CFHS code : CL3

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of ALFRED EADEN, son of JOHN and ANNE EADEN d October 10 1849 aged 36 also of FRANCIS JOHN eldest son of FRANCIS and ANNE EADEN who was accidentally killed on October 1 1849 aged 13 also In Memory of SARAH PURKISS remainder illegible

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202492, 0.13740717 – click here for location

Eaden and Purkiss headstone


This monument stands to the east of the central path.


‘Sacred to the Memory of Alfred Eaden, son of John and Anne Eaden
Who died October 10 1849 aged 36

Also of Francis John eldest son of Francis and Ann Eaden who was accidentally killed on October 1 1849 aged 13

Also In Memory of Sarah Purkiss remainder illegible

Alfred Eaden (16/6/1813 – 1849)

Alfred Eaden was the ninth child of  John and Ann Eaden. His birth was recorded in the non conformist record entitled Dr William Library*. In the 1841 census he was a ‘dealer in spirits’  living with his parents in Bridge Street, Cambridge.  He was uncle to Francis John Eaden.

Francis John Eaden (12/6/1836 – 1/10/1849)

Francis was born to Francis (1810-1879) and Anne née Purkiss (1812-1880) Eaden in the parish of All Saints. His father being the middle child of John and Ann Eaden and the brother of Alfred. Francis snr. was a brewer (1841) and in 1851 a brewer and spirit merchant. The family lived in “the first house” in New Road (later renamed West Road ) in 1841 but had moved to the Birmingham area by 1861.

The accident and inquest were reported in several newspapers. Witnesses stated that Francis was riding his father’s pony along the backs of the colleges. He was standing in the stirrups and cantering but was in ‘good control’. It seemed a dog got in the way and Francis was thrown in among some horses and carts. The horses panicked and one of the carts ran over him. He was killed instantly.

Sarah Purkiss (1871) 

Mother of Anne and grandmother of young Francis, originally from Withersfield, Suffolk,  Sarah was 87 when she died. The parish records state she was from Edgbaston so had most likely been living with her daughter Anne. After the death of young Francis his family moved to Edgbaston, where Francis snr. became a soap manufacturer and then an accountant. Sarah was living with them in 1871.

Sources :

*Dr Williams’s Library is a small research library located in Gordon Square in Bloomsbury, London. CFHS have transcribed some records for Cambridge.
CFHS transcripts of parish and census records – all of which can be found at Cambridgeshire Archives
Family Search
Lincoln Rutland and Stamford Mercury Friday October 12th 1849 (British Newspapers on Line)

by Mary Naylor

Alfred Eaden; Francis John Eaden; Sarah Purkiss