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Hes not a king and hes not a prince he a human like you and I who went the distance to shift our perceptions of the world in a harmonious balance between man and nature Henry David Thoreau was a young inquisitive boy who kept to himself and completed the task at hand Henry was born into an upper lower class family whos lives thrived on unity and sticking together With inapirations held within Henry David Thoreaus compassionate trancendentalist style will forever reflect the man behind the writingsHenry David Thoreau was born on July 12 1817 in Concord Massachusetts Henry was the son of John and Cynthia Thoreau and the third of four children Henry was named after his paternal uncle David Thoreau who died just six weeks after Henry was born However Henry David Thoreau is not his legal name Henrys legal name is David Henry Thoreau It wasnt until after Thoreau had graduated from Harvard College that he unilaterally changed his name from David Henry to Henry David Thoreau Henry had two sisters and a brother Helen was the oldest sister John Thoreau Jr was Henrys older brother and Sophia was Henrys younger sister The house Henry was born in belonged to his maternal grandmother and is located on the outskirts of Concord on Virginia RoadHenry Thoreaus father John Thoreau was the son of Jean Thoreau and Jane Burns John Thoreau was born on October 8 1787 in Boston John Thoreau turned 21 in 1808 and he mortgaged his share of his inheritance to his stepmother Rebecca Kettell for 1000 John used this money to open a store in Concord His residence was located immediately above the store In Concord John was active in the Concord Fire Society and served as its secretary for several years While in Concord he met Cynthia Billings Cynthia was born May 28 1787 in Keene New Hampshire John Thoreau and Cynthia Billings were married on May 11
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