CFHS code : AS58

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : kerbs In Loving Memory of JOSIAH BILTON d May 31st 1935 aged 85 also MARY ANN BILTON his wife d October 2nd 1941 aged 90 and FRANK THOMAS BILTON d December 31st 1968 aged 75 urn Mum Dad

Monument : Kerb stones/Urn

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Josiah Bilton (1850 – 31 May 1935)

Josiah was born in Stow cum Quay, and baptised there on 13 October 1850.  He was the son of Edward and Susan and grew up in the village where his father was a miller. Aged 21 he was living with his widowed mother in Bottisham and working as an agricultural labourer. He married Mary Snell in 1881 and the couple lived at 129 York Street (1881), 20 Great Eastern Street (1891/1901) and then at  101Thoday Street (1911 onwards).

They had ten children: William Bertie (1877-1937), Ellen Mary (1879-1971), Walter John (1882-195), Albert Edward (1885-1917), Alice Bertha (1888-), Lucy May (1897-1993), Margaret (1890-1968), Frank Thomas (1893-1968) and two further children who died as infants.  Their son Albert  served as a soldier in the 1st World War and died of wounds in ahospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Josiah worked as a gardener and by 1911 was employed by the town. He died in 1935.

Mary Ann Bilton  (née Snell) (27 January 1851 – 2 October 1941)

Mary was born in Upper Kirby, near Tendring, Essex and is believed to have been the daughter of James and Laura.  After she was widowed she went to live at 61 Stourbridge Grove with her daughter Lucy and son in law Walter Wright.  In 1939 she was documented as being an invalid, and died  two years later.

Frank Thomas Bilton (18 October 1893 – 31 December 1968)

Frank was the youngest son of Josiah and Mary. He served with the Royal Engineers in the 1st World War  from January 1916 onwards.  He came home from the front to marry Florence Beatrice Lancum (1885-1958) on 12 March 1918 at St. Andrew’s Street Baptist Chapel.  The Cambridge Independent Press reported that his brother in law Sergt. Cant of  the Canadian Forces was the best man and the reception was held at his sister’s house. ‘The presents were numerous and useful and included a cheque from the bridegroom’s late employers, Mr and Mars Coulson who were present at the church to witness the ceremony. The happy couple are spending a few days in London after which the bridegroom will return to his duties in France.’

Frank and Florence lived at 6 Ross Street and he worked as a foreman for a stonemasonry company. Florence died at Ross Street in December 1958 and he then married Gertrude Louisa Biggs (1888-1968) in 1960. He was widowed for a second time in January 1968 and died later the same year at 66 Fen Road, Milton in Cambridgeshire.



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Frank Thomas Bilton; Josiah Bilton; Mary Ann Bilton