CFHS code : AL598

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ALFRED FRENCH d April 9 1914 aged 75 also WILLIAM SMITH FRENCH d Aug 16 1868 aged 37 also MARY ANN CARTWRIGHT wife of ALFRED FRENCH d Mar 9 1879 aged 39 also KATE [dau] of ALFRED & MARY ANN C FRENCH d Sept 23 1874 aged 6 months also ANN FRENCH d Nov 24 1879 aged 79 also ALFRED SMITH only son of ALFRED & MARY ANN C FRENCH d Oct 9 1886 aged 14 also WILLIAM JOHN DAFFEN d July 11 1867 aged 23

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Relationship: Mother, two sons, daughter in law, two grandchildren,  daughter in law’s first husband

Alfred French (1838 – 9 April  1914)

Alfred was the son of gardener John and Ann (née Smith) French. In 1861 he was living with his widowed mother at 30 Norfolk Street and was working as a boot closer.  In 1871 he was lodging with the Steward Family at St. Matthew’s Buildings and was working as a gardener’s assistant before marrying Mary French, widow of his brother William Smith French later that year. Mary was twice widowed and was landlady of the Norfolk Arms, Norfolk Street. The couple had at least two children: Alfred and Kate who are buried in the same grave and continued to run the Norfolk Arms. Mary died in 1879 and Alfred ran the Norfolk Arms for some time after her death (until at least 1881) but by 1891 was living at 26 Union Terrace, Mawson Road and was working as a florist. The freehold of the premised were auctioned in October 1895 and were said to consist of ‘highly valuable business premises…comprising dwelling house, known as Vine Cottage, and garden adjoining with the Show House, 2 span-roofed greenhouses, Lean-to Vinery, Propagating House, Conservatory, Cold Vinery, Range of Pits, and Potting Shed standing thereon, the whole having a frontage of 72 feet and a dpeth of 93 feet’. He had retired by 1900 and moved to live at 215 Mill Road. In July 1900 he was summonsed to court for assaulting Annie Twinn, who also lived on Mill Road, but the charge was withdrawn in the courtroom. Alfred died at 215 Mill Road in April 1914.

William Smith French (1831 – 16 August 1868)

William was the son of John and Ann French, brother of Alfred and was baptised on 7 June 1835 in Cherry Hinton. In 1851 he was living with his family at Gold Street and was working as a labourer.  By 1861 he was living with his widowed mother Ann at 30 Norfolk Street and was documented as being a railway engineer. He married widow Mary Daffen in 1867, but died less than a year after the wedding aged 37 years old.

Mary Ann Cartwright French (née Pinney) (1840 –  9 March 1879)

Sarah  was the daughter  of Tobias and Sarah (née Barnes) Pinney and sister of Thompson and  Cartwright.  Mary’s father Tobias Cartright Pinney (1804-1846) was an artist and the family lived at Brunswick Walk.  Tobias died in September 1846 of kidney disease and a trial resulted whereby Sarah Pinney blamed doctor Mr Southee of having mistreated her husband. The verdict from the trial was that ‘the death…was caused by internal diseases which we are unable clearly to assertain, and in returning this verdict the jury cannot but express their great disappointment at the want of attention and kindness on the part of his medical attendant’.

Aged 11 (1851) Mary  was living with her mother and siblings at 36 Gold Street, and Sarah was receiving parish relief. She worked as a servant for draper John Barrett at 13 Market Street (1861) before marrying John Daffen (1844-1867) on 23 January 1866 at Christ Church.  John was a publican who ran the Norfolk Arms, Norfolk Street. He died 18 months after the wedding and is buried in the same grave.  Mary then took over as licensee of the Norfolk Arms and married  William Smith French. After she was widowed for a second time she married William’s brother Alfred Smith in 1871. The couple had at least two children: Alfred and Kate who are buried in the same grave and continued to run the Norfolk Arms.  Mary died at home aged 39 years old.

Kate Sarah French (c. March 1874 – 23 September 1874)

Kate was the only daughter of Alfred and Mary Ann French and died aged 6 months old.

Ann French (née Smith) (1800 – 23 September 1879)

Ann was born in Cottenham and married John French (1794-1859) on 19 October 1818 in Cherry Hinton. John was a gardener and they had at least seven children: Mary (1819-), Thomas Smith (1829-1881), William Smith, Frederick (1835-), Alfred (1838-1914), John Smith (1841-1877) and Charles William (1850-). In 1851 the family were living at Watson’s Garden, Gold Street. It is believed that Ann was widowed in 1859 and she then lived at 30 Norfolk Street with sons William, Alfred and John (1861) before lodging at 47 Newman’s Yard, Norfolk Street with Ann Pink (1871).  On the census of 1871 she was described as a former dressmaker and died at Newman’s Yard aged 79 years old.

Alfred Smith French (1872 – 9 October 1886)

Alfred was the only son of Alfred and Mary Ann French and in 1881 was living with his widowed father at the Norfolk Arms pub. He died aged 14 years old.

William John Daffen  (1843 – 11 July  1867)

John (as he was known) was the son of William and Eliza (née Barnes) Daffen. His father was a baker/grocer and in 1861 John was assisting his father, before later running the Norfolk Arms. He married Mary Pinney and died at the Norfolk Arms, Norfolk Street ‘after a long and painful illness.



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