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Albert Edward SPENCER [Parents] was born on 23 May 1892 in London, England. He died on 9 Jun 1975 in Northampton, England. He married Cynthia HAMILTON on 26 Feb 1919.

Cynthia HAMILTON [Parents] was born on 16 Aug 1897. She died on 4 Dec 1972. She married Albert Edward SPENCER on 26 Feb 1919.

They had the following children:

  M i Edward John SPENCER was born on 24 Jan 1924. He died on 29 Mar 1992.

Richard COSWAY [Parents] was born in 1740 in Tiverton, Devon, England. He was christened on 5 Nov 1742 in Bampton, Devon. He died on 4 Jul 1821 in Edgware Road, London, England. He was buried on 12 Jul 1821 in 'New' Church, Marylebone, London. He married Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia HADFIELD on 18 Jan 1781 in St George's, Hanover Square, London.

Richard Cosway (5 November 1742 – 4 July 1821) was a leading English portrait painter—more accurately a miniaturist—of the Regency era.

Richard Cosway was once a more famous artist than Gainsborough. His portraits of the fashionable were the rage in Regency London. From 1785 he became First Painter to the Prince of Wales - the only artist ever to have been accorded such a title. He and his wife Maria entertained everybody who was anybody. Herself a talented artist in her own right, she was also a composer, musician and authority on girls・education. Thomas Jefferson fell in love with her; Napoleon doted on her.

Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia HADFIELD [Parents] was born in 1759 in Florence, Italy. She died on 5 Jan 1838 in Lodi, Italy. She married Richard COSWAY on 18 Jan 1781 in St George's, Hanover Square, London.

Other marriages:

Although Maria Cosway was an accomplished artist, she is now remembered primarily because of the question: "Did she, or did she not, sleep with Thomas Jefferson?"

From reading the torrid love letters she exchanged with Thomas Jefferson, one can say that it is beyond reasonable doubt that she did sleep with Thomas Jefferson. However, he dumped her after he got involved with Sally Hemings.

Her husband was an artist of great renown. However, he was also a notorious homosexual. This led Maria Cosway to seek out numerous lovers in her lifetime. Thomas Jefferson was one of her early lovers.

An excellent article in the August 1971 issue of American Heritage magazine entitled "Thomas Jefferson and Maria Cosway" provides ample evidence that their relationship in 1786 was sexual.

Maria (Hadfield) Cosway was born in Florence, Italy in 1759. Maria's parents owned three inns in Florence that were very popular with the English who would be visitors taking the Grand Tour. Maria's brother George Hadfield was a famous architect who is best known for designing the Arlington House in Virginia.

The movie "Jefferson in Paris" is about this relationship.

Name: Gillian King
Maria (Hadfield) Cosway did NOT marry Thomas Jefferson. She died in Lodi in Italy on 5 Jan 1838. Her memorial is in the Church of Santa Marie Delle Grazie, Lodi, Milan. She was created a Baroness. (Baroness Maria Hadfield Cosway). In the Convent there are many of her artifacts plus many of her pictures, furniture and memorabilia. Her father was Charles Hadfield 1725-1777. If anybody wishes to take this up with me I would be delighted - It has been my life's work!

They had the following children:

  F i Louisa Paolina Angelica COSWAY was born in 1789. She died on 29 Jul 1796 in Stratford Place, London.

Charles HADFIELD was born in 1725. He died in 1777. He married Isabella.

Isabella.Isabella married Charles HADFIELD.

They had the following children:

  F i Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia HADFIELD was born in 1759. She died on 5 Jan 1838.
  M ii George HADFIELD.

Thomas MERRITT was born in 1843 in Ireland. He married Maria CURRY.

Maria CURRY was born in 1855 in Ireland. She married Thomas MERRITT.

They had the following children:

  F i Margaret A. MERRITT.

Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born on 29 Oct 1934. He married Princess Benedikte OF DENMARK on 3 Feb 1968 in Fredensborg Palace Church.

Princess Benedikte OF DENMARK [Parents] was born on 29 Apr 1944 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She married Prince Richard zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg on 3 Feb 1968 in Fredensborg Palace Church.

John BARLOW was born in of Colby.

He had the following children:

  F i Catherine BARLOW was born about 1734. She died on 25 Aug 1782.

James HAMILTON.James married Lady Margaret Mary FIELDING.

