CFHS code : ED58
Parish : St Edward
Inscription : In Loving Memory of SARAH CHAPMAN d October 26 1913 aged 69 ELIZABETH CHAPMAN d 17 Oct 1956 aged 85 also WILLIAM CHAPMAN d February 10 1914 aged 71
Monument : Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.203206, 0.1372219 – click here for location
This set of kerb stones located in the parish of St Edward is twelve roes west of the central path towards the north of the parish.
In Loving Memory of SARAH CHAPMAN. Died October 26. 1913. Aged 69 years
Also WILLIAM CHAPMAN. Died February 10. 1914. Aged 71 years.
ELIZABETH CHAPMAN died 17. Oct. 1956 aged 85 years
The grave register shows that an Emma Jane and Maud Chapman are also buried here .
Relationships – William was husband of Sarah, father of Lizzie, uncle of Emma Jane who had married his nephew Henry Alfred Chapman and great uncle of Maud. Emma’s husband Henry Alfred Chapman
Sarah Chapman (née Hockley) (1844 – 26 October 1913)
Sarah was the daughter of William and Susan and was born in Barton Mills, on the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border. William Hockley worked as a ‘post lad’ and aged 17 Sarah was working as a servant in Hackney for butcher George Edwards. She married William Chapman in 1867 and they had two children: William (1868-1952) and Elizabeth (Lizzie) (1871-1956). The family lived at 7 Norfolk Buildings (1871/1881) and then 95 Norfolk Street (1891 onwards). By 1911 William was no longer able to work due to rheumatism. Sarah died at home aged 69 years old,
William Chapman (1842 – 10 February 1914)
It is thought William was the son of gardener William Chapman and his wife Hannah. He born and brought up in Coronation St, Cambridge. By the time he was 12 the family had moved to New St and he was working as a labourer. After his marriage he was working as a bricklayer’s labourer and later worked as a sawyer. He died at 95 Norfolk Street.
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Chapman (28 August 1871 – 17 October 1956)
Lizzie was the only daughter of William and Sarah Chapman. She lived with her parents until their deaths and worked as a teacher at the St. Matthew’s Norfolk Street Infants’ School. In 1919 she became headmistress of the school when Mrs Bailey retired after 41 years in post. By 1939 she had retired and was still living at 95 Norfolk Street. She died at Norfolk Street aged 85 years old.
Emma Jane Chapman née Edwards (22 January 1868 – 7 June 1948)
Emma was born in Stratford to Thomas John, a spring maker. She married Henry Alfred Chapman (1868-1940) at the church of St Mary the Great on April 23rd 1887. Henry worked as a painter/decorator and they had one daughter: Maud (1888-1947). The family lived at 66 Gwydir Street (1891) and Moxon House, Hemingford Road (1901/1911). The family had moved to live at 163 Mill Road by at least 1938. In September 1939 Henry Chapman was a patient at the Union Lane Infirmary (formerly the Chesterton Workhouse) and Emma and Maud were living alone at 163 Mill Road. She was widowed in October 1940 when Henry died at the Infirmary. Emma died at 163 Mill Road aged 80 years old.
It is likely that Henry is buried a 5 rows to the east of this monument in an unmarked grave, the grave register is not specific, giving only a surname and no dates. However, the burial register confirms that he was buried in this parish.
Maud Chapman (22 February 1888 – 1947)
Maud was the only daughter of Emma and Henry Chapman. In 1911 she was working as a draper’s assistant and in 1939 was documented as being a ‘shop manageress for blind workers’. She died at 163 Mill Road aged 59.
William & Hannah Chapman are buried in the parish of St Paul’s but no grave marker has been found
CFHS transcripts of parish registers.
by Claire Martinsen
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