CFHS code : AS114

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of BENJAMIN DIVER d 1 Jun 1854 aged 49 also EDWARD his son d 21 Feb 1862 aged 17 also MARY wife of BENJAMIN DIVER d 21 Dec 1884 aged 84 also BENJAMIN DIVER d 17 Mar 1919 aged 77

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Relationships: Mother, father, two sons.

Benjamin Diver (c.1805 – 1 June 1854)

Benjamin was born in Isleham, a village six miles north east of Newmarket and was the son of Joseph and Mary.  On 31 October 1823, aged 18 he enlisted in the army and subsequently served with the 53rd Foot Brigade in Canada (1829).  From his army records we know he was 5ft 6″ tall, with an oval face, fair complexion, brown hair and grey eyes.

He married Mary King on 30 March 1838 at All Saints’ Church and the couple had at least four children: Mary Ann (1838-), Benjamin (1841-1841), Benjamin (1842-1919) and Edward (1844-1862). Benjamin worked as a porter at Jesus College, and when the census of 1841 was taken he was living in the college.  In 1851 the family were living in Jesus Lane, and Benjamin died after what newspapers described as ‘a long illness’.

Edward Diver (1844 – 21 February 1862)

Edward was the youngest son of Benjamin and Mary and was baptised at All Saints’ Church on 28 July 1844.  Aged 16 he was working as a tailor’s apprentice, but died at 26 Malcolm Street aged 17 years old.

Mary Diver (née King)  (1800 – 21 December 1884)

Mary was born in Fordham and married Benjamin when she was c.37 years old.  After she was widowed she went to run a Lodging House at 26 Malcolm Street (1861) before moving back to live in Fordham.  In 1881 she was living at Carter Street, Fordham and was described as an annuitant. She died in Fordham aged 84 years old, and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery.

Benjamin Diver (1842 – 17 March 1919)

Benjamin was the son of Benjamin and Mary and was baptised at All Saints’ Church on 22 May 1842. Aged 18 he was living with his mother and siblings at Malcolm Street and working as a bookseller’s assistant.  He married Elizabeth Mary Beldam (1842-1918) at Comberton in April 1868.  The couple had six children: Elizabeth Maud (1869-1951), Edward Beldam (1870-1952), Percy Robert (1873-1876), Benjamin (1874-), Charles Beldam (1876-1932) and Grace Mary (1877-).

Benjamin continued to work as a bookseller’s assistant and the family lived at 1 Sussex Street (which was joined to 24 Sidney Street).  By the census of 1901 he was described as a bookseller, and died at Sidney Street aged 77 years old.

His son Edward took over the running of the family business.



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by Claire Martinsen

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