Category Archives: Collins

Ann Champain and Richard Collins

My recent posts have explored the life and family of eighteenth-century wine merchant James Champain, who died in 1785. James was the only surviving son of John Champain, also a wine merchant, who died in 1756. John also had a daughter … Continue reading

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Reflections on the will of Captain William Burgundy Champain

What can we learn from the last will and testament of Captain William Burgundy Champain, R.N., who died in 1818? We discover, among other things, that his friends included Lieutenant John Guyon, R.N., who (it turns out) served on the … 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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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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Collins, Champain and Stumphousen

Continuing my exploration of the life and times of John Collins of Epping (1733 – c.1763), the first husband of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson (1733 – 1809), I’m taking another look at what we know about John’s … Continue reading

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