Mrs John Musters, Mary Ann Chaworth, 1785-1832.
Mrs John Musters, Mary Ann Chaworth, 1785-1832.

Mrs. Musters, well known through the poems addressed to her by Lord Byron, her distant cousin, was a victim of the reform riots already referred to. The story of the riots and Mrs. Musters's escape from the house whilst it was being pillaged has often been told. The shock and exposure to weather hastened her death, which happened at Wiverton three months later. In the story of the Chaworth family told in the Thoroton Society's Transactions, vol. viii, by Mrs. Musters of Wiverton, is an interesting extract from a letter, written in her last illness to her eldest daughter, which as descriptive of her own character may be quoted. She says: "I hope, if I am not worse, to part with my dear Sophy [a younger daughter] to you for a short visit, but indeed I do feel (independent of my fears, which are at times distressing) such a blank that I find how dear she is to me. I must say she is very like what your own little mother once was, and still is in a certain degree, soon led, easily pleased, very hasty, and very relenting, with a heart, I think, moulded in a warm and affectionate fashion". Her portrait painted by Moore is given in the Court Magazine, published by Edward Bull in 1833.

John Musters and Mary Ann Chaworth had issue:—

i. Mary Ann, born 16, bapt. 18 May 1806 at Annesley; d. 31 Jan. 1900, aged 94. She mar. at Colwick, by licence, 13 Feb. 1828, Anthony Hamond of High House, West Acre, Norfolk, J.P. and D.L.; Sheriff of Norfolk, 1836; born 4 May 1805, and d. 13 Dec. 1869, leaving issue, ii. John George Chaworth, born 1808, of whom next.

iii. William Musters Chaworth, afterwards, 1823, W. M. Musters; bapt. 1 Jan. 1810; d. 16 Oct. 1870, aged 60, and was bur. at Colwick. Matric. at Corpus Christi College, Oxford; B.A., 1832; deacon, 1833; priest, 1834; rector of Colwick and West Bridgford, 1834 till his death. Mar., 1836, Harriet FitzBridges. She d. 15 July 1909, aged 98. Issue, two sons and four daughters.

iv. Sophia Caroline, born 17 Aug., bapt. 11 Sept. 1811 at Annesley; d. in 1894, aged 83; mar. at Colwick, 4 Feb. 1836, Robert Nicholas Hamond of Fakenham, Norfolk, Commander R.N. v. Henry Musters Chaworth, afterwards, from 1823, H. M. Musters; born and bapt. at Annesley, 21 March 1813; d. 11 May 1896. Captain 2nd, Dragoon Guards; Lieut.-Col. Dublin Militia; Sheriff of co. Longford 1841. Mar. (1) 1836, Margaret Domvile, only child of Thomas Gordon Auchmuty of Brienstown, co. Longford, J.P. and D.L.; she d. 1882; and (2) 2 August 1883, Maria Eliza, dau. of John Atkinson of Ely Place, Dublin, and widow of the Hon. Patrick Plunket, Judge in Bankruptcy, Ireland. She died 1892. Colonel Musters left issue.

vi. Charles Musters Chaworth, afterwards, from 1823, C. M. Musters; bapt. 1 Feb. 1818 at Annesley; became a midshipman in the Royal Navy under Admiral Fitzroy's command, and d. in South America in 1832.

vii. Alicia Augusta Sophia, b. 12, bapt. 22 Nov. 1819 at Annesley; d. unm. 1902.

viii. Musters Chaworth, born 24, bapt. 31 Dec. 1820; d. in infancy.

John George Musters of Wiverton Hall, 1808-1842.
John George Musters of Wiverton Hall, 1808-1842.

VIII. JOHN GEORGE CHAWORTH, afterwards, from 1823, JOHN George Musters of Wiverton Hall; born 5, baptized 8 May 1808 at Annesley; died, s.p., and was buried 9 August 1842, aged 34, at Colwick. Married in 1837, Emily, dau. of Philip Hamond of Westacre, Norfolk, who died in 1845, aged 27.

John George Musters and Emily Hamond had issue:—

i. John Chaworth Musters, born 1838, of whom next.

ii. George Chaworth Musters, Commander R.N., born at Naples 13 Feb. 1841; d. 25 Jan. 1879, and was bur. at Annesley. Mar. in 1873 Herminia, only dau. of Charles Williams of Sucre, Bolivia, and left issue three daughters.

