JAMES, Grace Caroline Rhodes

1859 - 1943

Grace Caroline Rhodes James, was born at Goodnestone Parsonage, near Dover, Kent on 25 August and baptised on 28 September 1859, daughter of Revd Herbert James (1822-1909) and his wife, Mary Emily née Horton (1818-1898), daughter of Admiral Joshua Sydney Horton (1768-1836), Herbert and Mary Emily married at Bosmere, Suffolk on 12 July 1854. Grace had three brothers, Sydney Rhodes (1855-1934) who was archdeacon of Dudley, Herbert Ellison (1857-1939) and author Dr Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936). From 1865, Grace lived at the Rectory in Great Livermere, Suffolk which had been the childhood home of another eminent Suffolk antiquary, ''Honest' Tom Martin (1696–1771) of Palgrave.' Grace exhibited at the Bury & West Suffolk Fine Art Society in 1882, two oils 'Morah' and 'Fourscore' and was a regular exhibitor. She was still living, with her widowed father and her brother Montague at Livermere Rectory in 1901. Grace married in London in 1910, Revd Edward John Woodhouse (1869-1914), who took over as rector of Great Livermere from her father, and in 1911 they were living at Livermere Rectory where her husband died on 16 August 1914. In 1939, Grace was a widow living at Ivy House, Goodnestone, Eastry, Kent where she lived until her death at The Nursing Home, 11 Ethelbert Road, Canterbury on 17 May 1943, aged 83.