CFHS code : AL290

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE LEWIS d Feby 28th 1928 aged 86 also of his wife MAHALA d Octr 4th 1931 aged 85 also ETHEL LEWIS infant child of the above b Augt 30th 1886 d Jany 7th 1888

Monument : Headstone/Stone cross/Flowerholder

Above  information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lewis monument

Monument

Art deco scroll-shaped headstone with kerb stones and flowerholder, all in white marble, in the parish area of St Andrew the Less, on the west side of the eastern path just before that path turns west before the industrial building; overhung by large copper beech and pine trees.

Inscription

‘In loving memory of George Lewis,
who died Feby 28th 1928 aged 86 years.’
‘Also of his wife Mahala,
who died Octr 4th 1931 aged 85 years.’
‘Also Ethel Lewis, infant child of the above,
born Augt 30th 1886 died Jany 7th 1888.’

George Lewis (c1841-1928)

George was baptised on 9 May 1841 in Grantchester, Cambridgeshire.  He was one of at least seven children born to Abraham Lewis (c. 1793-1872) and Martha Lewis (née Woods) (c. 1809-1891).  His father worked as a labourer and by the time George was 9 years old he was also working as a labourer according to the 1851 census.  The family was living in Grantchester.  In 1861 George’s father was listed in the census as an invalid and the family was living in the Rose and Crown Public House in Grantchester.  George married Mahala Allison on 25 December 1865 in Grantchester.  They had ten children including: George Herbert (1866-?); Mahala (1870-1953); Percy (1872-?); Owen (1873-?); Edith (1878-?); Allison (1880-1958); Jesse (1882-1951); David Herbert (1884-?); Ethel (1886-1888).  In 1871 the family was living on Barton Road, Grantchester with Mahala’s parents.  George was working as a gentleman’s servant and Mahala was working as a laundress.  By 1881 the family had moved to 18 York Terrace, Cambridge and George was working as a coal porter.  By 1891 the family had moved to 7 York Terrace and George was working as a builder’s labourer.  By 1901 the family had moved to 84 Sedgewick Street, Cambridge.  Two of George’s grandchildren were also living with the family: Margaret Edith (1892-?); and Dorothy (1893-?).  Margaret and Dorothy were the children of George’s eldest son, George junior, who had joined the Army.  George junior had married but his wife had died hence the children living with his parents, George senior and Mahala.  By 1911 the family had moved to 62 Sturton Street, Cambridge.  Dorothy was still living with the family but her sister Margaret had become a student resident at a training college in Norwich, Norfolk.  George died on 28 February 1928 in Cambridge.

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Mahala Lewis (née Allison) (1845-1931)

Mahala was born in 1845 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  She was one of six daughters born to Joseph Allison (1811-1871) and Ann Allison (née Cornell) (c.1815-1876).  Her father worked as a farm labourer.  By 1861 the family was living in Newnham Walk, Cambridge.  Mahala married George Lewis (c.1841-1928) on 25 December 1865 in Grantchester.  Mahala died on 4 October 1931 in the district of Farnham, Surrey.

Mahala’s younger sister, Ellen Alderton (néAllison) (1853-1881) was also buried in this cemetery.

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Ethel Lewis (1886-1888)

Ethel was born on 30 August 1886 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  She was the youngest of ten children born to George Lewis (c.1841-1928) and Mahala Lewis (née Allison) (1845-1931).  Ethel died on 7 January 1888 at 7 York Terrace, Cambridge.

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Sources:
Cambridge Chronicle and Journal: Friday, 13 January 1888
England Census reports
BMD 1837-1915; and 1916-2005

By Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook

Ethel Lewis; George Lewis; Mahala Lewis