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Hannah Johnson Henley, ca 1849-??

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1849 ca
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Anna or Hannah ('Nancy') Johnson Henley (b. ca 1849), née Boyle, was the wife of the writer W. E. Henley. The daughter of an Edinburgh engineer Edward Boyle, she met Henley in 1874. They married in Edinburgh in April 1878 and had their only child, a daughter Margaret Emma. The Henleys were devastated by her death in 1894 aged five from cerebral meningitis.


Cornford, L. Cope, W. E. Henley, London, Boston & New York, 1913; Connell, John, W. E. Henley, London 1949; Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, 2004, on-line edition (accessed 22 July 2004).