CFHS code : ML62

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of JOHN BENNETT CARTER d Mar 20 1875 aged 48 and MARY ANN PAMPLIN wife of above d Jan 18 1912 age 79

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202794, 0.1381095 – click here for location

Carter, Pamplin and Bowers grave
Carter, Pamplin and Bowers headstone


This headstone, in the parish area of St Mary the Less, is located east of the centre circle, fourteen rows east and five graves to the north.

‘Sacred to the memory of John Bennett Carter
died March 20 1875 aged 48 years’

Thee…what is thine
Thy will be done”

‘Also Mary Ann Pamplin wife of above
died Jan 18 1912 aged 79 years’

“Her end was peace.”

John Bennett Carter (1827 – 20 March 1875)

John was baptised at St. Mary the Less Church on 1 July 1827 and was the son of Richard and Mary Ann.  He married Mary Ann Tate in 1857 and they had at least nine children: Mary Hannah (1858-1891), Ellen Ann (1859-1938), Charles Alfred (1861-1932), Harriet (1863-), Robert (1865-), Sarah Tate (1867-1950), Millicent Jane (1869-1945), James (1870-) and Hannah Bye (1874-1941). John worked as a miller’s labourer (1861) and then as a plumber’s labourer (1871). The family lived at 10 Coronation Street (1861) and later at 49 Newnham (at least 1871 onwards).  John died at Newnham aged 47 years old and was described as a plumber and glazier when he died.

Mary Ann Pamplin (née Tate) (1832 – 18 January 1912)

Mary was the daughter of Thomas Tate (1802-1847) and Hannah Bye (née Warren) (1800-1855) and was baptised at St. Mary the Less on 22 April 1832. In 1851 she was living with her widowed mother and siblings at 53 Russell Street and was helping her mother in her laundry business. She married John Carter, and continued to work as a laundress. After John’s death Mary married James Pamplin (1831-) in 1880. James was a coachman and in 1881 they were living at 7 St. Peter’s Street with six of Mary’s children from her first marriage.

It is not known when she was widowed for a second time, but by 1891  she was living at Brook House, Brookfield and working as a laundress, assisted by her daughters Sarah, Millicent and Hannah.  In 1911 she was living at 119 Catharine Street, Mill Road with widowed daughter Ellen, who was also a laundress.

William Bowers

Sexton’s records (Cambridge County Archives) indicate that a William Bowers was also buried in this grave on May 31st 1849 aged 18. The burial records (Cambridge County Archives) state that he drowned.



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by Claire Martinsen

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William Bowers; John Bennett Carter; Mary Ann Pamplin