I have found my copy of the guidebook to Osterly Park House (printed by the National Trust). In regards to your (our) relatives. My grandmother was Sarah Olive Child Nixon Edwards. I'm still unravelling her name. My grandfather was Charles Henry Edwards. I have also yet to find the missing link of her parents and how they are related to the Child family.
I too was told about a daughter who ran away to get married. It was only when I went to Osterly Park House and bought the guidebook that I found out the whole story.
I will quote from the book:
... His younger brother Robert (1739-82) completed the reconstruction of the house; but he too died prematurely, at the age of forty-three, his end being hastened, it was said, by grief at the undutiful behavior of his only child, Sarah Anne.
This high-spirited girl fell in love at the age of eighteen with John Fane, tenth Earl of Westmorland, a young man of twenty-two, who soon proved that he deserved the nickname "Rapid Westmorland". For knowing that her father had other ideas for Sarah Anne, he asked him one evening at dinner, "Child, suppose that you were in love with a girl, and her father refused his consent to the union, what should you do?" "Why! run away with her, to be sure!" the banker rashly replied. The young man took his advice, and in the small hours of Friday morning, 17 May 1782, Sarah Anne stole awayfrom her father's house, no. 38 Berkley Square, and was soon with her lover in a post-chaise, bound for Gretna Green. It was not long before her flight was dicovered, and Mr. and Mrs. Child set out in pursuit, sending two men ahead on swift horses with orders to arrest the fleeing couple. As the horsemen drew level with his carriage, the Earl aimed his pistol at them, but hesitated to fire. "Shoot, my Lord!" cried Sarah Anne, and the next moment one of Mr. Child's favourite hunters lay dead under his groom. The parents meantime were delayed by a stratagem of the Earl's. Passing a detachment of the King's Dragoon Guards exercising on the road to the North, he had recognised the commander as an old friend and had begged him to slow down the pursuit. When the Childs came up they found the road obstructed by troops and were forced to wait until the manoeuvre was completed. Soon after Baldock they gave up and turned back, while the lovers sped on their way and were married in an alehouse at Gretna Green the next day. It was not long before they were forgiven and married over again more regularly. Mrs. Child administered the mildest rebuke to her daughter. "My dear", she said, "why were you so hasty, when I had much better parties in view for you?" "Mamma," Lady Westmorland replied, "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." Mr. Child's disappointment was more effectively expressed in the new will he made just before his death two months after the elopement; for he bequeathed Osterly and the bulk of his great fortune to the second son of Sarah Anne's future children, or, failing such a son, to the eldest daughter, no doubt in the hope of ensuring that the elder branch of the Westmorland family should draw no great financial advantage from the runaway match. Osterly thus passed to Sarah Sophia Fane, Lady Westmorland's second child." (pgs.99-100, Osterly Park House)
The address I have for the printing of this booklet was National Trust Entprises Ltd., 36 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AS My copy is C.1992
Sorry for the long-winded response. I'd love to answer any other questions. Maybe we can all collaborate on the family. My home e-mail is email@example.com.
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