CFHS code : PL392

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of DAVID CONDER d April 25 1898 aged 34 also of dear mother ELIZA HIGGS d Sep 10 1907 aged 78

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Relationship: Mother and son-in-law

David Conder (1864 – 25 April 1898)

David was born in Guilden Morden, a village sixteen miles south west of Cambridge  and eight miles west of Royston. He was the son of James and Hannah (née Webb) and his father worked as an agricultural labourer.  Aged 16 he as living at 16 Fitzwilliam Street and working as a domestic servant for James and Sarah Day. He married Mary Higgs (1861-1947) in 1889 and they had one son: Frank Augustus (1890-1954).  In 1891 the family were living at 6 Coronation Place and David was working as a college servant.

Eliza Higgs (née Smith)  (c.1829 – 10 September 1907)

Eliza was born in Drayton, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire and baptised there on 12 April 1829.  She was the daughter of John and Sophia and had at least one daughter out of wedlock: Phoebe Smith (1851-) who was born with a curvature to the spine.  Eliza married John Higgs (1830-1865) on 22 November 1856 at St. Leonard’s Church in Drayton and they had at least four children: Sarah (1855-), Emily (1859-1932), Mary (1861-1947) and Lucy (1864-1944). Daughter Sarah was born before the marriage but was given the surname of Higgs, so is thought to have been John’s child.  In 1861 the family were living in Dorchester, Oxfordshire where John was a carter, and Eliza worked as a vestmaker. John died in July 1865 and was buried in Dorchester.

Eliza continued to live in Dorchester and worked as a tailoress (1871/1881).  She had a further daughter Ada Higgs (1868-1945), who was born after John Higg’s death but who took his surname.  In 1891 she was living in Hackney, London with daughter Lucy and her family. By 1901 Eliza was living with her widowed daughter Mary at Coronation Place and died there in 1907 aged 78 years old.

Mary Conder worked as a college bedmaker after she was widowed and died at Coronation Place in June 1847.



by Claire Martinsen

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David Conder; Eliza Higgs