CFHS code : BE118

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of SIMON COLE d Oct 29 1866 aged 78 also of ANN CATHERINE wife of the above d April 8 1879 aged 86

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Cole headstone November 2017

Lat Lon : 52.202684, 0.13621635  – click here for location


Located in the parish area of St Bene’t.


In Affectionate Remembrance of SIMON COLE Died Oct 29 1866 Aged 78 years

“I know that my Redeemer liveth”

Also of ANN CATHERINE wife of the above who died April 8. 1879 aged 86 years

“O my God I trust in Thee”

Simon Cole (1788 – 29 October 1866)

Simon was born in Coton and  farmed at Holywell Manor Farm ,Holywell-cum-Needingworth in Huntingdonshire.  He married Ann  Martin at Holy Trinity Church on 25 November 1817. They had at least five children, all of whom were born in Holywell: Martin (1819-1871), Martha (1820-1893), William (1821-), Ann Catharine (1823-) and Harriet (1824-1893).

In October 1850 Simon retired from farming and his stock was sold at auction. The sale consisted of: 204 leicester sheep, 35 cows, 9 horses, pigs, farm implements and some furniture and effects.  He and Ann moved to live at Regent Street in Cambridge and he died in Cambridge aged 78 years old.

Ann Catherine Cole (Catherine)  (née Martin) (1793 – 8 April 1879)

Catherine was the daughter of William who ran the Red Bull Inn in Cambridge.  She married Simon when she was c.24 years old and after she was widowed went to live at 78 Norwich Street with her eldest daughter Martha. She died at home in 1879.



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Ann Catherine Cole; Simon Cole