Welcome to Fonblanque.net

This will be the home of the Fonblanque family tree from around 1500 onwards in France to England and beyond.

The current family members shown on this website are descended from Abel Francis de Grenier Fonblanque born in France in 1700.

His two sons Jean (John) and Antoine (Anthony) were sent to England in 1740 to escape the persecution of the Huguenots. They set up the English branch of the family and became naturalised English citizens. Antoine became Anthony Fonblanque in 1748 at the age of 27 and Jean became John Fonblanque (both dropping the de) in 1758 at the age of 32.

Anthony Fonblanque

Anthony married Anne Bagshaw at St Brides in Fleet Street, London in on 17 March 1754. They lived in the Tower district of London, near the Tower of London.

Anthony died in 1766 whilst visiting his mother’s house in Bruniquel, Tarn-et-Garonne in France and was buried there. He was around 39 years old. His widow Anne, with 6 young daughters and one son, went on to marry again to Thomas Maxwell Adams, a Caribbean merchant who was known to her through her husband’s business.

There is a memorial to Anthony Fonblanque in Osmington, Dorset where his daughter Harriet lived and died.

John Fonblanque

John married Eleanor Bagshaw (sister of the above Ann) and had 3 sons and 1 daughter. His daughter Ann has a memorial tablet in Bristol Cathedral.

John died at the age of 34. He had setup a banking business with Peter Thelluson (who founded the Rendlesham family and his will was the inspiration for Charles Dickens Jarndye and Jarndye in Bleak House) and John’s widow Eleanor was supposed to inherit part of his fortune and he also provided for his sister in law and nieces and nephews in his will.

Eleanor went on to marry Charles Maxwell and have 4 more daughters and 2 sons.

More will be added in future.