CFHS code : AL430
Parish : St Andrew the Less
Inscription : side 1 In Loving Memory of JAMES son of JOHN & HANNAH GOLDING and beloved husband of REBECCA GOLDING d Jan 24 1862 aged 30 also REBECCA SURREY widow of the above JAMES GOLDING d [Aug] _ [18–] aged 70 also F W G SUSSUM d Dec 4 1867 aged 7 years & 7 months side 2 In Loving Memory of RUTH SUSSUM d Dec 21 1908 aged 77
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
In Loving Memory of JAMES son of JOHN & HANNAH GOLDING
and beloved husband of REBECCA GOLDING died Jan 24 1862 aged 30 years
Also REBECCA SURREY widow of the above JAMES GOLDING
died Aug 11 1889 aged 70 years
Also F W G SUSSUM died Dec 4 1867 aged 7 years & 7 months
In Loving Memory of RUTH SUSSUM d Dec 21 1908 aged 77
James Golding (c.1832 – 24 January 1862)
James was born in Thetford and was the son of John and Hannah Golding. He worked as a butcher and married Rebecca Kester in Cambridge in 1857. The couple lived at 24 Grafton Street, and James died there aged 30 years old.
Rebecca Surrey (née Kester) (c.1819 – 11 August 1889)
Rebecca was born in Swavesey, and aged 21 was working as a servant at an inn on Sidney Street (1841). In 1851 she was working with her sister Ruth at High Flyer Hall in Ely. They both worked for farmer Charles Mosley and his wife Sarah – Charles was a wealthy farmer who farmed c.1000 acres. Rebecca married James when she was c.38 years old, and was widowed less than four years later. She married widower John Surrey (1795-1871) at All Saints Church on 24 September 1866. John had been a college porter and was 71 years old at the time of the marriage. He died in February 1871, leaving effects of under £600.
Rebecca ran a lodging house from the house that she and John had lived at, 27 Malcolm Street until her death aged 70 years old.
Ruth Sussum (née Kester) (c.1828 – 21 December 1908)
Ruth was Rebecca’s sister and was also born in Swavesey. In 1851 she was working as a servant to farmer Charles Mosley along side Rebecca. She married William Thomas Sussum (1838 -1918) in 1858 and the couple went to live at South Street. They had at least four children: Louise Letitia (1858-1940), Frederick William Goulding (1860-1867), Walter Goulding Tarrington (1862-1938) and William Thomas Willet (1863-1933). William worked as a drayman, then as a butcher and later on the railway.
Both Ruth and William appears before the magistrate’s court in November 1893 in what the Cambridge Independent Press called ‘a peculiar case’. They had had a lodger called Rose Watts since June that year. Rose was a 36 year old divorcee who Ruth had taken pity on, but over time the couple had started to notice items going missing from the home. Rose addmited to pawning the items which included: a coat and vest (valued at 20s), a blanket, a bedgown, two sheets and four tablecloths. She had pawned them at Morleys Pawnshop on Fitzroy Street, and Arthur Kirbyshire the shop manager gave evidence that she had given her name as Mrs Payne of South Street. When Rose was arrested she said to the police officer that she knew she had done wrong. She had been working in parallel with her boyfriend – labourer Walter Payne, who had also pawned some of the items. Rose was sentenced to 3 months hard labour, and Walter to six months.
Ruth died aged in 1908, and although her age is recorded on the engraving as 77 years old, she was probably c.80 years old in actual fact.
Frederick William Goulding Sussum (1870 – 4 December 1867)
Frederick died at South Street aged 7 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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