CFHS code : AG240

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : To the dear and honoured memory of SAUNDERS READ NEGUS born at Chatteris April 11 1836 died at Waterbeach August 5 1902 sometime Church Warden and Guardian of Waterbeach universally beloved ever the friend and champion of the poor also of AGNES NEWITT wife of the above b Oct 20 1839 d Sep 9 1907

Monument : Column with urn on top

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

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Saunders Read Negus (11 April 1836 – 5 August 1902)

Saunders was the son of John and Mary Negus and was baptised in Chatteris on 7 May 1836. John Negus was a farmer, and Saunders grew up in Chatteris, before moving to Cambridge by the age of 15.  In 1851 he was living with his brother Watson on Bentinck Street. Watson was a butcher, and Saunders was working as a compositor/printer. By 1861 he was lodging at Hannah Phillip’s lodging house on Bentinck Street. He moved briefly to Long Sutton in Lincolnshire before marrying Agnes Wallis on 21 September 1865 at Christ Church, Cambridge.  The couple lived in Long Sutton initially but had returned to live at 11 Silver Street by at least 1869.  Saunders and Agnes had at least three children: Walter James (1867-), Rev. Albert Edward (1868-1930) and Agnes Elizabeth Wallis (1871-1952).   By  1881 the family were living at 9 Clarendon Street, and Saunders was still working as a printer/compositor.  From at least 1892 onwards he had retired and split his time between living at Fernleigh in Waterbeach and 141 Chesterton Road in Cambridge. He spent the winter months in Cambridge, and the rest of the year in Waterbeach and represented Waterbeach on the Chesterton Board of Guardians and the Rural District Council.  He died at Fernleigh and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 8 August.

Agnes Newitt Negus (née Wallis) (20 October 1839 – 9 September 1907)

Agnes was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Wallis , but her mother died when she was 3 days old, presumably as a complication of childbirth. She grew up with her father and step mother Annie  at 177 Newmarket Road.  Her father was a coal merchant, and by the age of 21 Agnie was working as a teacher together with her sister Elizabeth Victoria. She married Saunders Negus when she was 25 year old and died at 7 Regent Terrace aged 67 years old.



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