CFHS code : AS129

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of HENRY FRANCIS ROWE d Dec 21 1856 aged 59 also of his daughter CAROLINE ANNE ROWE d June 21 1835 aged [2] also of his eldest son HENRY ERSKINE ROWE four lines illegible also ANNE the beloved wife of HF ROWE d Oct 10 [18–] aged [66]

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203351, 0.13667272 – click here for location

This headstone is in good condition but the lettering has eroded and is not easy to read. Photo 2016
Rowe headstone 2016

Monument

This headstone, in the parish area of All Saints, is located on the west of the western path. It is in good condition but the lettering has eroded and is not easy to read.

Inscription

Sacred to the Memory of HENRY FRANCIS ROWE died Dec 21 1856 aged 59

Also of his daughter CAROLINE ANNE ROWE died June 21 1835 aged 2

Also of his eldest son HENRY ERSKINE ROWE

four lines illegible

Also ANNE the beloved wife of HE ROWE died Oct 10 [1863] aged [65]

Henry Francis Rowe (1797 – 21 December 1856)

Henry was the son of  grocer Henry and was baptised on 10 April 1798 at All Saints’ Church.  He married Ann Fentiman at the same church on 13 August 1825 and they had at least nine children: Henry Erskine (1826-1855), Emily Frances (1827-1907), Rev. John (1829-1913), Marianne (1831-1880), Caroline Anne (1833-1835), Frederick Adam (1835-1889), Rev. Alfred William (1837-1921), Octavius (1839-) and Louisa Anne (1843-1894).

Henry was a wine merchant and hosier and ran a shop from 2 Trinity Street and later at 27 Trinity Street (1847 onwards).He died at home and was buried on 26 December.

Caroline Anne Rowe (29 June 1833 – 21 June 1835)

Caroline was baptised at All Saints’ Church on 28 July 1833 and died just before her second birthday.

Henry Erskine Rowe (1826 – 5 February 1855)

Henry was baptised on 20 August 1826 at All Saints’ Church.  He went to Uppingham School and then up to Trinity College in January 1845.  He was awarded a B.A. in 1849 and an M.A.  in 1852.  He was admitted to the Inner Temple on 15 April 1849 and was a fellow at Trinity from 1851-1854.

Henry married his first cousin Emily Fentiman (1830-1911) on 12 October 1854 at All Saints’ Church.  The couple sailed to Australia on the Orwell ship soon after the wedding  where Henry was to take up the position  of Professor of Classics at  newly built Melbourne University.  The Cambridge Independent Press reported that he had ‘arrived at that colony in perfect safety and after a very quick passage of 74 days’.  Though according to later reports Henry apparently arrived in Australia ‘in a debilitated condition of health (partly constitutional, but much strengthened by the continued effects of sea sickness during the passage)’.  Henry and Emily arrived not knowing anyone and took at house at Wellington Terrace in the city.  He died in Melbourne about a month after his arrival ‘after a few days’ illness…..over exertion having brought on an (sic) haemorrhage of the lungs’.

Emily was said to be ‘disconsolate’ and returned to Cambridge.  The Cambridge Independent Press reported that Henry was  ‘an accomplished scholar and had won considerable distinction for so young a man in the Schools at home’ and that ‘his earthly career which has been one of eminent success, his commanding talents having placed him in an elevated position in society, with handsome emolument has been suddenly terminated by the inscrutable hand of Providence, while with health a long life of usefulness and honour appeared to lie open before him’.

He was interred at the New Cemetery in Melbourne and remembered at Mill Road Cemetery.

Anne Rowe (née Fentiman)  (c.1798 – 10 October 1863)

Anne was born in Perthshire and after being widowed ran the shop at Sidney Street. In 1861 she was employing 4 men and 1 boy in the business and died at Sidney Street aged 65 years old.

Sources:

Cambridge University Alumni Database

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Ann Rowe; Caroline Ann Rowe; Henry Erskine Rowe; Henry Francis Rowe