CFHS code : AL276

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HENRY WILSON d August 23rd 1902 aged 62 also FRANK FENDICK infant son of the above ——— also MARGARET ESTELLA the dearly beloved daughter of the above d April 5 1911 aged 19

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Wilson headstone 2017

Monument

Inscription

Henry Wilson (28 September 1839 – 23 August 1902)

Henry was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and was the son of leather cutter James Wilson and his wife Ann.  He grew up on Bridge Street in Hitchin, and aged 22 was working as a journeyman tailor and lodging in Clerkenwell, London.  He married Elizabeth (1837-1886) and the couple had at least five children: Ernest James (1866-1941), John Leonard (1868-1931), Ada Elizabeth (1870-1945), Lily Teresa (1874-1955) and Harry John Oliver (1879-1933).  By at least 1870 they were living in Cambridge firstly at 2 Auckland Road (1871) and then at 182 Gwydir Street (1881).  Henry worked as tailor (1871) and robe maker (1881).

Elizabeth died c.1886 and he married Elizabeth Fendick (1854-1933) on 28 July 1887.  They had at least a further four children: Frank Fendick (1888-1888), Robert William (1890-), Margaret Estella (1891-1911) and Kate Charlotte Helene (1893-1977).  They lived at 182 Gwydir Street (1891) and at St Margaret’s, 8 Montague Road (1901).  Henry ran a tailoring/robemakers at 17 Jesus Lane.  Henry was a prominent member of the Zion Baptist Chapel and a committed member of the Temperence movement. He was also a director of the 1st Cambridge Economic Building Society.

He died in August 1902 at Jesus Lane.  He had walked to work, and arrived c.11am.  When a friend called later the same morning she found him unwell, and was so concerned she stayed with him.  The cause of death was recorded as ‘syncope’ – ie a loss of consciousness and he was said to have been in poor health for the previous two years.

He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 28 August and the Cambridge Daily News reported a very large turn out at the funeral on account of him having been ‘a Good Templar for over thirty years, and connected with the District Lodge for 25 years’.  About 40 members of the Good Templar attended the funeral ‘wearing regalis’ and 6 of them acted as bearers.  The first part of the service took place at Montague Road, before internment at Mill Road Cemetery.

Frank Fendick Wilson (1888-1888)

Frank died when he was just a few days/weeks old.

Margaret Estella Wilson (29 August 1891 – 5 April 1911)

Margaret was 10 when her father Henry died.  When the 1911 census she was living with her widowed mother and domestic servant at 25 Montague Road.  She died three days after the census was taken aged 19 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Frank Fendick Wilson; Henry Wilson; Margaret Estella Wilson