Biography of John George Musters (1807-1842)
John George Musters Chaworth was the second child and eldest son of John Musters (1777-1849) and Mary Ann Musters, née Chaworth (1786-1832). John Musters assumed the surname Chaworth in 1806, following his marriage. John George and his younger siblings were all baptised with the additional Christian name Musters, and the surname Chaworth. When the family reverted to the surname Musters in 1823, his full name became John George Musters Musters.
John George entered the 10th Royal Hussars in 1827, but had resigned his commission by 1830. After his marriage in 1837 he lived at Wiverton Hall. The family were travelling in Naples when their third child George Chaworth Musters was born in 1841. John George died of tuberculosis at Colwick in 1842. His widow Emily died of the same disease only three years later.
In 1837 he married his sister-in-law Emily Hamond (1818-1845), youngest daughter of Philip Hamond of Westacre, Norfolk, and had:
- John Chaworth Musters (1838-1887)
- Mary Anne Chaworth Musters (1839-1881), married in 1863 Captain Horatio Packe RN (1834-1901), of Guidfa, Radnorshire, and had:
- Annesley Horace Packe (1866-1950)
- George Anthony Packe (1873-1944)
- George Chaworth Musters (1841-1879)
- Correspondence and other papers relating to John George and Emily Musters are part of the Chaworth-Musters collection (ChM) held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham. In particular, there is an Italian travel diary, possibly of John George Musters, 1835-1836 (ChM/F/1); and a bundle of letters sent to Emily and John George Musters, 1831-1843 (ChM/C/4/1-40).
- The Chaworth-Musters collection also includes letters sent to Mary Anne Chaworth Packe, née Musters, between 1849-1857 (ChM/C/6/1-31).
- The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland holds the journal of Mary Anne Chaworth Packe, née Musters, 1867-1873 (DE3969/8).
Although there are no works dedicated to John George Musters, some biographical details feature in the following publications:
- Patrick T.A. Musters, The Musters : a family gathering, 2nd edn (Oakham, Rutland : P. T. A. Musters, 2001) [King’s Meadow Campus East Midlands Collection Oversize Not 4N.V30 MUS]
- Denis R. Pearson, Annesley through the Ages (Alfreton : Bailey & Sons, 1995) [King’s Meadow Campus East Midlands Collection Not 8.D14 PEA]
- Frank P. Lyons, Hills of Annesley (new edn ed. by Ruth Ansley Grant, Longwood, FL : R. A. Grant, c.1988) [King’s Meadow Campus East Midlands Collection Oversize Not 8.D14 LYO]