CFHS code : PL143

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of BENJAMIN DOLTON d Nov 27 1887 aged 40 also two of his children MINNIE GEORGINA d Nov 23 1886 aged 7 years and 2 months also MARTHA widow of the above d August 28 1923 aged 72 also LOUISA RACHEL HODSON d Jan 29 1951 aged 72 also PEREGRINE WILLIAM HODSON d Nov 18 1967 aged 89

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in September 2021.
The inscription

Monument

This tall headstone stands 4 rows west of the central path and a few metres north of the south path in the parish of St Paul.  It occupies a double plot surrounded by kerbstones with glass chippings infill. It has been covered by ivy for many years and we were unable to see much of the inscription.

Inscription although Rose’s name was not recorded by CFHS it appears in the grave register

In Loving Memory of
BENJAMIN DOLTON d Nov 27 1887 aged 40

Also two of his children
MINNIE GEORGINA d Nov 23 1886 aged 7 years
And [ROSE FLORENCE d July 1885 aged] 2 months

Also MARTHA widow of the above d August 28 1923 aged 72

Also LOUISA RACHEL HODSON d Jan 29 1951 aged 72

Also PEREGRINE WILLIAM HODSON d Nov 18 1967 aged 89

Benjamin Dolton (c.1847 – 27 November 1887)

Benjamin was the eldest son of Henry and Ann Dolton. He was born in Aspley Guise, near Woburn Sands and his father was an agricultural labourer. Aged 14 he was living at Aspley Mill and working as a servant for miller/farmer Henry Durrant and his wife Elizabeth. Benjamin later worked on the railway and in 1871 was lodging in Banbury. He married Martha Foreman in  Cambridge in1875 and they had three daughters, Rose, Louisa and Minnie all of whom are buried here. In 1881 the family were living at 1 Eastern Street and he was documented as a railway fireman. They had moved to Cavendish Road by 1887 and he died there aged 40.

Rose Florence Dolton (1885 -1885)

Rose was the youngest child of Benjamin & Martha

Minnie Georgina Dolton (c. September  1879 – 23 November 1886)

Minnie was the 2nd daughter of Benjamin and Martha Dolton.

Martha Wilson (née Foreman)  (1840 – 28 August  1923)

Martha was baptised on 8 October 1850 at All Saints’ Church, Fulbourn. She was the daughter of agricultural labourer James and Rachel and grew up at Teversham Lane, Fulbourn. Aged 20 she was living at The Parchment Factory, Sawston where she was a housemaid for parchment/leather manufacturer Thomas Evans.

After the death of Benjamin she married widower Henry Wilson (1835 -1912). The wedding took place at St Barnabas Church on January 25th 1890 and they lived at 11 Hartington Terrace,  Cavendish Road, with her daughter Louisa and Henry’s youngest son Ernest (1891). Henry worked as a railway goods foreman/porter and the couple later lived at 22 Kingston Street (1901) and 95 Sedgwick Street (1911). She was widowed for a second time in 1912 and died in Cambridge aged 72.

Louisa Rachel Hodson née Dolton (1878  – 29 January 1951)

Louisa was the eldest daughter of Martha and Bengimin. In 1901 Louisa was living at 22 Kingston Street and working as a dressmaker. She married carpenter Peregrine Hodson on 16 July 1905 at St. John’s Church, Hammersmith.  The couple had four children: Cyril William Dolton (`906-1946),  Albert John (1908-1967), Evelyn Mabel (1911-1966) and Muriel Ivy (1914-1998.  They lived at 95 Sedgwick Street their entire married life and Louisa died aged 72.

Peregrine William Hodson (1878 – 18 November 1967)

Known by his middle name of William, he was born in Thetford, the son of John and Annie. His father was a carptenter/joiner and William worked as the same. The family had moved to 27 Sturton Street by the time he was 13 years old (1891). He enlisted in the army in March 1915 and served as a Sapper with the Royal Engineers. However in September 1917 he went before the Borough Police Court charged with being an absentee. William pleaded guilty to the charge and the court heard  ‘Det. Sergt. Lazarus Marsh said in consequence of a telegram he received …he went to 95 Sedgwick Street where he saw defendant. Defendant said he was about to return that morning, but he did not go. Witness (Marsh) told him he would have to go to the Police  Station and arrested him. Defendant was remanded to await an escort’. He died in Cambridge aged 89.

Sources:

CFHS transcript of parish grave record.

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Benjamin Dolton; Martha Dolton; Minnie Georgina Dolton; Louise Rachel Hodson; Peregrine William Hodson