CFHS code : MC41

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY ANN CHRISTMAS the beloved wife of WILLIAM CHRISTMAS d October 8th 1905 aged 66 also of WILLIAM CHRISTMAS d August 9th 1927 aged 84

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20261, 0.13783725 – click here for location

Christmas grave
Christmas headstone



Mary Ann Christmas [nee Leader] (1837 – 8 October 1905)

Mary Ann was born and brought up in Cambridge.  Her parents John and Mary Ann Leader had a tailors shop at 26 Gold Street, Cambridge.  She married William Christmas in 1871 and they had at least 4 children together William James [1866 – ], Florence Mary Ann [1869 – 1915], Alfred Richard [1873-1953] and Frederick John [1876 – 1951].

Initially they lived at 167 Gwydir Street, but then moved to 7 Green Street, where they ran a bakery and confectioners shop.  Mary Ann died aged 68 years  in 1905 by which time they were living at New Square.

William Christmas (1843 – 9 August 1927)

William was born in Willingham where his parents Richard and Ruth ran a bakery at 7 Church Street.  William had moved to Cambridge by 1861 where he was working as a journeyman apprentice baker.  He married Mary Ann in 1865 aged 22, and eventually took over premises at 7 Green Street where he ran a bakery and confectioners shop.  When Mary Ann died in 1905, he remarried to Clara MacKay in 1912.  He died aged 84 leaving £,2043 in effects to Clara.

William and Mary Ann’s sons went on to run businesses in Cambridge too.  Frederick John Christmas took over the bakery business at 7 Green Street .  Alfred Richard Christmas was the sub-post master at 25 Magdalene Street for over 30 years.   William James Christmas also followed his father in becoming a baker – he had a bakery in Sidney Street, which later moved to 8/9 Sussex Street.

By Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry

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Mary Ann Christmas; William Christmas