CFHS code : AS120

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Memory of ELIZABETH BRAND CORNWELL daughter of CHARLES BRAND and MARTHA CORNWELL d 14 Mar 1851 aged 22 also MARTHA CORNWELL [wife of] CHARLES BRAND CORNWELL died Mar 1852 aged 46 footstone EBC 1851 MC 1852 CBC 1879 TCBC 1893

Monument : Headstone/Coped stone/Footstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203441, 0.13664779 – click here for location

Cornwell monument February 2017
The inscription on the edge of the coped stone was not recorded by CFHS. It was partially obscured at the time of this photo in November 2016.
Inscription on side of coped stone November 2016.

Monument

This monument, in the parish area of All Saints, is located in the north west corner of the parish against the west wall. This area is usually overgrown and difficult to access.  Some of the inscription is hard to read now. The stones are sound. The inscription on the edge of the coped stone was not recorded by CFHS.

Inscription

The inscription has been amended using the parish burial record. Another child died in 1821 and would have been buried in the churchyard in the centre of town.

headstone

In Memory of ELIZABETH BRAND CORNWELL
daughter of CHARLES BRAND and MARTHA CORNWELL died 14 Mar 1851 aged 22

Also MARTHA CORNWELL [wife of] CHARLES BRAND CORNWELL died Mar 1852 aged 46

side of coped stone

THOMAS CHARLES BRAND CORNWELL [died July 1893]

CHARLES BRAND CORNWELL [died 1879]

footstone

EBC 1851 MC 1852 CBC 1879 TCBC 1893

Relationships: Mother, father, daughter and son

Elizabeth Brand Cornwell (c.1828 – 24 March 1851)

Elizabeth was the daughter of Charles and Martha and died at 42 Rhadegund Buildings, Jesus Lane of consumption.

Martha Cornwell  (née Cunnington) (1807 – 24 March 1852)

Martha was born in Wisbech and married Charles Cornwell on 27 September 1825 at St. Peter’s Church in Wisbech.  The couple had  at least two children: Rev. Thomas Charles Brand (1827-1893) and Elizabeth Brand.  Martha died exactly a year after her daughter at Rhadegund Buildings of ‘a long and painful illness’.

Charles Brand Cornwell (c.1803 – 28 November 1879)

Charles was born in Miserden, near St. Alban’s In Hertfordshire and married Martha Cunnington when he was 22 years old.  He worked as a coal merchant and lived at 50 Rhadegund Buildings after being widowed with housekeeper Elizabeth Peck and housemaid Mary Osborn (1861).  In 1871 he was employing 3 men in his business.

Charles served as a Conservative on the Town Council from 1871 onwards.  He was senior Vice-chairman of the Board of Guardians from 1878 onwards and was also an Improvement Commissioner, Director of the Cambridgeshire Permanent Building Society and was said to be ‘connected with many other local societies and institutions’.

Charles had a ‘sudden attack of illness’ at a Town Council meeting on 10 November and died at 8am on 28 November when he ‘succumbed to the attack with which he was seized’.  He died at home and the funeral took place on 2 December.

Rev. Thomas Charles Brand Cornwell (1827 – 21 July 1893)

Thomas was born in Saffron Walden and was the only son of Charles and Martha.  He went up to Emmanuel College in 1845 and was awarded a B.A. in 1849 and an M.A. in 1852.  He was curate of Stanwick in Northamptonshire from 1851 to 1853, and then Curate and later Vicar of Geddington from 1856-1885.  He served as Rector of Scaldwell from 1885 to his death in 1893.

He married Frances Richardson Gascoyen on 5 January 1854 in Stanwick and the couple had at least ten children: Frances Elizabeth (1855-1929), Edith Brand (1856-1900), Amy (1857-1924), Florence Mary (1859-1940), Alice (1861-1911), Charles Gascoyen (1863-1931), Dora Vere (1864-1928), Agnes Beatrice (1865-1891), Margaret (1866-1942) and Rev. Henry Brand (1869-).  For most of their married life the couple lived at the Vicarage in Geddington, but Thomas died at 50 Rhadegund Buildings on Jesus Lane aged 66 years old.

His widow Frances died in Somerset in 1898 and was buried in Chew Magna.

Sources:

Cambridge University Alumni Database

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Charles Brand Cornwell; Elizabeth Brand Cornwell; Martha Cornwell; Thomas Charles Brand Cornwell