CFHS code : AG478

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Ever Loving Memory of My dear husband HENRY SAMUEL GRAY d Sep 23 1889 aged 64 also of ANNE wife of the above d July 20 1911 aged 83

Monument : Ground slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Gray ground slab May 2017


The slab is still solid but the inscription has sustained some damage.


‘In Ever Loving Memory of My dear husband HENRY SAMUEL GRAY
Who fell asleep Sep 23 1889 aged 64 years’

“And now abideth faith, hope charity these three
but the greatest of these is charity.”

‘Also of ANNE wife of the above
Who peacefully entered into rest July 20 1911 aged 83 years

“For ever with the Lord”

Henry Samuel Gray (20 July 1825 – 23 September 1889)

Henry was the son of John and Ann Gray. He was baptised at the United Reformed Church, Downing Street on 9th February 1826.  He married Harriett Hodgson at All Saints Church, Cambridge on 25th July 1850 when he was 25 years old.

Henry and Harriett had at least five children: Augusta Hodgson [1856-1872], Harry [1858-1879], Alice [1860-], John James [1863-1870] and Ethel Matilda [1866-1923]. Henry worked as a painter/decorator and in 1861 the family were living at 2 Downing Street – Henry was employing 2 men at this time.  By 1871 they had moved to 66 St Andrew Street, and Henry was by now employing 13 men and 1 boy. He was widowed in 1877.

Henry married for a second time on 4th June 1878 to Anne Davis – at Grantchester Church.  Anne and Henry continued to live at 66 St Andrew Street [1881].  He died in 1889 aged 64 years old.

Anne Gray [nee Davis] (c.1828 – 20 July 1911)

Anne was the daughter of William Davis, and was born in Whitchurch in Oxfordshire.  In 1861 she was living in Cambridge and working as a Ladies Maid in the household of Richard Okes, Provost of Kings College – she was resident at the Provost’s Lodge of the College.  Ten years later she was still living at the Provost’s Lodge and working as the Housekeeper to Richard Okes.  She married Henry Gray when she was around 50 years old.

After Henry died in 1889 Anne went to live at 3 Warkworth Terrace, and was running a Lodging House there in 1891.   In 1901 she was living with a domestic servant at 21 Wallis Road, and living under her own means.  The 1911 census records her age as 84 years old, which is at odds with her grave monument inscription.  She was living at 12 Guest Road, with her domestic servant Margaret Goodchild in 1911.  She died later the same year.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives

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Anne Gray; Henry Samuel Gray