CFHS code : BO29

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : HENRY WHITAKER d 23 March 1866 aged 1 year 8 months also of GRACE SOPHIA d 7 June 1866 aged 3 the dearly beloved children of JAMES & JOANNA FLOYD

Monument : Headstone (broken)

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Floyd grave
Floyd monument



Grace and Henry were the infant children of James Henry (1831-1915) and Joanna (née Whitaker) (1827-1913) Floyd.  Joanna had had a previous ill-fated marriage to John William Coward and a son called William Gratus Coward (1857-1894) before marrying James at Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone on 14 August 1861.

Joanna Floyd (née Whitaker) – mother of Grace and Henry Floyd

On the marriage certificate she was noted as a widow, but it thought that the marriage had been annulled on account of John Coward’s polygamy.   Joanna had emigrated to Salt Lake City with John, but is believed to have fled from the marriage and had to be rescued from New York by her brother William Whitaker.  James Floyd was born in Ledbury, Herefordshire but by 1861 was living in Cambridge and working as a solicitor’s managing clerk.

After marriage the couple settled at 5 Fitzwilliam Street and six children: Alice Emma (1861-1910), Edith Isabel (1862-1941), Grace Sophia (1862-1866), Henry Whitaker (1864-1866), Cecil Louise (1866-1947) and Cyril James (1869-1936).  In October 1868 James was appointed as registrar of births, marriages and deaths for the subdistict of St. Mary the Great [incorporating St.Edwards, St. Botolph, St. Michael, St Mary the Great, St Mary the Less, St. Benedict] – this was in addition to his role as managing clerk.  He resigned his post as registrar in April 1872 and it thought the family moved  to live in St. Austell shortly afterwards.  On later census records James was noted as both a solicitor and a solicitor’s managing clerk.  Both James and Joanna died in Cornwall.

Henry Whitaker Floyd (c.July 1864 – 23 March 1866)

Henry died at 5 Pembroke Street aged 20 months old.

Grace Sophia Floyd (12 November 1862 – 7 June 1866)

Grace was a twin and died at Pembroke Street aged 3 years old.

Photo of the Floyd family taken in 1896.  James Floyd is on the back row second from left.  Joanna Floyd is wearing black and seated on the front row.  Grace Sophia’s twin sister Edith is seated second from the left.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Grace Sophia Floyd; Henry Whitaker Floyd