CFHS code : AG190

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CATHERINE STEVENS d March 18 1917 aged 63 also her beloved husband HENRY STEVENS d March 19 1939 aged 91 also of their son SIDNEY HENRY STEVENS MC d Dec 27 1957 aged 66 also of MARY ANN BUTTRESS d March 4 1960 aged 85 devoted housekeeper of HENRY STEVENS

Monument : Stone cross (broken)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202884, 0.13662106 – click here for location

Buttress and Stevens monument May 2018

Monument

The cross had already fallen when CFHS did their survey in 2000.  The inscription is still clear and largely undamaged.

Inscription

west face of plinth

In Loving Memory of CATHERINE STEVENS who died March 18 1917 aged 63 years

“Peace Perfect Peace”

Also of her beloved husband HENRY STEVENS who died March 19 1939 aged 91 years

also of their son SIDNEY HENRY STEVENS MC d Dec 27 1957 aged 66

also of MARY ANN BUTTRESS d March 4 1960 aged 85 devoted housekeeper of HENRY STEVENS

Catherine Stevens (née Fitzjohn )(c.1854 – 18 March 1917)

Catherine was known as Kate through her life.  She was born in March and was the daughter of baker/miller Robert Fitzjohn and his wife Catherine.  Her father died when she was 9 years old, and she then lived with her widowed mother and sister Fanny at St John’s road in March.  She married Henry Stevens in 1881.  The couple had three sons: Horace Fitzjohn (1883-1887), Charles Fitzjohn (1885-1889) and Sidney Henry (1890-1957).  Henry worked as a bank clerk and the family initially lived at 26 Emery Street, before moving to 3 Willis Road (c.1890).  Kate died at Willis Road aged 63 years.  Her funeral took place on 23 March at St. Barnabas’ Church, followed by internment at Mill Road Cemetery.

Henry Stevens (1847 – 19 March 1939)

Henry was born in St. Ives and grew up at Church End in the village.  His parents were Charles and Elizabeth Stevens, and Charles was a tailor and clothier who died when Henry was 12 years.  His mother continued to run the clothing business from Bridge Street, St.Ives and aged 23 Henry was working as a clerk for the Great Eastern Railway.  In 1881 he was living at 6 New Square in Cambridge and working as a bankers clerk. He married Kate Fitzjohn later the same year.  He died at Willis Road aged 91 years and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 22 March.

The Cambridge Daily News ran an obituary: ‘Mr Stevens was born at St. Ives, Huntingdon in 1847. He came to Cambridge and entered Foster’s Bank in Trinity Street in 1874. He retired from Lloyds Bank in 1918 at the age of 71 years, after 44 years’ banking service with Foster’s, Capital and Counties and Lloyds. He spent a quiet and happy retirement and until 3 and a half years ago was able to take daily walks in the old town he loved so much, and chat to old friends.  His cheerful disposition and good spirits were evident right up to the last, and he passed quietly away on Sunday, the 22nd anniversary of the death of his wife.  He was a good churchman all his life, as a choirboy and bell ringer at St. Ive’s parish church, as a choirman at All Saints’ Church and at St. Barnabas Church where he worshipped for over 50 years. For 20 years he was people’s warden.’

Sidney Henry Stevens (30 December 1890 – 27 December 1957)

Sidney was the youngest son of Henry and Catherine and grew up at Willis Road.  Aged 21 he was working as a bank clerk and still living at home.  He married Mary Gertrude Meek (1891-1966) in 1924, and they moved to live in London.  In 1939 the couple were living at 10 Deepcross Gardens in Twickenham and Sidney was a cashier and chief clerk for Lloyds Bank.  It is not believed that the couple had any children.

He died at St John’s Hospital in Twickenham, but was living at 33 Wellesley Road when he died.  Mary moved back to her native Norfolk and died there in 1966.

Mary Ann Buttress ( 28 December 1873 – 4 March 1960)

Mary Ann was born in Little Eversden – a village six miles south west of Cambridge and baptised there on 4 July 1875.  Her parents were Robert and Mary Ann (née Wicks) and Robert worked as a gardener.  Her mother died when she was 8 years old, and aged 17 Mary was working as a housemaid in Islington.  By 1911 she was living at 3 Willis Road with the Stevens family and working as their general servant/housekeeper.

After Henry Stevens died she went to live at 7 Foundry Row, Biggleswade (1939).  She died in Cambridge and was cremated on  10 March 1960.  The grave monument records her age as 85 years, but she was actually 86 years.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Mary Ann Buttress; Catherine Stevens; Henry Stevens; Sidney Henry Stevens