CFHS code : HT278

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Memory of ANNE JANE the faithful and beloved wife of the Rev EDWARD GEARE AM she left this world for her saviours presence May 29 1860 aged 47

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Geare monument

Monument

Inscription

In Memory of ANNE JANE the faithful and beloved wife
of the Rev EDWARD GEARE AM
She left this world for her saviours presence
May 29 1860 aged 47

Anne Jane Geare  (née Payne) (27 March 1813 – 29 May 1860)

Anne was the eldest child of Randoph (1790-1862) and Elizabeth (née New) (1785-1823) Payne and was born in London.  She was baptised on 23 May 1813 and grew up with her five siblings.  Her mother died in 1823 and Randolph Payne married for a second time in 1826 to Mary Ann Willis and had a further eight children. He worked as a wine merchant and traded from 125 Sloane Street.  Anne married Rev. Edward Geare (1813-1902) on 26 November 1839 at St. Mary’s Church, Battersea and they had seven children: Edward Arundel (1842-1896), Emily Anne (1843-1875), Reginald (1847-1926), Edith Elizabeth (1848-1941), Walter Frederick (1850-1906), John Holwell (1851-1930) and Iltyd Randolph (1854-1917).

Edward was an Oxford graduate who served as curate of Stamford in the Vale, Berkshire (1838-1851), chaplain of the goal and curate of Abingdon, Berkshire (1851-1858) and curate of Woodstock, Devon (1858-1861). In 1851 the family were living at Piccadilly House in Abingdon with a governess, cook, housemaid, two nursemaids and a general servant.  The family appear to have later moved to live at 3 Maid’s Causeway in Cambridge, where Anne died aged 47 years old.

Sons Edward and Reginald both studied at Cambridge University and Edward Geare worked for many years as  secretary of ‘The Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews’ (at least 1860-1867).  Edward Geare served as vicar of St. George’s Church in Wolverhampton from 1872-1887 and retired to live in his native Exeter with daughter Edith. He died in Exeter in April 1902 aged 89 years old and is thought to have been buried there.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Anne Jane Geare