CFHS code : HT35

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SELINA JOHNSON d March 1st 1919 aged 68

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Selina Johnson (née Richardson)  (November 1850 – 1 March 1919)

Selina was the daughter of Walter and Mary Anne (née Twaite) and sister of Rosezeler. She was born in Gooderstone, a village six miles south west of Swaffham in Norfolk and baptised there on Christmas Day 1850.  Her father was a tailor and she grew up in nearby Feltwell. In 1871 Selina was working as a general servant to leather merchant Samuel Fisher in Tottenham. She married Absalom Johnson (1838-1895) on 18 November 1888 at All Saints’ Church, Knightsbridge.  Absalom was a butler and both were noted as living at 4 Rutland Mews at the time of their marriage. The couple lived at Westmoreland Place (1891) and Absalom died in June 1895 at the Cleveland Street hospital, Tottenham Court Road and was buried at the Brompton Cemetery.

Selina lived in Fulham after she was widowed and in 1911 was living in a one roomed apartment and working as a ‘plain needle worker’. She was said to have been a respected worker for the P.S.A. (Pleasant Sunday afternoon) Society. More about the society can be read here, but it sought to attract ‘working-class men to bible classes that were ‘bright, brief and brotherly’.  Selina moved to live at Hemingford Road, where she died aged 68 years old. Her funeral took place on 4 March 1919, and the mourners consisted of her sister Rose and her family as well as many friends who had travelled up from London.



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