CFHS code : MG9
Parish : St Mary the Great
Inscription : THEODORA beloved wife of JOHN STYCHE PALMER d 4 Jun 1881 aged 59 JOHN STYCHE PALMER d 19 Jul 1890 in his 73rd year CHARLES SAMUEL PALMER d 29 Jul 1916 aged 56
Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.20225, 0.13733704 – click here for location
This cross is located in the second row east of the central path.
THEODORA beloved wife of JOHN STYCHE PALMER d 4 Jun 1881 aged 59
JOHN STYCHE PALMER d 19 Jul 1890 in his 73rd year
CHARLES SAMUEL PALMER d 29 Jul 1916 aged 56
John Styche Palmer (1818 – 19 July 1890)
John Styche was born in Cambridge in 1818. He married Theodora Fitch on 12 October 1843. They had at least ten children: John Stych (1845-1898), Adam Fitch (1846-1894), Theodora Susan (1849- 1908), Frederick Styche (1850-1911), Elizabeth Mary (1852 -), James Edward (1854 – ), George Owen (1856 – 1918), Kate Louisa (1858 -), Charles Samuel (1860 – 1916) and Thomas Peach (1864 – 1910).
John was a hatter and ran a hat and cap shop at 2 Petty Cury, which is where he and Theodora brought up their family. He died in July 1890 and died a wealthy man leaving effects of £7,490.
Theodora Palmer (nee Fitch) (1822 – 4 June 1881)
Theodora was the daughter of Adam and Theodora Fitch. Her brother George William Fitch is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery. She was baptised at All Saints Church on 10 June 1922. In 1841 she was in Kent living with her maternal aunt Elizabeth and her husband Owen John Jones. She had returned to Cambridge by 1843 when she married John Palmer. She died in June 1881, aged 59.
Charles Samuel Palmer (23 July 1860 – 29 July 1916)
Charles was the ninth child of Theodora and John Styche Palmer. He was baptised on 4th October 1860 at Great St Mary. In 1881 aged 21 he was still living at 2 Petty Cury and working as an assistant in his father’s hat shop. He married Alice Henrietta Warns in early 1871 and they moved to 215 Victoria Road, where he was described as a hatter and hosier.
After the death of his father he appears to have taken over the family business in Petty Cury with his brother Frederick. He lived at 18 Glisson Road with Alice and they had one son John Styche Palmer [1891-1979]. He died in July 1916, leaving £5,059.
After the death of her husband Alice Palmer returned to Norfolk where she had been born. She died in Norfolk aged 97.
John and Theodora Palmer had seven sons and three daughters. Three of the sons became hatters and hosiers, two became tailors.
by Claire Martinsen