CFHS code : BE127a

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE ADAMS WALLIS b May 22nd 1833 d Jan 26 1901 also ELIZABETH MARY WALLIS b 6th Aug 1843 d 15th Feb 1904

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Some of the inscription has warn away but cross is in good order. Photo December 2016
Wallis cross December 2016


This stone cross, in the parish area of St Bene’t, is located close to the boundary with St Paul’s parish on the right of the western path. Some of the inscription has worn away. The monument was damaged in 2019 and the cross has now fallen.


‘In Loving Memory of GEORGE ADAMS WALLIS
born May 22nd 1833 died Jan 26 1901

born 6th Aug 1843 died 15th Feb 1904’

George Adams Wallis (22 May 1833 – 26 January 1901)

George was born in Cambridge and was the son of George and Susannah Wallis.  His father George Wallis [Snr] was a baker.  In 1851 George [Jnr] was lodging on Burleigh Street with the Palmer family and working as an apprentice butcher.

In 1860 he  married Mary Ann Palmer, the daughter of his employer. In the 1861 census he and Mary Ann were living at 98 Castle Street, and he was working as a butcher.They had at least one child – Fanny Elizabeth [b 1865].  Mary Ann died in early 1867 when she was 25 years old. She is buried with her mother & sister in the parish of Andrew the Less.

On 14th March 1870 he married Elizabeth Mary Walton in Marylebone, London.  They lived at 36 St Andrew Street, and he continued to work as a butcher. They did not have any children together. By 1888 he was living at 17 Warkworth Street, and the 1891 census records him as a retired butcher.  He died at Warkworth Street aged 67 years old. He left a sizeable estate valued at £16,374.

Elizabeth Mary Wallis  [nee Rivett] (6 August 1843 – 15 February 1904)

Elizabeth was George Wallis’ second wife, and he her second husband.  She was born in Cambridge and was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Rivett. She grew up at 151 East Road, and her father was a china dealer. She married Henry Walton in 1859 at St George, Hannover Square, London. She was a widow when she married for a second time in 1870.

She lived with George at 36 St Andrew Street [1871/1881] and then 17 Walkworth Street [1891].  She continued to live at Walkworth Street, after she was widowed. She was living there alone with one servant in 1901.  She died aged 60 years old at Walkworth Street.  She left an estate valued at £4,648 14s and 7s.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry

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Elizabeth Mary Wallis; George Adams Wallis