CFHS code : HT357

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of (BENNY) ABSALOM CORNWELL the dearly loved husband of ESTHER CORNWELL who was suddenly called to rest Dec 28th 1926 aged 66 also ESTHER CORNWELL d Jan 28th 1951 aged 81 also of HANNAH CORNWELL their daughter d Mar 30 1904 aged 13

Monument : Stone cross (broken)/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Monument

We have not been able to find this monument yet. It is located in the south east corner of the cemetery, in the parish area of Holy Trinity,  to the west of the path.

Inscription

In Loving Memory of (BENNY) ABSALOM CORNWELL
the dearly loved husband of ESTHER CORNWELL
who was suddenly called to rest Dec 28th 1926 aged 66

Also ESTHER CORNWELL d Jan 28th 1951 aged 81

Also of HANNAH CORNWELL their daughter d Mar 30 1904 aged 13

Relationship: Husband Absalom, third wife Esther and Hannah Absalom’s daughter from her second marriage.

(Benny) Absalom Cornwell (d 1926) 

Absalom (Benny) was born to Samuel and Elizabeth Cornwell in 1860 and baptised in Bottisham, Cambridgeshire,  in 1862. He worked as a general labourer. In his 66 years he had three wives and fathered at least twelve children.

He married Elizabeth Brignell at Cambridge Register Office on December 24th 1880. They lived in Cambridge Place and George Street for a while but later moved to 7 Trinity Place, off King Street. They had at least three children: Frederick Eli (1881-1884), Samuel Asher (b 1883 died at 4 months) Absalom Benjamin (1884) and possibly another daughter, Elizabeth, born in January 1886, who only lived 2 months. All the babies are buried in the parish of St Paul, although no grave marker has been found. 

After Elizabeth’s death in 1887 he married Elizabeth Gibson, a widow from Norfolk. She brought with her a son: Frederick Gibson (1887). Absalom and Elizabeth had two daughters: Emily Elizabeth (1889) and Hannah (1890-1904). 

It is thought that both Elizabeths are buried in the parish of St Paul although there is no known grave marker.

In 1900 Elizabeth died and 18 months later on June 22nd 1901 he married his first wife’s sister Esther. In 1901 they were living in Russell Street with Absalom’s children from his first two marriages and May (b 1893), Bertha (b 1895), Samuel (b 1897) and Albert (b 1899). By 1911 they had moved to the parish of St Andrew the Great and had four more children: Sissy (b 1902), Esther Lilian (b 1904), Catherine (b 1904), and John William (Jack) (b 1908)

Absalom died at the family home in 7 Trinity Place. This area of Cambridge has now been redeveloped but was accessed by an alleyway from King Street. The house was remembered by a descendent as being rather dark.

Esther Cornwell (née Brignell) (d 1951)

Hannah Cornwell (d 1904)

[If you have any information about this family, please contact us at Friendsofmillroadcemetery@gmail.com]

Sources :
CFHS parish and census transcripts
Family Search

by Mary Naylor

(Benny) Absalom Cornwell; Esther Cornwell; Hannah Cornwell