Lewis Carroll was born as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on the 27th of January 1832 in the small parish of Daresbury, United Kingdom. The eldest boy of Frances Jane Lutwidge and Charles Dodgson in a family of eleven children, he was rather adept at entertaining himself and his siblings. His father was perpetual curate from 1827 to 1843 when he became rector of Croft in Yorkshire, a post he held for the rest of his life, though later he became also archdeacon of Richmond and a canon of Ripon cathedral. His father was a highly-respected conservative Anglican church figure of his time, and he raised his son to hold the same traditional values. Most of Dodgson's male ancestors were army officers or Church of England clergy.