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Royal Naval Biography/Elton, Henry


Youngest son of the Rev. Sir Abraham Elton, bart., by Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Alderman Sir John Durbin, knt., an eminent merchant of Bristol.

This officer’s first commission bears date Mar. 6th, 1807; at which period he was serving as junior lieutenant of the Cornwallis frigate. Captain Charles James Johnston, then proceeding from Madras to the west coast of America.[1] We next find him in the Dreadnought 98, bearing the flag of Vice-Admiral Thomas Sotheby, employed off Ushant; on which station he was wounded in a sanguinary boat attack, Sept. 9th, 1810.[2] He subsequently served under the flag of Lord Exmouth, in the Caledonia 120; from which ship he appears to have been promoted to the command of the Cephalus sloop, June 7th, 1814.

Commander Elton married, July 20th, 1816, Mary, daughter of the late Sir Francis Ford, bart. and relict of Peter Touchet, Esq., and has issue.