CFHS code : AL575

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of MARY ANN the beloved wife of WILLIAM THOMAS NASH d Dec 1st 1873 aged 69 also of ROBERT GEORGE BENSON grandson of the above and the only beloved child of GEORGE & HARRIETT ANNIE BENSON d April 8 1873 aged 7 years & 10 months

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Nash and Benson headstone

Monument

Inscription

‘Sacred to the Memory of MARY ANN the beloved wife of WILLIAM THOMAS NASH
Who departed this Life Dec 1st 1873 aged 69 years.’

“Blessed are those who die in the Lord”

‘Also of ROBERT GEORGE BENSON grandson of the above
and the only beloved child of GEORGE & HARRIETT ANNIE BENSON
died April 8 1873 aged 7 years & 10 months.’

Mary Ann Nash (née Jones) (1804 – 1 December 1873)

Mary was born in Harlow, Essex and married William Thomas Nash (1797-) on 22 March 1839 at Gravesend in Kent.  The couple had at least  six children: Susannah Matilda (1834-1923), Eliza (1936-), Harriet Annie (1837-1893), William Thomas (1839-), John Pritchard (1843-1888) and Robert (1849-).  The couple moved around the country – Susannah was born in Brighton (1834) , the majority of the children in Cambridge (1836-1843) and Robert in  Ashdon (1850).  In 1851 they were living in the hamlet of Ridge in Hertfordshire (near Potter’s Bar) where William was running the village pub.

It is not known when William Nash died, but by 1858 Mary had returned to live at 20 East Road with three of her children and was operating as a pawnbroker.  In 1871 she was living at East Road with daughter Harriet and grandson Robert.  Her name appeared a few times in newspapers of the time in relation to cases of theft.  For example in February 1861 Ann Livermore and her daughter Harriet were accused of having stolen some boots and then pawned them with Mary Nash for 1s and 6d. In May 1858 Rhoda Haslop had aquired some fabric worth 39s under false pretences and had then pawned it with Mary in return for 6s.  Mary died in Cambridge aged 69 years old.

Robert George Benson (1866 – 23 August 1873)

Robert was the son of Harriet Nash and her husband George Benson.  It is believed that the couple married in Victoria, Australia in 1862.  Robert was born in Manchester and by 1871 Harriet was a widow and living in Cambridge with her mother.  Robert died aged 7 years old.

Sources:

Ancestery

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Robert George Benson; Mary Ann Nash