CFHS code : ML74

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : ILMO / GEORGE PATE  / d Dec 16 1903 / in his 69th year / also MARY PATE  / wife of the above / d May 15th 1908 aged 71

Monument : Headstone

Above information corrected from Cambridge Family History Society Survey using parish records

Pate grave
Pate headstone

Monument

This limestone headstone, in the parish area of St Mary the Less, is located in the southeast quadrant of the centre circle, close to the circular path.

Inscription

‛In Loving Memory of
George Pate
who departed this life December 16th 1903
in his 69th year’

‛Also Mary Pate wife of the above
died May 15th 1908 aged 71’

“Peace Perfect Peace”

George Pate (c.1835‒1903)

George Pate was born in Haddenham, near Cambridge, c.1835. His father was Robert Pate (c.1799‒1836). In 1841, he was living in Main Street, Haddenham, the family comprising mother Mary Pate, gardener, and five children: William (c.1826‒), Hannah (c.1827‒), Robert (c.1828‒), John (c.1829) and George. By 1851, George ‒ by this time a carpenter and joiner ‒ was lodging with the family of Edward F Read, cabinet maker, at 167 High Street, March, perhaps as Read’s assistant.

George presumably met his future wife Mary while the two were living and working in March in the early 1850s. They seem to have moved to London soon after, because a George Pate and a Mary Swan were married at the church of St Martin in the Fields on 30 August 1857 and by 1861 the couple were living at 42 Albert Street, Islington, London with a one-year-old child.

George and Mary went on to have at least seven children: Mary (1859‒1937: see her grave in this cemetery), Harry (c.1862‒), Annie (c.1864‒1910: see her grave in this cemetery), Laura Amy (1870‒1933: see her grave in this cemetery), Lizzie J (c.1873‒), John William (c.1875‒), and Minnie (c.1877‒). The family were living at 5 Underdown Road, Canterbury in 1871, and by 1881 at 3 Brunswick Cottages (Maids’ Causeway), Cambridge, where they remained for at least ten years. By 1901, the couple were living at 18 Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge (a handsome, double-fronted terrace house), by which time George was retired and his wife and their unmarried eldest daughter Mary were keeping a lodging house. On 24 August 1903, their youngest child, 27-year-old Minnie, married Alfred Morgan King at the church of St Mary the Less, with John William, Laura Amy and Mary as witnesses. Four months later George died, aged 68, and his burial service took place at the same church and his interment in Mill Road Cemetery on 19 December 1903.

Mary Pate (née Swan) (1836‒1908)

Mary Swan was born in the town of March, Cambs, in 1836 and christened at the church of St Wendreda on 7 August of that year, her parents being Benjamin and Amy Swan (or Swann). Mary was the middle one of three children, her siblings being John (c.1834‒) and Jane (1841‒). By age 15, Mary was working as nursery maid to the younger children of Frederic B. Hampton (Chief Constable of the Isle of Ely) at 20 Hurst Lane, March.

She and George presumably met while they were both living in March in the 1850s. They seem to have moved to London soon after, because a Mary Swan and a George Pate were married at the church of St Martin in the Fields on 30 August 1857, and by 1861 the couple were living at 42 Albert Street, Islington, London with a one-year-old child.

Mary and George went on to have at least seven children: Mary (1859‒1937: see her grave in this cemetery), Harry (c.1862‒), Annie (c.1864‒1910: see her grave in this cemetery), Laura Amy (1870‒1933: see her grave in this cemetery), Lizzie J (c.1873‒), John William (c.1875‒), and Minnie (c.1877‒). The family were living at 5 Underdown Road, Canterbury in 1871, and by 1881 at 3 Brunswick Cottages (Maids’ Causeway), Cambridge, where they remained for at least ten years. By 1901, the couple were living at 18 Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge (a handsome, double-fronted terrace house), by which time George was retired and Mary and their unmarried eldest daughter Mary were keeping a lodging house. On 24 August 1903, their youngest child, 27-year-old Minne, married Alfred Morgan King at the church of St Mary the Less, with John William, Laura Amy and Mary as witnesses. Mary was widowed in the December, and lived a further three-and-a-half years, to age 71, remaining at 18 Fitzwilliam Street. Her burial service took place at the church of St Mary the Less and her interment in Mill Road Cemetery on 19 May 1907.

Sources:
English census reports, 1841‒1901
England & Wales, FreeBDM Marriage Index, 1837‒1915
Church of St Mary the Less, Cambridge, burial and marriage registers
Church of St Wendreda, March, christening register
Haddenham parish church burial register
Cambridgeshire Family History Society

By Ian Bent, Mary Naylor and Gary Sumpter

George Pate; Mary Pate