Lydia Sellon Boneval Latrobe

Female 1791 - 1878  (86 years)


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  • Name Lydia Sellon Boneval Latrobe 
    Born 23 Mar 1791  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Immigration 1800  USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    joined her father and stepmother 
    Burial 1878  Lake View Cem, Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 1878  Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 2 Mar 1878  Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Lydia Latrobe joined her father and stepmother in the United States in 1800, and a few years later fell in love with her father's business associate, Nicholas J. Roosevelt, who was 23 years her senior. Despite her family's initial opposition because of her age, they were married.
    Person ID I3304  mytree
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 

    Father Benjamin Henry Latrobe,   b. 1 May 1764, Fulneck, Leeds, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1820, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Lydia Sellon,   b. 22 Aug 1760,   d. Nov 1793, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    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.
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet

    Family Nicholas James Roosevelt,   b. 27 Dec 1767, New York, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1854, Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 15 Nov 1808  Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • They were married by Reverend Mr. McCormick, rector of Christ Church, Washington Parish. Attending were the Latrobe family, Mrs. Dolley Madison, a friend of Lydia's, Miss Eleanor Brent, Captain Tingey and James Eakin. President Madison was too ill to attend.
    Children 
    +1. Rosetta Mark Roosevelt,   b. 11 Nov 1809, New York, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1840  (Age 31 years)
     2. Henry Latrobe Roosevelt,   b. 30 Oct 1811, Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1884, Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +3. Samuel Roosevelt,   b. 9 Dec 1813,   d. 3 Sep 1878, Staten Island, Richmond, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     4. Mary Louise Roosevelt,   b. 10 Aug 1816,   d. 2 Feb 1890, Clearwater, Pinellas, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +5. Lydia Eliza Roosevelt,   b. 18 Mar 1819,   d. 10 Oct 1852, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     6. Louis Sellon Roosevelt,   b. 26 Nov 1820, Belleville, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1821, Belleville, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Julia Adeline Roosevelt,   b. 13 Sep 1823, Belleville, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1884, Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     8. James Nicholas Roosevelt,   b. 9 Sep 1826, Central Square, Oswego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1828, Central Square, Oswego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     9. Ellen Ann Maria Roosevelt,   b. 15 Aug 1833, Central Square, Oswego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1890, Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F134  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Mar 1791 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - joined her father and stepmother - 1800 - USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Nov 1808 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 1878 - Lake View Cem, Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1878 - Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Mar 1878 - Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S57] Find A Grave.

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

    3. [S128] The Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe,Vol. 2, 1805-1810, James C. Van Horne, Editor, (Name: Yale University Press, New Haven and London 1986;), Page 669 and Note Page 670..


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