CFHS code : MC38

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : side 1 In Loving Memory of SARAH TOMLIN d June 8 1923 aged 72

Monument : Stone cross/ Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202583, 0.13782133 – click here for location



side 1 In Loving Memory of SARAH TOMLIN d June 8 1923 aged 72

side 2: also of EMILY GRANT d January 29 1942  aged 91

Sarah Tomlin  (1851 – 8 June 1923)

Sarah was born in Cambridge and was the daughter of William and Ann Tomlin.  She grew up at 4 Burleigh Place [1851], and her father worked as a gardener. By 1871 she was 20 years old and working as a housemaid to a widowed officers wife and her daughter.  The household had 9 servants in total including Sarah’s sister Ann.

She was back living in Cambridge with her widowed mother in 1881.  Ann ran a lodging house at 25 Green Street, and lived there with both Sarah and her sister Fanny.  Both Sarah and Fanny were described as dressmakers on the census of that year.  In 1901 she was living in Southsea with sister Ann, where they were running a boarding house at 60 Osborne Road. She was still running the  boarding house single handedly in 1911.

It is not known when she returned to Cambridge, but she died there in June 1923 aged 72 years old.

Emily Grant née Tomlin (1851 – 1942)

Emily was born in Newmarket the daughter of Robert and Mary Tomlin. Robert worked for a brewery. The family moved to Cambridge about 1853 and settled in South Street. This street was demolished during the expansion of Anglia Ruskin University.

On September 10th 1876  Emily married William Peter Grant a bookseller. He was 27  years older than her and had lived with his parents prior to his marriage. William & Emily lived in Gwydir St and then Thoday Street where William died in 1893 aged 69. He is buried in the parish of Andrew the Less but we have not found a monument.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives

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Emily Grant; Sarah Tomlin