CFHS code : AS115

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Remembrance of JOHN ADAMS d 12 Nov 1864 aged 87 also MARY ADAMS wife d 24 Mar 1854 aged 72 also ANNA LOUISA CUNNINGTON ROBINSON grand daughter of JOHN & MARY ADAMS and daughter of JOHN and SARAH ADAMS b 4 Jun 1837 d 20 Feb 1902 IDMO also WILLIAM MOORE ADAMS son of JOHN & MARY ADAMS d 10 May 1873 aged 70

Monument : Column

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203521, 0.13671015 – click here for location

East face March 2019
South face March 2019


This column, in the parish area of All Saints, is located in the north west corner of the parish. The area was cleared in 2019 when the photos were taken. The monument was damaged in the summer of 2019.


east face
In Affectionate Remembrance of  JOHN ADAMS who died  Nov 12 1864 aged 87 years

Also MARY ADAMS wife of the above who died March 24 1854 aged 72 years

” Though lost to sight to memory never

south face
In ……… Memory of WILLIAM MOORE ADAMS son of JOHN & MARY ADAMS who departed this life May 10 1873 aged 70 years

“sincere friend”

North face

north face
In Aff [ectionate Remembrance] of
grand daughter of JOHN & MARY ADAMS interred here and daughter of JOHN and SARAH ANN ADAMS also interred in this cemetery.
Born June 4th 1837 died Feb 20th 1902

Relationships John & Mary, their son and their granddaughter

John Adams (1777 – 12 November 1864)

John was born in Cambridge and married Mary. They had four children: William Moore (1803-1873), John (1811-1894), Elizabeth (1813-) and Louisa (1824-). The couple must have lived in Kent for some time as both their sons were born in Chatham but had returned to live in Cambridge by 1813 when their daughter Elizabeth was born. John worked as a baker and the family lived at Malcom Street (1851). After he was widowed he lived at 46 New Square with his widowed daughter Elizabeth as his housekeeper (1861) and died at home aged 87 years old,

Mary Adams (c.1782 – 24 March 1854)

Mary was born in Cambridge and died aged 72 years old.

William Moore Adams (1803 – 10 May 1873)

William was born in Chatham and baptised there on 13 July 1803.   He married Ruth Smith (1807-) at St Andrew’s Church in 1829 and they had at least one daughter: Emily Mary Ann (1837-).  The family lived at Jesus Lane, and William worked as an auctioneer’s clerk and valuer.  He was widowed in November 1851 when Ruth died ‘after a long and severe affliction’ and then married widow Lydia Pratt (née Shildrick) (1816-1891) on 15 August 1859 at All Saints’ Church.

William and Lydia lived at 1 Drummer Street (1861) with his daughter Emily and her son James and later at 19 Malcolm Street where they ran a Lodging House.  He died at Malcolm Street aged 69 years old.

Anna Louisa Cunnington Robinson (1837-1902)

Anna was the daughter of John & Sarah Ann Adams and was baptised at All Saints’ Church on 13 August 1837.  She grew up on Jesus Lane where her father was a cabinet maker/upholsterer.  She married Charles Mayberry Robinson (1830-) on 6 January 1859 at All Saints’ Church and the couple had two children: Charles Mayberry (1860-) and Annie Mayberry (1861-1861).

Charles was a graduate of St. John’s College, Cambridge and the couple lived at 7 Parkside (1861) with two servants, and Charles was documented as being of independent means.  It is not known when Charles died, but by 1871 Louisa had moved to live with her parents at Evenden Villas, 13 Hills Road.    She lived at the house for at least 40 years and died there aged 64 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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John Adams; Mary Adams; William Moore Adams; Anna Louisa Cunnington Robinson