CFHS code : ED149

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SOPHIA the dearly loved wife of GEORGE J HACKER d 28.7.1891 aged 42

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones/Ground slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203253, 0.13660949 – click here for location


This ‒ one of the most remarkable monuments in this cemetery ‒ is a large polished red granite cross, placed flat, resting on two grey granite “cushions” with tassels, on a polished grey granite groundstone. In the parish area of St Edward (Sexton row III, grave 4), it is located at the west side of the western path 30 yards beyond the junction with the crosspath to the centre circle (heading north). The inscription is carved along the north edge of the groundstone. (Sophia Hacker is buried 10 feet deep.)

Sophia Hacker – inscription


In loving memory of Sophia
the dearly loved wife of George J. Hacker
who died July 28th 1891 aged 42 years

Sophia Hacker [nee Morley] (1848‒28 July 1891)

Sophia was born in Lakenheath, and was the daughter of Philip and Sophia Morley.  She was brought up on the High Street of Lakenheath where her father ran a grocery and drapers shop.  In 1871 aged 23 she was helping her father in the shop and was described on the census as a shopwoman.

She married George John Hacker in 1880 in Mildenhall when she was aged 32 years.  In April 1881 the couple were living at Goward House, 48 High Street with her mother as Philip Morley had died just a few weeks before.  She died at St Andrews Hospital in Northampton, although her probate records show that just prior to that she had been living at Laken Lodge, Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells.  She left effects valued at £3,119 10s 9d.  She and George did not have any children.

George Hacker was a gentleman, who lived on his own means, and appears to have owned property.  After the death of Sophia he remarried in April 1893 to Charlotte Mary Ann Hurles and they lived at The Grange,  Ormsby St Margaret in Norfolk. Their only son Cecil Aubrey George Hacker [born 1894] died at the age of 12. George Hacker died at his home in Norfolk on 18th February 1926.


By Ian Bent

Research by Claire Martinsen

[Source: Ancestry]

Sophia Hacker