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


This headstone stands to the south east of the centre circle, a few yards from the path,  in the parish area of St Michael. The photo taken in 2014 shows that some erosion has taken place. The carved inscription  was still legible at that point.


Sacred to the Memory of HENRY ROBERT SMITH died June 7 1865 aged 40 years

WILLIAM HADDON SMITH died Jan 22 1868 aged 73 years

REBECCA ANN SMITH died May 3. 1869 aged 72.

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. They had moved to Cambridge by 1822 when they had their eldest son  William Haddon baptised. This child died in 1841 aged 24 and would have been buried in the St Michael’s church yard.

William and Rebecca had at least nine children: William Haddon (1816 -1841), Frederick Augustus Caesar (1819), Lavinia (1822), Edwin Sterling [1823-] Henry Robert [1825-1865], 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 and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 6th May 1869.

Henry Robert Smith (1863 – 7 June 1863)

Henry was the 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