Henry Salt Archive

Henry Salt (1853-1939) was the author of the Life of Henry David Thoreau, Animals Rights and A Plea for Vegetarianism which inspired Gandhi for follow a vegetarian diet.


Despite being a prolific writer Salt rarely wrote about himself or his family. Even in his autobiographies Seventy Years Among Savages and Company I Have Kept there are only passing references to his upbringing.

In the Company I Have Kept Salt states, "Certainly I owed much to those early years in that curious old town of Shrewsbury... I was well provided, as I have said, with grandparents at Shewsbury; and from The Crescent I sometimes went on visits to the house of paternal grandfather in Quarry Place."

Eager to learn more about his upbringing in Shrewsbury, as well as filling in the missing names from his autobiographies, we took upon the task of creating his family tree. To-date we've not discovered any new information on Salt's upbringing, however, hopefully our research will tie in with other genealogist studies into related families.

Henry Salt family tree

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