Elizabeth “Aunt Bessy” Darwin


Elizabeth “Aunt Bessy” Darwin

Downe, London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England
Death 8 Jun 1926 (aged 78)
Downe, London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England
Burial Downe, London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 103330802 View Source
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Darwins buried together at Downe are:

Bernard Darwin: 1876 – 1961

Charles Waring Darwin: 1856 – 1858

Elinor Darwin, nee Monsell: 1879 – 1954

Elizabeth Darwin: 1843 - 1926

Henrietta Litchfield, nee Darwin: 1843 – 1927

Mary Eleanor Darwin: 1842 – 1842

THE FAMILY OF CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN : we now have images of the graves of all 21 members of CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN's immediate family: Charles & Emma themselves, 10 children: with 8 wives and 1 husband; TOTAL OF 19 in England & 1 in Wales and 1 in France.
Cambridge, England = 7:
E.W.D., was E.W.C., (Girton)
F.D., Sir (Ascension)
F.H.D. (Ascension)
G.H.D., Sir (Trumpington Extension)
‘I’ (E.C.) D., was E.C.F., Lady (Ascension)
H.D. , Sir (Ascension)
M.H.D., Lady (Trumpington Extension, cremated)
Cannes, France = 1 :
Corris, Wales = 1
Downe, England = 5
E.D. (was E.W.)
H.E.L. (was H.E.D.)
Forest Row, England = 2
(C.) M. D.
Great Malvern, England = 1
London, England = 2
E.F.D. (Putney Vale)
C.D. (Westminster Abbey)
North Stoneham, England = 2

Bernard Darwin (1876 - 1961) is also buried at Downe, as is his wife Elinor Monsell, who taught her husband's cousin Gwen Raverat engraving; nearby is Down House, the home of the Darwin family, where Amy Darwin, Bernard's mother died.

"I have indeed been most happy in my family, & I must say to you my children that not one of you has ever given me one minute's anxiety, except on the score of health. There are, I suspect, very few fathers of five sons who could say this with entire truth. When you were very young it was my delight to play with you all, & I think with a sigh that such days can never return. From your earliest days to now that you are grown up, you have all, sons & daughters, ever been most pleasant, sympathetic & affectionate to us & to one another. When all or most of you are at home (as, thank Heavens, happens pretty frequently) no party can be, according to my taste, more agreeable, & I wish for no other society. We have suffered only one very severe grief in the death of Annie at Malvern on April 24th, 1851, when she was just over ten years old. She was a most sweet & affectionate child, & I feel sure would have grown into a delightful woman. But I need say nothing here of her character, as I wrote a short sketch of it shortly after her death. Tears still sometimes come into my eyes, when I think of her sweet ways." (CD)


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  • Added: 9 Jan 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 103330802
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth “Aunt Bessy” Darwin (8 Jul 1847–8 Jun 1926), Find a Grave Memorial ID 103330802, citing St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Downe, London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England ; Maintained by stevenkh1 (contributor 47175148) .