NameElizabeth Susanna Davenport [14], GGGG Grandmother
Birth1764 [16]
Death10 Aug 1844 [16]
FatherJohn Davenport (ca1720-1789)
MotherElizabeth Eade (1737-)
Spouses
1Thomas (v) Graham [14], GGGG Grandfather
Birth1751, Edmond Castle
Death23 Jun 1813, Clapham Common [16]
FatherThomas (iv) Graham (1718-1807)
MotherMargaret Coulthard (1726-1816)
MarriageAug 1791 [37]
ChildrenThomas (vi) Henry (1793-1881)
 John (1794-1879)
 Elizabeth Maria (1795-ca1875)
 Emily (1797-1864)
 Harriet (1798-1806)
 Anne Margaret (1801-1882)
Notes for Elizabeth Susanna Davenport

We know a lot about Elizabeth, as she appears as Madame Mere in the Family Chronicle. Born in 1764, the daughter of John Davenport and Elizabeth Eade. John Davenport was a wool merchant and draper, and got very rich. He ended up buying large amounts of land on the north side of Clapham Common, and building ‘The Hall" in about 1770 [38]. It was one of the grandest houses on the north side of Clapham Common. In 1795 his widow bought a whole lot more land on the north side of the common, which was all inherited by her daughter, Elizabeth Susanna, in 1806. So she was pretty wealthy.

When Elizabeth was young she wrote a diary, some of which survives. It's excruciatingly dull. She had two brothers; Richard and John. In 1818 Richard was living at Darwell Bank, and plays a major role in the Chronicle. I don't know what John was doing, or where he was.

Elizabeth married Thomas Henry Graham in 1791 and had six children with him, five of whom survived to adulthood. These children (and her) are the Timean clan, who wrote the Family Chronicle, reproduced here on my web page. The originals are in the Minet Library, Lambeth, part of the Lambeth Archive. The Chronicle was a weekly newspaper, full of stories and poetry, written by ESD and her children, recounting the events of the week. It’s hilarious, and a great read.

She wrote two well-known books. 1) ``Eighteen Maxims on Neatness and Good Order", published by Hatchard under the pseudonym Theresa Tidy. 2) Writing as Lemuel Gulliver Jr. ``Voyage to Locuta", published by Hatchard 1818. This came out while the Chronicle were being written and there's a lot of mention of it. Eighteen Maxims went to well over 20 editions, so it was a real hit. Pdfs of both these books are feely available on Google Books.

Elizabeth died in 1844, still living at The Hall.

Her grandson, Henry Davenport, wrote: [35] ”She was a very superior and clever woman, an excellent artist, and exceedingly particular. …. As her publisher observed of her “Mrs G was a lady who made herself beloved and feared”.”


A church plaque in Hayton [16] reads:
“Elizabeth Susanna, relict [sic. Relict!? What the hell is that?] of Thomas Graham Esq died at her house at Clapham Common, Surrey, Aug 10 1844 in her 82nd year, and was buried in the vault of the Davenport family at Acton.....This tablet was erected to the memory of his revered and beloved mother, as a tribute of his warm and tender affection, by her son Thomas Henry Graham.”

This coat-of-arms on the bookplate of the Family Chronicle is very interesting indeed, showing as it does the Graham escallops on the diagonal. This is just like the coat-of-arms of Thomas Graham’s son (Thomas Graham), as carved on an outside wall of Edmond Castle, and joined with the Carnegie coat of arms. Maybe the Grahams of Edmond Castle, contrary to everything else I’ve been told, or seen, did actually use the escallops in bend, not in chief. Strange, indeed.
Notes for Thomas (v) (Spouse 1)
J.P., F.S.A. of Lincoln’s Inn. Admitted an attorney of King’s Bench June 28th, 1773, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquities, 29th April, 1808. He succeeded to the family estate at Edmond Castle, but only survived his father a few years. He died June 23rd, at Clapham Commons, and was buried in the vault belonging to his wife’s family at Acton, Middlesex.

Became a partner in James Coulthard’s law firm.

Note that his children had extensive connections with Clapham Commons and Eastbourne. Clearly this is where the family was based, not at Edmond Castle. He was clearly the heir of Edmond Castle, but for one reason or another chose to live elsewhere, possibly to further his law practice.

From the Lambeth Archives Department:
“The Graham family of Edmond Castle, Cumberland, became linked with Clapham through the marriage, in 1791, of Thomas Graham with Elizabeth Susannah Davenport. Her father, John, a wealthy merchant (he was Master of the Merchant Taylors' Company in 1775) and woollen draper to the King had bought a large estate on Clapham Common Northside, near the present Sugden Road. Thomas and Elizabeth had five children, Thomas Henry, John, Elizabeth Maria, (known as Maria), Emily and Ann Margaret. After Thomas' death in 1813 his eldest son inherited Edmond Castle but the children continued to live with their widowed mother at The Hall for some years. John moved to Rose Lodge (later Northfield) Clapham in 1833, and returned to The Hall on his mother's death in 1844. He left in 1853, and in 1886 the estate was sold for development Of his three sisters, Maria remained unmarried, and was instrumental in the building of St George's Church, Battersea with its associated school and vicarage. Emily married the Rev Thomas Collins, and Anne married Edward Polhill. The Polhill family had a large house on the site of Crescent Grove.”
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