CFHS code : MG39
Parish : St Mary the Great
Inscription : side 1 In Loving Memory of JOHN OAKLEY side 2 In Loving Memory of LOUISA side 3 also of [E]LIZA OAKLEY side 4 In Loving Memory of HANNAH
Monument : Stone cross (broken)
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202301, 0.13751509 – click here for location
This small cross is hidden under a bush roughly 5 rows east of the central path in the north of the parish. The inscriptions are carved into the plinth which has sunk into the ground and the names are no longer visible.
side 1 In Loving Memory of JOHN OAKLEY
side 2 In Loving Memory of LOUISA
side 3 also of ELIZA OAKLEY
side 4 In Loving Memory of HANNAH
John Oakley (1816 – 23 September 1884)
John was born in Reading and baptised at St. Mary’s Church on 29 September 1816. He was the son of Henry and Amelia (née Rixson) and his father worked as a nurseryman. John married Hannah Moody on 21 December 1840 in Reading and they had at least five children, all of whom were born in Eton, Berkshire: Louisa Amelia (1845-1891), Eliza (1845-1908), Euphemia (1846-1886), Laura Mary (1847-) and John (1848-1905).
In 1841 John was working as a butler and living in Eton and then worked as the Butler at King’s College, Cambridge from at least 1851 onwards. In 1851 he was living at the Provost’s Lodge, and his family were still living in Eton, but by 1861 they had moved to Cambridge and the whole family were living at 6 Queen’s Lane before later moving to 19 King’s Parade (at least 1871 onwards). In April 1884 John was nominated as a Guardian representing St. Edward’s parish. He died at King’s Parade aged 68 years old and was buried on 27 September 1884.
Louisa Amelia Oakley (1843 – 20 December 1891)
Louisa was born in Eton and baptised there on 12 November 1843. After her parents’ deaths she ran a Lodging House at 19 King’s Parade and died there in 1891.
Eliza Oakley (1845 – 15 July 1908)
Eliza was born in Eton and baptised there on 13 April 1845. She died at 29 Thompson’s Lane aged 63 years old.
Hannah Oakley (née Moody) (c.1812 – 7 April 1887)
Hannah was born in Farnhm Royal, near Slough and was the daughter of James and Sarah. She died at King’s Parade aged 75 years old.
Parish burial register transcribed by CFHS
by Claire Martinsen
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