CFHS code : AS318

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of THOMAS JOHNSON b— in —acton Dec 3 —- died Nov 20 1865 several lines illegible also of CATHERINE widow of the above b September 21 1815 d May 8 [1873]

Monument : Headstone (fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203385, 0.13676218 – click here for location

This headstone has been restored. Parts of the inscription are hard to read. Photo October 2016
Johnson headstone October 2016


This headstone has been restored but some of the inscription is still difficult to read. There is some erosion at the base.


Sacred to the Memory of THOMAS JOHNSON b— in —acton Dec 3 178[2] died Nov 20 1865
For upwards of [6]5 years he servant to the university by whom he was much [respected]

“Gently the passing spirit fled
Sustained by Grace Divine
Oh may such grace on us be shed
And make my end like thine.”
[From The Psalms, Hymns and spiritual songs by Rev. Isaac Watts]

Also of CATHERINE widow of the above born September 21 1815 died May 8 1878

“Too soon for others
Not too soon for me”

Thomas Johnson (3 December 1782 -20 November 1865)

Thomas was the son of Thomas Johnson and was born in either Trumpington or Impington (different census records have different locations).  He married Jemima Pye (1780-1848) on 17 October 1825 and was widowed in March 1848 when Jemima died of apoplexy (a haemorrhage or stroke). He married for a second time to Catherine Connor on 12 June 1849  at St. Clement Danes Church in Westminster.

Thomas worked for the University for his whole life – as a college servant and then University Marshall and subsequently the Senate House Keeper (at least 1854 onwards).  He lived on Sidney Street for many years before retiring in  c.1858 and going to live at 4 New Square (1861) and then Malcolm Street.  He received a pension from the University  in return for his ‘long and faithful service’. Thomas died at Malcolm Street aged 82 years old.

Catherine Johnson (née Connor)  (21 September 1815 – 8 May 1873)

Catherine was born in Bermondsey and was the daughter of John Connor.  She married widow Thomas Johnson when she was 33 years old and went to live at Sidney Street (1851). After she was widowed she went to live in Kegworth together with her neice Rosina Giovanelli (1871).  She died however at Malcolm Street aged 62 years old.



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