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Biographer Julia Markus states the poet "believed that she had African blood through her grandfather Charles Moulton", but  there is no evidence of this — although other branches of her family had African blood through relationships between plantation owners and slaves.
What the family believed to be their genealogy in relation to Jamaica is unclear. In some cases inheritance was given on condition that the name was used by the beneficiary; the English gentry and "squirearchy" had long encouraged this sort of name changing.
Given this strong tradition, Elizabeth used "Elizabeth Barrett Moulton Barrett" on legal documents and before she was married often signed herself "Elizabeth Barrett Barrett" or "EBB" initials which she was able to keep after her wedding.
All lived to adulthood except for one girl, who died at the age of three, when Elizabeth was eight. The children all had nicknames: She rode her pony, went for family walks and picnics, socialised with other county families, and participated in home theatrical productions.
But unlike her siblings, she immersed herself in books as often as she could get away from the social rituals of her family. She was baptized in at Kelloe parish church, although she had  already been baptised by a family friend in her first week of life.
In Mr Barrett privately published The Battle of Marathon, an epic-style poem, though all copies remained within the family. Her father called her the " Poet Laureate of Hope End" and encouraged her work.
The result is one of the largest collections of juvenilia of any English writer. Mary Russell Mitford described the young Elizabeth at this time, as having "a slight, delicate figure, with a shower of dark curls falling on each side of a most expressive face; large, tender eyes, richly fringed by dark eyelashes, and a smile like a sunbeam.
She had intense head and spinal pain with loss of mobility. Various biographies link this to a riding accident at the time she fell while trying to dismount a horsebut there is no evidence to support the link. Sent to recover at the Gloucester spa, she was treated — in the absence of symptoms supporting another diagnosis — for a spinal problem.
She would become dependent on them for much of her adulthood; the use from an early age may well have contributed to her frail health. Biographers such as Alethea Hayter have suggested this may also have contributed to the wild vividness of her imagination and the poetry that it produced.
Following lawsuits and the abolition of slavery Mr Barrett incurred great financial and investment losses that forced him to sell Hope End. Although the family was never poor, the place was seized and put up for sale to satisfy creditors.
Always secret in his financial dealings, he would not discuss his situation and the family was haunted by the idea that they might have to move to Jamaica.
Between andshe was living, with her family, at Belle Vue in Sidmouth. The site has now been renamed Cedar Shade and redeveloped. A blue plaque at the entrance to the site attests to this.
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