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.

Allnatt Family of Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Allnatt Surname

This unusual name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and derives from a combination the Olde English pre 7th Century personal names "Aethelnoth", "Aelfnoth", and "Ealhnoth". These are all variants of the name "Athelnoth", which is composed of the Olde English elements "athel", noble and "noth", daring. The modern surname can be found as "Allnutt", "Allnatt", "Allner", "Alner", "Elnaugh" and "Elnough". For more information visit SurnameDB.Com

The surname first appears definitely about 1700. Before that very rarely is the vowel 'a' used instead of 'e', 'o' or 'u' in the basic form ALN-T. From 1700 families originating in Northstoke and Crowmarsh Gifford have maintained this form of the surname.*

*The Families of Allnutt and Allnatt by Arthur H. Noble, published by the Dolphin Publishing Company, Great Britain, 1962.

Allnatt's of Shrewsbury

The branch of the Allnatt family relating to Henry Salt can be traced to Edward Allnatt of Wallingford who was born around 1758; owing to the destruction of the early Northstoke registers the births of this generation cannot be established.

Charles Blake Allnatt, Henry Salt's grandfather, was born in Wallingford in 1792 and was a barrister practising in Shrewsbury; it is not clear why or when he moved to Shropshire. He wrote legal works including one on the Law of Parition. He inherited land under his father's will but probably disposed of it to his brother John Joseph, the farmer.

On the 17 February 1818 he married Elizabeth Sophia MÖLLER at Wem in Shropshire. The marriage produce seven children, the oldest of which was Ellen Matilda Allnatt - Henry Salt's mother.

Emily Augusta Allnatt, Henry's aunt and godmother, married Henry Stedman Polehampton a Chaplin to the Lucknow garrison, who died during an attack (India Mutiny). A tablet to his memory was afterwards set up in St. Chad's Church, Shrewsbury. Emily won fame in nursing the sick and injured at Lucknow.

Although not named, there is an account of Henry Salt's uncle, Charles Francis Allnatt in Salt's "The Company I Have Kept". This is backed-up in Charles Allnatt's will - see page 85 of Noble's book "The Families of Allnut and Allnatt".