CFHS code : AL320

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : side 1 IAR ARTHUR the beloved son of THOMAS & HARRIET COLEMAN d 2nd June 1874 aged 22 also HARRIET COLEMAN [mother of the above] d June 27th 1891 aged 66 In Loving Memory of THOMAS HOLIDAY COLEMAN d Jan 29th 1892 aged 67 Our father side 2: ILMO THOMAS COLEMAN / the beloved son of T & H COLEMAN / who died suddenly at Mount Kemble / NSW Australia / Jan 28th 1892 aged 34

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Coleman grave
Coleman headstone


This nicely carved headstone, located towards the south of the parish of St Andrew the Less, is 9 rows west of the east path.


west face
In Affectionate Remembrance of
ARTHUR the beloved son of THOMAS & HARRIET COLEMAN who died 2nd June 1874, aged 22 years.
“Stop Stranger stop ere you pass by.
As you are now so once was I:
As I am now so you will be.
Prepare my friend they God to see.

Also HARRIET COLEMAN (mother of the above) Fell asleep in Jesus June 27th 1891 aged 66 years
“Sleep on beloved”

In Loving Memory of THOMAS HOLIDAY COLEMAN who departed this life Jan 29th 1892 aged 67 years
Our father
“He is not dead but sleeping”

The east face of the headstone in May 2021.

east face
In Loving Memory Of THOMAS COLEMAN  the beloved son of T & H COLEMAN
Who died suddenly at Mount Kemble  NSW Australia  Jan 28th 1892 aged 34 years.

“Be  ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh.”

Arthur Coleman (1851 – 2 June 1874)

Arthur was the second son of Thomas and Harriet and was born in Cherry Hinton.  Aged 19 he was working as a carpenter/joiner and lodging at Ainsworth Street. He died in Cambridge aged 22 years old.

Harriet Coleman (née Sharman) (1825 – 27 June 1891)

Harriet was born in Hockwold, Norfolk and was the daughter of Robert and Sarah (née Tomlinson).  Her father was a labourer and she was baptised in Hockwold on 2 May 1825. She married Thomas Coleman in 1847 and they had at least seven children: Sarah Anne (1848-1937), George (1849-1915), Arthur, Richard Frank (1854-1899),  Thomas (1858-1892), Robert (1859-) and Charlotte (Lottie) (1861-).
Harriet died at Kingston Street aged 66 years old.

Thomas Holiday Coleman (5 November 1824 – 29 January 1892)

Thomas was born in Duxford and baptised there on 27 March 1825. He was the son of Richard Hunt Coleman and Charlotte (née Holiday) and Richard was a farmer. Aged 15 Thomas was living at home and also working as a farmer.  By 1851 he was working as a farm bailiff and the family lived at High Street, Cherry Hinton, Nuthampstead, near Royston (1858-at least 1861) and then 2 Clock House Cottages, Plumstead, Kent (1871).  They then returned to live at 40 Kingston Street where Thomas ran a dairy (at least 1881 onwards). He died at Kingston Street in 1892.

Thomas Coleman (1858 – 28 January  1892)

Thomas was born in Nuthampstead and in 1881 was assisting his father in the dairy/milk business. In July 1889 he was declared bankrupt and questioned by the Offical Receiver who said ‘he had kept no books except one containing a record of his debtors’.  He died at Mount Kemble, New South Wales, Australia aged 32 years old.  Mount Kemble was a mining settlement at that time, and it is likely Thomas had emigrated to work as a miner.  An inquest was held into his death, but it was found he died of natural causes.

Thomas and Harriet’s son George Coleman was also buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 18 September 1915. His grave has not yet been identified.



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Arthur Coleman; Harriet Coleman; Thomas Coleman; Thomas Holiday Coleman
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