CFHS code : ED14
Parish : St Edward
Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of WILLIAM BAYS d May 12 1886 age 48 also In Affectionate Remembrance of EMMELINE BAYS d Oct 2 1914 age 64
Monument : Coped stone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.203083, 0.13752336 – click here for location
This coped stone, in the parish area of St Edward, is located on the second row west of the central path, 25 yards north of the centre circle.
[Device showing a set of compasses enclosed in a circle]
In affectionate remembrance of William Bays
who died May 12 1885 aged 48
Also in loving remembrance of Emmeline Bays
who passed away October 2 1914 aged 64
Peace perfect peace.
William Bays (1836-86)
William was born on 19 December 1836 in Cambridge, and baptised on 10 March 1837 in the church of St Andrew the Great, son of Charles Bays, hatter, and his wife Mary, of New Square and 11 King’s Parade. His siblings were Alfred Charles (c.1836‒), Agnes Mary (1839‒86), Charles Frederick (1841‒58), Edwin (1843‒), Emily Mary (1845‒), John Bonfoy Rooper (1847‒), Henrietta (1848‒), and Emilia (Emily) Rosa (1852‒). By 1861, at the age of 25 William’s occupation was ‛hatter’, having learned his trade from his father. Charles died in 1877, and William took over the business on King’s Parade.
William married Emmeline Stearn (see below) in the third quarter of 1880 in Cosford, Suffolk. In their relatively short marriage, the couple had three children: Charles Web (1882‒), Walter Edward (c.1883‒) and Katie Ellen (1885‒).
William died on 12 May 1885, aged 48, and was buried on 15th of the month in Mill Road Cemetery. The St Edward’s grave book states that he and Emmeline were buried with Charles Frederick Bays on row XXXIII, plot 5 at depths of 8 and 7 feet, but their headstone in fact stands in row XXXII. William died intestate, and his effects worth £1,390 19s. 6d. were administered to Emmeline.
Emmeline Bays (née Stearn) (1850-1914)
Emmeline Stearn was born in the first quarter of 1850 in Hitcham, Suffolk. Her parents were Walter Stearn, farmer of 255 acres employing eleven men and two boys, and his wife, also named Emmeline, of Wicks[?] Farm, Brettenham (near Lavenham), Suffolk. Her siblings included Ellen M (c.1854‒) and Frederick W (c.1858‒).
Emmeline married William Bays (see above) in the third quarter of 1880 in Cosford, Suffolk. By 1881 the couple were living at 11 King’s Parade, Cambridge, William’s home. They had only three children: Charles Web (1882‒), Walter Edward (c.1883‒) and Katie Ellen (1885‒), and were married for less than five years before William died on 12 May 1885. Although he died intestate, his effects of £1,390 19s. 6d. were passed to her through administration. She then took over managing the business, her occupation being given as ‛hatter’ in 1891, ‛hatter & hosier’ in 1901, and ‛hatter & hosier (dealer)’ in 1911.
Emmeline died on 2 October 1914, aged 64 and was buried on the 5th of the month in Mill Road Cemetery. The St Edward’s grave book states that she and William were buried with Charles Frederick Bays on row XXXIII, plot 5 at depths of 7 and 8 feet, but their headstone in fact stands in row XXXII. Emmeline’s address at the time of death was 17 Hertford Street, Chesterton, Cambridge. She left effects to the value of £2,093 19s. 11d. to her son Walter Edward, who with his wife Ethel May took over the business. Walter died on 6 August 1949, leaving £2,648 1s. 3d. to his son James William Bays, also hatter and hosier.
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England census returns 1841 to 1901
England & Wales census 1911
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837‒1915 (Emmeline)
England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538‒1975 (William)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837‒1915 (William/Emmeline)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837‒1915 (William, Emmeline)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916‒2007 (Walter Edward)
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858‒1966 (Charles; William; Emmeline; Walter Edward)
Church of St Edward, Cambridge, baptismal and burial registers, and grave book
Church of St Andrew the Great, Cambridge, baptismal register (William)
Spalding’s Street Directory of Cambridge, 1881 and 1936/37
By Ian Bent