CFHS code : HT371

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : JOSEPH TRAYLEN d Dec 17 1921 aged 73 ANNIE his wife d April 27 1930 aged 80 SIDNEY d Aug 31 1931 aged 48

Monument : Celtic cross (broken)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Joseph Traylen (1848 – 17 December 1921)

Joseph was born in Chesterton and  baptised there on 18 March 1849. He was the son of Joseph and Catherine (née Tate) and his father farmed 250 acres employing 10 men (1851) in the village. By 1871 Joseph Traylen (senior) was farming 500 acres, and  Josepeh (jnr) was helping on the farm. He married Annie Tebbutt in 1875 and they had six children: Francis Joseph (1877-1952), Katharine Annie (1879-1972), Bessie (1880-1963), Sidney (1883-1931), Wilfred John (1883-1967) and Eva (1885-1950). Joseph worked as a farm bailiff and the family lived in Chesterton (1881).

Newspaper advert from 1901

In 1891 they were living at Hill Farm, Chesterton and Joseph was documented as being a farmer and  coal merchant.  He later became a hay, seed and grain merchant and the family moved to New Square (1901) and then 4 Short Street, Cambridge (1911 onwards). He was declared bankrupt in April 1910 and appeared at the Cambridge Brankruptcy Court which the Cambridge Independent Press reported under the headline of ‘Worse than Horse Racing – Cambridge Bankrupt’s views of Speculations in Hay’. Joseph told the court that one of the causes of his failure was ‘sending hay to London for sale on commission’.  The Official Receiver claimed he spent more than he earned and that Joseph had bought lunches and drinks for others when he did not have the money to cover this expenditure. He had further extended himself by taking on two shop fronts – at Fitzroy Street and King Street. In conclusion Joseph told the court that ‘buying hay and sending it to London is worse than horse racing, though I have never had a shilling on a horse in my life. I didn’t know it before, but I know it now’.

Afterwards he traded from Stand 49 at the Corn Exchange and also  from his home in Short Street. He died at home aged 73 years old.

Annie Traylen (née Tebbutt)  (1849 – 27 April 1930)

Annie was born in the village of Great Gidding, ten miles north west of Huntingdon and baptised there on 9 January 1850. She was the daughter of farmer John and Mary Tebbutt and went to boarding school in  Great Gidding, which was run by Richard and Louisa Hall. Annie died at Short Street aged 80 years old and her funeral took place on 1 May 1930.

Sidney Traylen (1883 – 31 August 1931)

Sidney was the second son of Joseph and Annie and is believed to have served as a Sapper with the Royal Engineers in the 1st World War.  He returned to live at 4 Short Street with his parents and worked as a joiner before marrying Beatrice Mary Rowlatt (1881-1965) in 1921 in Northamptonshire. The couple went to live at Cambridge Road, Braunstone in Leicester. He died  at the Shoulder of Mutton Hill, Hinckley Road, Leicester when he stepped in front of an oncoming vehicle.  The subsequent inquest found he was out of work and had been depressed for some months. The inquest jury returned a verdict of ‘suicide while of an unsound mind’ and he was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 4 September 1931.

Beatrice Tralyen married widowed farmer Arthur Knighton (1874-1953) in 1948, and died at Chesterton Hospital aged 83.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Annie Traylen; Joseph Traylen; Sidney Traylen