Lady Margaret Mary FIELDING.Lady married James HAMILTON.

They had the following children:

  F i Anna HAMILTON was born in Jan 1631. She died on 17 Oct 1716.

James LEE.James married Mary NORTON.

Mary NORTON.Mary married James LEE.

They had the following children:

  M i James Thomas LEE was born on 2 Oct 1877. He died on 3 Jan 1968.

Rainer OF AUSTRIA 1.Rainer married Elizabeth OF SAVOY.

Elizabeth OF SAVOY [Parents] 1 was born in 1800 in Italy. She died in 1856. She married Rainer OF AUSTRIA.

Other marriages:
AUSTRIA, Ranier, Archduke Of

They had the following children:

  F i Adelaide OF AUSTRIA was born in 1822. She died in 1855.

Philipp Christoff von KÖNIGSMARK was born in 1665. He died on 1 Jul 1694. He was not married to Sofie Caroline Baroness OFFELN.

Other marriages:
BRUNSWICK, Sophia Dorothea of England

Here's how John van der Kiste tells it:
“During the night of 1 July 1694, Königsmarck was seen to enter the Leineschloss Palace and go to
Sophia Dorothea’s apartments. He never came out alive. What precisely happened that night will
probably never be known, but the traditional version has it that he received a note in pencil left
on a table in the sitting-room of his house in Hanover that afternoon, informing him that he was
summoned to meet Princess Sophia Dorotha in her private apartment at about 10 o’clock that night.
The note purported to be hers but was in fact the work of Countess von Platen. That he did not
suspect it was a trap designed to lure him could be put down to his ignorance of how much his and
the Princess’s indiscretions had become the subject of gossip at court during his absence.
Disguising himself in shabby clothes, he gave a prearranged signal under the window of her
apartment, and she let him in. It was the first time she had seen him for three months, and she told
him that the note was a forgery. He told her that a carriage was ready to take them to safety at
Wolfenbüttel, and she would have agreed to join him at once if it was not for the matter of saying
goodbye to her children. She would do so next morning, and asked him to return with his carriage at
the same time on the evening of 2 July. Nearby Countess von Platen and her courtiers were lying in
wait. Her spies had kept her informed of the intended flight, and as soon as Königsmarck had
arrived, she went to the Elector’s chamber to inform him. With the assistance of four halberdiers,
she said, she could catch the young lovers red-handed. To the scheme of capturing and arresting
them, he gave his approval, and she hid the men in a chimney recess, locked all the doors out of the
Princess’s gallery except one near the chimney, and hid behind a curtain. When Königsmarck tried to
leave and found his way blocked, he realized what had happened. Outnumbered by four to one he had no
chance, but with the sword which he always carried he wounded three of them. However, they
overpowered him and stabbed him to death, and as he lay dying the Countess, who had been watching
with malicious glee, came and kicked him viciously in the mouth. Having witnessed his despatch, she
realized with dismay that the Elector had merely authorized her to bring the Count to justice, and
she returned to his apartment panic-stricken. Though angry with her he knew that he was also
implicated in the murder, and he authorized her to do what she could to suppress any trace of the
night’s events. The halberiers were ordered to throw the body in the palace latrines, cover it with
quicklime and brick the wall up. They accomplished their mission silently and by dawn they were all
in their beds.” An alternative reconstruction has the body placed in a sack, weighted with stones,
and thrown into the river.

About 1/2 of the correspondance between Philip and Sophia survives today, having been sent to his
sister Aurora, who preserved it.

The European Royal History Journal, Issue XV, February 2000, p. 9.
van der Kiste, John, The Georgian Princesses, Sutton Publishing, Gloucestershire, England, 2000, p. 23.

Sofie Caroline Baroness OFFELN [Parents] was born on 2 Sep 1669 in Hannover, Prussia. She died on 23 Apr 1726 in Hannover, Prussia. She was not married to Philipp Christoff von KÖNIGSMARK.

Other marriages:
PLATEN-HALLERMUND, Ernst August, Imperial Count Of
HANOVER, George I of England
KÖNIGSMARK, Philipp Christoff von

If it wasn't obvious from the excerpt, the Countess von Platen that was responsible for
killing Philipp KÖNIGSMARK was the woman born Clara Elisabeth von Meysenbug, wife of Franz Ernst von Platten Hallermund and lover of King George I's father, Ernst Augustus, Elector of Hannover.

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