CFHS code : PL88

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of SUSANNA the affectionate and devoted wife of W J BOLTON Esq of Caius College Cambridge and daughter of the late WILLIAM WELSH Esq of London she died Decr 4th 1850 aged 27

Monument : Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Susanna Bolton [nee Welch] (1823 – 4 December 1850)

Susanna was born in London and was the daughter of William and Susannah Welch.  She was baptised at St Sepulchre Church in London on 11th June 1823.  Her father was a Merchant, but died in 1827 when Susanna was only 4 years old.  She married William Jay Bolton at St Margaret’s Church in Kings Lynn on 26th September 1849.

William Jay was born in Bath, and was the son of Robert and Ann Bolton. Robert Bolton was American, and had met his bride on a trip to England.  They had 13 children, and brought the children up between the USA and England.  They were a very culturally prolific family – embracing the arts, music and painting and with the sons all becoming clergy. Robert Bolton bought up land in New York [what is now the Bronx] and Long Island.  He also built Pelham Priory on Long Island at the same time as running a cotton business in Liverpool.  William Jay was a very talented painter and stained glass window maker – with many of his windows now in American Churches.  William went to school in Mill Hill, and opened a stained glass studio in Cambridge in 1848.  He also started at Gonville and Caius College in June 1849 shortly before his marriage to Susanna Welch.

Susanna and William Jay had one child – Susanna born on 29th November 1850.  Susanna died 6 days later, and one can only assume that this was as a result of child birth.  She was 27 years old, and had only been married for just over a year.

William Jay graduated from Gonville and Caius in 1853, and became a priest.   He held curacies in Cambridge, Cheltenham, Brighton and Islington before becoming the Vicar of St John’s Stratford in Essex [1866-1881],  He was then Vicar of St James’ in Bath [1881-1884].  He remarried to Margaretta Elizabeth and had a further five children with her. He died in May 1881 and is buried in St James’ Church Cemetery in Bath.

Susanna and William’s daughter never married and died in 1926 aged 76 years old.   She grew up with her step-siblings at her father’s various vicarages. In the 1911 census she was living in Salisbury with her step-sister Margaretta Grace, and her step-brother James Edward.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry

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