CFHS code : PL61

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : To the Memory of BERTHA CHARLOTTE DAY beloved daughter of JOHN & CHARLOTTE DAY d 6 Oct 1904 aged 49 also RACHEL CURTIS d 16 Sept 1906 aged 71 also CHARLOTTE DAY wife of JOHN DAY and mother of the above d 10 March 1908 aged 78 also JOHN DAY b 1 Mar 1826 d 10 July 1910 reverse To the Memory of MATTHEW SEYMOUR d 20 Feb 1860 aged 59 also RACHEL the beloved wife of the above d 21 Mar 1864 aged 64 and SUSAN CRAME their beloved daughter d 20 Aug 1860 aged 37

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones (double grave)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

West face of headstone.
East face of headstone


This is a double grave with a headstone inscribed on both sides, situated to the south of the south path. Included within the kerb stones is a second monument which CFHS listed as Louisa and William Seymour Day


west face

To the Memory of MATTHEW SEYMOUR who died Feb. 20. 1860. Aged 59 years

Also RACHEL the beloved wife of the above who died March 21. 1864. Aged 64 years

And SUSAN CRAME their beloved daughter who died August 20. 1860. Aged 37 years

Also JOHN DAY born Mar. 1. 1826 died July 10 1910

“Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

east face

beloved daughter of JOHN & CHARLOTTE DAY who died Oct. 6 1904. Aged 49 years

Also of RACHEL CURTIS who died Sept. 16. 1906. aged 71 years

“Faithful unto death”

and mother of the above who died March 10 1908 aged 78 years

Relationships –  Matthew and Rachel Seymour were the parents of Susan Crame, Charlotte Day and Rachel Curtis, and the grandparents of Bertha Charlotte Day and William Seymour Day

Matthew Seymour (1800 – 1860)

Matthew was the son of William and Ann Seymour. He was baptised at the church of All Saints, in Cambridge on July 27th 1800. He became a carpenter and married Rachel Russell on December 19th 1821 at the church of Mary the Great. They lived on Jesus Lane,Cambridge, not far from his parents and had at least seven children who were all baptised in All Saints Church, which at this time was in Trinity Street, now All Saints Gardens, Cambridge:  Susan (b 1844), Ann Frances (b 1824), John (b 1828) Charlotte (b 1830) Rachel (b 1834), Matthew (b 1835) and William Francis (1827-1838).

Rachel Seymour (née Russell) (1799 – 1864)

Rachel was born in Stretham, Cambridgeshire, possibly the daughter of William and Sarah Russell. Nothing is known about her family or early life.

Susan Crame (1822-1860)

Susan was the first child born to Matthew and Rachel Seymour. She married married Robert Crame, a carpenter from Suffolk, on 1844. They lived on the High Street in Linton and had three children before the 1851 census. Robert did not remain in Linton after Susan’s death.

Charlotte Day (1830-1908)

Charlotte Day

Charlotte was the fourth child born to Matthew and Rachel Seymour. She became a school teacher and married John Day in 1853. The couple had at least five children –  (William Seymour (b 1854), Bertha Charlotte (b 1855), Edwin (b 1857) Herbert (b 1861) and Ada (b 1865). In the 1871 Census Edwin was recorded as being a chorister and by 1891 Herbert was a teacher. The family lived at various addresses towards the north of the city, 1861 Melbourne Place, 1871 Fair Street, Russell House, Maids Causeway, Cambridge.

John Day (1826-1910)

John Day

John was born in Globe Passage, in the parish of Holy Sepulchre, Cambridge on March 1st 1826 and baptised in the parish church (better known as The Round Church ) on March 26th. He was the son of William, a groom, and Ann. John and his elder brother William worked in a printing house. John spent his working life at the Cambridge University Press, being variously described as a printer’s pressman, machine minder, machine manager and printer compositor.

Bertha Charlotte Day (1855-1904)

Bertha Charlotte Day

Bertha was the second child of Charlotte and John Day. She became a schoolteacher like her aunt Rachel. She may have been a victim of childhood polio as she spent her whole life in a wheelchair. Bertha died at her parents house, 24 Maid’s Causeway, Cambridge.

Rachel Curtis (1834-1906)

Rachel was the fifth child of Matthew and Rachel Seymour. She was a school teacher. On May 20th 1860 she married William Curtis, a shoemaker, at St Paul’s Church Cambridge. They raised a family at 39a Covent Garden, Cambridge. Their first child William Seymour died as an infant and is in buried in another part of this parish. In 1881 William was employing two men in his shoemaking business but by 1891 he had reverted to the dairy business that his father had been in and the family had moved to “The Limes” Hope Street, Cambridge where Rachel died. All the children married in local churches but it is not known where William died.


CFHS transcripts of parish and census records

By Mary Naylor using information and photos supplied by Martin Sharpe

Susan Crame; Rachel Curtis; Bertha Charlotte Day; Charlotte Day; John Day; Matthew Seymour; Rachel Seymour