CFHS code : MG57

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM ELAM FISHER d Oct 15 1933 aged 67 also of MARY ELIZABETH FISHER d October 17th 1954 aged 88.

Monument : Headstone (fallen)/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202181, 0.13767033 – click here for location

Fisher grave
Fisher kerb stones



William Elam Fisher (1866 – 15 October 1933) 

William was the youngest child of Joseph and Sophia (née Elam)  Fisher. He was brought up in King Street (1871) and then 7 Market Street (1881) where Joseph ran a confectionery shop. William  became an assurance agent and just before his marriage was lodging on Mill Road. Later he became a house painter/decorator.

 He married Mary Elizabeth Watson at Our Lady & English Martyrs (Catholic Church Hills Road Cambridge) in 1891.The couple had  four children: John Desmond (1892 – 1923), Joseph Basil (1894-1896), Margaret Mary (1902-) and Lawrence Anthony (1905-1962).

When Joseph Basil died in 1896 he was living at 5 Cross Street off Mill Road which was presumably the family home. On the night of the 1901 census Mary was with her mother in Isleham, William was at his cousins in Exning and John was with his godparents in Cross Street Cambridge. The family later lived at 8a George Street (1911) and then 5 Carlyle Road (at least 1915 onwards).

Mary Elizabeth Fisher (née Watson)  (11 May 1866 –  17 October 1954)

Mary was the daughter of Joseph and Caroline (née Flatt)  and was born in Isleham.  Joseph Watson was a market gardener/farmer  who died in March 1875 . In April 1891 Mary was living at 2 Wollaston Road in Cambridge and was a domestic servant to Professor Charles Roy before marrying William Fisher later the same year. She continued to live at 5 Carlyle Road and died at the Walnut Tree House Hospital in Huntingdon.



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Mary Elizabeth Fisher; William Elam Fisher