CFHS code : AL390

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of MARIA ELIZABETH wife of THOMAS WESSON d 5 July 1882 age 67 also THOMAS WESSON b 2 Jan 1816 d 8 Jan 1906

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey


The 3 family monuments in March 2021

The headstone stands on the left of this family group in the parish of Andrew the Less. It is located just south of the north path that leads from the centre path to the east path. Some of the inscription is now illegible.


In Affectionate Remembrance of MARIA ELIZABETH wife of THOMAS WESSON who died 5 July 1882 age 67 years

Also THOMAS WESSON b 2 Jan 1816 d 8 Jan 1906

Maria Elizabeth Wesson (née Briggs) (c.1815 – 5 July 1882)

Maria was born in Cambridge and was the daughter of Susan.  She married Thomas Wesson in 1841 and the couple had at least nine children: William Thomas (1842-1891), Mary Ann (1844-1937), Rev. Charles (1845-1895), Maria Elizabeth (1847-1927), Susan (1849-1885), Phoebe (1850-1931), Jane (1854-1885), Sarah (1856-1899) and George (1858-1913).

Thomas Wesson was a publican and brewer who ran The Old English Gentleman at 47 Fitzroy Street. He advertised in local newspapers and a typical advert from November 1861 read: ‘To brewers, publicans and others, Thomas Wesson, ‘Old English Gentleman’, Fitzroy Street , begs to inform those persons who might be desirous of brewing their own Ales that they can have the use of his 5-quarter Brewery, or his 1 or 1.5 quarter Brewery for that purpose upon reasonable Terms. NB – T.W. undertakes to brew for parties who find their own Malt and Hops’.

Maria died at Ventnor Villa, Chesterton Road aged 67 years old.  Ventnor Villa was the home of her daughter Phoebe and son-in-law Samuel Wheaton.

Thomas Wesson (2 January 1816 – 8 January 1906)

Thomas was born in Somersham near Huntingdon and was the son of Samuel Wesson. After he was widowed he married Maria Heap (1834-1921) in the summer of 1883.  He continued to live at 47 Fitzroy Street with Maria and his children Sarah and George (1891).  By 1901 he and Maria were caring for his orphaned grandson Frederick Charles Wesson (1884-1954), the son of Rev. Charles Wesson.

In August 1905 he was charged by the Town Clerk of having an ‘unjust weighing machine’.  Ernest Mears the Borough Inspector of Weights and Measures had visited Fitzroy Street on 21 July and found the 14lb weighing machine out by 1oz.  George Wesson appeared in court representing his father and said ‘that they made very little butter, just a few pounds to sell among friends’.  Thomas was fined half a crown and the scales were forfeited.  He died at Fitzroy Street aged 90 years old.



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