CFHS code : HS86

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Ever Loving Memory of EDITH ANNIE wife of GEORGE WESSON d Jan 10 1934 also MURIEL their daughter d Sept 28 1933 also MURIEL EA HILLMAN d Sept 28 1933 age 37

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones/Flowerholder (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20229, 0.13815846 – click here for location



Edith Annie Wesson (née Betts) (1870 – 10 January 1934)

Edith was the daughter of John and Jane Betts and was born in Hempstead, eight miles east of Saffron Walden.  She was baptised on 28 April 1870 at St Andrew’s Church in the village and spent her early years in Hempstead where her father was the village wheelwright.  By 1881 the family had moved to live in Loughton, Essex.  Edith married George Wesson (1858-1913) on 17 April 1895 in Loughton.

George was the son of Thomas and Maria Wesson, and he worked as brewery manager for his father (1901).  He and Edith had one daughter: Muriel Edith Annie and in 1901 the family were living at 63 Eden Street.  When his father died in 1906 he took over the running of the Wesson Brewery on Fitzroy Street. George died at Fitzroy Street in April 1913 aged 54 years old, leaving Edith a widow.  She then went to run a lodging house at 28 & 29 Malcolm Street (at least 1920 onwards) and died at Malcolm Street aged 63 years old.

Muriel Edith Annie Hillman (née Wesson) (1896 – 28 September 1933)

Muriel was the only child of George and Edith Wesson.  She was an accomplished singer and her name appeared often in newspapers of the time. In February 1916 she appeared at the Guildhall and sang ‘When the heart is young’ and ‘a dream of home’. The Cambridge Independent Press reported that ‘at the conclusion of her first song she was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from a few friends’.  In March 1919 she was one of the headline acts in an Evening Concert at St. Paul’s Institute and the Cambridge Daily News announced that ‘Miss Muriel Wesson will appear with the Misses Helen and Alys R. Pitman (London) in ‘Bedtime at Brown’s’.

By 1929 she had moved to live in Woking, Surrey and married Herbert William George Hillman (1910 – 1990) in 1931. She died in Cambridge aged 37 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Muriel Edith Annie Hillman; Edith Annie Wesson