CFHS code : AS156
Parish : All Saints
Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of GEORGE CHERRY d April 19 1862 age 49 also of EMILY wife of LUKE CHERRY d Dec 11 1869 age 23 also of MARY CHERRY widow of the above d Oct 14 1903 age 91 reverse In Loving Memory of WILLIAM JAMES AMPS d Dec 19 1883 aged 35 also SIDNEY FREDERIC AMPS grandson of the above d Dec 31 1903 aged 6 months With the Angels also of LUKE CHERRY d March 1st 1909 aged 62 his end was peace
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Visible from the central path to the south of the parish. The inscription on the east face is barely legible.
Sacred to the Memory of GEORGE CHERRY d April 19 1862 age 49
Also of EMILY wife of LUKE CHERRY d Dec 11 1869 age 23
[Also of MARY CHERRY widow of the above d Oct 14 1903 age 91
In Loving Memory of WILLIAM JAMES AMPS d Dec 19 1883 aged 35
“His end was peace”
Also SIDNEY FREDERIC AMPS grandson of the above d Dec 31 1903 aged 6 months
“With the Angels”
Also of LUKE CHERRY d March 1st 1909 aged 62 his end was peace
Relationships: George and Mary were husband and wife, their son Luke and his wife Emily. William Amps and his grandson.
George Cherry (1814 – 19 April 1862)
George was born in Great Brickhill in Buckinghamshire – a small village 4 miles north of Leighton Buzzard. He was the son of Luke and Sarah (née Millard) and brother of Luke Cherry. He married Hannah Hancock (1816-1841) at St. Andrew the Great Church in Cambridge on 28 August 1838. They had one daughter: Georgiana Sophia (1839-1915). He married Mary Newell on 8 April 1844. They had at least five children: James (1844-1846), Luke (1846-1909), Emma Jane (1848-1916), Francis (1850-1903) and Eliza Victoria Maria (1852-1944).
George worked as a clerk in the Norwich Union Fire and Insurance Office and the family lived at Bulstrode Yard, just off Sidney Street. He died at home aged 49 years old.
Emily Cherry (née Reeve) ( 1846 – 11 December 1869)
Emily was born in Godmanchester, and was the daughter of John Reeve. She grew up in Harston with her Uncle Robert Reeve who was a farmer. She married Luke Cherry in Harston on 25 December 1868. Their daughter Emily Maude (1869 -1944) was born on 3 December and Emily died eight days later, presumably as a result of complications from the birth.
Mary Cherry (née Newell) (27 March 1812 – 14 October 1903)
Mary was born in Guilden Morden, a village 16 miles south west of Cambridge. She is believed to have been the daughter of John and Mary (née Pearce) Newell. She married George Cherry when she was 32 years old, and after being widowed moved to 5 Malcolm Street where she ran a lodging house (at least 1871 until at least 1891). In 1901 she was living at 12 Portugal Place where her daughter Eliza was running a lodging house, with Mary’s grand daughter Emily Cherry (daughter of Emily – see above). Mary died at Portugal Place aged 81 years old.
William James Amps (1848 – 19 December 1883)
William was born and raised in Comberton and was the son of John and Susan Amps. He was baptised in Comberton on 6 August 1848. His father was a master builder/grocer, who was employing six men when the census of 1871 was taken. William married Emma Amps on 1 July 1873 at Comberton. The couple had two sons: Sidney William John (1874-1956) and Herbert Franks (1875-1953). Eldest son Sidney was born in Ontario, Canada so the couple must have spent a very brief time there, as they were back in Cambridge by the time second son Herbert was born the following year.
Emma was a school teacher, and in 1881 the family were living at the School House in Fulbourn. On the census William was marked as being epileptic and of no occupation. William died at the Fulbourn Hospital, where he had been admitted suffering from ‘mania and epileptic fits’. His death was the subject of an inquest. The patients had been dressing the hospital for Christmas, and had brought some yew branches inside to use as decorations. Some berries had fallen off the branches and William had ‘picked one or two up put them into his mouth and chewed them’. He died shortly afterwards. Mr Rogers, the medical attendant testified at the inquest that ‘the narcotic effect of the yew leaves might have accelerated death’.
Emma Amps continued to teach and moved around the country with her various jobs. She lived in Norfolk, Suffolk and finally Reading in Berkshire. Her sons were brought up by her mother Mary Cherry at Malcolm Street.
Sidney Frederic Amps (June 1903 – 31 December 1903)
Sidney was the eldest son of Sidney William John and Maud Mary Elizabeth (née Ladds) Amps. He was born in Reading, where his father worked as a printer/compositor. Sidney died aged 6 months old in Cambridge.
Sidney and Maud had a further two children: Basil Edward Herbert (1904 -1990) and Kathleen Mary (1907-1985). The couple lived in Reading, Berkshire. Sidney’s paternal grandparents Henry and Jane Ladds are also born at Mill Road Cemetery.
Luke Cherry (1846 – 1 March 1909)
Luke was the second son of George and Mary Cherry. He was baptised on 3 January 1847. He married Emily Reeve when he was 22 years old. After being widowed he returned to live with his mother and siblings at Malcolm Street. In both 1871 and 1881 he was recorded as being an unemployed solicitors clerk. In 1891 he was still living at Malcolm Street with his mother, sister Eliza, daughter Emily and nephews Sidney and Herbert Amps – he was working as a solicitor’s clerk at this point. The relationships were evidently not harmonious, as in July 1894 Luke appeared before the courts charged with assaulting Sidney Amps. He was sent to prison for 14 days as a result.
In 1901 he was lodging at the Coffee Palace on East Road, and was working as a solicitors clerk. Luke died aged 62 years old.
By Mary Naylor, Claire Martinsen and Josephine Brearley, granddaughter of FRANK CHERRY
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