CFHS code : HT293

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH GILBY the beloved wife of WILLIAM GILBY who departed this life suddenly March 17 1909 aged 73 also of WILLIAM GILBY the beloved husband of the above d January 3 1923 aged 79 also of their daughter LAURA GILBY d July 21 1944 aged 78

Monument : Headstone (broken)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Monument

The headstone in September 2020.

The headstone lies under an ivy bush just to the north of the south path. and 3 rows from the central path. It is badly eroded and only the last inscription is now legible.

Inscription

In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH GILBY the beloved wife of WILLIAM GILBY who departed this life suddenly March 17 1909 aged 73

Also of WILLIAM GILBY the beloved husband of the above d January 3 1923 aged 79

Also of their daughter LAURA GILBY d July 21 1944 aged 78

Elizabeth Gilby (née Unwin) (1835 – 17 March 1909)

Elizabeth was the daughter of William and Amelia and was born in Great Chesterford where her father worked as an agricultural labourer. Elizabeth worked as a cook for corn merchant Jospeh Watts at 61 Regent Street (1861) before marrying William Gilby in 1863.  William was a grocer’s porter and they lived at 36 Norfolk Street (1871), 11 Staffordshire Street (1881), 13 Milford Street (1891), and 22 Sturton Street (at least 1901 onwards). The couple had six children: Agnes (1864-1938), Laura (1865-1944), George William (1869-1952, Albert (1872-1952), Henry (Harry) (1874-1962) and another child who died as an infant.  The couple were members of the Primitive Methodist Tabernacle and the Sturton Street Chapel and her funeral took place on 22 March at the Sturton Street Chapel where her favourite hymn ‘Rock of Ages’ was sung.

William Gilby (1843 -3 January 1923)

William was born in West Wratting, a village ten miles south east of Cambridge and was the son of John and Susannah (née Chappell). In 1861 he was living at Grange Farm in West Wratting and working as a carter for farmer Thomas Purkis before moving to Cambridge and marrying Elizabeth. In 1911 he was living at 22 Sturton Street with youngest daughter Laura and still working as a grocer’s porter.

Laura Gilby (18 October 1865 – 21 July 1944)

Laura was baptised at the Primitive Methodist Chapel on 31 December 1865. Aged 15 she was working as a general servant but then returned to live with her parents and worked as a dressmaker. After their deaths she continued to live at 22 Sturton Street and by 1939 had retired.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Gilby; Laura Gilby; William Gilby