Augustus Reebkomp (later Montgomery) [descendant of Edward III], see here,
entered Royal Navy as child
(first record June 1773, age 10),
was allowed be present at Wilton during the Royal visit 1778,
Apr 1778 (age 15), midshipman, on the Bienfaisant,
Mar 1779, midshipman, Europe (possibly this is the Europa),
Sept 1779, midshipman, Victor, serving with Royal Navy off America as at 1779,
his Gibbon descendants said he was on Grand Tour with his half-brother, but this would be temp 1779, he was in Navy,
Mar 1780 (age 17), appointed Lieutenant on the Hope, conflict with the newly-independent America,
en route from "Charlestown" [unidentified, a number of possibilities] to New York to join the Hope, he was captured 24th Mar 1780 off "Sandy Hook" [unidentified, a number of possibilities] by an American privateer, carried into Rhode Island,
July 1781 (age 18), appointed Captain of the Ranger (later the Pigmy), took surname Montgomery on receiving his commission 1781,
May 1782, Captain, Buffalo,
June 1782, leave,
Sept 1782, Captain, Borcas,
May 1783, Captain, Concord,
Sept 1783, leave (for nearly 5 yrs),
May 1788, Captain, Mercury,
May 1791, leave (got married, George conceived),
mar post-May, 1791 [mar settled by 10th Earl]
to Susan Maltass [born est c.1770],
Jan 1793, Captain, Inconstant,
the 11th Earl writes to his mother, Aug 1793, saying that Reebkomp's marriage is not happy: "A Wasps' Nest there very likely is, but I fear she has been herself unsupportable to him, and she is such an execrable fool, that I am inclined to fear there are but small hopes and I have likewise heard enough to make me suspect that her conduct has not always been the most regular in any respect." [Pembroke Papers, vol.II],
however, Reebkomp in his will 1796 still refers to "my beloved wife Susan",
as at Apr 1794, Inconstant is in Mediterranean [Steel's list],
Jan 1795, Captain, Courageux (a ship captured from the French in 1761),
June 1795, Captain, Audacious,
July 1795, Captain, Bedford,
Nov 1795, leave (Elizabeth conceived),
May 1796, Captain, Theseus, pron. "Thee-seus",
will dated 13th June 1796, written on board the Theseus at sea,
died on board his ship the Theseus at Cawsand Bay, Plymouth, 6th Feb 1797, age 34 yrs.
This was just one week before the second
Battle of Cape St. Vincent
off Portugal, 14th Feb 1797,
the first of
Nelson's naval victories
against the French and Spanish
(leading up to the
Battle of Trafalgar 1805).
Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent was the Captain, under Capt. Ralph Willett Miller. The Captain was badly damaged in the successful battle.
After Reebkomp's death, the Theseus came out from England to join the fleet, with the crew a "hotbed of mutiny and intrigue".
Nelson made the Theseus his new flagship, under Capt. Miller, c.Apr-May 1797, and they restored order. It took part in the Battle of the Nile 1798.
Note there would be further ships called HMS Theseus.
Reebkomp was bur 16th Feb 1797
in church yard
of Stoke Damerel,
city of Plymouth,
no monument erected to him there,
this is the parish church of St.Andrew & St.Luke, E end of Paradise Road, S end of Stoke (see map),
his will was pr (by 11th Earl) 11th Mar 1797, Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
Family names Augustus, Augusta and Montgomery in the Gibbon family after him.
Susan, "otherwise Suzanne",
is listed as residing at
62 rue Neuve-Saint-Augustin,
at time of her death
this is now rue Saint-Augustin, between Avenue de l'Opera and Rue de Richelieu (see map),
note her mother was French,
her will dated 12th Dec 1850 [SOG document],
died 12th July 1851, age est c.81 yrs [letter to Arthur Augustus Gibbon 27th Dec 1882],
admin 14th July 1853, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, "All property to her son Augustin Henry Saladin Montgomery",
A quarter-size copy, in possession of the Gibbon family, of the original portrait at Wilton.
This copy is thought to have been painted by Reebkomp's great-granddaughter Florence Gibbon around the turn of the century.
See full size and alternative scan.
(Left) Detail of a portrait of her father by Florence Gibbon. See full size.
(Right) Detail of our copy of the Reebkomp portrait. See full size.
Seems to be the same style.
Florence must have been allowed in to Wilton around the turn of the century to copy it.