My sixth great aunt Anne Champion de Crespigny (1739 – 1797) was the sixth of seven children of Philip Champion de Crespigny (1704-1765) and his wife Anne née Fonnereau (1704-1782). She was born on 10 October 1739 and was baptised on 30 October 1739 at the Church of St Benet Paul’s Wharf, London.
Anne’s father Philip had a successful career as a lawyer. At one point he held the position of Marshal of the Court of Admiralty, its senior sheriff. Philip’s father Thomas Champion Crespigny (1666 – 1712), a Huguenot refugee, served in the English army. He died at the age of forty-eight, when Philip was only seven years old. Philip was indentured at the age of fourteen to Charles Garrett, procurator of the ecclesiastical Arches Court of Canterbury. In 1731 Philip married Anne Fonnereau, the daughter of a wealthy Huguenot merchant.
- Philip and Anne had seven children, two of whom died young:
- Jane Champion Crespigny 1733–died young
- Claude Champion de Crespigny 1734–1818 the 1st baronet Champion de Crespigny
- Susan Champion Crespigny 1735–1766
- Anne Champion Crespigny 1736–1738
- Philip Champion Crespigny 1738–1803 my 5th great grandfather
- Anne Champion Crespigny 1739–1797
- Jane Champion Crespigny 1742–1829
About 1765, Anne de Crespigny’s portrait was drawn in pastel by Catherine Read (1723 – 1778).
Anne de Crespigny married twice. Her first marriage, in April 1765, only two months after her father’s death, was to Bonouvrier Glover (1739 – 1780). Her second marriage, in 1783, was to James Gladell, later James Gladell Vernon (1746 – 1819). Anne had no children by either marriage..
Anne left a will dated 7 January 1797 probated in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 5 July 1797. At the time this was drawn up her
residence was Hereford Street in the Parish of Saint George Hanover
Square in the Liberty of Westminster and County of Middlesex. Her will
refers to her marriage settlement, her husband James Gladell, her
brother-in-law, the husband of Susan, Sir Richard Sutton, and to George
Stainforth. I am not sure how George Stainforth is related or connected. She also mentioned and left money to:
- her nephews Thomas Champion Crespigny (1763 – 1799) and Philip Champion Crespigny (1765 – 1851), sons of her brother Philip Champion de Crespigny (1738 – 1803) and his first wife Sarah
- Her brother Claude Champion Crespigny, her sister in law Mary and her nephew William (1765 – 1829)
- Her godson William Other Champion Crespigny, this would have been the son of William, grandson of Claude, born 1789 and died 1816
- Her sister Jane Reveley, her brother in law Henry Reveley (1737 – 1798), her niece Henrietta Reveley (1777 – 1862), her nephews Hugh Reveley (1772 – 1851) and Algernon Reveley (1786 – 1870), and her niece Elizabeth Anne Roper (1773 – 1816)
- Her niece Anne (1768 – 1844) the wife of Hugh Barlow and daughter of Philip Champion de Crespigny (1738 – 1803) and his first wife Sarah
- Her four nieces Clara (Clarissa 1776 – 1836), Maria (1776 – 1858), Fanny (1779 – 1865) and Elizabeth Champion Crespigny (Eliza 1784 – 1831); daughters of Philip and his 3rd and 4th wives Clarissa and Dorothy
- Right Honourable Alice Countess of Shipbrook, the widow of her husband’s uncle Francis Vernon (1716 – 1783)
- Richard Glover (1750 – 1822), her brother-in-law from her first marriage
Following the probate records include a letter from Anne to her niece Henrietta, presumably kept because it describes how she wished to have some of her belongings dispersed. I have transcribed this below, keeping the original spelling.
March the 20th
My Dear Henrietta
As I am going to have an opporation performed that renders my recovery doubtful I write you these lines to say that my wardrobe and all that is in my drawers independant of my Trinket Box (which Mr Vernon is intitled to by right. As well as by my desire I leave to you conditionally that you will resave for your own use and benefit all that – is worth your acceptanttance desiring you will give everything else to my maid Mitrell (?) Who having lived but a few months with me is not intitled to great perquisites at the same time would give her what ever is not worth your acceptance an Ivory ffan which John Shore brought me from India & desire may be sent to my ffriend Lady Shelley as a small token of my Remembrance
Most affectionately A. G. Vernon
She died on 2 June 1797. This was recorded by The European Magazine, and
the London Review.