CFHS code : AL439

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of REBECCA wife of JOHN GEORGE d May 25 1914 aged 73 also of JOHN [OVERLAND] GEORGE d May 22 1919 aged 80 also WALTER their son d May 1 1897 aged 23 TYRRELL Mum and Dad reunited

Monument : Headstone with cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in December 2021.


This headstone with carved inscription replaced an earlier monument believed to be a cross which lies in front. It is located 8 rows east of the central path and roughly 10 plots south of the boundary stone, in the parish area of Andrew the Less.
It faces east into a large bush. 

Inscription Its appears the original and the updated inscription were somehow recorded by CFHS so both have been set out here

In Loving Memory of REBECCA wife of JOHN GEORGE died 25th May 1914 aged 73
Also of JOHN [OVERLAND] GEORGE died  22nd May 1919 aged 80
Also WALTER their son died May 1st 1897 aged 23.

“TYRRELL” Mum and Dad reunited

JOHN OVERLAND GEORGE died  22nd May 1919 aged 80
Also his Wife
Rebecca George died 25th May 1914 aged 73
Also WALTER their son died May 1st 1897 aged 23.

“TYRRELL” Mum and Dad reunited

Restored in their memory by Bettina Lawrie Seawell Bird née George. Their Great Granddaughter, her Children, Grandchildren, and  Great Grandchildren from Australia in 2002.

Rebecca George (née Palmer) (1841 – 25 May 1914)

Rebecca was born in Feltwell, near Thetford and was the daughter of William and Rebecca (née Smith) Palmer.  Her father was a village smith and she married John George in the village on 14 January 1861 – when they married John was noted as a farmer.  The couple  had eleven children: Fanny Rebecca (1862-1936), Ernest Overland (1863-1938), Edwin Robert (1864-1919), Annie Palmer (1869-1896), Ethel Palmer (1870-), Ellen Mary (1871-1927), Walter Anthony (1874-1897), Agnes Eliza May (1875-1972), Nora Mary (1877-1971), Percy George (1878-1959) and Elsie Overland (1880-1916).  The couple lived in Swaffham where John was a linen draper (1871).  They later moved to the High Street in Bassingbourn  (1881) where John was a relieving officer (looking after the administering of alms for the parish) and then 41 Gwydir Street (1891) where he was described as a fromer relieving officer.

In 1891 the family were split – John was at 41 Gwydir Street with some of the children and Rebecca was at Barber’s Farm Laundry  in Fen Ditton, with a further four children. She was the manageress of the laundry and daughter Ethel was also working as a laundress.  In 1901 Rebecca and John were back living together at Percy House, Beche Road with daughters Fanny, Ethel, Agnes and Elsie and granddaughter Doris (daughter of  Annie). When the census of 1911 was taken they were still at Beche Road, and John was noted as being a retired farmer.  Rebecca died in 1915 aged 73 years.

John Overland George (21 January 1837 – 22 May 1919)

John was born in Saham Toney, just outside Watton in Norfolk and was the son of Robert Overland George and his wife Fanny.  He was baptised at the Methodist Chapel in Swaffham and grew up in Saham Toney where his father was a draper.  John died at Percy House, Beche Road aged 82 years old (the monument gives his age as 80 years)

Walter Anthony George (1873 – 1 May 1897)

Walter was the third son of John and Rebecca and was born in Gooderstone, Norfolk – a village ten miles south west of Swaffham.  Aged 18 he was living at 41 Gwydir Street and working as a college cook.  He died at the Royal Hotel in West Hartlepool aged 23 years old.



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John Overland George; Rebecca George; Walter George
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