CFHS code : BO
Parish : St Botolph
Inscription : IMO SWAN WALLIS d at Bexhill Jan 28th 1900 aged 73 side 3: —- IARO GEORGE WILLIAM / only son of SWAN WALLIS d April 12th 1885 aged 28
Monument : Not described
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Swan Wallis (20 April 1826 – 28 January 1900)
Swan was the son of Swan and Elizabeth (née Sergeant) Wallis. He was born in Harston and married Susan Ann Smith(1826-1861) at St.Botolph’s Church on 21 August 1855. Susan was the youngest daughter of grocer William and Amelia Smith. The couple had at least three children: George William (1857-1885), Maud Amelia (1858-1917) and William Smith (1859-1862).
Swan was a farmer, who farmed at initially at Gravel Hill Farm on Madingley Road. In 1861 he was farming 166 acres and employing 6 men and 4 boys on the farm. He was widowed in late 1861 when Susan died. In 1871 he was living at 1 Queens Lane with his mother in law Amelia Smith and sister in law Louisa. Amelia and Louisa ran and grocers store in Cambridge.
From local newspapers of the time it is known that Swan was a keen horticulturalist. He won numerous prizes in show for his flowers over many years. For example in the Cambridge Horticulture Society Show in 1874 he won prizes for his African Marigolds, Zinnias, Table Pears and Roses. In December 1856 Swan brought a case against the Trustees of the Cambridge – St.Neots Turnpike Road. The building of the road had caused damage to his farm. Swan claimed that ‘there were divers losses and inconveniences sustained after the farm had been dug; injury was also done to gates and fences’. In his witness statement had said ‘the road is a perfect nuisance on my farm. After the land has been dug, It is in a beggarly state….and I have had two or three gates broken, and my sheep have been let on to the corn; gates have been left open next to the turnpike-road and other people’s cattle let on to my land…I have made an estimate of the damage I have sustained and I don’t believe 1s 6d per pole to be excessive’. Swan was awarded a total of £21 11s and 8d in compensation and costs. In March 1863 Swan appeared before the court charged by Charles Watson of selling him an unfit horse. Swan was said at the trial to be a farmer but also sometime horse dealer. He sold a brown gelding horse for £60 which was said to have a defective eye. The trial was complicated, and involved many witnesses such as vets, auctioneers, friends and family. The jury eventually found in Swan’s favour.
In 1881/1891 he was farming at Grange Farm, and Louisa Smith lived there with him. He and Louisa then appear to have moved to Bexhill to be nearer to Maud and her husband Edward George Fitch Jones. Swan died in Bexhill aged 73 years old.
George William Wallis (c.1857 – 12 April 1885)
George was the eldest son of Swan and Susan Wallis. He was living at Grange Farm in 1881 where his occupation was noted as a farmer. He died in Upper Tollington Park in Finsbury Park, London aged 28 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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