Stanhope DAWSON (1817–1859)
His youngest daughter Dorinda Georgiana DAWSON (1850–1860)
St Paul section: Row 7, Grave A10 [St Paul ref. H.4]
[Left side] IN AFFECTIONATE / REMEMBRANCE OF
[Front, shown] STANHOPE DAWSON ESQ., LATE OF COOKHAM, BERKS, BORN JULY 16 1817, DIED DEC 15 1859
THEY SHALL WALK WITH ME IN WHITE, FOR THEY ARE WORTHY: REV. 3 – 4
[Right side] ALSO OF DORINDA [Back] GEORGIANA YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE, BORN FEB. 21 1850, DIED
JUNE 30 1860. + OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. MATT. 10 – 1
Stanhope Dawson was born in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire on 16 July 1817. His father was the surgeon Robert Dawson of High Wycombe (born 1794), and his mother was Dorinda Elizabeth Lushington Carter, known as Eliza, of Cookham (born 1767).
At the time of the 1841 census Stanhope (24) was living in Cookham village in the home of his great-aunt Miss Elizabeth Wells (87), the elder sister of his maternal grandmother, Mary Wells of Cookham. A woman called Maria Dawson (55) also lived with them, and is likely to have been a relation on his father’s side.
On 22 December 1845 at Cookham, Stanhope Dawson married Augusta Wright Grantham (born in Hungarton, Leicestershire in 1819). They had the following children:
- Alice Augusta Dawson (born at Ramsgate, Kent in 1846/7, reg. first quarter of 1847)
- Dorinda Georgiana Dawson (born at the Old Kent Road, London on 21 February 1850)
- Alfred Stanhope Grantham Dawson (born at Camberwell, Surrey in 1851, and baptised at Christ Church there on 12 August)
At the time of the 1851 census Stanhope (33) was working in London as a druggist. He was living at Alpha House, Old Kent Road (described as being in the hamlet of Peckham) with his wife Augusta and his daughters Alice (4) and Dorinda Georgina (1). Miss Caroline Grantham (31), a clergyman’s daughter also born in Hungarton and possibly the sister of Mrs Dawson, was paying them a visit. They had three servants.
By 1859 the family had moved to Oxford and were living at St John’s Terrace in the St Paul’s district chapelry of St Giles’s parish. Stanhope Dawson died there that year:
† Stanhope Dawson died at St John’s Terrace, St Giles at the age of 42/43 on 15 December 1859 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 22 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
Although he had not lived in Cookham since the 1840s, he is described as being of that village on his gravestone; and his probate record says he was formerly of Pomeroy Terrace, Deptford, Kent. His effects came to nearly £300.
Six months later his youngest daughter Dorinda also died, and was buried with him:
† Dorinda Georgiana Dawson died at St John’s Terrace, St Giles at the age of 10 on 29 June 1860 (according to burial register) and 30 June (according to gravestone) and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 4 July (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
Her death was announced thus in the Morning Post on 4 July 1860: “DAWSON. — On the 29th ult., from congestion of the brain, Dorinda Georgiana, youngest daughter of the late Stanhope Dawson, Esq. of St John’s-terrace, Oxford.” The announcement in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 7 July was slightly different: “June 29, from congestion of the brain, Dorinda Georgiana, youngest beloved daughter of Augusta, relict of the late Stanhope Dawson, Esq., of St. John’s-terrace, Oxford.”
Widow of Stanhope Dawson
- Mrs Augusta Wright Dawson (50) was described as a landowner in the 1871 census, when she was lodging at 49 Buckingham Palace Road with her daughter Alice (24). After Alice’s marriage in 1872, her mother continued to live with her at D’Urban Villa, Annerly Grove, Upper Norwood, Surrey, and her brother Alfred joined them later. Mrs Dawson died at Alice’s house on 24 June 1910 at the age of 91. Her effects came to £3,504 17s. 4d.
The two surviving children of Stanhope Dawson
- Alice Augusta Dawson, Mrs Collins (born 1846/7) married Edward Collins in the St George’s, Hanover Square district in the fourth quarter of 1872, but they do not appear to have had any children. At the time of the 1881 census Edward was working as a clerk in the war office and they were living at Versailles Road, Penge, Surrey, and Alice’s mother Augusta and brother Alfred (29) were also with them. Alice’s husband died at the age of 45 in 1884, and in 1891 she was living at D’Urban Villa, 17 Anerley Grove, Upper Norwood (Penge); her mother and brother were still living with her, and the situation was the same in 1901. Alice and Alfred remained there after their mother’s death in 1910. Alice Augusta Collins died at D’Urban Villa, at the age of 66 on 11 December 1913. Her effects came to £1,384 0s. 11d.
- Alfred Stanhope Grantham Dawson (born 1851) was described as being of no profession in 1871 when at the age of 19 he was lodging at 2 Albert Street, Westminster. He became a a writer for the Board of Trade, and never married. By 1881 Alfred was living with his sister Alice at Upper Norwood, and remained there for the rest of his life: he evidently inherited his sister’s house on her death in 1913, and died there at the age of 80 on 2 March 1932. His effects came to £1,258 3s. 2d.
There were thus no surviving descendants of Stanhope Dawson.