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:::I, William Henry
 
:::My Family
 
:::youngest son of Ernst Ablrecht
 
:::Baron von Eberstein
 
 
:I, William Henry, Baron von Eberstein,
 
 
was born the 15th day December, 1821,
 
 
at about 8 o'clock one Saturday night. I
 
 
was born in a large room in a stately
 
 
mansion, known as Bon Pastore, located
 
 
in St. Servan, France, where my father was British Vis?count?
 
 
The mansion was situated near where
 
 
the English colony worshiped according to the
 
 
Church of England
 
 
:For the reason that I was dangerously
 
 
ill, and given up by three sisters, and
 
 
my parents did not want me to die without
 
 
being baptized, I was baptized by a
 
 
Roman Catholic priest named Papa. My
 
 
name was entered in the Mayor's office of?
 
 
St. Servan
 
 
:In the month of August, 1822, when I
 
 
was eight months old, my mother, who
 
 
belonged to the Church of England, and
 
 
not satisfied with the Romanish baptism,
 
 
took me to her home on the Island of
 
 
Guernsey. There on the tenth day of
 
 
August, 1822, I was again baptized
 
 
according to the rights of the Church of?
 
 
England, in that good ancient church of
 
 
St. Peters. My sponsors were Richard
 
 
Flick Champion, my mother's ???? Francis
 
 
Pichard Champion von Eberstein, my ????
 
 
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brother, and Josephine Hyde Champion,
 
 
my mother's sister. After which I was taken
 
 
back to St. Servan, and brought up until
 
 
I attained the age of twelve years.
 
 
:The family from which I am descended, on
 
 
both my father's and my mother's side, are
 
 
high aristocrats in Germany and in England.
 
 
That more may be known of my family,
 
 
I shall pause here to recon some of the
 
 
facts about them, before proceeding with
 
 
the account of my own experiences.
 
 
:According to the factory and recons I
 
 
have read, my father's family date back to
 
 
the circa 900 A.D., and commenced with the
 
 
Counte von Eberstein, who resided? at the
 
 
Castle of Eberstein, in the ? duchy of Swabia,
 
 
about six miles southeast of the town
 
 
of Baden, in Baden.
 
 
:When the Emperor Otto the Great acceeded
 
 
the thron in 936 A.D. he promptly attempted to
 
 
subordinate the dukes and counts of Germany
 
 
to his will. Under Otto's father, they had been
 
 
accorded the position and rank of ???
 
 
independent princes. Naturally the dukes and
 
 
counts resisted these efforts.
 
 
:In 938 A.D. the Emperor Otto bleaguered
 
 
the castle of the Counts von Eberstein for the
 
 
space of two and three-quarter years,
 
 
and never was able to accomplish the
 
 
capture of the castle; the von Eberstein
 
 
being watchful as old Solomon, not to
 
 
 
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be caught sleeping instead of defending
 
 
their castle.
 
 
: Having not acheived his goal militarily,
 
 
Otto resorted to chicanery. He g???
 
 
it out that a Grand Tournament would
 
 
be held at his court, and sent out
 
 
invitations to all the Nobles of Germany
 
 
far and near, friend and foe, to
 
 
attend. All should have safe conduct
 
 
to Otto's court and back to their own
 
 
fortress.
 
 
:Though this invitation was to the
 
 
court of their deadly enemy, the Counts
 
 
von Eberstein accepted on the terms
 
 
proposed. At the tournament, the younger
 
 
of the brothers, ??? , count
 
 
Eberthard von Eberstein was the successfull
 
 
contestant, winning the title Baron of the Empire
 
 
:After the tournament, the Emperor
 
 
Otto gave a grand ball in honor
 
 
of the comely, light haired winner,
 
 
Count Baron Eberhard von Eberstein.
 
 
During the ball, count von Eberstein
 
 
procured the hand of Princess Hedwig,
 
 
sister of the Emperor, for a dance.
 
 
Whilst dancing with the handsome
 
 
young Count, with whom she had become
 
 
enamoured, Princess Hedwig whispered
 
 
that soldiers of her brother, the Emperor, were
 
 
going to attack the Castle von Eberstein
 
 
in the absence of Count Eberhard and his brothers
 
 
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:When the same was over, Count
 
 
Eberhard communicated to his brothers the
 
 
intelligence he had received? from Princess
 
 
Hedwig. They then secretly left the ball
 
 
room of the Emperor's palace and made
 
 
post haste toward the district o? castle.
 
