CFHS code : HT308

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN FREEMAN GATES d September 7th 1905 aged 76 ELIZA CLAY d June 16 1917 age 88 also of MARY GATES d May 23 1917 aged 86

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Relationship: Husband, wife and wife’s sister

John Freeman Gates (1829 – 7 September 1905)

John was the son of John and Elizabeth and was born in Cambridge. He worked as a tailor and  married Sarah Boatwright (1825-) at St. Giles’ Church, Cripplegate on 22 December 1850.  In 1851 the couple were living at 6 Red Lion Court in West London and  he was working as a tailor, Sarah as a milliner/dressmaker. It is not known when Sarah died, but John married for a second time on 17 June 1856 to Mary Clay at St Andrew’s Church, Holborn.  The couple had at least five children, all of whom were born in London: John Freeman (1857-1857), Eliza (1858-1925), Adelaide Mary (1861-1861), George Arthur (1866-1869) and William Henry. They lived in London until at least 1900 and John had a shop at 36 Charles Street, Hatton Garden.  By 1901 however they had moved to Cambridge and lived at 25 James Street with Mary Gates’ sister Eliza Clay.  John died at James Street aged 76 years old.

Eliza Clay (1829 – 16 June 1917)

Eliza was born in the hamlet of Aldreth, near Haddenham, Ely and was the daughter of  farmer Benjamin and Mary (née Westley). She was baptised in Haddenham on 31 May 1829. In 1851/1861 Eliza was working as a servant for the Ross family at Kew Road, Richmond. By 1881 she was living with the same family in Landowne Place, Hove. She retired to live with her sister and brother in law at 25 James Street (1901). In 1911 the two sisters were living at James Street with Mary’s granddaughter Hilda Martha Moden (1896-1944 ) (the daughter of Eliza Jane). Eliza died three weeks after her sister Mary at 60 Burleigh Street,the home of Edward and Eliza Jane (née Gates) Moden. Her funeral took place on 20 June – ‘the coffin was of polished elm, with brass fittings, and was inscribed: ‘Eliza Clay, died June 16th 1917, aged 88 years’.

Mary Gates  (née Clay) (1831 – 23 May 1917)

Mary was Eliza’s younger sister and was also born in Aldreth. She was baptised in Haddenham  on 20 February 1831. She married John Gates when she was 25 years old and died at James Street in May 1917.



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Eliza Clay; John Freeman Gates; Mary Gates