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William Burgundy Champain (1759 – 1818)

James Champain, the 18th century wine merchant whose life and times I’ve been exploring in recent posts, had nine children by his first wife Hannah Hawkins, of whom eight seem to have survived. I’ve mentioned the marriages of three of … Continue reading

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Reflections on the will of Ann Champain (died 1804)

Yesterday I shared my transcription of the last will and testament of Ann Champain of Abingdon, the second wife of London wine cooper James Champain. I noted that this document is a useful source of information about the Champain family, … Continue reading

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Champain and Hawkins: monuments in St Helen’s church, Abingdon

I’m grateful to my fellow researcher Christine Hoey for sending me the link to a document describing the monument to Ann Champain in St Helen’s church, Abingdon. Apparently the memorial, dated 1804, for which Ann left instructions in her will … Continue reading

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The will of Ann Champain, widow of Abingdon (died 1804)

In the last post I discussed the last will and testament of London wine cooper James Champain, who died in 1785. At the time of his death James had been married to his second wife Ann (formerly Andrews, née Hawkins) for … Continue reading

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Reflections on the will of James Champain

The last will and testament of James Champain, the London wine cooper who died in 1785, a transcription of which I reproduced in the last post, contains some useful information about James and his family. Firstly, we learn that at … Continue reading

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The last will and testament of James Champain (died 1785)

In the last post I wrote about James Champain, the London wine merchant whose sister Ann married Richard Collins of Epping, brother of John Collins, the first husband of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson (1733 – 1809). I’m exploring … Continue reading

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James Champain, wine merchant (died 1785)

I’m continuing to explore the Champain family, who were were connected by marriage to the Collins family of Epping, as were my Gibson ancestors, as a result of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson‘s marriage to John Collins. I’m … Continue reading

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