 
They arrived there by daybreak, called
 
 
the men-at-arms and their retainers,
 
 
and put their castle in defense to
 
 
meet the assault.
 
 
:The Emperor, finding the Counts had
 
 
left the ball room, and anticipated his
 
 
design, relinquished his traitorous plot for
 
 
the moment. Instead, he sent ambassadors,
 
 
who were to act as spies, to see if the
 
 
Castle Eberstein could withstand another siege.
 
 
:The young Counts von Eberstein, suspecting
 
 
the Emperor's design, made preparation for
 
 
the receptio nof his ambassadors. Before
 
 
the ambassadors arrived and were admitted,
 
 
the young Coutns had their bins filled with
 
 
straw, and their cellars filled with
 
 
empty casks, so that the ambassadors
 
 
would go back to the Emperor with the
 
 
impression their bins were full of wheat and
 
 
their cellars full of wine.
 
 
:The young counts were successful in their deception.
 
 
Upon the ambassadors' return, they reported
 
 
to the Emperor that the Counts von Eberstein
 
 
were prepared for any assault, and
 
 
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that they could withstand a siege for
 
 
three years or more.
 
 
:When Emperor Otto found he could not
 
 
conquer the Counts von Eberstein, he decided
 
 
upon a plan that before and since, has
 
 
been instrumental in bringing the warring
 
 
houses of Nobility and Royalty together!
 
 
The Americans express this as a succinct
 
 
phrase: "If you can't lick 'em, join 'em."
 
 
:First, the Emperor negotiated a
 
 
lasting peace with the Counts von Eberstein,
 
 
whom he was unable to conquer. After
 
 
the terms of the treaty were settled,
 
 
Emperor Otto gave his sister, Princess
 
 
Hedwig in marriage to the younger
 
 
brother, Count Baron Ebhard von Eberstein.
 
 
:After this marriage there were great
 
 
feasts and holidays, attended by
 
 
all the leading Nobility of Germany, or their
 
 
representatives. In a great wedding
 
 
procession, the young Count von
 
 
Eberstein rode his charger beside
 
 
his bride's ornamental sedan.
 
 
:The present Emperor of Germany
 
 
and the Grand Duke of Baden are
 
 
descendants of this Count von Eberstein
 
 
through the ?destoff line. Now the Grand
 
 
Duke of Baden owns Castle von Eberstein,
 
 
near Baden, and when he travels, he travels
 
 
as the Count von Eberstein.
 
 
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:Other distinguished forbears of mine
 
 
includ General Fieldmarshall Ernst Albrecht,
 
 
Baron von Eberstein, born in 1605,
 
 
who distinguished himself in the Protestant
 
 
cause during the Thirty Years War. He
 
 
was awarded the Order of the Elephant,
 
 
by the King of Denmark. This is the highest
 
 
military award made by the Danes, and is
 
 
given only to royalty, and not more
 
 
than thirty knights.
 
 
:My fathers great, great grandfather,
 
 
Christian Ludwig, Baron von Eberstein,
 
 
born 1650, died 1717 was also a
 
 
General Field Marshal in the Prussian
 
 
Army.
 
 
:My father, also Ernst Albrecht, Baron
 
 
von Eberstein, was born, on August 18,
 
 
1780, at Dresden. He was the third son
 
 
of William, Baron von Eberstein, Counsellor
 
 
of the Courts Justice at Dresden.
 
 
He entered the Prussian army in 1795
 
 
and on May 2, 1798 was promoted to ensign
 
 
in the Prussian Thaddenchess Regiment,
 
 
and later promoted to lieutenant in the
 
 
same regiment.
 
 
:In November 1800, while a lieutenant
 
 
in the Prussian army, he married Johanne
 
 
Elizabeth Funk. Their first child,
 
 
a boy named Wilhelm
 
 
Alexander Ernst, was born August 29, 1806
 
 
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in Halle on the Saale, in the Kingdom of
 
 
Prussia. This older half-brother now lives
 
 
at Buhla, his estate in Eichsfelde,
 
 
Kingdom of Prussia.
 
