CFHS code : AL192a

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CHARLES CAVE b August _ 1827 d September _ 1896 WATSON —- son b J—— d [November] _68 MA— remainder illegible

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Cave family grave
Cave headstone

Monument

This sandstone headstone, Gothic pointed with carved crown of ferns, flowers and wheatsheaf (below), the inscription severely eroded, in the parish area of St Andrew the Less, is located in the north-east quadrant of the cemetery, beside the footpath that leads eastwards from the central path (north of the centre circle) towards the industrial building.  It is on the left-hand side of the footpath, close to the latter building.

Cave headstone: crown
Cave headstone: crown

Inscription

‛In loving memory of Charl[es C]ave
born August [24] 1827 died Sep[tember —] 1896’

‛Watso[n Cave] — son
born — —
died No[vember — 18]68’

‛Mar[tha Cave]
died — — — ’

Charles Cave (1827-1896)

Charles Cave was born on 24 August 1827 in Huntingdon, the son of William and Anne Cave and baptised on 25 November of the same year.  Charles was a carpenter and joiner all his working life.

10 Gwydir Street (2016)
10 Gwydir Street (2016)

Charles married Martha Whittlesea (1856‒1902) of March, Cambridgeshire, in North Witchford in the autumn of 1850, and the couple lived first in Well End, March.  During the 1850s they moved to Cambridge, living at 2 Princes Street and by 1871 were established at 10 Gwydir Street (Petersfield) where they would live until Charles’s death.   The couple went on to have at least five children: Watson (1851‒68), Emma (b. c.1856), Charles (1857‒1928), Ann (b. 1860) and Elizabeth (b. c.1867).

Charle snr died in September 1896, aged 69 and was buried on the 18th of that month.

Watson Cave (1851‒1868)

Watson Cave was born in July/Sept 1851 in March, Cambridgeshire, the son of Charles Cave and his wife Martha (née Whittlesea).  In the 1861 census he was living at home at 2 Princes Street, Cambridge aged 9.  He died in November 1868, by which time the family had moved to Cambridge and was buried on 1 December in the parish area of St Andrew the Less in Mill Road Cemetery.

Martha Cave (née Whittlesea) (1826‒1902)

Martha Whittlesea was born on 5 July 1826 in Doddington, Cambridgeshire, daughter of John and Sarah Whittlesea.  She married Huntingdon-born Charles Cave (1827‒96) in North Witchford in the autumn of 1850 and the couple lived first in Well End, March.  During the 1850s they moved to Cambridge, living at 2 Princes Street and by 1871 were established at 10 Gwydir Street (Petersfield) where they would live until Charles’s death.   The couple went on to have at least five children: Watson (1851‒68), Emma (b. c.1856), Charles (1857‒1928), Ann (b. 1860) and Elizabeth (b. c.1867).

8 Gwydir Street
8 Gwydir Street (2016)

Charles snr died in 1896 and Martha outlived him by nearly six years: in 1901 she was living ‛on her own means’ at 8 Gwydir Street with one servant, Lucy Buttress.  She died in June 1902, aged 78, being buried on the 18th of that month.

Sources:
Census reports 1841‒1901
Civil Registration Marriage Index 1837‒1915
St Andrew the Less, Cambridge, burial register

By Keith Rees and Ian Bent

Charles Cave; Martha Cave; Watson Cave