CFHS code : PL328

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY ANN BOATWRIGHT d Apr 25 1897 age 63 also of CHARLES BENJAMIN ADKINS d Jun 25 1908 age 34 also of MARY ADKINS b Oct 26 1909 d Oct 27 1909 reverse Sacred to the Memory of THOMAS SAMUEL ATHERTON ADKINS the beloved husband of BEATRICE ADKINS b Jun 20 1871 d Jan 2 1929 and of BEATRICE ELLEN ADKINS b Sep 6 1873 d Feb 10 1958

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

West face of headstone October 2019
East face of the headstone.


The headstone is intact and the inscription still legible. Located roughly twelve rows north of the south path and seventeen rows from the central path.  Unusually this monument does not face east but is on an SE/NW angle.


West face
In Loving Memory of MARY ANN BOATWRIGHT died April 25th 1897 age 68 years

Also of CHARLES BENJAMIN ADKINS died Jun 25th 1908 age 34 years

Also of MARY ADKINS born Oct 26th 1909 died Oct 27th 1909

East face
the beloved husband of BEATRICE E ADKINS
born Jun 20th 1871 died Jan 2nd 1929
“God is Love”
born September 6th 1873 died February 10th 1958

Mary Ann Boatwright (1829 – 25 April 1897)

Mary was the daughter of John and Susan Boatright and a cousin of Thomas and Eliza Adkins.  Aged 21 she was living with her parents at Gas Lane, and working as a seamstress.  Her father was a maltster’s labourer and he died in Autumn 1851.  In 1861 she was living with her mother and brother at 3 Hurleys Yard and is noted as a staymaker [corset maker].  Susan Boatwright died in 1861, and in 1871 she was living with Thomas and Eliza Adkins [parents of Charles and Thomas] at 20 Mill Street.  She then moved to 24 Union Terrace (1881) and 10 Union Terrace (1891) which became Mawson Road.  She is noted on the census returns as being a dressmaker and lived with a lodger.  She died in 1897.

Charles Benjamin Adkins (1874 – 25 June 1908)

Charles was the son of Thomas and Eliza Adkins and was baptised at St. Paul’s Church on 26 April 1874.  He was baptised Benjamin Charles, but later seems to have reversed his two forenames. His father was a butcher/publican and he grew up at 53 Norwich Street. At the age of 17 he was working as a cook’s apprentice (1891) and then worked as a cook (1901). He married Emily Hutchinson at Folkestone on 3 April 1906 and died two years later.

Thomas Samuel Atherton Adkins (20 June 1871 – 2 January 1929)

Thomas was  also the son of Thomas and Eliza Adkins and was baptised in Bartlow on 24 December 1871.   By the age of 20 he was working as a clerk and living at Norwich Street with his parents and siblings. By 1901 was living at Poplar Cottage, 2 Station Road with housekeeper Rebecca Carter and working as a builders clerk.  He married Beatrice Barker on 10 April 1901.  The couple continued to live at Station Road and had at least two children: Thomas Charles (1904-1976) and Mary (1909-1909).

Thomas was a prominent Conservative in the town, and was treasurer of the New Town Conservative Club (1901).  The club gave him a ‘handsome music cabinet’ inscribed ‘Presented to Mr T.S. Atkins of the occasion of his marriage’. He died at home aged 57 years old.

Mary Adkins (26 October 1909 – 27 October 1909)

Mary was the only daughter of Thomas and Beatrice Adkins. She died aged 1 day old.

Beatrice Ellen Adkins (née Barker) (6 September 1873 – 10 February 1958)

Beatrice was the daughter of Charles and Mary (née Bendall) Barker and was baptised at St. Paul’s Church on 26 October 1873.  She grew up on Russell Street, and her father worked as a gardener. By the age of 17 (1891) she was working as a monitor in an elementary school and just prior to marrying Thomas Adkins was still living at home and working as a teacher.  After being widowed she lived at 2 Station Road, and in 1939 was described as a retired teacher. She died at The Elms, Bawtry near Doncaster aged 84 years.



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