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Melesina Ethel Maude Trench

Female 1865 - 1924  (59 years)



  • Name Melesina Ethel Maude Trench  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 1865  Botley Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 4, 5
    • birth reg not found in BMD index
    Residence Apr 1871  Botley Hill, Botley Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Name Change 1873  Melesina Ethel Maude Chenevix Trench  [4
    Residence Apr 1891  70 Princes Gate, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    • with aunt Eliza Hambro, widow, 66 b East India
    Marriage 07 Jul 1892    [2, 4
    Alfred Charles Christopher,   b. 20 Mar 1856, Richmond-upon-Thames Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1934, 40 Carlyle Square, Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence - 1924  40 Carlyle Square, Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Death 22 May 1924  18 Bentinck St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 4, 5, 7, 8
    • On the 22nd May, at a nursing home, Melesina, beloved wife of Captain Alfred Seton Christopher, late Seaforth Highlanders, 40, Carlyle-square, Chelsea, youngest daughter of P. Chenevix Trench, of Botley, Hants, Lady of Grace of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, aged 58. Funeral on Monday, the 26th May, at Burseldon, near Southampton, at 2.45. Memorial service at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane-street, at the same hour. [The Times]
    Burial 26 May 1924  Bursledon Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    • The funeral of Mrs. A. Seton Christopher, wife of Captain A. Seton Christopher, late Seaforth Highlanders, and daughter of P. Chenevix Trench, of Botley, Hants, took place at Bursledon, Hants, on Monday last. The service was conducted by the Right Rev. Bishop R. Copleston, assisted by the Rev. Audrey Cummins, rector of the parish. Among those who followed were:- Captain A. S. Christopher (husband), Colonel and Mr. Chenevix-Trench (brothers), Mr. M. Christopher, Mr. R. Trench, Mr. Coote and Mr.A. Coote (nephews), Miss Violet Trench, Mr. Copleston, Lord Stanmore, Colonel Proby, and Mrs. Clive Wilson.
      A memorial service took place at the same hour at Holy Trinity, Sloane-street, conducted by the rector. The officers and nursing sisters of No. 9 Nursing Division, St. John Ambulance Brigade, attended in uniform. Among others in the large congregation were:- Mrs. Mordaunt Christopher, Miss Ada Christopher, Colonel R. Trench, Mr. Trench, Lady Seton-Karr and Miss Seton-Karr, General and Mrs. Christopher, Lady Cooke, Mrs. Brooke, [+ 22 more names]. [9]
    Probate 09 Aug 1924  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 612 14s. 2d.  [7
    • Christopher Melesina Ethel Maude Seton of 40 Carlyle-square Chelsea Middlesex (wife of Alfred Charles Seton Christopher) died 22 May 1924 at 18 Bentinck-street Middlesex Administration London 9 August to the said Alfred Charles Seton Christopher retired captain H.M. Forces. Effects 612 14s. 2d. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • youngest dau
    • Lady of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.
    • Brief account of her appeared in a letter pub. 7 Jun 1924 in The Spectator, to which she frequently contributed. [Curtis]
    • To the Editor of The Spectator.
      Sir,
      Many readers of The Spectator mourn in a common sorrow the unexpected and irreparable loss of Mrs. Seton Christopher, who died on May 22nd. Her writings in your columns and elsewhere were typical of the varied channels through which her wide experience and kindly understanding flowed. All who came in touch with her found the same quick, strong sympathy, whether in joy or in sorrow.
      Her home was one of friendship's happiest centres, and from it her many interests and activities radiated east and west. That Melesina Christopher was a Lady of Grace of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem speaks for her War service. In time of peace her music brought cheer to rich and poor, her love of Nature found expression alike in her sketches of Italy and in her work in her little Chelsea garden. Her wit was spontaneous and original; among any company outcame from her, at the right moment, the precise word or phrase which illuminated and fixed the impression. As a niece of the late Archbishop Trench an inheritance of some gifts was to be expected; to these was added growth of character that shone through all she said and did, character that was founded on a firm faith and permeated with a deep sense of duty. The memory she leaves is one of faithful service to her God and of loving kindness to her fellows.
      I am, Sir, &c.,
      One Who Knew Her Many Years
    Person ID I1108  Tatham | Christopher branch | Spouse
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2012 

    Father Philip Charles Trench,   b. 20 Jul 1809, Dublin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Feb 1888, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Ellen Maria Turner,   b. abt 1828, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Aug 1872  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Marriage 21 Nov 1846    [4
    • marriage not found in E&W BMD index, maybe in India
    Notes 
    • Apr 1871: resid:
      Mary E, dau, 23 b East Indies;
      Ellen M, dau, 18, b East Indies;
      Katharine L A, 16, b Cape of Good Hope;
      George J, 11, b Bitterne, Hants;
      Melesina, 5, b Botley;
      Charles D, visitor, unmarr, 32, b Botley, Captain Royal Artillery;
      + 7 serv
    • Apr 1881:
      Mary resid Callendar Lodge, Perthshire, visiting James & Louisa Robertson;
      Ellen resid Resington Lodge, 11 Ladbroke Terr, visiting Harriet & Ellen Gurney;
      George resid 12 Princes St, Hanover Sq (nr his father), Lieut 1st Royal Scots;
      R Chenevix-T resid Norwich Rd Watton, lodger, 19 b Botley, Land Agent's Pupil;
      Katharine & Melesina not found
    Family ID F0338  Family Group Sheet

    Family Alfred Charles Christopher,   b. 20 Mar 1856, Richmond-upon-Thames Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1934, 40 Carlyle Square, Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Marriage 07 Jul 1892    [2, 4
    Family ID F0337  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1865 - Botley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1871 - Botley Hill, Botley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1891 - 70 Princes Gate, Kensington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 1924 - 40 Carlyle Square, Chelsea Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 22 May 1924 - 18 Bentinck St, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 26 May 1924 - Bursledon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 612 14s. 2d. - 09 Aug 1924 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    Life's Little Laughs
    Life's Little Laughs
    by Melesina Seton Christopher (formerly Chenevix-Trench) (1865-1924)
    (contents & first chapter)

  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Christopher family website.

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1871.
      age 5

    4. [S13] thePeerage.com.

    5. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Marylebone, 2Q1924.
      Melesina E M S [sic] Christopher age 58

    6. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 25 b Botley

    7. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    8. [S05] The Times, death notice, 24 May 1924.

    9. [S05] The Times, funerals, 31 May 1924.