CFHS code : PL411

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EDWARD BENTON d April 22 1884 aged 42 also his wife FANNY BENTON d March 7 1904 aged 62 also FRANK son of the above and devoted husband of ELLEN BENTON d Feb 27 1920 aged 47 and ALICIA FRANCES CONN daughter and grand daughter of the above d 5th July 1950 aged 44 also ELLEN FRANCES BENTON wife of FRANK BENTON d 11th Nov 1971 aged 82

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey


The headstone in February 2021

Roughly 11 rows west of the central path in the north of the parish of St Paul’s. The headstone, in the shape of a scroll, and kerbstones are in good order but face into a large ivy bush.


In Loving Memory of EDWARD BENTON died April 22.1884 aged 42 years

Also his wife FANNY BENTON died March 7. 1904 aged 62 years

Also FRANK son of the above and devoted husband of ELLEN BENTON died Feb. 27. 1920 aged 47 years

And ALICIA FRANCES CONN daughter and grand daughter of the above died 5th July 1950 aged 44 years

Also ELLEN FRANCES BENTON wife of FRANK BENTON died 11th Nov.1971 aged 82 years

“The bitter part we love one another so”

Edward Benton (c.1842 – 22 April 1884)

Edward was born in Cambridgeshire,.  Aged 9 he was a pupil at Ealing Grove School in Ealing.  It is believed that this was a charity school, and he must have been an orphan at this time.  He married Fanny Outram at All Souls Church in Marylebone on 4th February 1866 when he was 24 years old. Edward and Fanny had at least two sons: Charles (1867-) and Frank (1872-1920).  In 1871 the family were living at Crawley Mews in London, and Edward was noted as a cab proprietor [a cab was a type of carriage].

By 1881 they had moved to 43 East Road in Cambridge, and Edward was working as a maltster.  He was still living at East Road when he died aged 42 years old, but the newspaper report of his death reported that he died at Madingley Road.

Fanny Benton (née Outram) (c.1840 – 7 March 1904)

Fanny was the daughter of Edward and Harriet Outram.  She was born in Hever in Kent, and baptised there on 3rd May 1840.  Aged 11 she was living in Hever, where her father farmed 150 acres employing 5 men.  She married aged 26 years old.

After being widowed she continued to live at 43 East Road with son Frank.  She died in 1904 at home.

Frank Benton (1872 – 27 February 1920)

Frank was the youngest son of Edward and Fanny Benton.  He was born in Marylebone, but spent most of his life in Cambridge.  His father died when he was 12 years old, and he lived with his mother Fanny at 43 East Road. He worked as an engine fitter (1891) and a wheelwright (1901).

He married Ellen Gibson in 1905. They had four daughters: Alicia Frances,  Lucilla Fanny Daunt (1909-1958), Marjorie Edwina (1914), Orpha E (1916-) and Nora Outram (1918-1986) ).
In 1911 Frank and Ellen were running a confectionery business at 46 Burleigh Street.  He was still living at Burleigh Street in 1915, but died at 71 Lensfield Road in 1920.

Alicia as a young woman.

Alicia Frances Conn (née Benton) (21 October 1905 – 5 July 1950)

Alicia was the eldest daughter of Frank and Ellen Benton.  Frank Benton died when she was 14 years old.  She married Percival William Henry Conn in 1930. Percival lived at the Botantic Gardens and later worked as a park superintendent.  In 1939 the couple were living at Ivy Farm in Canley, Warwickshire and Percival was a horticulturalist, cemeteries and park superintendent, who after retirement judged Britain in Bloom, was manager at the Royal Show and was a President of Kew..
Alicia died shortly after the birth of a son, Christopher, when she  was living at the Bridge, Ibbotsons Lane in Liverpool but her probate records document that she died at 202 South Mossley Hill Road in Liverpool. She was buried with her parents and grandparents. Baby Christopher was brought up by his grandmother

Ellen Frances Benton (née Gibson) (24 February 1887 – 11 November 1971)

Ellen was the daughter of James and Sarah Gibson.  James was a bricklayer and labourer and Ellen grew up at 14 Smart Row. She married Frank Benton when she was 18 years old.
On the 1939 census she was at 106 Gilbert Road  with her 2 youngest daughters but after the postpartum death of her eldest daughter, Alicia,, she looked after her grandson at 71 Lensfield Road before moving to   31 Herbert Street where she died aged 84 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Edward Benton; Ellen Frances Benton; Fanny Benton; Frank Benton; Alicia Frances Conn