Lydia Sellon

Female 1760 - 1793  (33 years)


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  • Name Lydia Sellon 
    Born 22 Aug 1760 
    Gender Female 
    Baptism 18 Sep 1760  St James Church, Clerkenwell, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died Nov 1793  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial 23 Nov 1793  St James Church, Clerkenwell, 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 
    Notes 
    • Lydia Sellon Latrobe died during childbirth.
    Person ID I1105  mytree
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2016 

    Father William Sellon,   b. Abt 1730, Hurley, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1790, Clerkenwell, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Sarah Littlehales,   b. Abt 1726,   d. 21 Jul 1801, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 04 May 1753  St James Palace, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F598  Group Sheet

    Family Benjamin Henry Latrobe,   b. 01 May 1764, Fulneck, Leeds, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Sep 1820, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 27 Feb 1790  St James Church, Clerkenwell, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    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.
    Children 
    +1. Lydia Sellon Boneval Latrobe,   b. 23 Mar 1791, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Mar 1878, Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Henry Sellon Boneval Latrobe,   b. 19 Jul 1792, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Sep 1817, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     3. Unnamed Latrobe,   b. Nov 1793,   d. Nov 1793  (Age ~ 0 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 18 Sep 1760 - St James Church, Clerkenwell, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Feb 1790 - St James Church, Clerkenwell, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Nov 1793 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 23 Nov 1793 - St James Church, Clerkenwell, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 23 Nov 1793 - Clerkenwell, London, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S66] Henry B. Hoff, Letter dated 2 Feb 1997..

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


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