Davenport, Elizabeth

, New York City, New York - DIED 4 Jan 1899, Brighton, East Sussex
BIRTH NAME Jackson, Elizabeth
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (028/2 (26484) (ashes))

Elizabeth Jackson debuted as an actress under the name of Lizzie Weston at the American Theatre in New Orleans in 1849. She also played at the Chestnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia for two seasons. She married William West and their son Charles Willie Matthews (1850-1920) became a baronet in England.

In 1853 Adolphus H. Davenport became her second husband and from then on she acted under the name of Lizzie Davenport. She divorced Davenport in 1856 and married the English actor Charles Mathews, who was performing in the USA. She followed him to England and helped him to get out of debt and continue his successful career. Between 1858 and 1864 they played leading parts at the Haymarket Theatre and the Bijou Theatre in London.

Mathews died in 1878. Lizzie lived on until 1899 and her ashes were buried beside him at Kensal Green Cemetery.

• Husband: Mathews, Charles (1858-1878)


The grave of Charles and Lizzie Mathews at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (26 Jun 2009)


Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997
• Vivian-Neal, Henry & Alexander Bisset, Their Exits: Encore, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 2020

David, Charlotte

Published: 11 Jul 2010
Last update: 07 Apr 2024