CFHS code : ED32

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of ALFRED JOHNSON d 461861 aged 49 HENRY FREDERICK d 2851862 in his 20th year ISOBELLA d 671862 in her 18th year EMMA MARIA d 1971866 aged 16 also of ELISA LAURA d 1691871 in her 10th year also ELIZABETH JOHNSON d 2391895 aged 84 also WALTER SAMUEL died at Du Pan Field South Africa 10 Nov 1871 in the 24th year of his life

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203076, 0.13740595 – click here for location

Johnson headstone 2017

Monument

This elegantly carved headstone, in the St Edward parish area, is located five rows west of the central path, 20 yards north of the centre circle.

Inscription

Sacred to the memory of Alfred Johnson
who died June 4 1861 aged 49 years

Henry Frederick who died May 28 1862
in the 20th year of his life

Isabella [illegible] who died July 6 1862
in the 18th year of her life
[epitaph illegible]

Also Emma Maria
who died July 19 1866

Also Eliza Laura who died Sept 16 1871
in the 10th year of her life

Also Eliza Johnson
who died Sept 23 1895 aged 84 years

Also Walter Samuel
who died at Du Pan Field, South Africa
10 Nov 1871 in the 24th year of his life

Alfred Johnson (c.1812‒1861)

Alfred was born c.1812 in South Stoneham, Hampshire, the son of papermaker John Johnson and his wife Charlotte.  He was baptised there on 14 November 1812.  Nothing is known of his childhood and upbringing, but he was presumably apprenticed in carpentry.

Alfred undoubtedly married for a first time in the 1830s.  Nothing is known of the marriage, the identity of his wife, or whether any children resulted.

Alfred then married for a second time, to Eliza Pilbrow of Woolpit in Suffolk (see below).  The marriage took place on 3 February 1840.  The couple had at least seven children, most of whom died in infancy or childhood: Henry Frederick (c.1843‒62), Alfred Robert (c.1844‒52), Eliza Isabella (1844‒62), Walter Samuel (1848‒71). Emma Maria (1850‒66), Eliza Laura (1852‒71) and Elizabeth Ellen (1854‒55).  The family lived at 3 Corn Exchange Street, in central Cambridge.

Called in 1851  a ‛turner, cooper, brewer &c: employing 6 men and 1 apprentice’ (turner: someone who shapes wood on a lathe; cooper: someone who makes barrels, casks, tubs etc), by 1861 Alfred was styled ‛timber merchant & brewer, wood turner & cooper’.  (Oldest son Henry Frederick’s occupation was also stated as ‛timber merchant & brewer’ in that same year, and he might have continued the business after his father’s death had he not died a year later.)  Instead, Alfred’s wife Eliza and youngest son Walter both had ‛turner’ given as their occupation, and even after Walter’s departure and subsequent death (see below) Eliza was still named as ‛wood turner’ in 1881 at the age of 69.  It is possible, then, that Alfred’s timber business on Corn Exchange Street was kept going for twenty years or more after his death.

Alfred died on 4 June 1861 at the age of 49, and his body was buried on the 9th of that month in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXIX of the St Edward parish area, at a depth of 9 feet.  His will described him as ‛turner, timber merchant and common brewer’, his executors were Eliza and his brother Jeremiah Johnson of Leatherhead in Surrey, and he left effects worth under £1,500.

Henry Frederick Johnson (1842‒1862)

Frederick was born in the last quarter of 1842 in Cambridge, the son of Alfred Johnson, wood turner, and his wife Eliza, of 3 Corn Exchange Street, in central Cambridge.  In 1851 he was still at school; in 1861, aged 18, his occupation was given, like that of his father by this time, as ‛timber merchant and brewer’.

Frederick might well have continued the business after his father’s death in 1861, but he himself died on 28 May 1862, aged 19, and his body was buried on 1 June in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXX of the St Edward parish area, in grave 3, at a depth of 10 feet.

Eliza Isabella Johnson (1844‒1862)

Eliza Isabella was born on 8 December 1844 in Cambridge, and was baptised on the 29th of that month in St Edward’s Church, the daughter of Alfred Johnson, wood turner, and his wife Eliza, of 3 Corn Exchange Street, in central Cambridge.

