CFHS code : BE100

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SARAH PHILADELPHIA NEWTON d Sept 13 1898 age 31 also ELIZA PHILADELPHIA wife of THOMAS NEWTON d Jan 6 1926 in her 82nd year also THOMAS NEWTON d May 12 1927 age 84

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Newton headstone 2017



Relationship: father, mother and daughter

Eliza Philadelphia Newton (née Spinks) (1844 – 6 January 1926)

Eliza [or Elizabeth as she was also known formally] was born in Watton, Norfolk. She was the daughter of Robert and Philadelphia Spinks.  Her father was a brewer, and the family moved from Norfolk to Cambridge when Eliza was in her teens.  They lived at Grafton Street.  She married Thomas Newton in 1865.

Thomas and Eliza had nine children Sarah Philadelphia [1867-1898], George Isaac [1869-], Adelaide May [1871-1953],Henry [1874-], John Arthur [1876-], Mary [1879-], Martha [1881-], Benjamin [1885-] and one other unknown child.

Eliza died in January 1926 aged 81 years at her home 188 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge.

Thomas Newton (1844 – 12 May 1927)

Thomas was the son of Thomas and Hannah Newton.  He was born and grew up living on Gold Street in Cambridge, where his father was a private coachman.  After marrying Eliza Spinks, they raised their family of 9 children at 7 Brandon Place [1871], 3 Brandon Place [1881],  15 Alexandra Road [1891] , 20 Regent Street [1901] and finally Oak Villa, 188 Cherry Hinton Road [1911].

Thomas worked as a house decorator.   He died at his home on 26 July 1927 the year after his wife, and left effects valued at £3,766.

Sarah Philadelphia Newton (1867 – 13 September 1898)

Sarah was the eldest daughter of Thomas and Eliza Newton.  She grew up at 7 and 3 Brandon Place Cambridge.  In 1881 she was 14 years old and working as a dressmaker.  In 1891 she was working as a nurse/domestic servant in the Douty family home at 69 Bridge Street.  She died  at 20 Regent Street of pneumonia and newspaper announcements of her death called her the ‘dearly loved eldest daughter of Thomas and Eliza Newton’.



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Eliza Philadelphia Newton; Sarah Philadelphia Newton; Thomas Newton