CFHS code : AS141

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Memory of THOMAS CLEMENTS d May 19th 1871 aged 75 also of ELIZABETH his wife d August 1st 1865 aged 70 also of GEORGE CLEMENTS vicar of Haslingfield d Feby 12th 1898 aged 69

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203511, 0.13673897 – click here for location

Monument

Inscription

Thomas Clements (1796 – 19 May 1871)

Thomas married Elizabeth Cowdell on 18 September 1821 at St. Giles’ Church, Cambridge and the couple had at least five children: Eliza (1825-1847), Catherine (1827-1828), Rev. George Cowdell (1828-1898), Catherine (1830-) and Thomas (1832-1883).  Thomas was a fruiterer and ran a shop from All Saints’ Passage.  By 1861 he had retired to live  with wife Elizabeth at  59 Jesus Lane. In 1871 he was a widower and living at Jesus Lane  with Ann and Alice Joyce. Ann was his nurse, and Alice a household servant. He died a few weeks after the census was taken aged 75.

Elizabeth Clements  (née Cowdell) (1795 – 1 August 1865)

Elizabeth was born in Lutterworth, Leicestershire and died at Jesus Lane in 1865.

Rev. George Cowdell Clements (1828 – 12 February 1898)

George was the eldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth and was baptised on 25 December 1828 at All Saints’ Church. He went up to Emmanuel College in June 1847, and was awarded a B.A. in 1851 and an M.A in 1854.  He was ordained and was curate of Sidestrand in Norfolk from 1853-1858 before becoming Vicar of All Saints’ Church in Haslingfield from 1863 onwards.

He married Elizabeth Anne Mason (1836-1932) on 22 May 1855 in Somersham.  The couple had two sons: George Charles (1866-) and Arthur Victor (1869-1920).  In 1883 the post of Vicar in Haslingfield paid £651 per year (c.£55,000 at 2019 values).  In 1875  George restored the chancel and nave of the church and added a vestry and organ chamber. He was also a farmer and the census of 1881 noted that he was farming 53 acres and employing 2 men and a boy in relation to that.

He died aged 69 years old when he was thrown from his horse and an inquest was held the same day.  George’s farm bailiff Ivatt Grant identified the body, and his coachman William Grant testified that the two of them had gone out riding at 12 noon.  William had stopped to post some letters, and George had continued trotting along the road.  William then saw George’s grey horse on the road without a rider. Another witness, 9 year old Walter Gray said that he had seen the horse stumble and ‘tumble down throwing the deceased clean over its head. The deceased’s head struck the bank’.  The surgeon at the inquest said that death would have been instantaneous and a verdict of accidental death was returned.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Clements; George Clements; Thomas Clements