CFHS code : BO10

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of WINTER third son of HUGH & JANE GODFRAY d April 21st 1865 in the 13th year of his age also of HUGH GODFRAY MA St Johns College Cambridge d May 20th 1877 in the 56th year of his age and of his wife JANE GODFRAY d January 26th 1897 in the 76th year of her age

Monument : Headstone

Above information  amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Winter Godfray (1852 – 21 April 1863)

Winter was the son of Hugh and Jane Godfray and died just before his 13th birthday.

Hugh Godfray (c.1821 – 20  May 1877)

Hugh was born in St. Helier, Jersey and was the son of lawyer Hugh and his wife Elizabeth.  He was baptised on 11 November 1821 and  married Jane Gruchy on 6 April 1843 on Jersey.  They had at least five children: Hugh Charles (1844-1918), Rev. Edmund (1846-1927), Winter (1852-1865), Basil Collins (1855-1926) and Jane Adeline (1860-1944).

In May 1848 Hugh was admitted to St. John’s College and was awarded an B.A in 1852 and an M.A in 1855. He graduated as third wrangler with the future Master of Emmanuel,  Samuel Phear graduating as the fourth wrangler. He worked as a mathematical tutor and was also Senior Esquire Bedell from 1854-1877.  The Esquire Bedell was a ceremonial officer of Cambridge University and  had duties at degree ceremonies.  The Godfray family lived at Brunswick Walk (1851) and then at 5 Newnham Terrace (at least 1861 onwards).

Hugh sat on the Board of Mathematical Studies and also wrote books – his most famous publication was ‘Elementary Treatise on the lunar theory with brief sketch of the problem up to the time of Newton’.  He died aged 55 years old and had been ill for some time before he died.  The University had appointed a deputy Esquire Bedell due to ‘his serious indisposition’.

Jane Godfray (née Gruchy) (c.1821 – 26 January  1897)

Jane was also born on Jersey and married Hugh Godfray when she was c.22 years old.  After she was widowed she lived at 1 Newnham Terrace (1881/1891) with daughter Jane.  In 1891 they were living with housemaid Alice Mayle and cook Eliza Allen.   Jane married Cambridge graduate Rev. Byrom Holland (1860-1917) in 1896. Byrom was Vicar of Hednesford, Staffordshire (near Cannock) and it is believed Jane died there aged 75 years old.



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Hugh Godfray; Jane Godfray; Winter Godfray
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