CFHS code : ED46
Parish : St Edward
Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM PEGLER (Upwards of 18 years Chapel Clerk at Kings College) d 20 Mar 1876 aged 63 also WILLIAM son of above d 20 Jan 1866 aged 5 also HARRY son of above d 10 Oct 1873 aged 5 also LUCY daughter of above d 1 Sept 1880 aged 14
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.203185, 0.13739651
This limestone headstone, with sculpted and pointed top, in the parish area of St Edward (CFHS ED46), is located seven rows west of the central path 30 yards north of the centre circle. It is the second of two matching adjacent Pegler family headstones. The two grave-plots are exclusive to a single family: ED46 covers the four burials from 1876 to September 1880, ED45 the four from December 1880 to 1896.
In loving memory of William Pegler
(Upwards of 18 years Chapel Clerk at King’s College)
died March 20 1876 aged 63 years
Peace perfect[?] peace
Also William son of the above
died Jan 20 1866 aged 5 years
Also Harry son of the above
died Oct 10 1873 aged 5 years
Also Lucy daughter of the above
died Sept 1 1880 aged 14 years
Christ[?] on high[?] … far
William Pegler (1814‒76)
William was born on 30 November 1814 in Aldenham, Hertfordshire, and baptized there on 26 February 1815. He was the son of Samuel Pegler, gardener, and his wife Mary. Nothing is known of his childhood years.
William married for the first time on 19 September 1844 in St Marylebone, Westminster, his bride being Ann Chesshire Fuller (snr). The couple had their first child, Ann Chesshire Pegler (jnr) in the first quarter of 1846 in Brighton, Sussex, the infant being baptized on 6 March of that year. However, it would seem that Ann Chesshire (snr) died in childbirth, because she was buried in Brighton on 13 January of the same year. If this is so, then it is not surprising that Ann (jnr) was at the home of her widowed paternal grandfather, Samuel Pegler, in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, at the time of the 1851 census. There follows a blank period of twelve years in William’s life between the deaths of his first wife and daughter in January 1846 and the reading of the banns for his second marriage on 19 September 1858.
William’s second bride was Frances Dean of High Street, Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire, daughter of John Dean, fishmonger, and his wife Mary. William and Frances were married on 23 September 1858 at the Church of St Mary the Great (the University Church, located only 100 yards from St Edward’s Church and very close to King’s College). It is interesting to note that the marriage register of St Mary’s records Frances’s residence as ‛Provosts Lodge Kings College’ ‒ presumably a subterfuge whereby the marriage was able to take place in Cambridge rather than Great Shelford.
William is named in documents as Chapel Clerk of King’s College from September 1858 to his death in March 1876: seventeen-and-a-half years. The inscription describes his tenure as ‛upwards of 18 years’, suggesting that his appointment most likely occurred in 1857. Whether he moved to Cambridge earlier than that year, and whether he held any other position as a college servant before that, we cannot currently say. His address during that period, 5 Queen’s Lane ‒ next door to King’s College ‒ must have been a college property.
William died on 20 March 1876 at the age of 63, and was buried on the 25th of the month in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXVII of the St Edward parish area, grave 15, at a depth of 8 feet.
William Pegler (c.1861‒66)
William (jnr) was born c.1861 in Cambridge, the son of William Pegler, Chapel Clerk of King’s College, and his wife Frances. At the 1861 census he was six months old, living at 5 Queens’ Lane. Nothing more is known of him until his death on or around 21 January 1866 at the age of 5. He was buried on the 24th of that month in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXVII of the St Edward parish area, grave 15, at a depth of 9 feet.
Harry Pegler (c.1868‒73)
Harry was born in Cambridge and baptized at St Edward’s Church on 11 October 1868, the son of William Pegler, Chapel Clerk of King’s College, and his wife Frances. Nothing more is known of him until his death on or around 13 October 1873 at the age of 5. He was buried on the16th of the month in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXVII of the St Edward parish area, grave 15, at the same depth as his brother William: 9 feet.
Lucy Pegler (1866‒80)
Lucy was born on 24 July 1866 in Cambridge, and was baptized at St Edward’s Church on 19 August of the same year. She was the daughter of William Pegler, Chapel Clerk of King’s College, and his wife Frances. Nothing is known of her years growing up at 5 Queen’s Lane.
Lucy died at the beginning of September 1880 at the age of 14, and her body was buried on the 6th of the month in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXVII of the St Edward parish area, grave 15, at the depth of 5 feet. At the time of her death, her father having died four years earlier, she was living with her mother at 7 Norwich Street (New Town), Cambridge, probably also with her siblings James, Grace and Horace (who are listed there in the 1881 census).
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England census returns 1841 to 1881
St Edward’s Church, Cambridge, baptismal register (Lucy, Harry)
St Edward’s Church, Cambridge, banns register (William snr & Frances)
St Edward’s Church, Cambridge, burial register (William jnr, Harry, Lucy)
St Edward’s Church, Cambridge, grave book (William snr, William jnr, Harry, Lucy)
Church of St Mary the Great, Cambridge, marriage register (William snr/Frances)
England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538‒1975 (William snr, Ann Chesshire jnr)
England & Wales, Christening Index, 1530‒1980 (William snr, Ann Chesshire jnr)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837‒1915 (Ann Chesshire jnr)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837‒1915 (William snr/Frances)
London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754‒1921 (William snr/Ann Chesshire snr)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837‒1915 (Ann Chesshire snr)
England, Select Deaths and Burials, 1538‒1991 (Ann Chesshire snr)
England & Wales National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858‒1966 (Ann Chesshire snr, William snr)
By Ian Bent