She died on 6 July 1862, aged 17, and was buried on the 11th of the month in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXX of the St Edward parish area, in grave 3, at a depth of 9 feet.

Emma Maria Johnson (1850‒1866)

Emma was born on 14 October 1850 in Cambridge, and was baptised on 3 November of that year in St Edward’s Church, the daughter of Alfred Johnson, wood turner, and his wife Eliza, of 3 Corn Exchange Street.  In 1861, at the age of 11, she was still at school.

She died on 19 July 1866, aged 15, and her body was buried on the 22nd of that month in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXX of the St Edward parish area, in grave 3, at a depth of 8 feet.

Eliza Laura Johnson (1852‒1871)

Laura was born on 21 October 1852 in Cambridge, and was baptised on 28 November of that year in St Edward’s Church, the daughter of Alfred Johnson, wood turner, and his wife Eliza, of 3 Corn Exchange Street.  She appears in the 1861 census as a schoolgirl, and in the 1871 census without stated occupation.

She died on 16 September 1871, aged 18, and her body was buried on the 20th of that month in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXIX of the St Edward parish area, in grave 3 at a depth of 8 feet.

Eliza Johnson (née Pilbrow) (1811‒1895)

(There is a difficultly of identification in this case: The CFHS read Eliza’s age as ‛84’, and it still looks like that today. However, both the burial register and the grave book of St Edward’s give it as ‛36’.  Since there is no trace of a child born c. 1859, this account assumes 84 to be the correct age at death.)

30 Union Terrace (Mawson Road)

Eliza Pilbrow was born on 12 July 1811 in Woolpit, Suffolk, and baptised there on 10 May 1812, daughter of Robert Pilbrow, farmer, and his wife Mary Ann Siret Pilbrow.  Nothing is known of her childhood.

Eliza was married to Alfred Johnson, widower, wood turner, on 3 February, 1840.  The couple had at least seven children, most of whom died in infancy or childhood: Henry Frederick (c.1843‒62), Alfred Robert (c.1844‒52), Eliza Isabella (1844‒62), Walter Samuel (1848‒71). Emma Maria (1850‒66), Eliza Laura (1852‒71) and Elizabeth Ellen (1854‒55).  The family lived at 3 Corn Exchange Street, in central Cambridge.  Alfred died in 1861, and Eliza remained at the same address into the 1880s, in 1871 with Laura and Walter, in 1881 with ‛Isabella M, grand-daughter’ and a lodger.  In the 1871 and 1881 census returns, her occupation is recorded at ‛(wood) turner’, raising the possibility that she continued Alfred’s timber business at least to the age of 69.  By 1891 she was living at 30 Union Terrace (Petersfield), with Isabella.

Eliza died on 23 September 1895 at the age of 84, and her body was buried on the 26th of that month in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXX of the St Edward parish area, in grave 3 at a depth of 7 feet.

Walter Samuel Johnson (1848‒1871)

Walter was born on 27 March 1848 in Cambridge, and was baptised on 16 April of that year in St Edward’s Church, the son of Alfred Johnson, wood turner, and his wife Eliza, of 3 Corn Exchange Street.  He is recorded at that address in the census returns of 1851, 1861 and 1871 (in this last year, occupation: wood turner).

The inscription states that Walter died at ‛Du Pan Field South Africa’.  This must have been Du Toit’s Pan, close to Kimberley town, where diamond mining was in full swing and in 1871 many English people came out to try their hand.  Walter died there on 10 November 1871, aged 23.  He must have been buried there, since no burial is recorded for him in the St Edward register.

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Sources:
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837‒1915
England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538‒1975
England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858‒1966
Church of St Edward, Cambridge, baptismal register, burial register and grave book

By Ian Bent

 

Alfred Johnson; Eliza Laura Johnson; Elizabeth Johnson; Emma Maria Johnson; Henry Frederick Johnson; Isabella Johnson; Walter Samuel Johnson