Sir Francis John Hartwell (1st Baronet of Dale Hall, Essex)

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth15.2.1757 - Dale Hall, Essex CSORN
Baptism22.3.1757 - Stoke Damerel, Devon CSORN
First Known Service7.7.1775CSORN
Father Broderick Hartwell (c.1714-1784)ref:719
Last Known Service14.9.1793CSORN
Date of Death28.6.1831 - St Marylebone, Middlesex CSORN
Will Probated7.7.1831

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
7.7.1775 Lieutenant ADM 6/21/146CSORN
17784.1778Lord Amherst, Lieutenant and Commanding Officer ADM 354/196/169ADM354
5.177825.1.1779Rattlesnake (14), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
25.1.1779 Commander ADM 6/21/504CSORN
25.1.177916.3.1779Rattlesnake (14), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
25.1.177930.7.1779Aetna (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/504ADM 6/21
30.7.177919.12.1779Star (10), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/22
Issued by John Byron (1723-1786), North America
Confirmed 17.2.1781
ADM 6/22
19.12.1779 Captain ADM 6/22/182ADM 6/22
19.12.177929.12.1779Conqueror (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/182
Issued by Sir Hyde Parker (5th Baronet of Melford Hall) (1713/14-1783), North America
Confirmed 12.10.1780
ADM 6/22
23.1.178023.5.1780Sphinx (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/218
Issued by Sir Hyde Parker (5th Baronet of Melford Hall) (1713/14-1783), West Indies
Confirmed 29.12.1780
23.5.178111.9.1782Brune (32), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/380
Issued by Lord George Brydges Rodney (1st Baron Rodney) (1719-1792), Barbados
Confirmed 7.12.1781
9.6.178611.2.1788Ardent (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/339BWAS-1714
9.2.178924.12.1792Bellona (74), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/507ADM 6/23
24.12.179214.9.1793Thetis (38), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/186BWAS-1714
1802 Appointed Knight Bachelorref:719
26.10.1805 Created 1st Baronet of Dale Hall, Essexref:719

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Posted by Hans Weebers on Monday 16th of March 2015 17:21

He died 28.6.1831

Posted by Hans Weebers on Monday 16th of March 2015 17:19

naval biography john marshall vol II - page 60
A Director of Greenwich Hospital, and late Deputy Comptroller of the Navy.
THIS officer is the third son of Captain Broderick Hartwell,
who died Lieutenant-Governor of Greenwich Hospital in
January, 1784 ; was born about the year 1757 ; and at the
commencement of the war with the colonies, commanded the
Rattlesnake cutter, in which he fought several smart actions
with the enemy's privateers, and captured a very valuable
French West Indiaman. On his promotion to the rank of
Commander he was appointed to the ^Etna bomb, stationed
at Antigua ; and on the death of Captain Broughton, he succeeded that officer in the command of the Sphynx frigate,
from whence he removed to the Brune. His post commission
bears date December 19, 1779.
In the month of August, 17^9, when their late Majesties
reviewed a squadron under Commodore Goodall, at Plymouth,
Captain Hartwell commanded the Bellona of 74 guns,
and was presented to the King immediately after the sham
fight which took place on that occasion *. He continued in
the Bellona during the Spanish and Russian armaments, but
was. paid off in the autumn of 1791. Towards the close of
the following year we find him fitting out the Thetis of 38
guns, at Deptford ; and at the commencement of the war
with revolutionary France, cruising with considerable success in the Channel.
The Thetis was paid off in September, 1793 ; and about
the same period Captain Hartwell became a Commissioner of
the Victualling Board, in which office he remained until the
autumn of 1796, when he was appointed to superintend the
Dock-yard at Sheerness. In the course of 1799 he removed
to Chatham Yard ; and soon after obtained a seat at the Navy
Board, where he continued to sit, as a Commissioner and
Deputy Comptroller, till the summer of 1814. He has ever
since lived in retirement.
Commissioner Hartwell received the honor of knighthood
on the occasion of his acting as proxy for Lord Keith, at an
installation of Knights of the Bath. He subsequently had
a much greater mark of royal favor conferred upon him, being
raised to the dignity of Baronet of Great Britain, October
5, 1805.
Our officer married, first, May 12, 1781, Anna Charlotte
Maria, eldest daughter of John Elphinstone, Esq. Captain
R. N., Lieutenant-General, Vice-Admiral, and Commanderin-
Chief of the Russian fleet ; and by that lady, who died
June 6, 1809, had five sons and one daughter. His eldest
son, the Rev. Houlton Hartwell, Vicar of Loders and Bradpole, in Dorsetshire, and an active magistrate of that county, died February 24, 1819, aged 36 years.
Sir Francis Hartwell married, second, in 1812, Miss Aldridge, sister of John Aldridge, of New Lodge, co. Sussex,
Residence. Laleham, Middlesex

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