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BirthFemale; 17 Sept 1774
Death10 Feb 1812, age 37
BurialChorley, Lancashire UK

Grace Ashburner


1        Married, 1792
BirthMale; 19 June 1766 [265]
Death19 April 1843, age 76 [265]
OccupationMP for Tralee, Ireland
Later in business as Boddington, Sharp and Philips
Web Page Wikipedia: Samuel Boddington MP

Samuel BODDINGTON MP (b.1766)

Marriage 24 Feb 1792, St George's church, Bloomsbury, London UK [265]
Divorced1798 [376]
Children (2):Grace BODDINGTON

2        Married, 1798
BirthMale; 11 Jan 1773
Death23 Sept 1853, age 80; Staunton-upon-Arrow, Herefordshire UK

Signature of Benjamin Boddington b.1773

Marriage 31 May 1798, Parish church, Hornsey, Middlesex UK
Children (7):Benjamin St John BODDINGTON (1799 - 1819)
Gracilla BODDINGTON (1801 - 1887)
Maria Catherine BODDINGTON (1803 - 1803)
Thomas Fremeaux BODDINGTON (1804 - 1871)
Rose Matilda BODDINGTON (1806 - 1806)
Rose Amelia BODDINGTON (1807 - 1808)
Reginald Brook BODDINGTON (1809 - 1863)

Notes for Grace ASHBURNER

Her first child with her second husband was born only 8.5 months after her marriage to husband #2, Benjamin, which was very soon after her divorce from husband #1. See notes for Benjamin for the full and scandalous story, or see the full picture of Grace and read the associated blog. [265],[398]

Notes for Samuel BODDINGTON MP

Samuel Boddington was MP for Tralee in Ireland for just a few months. A fuller account of his life can be found on the Wikipedia page, link above.

Divorced Grace in 1798; she then married Benjamin BODDINGTON JP DL, cousin of Samuel! See notes for Grace's second husband, Benjamin, for the full and scandalous story! [265]

Picture by William Drummond, printed by Day & Haghe, published by Thomas McLean; lithograph, circa 1835; NPG D31925

Family notes for Grace ASHBURNER and Samuel BODDINGTON MP

It was remarked as a true love story, Samuel having nearly snatched her off a ship en route to India to join her father, in order to marry her (with her father's consent, she being a minor).

They had two children Grace Boddington, born sometime between Feb 1792 and June 1797, and Samuel, according to some newspaper reports, although others suggest more than two. [265]

The children of this marriage lived with the Morgan family for several years following the breakup of the marriage. Several members of the Ashburner family were live-in students of Richard Price Morgan's father, George Morgan. When the Morgans left for America the Boddington children remained in the UK with their father. [309],[310]

Divorce notes for Grace ASHBURNER and Samuel BODDINGTON MP

He divorced her. See notes for Grace's second husband, Benjamin, for the full and scandalous story!

Notes for Benjamin BODDINGTON JP DL

Of Burcher, Titley, Herefordshire UK. JP & DL for both Herefordshire and Shropshire.

Samuel Boddington, Grace's first husband, was in business with, among others, his first cousin Benjamin Boddington (Grace's second husband), who spent time with Samuel and his family, and was swept away by the charms of his cousin's wife. Samuel was apparently somewhat suspicious of the friendship with his wife, and took her to Bath in June 1797, but having got Samuel out of the way on the pretext of pressing business elsewhere, Benjamin proceeded to run off with Grace from Bath, heading off into Lancashire with the intention of going to America. Samuel's solicitor deduced the plan and sent his clerk after them with notice of a lawsuit against Benjamin for "criminal conversation" with Grace, which notice was served on Benjamin at Preston in Lancashire. There were multiple newspaper reports of the elopement and a subsequent court case, some of which can be found in Google Books. Eventually, the lawsuit was settled, with Benjamin being ordered to pay £10,000 damages to Samuel, who obtained a divorce in 1798 by Act of Parliament (again, some details available in Google Books). Benjamin Boddington subsequently married Grace on 31 May 1798 at Hornsey, London UK. The whole affair was evidently quite a scandal at the time. [265]

Additional information.

The incident resulted in a drama called 'The Stranger'. [309]


80.  Email, John Breese, 23 February 2004
120.  Document, Reginald Stuart Boddington, Andrew Malleson, December 1890, Boddington Pedigree
192.  Email, Sheila Hardy, 04 March 2006
265.  Email, Lynn Scott, 04 July 2014
309.  Email, Roy B 'Ben' Coogle, 16 July 2008
310.  Book, Richard Price Morgan, 16 July 2008, Autobiography
376.  Email, June Parsons (née Collins), 21 December 2014
398.  Website, 14/07/2022, Sampson Gamgee, Wikipedia

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