CFHS code : AL131

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELIZA ROLFE d Oct 14 1890 aged 58 also EMMA ROLFE d 1876 aged 16 and ALFRED ROLFE d Oct 21 1863 aged 1

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203688, 0.137931 – click here for location

Rolfe grave
Rolfe headstone


In the parish area of St Andrew the Less, this headstone is located on the east side of the central path between the centre circle and the north gate.


‘In loving memory of
Eliza Rolfe
died Oct 14, 1890 aged 58 years’

‘also Emma Rolfe
died Aug 24 1876 aged 16 years’

‘and Alfred Rolfe
died Oct 21 1863 aged 1 year’

Eliza Rolfe (nee Hatcarton) (1834 – 1890)

Eliza was the eldest child of Elizabeth and Joseph Hatcarton. She was baptised in the parish of St Andrew the Less in April 1834. Her father was a baker and her mother a dressmaker. when she was about 8 years old, her father left the family home and she was brought up in New Street with her two, siblings Elizabeth and John.

She married James Rolfe, a hawker, on 24th  June 1856 at Holy Trinity church. They had at least seven children: James (1857), George (1859),Emma (1860), Alfred (1862-1863), Alfred (1864), Elizabeth (1867),  John Henry (1869) and Jane (1875) The family lived in New Street and later Leaders Row. Eliza died in hospital and a year later John Henry died at the age of 22. He is also buried in this parish but we have not found a grave marker.

Emma Rolfe (1860 – 1876)see also Life Story page

Emma was the third child of Eliza and James. She was born and bought up in New Street. She worked as a prostitute in the Barnwell district of Cambridge and was murdered in August 1876 on Midsummer Common. 2000 people attended her funeral in Mill Road Cemetery.

Alfred Rolfe (1862 – 1863)

Alfred died when he was 1 year old.

[If you have any further information about this family, please contact us at]

Dr Philip Howell BA PhD, ‘Midsummer Murder’, Emmanuel College Magazine XXXV1 (2003/04), pp 122-27
‘Midsummer Murder

Family history research by Mary Naylor using CFHS parish transcripts and Familysearch

By Caroline Wilson on the basis of Howell article

Alfred Rolfe; Eliza Rolfe; Emma Rolfe