrs. James Austen died.

1795-6

Mr. Tom Lefroy at Ashe.

1796

First Impressions (Pride and Prejudice) begun. Jane subscribed to Camilla.

1797

Jan. - James Austen married Mary Lloyd.

Feb. - Thomas Fowle died of fever in the W. Indies.

Nov. - Jane, with mother and sister, went to Bath. First Impressions refused by Cadell. Sense and Sensibility (already sketched in Elinor and Marianne) begun.

Dec. - Henry Austen married Eliza de Feuillide.

1798

Aug. - Lady Williams (Jane Cooper) killed in a carriage accident. Mrs. Knight gave up Godmersham to the Edward Austens. Jane's first visit there.

1798

Aug. - First draft of Northanger Abbey begun.

1799

May - Jane at Bath with the Edward Austens.

Aug. - Mrs. Leigh Perrot's trouble at Bath.

1801

May - Family move from Steventon to Bath. Visit to Sidmouth. Possible date of Jane's romance in the west of England.

1802

Austens at Dawlish and Teignmouth. Visit of sisters to Steventon and Manydown. Jane received an offer of marriage from an old friend.

1803

Northanger Abbey (called Susan) revised, and sold to Crosby of London.

1804

Probable date of The Watsons.

Sept. - Austens at Lyme.

Dec. - Mrs. Lefroy of Ashe killed by a fall from her horse.

1805

Jan. - Death of Jane's father at Bath.

1806

July - Austens left Bath for Clifton, Adlestrop, and Stoneleigh.

1806-7

Austens settled at Southampton.

1807

March - Took possession of house in Castle Square.

1808

Sept. - Cassandra at Godmersham.

Oct. - Mrs. Edward Austen died there after the birth of her eleventh child (John).

1809

April - Jane attempted to secure publication of Susan (Northanger Abbey). Austens left Southampton.

July - Austens took possession of Chawton (having been at Godmersham). Jane's authorship resumed.

1811

April - Jane with Henry in London (Sloane Street) bringing out Sense and Sensibility.

Oct. - Sense and Sensibility published.

1812

Death of Mrs. T. Knight. Edward Austen took the name of 'Knight.'

1813

Jan. - Publication of Pride and Prejudice.

April - Death of Mrs. Henry Austen (Eliza).

Sept. - Jane's last visit to Godmersham. Second edition of Sense and Sensibility.

1814

Jan. - Emma begun.

March - Jane went to London with Henry (reading Mansfield Park by the way).

May - Threat of lawsuit for Chawton. Mansfield Park published.

Nov. - Marriage of Anna Austen to Ben Lefroy.

1815

March - Emma finished.

Oct. - Illness of Henry.

Nov. - Jane shown over Carlton House by Dr. Clarke.

Dec. - Publication of Emma.

1816

March - Bankruptcy of Henry Austen (Jane's health began to break about this time).

May - Jane and Cassandra at Kintbury and Cheltenham.

July - Persuasion finished.

Aug - End of Persuasion re-written. Henry took Orders.

1817

Jan. - Jane began new work.

March - Ceased to write. Death of Mr. Leigh Perrot. Jane made her will.

May 24 - Jane moved to Winchester, and revived somewhat.

June 16 - Cassandra sent a hopeless account to Fanny Knight.

July 18 - Death.

July 24 - Burial in Winchester Cathedral.