CFHS code : ML39
Parish : St Mary the Less
Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of GEORGE WILLIAM SOUTHAM d August 14th 1874 aged 45 also of CAROLINE SOUTHAM d December 30th —
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202763, 0.13781533 – click here for location
This headstone, broken and squeezed between the coped stones of two other graves, in the parish area of St Mary the Less, is located northeast of the centre circle and close to the path leading from the circle to the eastern path.
‘Sacred to the Memory of George William Southam
died August 14th 1874 aged 45’
‘Also of Caroline Southam died December 30th ’
George William Southam (c.1828‒1874)
George William Southam was born in about 1828 and baptised on 8 January 1829 in Thorney, Cambridgeshire, son of Edward Southam, grocer, and his wife Mary (nee Hamerton), of Thorney Abbey. He had two elder siblings, Edward (c.1816‒) and Mary (c.1821‒), and at least three younger ones, Jane (c.1831‒), Eliza (c.1832‒) and Arthur (c.1840‒). By 1851 he was a merchant’s clerk, lodging at 3 Queens’ Lane, Cambridge, with the family of William Lawrence, college porter.
George married Caroline Weston on 11 July 1854 in Fletton, Huntingdonshire (now a suburb of Peterborough, in Cambridgeshire). The couple had three children: Caroline (1856‒), Julia Ellen (1857‒) and Mary Emily (1860‒). By 1861, the family was living at 1 Panton Street (New Town area), Cambridge, with a nurse and one servant. By 1871, they were living at 10 Mill Lane, in central Cambridge.
George died on 14 August 1874 at the age of 45, and was buried in the parish area of St Mary the Less in Mill Road Cemetery in row IX plot 8 five days later. His will was proved on 14 September, leaving effects worth less that £600, his wife and his brother, Giles Wimberley Southam, grocer of Thorney, being his executors. His wife was to outlive him by ten years.
Caroline Southam (nee Weston) (c.1828‒1885)
Caroline Weston was born in about 1828 and baptised on 16 July 1828 at the Church of St John the Baptist, Peterborough, Northants, daughter of Charles Weston, “coal, timber and lime[?] merchant”, and his wife Caroline. She had at least nine siblings: John (c.1832‒), Mary (c.1833‒), Emily (c.1837‒), Charles (c.1838‒), Alfred (1841‒), Julia C (c.1843‒), Frederick (c.1846‒), Edwin I (c.1847‒) and Reuben (c.1849‒). The household also had two female servants, and lived in Fletton Cottage, near Toll Bar, Huntingdonshire (now a suburb of Peterborough, in Cambridgeshire). In 1851, aged 22, her occupation was given as “governess at home”, presumably instructing her many younger siblings.
Caroline married George William Southam, merchant’s clerk, on 11 July 1854 in Fletton. The couple had three children: Caroline (1856‒), Julia Ellen (1857‒) and Mary Emily (1860‒). By 1861, the family was living at 1 Panton Street (New Town area), Cambridge, with a nurse and one servant (and with Caroline’s sister Julia C visiting). By 1871, they were living at 10 Mill Lane, in central Cambridge.
On 14 August 1874, George William died. By 1881, Caroline had moved to 22 Minver Terrace, Bateman Street (in the New Town area), with her two daughters and a 74-year-old aunt, Susannah Prowell[?], and with one female servant. She died on 30 December 1884, and was buried on 3 January 1885 in the same grave as her late husband. In her will, she left £1,081 1s 11d (a considerably larger sum than that of her husband), her unmarried daughter Caroline, by then of 3 Marine Parade, Eastbourne, Sussex being the sole executor.
England Select Births and Christenings 1538-1975
All England & Wales Civil Registration Marriage Index 1837-1915
England & Wales Civil Registration Death Index 1837-1915
National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills & Administrations) 1858-1996, 1973-1995
Spalding’s Street Directory of Cambridge, 1881
Church of St Mary the Less (Little St Mary), Cambridge, burial register
Information from Bernie Southam, descendant: RootsWeb
By Ian Bent