CFHS code : AS227
Parish : All Saints
Inscription : In Loving Memory of JAMES STUBBLEFIELD b 22nd Sept 1853 d 4 Dec 1925 also JANE his wife b 11 June 1861 d 14 April 1941 also their daughter HILDA MARIE STUBBLEFIELD d 12th November 1975 aged 88
Monument : Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
James Stubblefield (2 September 1853 – 4 December 1925)
James was born in Newton and grew up at Town’s End Farm where his father Peter was the farm bailiff. Aged 17 he was living at Christ’s College and working as footboy to James Cartmell, the Master of Christ’s. He later became a gardener and in 1881 was the gardener at Watershead House in Ambleside. He married Jane Goodier in Chorlton, Manchester in 1885 and the couple had two children: Hilda Marie (1887-1975) and Cyril James (later Sir) (1901-1999). They lived in the Lodge at the Elms, Didsbury (at least 1887 – 1891) and by 1897 had moved to live at 208 Mill Road, before moving again to 8 Melbourne Place (1901). In 1901 James was both a gardener and sexton although by 1911 he was just marked as being a gardener.
He sat on the committee of the Mill Road Amateur Gardeners’ Association (1897) which was later known as the Mill Road, Barnwell and New Town Amateur Gardeners’ Association (1899) together with John Stubblefield (thought to be his uncle). He acted as an agent for the Native Guano Company in London and also sat on the Cambridge Board of Guardians (1918). He died at Melbourne Place aged 72 years old.
Jane Stubblefield (née Goodier) (11 June 1861 – 14 April 1941)
Jane was the daughter of Henry and Mary and was born in Stretford, Manchester. Her father was a domestic coachman and she grew up in Disbury (1871/1881). By the age of 20 she was working as a dressmaker and married James Stubblefield when she was 23 years old. After his death she lived at 8 Melbourne Place with daughter Hilda and died at home in 1941.
Hilda Marie Stubblefield (11 August 1887 – 12 November 1975)
Hilda was born in Didsbury and baptised at St. James’ Church on 30 October 1887. Hilda went to the Eden Street Girls’ School and in 1903 won prizes for Latin and attendance. She later became a primary school teacher and lived at home with her parents. Hilda was treasurer of the Guild of All Saints’ (1919) and died at 8 Melbourne Place aged 88 years old having lived there for at least 75 years.
by Claire Martinsen
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