Family: Benjamin Henry Latrobe/Lydia Sellon (F1)

m. 27 Feb 1790


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  • Father | Male
    Benjamin Henry Latrobe

    Born  1 May 1764  Fulneck, Leeds, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  2 May 1764  Fulneck, Leeds, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  3 Sep 1820  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  1820  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  27 Feb 1790  [1]  St James Church, Clerkenwell, London, England  [1] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Mary Elizabeth Hazlehurst | F2 
    Married  2 May 1800   
    Father  Benjamin Latrobe | F3 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Anna Margaretta Antes | F3 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Lydia Sellon

    Born  22 Aug 1760   
    Died  Nov 1793  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  23 Nov 1793  Clerkenwell, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  William Sellon | F598 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Sarah Littlehales | F598 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Female
    + Lydia Sellon Boneval Latrobe

    Born  23 Mar 1791  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  2 Mar 1878  Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  1878  Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Nicholas James Roosevelt | F134 
    Married  15 Nov 1808  Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 2 | Male
    Henry Sellon Boneval Latrobe

    Born  19 Jul 1792  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  3 Sep 1817  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  1817  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 3 | Male
    Unnamed Latrobe

    Born  Nov 1793   
    Died  Nov 1793   
    Buried     

  • Notes 
    • Benjamin Henry Latrobe proposed to Lydia Sellon in the true eighteenth century manner. The Reverend Dr. Sellon acquiesced at once, apparently with enthusiasm, but among the rest of the family there was much opposition. Years later in Richmond, Latrobe wrote out in 1797 a vivid account of the affair, with pungent character sketches of all members of the Sellon group. It was obvious that Mrs. Sellon was more worldly than her husband and had hoped for a wealthy marriage, but was eventually brought around to accept. One married daughter was violently opposed, the other favorable, and the sons were equally divided. Finally after various family meetings - at some of which Latrobe, to his great embarrassment, was forced to be present - the father won out and the marriage was at last approved.

      Then came the question of a settlement. Lydia's father was generous; she had been his favorite daughter, and she was to be protected at all costs. Here he was adamant; the hostile children raged, without avail. On Lydia the Doctor settled a generous income during her lifetime, a small reversion to her husband, and a large reversion to her children after her death. It is ironic to find that after Lydia's death, when Latrobe (in 1795-6) and the children (in 1800) had come to America, all Latrobe's efforts to collect for his daughter and his son what was their due came to naught. The children's estate had been left in charge of their uncles, William and John Sellon, who never paid. Again and again, when Latrobe found himself faced with almost insoluble financial difficulties and his mind turned to this inheritance, he wrote to his brother Christian in London, urging him to seek a settlement. He suggested that Christian call on John Sellon (which Christian did), without result) and later that the whole matter be put in the hands of John Silvester, the Latrobes' counsel, for handling. In one of those letters, (May 7, 1804) Latrobe wrote:

      "The conduct of the Sellons to me & my children, in not rendering an account of the money accumulating in their hands is unpardonable, and even dishonest, & the neglect of John Sellon in not returning your visit is ungentlemanly. William, I know, is no better than a bankrupt. If justice were done, he should pay, principal and interest, to my children of at least 20,000. But they will never get a penny."

      Latrobe tried through his brother, Christian Ignatius, and with John Silvester, legal counsel to get the Sellons to pay - all to no avail. The efforts finally ended after some two decades with the bankruptcy of William Sellon.

      After their marriage the couple lived in a house on Grafton Street.

  • Sources 
    1. [S20] Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Talbot Hamlin, (Name: Oxford University Press; Location: New York; Date: 1955;), Page 29-30.


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