CFHS code : PL242

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : MARY the beloved wife of HENRY WILSON d Nov 16 1888 aged 50 also of HENRY WILSON d Sep 5th 1912 aged 77

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in 2016


This headstone stands  in the parish of St Paul. It is roughly 16 rows east of the lodge and about 8 monuments north of the south path. The carved inscription, which faces east, is quite badly eroded and nothing of the epitaph is legible. There is some stone missing from the face at the top


MARY the beloved wife of HENRY WILSON who died Nov 16 1888 aged 50 years
several lines illegible

Also of HENRY WILSON who died Sep 5th 1912 aged 77 years
1 line illegible

Mary Wilson (née Tutty) (1838 – 16 November 1888)

Mary was born in the village of Scotter, located between Scunthorpe and Gainsborough in  Lincolnshire. She was the eldest daughter of agricultural labourer Daniel and Rebecca (née Blackburn) and married Henry Wilson c.1858.  The couple had at least eight children: Thomas (1858-), Betsy (1861-), James William (1864-1951), Maud Mary (1866-1949), Henry R (1869-), Herbert Cooper (1874-), Arthur Daniel (1874-1942) and Ernest Alfred (1883-). Henry worked as a railway porter and the family lived in Boston, Lincolnshire (1861/1871) before moving to Catharine Street, Cambridge (1881). Mary died at Covent Garden aged 50 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 19 November 1888

Henry Wilson (1835 – 5 September 1912)

Henry was born in Branston, four miles south east of Lincoln, and baptised there on 4 March 1835.  He was the son of farmer Parker Wilson (1811-1845) and Catharine. After the death of Mary he married widow Martha Dolton (née Foreman) (1850-1923) c.1890 they lived at 11 Hartington Terrace, with her daughter Louisa and Henry’s youngest son Ernest (1891). Henry was documented as a railway goods foreman/porter and the couple later lived at 22 Kingston Street (1901) and 95 Sedgwick Street (1911). Henry died at Sedgwick Street and his funeral took place on 9 September.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

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Henry Wilson; Mary Wilson