Elizabeth Kynaston

Daughter of Thomas Kynaston and Ann Jones, mother of Charles Thomas Gaskell and wife of William Gaskell

Elizabeth’s birth on 11th November 1768 in Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London, is recorded in the College of Arms Records.

Elizabeth married William Gaskell on 31st December 1795 at Whitham Parish Church, Essex.

The marriage of Elizabeth and William is noted in The Gentleman's Magazine of 1796 pt 1, pg 80 and makes reference to Elizabeth Kynaston as the second daughter of Thomas Kynaston esq, of the Grove, Essex.

On the death of her husband, William, a Hatchment was erected in Chalfont St Peter Church with the Gaskell Coat of Arms and, for Elizabeth, a Lion rampant Sable, argent (see Gaskell Coat of Arms and Kynanston Family Page) the Arms of Bleddyn ap Cynuyn Princeps Walliae, founder of the Kynaston family and slain in 1075.  The arms were incorporated in the Kynaston of Hordley arms, from which Elizabeth is allegedly descended.

Her death in Chiswick, Middlesex, is referred to on a memorial plaque on the south wall inside St Peter's Church, Chalfont St Peter.

"Also of Elizabeth his wife who died January 10th 1840 aged 71 years"

Elizabeth was buried on 17th April 1840 (3 months after death!) at Chalfont St Peter, Bucks. G A Selwyn, nephew, officiated. (See George Augustus Selwyn)

The will of Elizabeth was dated 17th August 1838. and Executors were Charles Thomas Gaskell and Elizabeth Ann Rouse (son and daughter).


Mary Groves (sister) - £30 p.a. for her life, thereafter 50% to the children or representatives of Mary Groves and 50% to the children or representatives of Elizabeth. Letitia Frances Selwyn (sister) - "the miniature of my dear father".

William Kynaston, Elizabeth Ann, Ann, Mary and Charles Thomas (children) - the rest of the estate equally.

The will was proved 22nd January 1840 by the oaths of Charles Thomas Gaskell and Elizabeth Ann Rouse, widow.

Note: it would be interesting to trace the descendants of Letitia Francis Selwyn, nee Kynaston, who was the mother of G A Selwyn, the first Bishop of New Zealand, in order to find and copy the miniature, if it is still in existence.      

Elizabeth’s death is also mentioned in Gentleman's Magazine 1840 pt 1 pg 21


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