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Richard Chaloner Cobbe A.M. & Sarah Burslem his wife:
Introduction - Under Construction

Sons of the Clergy 1799 Appendix
R C Cobbe (1)
R C Cobbe (2)
R C Cobbe (3)
R C Cobbe (4)
James M. Cobbe
Charles Cobbe Lt RN
Sarah Ann Cobbe
Maria Vere Cobbe
Countess Frances (Cobbe)
Charlotte Cobbe
Arabella Cobbe
Marshall G. Cobbe
Frances E. Cobbe
Caroline Cobbe
Charles M.Godolphin Cobbe
Thomas Cobbe
Sydney G. Cobbe
Rosamond C. Cobbe


Date & Location

2nd May 1776   Market Bosworth

Richard Chaloner Cobbe (3) married his cousin Sarah Burslem

Leicestershire & Nottingham Journal Saturday 4th May 1776 - held on microfilm at the:

Leicester & Rutland Records Office, Wigston Magna, Leicester LE18 2AH +44 (0) 116 257 1080

Thursday 2nd May 1776 Parish Church, Market Bosworth    

 Leicester May 2nd:    On Thursday last was Married at Market-Bosworth, Challoner Cobbe Esq; a gentleman of fortune, and son of the late Rev. Dr. Cobbe, to Miss Burslem; a young lady possesses of every qualification to render the marriage state agreeable.

Then as now, newspaper reporters never seem to get things right. Richard Chaloner Cobbe (his correct name) would have been about 21 years of age and Sarah Burslem his wife about 18 years of age. They were cousins; their grandmothers were respectively Mary Godolphin and Elizabeth Godolphin, sisters, of East Coulston Wiltshire, and daughers of Francis Godolphin of Spargor and Elizabeth Dixie of Market Bosworth. All would probably have been quite at home at Bosworth Hall, close to the Parish Church and now an upmarket hotel.

It has been said that they were parents of some fourteen children. Eleven baptisms have now been located in Parish Registers by the writer together with some information on marriages and deaths. The eldest child, Richard Chaloner Cobbe (4), an Army Surgeon, is well documented in the Army Lists and in his "last will and testament" described on his individual page, but the dates and place(s) of his birth and baptism are not yet known. A thirteenth child, Thomas Cobbe born/baptised 1786, was mentioned in papers left by Dr. Richard Chaloner Cobbe Clay, the third and final generation of the three generation country medical practice in Fovant, Wilts. Tthe existence of Thomas Cobbe has been confirmed from his successfulo application for entry to Christ's Hospital in 1794; the year following the successful application of his elder brother (William) Marshall Godolphin Cobbe

The names chosen for their children clearly relate to ancestral families as follows:

Chaloner: Richard's great great grandmother was Veriana Chaloner, daughter of James Chaloner and his wife Ursula Fairfax. James was Governor of the Isle of Man under his wife's brother in law, Thomas (Black Tom) Fairfax, an important general in Cromwell's army. James was also a Regicide having taken part in the trial of Charles 1st. His brother Thomas Chaloner actually signed the warrant of execution, his signature still visible under ultra violet light on the warrant extant in the House of Lords archive. Thomas died in the Netherlands as George Saunders. A Van Dyke portrait of Thomas is held at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, incorrectly titled Sir Thomas Chaloner.

Ironically, James and Thomas were sons of Sir Thomas Chaloner the Younger, Governor to James 1st's eldest son, the Prince of Wales, who died at the age of about 19 years from typhoid/typus caught after swimming in a heavily polluted River Thames. This left his younger brother to become Charles 1st of England and to face execution in 1649.

The other names chosen; Godolphin, Sidney Godolphin,  Vere,  and  Willoughby, are also connected to ancestors and related families.

Marshall: was the given name of Marshall Greswald, deceased husband of Sarah Oldershaw, who later became the wife of Rev. Dr. James Burslem, Rector of Cadeby. They gave the name Marshall to their second son William Marshall Burslem of the Royal Artillery who lived to a ripe old age having, it is said, sold his commision to help pay off the House of Lords action debts. Their eldest son was Willoughby James Burslem of the 22nd Foot (The Cheshire Reigment) and later, reportedly, Capt., Royal Newfoundland Regiment. He died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 22nd December 1802, leaving his wife and a daughter destitute there. She was kindly offered passage home aboard a naval Stores Ship, HMS Chichester.

Although the Memorial Inscription to the family in the Whitefield Chapel on Tottenham Court Road, London records the deaths of three of their children, it is still not clear if the child travelling from Halifax, Nova Scotia, is included amongst them. The chapel was destroyed by fire towards the end of the 19th Century but fortunately the Inscription was recorded by Frederick Teague Cansick and published in his book; " A Collection of Curious and Interesting Epitaphs", Vol 1., J Russell Smith, London, 1869. Following the fire, the bodies, apart from one, were removed to a common grave in East London. In 1945, the rebuilt chapel was destroyed by a German V2 Rocket Bomb. It has now been rebuilt again and is the home of the American Church in London.

Unfortunately, the inscriiption does not record the dates of the deaths of some of the children and the vital entries in the Whitefield Chapel Records are missing with a note confirming the loss over the vital years.

There now follows a summary listing of their children on the following pages with more detailed information on individual pages as listed on the left - under construction.

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