CFHS code : AL248

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of THOMAS LEGGE gone to heaven March 29 1890 also of his wife MARY who fell asleep April 1 19[06] aged 65

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Thomas Legge (1827 – 29 March 1890)

Thomas was born in Littleport and baptised there on 8 February 1827.  He was the eldest son of Henry and Martha (née Staples) and grew up in Ely where his father was a tailor. He married his first wife Mary (1825-1865) and they had at least four children: Charles (1843-1892), Henry Staples (1851-), Sarah Ann (1854-1918) and Thomas (1859-). They started married life living at Railway Terrace, Ely and Thomas worked as a railway signalman (1851). By 1861 Thomas had been promoted to Railway Inspector and they were living at Bridge Row, Gaywood in Norfolk. Mary Legge died in Cambridge in October 1865 and he married the following year to Mary Fenton.  He had a further six children with his second wife: Frederick William (1868-1935), Mary (1870-1943), Dennis (1871-), Catherine Eleanor (1873-1961), Alfred Scott (1875-1966) and George Walker (1876-1964). They lived at12 Fitzroy Street and in 1871 Thomas was documented as a ‘baker and flour dealer’, ten years later he was a ‘master baker, employing 1 man’. Thomas died at home and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2 April 1890.

Mary Legge (née Fenton) (May 1840 – 1 April 1906)

Mary was born in Waterbeach, the daughter of miller Robert Fenton and his wife Sarah.  Aged 11 she was living with her family at the Mill House, Borough Green ( village six miles south of Newmarket) and married widower Thomas Legge when she was 26 years old. After his death she continued the bakery business at Fitzroy Street, assisted by son Frederick (1891 to at least 1901). She died at 3 Church Street, and her funeral was held on 5 April.



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Mary Legge; Thomas Legge