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Harriet Craggs[1]

Female Abt 1713 - 1769  (~ 56 years)


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  • Name Harriet Craggs 
    Born Abt 1713 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1 Feb 1769 
    Buried St. German's, St. Germans, Cornwall Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I71101  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2017 

    Father Rt. Hon . James Craggs 
    Mother Hester Santlow 
    Family ID F71924  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Richard (of Port Eliot) Eliot,   b. 6 Sep 1694,   d. 19 Nov 1748  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 10 Mar 1725/26  Lincoln's Inn Chapel, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Harriot's marriage to Richard Eliot was, obviously, arranged. Although they did grow to love each other, there were more than personal feelings involved in this union. Richard was nearly thirty-two years old at the time, Harriot just "thirteen and one month". There is no doubt as to how they could have met, since they were related through the marriage of Richard's older brother and Harriot's aunt, Elizabeth Craggs, when Harriot was just five years old.

      On March 4, 1726, Richard Eliot and Harriot "Smith" applied for a marriage license. Six days later, on the tenth day of March, they were married at Lincoln's Inn Chapel in London. The marriage was a great benefit to both parties, since Harriot was now legally entitled to claim her parentage, and Richard would receive his bride's fortune. No exact figure seems to have been recorded, but her "gilt and gesso" wedding chest still stands in the hall at Port Eliot. (Now one of only three such chests in a private collection, the gilt, when polished and new, would have given the chest the appearance of being solid gold. Displayed on the lid are the arms of both Eliot and Craggs.) Four months after her marriage, on 16 Jul 1726, Harriot was granted her own Arms, which were "Impaled with her said Husband's, in lieu of those descended unto her from her Father." Never again would Harriot use the maiden name of Smith, and her sons (upon inheritance of the Craggs estate) would bear the combined names of Harriot and Richard and be legally known as "Craggs Eliot".
    Children 
     1. Edward (1st Baron of St Germains) Eliot,   b. 8 Jul 1729,   d. 17 Feb 1804  (Age 74 years)
     2. Richard Eliot, RN,   b. 16 Jul 1733, Molenick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1747  (Age 13 years)
     3. 7 Further Children Eliot,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F31823  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Captain John Hamilton, RN,   b. 2 Mar 1713/14,   d. 18 Dec 1755, Portsmouth Harbour Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 20 Nov 1749  Holy Trinity, Cookham, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Married by the groom's brother and vicar of the church, the Rev. George Hamilton.
    Children 
     1. John James (1st Marquess of Abercorn) Hamilton,   b. Jul 1756,   d. 27 Jan 1818  (Age ~ 61 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F72871  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Harriet Craggs was born illegitimately circa 1713

  • Sources 
    1. [S883] Hamish Maclaren.