Eliza Agnes STANFORD (aka Louisa; Louisa Eliza; Eliza Agnes Hannah Maud Davidson) [1874-1944] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Eliza Agnes STANFORD (aka Louisa; Louisa Eliza; Eliza Agnes Hannah Maud Davidson) [1874-1944]

Eliza Agnes
Alias / nickname: 
Louisa; Louisa Eliza; Eliza Agnes Hannah Maud Davidson
Birthplace (country): 

Siblings of Eliza Agnes STANFORD (aka Louisa; Louisa Eliza; Eliza Agnes Hannah Maud Davidson) [1874-1944]


Carl Smith Card

Born 10th November 1874. Baptised Roman Catholic Cathedral, Hong Kong 16th Janaury 1875 child of Benjamin Robert Stanford (Protestant) and Eliza, Catholic

Sponser: Sister Maria Allansen



On the 10th inst., at Spring Gardens, Hongkong, the wife of Mr. B.R. STANFORD, of a daughter"

Source: Hong Kong Daily Press, page 2, 11th November 1874

1891 Census UK 81 Kings Road Peckham

Eliza Stanford Married   41 born Boston Massachusetts USA

Alexander Stanford 18 assistant in chemical laboratory born Hong Kong China [dob c 1873]

Louisa Stanford 16 Scholar born Hong Kong China [dob c 1875]

Amy L Stanford 7 born London born [dob c 1884]


1901 Census UK 29 Ashburnham Grove, St Paul, Greenwich, London, England, UK 

Eliza Stanford Head Widow 49 born Boston, USA

Louisa Stanford Daughter Single 26 School Worker Born in China American subject (dob c. 1875)

Amy L. Stanford Daughter Single 17 Student Born in London, Beckenham, Kent (dob c.1884)


Marriage circa 1908 to Charles Rundle Davidson (1875-1970). Note eldest child has middle name Stanford..Marriage not found in UK, thus marriage likely overseas from UK's perspective

1911 Census UK 21 Egerton Road, Greenwich SE, England, UK 

Charles Davidson Head 36 Married (for 3 years) Established Computer, High Grade, Royal Observatory Greenwich born in Walton, Suffolk

Louisa Davidson Wife 36 Married (for 3 years) born in Hong Kong, China British Subject by parentage 

Charles Stanford Davidson.Son 1 Single born in Greenwich, London 


1939 England and Wales Register: 65 Foyle Road, Greenwich, London, England, UK

Charles R. Davidson Married Civil Servant Astronomer (retired) birth date 28/02/1875

Louisa Davidson Married Unpaid domestic duties birth date 10/11/1874

Charles S. Davidson Single Mechanical Engineer (Project de?) birth date 20/12/1909

Alexandra S. Davidson Single Schoolmistress birth date 13/07/1911

Cecily M. Davidson Single Schoolmistress birth date 26/10/1913


ie Eliza Agnes Stanford and Louisa Stanford is the same person!

From annpake:

Ancestry Public Tree

Charles Rundle Davidson born 28 February 1875 Walton- on- the- Naze Essex

Married 3 years on the 1911 cenus to Louisa Eliza Stanton

Charles Rundle Davidson had a distinguished career as an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwhich. There is a good review of his career on the internet.

Death 18 Jun 1970 • Greenwich, London UK

There is a portrait of him in the National Portrait Gallery


There is a marriage 2 April 1908 in Manhattan NewYork of a Charles Davidson no bride named

Charles Davidson married Eliza Agnes Stanford  Quarter 4 1907 in Lambeth London


Date of birth as per 1939 Ration Book Census


She is calling herself Louisa Eliza

Perhaps Mrs Stanford asked for HK birth certifcates because they would be required for marriage purposes outside of HK.


1934 Electoral Register Greenwich 

65 Foyle Road Greenwich

Charles Rundle Davidson

Eliza Louisa  Davidson (yet another variation of her name)

Charles Stanford Davidson

Alexandra Stella Davidson


UK Probate Calendar

Eliza Agnes Hannah Maud Louisa Davidson otherwise Louisa otherwise Eliza Louisa of Ridlington, Uppingham, Rutland (wife of Charles Rundle Davidson)  died 31 March 1944. Probate Peterborough 13 June 1944 to the said Charles Rundle Davidson retired civil servant.

Childen of her marriage 

Charles Stanford Davidson 20 December 1909 - 1985 Tunbridge Wells Kent

Alexandra Stella Davidson 13 July 1911 -  27 October 1994 Margate Kent  (where her father died)

Louis Robert Davidson 8 September 1912 - 2005 Oundle and Thrapston, Northamptonshire, 

Cecily Maud Davidson 26 October 1913 -  2 April 2005 Margate Kent

How many names has she got??? I always find women the most difficult to trace as they can undergo several name changes throughout their life and can be disproportionately under-represented in written records viz-a-viz with men.


It is so easy because a woman retains her own name ie the one registered at birth and it is used on all  legal documents and is listed twice on search engines, her maiden name and her married name. A birth certificate details time and plce of birth, name of parents including mother's maiden name date and place of parents marriage and any other marriages of each parent.

I think that we have done a good job with Eliza Agnes, Louisa, Louisa Eliza, and Eliza Agnes  Hannah Maud Louisa. Thank goodness she didn't marry a chap with the surname Smith. Perhaps now is the time to merge the two threads into one with her full name.