CFHS code : PL67

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of LYDIA wife of WILLIAM SHERMAN d 20 Jan 1884 aged 72 also parents of the above WILLIAM SHERMAN WILLIAM SHERMAN d 13 Jan 1886 aged [65]

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Sherman headstone February 2017


Some of the inscription on this headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, is now difficult to read.


‘In Loving Memory of LYDIA beloved wife of WILLIAM SHERMAN
died Jan. 20. 1884 aged 72 years’

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Also parents of the above WILLIAM SHERMAN

WILLIAM SHERMAN died Jan 13 1886 aged [65] years

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Lydia Sherman (née Pink) (1811 – 20 January 1884)

Lydia was born in Hauxton and was the daughter of miller Edward Pink.  She married Joseph Carroll (1809-1845) on 9 April 1837 in Barnwell and the couple ran the Jolly Brewers pub on Union Road. Joseph died in April 1845 aged 35 years old and an inquest was held into his death.  He was said to have complained of ‘a fullness over the region of the stomach and liver and also a great deal of difficulty in breathing’. The doctor was called for and he was prescribed medicine and told to not drink any alcohol in the meantime.  Joseph was said to have ignored this advice and drunk three quarters of a bottle of rum and ‘a quantity of ale’ after the doctor left.  The next day the doctor called again and found Joseph ‘in a state of intoxication’ and he died soon after the doctor left.  At the inquest the doctor said that ‘there could be no doubt that the death of deceased was caused by habitual excessive drinking’. A verdict of ‘death by the visitation of God’ was returned.

Lydia married for a second time on 27 December 1846 to William Sherman at Martin in the Field, London. The couple lived at Princess Street, where William was a butcher and publican. They raised their neice Mary Ann Pool but are not thought to have had any children of their own. Lydia died at Union Road aged 72 years old.

William Sherman (1820 – 13 January 1886)

William was the son of William and was born in Ickleton. His father was a hay salesman, and William later worked as a butcher/publican. After he was widowed he moved to live at 3 Park Villas, Upper Richmond Road in London, but died at King’s Cross Station aged 65 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Lydia Sherman; William Sherman