 
:Shortly after his first son was born, my
 
 
father, being of an adventurous nature and
 
 
not liking the routine of Prussian garrison
 
 
life, resigned his commission in the
 
 
Prussian army and accepted a commission
 
 
in the British army, in the 2nd Battalion
 
 
of the 60th Regiment, also known as the
 
 
Royal American Regiment, his regiment having served
 
 
with distinction in America during the
 
 
American War for Independence.
 
 
:On Feburary 27, 1808 he was promoted
 
 
to lieutenant, and shortly thereafter his
 
 
regiment was ordered to the Island
 
 
of Antigua, of the British Seeward
 
 
group, in the West Indie.
 
 
:His wife, Johanne Elizabeth joined
 
 
him there a short while later.
 
 
Their second child, my half-sister
 
 
Antoinette Charlotte Albertina, was
 
 
born on the Island of Antigua on
 
 
December 3rd, 1808.
 
 
:My father's regiment was active
 
 
in the conquest of the French islands
 
 
of Martinique and Guadeloupe in
 
 
1809 and 1810. While my father
 
 
was away from Antigua on this
 
 
expedition, his wife, Johanne Elizabeth
 
 
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fell victim to the dread disease,
 
 
yellow fever, and died March 3, 1810.
 
 
:In 1813, when the Islands of
 
 
Martinique and Guadeloupe were returned
 
 
to the French, my father's regiment was
 
 
returned to England. By then, he
 
 
had been promoted to Captain of the
 
 
7th Battalion of the 60th Regiment
 
 
:Upon its return to England, the
 
 
60th Regiment was stationed on the
 
 
Isle of Guernsey; one of the Channel
 
 
Islands which lies about 30 miles
 
 
west of the coast of Normandy and
 
 
about 50 miles south of Porstmouth.
 
 
:It was on the Island of Guernsey,
 
 
in the winter of 1813 about, about three and a half years
 
 
after his first wife had died,
 
 
that he met my mother. She was
 
 
then about eighteen, and he thirty-three.
 
 
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:Having herad my mother tell the story
 
 
of how my father first made her acquaintance, I believe it is worthy
 
 
of recording.
 
 
:Shortly after the 60th Regiment
 
 
arrived at the Isle of Guernsey, the
 
 
Governor of the Island gave a great
 
 
ball in honor of the officers of the
 
 
regiment and their ladies. All of the first?
 
 
ladies and gentlemen of the island were
 
 
invited to attend. The ball-room is
 
 
a very spacious one, with two ladies
 
 
dressing rooms and a refreshment
 
 
room.
 
 
:My father, being the Officer-of-the Day,
 
 
and on duty, could not attend the ball.
 
 
While making his rounds to inspect
 
 
the guard, he heard the music and
 
 
thouguht he would go up stairs and
 
 
peep in on the dancers, to see how
 
 
they were amusing themselves.
 
 
:Leaving his horse with a soldier
 
 
of his regiment, who was in attendance
 
 
at the ball, he slipped up the stairs
 
 
for his peep. He had been there but a few minutes when a young
 
 
officer of his regiment waltzed by
 
 
with a comely young lady. As
 
 
they whirled past, the long train
 
 
of her white satin dress caught on
 
 
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his spurt, and made a large rent
 
 
in the train of her dress. Chagrined? by the
 
 
damage he had done, and unable
 
 
to apologize as the dancers did not
 
 
stop, my father left the place
 
 
where he was standing and
 
 
proceeded to finish his rounds
 
 
of the guard.
 
 
:The next morning he made
 
 
inquiries from the brother officer who
 
 
had had the honor to dance with
 
 
the young lady, and obtained her
 
 
name and her place of residence.
 
 
She was Miss Harriet Perchard Champion,
 
 
the daughter of Mr. Joseph Champion,
 
 
a customs officer, and one of the most influential persons
 
 
on the island and a very wealthy
 
 
personage. Their residence was in
 
 
Horn Street, just on the brow of the hill.
 
 
:At 11 o'clock in the forenoon he
 
 
wended his way to the residence of
 
 
the young lady, rand the bell,
 
 
and sent up his card to Miss
 
 
Champion, with the request that she
 
 
see him.
 
 
:When Miss Champion appeared, he
 
 
introduced himself and apologized
 
 
in a very polite and sorrowful
 
 
manner for the accident of the
 
 
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last evening. My father being a
 
 
comely? British officer, was in his
 
 
regimentals. This had the desired
 
 
effect and the apology was accepted
 
 
and consent granted for him to
 
 
call upon her whenever convenient.
 
