Henry Sellon Boneval Latrobe

Male 1792 - 1817  (25 years)


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  • Name Henry Sellon Boneval Latrobe  [1
    Born 19 Jul 1792  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Engineer 
    Residence New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Baptism 25 Aug 1792  Percy Chapel, St Pancras, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Burial 1817  St Louis Cem No. 1, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 1817  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 03 Sep 1817  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Henry Sellon Bonneval Latrobe was the architect of many buildings in New Orleans. When he contracted the yellow fever, his father came to New Orleans and worked with him there until his death.
    Person ID I4410  mytree
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2016 

    Father 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) 
    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  [4
    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

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Jul 1792 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 1817 - St Louis Cem No. 1, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1817 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 03 Sep 1817 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Latrobe, B. Henry 1764-1820
    Latrobe, B. Henry 1764-1820

  • Sources 
    1. [S141] The Virginia Journals of Benjamin Henry Latrobe 1795-1798, Maryland Historical Society, (Name: Yale University Press;), BHL Va Journals, Vol 1, Pg lxx.

    2. [S276] London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Database online..
      Record for Henry Sellon Latrobe

    3. [S57] Find A Grave.

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


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