This headstone was not recorded by CFHS in their survey

Parish: St Andrew the Less

The headstone in June 2021.

Monument

This headstone stands on the south eastern boundary of the parish of St Andrew the Less. just west of the east path and 2 rows north of the path that runs east from the centre circle. It is badly weathered and only partially legible.

Inscription

[In Loving Memory] of ROBERT BOLTON
line illegible
Who died    ……..   1885
…………….. of s.ace

Also MARGARET illegible
who died …………….

Robert Bolton (1821-1885)

Robert was born and grew up in Ipswich. He became a journeyman sawyer and saw sharpener. He married Margaret Palmer from Wisbech in 1848 and they 2 sons  Thomas Joseph Barker (1849) Robert Marcus Palmer (1850 -1855)
By 1881 Robert had managed to buy a threshing machine and presumably did contract work. 
It is not known what brought Robert & Margaret to Cambridge but they were living at 65 Fitzroy St when Robert died in 1885 at the age of 64.. He was buried on 9 March 1885.

Margaret Bolton née Palmer (1819 – 1897)

Margaret was born in Wisbech to tailor John Palmer and his wife Sarah. She was baptised at St Peter’s church on November 2nd 1819.
A Margaret Palmer was living at 25 South St in Cambridge in 1841. She was working as a needle woman. In 1891 she was living at 13 Fitzroy St with 2 of her grandchildren, William & Olive. She was “living on her own means”
When she died 6 years later she was living at 16 Eden St.

by Mary Naylor

Sources:

CFHS Transcripts of parish records
Family Search
FreeBMD

Margaret Bolton; Robert Bolton