CFHS code : MG43

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARINE wife of WILLIAM HENRY CLAXTON d April 3rd 1932 aged 84 also of WILLIAM HENRY CLAXTON d Feb 13th 1938 aged 84

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202246, 0.13758562 – click here for location

The headstone has been pushed up by ivy but the inscription is still clear.
Claxton headstone
The Claxton grave was rediscovered after scrub clearance. The kerbs have fallen outwards.
Claxton kerb stones


The headstone has been pushed up by ivy but the inscription is still clear. The kerb stones have fallen outwards.


In loving memory of Marine
wife of William Henry Claxton
died April 3rd 1932 aged 84 years
“Her end was peace”

Also William Henry Claxton
died Feb 13th 1938 aged 84 years

Marine Claxton (Marion) (née May) (1848 – 3 April 1932)

Marion was baptised Marine, but her name is documented as Marion on every census return.  She was the daughter of Robert and Fanny May and was baptised on 18 June at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Dedham. Robert May worked an agricultural labourer.  Marion married William Claxton on 28 October 1876 at Dedham.  William was a stonemason and the couple lived in Ipswich (1881) before moving to Cambridge by at least 1890.  They had two sons: William Henry (1877-1968) and John Robert (1890-1968).

The family lived at 3 Jubliee Terrace, Catharine Street (1891),  Cavendish Road (1901), 34 Catharine Street (1920 to at least 1927). Marion died aged 84 years old.

William Henry Claxton (15 May 1853 – 13 February 1938)

William  was born in Dereham, Norfolk and baptised there on 12 June 1853. He was the son of iron works porter Henry Claxton and his wife Ann.  By the age of 18 (1871) William was working as an apprentice stonemason.  He married aged 23 years  and died aged 84 years at 55 Ross Street.



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