CFHS code : ML40

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : In Affectionate Memory of WILLIAM SKINNER d Nov 25 [1875] in the [58th] year of his age also of WILLIAM READ SKINNER son of the above who died from the effects of an accident at Goshen USA Oct 14 1877 aged 30 also CAROLINE widow of the above WILLIAM SKINNER d March 5 190[9] in her 89th year also of JOHN EZEKIEL SKINNER d Dec 16 1931 aged 83

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202754, 0.1378149 – click here for location

Skinner grave
Skinner headstone



William Skinner (1818 – 25 November 1875)

William was the son of John and Ann and was baptised on 19 April 1818 at St. Mary the Less Church.  In 1841 he was living at Bridge Street and working as an assistant in William Warren’s grocery store there. He married Caroline Read on 2 February 1846 in Wangford, Southwold, Suffolk and they had two sons, both of whom are buried in the same grave. William worked as a grocer and they lived at St. Andrew’s Street (1851) and then 21 Fitzwilliam Street (at least 1861 onwards). William died at home aged 57 years old and his death was reported to have been ‘very sudden’.

William Read Skinner (1847 – 14 October 1877)

William was the eldest son of William and Caroline and was baptised on 4 April 1847 at St. Andrew the Great Church. He went to America and landed at Ellis Island on 28 February 1871. On the arrival paperwork he was documented as being a labourer and died aged 30 years old. There are 26 towns named Goshen in America, and it is not known which he died in.

Caroline Skinner (née Read) (1820 – 5 March 1909)

Caroline was born in Wangford, near Southwold and baptised there on 12 November 1820.  She was the daughter of Ezekiel and Sarah and married William Skinner when she was 25 years old. After she was widowed she continued to live at 21 Fitzwilliam Street with son John and ran a Lodging House. Caroline died aged 88 years old.

John Ezekiel Skinner (1848 – 16 December 1931)

John was the youngest son of William and Caroline and was baptised at St. Andrew the Great on 3 September 1848.  Aged 23 he was working in Wangford Post Office as a grocery assistant. He later worked as a grocery clerk and lived with his mother at 21 Fitzwilliam Street. He moved to 106 Mawson Road after her death and died aged 83 years old.



by Claire Martinsen 

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Caroline Skinner; John Ezekiel Skinner; William Skinner; William Read Skinner