CFHS code : PL365

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Remembrance of HENRY WELSFORD d 16 Mary 1882 aged 69 also ELIZABETH WELSFORD sister of the above d 25 Oct 1897 aged 81 also JANE HOLLAND sister of the above d 20 Jan 1900 aged 84

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Henry Welsford (c.1813 – 16 May 1882)

Henry was the son of Henry and Jane (née Ousby) Welford and was born in London.  He was baptised at St James’ Church, Clerkenwell on 14 April 1813. By 1841 the Welford family had moved to Cambridge, and were living at St Mary’s Street and Henry Welford Senior was working as an upholsterer.  Henry is not noted as having any occupation on the 1841 census.  In 1851 he was still living at home with his father and sister Elizabeth and was working as a college chapel clerk.  On some records he is also described as a writer.  He was still living at St Mary’s Street with Elizabeth in 1871, but by 1880 had moved to live at 27 Bateman Street.  The census of 1881 described him as a retired chapel clerk.  He died in May 1882 aged 69 years old.

Elizabeth Welsford ( c.1816 – 25 October 1897)

Elizabeth was the younger sister of Henry Welsford, she lived with him through her life and like him never married. She was born in London and baptised on 7 October 1816 at St Andrew’s Church in Holborn. In the 1851 census she was described as a dressmaker, but thereafter as a housekeeper/no occupation.  After Henry’s death she continued to live at 27 Bateman Street, and died in 1897 aged 81 years old.

Jane Holland (née Welsford) (c.1817 – 20 January 1900)

Jane was the second daughter of Henry and Jane Welford.    In 1851 she was working as a schoolmistress in Grantchester with her sister Sophia Isabella.  In 1861 she was living in Exeter and was governess to six children with the surname Holland.  Their mother Albina had died in 1855 during childbirth, and all the children had been born and raised in St. Neots, Huntingdonshire until her death.  In the summer of 1862 Jane married the children’s father John Holland (1809-1891) in Exeter.  John had been a farmer, but by the time he married Jane he was described as a fundholder. When his wife Albina had died he had been left to care for their ten children.

Jane and John lived in Exeter in Devon until at least 1881, but by 1891 were living at 36 Harold Road in Upper Norwood, Surrey.  John Holland died  in August 1891 leaving an estate valued at £30,563 (c.£2.8m at 2019 values).  Jane then appears to have returned to live in Cambridge with her siblings.  She died in Cambridge aged 82 years old.

Two more siblings Mary Welsford and  Sophia Isabella Welsford are also buried  at Mill Road Cemetery.



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