CFHS code : MC26

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : In Loving Memory of FRANCES THROSSELL b Nov 8th 1848 d June 7th 1916 ANN ELIZABETH BANHAM b March 13th 1846 d June 15th 1916

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon: 52.202608 0.13792498 – click here for location

Throssell and Banham grave
Throssell and Banham kerb stones



In Loving Memory of FRANCES THROSSELL born Nov 8th 1848 died June 7th 1916
ANN ELIZABETH BANHAM born March 13th 1846 died June 15th 1916

Relationship: sisters

Frances Throssell (née Banham) (8 November 1848 – 7 June 1916)

Frances was born in St. Ives just to the north of Cambridge and was the daughter of Robert and Mary Banham.  She grew up at Meeting Place in St. Ives and Robert Banham worked as a sawyer.  Her mother died when Frances was 10 years old (1859) and by 1861 Robert had moved the family to 35 Broad Street, Cambridge. Frances married George William Throssell (1848-1915) in 1873 and couple had five children: Percy William (1874-), Sydney Robert (1876-1916), Fanny Lilian (1877-1906), Helen Patty (1879-1949) and Amelia Emily (1883-1978).

George worked as chief clerk/accountant in the local income tax office. The family lived at 31 Clarendon Street (1881), 9 Abbey Road (1891/1901) and then at 19 Clarendon Street (at least 1911 onwards). She was widowed in 1915, and died the following year at Clarendon Street.  Her son Sydney had died the week before and the Cambridge Independent Press reported ‘the shock greatly affected his mother, who was suffering from bronchitis, which was the immediate cause of her death’. She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 12 June.

Ann Elizabeth Banham (13 March 1846 – 15 June 1916)

Ann was Frances’ elder sister and was also born and raised in St. Ives. At the age of 15 (1861) she was living at 6 Regent Terrace and working as a nurse for the children of William and Eliza Patrick. She then went to live at 69 Regent Street (1871) with Daniel and Harriet Banham – her uncle and aunt. By 1881 she was living in Halifax and working as a governess for John and Mary Crossley, before returning to live in Cambridge.  In 1891 she was living at 4 Auckland Terrace, Newmarket Road with her widowed cousin Elizabeth Walker and was working as Elizabeth’s general servant.  In 1901 Ann had moved with Elizabeth to 40 Glisson Road and was described as a ‘mother’s help’.  It is not known where she lived after 1901, but died in Cambridge aged 70 years old.

It is believed that George and Sydney Throssell are also buried in the same grave.

George William Throssell (1848 – 26 January 1915)

George was born in Huntingdon and was the son of William and Emma. By the age of 12 he was living with his family on Newmarket Road, and his father worked as a labourer (1861) before becoming clerk and time keeper at the brick works (1871).  At the age of 22 George was working as a clothing assistant, but later worked as chief clerk at the local tax office.  George was a prominent Methodist and also took part in amateur dramatic performances.  He died at Clarendon Street aged 66 years old. Newspapers reported ‘death occurred very suddenly on Tuesday evening.  He had been in indifferent health for some considerable time, but his death (the cause of which was heart failure) came as a great shock to his wife and family’.  He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 29 January.

Sydney Robert Throssell (1876 – 1 June 1916)

Sydney was the second son of George and Frances Throssell. He lived with his parents and was not noted as having an occupation on the census returns.  In 1911 he was documented as ‘assisting in the home’.  He died at Clarendon Street after a short illness aged 40. He died due to pneumonia according to newspaper reports.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Ann Elizabeth Banham; Frances Throssell; Sydney Robert Throssell; George William Throssell