CFHS code : AG438

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE JARVIS d Aug 20 1890 aged 70 also of SARAH his wife d April 12 1869 aged 51

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Base of the stone with the top portion fallen behind it January 2017


The headstone fell some time ago. In order to confirm it was the correct headstone a small portion of flora was lifted. The inscription is still legible but as the stone is in such poor condition it was re-covered. There is a space to the right of this grave which according to the grave register is the grave of George’s son Frederick and his grandson George. They have been included on this page.


In Loving Memory of GEORGE JARVIS died Aug 20 1890 aged 70

Also of SARAH his wife died April 12 1869 aged 51

George Jarvis (1819 – 20 August 1890)

George was the son of Edward (a bricklayer) and Mary Jarvis. He was baptised on 16 October 1819 at the church of St Mary The Great, Cambridge and brought up in Falcon Yard, Petty Cury.

He married Sarah Gravestocks on January 18th 1836 at the church of St Clement, Cambridge. They moved to live at Falcon Yard and George worked as a bricklayer.  They had at least nine children George James (1836-1840), Mary Ann (1838-), George (1842-1842), Elizabeth (1844-1847), Sarah (1847-1934), George (1848-), Henry (1851-1879), Joseph (1854-1854) and Frederick (1856-1882).  Many of their children died young including Elizabeth who died aged 3 years and 5 months at Falcon Yard.  An inquest was held into her death on 22 December 1847 which found that ‘the child’s death of occasioned by venous congestion terminating in apoplexy. The jury therefore returned a verdict of ‘died by the visitation of God’.

After being widowed George took over the running of the Anchor Inn and Boatyard at 15 Silver Street. He ran it with his daughter Sarah, her first husband Martin and second husband Thomas Robson.   In the census of 1881 he was described as a ‘master builder’. He died at the Anchor Inn in 1890.

Sarah Jarvis (née Gravestocks) (c1818 – 12 April 1869)

Sarah was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Gravestocks (sometimes also spelt Gravestock) and was baptised on 1 March 1818 at St. Clement’s Church. She died at Falcon Yard aged 51 years.

Frederick Jarvis (1856 – 5 August 1882)

Frederick is buried in a grave to the north which does not have a monument. He married Sarah Ann Emma Elizabeth Ellis (known as Emma) at St Pauls Church on 31st December 1878. Sarah was the 22 year old daughter of John Ellis, a blacksmith. They had two children: George Frederick (1879-1881) and Lillian Alice (1881-1977). Frederick worked as a bricklayer’s clerk, and in 1881 the family were living at 9 Downing Street with their domestic servant Susan Cooke.  Frederick was 26 when he died at Silver Street.

Sarah Jarvis (1857-1940) married again in 1887 to William Champion, who was a college cook. They had three children.

George Frederick Jarvis (1879- 4 December 1881)

George was the son of Frederick  and Emma Jarvis and died at 9 Downing Street aged 2 years. He died in an accident, which was the subject of an inquest held at the Birdbolt pub.  On Friday 2 December, Emma had taken him up to an attic room to dress him and they had seen Mrs Webster from next door in her garden with her children.  Emma had stood and held George on a chair at the window so he could talk to the Webster children.  She then took him off the chair and went next door to collect the clothes.  At the inquest she testified that she had been gone for less than a minute, but in that time George had fallen out of the window.  He never regained consciousness and died on Sunday morning.  A verdict of accidental death was returned.



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