 
:This was the commencement of their
 
 
acquaintance and romance, which
 
 
culminated in their marriage a
 
 
ten months later, on Feburary 22, 1814.
 
 
:My mother's family is from an
 
 
equally distinguished line. On her father's
 
 
side, she is a descendant of Richard Champion,
 
 
Viscount de Vire, of Normandy, whose estate
 
 
included the town of Vire, in the Province of
 
 
Calvados?. The Vicount de Vire was an intimate
 
 
friend of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, and accompanied
 
 
the Duke to England and was by his side
 
 
at the Battle of Hastings, in 1066 A.D.
 
 
:She is also a descendant of Les Seigneurs
 
 
de la Sere of Montpelier, in the Province of
 
 
Herault?, which lies in the south of France,
 
 
on the Gulf? of Lions, about 100 miles from
 
 
the Spanish border.
 
 
:Through her paternal grandmother,
 
 
she is also descended from Eleanor Hyde,
 
 
a sister of Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarenden.
 
 
:Lord High Chancellor of England, and
 
 
one of the original Eight Lord Porprietors
 
 
of Carolina, where I eventually established
 
 
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my residence. This Eleanor Hyde was
 
 
the great aunt of Edward Hyde's
 
 
grandaughter, Mary and Ann, both
 
 
of whom reigned as Queen of England.
 
 
:In the summer of 1814, following my father's
 
 
second marriage, the 60th Regiment,
 
 
or Royal American Regiment, was again ordered
 
 
to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in British America.
 
 
There, early in November 1815, their first son,
 
 
Albert Ernest, was born.
 
 
:Just before my mother was confined, my
 
 
father, then a Lieutenant-Colonel, was ordered
 
 
to Cape Breton Island, as Governor? of that
 
 
island. He delayed his sailing until after
 
 
her confinement, then left my mother
 
 
with her first bbay, to follow later.
 
 
:Two or three weeks after his departure for
 
 
Cape Breton, my mother and her month
 
 
old child boarded a small commercial
 
 
vessel at Halifax, and sailed for Cape
 
 
Breton. It was necessary she go then,
 
 
or wait in Halifax until spring, as
 
 
the ice soon hardened to where those
 
 
small vessels could not penetrate.
 
 
:The east coast of Nova Scotia and the
 
 
coast of the Island of Cape Breton are
 
 
lined with a myriad of small islands,
 
 
very dangerous to navigation, & here
 
 
there had been many shipwrecks.
 
 
:On the 25th day of November, 181?
 
 
 
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my mother's ship was wrecked on a
 
 
little island named St. Pierre. On this
 
 
island is only one small fishing village,
 
 
populated entirely by native Indians.
 
 
 
:Fortunately my mother survived the
 
 
wreck, and was rescude by the Indians.
 
 
Care for by an old Indian woman
 
 
and her husband, my mother lived? with
 
 
them in a small ???? for six weeks.
 
 
:When the ice had hardened enough
 
 
for an Indian to cross, and go to
 
 
Cape Breton with a message for my
 
 
father, she was rescued. In the meantime
 
 
their son, Albert Ernst, unable to stand
 
 
the rigors, died. For some time after this trying ordeal,
 
 
my mother suffered poor health.
 
 
:Their second son, Francis Richard,
 
 
was born in Sydney, Cape Breton Island
 
 
on January 29, 1816, where my father
 
 
remained as Governor.
 
 
:Toward the end of the year 1817,
 
 
or early in the year 1818, my father
 
 
retired from the ? military service and
 
 
returned to England. There he was
 
 
appointed to the diplomatic corps
 
 
and assigned as British Vice-Counsel?
 
 
at St. Servan, in the Province of Ille-ct-ilaine,?
 
 
in France. There, on May 23, 1820,
 
 
my sister Harriet was born, and on
 
 
December 15, 1821, I, William Henry,
 
 
was born.
 
 
:My father remained as Vice Counsul
 
 
at St. Servan until his death, January
 
 
27, 1838, when I was eleven
 
 
years of age. He was buried in the
 
 
cemetary at St. Servan, in the strangers
 
 
postion, set apart by
 
 
the Romish Church for foreigners.
 
 
 
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