CFHS code : AS332

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SAMUEL KETTLE b Oct 13 1834 d Oct 12 1899 also of REBECCA wife of the above b Aug 13 1837 d Oct 10 1905 Also of WILLIAM KIRBY PARISH born March 18th 1866 Died Oct 3rd 1911

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

East face of the monument July 2017
North face of the monument


The cross of this monument, in the parish area of All Saints, fell some years ago and its whereabouts is unknown.


east face

In Loving Memory of SAMUEL KETTLE born October 13th 1834 died Oct 12th 1899

“Thy will be done.”

Also of REBECCA wife of the above born Aug 13 1837 died Oct 10 1905

north face

Also of WILLIAM KIRBY PARISH born March 18th 1866 Died Oct 3rd 1911

Relationships: Husband, wife and son-in-law

Samuel Kettle (13 October 1834 – 12 October 1899)

Samuel was born in Brockdish – on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and was the son of Samuel and Sarah and brother of Henry.  His father ran a pub and he was baptised in Brockdish on 15 October 1834.  By the age of 16 he was working as an apprentice cook, and living at 16 Sun Street with Stephen and Hannah Hurry, who were his aunt and uncle. He married Eliza Arnold (1830-1868) in 1855 and the couple had at least three sons: Samuel Henry (1856-1894), David Arthur (1858-1859) and Arthur James (1860-1905).  They lived at 31 East Road (1861) and Samuel was cook at Trinity College.

By the time Eliza died in August 1868 he was the cook at Jesus College. He then married Mary Ann Flowers (1846-1880) at Christs Church on 29 April 1869.  When he was widowed for the second time he married widow Rebecca Barker at St. James’s Church, Bermondsey on 8 April 1881.  They lived at Garden Walk, Victoria Road and he died there aged 64 years.

His sons and nephew James Henry also became college cooks.

Rebecca Kettle (née Coton) (13 August 1837 – 10 October 1905)

Rebecca was born in Lincolnshire and was the daughter of William Coton.  She married James Barker (1838-1870) and had two children: Mary Ellen (1867-1947) and William James (1868-1901).  After she was widowed she ran a lodging house at 29 Malcolm Street before marrying Samuel Kettle in 1881.  After his death she moved to live at 1 Croftholme Lane (1901), and died aged 68 years at 1 St Catherine Villa, Chesterton Road.

William Kirby Parish (1866-1911) 

William was the eldest child of Seymour and Mary Ann Parish of 3 Parson’s Court, Cambridge and brother of Charles. Seymour was a coachman from Saffron Walden and Mary came from Lydington in Hertfordshire. William married Mary Ellen Barker on December 26th 1888 at St Luke’s church, Chesterton.  The 1901 census shows William working as a bank clerk and living on Chesterton Road, Cambridge with Mary and their two children, Douglas Kirby (1890-1978) and Marjorie Marion (1895-1963).

He was hospitalised at the Fulbourn Asylum in January 1911, and died there later the same year.  His probate records described him as a retired bank manager.

His widow Mary ran a lodging house from 45 Chesterton Road, and died in Birkenhead at the home of her daughter Marjorie.



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Rebecca Kettle; Samuel Kettle; William Kirby Parish