CFHS code : HT412

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : headstone In Loving Memory of SARAH BURTON d August 11 1929 aged 72 also FREDERICK BURTON d August 25 1930 aged 76 also of FLORENCE GERTRUDE SPARKES d Oct 19th 1941 aged 41

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder x 2

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in May 2019.


Located roughly six rows east of the central path and roughly thirty metres from the south path. The inscription is badly eroded and there is some damage to the headstone. The kerbs are intact.


In Loving Memory of SARAH BURTON died August 11 1929 aged 72

Also FREDERICK BURTON died August 25 1930 aged 76

“Thy will be done”

Also of FLORENCE GERTRUDE SPARKES died Oct 19th 1941 aged 41 years

west kerbstone
Also PHOEBE ALICE SMITH  died 10th June 1964 aged 78

Relationship: Husband, wife and two adult daughters

Sarah Burton (nee Morrell) ( 1857 – 11 August 1929)

Sarah was the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Morrell. She grew up on Mill Road, where her father was a railway signalman. She married Frederick when she was 19 and gave birth to ten children. She died in August 1929.

Frederick Burton (1855 – 25 August 1930)

Frederick was the son of Frederick and Ellen Burton, and was born in Cambridge.  His father was a bootmaker and he grew up at 39 Wellington Street, and later at 13 Newmarket Road.  He married in 1876 when he was 21 years old to Sarah Morrell.  They had ten children, three of whom died in infancy:  Ellen (1877-), Ernest James (1880-), Edith Maud (1881-), Edward Frederick (1884-), Phoebe Alice (1886), Grace Lilian (1892-1978) and Florence Gertrude (1900-1941).

Frederick worked as printer and compositor and the family lived at 26 Hooper Street (1881), 87 New Street (1891), 16 Blossom Street (1901) and 42 Norfolk Terrace (1911).  He died the year after his wife Sarah aged 75 years.

Florence Gertrude Sparkes (nee Burton) (6 June 1900 – 19 October 1941)

Florence was the youngest child of Sarah and Frederick and grew up at Blossom Street and 42 Norfolk Terrace.  She married Thomas Henry Sparkes on 7th June 1924.  They had at least two sons: Derek (b 1926) and Maurice (b 1932).  In 1939 the family were living at 1 Norfolk Terrace and Florence was working as a school cleaner.  She died aged just 41 years, and was buried with her parents.

Phoebe Alice Smith (nee Burton) ( 1 March 1886 – 10 June 1964)

The inscription for Phoebe Smith May 2020.

Phoebe was the fifth child of Frederick and Sarah Burton. She grew up at  87 New Street (1891) and later at  16 Blossom Street (1901). She was working as a domestic servant when she married  baker Thomas Smith at St Matthews Church on Christmas Day 1911. They lived a few doors away from her parents at 47 Norfolk Terrace.  Thomas later became a fishmonger and fish fryer.  In 1939 Phoebe’s sister Edith Maud was living with her husband Thomas Cornwell at number 51 Norfolk Terrace.
Phoebe died at Addenbrookes Hospital, aged 78 years.

CFHS Transcripts of parish records

by Claire Martinsen

Frederick Burton; Sarah Burton; Phoebe Alice Smith; Florence Gertrude Sparkes