CFHS code : ML12

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY ELIZABETH wife of FREDERICK WILLIAM SALMON who died at Denver July 17 1902 aged 37 also FREDERICK WILLIAM d Mar 16 1912 aged 54

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202828, 0.13773062 – click here for location

Salmon grave
Salmon inscription



Mary Elizabeth Salmon (née Tomlinson)(1865 – 17 July 1902)

Mary was the eldest daughter of James and Emma (née Negus) and was born in Sutton Marsh, Lincolnshire where her father farmed 150 acres.  She was baptised on 2 July 1865 at St. Nicholas’ Church, Sutton. By 1891 Mary had moved to Cambridge and was working as a barmaid at Webb’s Restaurant, 3 & 4 Market Street.  She married Frederick Salmon in Lincolnshire in 1891 and they lived at Fitzwilliam Hall, 31/32 Trumpington Street where Frederick worked as a clerk.

In July 1902 Frederick and Mary went to Denver, Norfolk to visit the Cam Sailing Club Camp and were staying at a nearby house.  She was ‘only taken ill on Wednesday, and died about nine o’clock on Thursday evening’. A subsequent inquest into her death recorded a verdict of ‘death from failure of the heart’s action’ and  was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 21 July

Frederick William Salmon (1858 – 16 March 1912)

Frederick was the eldest son of William and Mary Ann (née Clarke). William Salmon died at Fulbourn Hospital in 1861, and Frederick grew up with his mother and siblings at Trumpington Street (1861) and 9 Botolph Lane (1871).  Mary Salmon worked as a college bedmaker, and aged 13 Frederick was working as an errand boy. They later moved to Alexandra Street (1881) and  57 Park Street (1891).  Frederick was working as a college servant by at least 1881 and worked as a clerk at Fitzwilliam Hall, Trumpington Street.  The hall was for non-collegiate students of the University [ie students who were not part of a College] and the link above provides more information on its history.  Frederick later lived at Fitzwilliam Hall as its resident clerk.

By 1911 he had retired and was lodging at 33 New Square with Arthur and Alice Askham.  He died aged 54 years old at New Square and his probate records described him as ‘proprietor of central window cleaning company’. Little is known of the company, nor how it started, but in 1919 it was a contractor to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the University and Town Council.



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Frederick William Salmon; Mary Elizabeth Salmon