CFHS code : AS123

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of ELIZA wife of RICHARD BILLINGTON d June 23 1850 aged 28 also of MATILDA JANE who died in infancy footstone EB 1850 MJB 1850 RB 1855

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Footstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203396, 0.13663101 – click here for location

The headstone is under brambles against the west wall. Photo November 2016
Billington headstone November 2016

Monument

The headstone is under brambles against the west wall.

Inscription

Sacred to the Memory of ELIZA wife of RICHARD BILLINGTON
died June 23 1850 aged 28

Also of MATILDA JANE who died in infancy footstone

EB 1850 MJB 1850 RB 1855

The grave book places Richard Billington in this grave.

Eliza Billington  (née Hills) (c.1822 – 23 June 1850)

Eliza was the second wife of Richard Billington and married him on 8 July 1844 in Slindon, near Chichester,Sussex.  They had at least four children: Eliza Hills (1845-1927), Charlotte Elizabeth (1846-), Arthur Richard (1848-1896) and Matilda Jane (1850-1850).  She died  of consumption a short time after the birth of Matilda and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 29 June 1850.

Matilda Jane Billington (c. May 1850 – October 1850)

Matilda was baptised at All Saints’ Church on 1 June 1850 and was buried on 13 October 1850.

Richard Billington (1800 – 19 January 1855)

Richard was born in Frodsham in Cheshire and was the son of John and Elizabeth.  He was baptised in Frodsham on 23 November 1800 and is believed to have married Mary Ann Billington in Liverpool on 6 June 1835.  Richard worked as a tailor, and the couple moved to live in Cambridge.  Mary Ann died in March 1843 aged 38 years old.

He married Eliza in 1844 and the couple lived in Cambridge.  Richard worked in a partnership called ‘Billington and Thurlbourn’ which was dissolved in 1850. He then moved to  38 Trinity Street, which was opposite Rose Crescent and ran a tailor and robemaking business from there.  Notices were placed in local newspapers announcing the change and Richard Billington asked that ‘the many years’ of experience he has had in conducting the business of the late Form, will, he trust solicit a continuance of the kind patronage and confidence hitherto reposed in him’.

After he was widowed for a second time he lived at 38 Trinity Street with his three small children, housekeeper, house servant and errand boy (1851).   He died aged 54 years old and was buried on 24 January 1855.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Eliza Billington; Matilda Jane Billington; Richard Billington