CFHS code : MC20

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : side 1 To the Memory of EDWIN JOHN GRAY d July 13 1861 [in] the 6th year of his age in the midst of life we are in death ERNEST EDWARD GRAY d May 10 [1935] aged [60] side 2 In Memory of SARAH ANN the beloved daughter of JOHN & SARAH GRAY b June 9 1848 d Aug 2 1855 also three of their infant children side 3 SARAH the beloved wife of JOHN PHILLIPS GRAY d Aug 19 1864 aged 45 side 4 ELIZA KATE GRAY d Dec 12 1874 aged 2 years 2 month JOHN PHILLIPS GRAY d Feb 3 1909 aged 85 ELIZA SARAH his wife d Jan 25 1912 aged 82

Monument : 4-Sided Headstone topped with Urn

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon :  52.202644, 0.13797057 – click here for location

Gray monument –  west face 2017

Relationships – John Phillips, his first wife Sara and three children from that marriage. Eliza, his second wife and their infant daughter and an adult son.

Monument

Inscription

side 1 To the Memory of EDWIN JOHN GRAY d July 13 1861 [in] the 6th year of his age

“In the midst of life we are in death”

ERNEST EDWARD GRAY d May 10 1935 aged 60

side 2 In Memory of SARAH ANN the beloved daughter of JOHN & SARAH GRAY b June 9 1848 d Aug 2 1855

also three of their infant children

side 3 SARAH the beloved wife of JOHN PHILLIPS GRAY d Aug 19 1864 aged 45

side 4 ELIZA KATE GRAY died Dec 12 1874 aged 2 years 2 month

JOHN PHILLIPS GRAY d Feb 3 1909 aged 85

ELIZA SARAH his wife d Jan 25 1912 aged 82

John Phillips Gray (20 January 1824 – 3 February 1909)

John was the son of John and Ann (née Phillips) Gray and was baptised at Downing Street Independent Church on 29 July 1824.  His father was a carpenter and he grew up on Emmanuel Lane. By the age of 17 he was working as an apprentice bookbinder and then married Sarah Peake on 24 June 1847 in Wrestlingworth, Bedfordshire (a small village between Cambridge and Bedford).  They lived at 10 Green Street, where John ran a bookbinding business. John and Sarah had five children: Sarah Ann (1848-1855), Edwin John (1856-1861) and three children who died in infancy who are referenced on the grave monument.

He was widowed in 1864 and married for a second time to Eliza Beales on 18 September 1866 at All Saint’s Church. John and Eliza had five children: Arthur Beales (1867-1938), John Phillips (1869-), Herbert William (1871-), Eliza Kate (1872-1874) and Ernest Edward (1875-1935).  The family lived at Green Street until at least 1891 and by 1881 John was employing 21 people in his business.  The business was taken over by eldest son Arthur and John and Eliza retired to live at 1 Arundel Villas, 15 Station Road.  He died at Station Road aged 85 years old.

Sarah Gray  (née Peake) (1814 –  1864)

Sarah was born in Stamford  and was John Gray’s first wife.  She was baptised in Stamford on 21 November 1814 and was the daughter of William and Alice Peake.  She married John Gray when she was 32 years old and all five of their children died young. Sarah died in Great Yarmouth.

Eliza Sarah Gray (née Beales) (c.1830 – 25 January 1912)

Eliza was John’s second wife and was the daughter of tailor Barnet Beales and his wife Eliza.  She grew up at 37 Sidney Street where her father ran a business employing 17 people (1861).  She married John Gray when she was 35 years old and died at Arundel Villas, Station Road.

Sarah Ann Gray (9 June 1848 – 2 August 1855)

Sarah was the only daughter of John and Sarah Gray. She died at Green Street just after her 7th birthday and newspapers reported she died ‘after a short but painful illness, borne with most touching resignation’.

Edwin John Gray (1856 – 13 July 1861)

Edwin was the only son of John and Sarah Gray.  He was baptised on 3 August 1856 and died at Green Street aged 5 years old.

Eliza Kate Gray (1872 – 12 December 1874)

Eliza was the only daughter of John and Eliza Gray. She died at Green Street shortly after her 2nd birthday.

Ernest Edward Gray (1875 – 10 May 1935)

Ernest was the youngest son of John and Eliza Gray.  He grew up at Green Street and by the age of 16 (1891) was working as a cabinet maker.  He moved with his parents to Station Road before marrying Minnie Adams (1880-1981) in 1903.  They lived at 5 Warkworth Street (1911) and had at least one daughter: Marjorie (1908-).  Ernest worked as a furniture dealer, cabinet maker and upholsterer and ran a shop at 36 Mill Road (at least 1905 onwards) and the family later lived at 25 Rustat Road (at least 1914 onwards).  He died at Addenbrookes Hospital aged 59 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Edwin John Gray; Eliza Kate Gray; Eliza Sarah Phillips Gray; Ernest Edward Gray; John Phillips Gray; Sarah Gray; Sarah Ann Gray