CFHS code : PL333

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of HARRIET wife of JAMES THOMPSON d March 28 1864 aged 63 also HARRIET ANN ELGAR daughter of the above d January 14th 1873 aged 42 also JAMES THOMPSON husband of the above d December 23rd 1876 aged 77 also SARAH JANE ELGAR d Feb 28th 1927 aged 90

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Elgar and Thompson headstone 2016

Monument

Inscription

In Affectionate Remembrance of HARRIET wife of JAMES THOMPSON
died March 28th 1864 aged 63 years.

Also HARRIET ANN ELGAR daughter of the above
died January 14th 1873 aged 42 years

Also JAMES THOMPSON husband of the above
died December 23rd 1876 aged 77 Years

Also SARAH JANE ELGAR died Feb 28th 1927 aged 90 years

Relationship: Mother, father, two daughters

Harriet Thompson (née Kidman)  (1801 – 28 March 1864)

Harriet was born in Cambridge and married stonemason James Thompson at St. Giles’ Church on 13 November 1820. They had at least eight children: William James (1821-1885), Charles James (1823-1826), Charles James (1826-1873), Harriet Ann (1831-1873), Sarah Jane (1837-1927), George James (1840-1840), Emma (1842-1930), and Emily (1847-). They lived at Castle Street (1841), 12 Magdalene Street (1851) and Castle Street.  Harriet worked as a dressmaker, James as a stonemason. She  died at Castle Street after ‘a lingering illness’.

Harriet Ann Elgar (née Thompson) (1831 – 14 January 1873)

Harriet was the eldest daughter of James and Harriet and aged 18 was working as a dressmaker/staymaker (corset maker). She marrried railway truck inspector John James Elgar (1832-) in 1862. A few months before the marriage John had been charged with stabbing John Brown, a sawyer. The case came to trial in July 1862 and John was aquitted. Harriet and John lived at 92 Castle Street with her father and sister Sarah (1871) and had two children: James John (1864-1940) and Annie Louisa (1867-). She died at Castle Street aged 42 years old.

James Thompson (1799 – 23 December 1876)

James was born in Barnack, just south of Stamford and was baptised there on 23 September 1799. He was the son of Edward and Jane (née Ventriss)  and married Harriet Kidman when he was 21 years old. He died at Castle Street aged 77 years old and his funeral took place on New Year’s Day 1877.

Sarah Jane (Jane) Elgar (née Thompson)  (1837 – 28 February 1927)

Jane was the second daughter of James and Harriet and married her brother in law John Edgar after the death of her sister Harriet. They had one daughter: Lucy Harriett (1874-1965) and lived at 17 South Street (1881).  What happened to the marriage is not known, and there is no death record for John Edgar, but by 1891  Jane was living at 20 Doric Street and was documented as a widow.  She was working as a needleworker, and daughter Lucy was a general servant. She continued to live with Lucy, and Lucy’s son Reginald Jack Edgar at Doric Street and died at home aged 90 years old. She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 5 March 1927.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Harriet Ann Elgar; Sarah Jane Elgar; Harriet Thompson; James Thompson