CFHS code : PL329

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELIZA the beloved wife of THOMAS ADKINS d Oct 29 1905 age 69 also of SIDNEY JOHN youngest son of the above d Oct 29 1880 age 8 months also of THOMAS ADKINS d Feb 27 1909 age 61

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Adkins monument February 2020


Located twenty three rows from the west wall and roughly eight monuments from the south path. The headstone has been hidden in bushes for many years. The grave register also gives this location as the burial place of George Brewster.



In Loving Memory of ELIZA the beloved wife of THOMAS ADKINS
Who died October 29th 1905 aged 69 years

“Until the day break”

Also of SIDNEY JOHN youngest son of the above died Oct 29 1880 age 8 months

Also of THOMAS ADKINS who died Feb 27 1909 age 61 years


Annie Maria 1923

Relationship:  Parents and children

Eliza Adkins (née Atherton) (1836 – 29 October 1905)

Eliza was born in Bartlow and was the daughter of Elizabeth and Charles Atherton. She was baptised on 5 February 1837.  Her father died when she was c.3 years old, and her mother then took over the running of the family 8 acres small holding.  She married Thomas Adkins in 1869 when she was c.32 years old and they had at least six children: Thomas Samuel Atherton (1871-1929), William James (1872-1943), Charles Benjamin (1874-1908), Annie Maria (1875-1923), Clements (1877-1951) and Sidney John (1880-1880).  Thomas worked as a butcher and the family lived initially at 21 Mill Street (1871) and then at 53 Norwich Street (1881/1891/1901). At Norwich Street he was a butcher and also publican of the Eclipse pub. Eliza died aged 69 years old.

Sidney John Adkins (c. February 1880 – 29 October 1880)

Sidney was the youngest child of Thomas and Eliza. He died aged 8 months old.

Thomas Adkins (c.1848 – 27 February 1909)

Thomas was born in Great Gransden, eleven miles west of Cambridge and was the son of Thomas and Anne.  The family moved to Dillington, just outside Huntingdon where Thomas (Snr) was a farmer and publican of the Dillington Beer House (1861).  He married Eliza when he was c.21 years old.

After he was widowed he moved to farm at Fen Ditton, and died aged 61 years.

Annie Maria Adkins (c.1875 – 1923)

Annie was the only daughter of Thomas and Eliza Adkins.  She was baptised at St. Paul’s Church on 25 April 1875.  She lived at home and in 1901 was working as a book keeper. In 1911 she was living in Margate and was governess to the Hewlett family.  She died in Cambridge aged 48 years old.



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Annie Maria Adkins; Eliza Adkins; Sidney John Adkins; Thomas Adkins