CFHS code : ED25
Parish : St Edward
Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of GEORGE SMITH d April 17th 1861 aged 62 also of MARY wife of the above d April 11th 1866 aged 60 also EMILY [CAR]TER SMITH daughter of the above d July [3-] 190- aged 74
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.203164, 0.13752724
This elegantly scultped and round-topped headstone, in the parish area of St Edward (CFHS ED25), is located three rows west of the central path, and 30 yards north of the centre circle. It has inscriptions on both the east and west faces (one of which is now indecipherable).
[east face:] Sacred to the memory of George Smith
who departed this life April 17th 1861 aged 62 years
Watch therefore: for ye know not
what hour your Lord doth come. [Matthew 24.42]
Also of Mary wife of the above
who died April 11th 1866 aged 60 years
Also Emily Carter Smith daughter of the above
died July 3 1909 aged 74 years
[west face:] [indecipherable inscription]
Also Laura Amelia Smith
who died July 26 1949 aged 77 years
Emily Carter was the daughter of George and Mary Smith. Laura Amelia was their grand daughter (daughter of Doughty Carter Smith and his wife Sarah).
The burials represented on this monument are, according to the grave book of St Edward’s parish, distributed in two plots:
XXXI/15: George; Mary; Emily Carter; Elizabeth Normington (Smith)
XXXI/16: Laura Amelia (Smith); Susannah Shrive
The indecipherable upper inscription on the west face of the headstone could, therefore, be that of either Elizabeth Normington Smith of 10 Orchard Street, Cambridge (c.1829‒1909: relationship unknown) or Susannah Shrive of 3 Peas Hill, Cambridge (c.1852‒1917: she was from Oundle, therefore probably a relative of Mary Smith).
George Smith (c.1799-1861)
George was born c.1799 and baptized on 3 March 1799 in the church of St Andrew, Barnwell, Northamptonshire, son of George and Mary Smith. He married Mary Lockington of Hemingford Abbots, Northamptonshire (15 miles north of Cambridge, now in Cambridgeshire) on 11 January 1825. The couple had at least six children: Elizabeth (c.1828‒), George John (c. 1831‒), Doughty Cater (or Cator) (c.1833‒1915), Emily Cater (or Cator) (c.1835‒1909 ‒ see below), Frederick Robert (c.1843‒) and Thomas Augustine (c.1846‒).
By 1831, George was described as ‛gardener of King’s College’; in 1841 and 1851 his occupation is recorded as ‛(College) Porter’, and in 1861 as ‛Porter Gardener King’s College’. The family’s address is given on all three census returns as King’s College, but the St Edward’s baptismal register records it as King’s Lane, the houses in which were the property of the College and reserved for College employees.
George died in mid-April 1861, aged 62, and was buried in Mill Road Cemetery on the 22nd of that month, in row XXXI of the parish area of St Edward, in grave 15 at a depth of 8 feet. Mary outlived him by five years.
Mary Smith (née Lockington) (c.1806-66)
According to the St Edward’s burial register, Mary was born c. 1806, and the census records suggest a birth date between 1803 and 1805. Her birthplace is consistently given as Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdonshire, 15 miles north of Cambridge and 3 miles south of Huntingdon. Her maiden name seems to have been Lockington.
A Mary Lockington was born on 15 June 1810 in Thrapston, Northamptonshire, and baptized there on 17 February 1811, daughter of William and Elizabeth Lockington; but those dates are seemingly too late. In the 1841 census (which does not give relationships or marital status), a David Lockington (85) and Mary Lockington (70) lived in High Street, Hemingford Abbots, with Ann Lockington (30), George Smith (11) and Cornelius Lockington (3), all born in Northamptonshire. Mary had been married and left home 16 years earlier ‒ it seems more likely that this is his her birth family, though the ages are hard to reconcile.
Mary married George Smith, college porter, on 11 January 1825 in Hemingford Abbots, and over the next 20 years the couple had at least six children: Elizabeth (c.1828‒), George John (c. 1831‒), Doughty Cater (or Cator) (c.1833‒1915), Emily Cater (or Cator) (c.1835‒1909 ‒ see below), Frederick Robert (c.1843‒) and Thomas Augustine (c.1846‒).
George died in mid-April 1861, and Mary lived on for a further five years; she moved to live in Botolph Lane, where she died in mid-April 1866, aged 60. Her body was buried in Mill Road Cemetery on the 22nd of that month in row XXXI of the St Edward parish area, in grave 15, at a depth of 7 feet.
Emily Cater Smith (c.1835-1909)
Emily Cater (or Cator, or Carter) was born c.1835 and baptized on 28 June 1835 at the church of St Benedict (Bene’t), Cambridge, daughter of George Smith and his wife Mary. For the first 25 years of her life she lived on King’s Lane, beside King’s College, where her father worked as porter and gardener. Emily appears in the 1841 census but not in that of 1851, and is again at home in the 1861 census. No occupation is recorded for her.
Her father died in 1861, and she may then have moved to Botolph Lane with her widowed mother, who died there in 1866. Some time between then and 1871 she moved to live with her older brother Doughty Cater Smith, his wife Sarah, and their five children a 24 Clarendon Street (Kite District), where she remained for the next 38 years.
Emily died, unmaried, on 3 July 1909 at the age of 74, and was buried on 7 July in Mill Road Cemetery, in row XXXI of the St Edward parish area in grave 15 where her parents were buried, at a depth of 6 feet.
Laura Amelia Smith (1870‒1949)
The second son of George and Mary, Doughty Cater Smith (c.1833‒1915), married in the late 1860s, and he and his wife Sarah had six children, of whom Laura Amelia was the fourth. Doughty was a college gardener, presumably of King’s College since at the age of 17 he was listed as ‛porter’s boy’ of that college; his son, Harry Davis Smith, was a college servant, so there was something of a family tradition of college servancy.
Laura was born in the fourth quarter of 1870, and lived all her life at 24 Clarendon Street, Cambridge, her parents’ home. Her occupation was given in the 1911 census (when she was 39) as ‛dress maker’, with no indication as to whether she was employed or worked at home. Nothing more is known of her life, and she cannot be found in the 1939 register.
Laura died on 26 July 1949, unmarried and still living on Clarendon Street, aged 77, and was buried in Mill Road Cemetery on 30(?) July in row XXXI of the St Edward parish area, in grave 16 (different from that of George, Mary and Emily Carter). She left a will, bequeathing effects worth £638 15s 6d to William Harry Doughty Wolfe, draper’s assistant (perhaps a nephew).
[If you have any information about these four persons or other family members, please contact us at Friendsofmillroadcemetery@gmail.com]
England census returns1841 to 1901
England & Wales census 1911
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837‒1915 (Susannah; Laura)
Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1532‒1812 Barnwell, St Andrew, parish registers 1727‒1812 (George)
Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1532‒1812 (Mary)
England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538‒1975 (Emily; Doughty)
England & Wales, Christening Index, 1530‒1980 (Emily; Doughty)
Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813‒1912 (Susannah)
Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1532‒1812 (Susannah)
England & Wales Marriages, 1538‒1988 (George/Mary)
England & Wales, Select Marriages, 1538‒1973 (George/Mary)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837‒1915 (George; Mary; Emily; Doughty)
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916‒2007 (Susannah; Laura)
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1835‒1966 (Doughty; Laura)
Church of St Edward, Cambridge, burial register and grave book
Church of St Benedict, Cambridge, baptism register (George; Doughty; Emily)
By Ian Bent