JAMES, Grace Caroline Rhodes

1859 - 1943

Grace was born at Goodnestone Parsonage, near Dover, Kent on 25 August 1859, daughter of Revd Herbert James and his wife, Mary Emily née Horton, daughter of Admiral Joshua Sydney Horton. Grace had three brothers, Sydney (1855-1934) who was archdeacon of Dudley, Herbert Ellison (1857-1939) and author Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936). From 1865 she 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. She 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 but her husband died in 1914. In 1939 Grace was a widow living at Ivy House, Goodnestone, Eastry, Kent where she died in 1943, aged 83.