George Bignell, son-in-law of Barbara Patch (nee Otto-Baijer)
From: A Naval Biographical Dictionary (1849) by William Richard O'Byrne

BIGNELL. (Commander, 1815. f-p.,19; h-p., 33.)

George Bignell, born 1 Dec 1786, is son of the late John Bignell, Esq., upwards of 43 years a Purser, R.N.; and a relative of Commander E.H. Kenney, R.N., and of Dr. Jas. Anderson R.N., Deputy Medical Inspector of Haslar Hospital. This officer entered the Navy 1 June 1795 as Midshipman on board the Andromeda 32 with Capt. William Taylor on the Halifax station, where, and in the Channel, he served with the same officer, latterly in the Magnanime 44, until 1800. In March 1801, after an intermediate attachment to the Assistance 50 with Capt. Robert Hall, he became Acting-Lieutenant of the London 98, with Capt. Robert Waller Otway, and on the occasion of the battle of Copenhagen, 2 April following, commanded a flat-bottomed boat alongside the Elephant, Lord Nelson’s flag-ship, and was instrumental to the after-destruction of the Danish shipping. He continued to serve in the London, to which ship he was confirmed on 10 Sept in the same year until the peace; and was subsequently appointed 11 April 1803 to the Spartiate 74 with Capt. Sir Eras. Laforey, under whom he fought at Trafalgar, was employed in guarding the coast of Sicily and in landing troops in the Bay of Naples, and co-operated in the reduction of the islands of Ischia and Procida 26 Dec 1809, to the Formidable 98 with Capt. Jas. Nicoll Morris, stationed in the Baltic and off Lisbon and 23 June 1812, to the Dover troop-ship with Capt. Augustus Vere Drury, in the boats of which he retook a schooner on the banks of Newfoundland, and then proceeded to Quebec. He afterwards volunteered his services on the Canadian Lakes, and on 10 Sept 1813, while in command of the Hunter brig. of 10 guns participated, with a flotilla under the orders of Commodore Robert Heriot Barclay, and exhibited the greatest intrepidity in a hard-fought and disastrous engagement with a superior American force on Lake Erie, under Commodore Perry. He had the misfortune on that occasion to be very severely wounded, and being taken prisoner in common with the rest of the British was detained as a hostage for some deserters who had been sent to England to be tried for their lives until July 1814. He attained his present rank 19 Sept 1815, but has not since been employed.

Commander Bignell enjoys a pension of £150, awarded him for his wounds, 16 Feb 1816. He married, 25 May 1816, Miss Charlotte Patch, and by that lady has issue six children.


Addington Place - descriptions of a typical house in that street advertised for leasehold and sale

The Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser, 10 June 1831

Lot 1. An eligible LEASEHOLD ESTATE, consisting of a neat and very compact, well-fitted Residence, pleasantly and cheerfully situate … Addington place, Camberwell, about two miles only from the City, containing two good parlours, communicating by folding doors, a drawing room, five bedchambers, two kitchens, cellars, detached washhouse, paved yard, garden, and forecourt; held for 45 years, at a ground rent of £7 per annum.

Lot 2. A piece of Garden Ground, at the rear of the above, being about 20 feet in width, and 167 feet in depth, walled round, and well adapted for building one or more Cottages, having a good access from Southampton street; held for 45 years, at a ground rent of £4 per annum.

To be viewed by tickets only, which, with Particulars, may be had of Mr. Brace, Solicitor, Surrey street, Strand; and of Winstanley and Sons, Paternoster row; Particulars also at the Mart.

Morning Advertiser, 3rd August 1842

To be peremptorily SOLD, pursuant to a Decree of the High Court of Chancery, made in a cause “Cole v. Worthington”, with the approbation of William Wingfield, Esq., one of the Master of the said Court, at the Public Sale Room of the said Court, at Gray’s Inn Coffee-house, Holborn, in the county of Middlesex, on THURSDAY and FRIDAY, the 4th and 5th days of August, 1842 … the FREEHOLD and LEASEHOLD ESTATES, late the property of Henry Bunn, Esq., deceased
    … Addington-place, Camberwell …


    From The London Gazette 1837

    Insolvent Debtor. - Dividend

    Whereas the assignees of the estate and effects of Isaac Henry Sercombe,
    formerly of St. James’s-place, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, then of No.2, Woodbine Cottage, Albany-road, Camberwell, Surrey, then of No.5 Merrow-street, Walworth, Surrey, and last of No.29 Ashley-crescent, Sheperdess-fields, City-road, Middlesex, during all such time Clerk in the Stamp Office, Somerset-house, an insolvent debtor, whose petition is numbered 43,525, have caused an account of the said estate and effects duly sworn to, to be filed in the court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors; the creditors of the said insolvent are requested to meet the assignees at the British Coffee-house, Cockspur-street, on the 15th day of August next, at seven of the clock in the evening precisely, when and where the assignees will declare the amount of the balance in their hands, and proceed to make a Dividend with the same amongst the creditors whose debts are admitted in the schedule sworn to by the insolvent, in the proportion to the amount thereof, subject to such correction of the rights to receive dividends as may be made according to the Statute. - If any person has a demand which is stated in the schedule, but is disputed therein, either in whole or in part; or if the said insolvent, the said assignees, or any creditor, object to any debt mention therein, such claims and objections must be brought forward at the said meeting, in order that proceedings may be had for the examination and decision of the same according to Statute.