CFHS code : HT284

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : side 1 IARO SARAH BODGER d March 18 1875 aged 88 ALFRED BODGER d May 5 1883 also of ANN wife of the above ALFRED BODGER d Feby 5 1911 aged 80 side 2 ANNIE STAPLES STEPHEN daughter of ALFRED and ANN BODGER and wife of GEORGE STEPHEN d May 22 1934 side 3 ALFRED WILLIAM infant son of ALFRED & ANN BODGER d March 10 1867

Monument : square block/EC

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The esst face of the plinth in July 2018.

Monument

This substantial cross with a square plinth is completely hidden by a large Laurel bush and brambles. Located to the south of the south path directly opposite the start of the central path. We were only able to see I face of the plinth.

Inscription

 face 1
In Affectionate Remembrance Of
SARAH BODGER who died March 18 1875 aged 88.

ALFRED BODGER died May 5 1883

Also of ANN wife of the above ALFRED BODGER who died Feby 5 1911 aged 80.

face 2
ALFRED WILLIAM infant son of ALFRED & ANN BODGER d March 10 1867

face 3
ANNIE STAPLES STEPHEN daughter of ALFRED and ANN BODGER and wife of GEORGE STEPHEN died May 22 1934

Sarah Bodger (1778 –  18 March 1875)

Sarah was born in Soham and married grocer Robert Bodger.  Robert had a shop at Rose Crescent and they had at least two sons: Alfred (1822-1824) and Alfred (1828-1883). Robert was declared bankrupt in September 1833, and died in early 1834. It is thought that Sarah then ran a Lodging House at Manor Street (1841) before later moving to live with son Alfred and his family at 12 Sidney Street (1861 onwards). Sarah died at Sidney Street and was buried on 24 March.

Alfred Bodger (1828 – 5 May 1883)

Alfred was the son of Robert and Sarah and was baptised on 4 April 1828 at St. Michael’s Church.  He married Ann Willson in 1855 and they had at least six children: Ellen Willson (1858-1952), Annie Staples (1862-1934), Elizabeth Marian (1865-1950), Alfred William (1867-1867), Ada Alice (1869-1962) and Rev. Frederick William (1875-1948). Alfred was a hosier who ran a shop at 12 Sidney Street. In July 1867 Sophia Hutton was charged with stealing four silk handkerchiefs from his store. She had also stolen three slk handkerchiefs from Mr Harraden and two yards of ribbon and two ostrich feathers from draper Mr Bland.  She was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for each offence.

Alfred was an overseer for the parish of Holy Trinity and died at 2 Verulam Place, Hastings aged 65 years old.

Ann Bodger (née Willson) (1830 – 5 February 1911)

Ann was born in Longstanton, to the north of Cambridge and baptised there on 13 October 1830.  She was the youngest daughter of John and Susannah (née Papworth) and her father worked as a wheelwright in the village of Longstanton. After Alfred’s death she ran the hosiery business with the help of daughters Annie, Elizabeth and Ada (1891). She retired to live at Merton Cottage, Queen’s Road (1901) and then Bradmer, Barton Road.  Ann died at Bradmer aged 80 years old.

Alfred William Bodger (1867 – 10 March 1867)

Alfred was baptised on 9 March, and died the following day at Sidney Street.

Annie Staples Stephen (née Bodger) (1862 – 22 May 1934)

Annie was the second daughter of Alfred and Ann and was baptised on 4 April 1867. She married George Stephen (1863-1957) in 1894 and they took over the running of the family hosiery business at 12 Sidney Street (1901).  George had been born in Denbighshire, but had come to Cambridge and was working as a hosier’s manager (possibly at 12 Sidney Street) before the marriage.

Annie and George had at least four children: Eleanor Ruby (1895-1968), Jessie Grant (1897-1928), Major Alfred Bodger Grant (1902-1942) and Mary (1906-).  In 1911 the family were living at 50 Bateman Street and later moved to 3 Wordsworth Grove where Annie died aged 72 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Alfred Bodger; Alfred William Bodger; Ann Bodger; Sarah Bodger; Annie Staples Stephen; Annie Staples Stephen