CFHS code : BE61

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of ELIZABETH beloved wife of JOHN GREAVES d Nov 29 1861 aged 39 and also ELIZABETH beloved second wife of JOHN GREAVES d Jan 23 1872 aged 44 also remainder illegible

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Elizabeth Greaves (1823 – 29 November 1861)

Elizabeth was the first wife of John Greaves.  She was born in the parish of St Clements. They had one child together  – Susan [b1845].  The 1851 census has them living at Bentinck Street, and John was working as a gardener. In 1861 they were living on King’s Lane and John was working as a gardener at King’s College. Elizabeth died later that year aged 38 years old.

Elizabeth Greaves (1828 – 23 January 1872)

Elizabeth was the second wife of John Greaves. She was born in Cambridge and must have married him c 1862/63.  They had at least three children together Elizabeth [1863-], John [1864-1945] and Harriett [1868-].

In 1871 she was living with John and their children at Rose Cottage, Chesterton Lane. John was a gardener and florist and Elizabeth was working as a launderess.  She died in 1872 aged 43 years old.

John Greaves was born in Horsford, Norfolk in 1813. He was the son of James and Anne Greaves. He married for a third time to Eliza Sarah Howlett [1842- 1912] around 1873/4.  They had three children together Ellen Jane [1874-1967], George [1875-1951] and Letitia Eliza [1877-1945].   They lived at High Street Whittlesford where John was a domestic gardener and general shopkeeper [1881].  John and Eliza then moved to The Limes in Great Shelford where he was a market gardener [1891].  John Greaves died in 1892 in Great Shelford, and his probate records record him as a gardener and seedsman.  He married three times, and had seven children.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry

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Elizabeth Greaves