CFHS code : MC65

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of HENRY ROBERT SMITH d June 7 1863 age 40 WILLIAM HADDON SMITH d Jan 22 1868 age 73 REBECCA ANN SMITH d May 3 1869 age 72

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202606, 0.13757362 – click here for location

Smith headstone



William Haddon Smith (4 September 1794 – 22 January 1868)

William was born in London , and was the son of William Haddon and Elizabeth Smith.   He married Rebecca Benton at St Giles in the Fields Church in Holborn on 6th November 1815.

William and Rebecca had at least six children: Edwin Sterling [1823-], Henry Robert [1823-1863], Charles Benton [1827-1892], Rebecca Ann [1829-1863], Emma [1831-] and Alfred [1834-].  William had a shop at 7 Rose Crescent.  In 1841 he is noted as a book seller, but in subsequent census returns he is recorded as a news vendor.  He died at Rose Crescent aged 73 years old.

Rebecca Ann Smith [nee Benton] (1796 – 3 May 1869)

Rebecca was born in Ely, and was the daughter of Robert and Rebecca Benton.  She was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Ely on 17th July 1796.  She married William Haddon Smith aged 23 years old.

She died the year after her husband, at Rose Crescent.  She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 6th May 1869.

Henry Robert Smith (1863 – 7 June 1863)

Henry was the second son of William and Rebecca Smith. He grew up at 7 Rose Crescent and is not believed to have married.   In the census of 1861 he was living with his parents, and assisting them in the running of the business.  His occupation is recorded as ‘news vendor’.  He died aged 40 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives

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Henry Robert Smith; Rebecca Ann Smith; William Haddon Smith