Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.
Augustus dies, 1797:
Augustus died in 1797, leaving her a young widow with two small children by him.
Augustus' half-brother, the 11th Earl of Pembroke, and later his widow, took care of her and the children financially.
Wilton papers show that the children regularly visited, or even largely grew up at, the Earl's homes, Wilton House and Pembroke House. Susan visited but did not live there.
[1806 document] indicates she is then living in London and is impoverished.
Though she goes to Wilton House for Christmas 1806.
Letter of 1882 says a pension was paid to her every year from 1807 to her death in 1851.
When her son George went to Oxford in 1813 he is listed as of "Islington", London.
Her daughter Elizabeth married in 1814.
She became a grandmother in 1815.
She went to live in Paris before 1818.
Why did she go to France? Note her mother was French.
Is it possible she went to France when she became pregnant, to escape the scandal?
Natural child born 1818:
Susan had a natural child born in April 1818 in Paris. See proof below.
Susan must have been age 44 or even older. Extraordinary to have a natural child when so old.
She gave birth on 5 Apr 1818, a few weeks before her daughter Elizabeth Gibbon gave birth on 30 Apr 1818.
The child is given her surname, "Montgomery", not the father's.
She clearly did not marry the father.
Susan had a natural child by an unknown father, but perhaps Auguste Henry Saladin:
Many forms of his name:
"Augustus Henry Saladin Montgomery" at baptism.
"Augustin Henry Saladin Montgomery" in his mother's will of 1850. Though note the will also refers to her late husband as "Augustin Montgomery".
"Henri Auguste Saladin Montgomery" in [Notarial Record 1851].
"Auguste Henry Saladin Montgomery" and "Auguste Henry Saladin de Montgomery" at his mar 1860. We go with this spelling, since it matches the candidate for his father, but note this candidate is unproved.
"Henri-Auguste de Montgomery" in wife's death notice 1881.
Susan is listed as living in Paris at son's bapt in 1819.
It is unclear how the scandal of a natural child affected her life.
Despite the scandal, her late husband's brother the 11th Earl of Pembroke left her an annuity in his will (proved 1827). See extract. From Gibbon papers.
Susan's son Rev. George Montgomery died in an accident in 1842.
She lived at 62 Rue Neuve-Saint-Augustin, Paris. There in 1850.
Her final will was made in her house, 62 Rue Neuve-Saint-Augustin, Paris, with witnesses, 12 Dec 1850. She is "widow, householder".
The will leaves all of her property to "Augustin Henry Saladin Montgomery my son residing with me". It looked a bit like "visiting" but seems to be "residing". Her son is living with her in Paris.
In her will she does not mention her daughter Elizabeth Gibbon and family. Of course they are very well off. But it is odd they are not mentioned.
[Notarial Record 1851] describes her as "rentiere" (person of independent means).
Susan dies, 1851:
She died 12 July 1851, age est c.77 yrs.
[Notarial Record 1851] says age 74 yrs but she must be slightly older.
[Notarial Record 1851] says she died at her house, 62 Rue Neuve-Saint-Augustin.
Letter of Nov 1851 says Susan died July 1851. [Notarial Record 1851] gives exact date of death. So does a letter to Arthur Augustus Gibbon on 27 Dec 1882.
Notarial Record on her death, France, 24 July 1851.
Susan's only other surviving child Elizabeth Gibbon went to Paris (with her husband). Elizabeth writes a letter of 1 Sept 1851 from rue du 29-Juillet, Paris. Her natural half-brother inherited everything by the will. Elizabeth is disputing the justice of this. She has made her complaints known to her half-brother. She does not expect a response.
Admin of Susan's estate in England, 14 July 1853, Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
Who could the father be?
We know it is a natural child. We know the child was given her surname, "Montgomery", not the father's. She clearly did not marry the father.
There are confusing clues about who the father might be and what the names mean:
This is now
in the 2nd arrondissement.
It runs between Avenue de l'Opera and Rue de Richelieu. See map.
No.62 was apparently at the W end and no longer exists.
French Wikipedia says the part of the street around no.59 was removed when Avenue de l'Opera was built in 1876.
Modern street view shows that even numbers on W end of Rue Saint-Augustin only go up to about 34 before the street ends.
Extract from p.3 of letter of 28 Nov 1851 from Elizabeth Montgomery to her son.
After her mother's death, and her mother leaving everything to Elizabeth's half-brother.
Elizabeth says Lady Pembroke (widow of 11th Earl) got her to promise not to take legal action against her half-brother, and she has lost a lot of money because of this promise.
"I wrote again to [Lady Pembroke] and stated to her [the legal situation regarding Elizabeth's inheritance from Herbert] ... What will be [illegible] of this last letter I know not, but certainly I feel much mortified [illegible] to think that I, with a family, should be [illegible] as the only person who is not [illegible] to benefit by either my brother's or my mother's death, and had she not exacted an assurance that I should not institute legal proceedings against my mother's natural son, I should to a certainty have gained my cause and benefited myself and family to the extent of £3,500 at least ... [Lady Pembroke] could never have thought of all these [illegible] when she demanded so much from me".
Letter of 13 Nov 1851 confirms that it is Lady Pembroke making these demands.
Elizabeth Montgomery discusses the case against her half-brother in an undated letter.
She refers to him as "Mr. Henry Saladin".
She says: "my brother never lived to come into possession of his proportion of what my mother enjoyed". (Her brother George died before her mother Susan.)
See full size.
Settlement of dispute:
Undated letter from Elizabeth Montgomery to her son Arthur Augustus Gibbon.
It indicates an offer has been made "to terminate the affair". Elizabeth now calls him "Mr. M." She refers to him as "the natural child".
See p.1 and p.2.
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