CFHS code : HT602
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of JESSIE BERTHA HOPKINS d 7 Mar 1934 aged 66 also MALCOLM GEORGE GREGG d 2 Sept 1908 aged 7 months also RONALD GREGG father of above d 7 Feb 1915 aged 39 also ARTHUR HERBERT HOPKINS d 24 April 1944 aged 81 also LYDIA GREGG d 27 Dec 1942
Monument : Kerb stones/Urn
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Situated to the west of the east path under a large tree. The monument and inscription are largely intact.
Sacred to the Memory of JESSIE BERTHA HOPKINS who died 7 Mar 1934 aged 66
also MALCOLM GEORGE GREGG died 2 Sept 1908 aged 7 months
also RONALD GREGG father of above died 7 Feb 1915 aged 39
also ARTHUR HERBERT HOPKINS died 24 April 1944 aged 81 years
also LYDIA GREGG died Dec 27th 1942
Relationships: Gregg – Husband, wife and child. Hopkins – Husband and wife. Lydia was sister to Arthur.
Ronald Gregg (19 January 1874 – 7 February 1915)
Ronald was born in Cambridge. He was the son of George and Mary Ann (née Muncy) Gregg. His mother died in 1878 when he was 4 years. Aged 7 years old he was living with his father and three siblings at 48 Eden Street – George Gregg was a draper. He married Lydia Hopkins in 1897. He was living with Lydia in Gold St and was working as a draper’s assistant. He changed career to become a cook, as both he and Lydia sailed to Capetown, returning to Southampton in May 1905. By 1911 they had moved to 8 Willow walk which they shared with 2 boarders. Ronald was working as a cook in a hotel at the time. He died in February 1915, aged 41 years old. The engraving on the headstone records his age as 39 years old.
Lydia Gregg (née Hopkins) ( c.1870 – 27 December 1942)
Lydia was the eighth child of Henry and Jane Hopkins. and the sister of Frederick Hopkins. She was born in Sutton and baptised there on 27 March 1870. Her father worked as a shepherd (1871) but later he ran the Black Horse Pub and was a publican which he combined with being a shepherd (1881). Lydia married Ronald Gregg in 1897.
After being widowed she went to live at 36 Gold Street (1925) and then at 11 Napier Street (at least 1930-1939). She was living alone at Napier Street in 1939. Lydia died at 81a Mill Road aged 72.
Malcolm George Gregg (February 1908 – 2 September 1908)
Malcolm was born in Willow walk, and died aged 7 months old. He was the only son of Ronald and Lydia Gregg.
Jessie Bertha Hopkins (née Tocock) (1868 – 7 March 1934)
Jessie was the daughter of Jesse and Harriet (née Davies) Tocock. She was born in Bullingborough in Somerset, where her father was a domestic coachman. Jesse Tocock appears to have died when Jessie was young and aged 13 (1881) she was living with her widowed mother and sister Margaret in Sandhurst, Berkshire. Harriet Tocock was working as a launderess at the time.
By 1911 Jessie was living at 7 Covent Garden with Arthur Hopkins. On the census of that year she is marked as his wife, but the column which records how many ‘years of completed marriage’ was left blank. Arthur was working as a cattle drover. They were not in fact married at that time, as their official marriage was recorded in 1925 some 14 years later. Jessie died aged 66 years old.
Arthur Herbert Hopkins (1862 – 24 April 1944)
Arthur was the fifth child born to Henry and Jane Hopkins. He was born in Sutton and baptised there on 30 November 1862. At the age of 18 (1881) he was living at home and was working as a gardener/ labourer. He married Florence Hume (1867-) in Cambridge in 1898. In 1901 the couple were living at 57 Staffordshire Street and Arthur was working as a labourer. What happened to the marriage is not known, but by 1911 he was living with Jessie Tocock. A Florence Hopkins died in Cambridge in Autumn 1924, and maybe this is what caused Arthur and Jessie to marry officially in 1925.
After being widowed he married for a third time to Mary Elizabeth Sladen (1884-1971). In September 1939 Arthur and Mary were living at 125 Sturton Street, with their lodger David Kirbyshire. Arthur was working as the foreman of the cattle market. He died at 125 Sturton Street aged 82 years old.
by Claire Martinsen and Mary Naylor
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