CFHS code : BO46
Parish : St Botolph
Inscription : ILMO JOHN WILLIAM SUMPTER d Jun 5 1898 aged 57 also of ELIZA wife of the above b Oct 25 1834 d Dec 19 1912
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.20285, 0.13748291 – click here for location
This sandstone headstone, badly weather-worn and now part-indecipherable, in the parish area of St Botolph, is located in the centre circle, in the northern sector of the circle.
‛In loving memory of John William Sumpter
who died June 5th 1898 aged 57 years’
“His end was peace”
‛Also of Eliza wife of the above
born Oct 25th 1834 died Dec 19th 1912’
John William Sumpter (c.1840‒98)
John William (known often just as “William”) was born c. 1840 in Windsor, Berkshire, the son of John and Mary Sumpter (both c.1794‒, of Binfield, Berkshire). The history of the family between 1840 and 1871 is difficult to trace. It may have been living at Bier Lane, Windsor in 1841, and at 116 Praed Street, Paddington, London in 1851, on both of which occasions John’s father is described as a “(wood) sawyer”. A “William Sumpter” was in 1861 the footman to a barrister, Andrew W. Kirwan and his family, living at 73 Gloucester Place, Marylebone.
John William married Eliza Watts on 24 December 1861 at All Souls’ Church, Marylebone, London. The couple went on to have at least five children: Harry William (c.1863‒1915: see his grave in this cemetery), Frank (1864‒65: buried in Histon Road Cemetery), Ada Kate (c.1867‒), Arthur George (1871‒1946), and Minnie (1872‒74: buried in Histon Road Cemetery).
John and Eliza had moved to Cambridge by 1865 and were living in Burleigh Street, presumably at No. 22 (Eliza’s family home). By 1871 they were living at 3 Summerfield, Newnham, and John was a porter at Queens’ College. By 1881 John had risen to be Head Porter of the College (a position of considerable importance!), and the family was living in one of the Queens’ Cottages in Queens’ Grove, within the College grounds (on the site of the present Fisher Building). This remained the case in 1891, when only the youngest son, described as a “chemist”, was still with them.
At the time of his death on 5 June 1898, aged 57, John and Eliza were still living in Queens’ Cottages; John’s burial service at St Botolph’s Church and interment in Mill Road Cemetery took place on 9 June.
Eliza Sumpter (née Watts) (1834‒1912)
Eliza was born on 25 October 1834 in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, the daughter of George Watts (1814‒64), tallow chandler, and Maria Watts (née Flower) (c.1816‒). In about 1847, the family moved to 22 Burleigh Street (Kite District), Cambridge, where they lived with their seven children: Eliza, Arthur (c.1837‒), Hanah (c. 1840‒), Henry (c.1843‒), Walter (c. 1845‒), Thomas (c.1847‒), Kate (1851‒), and later Mary (c.1860‒). The family lived there until at least George’s death in 1864, and almost certainly for several years after that. However, in 1861 an Eliza Watts was living in London at 15 Upper Berkeley Street, Marylebone as one of three domestic servants to sisters Ann and Catherine Talbot, gentlewomen.
Eliza married John William Sumpter on 24 December 1861 at All Souls’ Church, Marylebone, London. The couple had at least five children: Harry William (c.1863‒1915), Frank (1864‒65: buried in Histon Road Cemetery), Ada Kate (c.1867‒), Arthur George (1871‒1946), and Minnie (1872‒74: buried in Histon Road Cemetery). By 1865 they had moved to Cambridge and were living in Burleigh Street, presumably at No. 22 with Eliza’s mother. By 1871 they had moved to 3 Summerfield, Newnham with John’s appointment as a porter at Queens’ College, and from 1881 to 1898, when John died, were living in one of the Queens’ Cottages in Queens’ Grove, within the College grounds (on the site of the present Fisher Building).
In 1901, Eliza was living with her daughter Ada Kate and son-in-law William J Palmer and their children (Gladys, Doris, Harold and Leonard) at 30 Tenison Road; and in 1911 was living with them at 57 Links Road, Tooting, London. At the time of her death on 19 December 1912, aged 78, Eliza was living with her son Harry William and his wife Annie at 10 Petty Cury, in the centre of Cambridge. Her burial service at St Botolph’s Church and interment in Mill Road Cemetery took place on 22 December.
English census reports 1841‒1911
London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921
Civil Registration Death Index, Cambridge
St. Andrew’s Parish (Cambridge) Deeds
St Botolph: burial register, marriage register, register of banns
Cambridge General [=Histon Road] Cemetery : burial register
UK City and County directories
Church of England Parish Registers
England and Wales. Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983
By Gary Sumpter and Ian Bent