CFHS code : PL390

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ALFRED JOHN DARBY d Dec 16 1890 aged 52 also of his wife beloved by all SARAH MARIA FARROW DARBY d 3 Apr 1916 aged 81

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in March 2022.


This headstone stands 5 rows west of the central path towards the northern border of the parish area of St Paul’s It is quite badly eroded and some of the carved inscription is now illegible


In Loving Memory of ALFRED JOHN DARBY who entered into rest Dec 16 1890 aged 52 years
He …. illegible ………s

Also of his wife beloved by all SARAH MARIA FARROW DARBY d 3 Apr 1916 aged 81
Though ……..
Thy …………… Thy word is just
To …………….. Lord in trust.

Alfred John Darby (1838 – 16 December 1890)

Alfred was the son of George and Eliza Darby and grew up at 40 James Street.  His father was a printer. By the age of 12 Alfred was working as an errand boy and by 22 years old had also become a printer.  He married Sarah Baillieu at St. Paul’s Church on 24 April 1864.

They lived at 7 Melbourn Place (1871/1881) before then moving to 15 Panton Street.  Alfred and Sarah had at least seven children: Florence Jane Baillieu (1865-1947), Sarah Eliza (1867-1950), Alfred George (1872-1930), Ernest Baillieu (1874-1958), Percy Charles Frederick (1877-), Lambert Francis Baillieu (1879-1955) and Dorothy Bangley (1890-1894).  NB – Dorothy was listed as a daughter on the 1891 census, but it is more likely that she was a grand-daughter, given that Sarah Darby would have been 54 years old when she was born.

Alfred died at Panton Street aged 52 years old.

Sarah Maria Farrow Darby (née Baillieu) (c.1836 – 3 April 1916)

Sarah was the daughter of Frederick and Mary Ann Baillieu (also sometimes written as Baillieux) and was born in Clerkenwell, London.  Her father worked as a railway porter, and she grew up in Royston and then at 10 Princes Street with her siblings who included Priscilla and Elizabeth. She married Alfred when she was c.28 years old.

After she was widowed she ran a lodging house from 15 Panton Street.  She died aged 80 years old.



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Alfred John Darby; Sarah Maria Farrow Darby