CFHS code : AS339

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of DAVID BRIGGS d Jan 8 1892 age 64 also of ELIZABETH his wife d Dec 19 1920 in the 88th year of her age

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



David Briggs (1827 –  8 January 1892)

David was baptised at St. Clement’s Church on 13 August 1827.  He was the son of carpenter David Briggs and his wife  Sarah (née Locking). David also worked as a carpenter and later was a builder. In 1851 he was lodging with the Smith family at 5 Magdalene Street and then married Sarah Ann Royall (1836-1874) on 7 June 1858 in Chesterton. The couple had at least two children: Gertrude Victoria Sarah (1859-1911) and Percy David (1874-1874) and lived at 6  Histon Road (1861). Sarah Briggs died in  June 1874 the day after her day old son Percy,. so it can be assumed she died as a result of birth complications.

David then  married Elizabeth Free on 23 December 1875 at All Saints’ Church. They lived at 39 Jesus Lane and in 1881 David was documented as being a builder employing 2 men and 1 apprentice.  He also worked as an undertaker and died at Jesus Lane ‘after a long illness’.

Elizabeth Briggs (née Free) (c.1833 – 19 December 1920)

Elizabeth was the daughter of William and Elizabeth and was baptised on 8 January 1833 at St. Andrew the Great Church.  In 1851 she was working as a servant for four sisters on New Road in Cambridge before marrying widower David Briggs when she was 42 years old.

After she was widowed she continued to run the building/undertaking business and took out adverts in local newspapers to announce ‘that it is her intention to carry on the business under the superintendence of Mr. A.T. Briggs and her cousin Mr. F.C. Hutt of 40 Jesus Lane who for the past ten years had had the management of the books. She trusts that with prompt attention, and by the employment of competent workmen to receive a continuation of such favours as have been accorded to the late David Briggs’.

She moved to live at 1 Jesus Grove, Jesus Close from at least 1901 onwards and in 1911 was documented as being a ‘Dame Forester’s pensioner’. She died at home aged 87 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen

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David Briggs; Elizabeth Briggs