CFHS code : AL29

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : [In Loving Memory of] THOMPSON JOEL PINNEY remainder indecipherable

Monument : Headstone (fallen)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.204188, 0.13762027

Pinney family headstones March 2018


Thompson’s monument is the one furthest away. Very little of the headstone remains.


[In Loving Memory of] THOMPSON JOEL PINNEY remainder indecipherable

Thompson Joel Martin Pinney (1844 – 29 October 1889)

Thompson was the son of Tobias and Sarah Pinney and brother of  Cartwright.  Thompson’s father Tobias Cartright Pinney (1804-1846) was an artist and the family lived at Brunswick Walk.  Tobias died in September 1846 of kidney disease and a trial resulted whereby Sarah Pinney blamed doctor Mr Southee of having mistreated her husband. The verdict from the trial was that ‘the death…was caused by internal diseases which we are unable clearly to assertain, and in returning this verdict the jury cannot but express their great disappointment at the want of attention and kindness on the part of his medical attendant’.

Aged 6 (1851) Thompson was living with his mother and siblings at 36 Gold Street, and Sarah was receiving parish relief. Aged 16 he was still living at Gold Street and working as a shop porter.  He married Sarah Huddlestone Beaumont (1850-1936) in 1870 and the couple had at least three children: Marion Sarah C (1871-), Alfred Thompson (1872-1949) and Kate Lavinia (1876-). In 1871 the family was living at Norfolk Buildings and Thompson was working as a railway porter. By at least 1875 they had moved to live at 2 Blossom Street, and in 1881 Thompson was working as a college porter.

He served as parish constable for All Saint’s Church (at least 1878 – 1883) and died at Newmarket Road aged 46 years old.



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