CFHS code : MG101

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Memory of WILLIAM SAUNDERS d 26th Jan 1855 aged 52 also of LUCY widow of the above d 10 March 1879 aged 73 also of MARY ELIZABETH SAUNDERS eldest daughter of the above d March 6 1919 aged 87 also of KEZIA BUCK SAUNDERS d Aug 20 19[3]6 in her 91st year

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202185,  0.13799244 – click here for location

Saunders grave
Saunders headstone
Saunders kerbs
Saunders kerb stones


The tree growing on the base of the monument is damaging the headstone which is in danger of falling over.


William Saunders (c.1802 – 26 January 1855)

William was the son of Thomas Saunders who was chapel clerk at King’s College. He married Lucy Benstead on 23 September 1830 at St. Mary the Less Church and they had at least three daughters:  Mary Elizabeth (1832-1919), Lucy Anne (1843-1926) and Kezia Buck (1846-1936).  In 1851 the family were living at 13 Jesus Lane where William was documented as a waiter, and Lucy as a straw bonnet maker. It is believed he worked at King’s College and  died of stomach cancer in January 1855.

Lucy Saunders  (née Benstead) (c.1805 – 10 March 1879)

Lucy was baptised on 5 January 1806 and was the daughter of John and Mary.  In 1861 she was living at the King’s College Alms Houses on Queen’s Lane  with daughter Kezia and was documented as an alms woman.  Lucy died at 15 St. Edward’s Passage, the home of her daughters Mary and Kezia  in March 1879.

Mary Elizabeth Saunders (1831 –  6 March 1919)

Mary was baptised on 4 December 1831 at St. Benet’s church and worked as a schoolmistress. She lived at 15 St. Edward’s Passage (1861-at least 1881) and sisters Lucy and Kezia were also school teachers. In 1901 Mary and Kezia were living at 20 King’s Parade and later lived at Warwick Villa, Station Road with widowed sister Lucy (1911).  Mary died at Station Road aged 87 years old and her funeral took place at Mill Road Cemetery Chapel on 10 March.

Kezia Buck Saunders (26 April 1846 – 20 August 1936)

Kezia was baptised on 17 May 1846 at St. Benet’s Church and also worked as a teacher.  In 1881 she was recorded as a  music teacher and as an art embroiderer in 1901. She died at Station Road aged 90 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Kezia Buck Saunders; Lucy Saunders; Mary Elizabeth Saunders; William Saunders