CFHS code : BO19

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of CHARLES PHIPPS d May 30th 1874 in the 56th year of his age also MARY ANN FANNY only daughter of the above d August 29th 1883 aged 25 years and of MARY ANN wife of the above d Nov 8 1893 aged 70

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202925, 0.1378231 – click here for location

Phipps headstone

Monument

This round-headed headstone, in the parish area of St Botolph, is located north east of the centre circle, to the east of the north-bound central path, five rows eastward.

Inscription

Reader, ‛art thou prepared to meet thy God.’

In affectionate remembrance of Charles Phipps,
who departed this life May 30th 1874, in the 56th year of his age

Also Mary Ann Fanny, only daughter of the above,
departed this life August 29th 1883, aged 25 years

And of Mary Ann, wife of the above,
who died Nov 8 1893, aged 70 years

Charles Phipps (c.1818‒74) – see Life Story for more information

Charles was born in about 1818 in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, and was baptised there on 23 June 1818.  He was one of at least seven children born to William Phipps (c.1792-?), butcher, and his wife Mary Phipps (née Clarke) (c.1795-?).  In 1841 a Charles Phipps aged 20 was working as a servant in the household of Mary and Hannah Westen, in Oxford Road, Kings Charlton, Gloucestershire.

Charles married Mary Ann Frisby on 26 August 1845 at St Giles, Ashtead, Surrey.  Charles and Mary Ann had at least six children: Henry Charles (1845‒1921); William James (1847‒1882), John (c.1849‒?), Robert (1852‒1882), Frederick (1854‒1889); and Mary Ann Fanny (1858‒1883).  Their family probably lived with Mary Ann’s parents in Silver Street at first, then by 1849 in Botolph Lane, then two years later at 17 Silver Street.

By 1851 Charles was a ‛college gyp’ (i.e. a manservant who attended an undergraduate in rooms in a Cambridge college), and he held this position at Queens’ College until shortly before his death.  By 1858 the family lived at 4 Queens’ Lane (a college property).  Some time between 1871 and 1874 Charles and his family moved to 33 Bridge Street, the reason for the move being unclear.

Charles died on 31 May 1874, at the age of 55 having worked for Queens’ College for 20 years.  His body was buried on 3 June in Mill Road Cemetery, in the parish area of St Botolph.  He left no will, but his effects, worth less than £300, were administered to his wife Mary Ann, who survived him by five years.

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Mary Ann Phipps (née Frisby) (c.1823‒93)

Mary was born in about 1823 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  No details of her birth or christening have so far been found.  She was one of at least ten children born to John Frisby (c.1794-1856)and his wife Rebecca Frisby (née Mole) (c.1799-1870).  Her father was a ‛victualer’ of Silver Street (i.e. a publican ‒ there were three pubs in Silver Street at that time: The Anchor, The Black Lion and The Wheatsheaf).

Mary married Charles Phipps (c.1818-1874) on 26 August 1845 at St Giles, Ashtead, Surrey.  After Charles died on 30 May 1874 Mary became a Lodging Housekeeper and turned their home, 33 Bridge Street, Cambridge, into a lodging house.  In 1881, in addition to her daughter (Fanny) and and her widowed brother, Charles Frisby, plumber, Mary had three student lodgers living with her.  Two years later her daughter Fanny died.  By 1891 Mary was living in the Almshouses on Queens’ Lane, Cambridge.

Mary Ann died on 8 November 1893, aged 70.  Her body was buried on 12 November in Mill Road Cemetery, in the same grave as her husband and daughter.

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Mary Ann Fanny Phipps (1858‒83)

Mary Ann Fanny (known as ‛Fanny’) was born in Cambridge in 1858, and she was baptised at St Botolph’s Church on 7 March 1858.  Fanny was one of at least six children born to Charles Phipps (c.1818-1874) and Mary Ann Phipps (née Frisby) (c.1823-1893).  She lived with her parents at 4 Queens’ Lane, and after her father’s death in 1874, with her widowed mother at 33 Bridge Street.  No occupation is given for her in the three applicable census returns.

Fanny died at Bridge Street on 29 August 1883, aged 25, and was buried on 1 September in Mill Road Cemetery, in the grave already occupied by her father in the parish area of St Botolph.

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Sources:
Cambridge Independent Press, Saturday, 6 September 1856
Cambridge Independent Press, Saturday, 6 June 1874
Cambridge Independent Press, Saturday, 4 March 1882
Cambridge Independent Press, Saturday, 1 September 1883
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 10 November 1893
England & Wales census returns 1841 to 1891
Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813‒1913 (Charles)
England, Select  Births and Christenings, 1538‒1975 (Charles)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837‒1915 (Charles, Mary Ann; Fanny)
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills & Administrations), 1858‒1966 (Charles)
Church of St Botolph, Cambridge, baptismal register (Fanny Phipps; Charles Frisby + the children of Charles & Mary Ann Phipps, and the children and grandchildren of John & Rebecca Frisby)
Church of St Botolph, Cambridge, marriage register (Richard Manners; James John; Thomas Frisby)
Church of St Botolph, Cambridge, burial register (Charles; Mary Ann; Fanny)
Church of St Clement, Cambridge, marriage register (Robert Phipps)

By Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook

 

Charles Phipps; Mary Ann Phipps; Mary Ann Fanny Phipps