CFHS code : HT244

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SARAH BOWMAN d September 13 1894 aged 47 also of GEORGE BOWMAN husband of the above d Aug 27 1903 aged 59

Monument : Headstone (broken and remote from grave)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Bowman headstone February 2017
Bowman inscription

Monument

The exact location of this grave has not been found yet. The headstone is next to the south wall and although it is broken, the inscription is still legible.

Inscription

In Loving Memory of SARAH BOWMAN
d September 13 1894 aged 47

Also of GEORGE BOWMAN husband of the above
d Aug 27 1903 aged 59

Sarah Bowman (1845 – 13 September 1894)

Sarah was born in Cambridge and married George Bowman.  They lived at 12 King Street and had one son: Arthur (1879-). George was blind, and worked as a basket maker. Sarah died at home  aged 47 years old.

George Bowman (1844 – 27 August 1903)

George committed suicide at 12 King Street aged  59 years old. The Cambridge Daily News reported his death under the headline of ‘Supposed suicide of a blind basket maker’ and reported ‘deceased was a basket maker, and had been blind for a number of years, but not withstanding this he was still able to work at his trade…lately he had been unwell’. An inquest was held where his son Arthur noted that they had dined together a few hours earlier and his father had seemed a little ‘melancholy’ but in his usual health.  The inquest heard that ‘a man who used to work for him left him without notice That seemed to be the general thing. He seemed to make a lot of little things just lately’. A verdict of ‘suicide during temporary insanity’ as returned. George was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 31 August 1903.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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George Bowman; Sarah Bowman