CFHS code : HT503

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of TOM GEORGE BARNES b May 4th 1844 d July 21st 1899

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Barnes grave
Barnes’ headstones


This headstone, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located ten rows from the central path under a large tree.


‘In Loving Memory of TOM GEORGE BARNES born May 4th 1844 died July 21st 1899’

Tom George Barnes (1844-1899)

Tom was born in Poole and baptised there on 8 December 1844.  He was the fourth son of Thomas and Susannah (née Smartfield) and brother of George.   His father was a cordwainer/shoe maker and he grew up at Strand Street, Poole. Tom trained as a joiner/cabinet maker and was still living in Poole in April 1871 when the census was taken.  He married Eliza Farthing (1846-1935) in Cambridge on 15 October 1871.   In 1881 Tom and Eliza were living at 22 Sidney Street with his brother George and mother Susannah. George Barnes was a baker/confectioner who ran a shop from 22 Sidney Street, but after he married Sarah Elizabeth Hatt in 1884 he moved to live at Newham Villa, Barton Road. Tom and Eliza then occupied the ‘house’ element of the property in Sidney Street, and George the ‘shop’. In 1891 Tom was documented as being a cabinet maker, Eliza as a Lodging House keeper.  He died at home aged 55 years old. 

From Parish burial records it is known that Tom’s wife Eliza is also buried in Holy Trinity area of Mill Road Cemetery and is  therefore thought to have been buried in the same grave as her husband

Eliza Barnes (née Farthing) (1846 – 9 April 1935)

Eliza was born in Newmarket and baptised at St. Mary’s Church, Newmarket on 17 May 1846. She was the daughter of Charles and Emma (née Whitehand) and grew up at Grosvenor Yard in Newmarket, where her father farmed 5 acres. In 1861 Eliza was working as a house servant to publican Francis Peak in Newmarket and by April 1871 was a servant for farmer John Waters in Burnham Overy.  After she was widowed she continued to run a Lodging House from Sidney Street (1901) and died at 4 Clarendon Street aged 88 years old.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Eliza Barnes; Tom George Barnes