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 (027/2 (26484))

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.

Her second husband was F.H. Davenport and now 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 went with 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 was buried beside him at Kensal Green Cemetery. The year of her birth is not on the tomb and so far it remains unknown.

• 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

David, Charlotte

Published: 11 Jul 2010
Last update: 20 Feb 2022