CFHS code : PL163

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Memory of ELIZA ANNE beloved wife of WILLIAM BARTON d [7 November 1887] age 57 also of WILLIAM BARTON husband of the above d [October 29 19[13] age [82]

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Eliza Anne Barton (née Clark) (1830- 7 November 1887)

Eliza was the daughter of James and Keziah and was born in Great Chesterford, a village ten miles south of Cambridge. She was baptised at S. Mary’s Church,  Little Chesterford on 1 August 1830. James was a maltster, Keziah a laundress and in 1851 the family were living at 13 Mill Lane, Cambridge. Eliza married William Barton on 24 June 1852 at St. Botolph’s Church and they had at least nine children: Eliza Ann (1853-), Susan (1855-1946), Sarah Elizabeth (1857-1939), Mary (1858-), William (1860-), James (1863-1921), Louisa Keziah (1865-1940), Edith (1870-) and Margaret Ellen (1873-1952).  William was a fishmonger and the family lived at 95 Russell Street (1861) and then 31 St. Andrew’s Street (at least 1871 onwards), which was referred to on census returns as ‘the fish shop’. It was located next to the Bird Bolt Hotel and opposite Emmanuel College. Newspaper announcements of her death read ‘Eliza Ann, the beloved wife of William Barton, after five weeks of painful suffering, fell asleep, aged 57’.


William Barton (c.1831 – 29 October 1913)

William was the youngest son of Stedman (also sometimes spelt Stidman)(1789-1858) and Elizabeth (1801-) and grew up on Silver Street where his father was a fishmonger. In 1862 whilst trading from Russell Street he was declared bankrupt – the banktruptcy paperwork described him as a  ‘fishmonger and dealer in poultry and rabbits’. The order was discharged in August 1862 and he later traded from St. Andrew’s Street.

In January 1889 William and a fellow tradesman (William Delph) were charged with traspassing on land in Hauxton ‘in search of game’. Both men pleaded not guilty.  Farmer Mark Warren said he had seen the men enter the meadow carrying guns and had then heard shots and seen smoke. When he approached the men, William Barton had said he was looking for lapwings. At court he asked Mr Warren ‘then why did you as a gentleman, when you saw us with guns, stop us and tell us that we were doing wrong?’  Both men were fined 2s,6d and costs and the chairman commented ‘upon the gravity of offence when committed by men in the social position of defendants’.

In May 1889 William charged his ‘shoplad’ fourteen your old Ernest Betson with stealing a watch valued at £3.  Betson was accused of having taken it from a bedroom drawer and subsequently tried to pawn the watch at Messrs. Morley Bros.  ‘The Mayor said the bench considered this a very bad case, and the lad was sent to goal for 21 days’.

After the death of Eliza he married widow Eliza French (née Martin) (1841-1921) in 1888. They continued to live at 31 St. Andrew Street and in 1891 he was described as a fishmonger and farmer. His son James married Eliza’s daughter Alice Emmeline French in 1892 and took over the running of the business.  William and Eliza retired to live at 6 Royal Albert Almshouses on  Hills Road (1901/1911). He died at home aged 82 years old and his funeral took place on 3 November 1913.




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by Claire Martinsen

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