CFHS code : PL558a

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In loving memory of JAMES FREDERICK MILLER, born Aug 2nd 1845, died 30th 1896. Also of LAURA the beloved wife of the above, born Sept 1848, died Dec 19th 1922.

Monument : Stone cross (fallen)

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202383, 0.13598237 – click here for location

The pillar lies next to the plinth with pieces from the celtic cross.
Miller monument


The pillar, in the parish area of St Paul, lies next to the plinth with pieces from the celtic cross.


‘In Loving Memory of James Frederick Miller
Born Aug 2nd 1845.  Died Dec 30th 1896

Also of Laura The beloved wife of the above
Born Sep * 1848. Died Dec 19th 1922′

James Frederick Miller (2 August 1845 – 30 December1896)

James was born in Cambridge to William and Charlotte Miller. The family lived at Trinity Hall where his father was a butler (1851). In 1861 James was an under butler at Trinity Hall. He married Laura Reynolds on 7 January 1868 at All Soul’s Church, Marylebone – his occupation on the marriage certificate was recorded as college butler.  James and Laura had eight children: Frederick William (1868-1948), Sidney James (1870-1940), Gertrude Charlotte (1871-1942), Edith Laura (1873-1950), Augustus (1875-1947), Mabel Sarah (1877-1962), Claude (1880-1962) and Leslie (1889-1922).

James was still working as a college butler in 1861 and living at 3 Green, but then then moved to 14 Benet Street (1871) and James started working as a wine and spirit merchant.  By 1891 the family were living at 1 Dorset Terrace, Hills Road and the shop remained at Benet Street.  James died at Dorset Terrace aged 51 years. He left an estate valued at £13,416 13s 4d.  The business was later run by his eldest son, Frederick William Miller.

Laura Miller (née Reynolds) (September 1848 – 19 December 1922)  

Laura was born in Cambridge to William and Elizabeth Reynolds who lived “behind the town hall”. William was a painter but also a publican and by the time Laura was 12 he was running The Castle Inn on Castle Street, Cambridge. She married James Miller when she was 19 years old. After she was widowed Laura went to live at ‘Neatmoor’, 44 Lyndewode Road (1901/1911). She died at Lyndewode Road in December 1922 aged 74 years. 

Parish Records and Census Transcriptions provided by CFHS and held at Cambridgeshire Archives.


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James Frederick Miller; Laura Miller