CFHS code : BE67

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : headstone In Most LMO MARGARET the devoted wife of JAMES SANDERS who died in the full assurance of hope through the atoning blood of the Saviour June 22 1880 in the 46th year of her age also In Loving Memory of JAMES SANDERS b June 9 1831 d July 26 1916 also of MARY SOPHIA SANDERS wife of the above ———– 1932 aged [85] footstone MS 1880 JS 1916

Monument : Headstone (fallen and broken)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Sanders grave
Sanders headstone and kerb stones


This sandstone headstone, fallen and broken, with footstone and kerb stones, in the parish area of St Bene’t, is located beside the western path on its eastern side, a few yards south of the path leading to the centre circle. The inscriptions for James and Mary Sophia are no longer decipherable.


[taken from the transcript by the Cambridgeshire Family History Society]


‘In most loving memory of Margaret
the devoted wife of James Sanders
who died in the full assurance of hope through the atoning blood of the Saviour
June 22 1880 in the 46th year of her age’

‘Also in loving memory of James Sanders
born June 9 1831 died July 26 1916’

‘Also of Mary Sophia Sanders wife of the above
[died] —- 1932 aged [85]’


MS 1880 / JS 1916

James Sanders (1831‒1916)seedsman – see also Life Story page

James Sanders, the son of Ephraim and Jane Sanders, was born on 9th June 1831 and baptised on 10th July 1831 at Tempsford, Bedfordshire. According to census reports, he was still living with his parents in 1841 but, by 1851, he had become a groom in Brampton, Huntington. James was an ambitious young man and by the time he married Margaret Maguire in 1858, he had moved on to become an office clerk in London. In the 1861 census he was listed as a domestic gardener and he worked in horticulture for the rest of his life.

Margaret, Sanders’ first wife, died on the 29th June 1880 and was buried in Mill Road Cemetery. He was still living in Trumpington Street as a widower in 1881. On 4 September 1883, he married his second wife, Mary Sophia Alliston in South Hampstead. Sadly James had no children with either of his wives but he was a family man and kept in touch with both Margaret’s and Mary Sophia’s families.

James Sanders died on 26 July 1916 at Daneholme, New Hunstanton and his death was registered by his sister Julia Peacock. He is buried in the same grave as his first wife Margaret, in Mill Road Cemetery. Probate was granted on 26 October 1916.

Montague Shirley Alliston (his second wife’s nephew) of East Dene, Tenison Road was granted the lease of his house and shop at 23a Petty Cury together with the goodwill of the business of seedman and florist plus fixtures etc. The bulk of the residue of the estate was left to Mary Sophia, including a life-interest in 14 Glisson Road and the properties at 82 and 86 Mawson Road, as well as Pembroke House, Hartington Grove. 14 Glisson Road went to Montague Alliston after Mary’s death. The estate value was given as £7,252. Mary Sophia died on 5 January 1932 at Roselea, Glisson Road and was buried with Margaret and James in the Mill Road Cemetery.

Margaret Sanders (c.1834‒80)

Margaret Sanders (née Maguire) was born in Northumberland in c. 1831.

Mary Sophia Sanders (1847‒1932)

Mary Sophia Sanders (née Alliston) was born in Cambridge in 1846.

Ancestry – England, Select Births & Christenings, 1538-1975
Census: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1891, & 1911
FBMD 1858, 1880, 1883, 1916 and 1932
Probate Records and Wills
Cambridge Independent Press 1866, 1867
Spaldings Street Directories of Cambridge 1879, 1884, 1888, 1892, 1896
Bishop, Matt, Davies, Aaron, and Grimshaw, John, Snowdrops – A Monograph of Cultivated Galanthus (2006)

By Jennifer Harmer, Jane Kilpatrick and Ian Bent

James Sanders; Margaret Sanders; Mary Sophia Sanders