.CFHS code : ED36

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : In Loving Memory of THOMAS ARGENT SANDERS CHRISTMAS d 25.10.1896 aged 89

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203077, 0.13737671 – click here for location

Christmas headstone 2017

Monument

This limestone headstone, with ribbed surround, Gothic pointed top, and metal lettering, in the parish area of St Edward, is located six rows west of the central path 20 yards north of the centre circle.

Inscription

In loving memory of Thomas Argent Sanders Christmas
who died October 25th 1896 aged 89 years

The eternal God is thy refuge.  Deut. 33. c.  27.v.

Thomas Argent Sanders Christmas (c.1807‒96)

Thomas was born c. 1807, apparently the son of Thomas Christmas, ironmonger of 6 Peas Hill, in central Cambridge, and his wife Ann Argent Christmas. (Thomas and Ann were married on 6 July 1805(?) at St Giles’s Church, Cambridge, Ann dying in 1839, aged 33 and Thomas in 1846, aged 64. Both are buried in St Edward’s churchyard in grave 161, within a few yards of their Peas Hill home.)

Thomas took over the Peas Hill ironmongery business, and in 1891 was still working there aged 83, unmarried, with a housekeeper.

Thomas died on 25 October 1896 at the age of 89, and was buried on the 29th of the month in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXVIII of the St Edward parish area, in grave 3, at a depth of 8 feet.

(Other, younger members of the Christmas family are buried in this cemetery in the areas of Holy Trinity (Barrett and Mary Ann) and St Michael (Mary Ann and William).)

[If you have any information about this person, please contact us at Friendsofmillroadcemetery@gmail.com]

Sources:
England census return 1891
Spalding’s Street Directory of Cambridge 1881
St Edward’s Church, Cambridge, burial register, grave book

By Ian Bent

 

Thomas Argent Sanders Christmas