Jane LOI/LOY 1731 - 1809
Second daughter of Sebastian LOI 1700 - 1772 and Francoise Anne PORCHER b. 6 February 1698 (Widow of Daniel JAMET).
Born 11th January 1731, Spitalfields, London
Died 21st October 1809, London
LOI was anglicized to LOY (but I prefer the original French version.)
Jane was also known as Jeanne or Jenny. Jane had two sisters. Anne who died as an infant in 1734 and Françoise b. 1736.
1) John NASH.
Jane and John had two sons
Sebastian NASH
b. 7 Jan 1750 London d. 1790 Karur, Madras, India. m. Mary Ann Dixon c. 1788–1864
(Two children)
John/Jean NASH
1752 - 27 June 1818, Newnham-on-Seven, Glos. m. Mary WARE
(One child)
Jane and Peter Abraham had five children
Jeanne/Jane de BRISSAC
1754 - 1821
m. Jean Fredrick BERNARD 1757 - 1853
(Five children.)
Elizabeth de BRISSAC
1756 - 1828
m. John Linton WARE 1756 - 1804
(Three children.)
James de BRISSAC
1758 - 1758
Frances de BRISSAC
1759 - 1759
1760 - 1854
m. Thomas DICKINSON R.N. 1754 - 1828
(Ten children)
(Notes by Harriet Ann Dickinson 1826 - 1858, written in the 1840s.)
First Marriage
M. Loi ……Jane’s father …..was not so well satisfied with the favoured admirer of his daughter, a Mr. Nash. ……. Mr. Nash also laboured under the great disadvantage of not being able to speak French, while M. Loi spoke English very indifferently. At length M. Loi made this drawback to their intercourse an excuse for refusing to accept Mr. Nash as his son-in-law. The young lovers would not despair. Mr. Nash was clever and industrious, and he resolved to overcome this difficulty. After an absence of some months he returned, quite a master of the French language, and preferred his request in French. M. Loi again refused, because Mr. Nash could not work at the loom as he did. Again Mr. Nash, determined not to be discouraged, went away. He worked like a journeyman until he was able to produce a piece of satin of excellent workmanship of his own weaving. M. Loi still refused his consent to the match and said he must consider longer about it. At length he could not help observing that his daughter visibly drooped and pined away; and having surprised her one day in the garden, walking with an air of great sadness and dejection, he addressed her in words to this effect: “I see, my Jenny, that you are ill at ease: tell me what it is that makes you unhappy.”
Whereupon she answered, “Since you ask me, Father, the reason of my discontent, I must tell you that I consider you have used me ill with regard to Mr. Nash, who has done all that you required to make himself accepted as your son-in-law, and still you refuse to listen to his suit.”
“Well,” returned the Father, “if this is it, my girl, you shall not be crossed in your inclination. Name the day, and you shall be married!”
“Indeed, Sir,” she replied, overwhelmed at once with gratitude and astonishment, ‘that you shall fix.”
“I shall name this day week,” replied her Father.
“Nay,” she exclaimed, “that is too soon!”
“Well then, fix for yourself,” said her Father.
Jeanne named that day month, and on the day then fixed she was married to Mr. Nash, and Mdlle. Jamet (her half sister) to Mr. Landon. At the double wedding the brides’ undress lace was at half a guinea a yard, while the dress lace was a guinea a yard.
The two Brides were married in a piece of rich white satin woven on purpose, and they were dressed alike to a pin. The marriages were celebrated in February and the wedding party walked from Spital Square (No. 18, where M. Loi lived,) to Spitalfields Church, without a speck on their white shoes. The windows of the house lowered a pane to please the ladies of the family.
By this marriage Mrs. Nash had two sons, Sebastian and John, and not long after the birth of the latter, her Husband died. The elder son was christened Sebastian after his grandfather, M. Loi, who was so delighted when he heard of the birth of this grandson that at first he could not believe the news for joy; he then ordered cold meat and beer to be given to all the poor of the parish, and kept open house for a week.
Second Marriage
After some time of mourning, Mrs. Nash married secondly, M. de Brissac, a gentleman of ancient and noble family, claiming the ancient title of Duc de Brissac.
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