CFHS code : MG228

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN MARK CARTWRIGHT d Sept 28th 1873 aged 29 JAMES WILLIAM ROBERTS d March 31 1932 aged 83 SELINA MARY his beloved wife d July 6 1922 aged 77

Monument : Stone cross (fallen and broken)/Kerb stones

Above information amended  from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20214, 0.13749271 – click here for location

The Cartwright grave set.
Cartwright and Roberts grave set



Relationship: Wife, first husband, second husband

John Mark Cartwright (1843 – 28 September 1873)

John worked as a tailor and was the son of tailor Mark Cartwright and Hannah (née Hawkins).  He was baptised on 15 August 1852 and grew up at 7 New Court, Cambridge.  He married Selina Clee on 28 August 1864 at St. Mary the Great Church and they had at least five children: Elizabeth Annie (1865-1958), Charlotte Emily (1867-1932), John Hawkins (1868-1953), Hetty Lucy (1870-1940) and Florence Harriet (1872-). The family lived at 4 Corn Exchange Street (1871) and John died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 29 years old.

James William Roberts (11 February 1849 – 31 March  1832)

James was born in Whitechapel and baptised at St. Thomas Charterhouse Church, Finsbury on 1 June 1851.  He was the son of James and Elizabeth Roberts and grew up at 121 Britannia Street where his father was a shoemaker. By at least 1873 he was working as a hairdresser in Mr. Jackson’s business, Cambridge. He married widow Selina Cartwright  c.1875 and they had a further five children: Louisa (1878-), Maud (1879-), James William (1880-1929), George (1882-) and May (1885-1961). James continued to work as a hairdresser and in 1881 had a shop at Market Row, Saffron Walden.  He had moved back to 88 Fitzroy Street by at least 1883 and then settled at 6 Guildhall Street (1891), 11 Peas Hill (1901) and 16 Corn Exchange Street (1911) (NB these could all have been the same address just renumbered).

James appears to have been a keen angler and in February 1887 caught a ‘fine chub which turned the scale at 5lbs’.  It was presented to naturalist Mr. Doggett for his collection. In January 1894 James was charged with being drunk in the Red Cow, Guildhall Street and was fined a total of 14s, 6d (including costs). He died aged 83 years old.

Selina Mary Roberts  (née Clee) (1844 – 6 July 1922)

Selina was the daughter of  William and Elizabeth  (née Pettit) Clee and grew up at 49 Coronation Street (1851) and  the Dog and Duck, St Mary’s Passage (1861).  Her father was a publican and stonemason.  She married John Cartwright when she was 20 years old and died in 1922.



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

[If you have any further  information about this family, please contact us at]

John Mark Cartwright; James William Roberts; Selina Mary Roberts
Tagged on: