CFHS code : AL296

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EMILY wife of THOMAS AMEY b January _ 18[53] d April 28th 189[3] In Loving Memory of THOMAS AMEY d ————- aged 51

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Paddy trying to read the inscription in May 2021.


This headstone is located about 7 rows from the east path towards the south of the parish of St Andrew the Less. It has suffered severe erosion and the inscription is now barely legible. The inscription was completed using the parish registers.


In Loving Memory of EMILY wife of THOMAS AMEY
born January _ 1853 died April 28th 1893 aged 40 years

In Loving Memory of THOMAS AMEY died June [01] 1903 aged 51 years

Emily Amey (née Strike)  (1853 –  28 April 1893)

Emily was born in Hindolveston, near Dereham in Norfolk and was the daughter of John and Mary Ann Strike. Her father was a groom/gardener and he rmother a school mistress, and aged 18 Emily was working as a housmaid in Shepreth, near Cambridge for farmer William Woodham and his family. She married Thomas Amey in Ely in 1875 and they had at least nine children: William John (1876-1885), Alice Emma (1878-1879), Arthur Dixon (1879-1963), Ada Violet (1882-1883), Leonard Whybrow (1884-1914), Alice Ada (1885-1941), Bertram John (1887-1968), Florence Mable (1888-1952) and Lilian Mary (1890-). Thomas worked on the railway as a fireman and later engine driver and the family lived in Ely (1881), Sudbury (1891) and St. Philip’s Road, Cambridge. She died at home and her funeral was held on 3 May.

Thomas Amey (29 March 1852 – 1 June 1903)

Thomas was born in Stambourne, to the North of Braintree in Essex and baptised there on 16 May 1852. He was the son of John and Sarah (née Whybrow) Amey and grew up in Wimbish, where his father was a farm bailiff (1781). By 1881 the Amey family had moved to live in Shepreth, and Thomas was working as an agricultural labourer. He married for a second time in 1894 to Emily Selina Parish (1864-1951) and they had a further four children: Edith Eliza (1895-1972), Freyda Winifred (1898-1980), Thomas Henry (1901-1979) and Cecil Charles (1903-1969). In 1901 he was living with Emily at 29 Ross Street and eight of his children. In 1903 Thomas was ‘incapacitated by a sttoke of paralysis’ and the local Romsey Town community ralleed to his support. The Girls’ Social Cycling Club held a successful benefit concert at the Sturton Town Hall in February 1903 after which £13, 14s and 3d  was handed to the Amey family. The club was relatively new at the time and the majority of the members were under 17 years old, and the concert raised a ‘substantial sum’. Thomas was a member of the Foresters’ Friendly Society and the Society also supported him during his illness. He died at home aged 51 and the funeral was held on 4 June. After his death the Foresters’ collected £18, 8s and 6d which was given to his widow Emily Selina.

His widow, Emily Selina worked as a college servant and continued to live at 29 Ross Street with daughter Freyda. She died at home on 2 April 1951 aged 87 years old.



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Emily Amey; Thomas Amey