CFHS code : AL42

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EPHRAIM OAKMAN who departed this life Nov 24 1913 aged 68 also of ELIZABETHE wife of the above who passed peacefully away July 9 1943 aged 90 also of FREDERICK son of the above aged 8

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Oakman monument March 2018

Monument

Midway between the path that leads to the Norfolk Street gate and the east wall in the far north of the cemetery. Close to the large tree that stands in the centre of this section that we call the meadow. The grass is often left uncut here.

Inscription now badly eroded

In Loving Memory of EPHRAIM OAKMAN who departed this life Nov 24 1913 aged 68

Also of ELIZABETHE wife of the above who passed peacefully away July 9 1943 aged 90

Also of FREDERICK son of the above aged 8

Ephraim Oakman (1845 – 1913)

Ephraim was son of Nathan and Susan Oakman (née Starr). He was brought up in Stockers Lane, Foxton with at least ten siblings. At the age of 15 Ephraim was working as a farm labourer but by 1871 he had joined his father working as a *maltster. Later in life he became a gardener at Queens’ College.

He married Susan Northrop at All Saints church in Harston on August 5th 1871. They had eleven children: James (1872), Kate (1874), born in Harston, William Henry (1877), Alice (1879), Mildred (1882), Frederick (1885), Frank (1886), Reuben Percy (1889), Sidney Charles (1891), Florence May (Flossie) (1894), and Winifred Lilian (1898)

They lived in at least five different houses in Cambridge in Walnut Tree Lane, 25 Gwydir Street, Priory Road, 14 Edward Street and 18 Hooper Street.

Ephraim died at the family home in Hooper Street. There was a detailed report of the internment in the Cambridge independent Press. As well as family and friends there were many members of Queens’ College, Ridley Hall and The adult school (evening class).
The president of Queens’ College led the service which presumably took place in the chapel that once stood in the centre of the cemetery.

Elizabethe Oakman (nee Northrop) (1853 – 1943)

Sidney and Millicent with their only child Sidney

Elizabeth was born in Harston to Richard and Rebecca Northrop (née Thurley). She was only 17 when she married 

Their fifth child Mildred married Sidney Barrett whose parents are buried in this cemetery.

Frederick Oakman (1885 – 1893)

Frederick died as result of an accident when playing by the river. At this time the family were living in Beche Road, close to the river and he had gone out to play with other local children. He slipped off the bank and was carried into a deep part of the river. Some students from the Leys School were rowing and made an effort to save the boy. One, Alfred Barkley, even dived in but could not get to the bottom. The river was dragged. Alfred was commended for his gallantry.

* Malster
“One who made malt from barley for the breweries. .

Sources:
CFHS transcripts of parish and census records
Family search Find my Past
British Newspaper Archive

By Mary Naylor

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Elizabethe Oakman; Ephraim Oakman; Frederick Oakman