CFHS code : BE119

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : side 1 Sacred to the Memory of a beloved mother ELIZABETH wife of TW MILLS late of Spitalfields London who died at Royston on 12th April 1861 in the 76th year of her age also of ALFRED WILLIAMSON GREEN grandson of the above who died at Singapore July 11th 1861 aged 22 also of OFFLEY MILLS youngest son of the above who died at Lewisham July 22 1885 aged 60 side 2 also of ELIZABETH CATHERINE daughter of ELIZABETH MILLS and widow of BENJAMIN NICHOLSON b Feb 8 1823 d Sep 17 1887 and of ELIZABETH OFFLEY SPRIGGS d December 1 1927 aged 90

Monument : Coped stone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202703, 0.13618797 – click here for location

The south side of the monument.
South side of the monument

Monument

This monument, in the parish area of St Bene’t, is against the west wall.

Inscription

south face
Sacred to the Memory of a beloved mother ELIZABETH wife of TW MILLS late of Spitalfields London who died at Royston on 12th April 1861 in the 76th year of her age

Also of ALFRED WILLIAMSON GREEN grandson of the above who died at Singapore July 11th 1861 aged 22

Also of OFFLEY MILLS youngest son of the above who died at Lewisham July 22 1885 aged 60

north face
Also of Elizabeth Catherine daughter of Elizabeth Mills
and widow of Benjamin Nicholson born Feb 8 1823 died Sep 17 1887

“Grant her Lord eternal rest”

and of Elizabeth Offley Spriggs  died December 1 1927 aged 90 years

Relationships: Mother, two children, two grand-children

Elizabeth Mills (née Offley) (1785 – 12 April 1861) 

Elizabeth was born in Morton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire and was the daughter of Thomas Offley. She married Caleb Wenham (1779-1814) on 22 December 1804 at St. Botolph Church, Aldgate. Caleb was a baker and the couple had at least three children: Mary (1805-1881), Thomas Smith (1806-) and Harriet (1810-1880). Caleb died in May 1814, and she married for a second time to widower Thomas Willson Mills (1779-1836) on 21 September 1819 at Saint Saviour, Southwark.  Thomas was also a baker whose first wife Sophia had died in 1817.  Elizabeth and Thomas had at least two children of their own: Elizabeth Catherine (1823-1887) and Offley (1825-1885).  Thomas Mills died in March 1836 and was buried at Christ Church in Spitalfields.

By 1841 Elizabeth was living with her daughter Harriet, and son in law John in Duxford.  In 1861 she  was living in Kneesworth (a village 14 miles south west of Cambridge) with her children Elizabeth and Harriet, and granddaughter Mary.  The household also comprised of a cook, monthly nurse and domestic servant. She died a few days after the census was taken aged 76 years old.

Alfred Williamson Green (1839 – 11 July 1861) 

Alfred was the son of Harriet (née Wenham) and John Green and was born in Duxford.  His father was a shopkeeper (1841) and the family later moved to 30 Regent Street (1851) where John ran a Lodging House.  Alfred joined the Merchant Navy and in September 1859 was given the rank of Second Mate.  He died in Singapore aboard the ‘Wayfarer’.  The notice of his death in the Cambridge Independent Press said ‘his good conduct and amiability of disposition endeared him to all who knew him’.  It is thought that he was buried in Singapore, but is remembered in Mill Road Cemetery.

Offley Mills (1825 – 22 July 1885)

Offley was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Mills.  He was born in Spitalfields and baptised at Christ Church, Spitalfields on 5 January 1825.  Aged 16 he was working as an apprentice and living at Cavendish Square in Marylebone.  He later became a broker’s clerk (1851) and married widow  Annie Rennell (née Weeks) (1832-) who had a son called George Frederick (1853-1917) . In 1861 the three of them were living at 5 Allen’s Terrace in Lambeth and Offley was documented as working as a clerk.  By 1871/1881 they were living at 61 Olney Street.  Offley died in Lewisham, and was buried there on 27 July 1885.

Elizabeth Catherine Nicholson (née Mills) (1823 – 12 March 1887)

Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Mills and was baptised at Christ Church, Spitalfields on 7 March 1823.  She married Benjamin Nicholson (1818-1858) on 22 August 1844 in West Hackney.  The couple lived at 61 Mark Lane, and Benjamin worked as a builder.  Benjamin died in May 1858 and was buried at All Souls Cemetery, Kensal Green.

Elizabeth moved to live at Park Cottage, Kneesworth with her mother (1861) and in 1871 was living there with her sister Mary.  After Mary died in 1881, she lived there alone and died in Kneesworth aged 64 years old.

Elizabeth Offley Spriggs (née Green) (1837 – 1 December 1927)

Elizabeth was also the daughter of John and Harriet (née Wenham) Green and sister of Maria.  She was born in Stoke Newington, and baptised there on  11 October 1837.  She married William Windsor Sprigg (1843-1905) on 5 March 1874 in Kennington.  William worked as a bank clerk in the Bank of England and it is not believed that the couple had any children.  They lived in Mortlake, Surrey (1881/1891) and then Blackheath Hill (1901). William died in Blackheath  in January 1905 aged 61 years old.

It is believed Elizabeth returned to live in Cambridgeshire after she was widowed and died at The Spa Nursing Home in Great Shelford.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Alfred Williamson Green; Elizabeth Mills; Offley Mills; Elizabeth Catherine Nicholson; Elizabeth Offley Spriggs