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John Frederick SACKVILLE (1778-1797)
Posted by: Les Freck (ID *****4450) Date: November 13, 2010 at 21:51:51
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I'm looking for any information concerning John Frederick SACKVILLE (1778-1797), his wife, and son.

Information I have so far:

He was the illegitimate son of John Frederick SACKVILLE (1745-1799), 3rd Duke of Dorset. His mother was the ballerina Giovanna (= Johanna) BACELLI.

"Baccelli's son embarked on a military career, first as a lieutenant and later as a captain in the 69th Regiment of Foot. The regiment was stationed in Santo Domingo between 1796 and 1798, where young Sackville contracted “a deadly feaver” and died. Prior to his death, however, he had fathered the child of a pastry cook's daughter. Although Baccelli frequently sent money to support her grandson, “she saw to it that the boy's mother should in no way benefit from her will.” Her son's association with the daughter of a common cook was clearly an embarrassment both to the Sackville family and to his mother, the ballerina."

From: Eliot, K. (2007) “A Little Business for the Eye”: Insights into the London Career of an Eighteenth-Century Ballerina. Dance Chronicle, Volume 30, pages 1 - 27.

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