CFHS code : PL86

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SARAH beloved wife of WILLIAM PHEAR WELLS d June 28 1922 aged 65 also of WILLIAM PHEAR WELLS d August 14 1935 aged 75

Monument : Stone cross (broken)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The cross in December 2021.

Monument

This cross stands in the parish area of St Paul, 3 rows from the south wall and 10 rows east of the Mackenzie Road entrance. The broken parts of the cross lie with in the grave set. It is in an area that usually has thick bramble cover  but as there is a Commonwealth War Grave near by it is not difficult to access.

Inscription

In Loving Memory of SARAH beloved wife of WILLIAM PHEAR WELLS died June 28 1922 aged 65 years
“At Rest”

Also of WILLIAM PHEAR WELLS died August 14 1935 aged 75 years
“Rock of ages cleft for me.”

Sarah Wells  (née Brown) (1857 – 28 June 1922)

Sarah was born in Little Eversden and grew up in Croydon, Cambridgeshire with her parents Thomas and Mary. Thomas Brown was a shepherd and aged 14 Sarah was working as a servant to the Wilkin family in Barrington. She married William Wells in 1881 and they had three children: Agnes Mary Ann (1881-1962), William John (1883-1955) and Frances Catherine (1887-1945). William was a domestic gardener  for many years, although he later worked as a boot repairer. The family lived at 8 Vicar’s Buildings (1881), 15 Terrace Lane (1891/1901) and Panton Street (1911). Sarah died at 10  Panton Street and her funeral took place on 1 July 1922.

William Phear Wells (1860 – 14 August 1935)

William was born in Littleport, near Ely but baptised in Haddenham on 29 July 1860. He was the eldest son of John and Elizabeth Agnes (née Rowell) and grew up in Littleport and Waterbeach. John Wells was a coprolite digger and aged 10 William was working as an errand boy. He died at Panton Street aged 75 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Sarah Wells; William Phear Wells