CFHS code : PL320

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of FAITH HAIGH d July 15 1895 aged 57 also THOMAS HAIGH Sept 19 1914 aged 78 also of LILIAN HAIGH d June 28 1888 aged [7] and HARRY HAIGH d Aug 21 1935 aged 68

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information  amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Faithful Caroline (Faith) Haigh  (née King) (1838 – 15 July 1895)

Faith was born in Gillingham, Kent and baptised there on 25 February 1838.   She was the daughter of Charles and Faithful and aged 15 was working as a general servant for shoemaker Henry Jarvis and his family in Gillingham. She married Thomas Haigh on 9 May 1859 at St. Mary’s Church, Chatham and they lived in Kent until c.1869 before moving to Cambridge.  The couple had at twelve children: Thomas Charles (1859-1927), Mary Emma (1864-), Kate (1866-1936), Harry (1867-1935), Frank Charles (1868-1930), John Ernest (1871-), William Walter (1873-1918), Algar George (1875-1939), Minnie (1877-1949), Dorothy Ethel (Dora) (1878-1919), Arthur (1880-), Archibald Garidbaldi Patrick (1880-1934) and Lilian (1881-1888). Thomas worked as a tailor and they lived at  143 Sturton Street (1881) and 9 Argyle Street (1891). Faith died suddenly at home and an inquest was held into her death.  Her daughter Mary testified that Faith had been ‘short of breath and then got worse’ and had died before the doctor could arrive.  ‘Mr S.E. Stanley Wood , surgeon of Mill-Road said when he went to the deceased she was lying back in a chair with her head thrown back and her mouth full of froth. Life was extinct.’  A verdict of natural causes was returned as Mr Wood was of the opinion that death was ‘due to the excitement and a diseased heart’.

Thomas Haigh (27 September 1836 – 19 September 1914)

Thomas was the son of tailor Thomas and Mary (née Davey) Haigh and was born in Cambridge. He grew up at South Street (1841) and as his mother originated from Dartford it is thought he spent some time there as a child. He married Faith King  when he was 22 years old and worked for Messrs. Bennett and Porcher who were tailors located in Sidney Street for many years.  After he was widowed he lived at 21 John Street and at least four of his sons also worked as tailors. Thomas died at home and his funeral took place on 24 September 1914.

Lilian Haigh (1881 – 28 June 1888)

Lilian died as a result of an accident at home.  She was carrying some cups and saucers downstairs at Argyle Street when she fell down the entire flight of stairs. Her father and brother were close at hand and found her lying at the base of the stairs with a bad cut on her left cheek. At a subsequent inquest it was said ‘the parents did their utmost to stop the blood, which was flowing most copiously; and the child was immediately sent to Dr. Turnell’s, where she expired in a few minutes, partly from the shock and partly from the loss of blood’.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Harry Haigh (c.1867 – 21 August  1935)

Harry was born in Gillingham and  worked as a tailor. In 1911 he was living at 21 John Street with his father and after Thomas’ death continued to live at 21 John Street.



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