CFHS code : HT501

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JAMES FARRANCE d June 21st 1865 aged 47 also ELIZABETH FARRANCE wife of the above d March 21st 1884 aged 75

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Farrance grave
Farrance headstone


This headstone, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located thirteen rows from the central path, just beyond the large tree that stands to the north of the parish.


‘In Loving Memory of JAMES FARRANCE died June 21st 1865 aged 47 years.

also ELIZABETH FARRANCE wife of the above died March 21st 1884 aged 75 years.’

“Trust in the Lord always.”

James Farrance (c.1818 – 21 June 1865)

Jameswas born in Babraham and was the son of Joshua and Jane (née Hills). He was baptised in Babraham on 17 September 1820 and in 1841 was living in Bourn and working as a journeyman wheelwright. He married Elizabeth (although no marriage record has been foudn) and they had at least four daughters: Jane Frances (1848-1918), Isabella (1850-1850), Isabella (1852-1914) and Emma (1855-1933).   

In 1850 their house on Newmarket Road caught fire and the Cambridge Independent Press reported ‘Mrs Farrance had just been putting her child to bed, and she supposed the light which she carried ignited the bed curtains. She had occasion to go out into the road immediately after, and fortunately saw the light in the bedroom. The sleeping child and the dead body of another infant were quickly rescued without much difficulty, and the fire was quickly extinguised, the damage being confined to the room in which it broke out’. By 1861 the family had moved to live at 4 Abbey Street. James died at home and was buried on 26 June 1865.

Elizabeth Farrance (c.1809 – 21 March 1884)

Little is known of Elizabeth’s early life. After she was widowed she received parish relief and by 1881 was living at the King Street Almshouse, where she died aged 75 years old.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Farrance; James Farrance