CFHS code : BE123

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : side 1 IM LUCY TAYLOR CORNWELL b Aug 4 1826 d April 23 1912 also WILLM BROWN CORNWELL b Sept 26 1825 d June 9 1886 side 2 In Affectionate Remembrance of THOMAS CORNWELL d April 4 1868 in his 70th year also ELIZABETH MARTHA CORNWELL d Nov 3 1923 aged 95

Monument : Column

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202658, 0.13620044 – click here for location

Cornwell column April 2018


close to the west wall


east face

In Affectionate Remembrance of Thomas Cornwell died April 4 1868 in his 70th year

Also Elizabeth Martha Cornwell died Nov 3 1923 aged 95

north face

In Memory of Lucy Taylor Cornwell born Aug 4 1826 died April 23 1912

Also Willm Brown Cornwell born Sept 26 1825 died June 9 1886

Relationship: Father and children

Thomas Cornwell (1792 – 4 April 1868)

Thomas was born in Newmarket, Suffolk.  He married Sophia Brown on 6th February 1823 at St Mary’s Newmarket.  They had at least four children together Louisa Ann [1823-1902], William Brown, Lucy Taylor and Elizabeth Martha.   They appeared to have lived in Newmarket, and certainly all the children were born in Newmarket.

Sophia must have died sometime in the 1840’s, and certainly by 1851 Thomas and his three youngest children were living at 28 Union Road, Cambridge where he worked as a fishmonger.  He died aged 76 years old.

William Brown Cornwell (26 September 1825 – 9 June 1886)

William was born in Newmarket and baptised on 12th November 1825 at St Mary’s, Newmarket.   He worked with his father as a fishmonger at 28 Union Road.  After his father died the appears to have moved premises to 34 Regent Street, where he is recorded from 1871 onwards still working as a fishmonger.  He died aged 60 years old in 1886.

Lucy Taylor Cornwell (4 August 1826 – 23 April 1912)

Lucy was the third child of Thomas and Sophie Cornwell.  She was baptised on 28th August 1826 at St Mary’s Newmarket.  She lived with her father, brother and Elizabeth at Union Road, and afterward at Regent Street.  After the death of her brother in 1886, Lucy and Elizabeth lived together at 9 Guest Road.   She died aged 85 years old in 1912.

Elizabeth Martha Cornwell (1828 – 23 August 1923)

Elizabeth lived her whole life with her father, brother and sister.  She was the youngest of the Cornell children, and was baptised in Newmarket on 10th November 1828.  She continued to live at 9 Guest Road after Lucy had died and died herself aged 95 years old.

The only Cornwell sibling not buried in Mill Road is Louisa Ann Cornwell [1823-1902].  She married John Johnson, a farmer from Exning and had at least four children.  In 1901 Louisa was living with her sisters at 9 Guest Road also.  She was a widow by this stage, and was there with her daughter Sophie Martha Johnson [1846-1934].   Sophie appears to have inherited 9 Guest Road from her maiden aunts, and died there in September 1934 aged 88 years old.  She  didn’t marry either  but died a wealthy woman leaving effects to the value of £15,393.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry

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Elizabeth Martha Cornwell; Lucy Taylor Cornwell; Thomas Cornwell; William Brown Cornwell