NameJohn Graham [14], GGG Grandfather
Birth8 Jul 1794 [16]
Death20 Jan 1879
FatherThomas (v) Graham (1751-1813)
MotherElizabeth Susanna Davenport (1764-1844)
Spouses
Birth15 Oct 1797 [16]
Death25 Dec 1863 [16]
FatherEdward Jeremiah Curteis (1762-1835)
MotherMary Barrett (-1841)
Marriage30 Jul 1821
ChildrenReginald John (1822-1897)
 Henry Davenport (1825-1872)
 Charles (1829-1897)
 Edward Curteis (1832-1874)
Notes for John Graham
of the Elms, Eastbourne, Sussex, J.P. and D.L. He worked as a solicitor in Lincoln’s Inn, and was born there either at Clapham Commons, or in Gower St., London.

We know a lot about John. He was a regular contributor to the Family Chronicle, of which the year 1818-1819 survives, from which we get a wonderful glimpse into his personality. He had a great sense of humour, and a fine sense of the ridiculous (as did most of the family). He travelled in Europe regularly, and liked Paris in particular. When he was born his parents were living in Gower St (because of his father’s law practice), although probably spending a lot of time in Clapham, where is mother owned a lot of land. In his 20’s, John lived in Gower St mostly (to further his law practice), but spent a lot of time visiting his mother at Clapham, and spending time with them during their summer vacation at Eastbourne.

The Curteis family were close friends of the Grahams for quite a few years before he married Caroline. The familes presumably met during the visits of the Grahams to Eastbourne (which is close to Windmill Hill). The Family Chronicle describes a number of meetings between the families, and between John and Caroline.

When John and Caroline married, they moved into Rose Lodge (later called Northfields), on the north side of Clapham Common, part of the extensive estate owned by his mother, but they moved into the Hall when Elizabeth Davenport died in 1844. (Brother Thomas of course had long gone north to live at Edmond Castle.) However, John and Caroline continued to spend large amounts of time in Eastbourne, and finally moved there permanently in the 1850s, where they had bought a number of properties -- Rose Cottage (said to be haunted), Elm Cottage and New Susans, which they extended and renamed The Elms. He sold The Hall in 1853. [34]

A plaque in Hayton church [16] reads:
“John Graham of The Hall, Clapham Common, and The Elms, Eastbourne, second son of the above [Thomas Henry Graham] for 45 years a magistrate for Sussex and Deputy Lieutenant, born July 8 1794, died Jany 20 1879. Also, Caroline Elinor, his wife, daughter of E.J. Curteis Esq, of Windmill Hill Place, Sussex, M.P. for that county, born Oct. 15 1797, died Dec 25, 1863, both buried at Eastbourne.”
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