CFHS code : AS109a

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Memory of  S M [Sophia] widow of  THOMAS PAGE [CLAYTON] d Jan — [1892] age 78

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203583, 0.13675704 – click here for location

The headstone in 2017


This broken headstone has very little legible inscription and its location against the west wall makes it difficult to access. The burial book places this grave in row 1  grave 27. The parish record and burial book and have been used to construct the inscription. 

Inscription it is difficult to understand exactly how this inscription should be read as the top is missing

In Memory of
S M ……………………………..
d Jan —- aged 78

Thomas Gibson Clayton (1841 – 1863)

Thomas was born on 12 March 1841 in Trumpington Street. He was the first child of Thomas Page and Sophia Smith Clayton. We can infer that he was home schooled, as in the 1851 census he was at his maternal grandmother’s house listed as a scholar at home and his aunt Mary Rowton, a schoolmistress, was there as well. He was 22 years old when he died at his parent’s home in Jesus Lane, Cambridge.

Thomas Page Clayton (1817 – 1873)

Thomas was born in Cambridge to Robert and Sarah (née Page) Clayton. Robert was a fishmonger. Thomas started his working life as a print compositor,  became a college butler and by 1871 was also working as an accountant . He married Sophia Smith Gibson in 1840 at St Benedict’s church, Cambridge. They had at least eight children: Thomas Gibson (1841), Sophia (1842),  Mary (1844), Sarah Ann (1846), William Robert (1847), Charles (1849), Henry Louis (1851) and Martha Elizabeth (1852). The children were baptised in different parishes as the family moved several times. Sophia was born in Jesus Lane, Charles in Fitzwilliam Street.

In the 1861 census the family was living in Trumpington Street but when he died at the age of 55, Thomas Page was living in Jesus Lane, Cambridge

Related graves – Thomas’s elder brother Robert Page Clayton and their niece Elizabeth Clayton Cambridge

Sophia Smith Clayton (née Gibson) (1814 – 1892)

Sophia was the daughter of Sophia and William Gibson. William was a hosier.
After the death of her husband Sophia lived on her investments and the 1881 census finds her in Portsea with her three daughters where they may have been running a boarding house.   She died in 1892 at the age of 78. Her death was registered in Christchurch, Hampshire but the All Saints parish register says she was from in Boscombe. Her body was brought back to Cambridge to be buried with her husband and son.

Related grave – Sophia’s sister Mary Rowton

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Sophia Smith Clayton; Thomas Gibson Clayton; Thomas Page Clayton