CFHS code : HT237

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY ELIZABETH WICKHAM b 2 May 1843 d 21 May 1925

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Mary Elizabeth Wickham (née Morphew) (2 May 1843 – 21 May 1925)

Mary was the second daughter of James and Mary Ann (née Bryant) Morphew. She was born in the village of Swallowfield, five miles south of Reading and grew up in Weybridge where James was a brewer employing 3 men in 1851. The family later moved to Clapham where her father worked as a dairyman (1861). Mary worked as a governess before marrying Osmond Wickham (1845-1887) on 9 September 1876 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Brixton.  Osmond was a commercial clerk in a wholesale drapery business and they lived at 15 Mervan Road, Brixton.  However was widowed in April 1887 when Osmond drowned in the River Thames aged 42 years old. 

Mary then went to live in Bath with her sister Margaret (1841-1902) and her husband Charles York. After Margaret’s death in 1902, Mary continued to live in Bath with Charles (1911) and is thought to have remained there until he died in February 1917. Her widowed sister Isabella Jane (1852-1940) lived in Cambridge,which is probably the reason she moved to the town. Mary died at 51 Sidney Street aged 82 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 23 May 1925.

Mary’s nephew Francis Elliott is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery.



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Mary Elizabeth Wickham