CFHS code : ED37
Parish : St Edward
Inscription : ARTHUR [B—–] MARSH line illegible JOHN EDWARD MARSH line illegible also of ELIZABETH MARSH d 13.9.1919 aged 79 also of FLORENCE MARSH d 9.6.1938 aged 75 also of EDITH MARY MARSH d 24.1.1945 aged 79
Monument : Stone cross (restored)/Kerb stones
Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.203095, 0.13739219 – click here for location
This limestone cross on quadruple plinth, with kerb stones, all recently restored, in the parish area of St Edward, is located six rows west of the central path and 20 yards north of the centre circle. In the sexton’s book, this grave is recorded as two plots, the first occupied by Arthur, John and Elizabeth, the second by Florence and Edith.
In memory of Arthur B[—] Marsh
died [remainder illegible]
Also of John Edward Marsh
died [remainder illegible]
Also of Elizabeth his wife
died Sep. 13th 1919 aged 75 years
Also of Florence Marsh
died June 9th 1938 aged 73 years
Also of Edith Mary Marsh
died Jan 24 1945 aged 79 years
John Edward Marsh and Elizabeth Marsh were the parents of Arthur B, Florence, Edith Mary (and of five other children buried elsewhere).
Arthur B. Marsh (c.1877‒89)
Arthur was born c.1877 in the village of Alderton, Suffolk, the second son of farmer John Edward and Elizabeth Marsh (see both below). By 1881, the family had moved to Red Cross Road, Cherry Hinton in Cambridgeshire and Arthur was beginning school.
Arthur died in March 1889 at the age of 12, and was buried on the 25th of that month in Mill Road Cemetery in row XXVIII of the St Edward parish area, grave 4, at a depth of 8 feet.
John Edward Marsh (c.1839‒95)
John Edward Marsh was born in Homersfield, Suffolk c.1839, the son of Edward Brunning Marsh, farmer, and his wife Ester. In 1851, by which year the parents had seven children, the family was living in Brome, Suffolk, and father Edward was farming 325 acres. All six school-age children were being home-schooled by Edward’s sister (John Edward’s paternal aunt), the 39-year-old Eliza Marsh, ‛governess’. The household at that time included a housemaid and a dairymaid. By 1861, John Edward, aged 22, was himself farming 153 acres and employing seven men and three boys, at ‛Dowsons’ in the village of Laxfield, Suffolk.
In the third quarter of 1862, John Edward married Elizabeth Mills [her identification is speculative]. By 1871 they were living at ‛The Cedars’, Alderton, Suffolk, where John was farming 350 acres with 22 employees, and the couple had the first four of their eight children. By 1881, they had moved to Cherry Hinton in Cambridgeshire and were living on Red Cross Road (or Lane ‒ still existing today on the southern edge of the Addenbrooke’s Bio-Medical Campus, Cambridge). By 1891, John had taken over nearby Netherhall Farm, situated close to Worts Causeway (which runs between Fulbourn and the outskirts of Cambridge).
John died in early July 1895, aged 56, and was buried on 6 July in Mill Road Cemetery in row XXVIII of the St Edward parish area, grave 4, at a depth of 7 feet. His widow subsequently moved, with two of her daughters, to 3 Claremont, Hills Road, in Cambridge.
Elizabeth Marsh (née Mills?) (c.1840‒1919)
Elizabeth was born c.1840 in Long Melford, Suffolk. Nothing is known of her childhood. She married John Edward Marsh, farmer of Homersfield, Suffolk, then farming 153 acres in Laxfield, in the same county. Elizabeth and John had eight children in all: Anna E (c.1862‒), Florence (c.1863‒1938), Edith Mary (c.1866‒1945), Emily H (c.1868‒), Edward C (c.1869‒), Agnes (c.1871‒), Arthur B (c.1877‒89), and John H (“Jack”) (c.1879‒). The family subsequently moved to Alderton in Suffolk, then to Netherhall Farm, Cherry Hinton, in Cambridgeshire.
John Edward died in 1895, aged 56, and some time thereafter Elizabeth moved into Cambridge, living at 3 Claremont, Hills Road (near Station Road), with Florence, Edith Mary and Jack. She remained at that address to her death in September 1919 at the age of 79. Elizabeth was buried on 13 September in Mill Road Cemetery in row XXVIII of the St Edward parish area, in grave 4, at a depth of 6 feet.
Florence Marsh (c.1865‒1938)
Florence was born c.1863 in the village of Laxfield, in Suffolk, the second daughter of farmer John Edward and Elizabeth Marsh (see both above). She moved with the family to the village of Alderton, in Suffolk, then to Red Cross Road and Netherhall Farm, in Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire. After the death of her father in 1895, she remained with her mother, moving to 3 Claremont, Hills Road, in Cambridge.
Florence died on 9 June 1938, aged 73, and was buried on the 13th of the month in Mill Road Cemetery in row XXVIII of the St Edward parish area, grave 5, at a depth of 8 feet. Her address at the time of her death was still 3 Claremont, where she had remained unmarried.
Edith Mary Marsh (c.1866‒1945)
Edith Mary was born c.1866 in the village of Laxfield, in Suffolk, the third daughter of farmer John Edward and Elizabeth Marsh (see both above). Like her older sister Florence, she remained with the family, moving to Red Cross Road and then Netherhall Farm, Cherry Hinton, in Cambridgeshire. After the death of her father in 1895, she moved with her mother, sister Florence and brother Jack to 3 Claremont, Hills Road, Cambridge, where she was still resident at the time of her death in 1945.
Interestingly, however, on the day the 1901 census was taken, she was at the home of her oldest sister, Anna E, who had married the builder and carver Edmund J Kett (of the old-established Cambridge firm of Rattee & Kett, stonemasons and wood-carvers), at Springfield, Hills Road, Cherry Hinton, where Anna and Edmund had two children, aged 14 and 7.
Edith died on 24 January 1945, aged 79, and was buried on the 29th of that month in Mill Road Cemetery in row XXVIII of the St Edward parish area, in grave 5, at a depth of 7 feet.
[If you have any information about these persons, please contact us at Friendsofmillroadcemetery@gmail.com]
England census returns 1851‒1901
England & Wales census return 1911
St Edward’s Church, Cambridge, burial register and grave book
By Ian Bent