CFHS code : AL21

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EDWARD FORDHAM who fell asleep March 6 1924 aged 58 also JANE CHAPMAN d April 7 1902 in her 58th year also below ELIZABETH TOLLER sister d Feb 3 1911 aged 43 also BENJAMIN FORDHAM who departed this life March 13 1882 aged 40

Monument : Stone cross (base only)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.204216, 0.13753383

Fordham and Chapman grave
Fordham, Chapman and Toller monument



Relationship: Mother, father, son and daughter

Edward Fordham (1866 – 6 March 1924)

Edward was born in Eltisley, eleven miles west of Cambridge and was the son of Benjamin and Jane.  At birth he was known as Tom Hedding, which over time changed to Edward. Benjamin was a carpenter and the family lived in Eltisley until at least 1876 before moving to live at 15a Stone Street.    Edward worked as a gymnastic instructor and married Louie Rose (1872-) in 1899.  They had three children:  Kathleen Rose (Kitty) (1898-1979), Dora Mary (1899-1963) and Edward Cecil (Cecil) (1902-).  In 1901 the family were living at 49 Montague Road and Edward was teaching gymnastics in a school.  In 1911 Louie was living with the three children at 93 Regent Street where she was running a lodging house.

Edward signed up to serve in the territorial force in the 1st world war and when he enrolled was working as a fencing instructor and living at 79 De Freville Avenue.  From the army paperwork it is known he was 5ft 7 inches tall, with grey hair and grey eyes and a ruddy complexion.  The commanding officer noted ‘judging from records in my possession a thoroughly steady..and trustworthy man. Very suitable for a position of trust’.  He was discharged in November 1917.

Edward and Louie moved to live at 16 Mill Road (at least 1920 onwards) and he died at home in 1924.

Jane Chapman (née Riseley) (1844 – 8 April 1902)

Jane was born in Croxton and was the daughter of  gamekeeper Samuel and Mary.  She grew up in the village of Croxton and then married Benjamin Fordham on 13 July 1863 in Hackney.  They lived in Eltisley and had at least four children: Edward, Elizabeth (1868-1911), Alick (1870-1908) and Mary (1876-). After Benjamin died Jane married widower Francis William Chapman (1842-1907) in 1884.  They lived at Stone Street and Francis worked as a stonemason. Jane died at home aged 58 years old.

Elizabeth Toller (née Fordham) (1868 – 3 February  1911)

Elizabeth was born in Eltisley and in 1891 was living at Stone Street and working as a dressmaker. She married Joseph Swannell Toller (1861-1933) in 1892 and they went to live at 64 York Street (1901). Joseph worked as  a house decorator and it is not believed the couple had any children.  Elizabeth is believed to have died at York Street aged 43 years.

Benjamin Fordham (1842 – 13 March 1882)

Benjamin was the son of carpenter David Fordham and his wife Ann. He was born in Eltisley and married when he was c.21 years old.  He died at Stone Street aged 40 years.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Jane Chapman; Benjamin Fordham; Edward Fordham; Elizabeth Toller