George Chaworth Musters, Commander R.N., 1841-1879.
George Chaworth Musters, Commander R.N., 1841-1879.

George Chaworth Musters distinguished himself by his travels in South America, and earned the soubriquet of "King of Patagonia". "He was a fearless explorer and a man of unfailing tact and winning manners", Dict. Nat. Biog. He was born at Naples, 13 Feb. 1841, and educated chiefly by his maternal uncles. He entered the Royal Navy and became lieutenant on the "Stromboli" in 1861. He bought land and started sheep-farming in Montivideo. Placed on half-pay, he travelled much in South America, and by his book, At home with the Patagonians, he made "a considerable addition to geographical knowledge", services which were recognized by the Royal Geographical Society in 1872. After travels in Vancouver Island and British Columbia, he came back to England, in 1872, and resided with his brother at Wiverton. Marrying, he returned to Bolivia, and travelled much from 1878 to 1879. He was appointed Consul at Mosambique in 1879, and died the following year.

iii. Mary Ann Chaworth, born 12 Jan. 1839; died at Brighton 30 Jan. 1881; bur. in Brighton Cemetery; mar., 1863, Horatio Packe, Lieut. R.N., and left two sons.

IX. JOHN CHAWORTH MUSTERS of Annesley Park, born at Wiverton 9 January 1838; died at Aumont, France, 17 Nov. 1887, aged 49, and was buried at Langar. Matriculated Christ Church, Oxford, 15 May 1856, aged 18; was Sheriff of Notts 1864; he was master for many years of the South Notts and Quorn Hounds. In the New Doomsday, 1873, Mr. Musters was entered as holder of 7826a. 3r. 26p. in Notts, and of 5a. 0r. 3p. in Derbyshire. Married at Oxton, 15 March 1859, Caroline Anne, eldest daughter of Henry Porter Sherbrooke of Oxton. Mrs. Musters, who now resides at Wiverton, wrote, in 1890, "A Cavalier Stronghold", and contributed a short history of the Chaworth family to the Thoroton Society's Transactions, Vols, viii and ix. Children:—

i. John Patricius Chaworth-Musters, of whom next, ii. Mary Catherine, bapt. at Annesley 5 July 1863.

iii. Catherine Emily, bapt. 6 Nov. 1864; mar., 1893, her cousin, Penn Curzon Sherbrooke. iv. Lancelot George Eden Michael Musters, bapt. 10 May 1868; mar. at Wollaton 1893, Mabel, dau. of George Watson, and has three daughters. v. Rosamund Sophy, bapt. 7 Aug. 1870; bur. 30 April 1870. vi. Henry Charlton   Musters, bapt. 24 Dec.  1871;   Lieut. King's  Own Hussars; d. 24 Feb. 1897 whilst on active service in Nigeria, and was bur. there.

John Chaworth Musters. John Patricius Chaworth Musters. P. G. Chaworth Musters.
John Chaworth Musters. John Patricius Chaworth Musters. P. G. Chaworth Musters.

X. JOHN PATRICIUS CHAWORTH-MUSTERS of Annesley Park, born 1860, of whom as above. He married Mary Anne Sharpe and has issue:—

i. Margarita, born at Aarnes, Norway.

ii. Elsie, born at Aarnes, Norway.

iii. Patricius George Chaworth-Musters, b. at Aarnes 14 June 1888; bapt. at Annesley 14 Oct. 1889; educated at Rugby; now in the Army, King's Royal Rifles.

iv. Ruth Mary, born at Aarnes, Norway.

v. Catherine Lina, born at Annesley.

vi. John Nevile Chaworth-Musters, b. at Annesley, 27 Nov. 1890; educated at Rugby,

vii. Anthony Chaworth-Musters, b. at Annesley 3 April 1892; educated at Rugby,

viii. Philip Mundy Chaworth-Musters, b. at Annesley 9 April 1895; educated at Rugby,

ix. Robert Chaworth-Musters, b. at Annesley 24 July 1896.

x. Douglas Chaworth-Musters, b. at Annesley 2 June 1899.

xi. James Lawrence Chaworth-Musters, b. at Annesley 1 July 1902.