CFHS code : PL36

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : AR ELIZABETH the beloved wife of FREDRICK AYRES d April 6th 1874 aged 32 also HARRY son of the above d April 25th 1874 aged 3

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Elizabeth Ayres [nee Dean] (1842 – 6 April  1874)

Elizabeth was the daughter of John and Ann Dean, and was born in Cambridge. She grew up in Great Shelford [1851] where her father was a fishmonger, and her mother a launderess.

She married Frederick Ayres on 30th June 1868 in Datchworth in Hertfordshire. Elizabeth had been working as a servant to the Reverend William Williamson, vicar of the church and on her marriage was given a bible by the Williamson family.

Elizabeth and Frederick returned to live in Cambridge and had three children: William [1869-1939], Harry [1871-1874] and Emily Elizabeth [1872-1955].  In 1871 they were living at 32 Union Road and Frederick was working as a coach wheeler.  Elizabeth died aged 32 years old in April 1874.

Harry Ayres ( 1871 – 25th April 874)

Harry was the middle of the three children of Frederick and Elizabeth Ayres.  He was baptised at St Paul’s church on 26th March 1871.  He died aged 3 years old less than 3 weeks after his mother Elizabeth. Frederick  Ayres had two funerals to arrange in a very short time.

Frederick Ayres remarried in 1877 to Jane Osbourn and went on to have a further two children with her: Herbert John [1877-1946] and Frances Esther [1881-]. Frederick continued to work as a wheelwright, and the family lived at 20 Bentinck Street [1911].  The family report that his second marriage caused tension between Frederick and his eldest son William.  Frederick did not attend William’s marriage in 1898 and did not approve of William’s attendance at Baptist Church.

Jane Ayres died in 1916, Frederick Ayres died in 1932.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/thank you to KA descendant of William Ayres for additional information


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