CFHS code : HS24

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of MARY SMITH wife of the late JOHN SMITH d March 6 1862 age 77 also of SUSAN [HEADLAND] [d 15 October 1877] age 65

Monument : Headstone (fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202354, 0.13757617 – click here for location



Relationship: Mother and daughter

Mary Ann  Smith (c.1785 – 6 March 1862)

Mary was born in Brandon Suffolk, and married waterman John Smith.  They lived in Cambridge, had at least one daughter: Susan. By 1851 Mary was a  widow and was staying at Bridge Street with Susan and her son-in-law Joseph Headland. She died at Bridge Street aged 77 years old.

Susan Headland (née Smith) (1812 – 15 October 1877)

Susan was the daughter of Mary and John Smith and married widower Joseph Headland (1798-1886) on 12 October 1843 in West Hackney, London. Joseph’s first wife Sarah (née Harding) had died earlier in the year.

The couple lived at 50 Bridge Street where Joseph had a shop. He was a gardener/fruiterer and appears to have cultivated extensively. In January 1877 he advertised a walled garden to let ‘with grape house 95ft, forcing house 40ft; pit 40ft, green house 22ft –  with immediate possession’.  In Februry 1864 he advertised cucumber plants for sale at sixpence each which could be had from ’50 Bridge Street, or at his garden, Gloucester Street, Castle Street’. He was a frequent prize winner at local horticultural shows -e.g. in November 1860 he won prizes for his black grapes, flowering crysanthemums and liliputians.

Susan died ‘very suddenly’ at 50 Bridge Street aged 65 years old.  Joseph Headland died on Christmas Day 1886 aged 88 years old and was buried with his first wife Sarah (1804-1843) in Trumpington.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Susan Headland; Mary Smith
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