CFHS code : AL122

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of SAMUEL GAGE d May 20 1876 aged 56 erected by his beloved and sorrowing wife also ELIZABETH GAGE d March 23 1896 aged 74 EMMA ELLEN GALER their granddaughter d Dec 8 1917 aged –

Monument : Headstone/Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Gage and Galer grave
Gage and Galer headstone



Samuel Gage (1820 – 20 May 1876)

Samuel was born in Bourn, Cambridgeshire and was baptised there on 18th October 1820. He was the son of Samuel and Mary Gage.

He married Elizabeth in Bourn on 11th October 1840 when he was 20 years old.  In 1851 they were living at New Barn Farm and Samuel was an agricultural labourer.

Samuel and Elizabeth had at least nine children: Edward (1841-), William (1841-), Eliza (1845-1858), Lizzie (1847-1926), Frederick (1849-), Mary Ann (1851-), Walter (1857-1883), Albert (1858-1889), Henry (1861-1891) and Emma (1863-18650.

By 1871 the family had moved to Cambridge and were living at 16 and 17 Wellington Street. Samuel was working as a brewer’s labourer. He died aged 56 years old.

Elizabeth Gage (c.1822 – 23 March 1896)

Elizabeth was also born in Bourn. She died aged 74 years old.

Emma Ellen Galer (nee Matthews) (1867 – 8 December 1917)

Emma was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth’s daughter Lizzie.  Lizzie Gage married Samuel  Matthews in October 1866 in Bourn.  They appear to have only had one daughter: Emma Ellen.  Samuel Matthews was a labourer, and in 1871 the family were living at 33 Wellington Street. Samuel died young, and by 1881 Lizzie was a widow and living with Emma at 5 Gifford Place.  Lizzie remarried William Sparkman, a widowed tailor with a son called Charles (1877-).

Emma married Harry Minns Galer in 1887.  Harry was a print compositor and the family were living at 42 Southgate Row in Hackney in 1891. Their only daughter Annie Elizabeth (1889-) was born in Hackney.  By 1901 they had returned to live in Cambridge and were living at 6 Malcolm Place – Emma was working as a college servant, and Harry as a print compositor.

In 1911 Harry and Emma were living with her now-widowed mother Lizzie Sparkman at ‘The Brown’ in Wellington Street, where the ever resourceful Lizzie was a ‘licensed victualler’, Harry was working as a printer, and Emma has no occupation on this census record. Emma died aged 50 years old and is buried with her grandparents.

Harry Galer, Emma’s husband died in Cambridge in 1927. Lizzie Sparkman (nee Gage), her mother died in 1926.

Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Gage; Samuel Gage; Emma Ellen Galer