CFHS code : BE9

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : headstone In Loving Memory of HERBERT SAUNDERS d April 30 1891 aged 21 also In Loving Memory of ROBERT BAKER grandfather of the above d March 29 1893 aged 78 also of JOHN SAUNDERS d Feb 16 1912 aged 84 kerbs ELIZABETH wife of JOHN SAUNDERS died peacefully June 12 1919 aged 77 ANNA MARIA BAKER daughter of ROBERT BAKER d Aug 18 1932 aged 86

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholders x 2

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in February 2021.

Monument

This headstone, in the parish of St Bene’t, stands 2 rows west of the central path but is obscured by a tree and ivy. We have not been able to check the full inscription but can see that is carved and still legible. The kerbstones have not been uncovered.

Inscription

headstone
In Loving Memory of HERBERT SAUNDERS d April 30 1891 aged 21 years
[With the Lord which] is far better.

Also In Loving Memory of ROBERT BAKER grandfather of the above d March 29 1893 aged 78 years

Also of JOHN SAUNDERS d Feb 16 1912 aged 84 years

kerbs
ELIZABETH wife of JOHN SAUNDERS died peacefully June 12 1919 aged 77

ANNA MARIA BAKER daughter of ROBERT BAKER d Aug 18 1932 aged 86

Relationship: Father, two daughters, son in law and grandson

Herbert Saunders (c.1870 – 30 April 1891)

Herbert was the son of John and Elizabeth Saunders. He was born in Starston,near Harleston on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and baptised there on 24 September 1871. His father was a farmer, and Herbert worked as a butcher. In April 1891 he was lodging at 1 Richmond Terrace in Cambridge and died there aged 21 years old.

Robert Baker (c.1814 – 29 March 1893)

Robert was born in Shadbroke, Sufolk a village south of Harleston and married Honour Westgate(1816-1883)  on 5 October 1841 in Metfield, Suffolk.  Robert farmed 50 acres at Beck Farm, Starston and had three daughters: Elizabeth Ann (1842-1919), Mary Ann (1845-1857) and Anna Maria (1846-1932). Honour died in July 1883 in Starston and Robert and younger daughter Anna then moved to 31 Petty Cury where they ran a Lodging House.  He died in Cambridge aged 78 years old.

John Saunders (c.1828 – 16 February 1912)

John was born in Icketshall, Suffolk and was the son of Benjamin and Mary Ann (née Banham).  He was baptised in Icketshall on 27 February 1831 and grew up in Spexhall where his father farmed 290 acres and was employing 13 people in 1851.

By  April 1861 John  was farming 110 acres  of his own in Starston, and Elizabeth Baker was working as his housekeeper.   They married on 23 May 1861 in the village and had thirteen children; Jessie (1862-1922), John Robert (1863-), Benjamin (1864-1883), Anna Mary (1866-1884),  Elizabeth Florence (1868-), Frederick John (1870-), Herbert, Ernest Frederick (1873-1910), Kate G (1875-), Ida Maud (1877-1966), Eve Jessie (1879-1973), Bessie Edith (1884-1958) and one more child who died as an infant. John continued to farm on the Rushall Road in Starston  and then retired to live in nearby Pulham St. Mary (1881).

By 1891 John and Elizabeth had moved again to live on Melbourne Road in Lowestoft, with daughters Eva and Bessie and he was documented as working as a gardener.  In 1901 they were still living in Lowestoft, where Elizabeth and daughter Ida were running a Lodging House at Chapham Road. By 1911 they had moved at 13 Market Passage,Cambridge with daughter Ida who was running a University Lodging House from the address. John died the following year aged 84 years old.

Elizabeth Anne Saunders  (née Baker) (1842 – 12 June 1919)

Elizabeth was born in Starston and baptised there on 14 July 1842. She was the daughter of Robert and Honour and worked as a housekeeper to John Saunders before marrying him when she was 19 years old.

Anna Maria Baker (c.1846 – 18 December 1932)

Anna was the younger sister of Elizabeth and was baptised in Starston on 26 December 1847. She lived with her parents at Beck Farm until at least 1881,  and then  with her father at 31 Petty Cury (1891). In 1911 Ann was living at 7 Mill Road Cambridge where she was documented as being a housekeeper. She later moved to live at 7 Garlic Row, and died at the Devonshire Nursing Home aged 86 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Anna Maria Baker; Robert Baker; Elizabeth Saunders; Herbert Saunders; John Saunders