CFHS code : PL80

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JAMES P LAMBERTON GRIFFITHS d Aug 2 1889 age 58 also ELIZABETH WOODS d Jan 3 1909 age 65 also FREDERICK WOODS d Jan 25 1917 age 68 also STEPHEN MILLS d Aug 14 1876 aged 66

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Griffiths, Mills and Woods headstone February 2017


The headstone, located south of the south path, in the parish area of St Paul, has suffered some erosion at the base.


Who departed this life August 2 1889 age 58.’

“Wife farewell I’m gone before
My love to you can be no more
Grief nor sorrow for me take
Prepare to meet me at the gate”

‘Also ELIZABETH WOODS died January 3rd 1909 age 65.

Also FREDERICK WOODS died January 25th 1917 age 68.

Also STEPHEN MILLS died August 14 1876 aged 66.’

Relationships: wife, her two husbands and her father

James Peter Lamberton Griffiths (c.1831 – 2 August 1889)

Very little is known of James’ life.  He was the son of William, and married Mary Ann Goodwin (1832-) in Chatham, Kent on 19 February 1855.  He was widowed and then married Elizabeth Mills on 19 September 1870 at St James’ Church in Gravesend on 19 September 1870.  When the couple moved to Cambridge is not known, but James ran a pub on Mill Road.  He died in August 1889 aged 58 years old.

Elizabeth Woods (née Mills) (1837 – 3 January 1909)

Elizabeth was known as Betsy and was born in Cambridge. She was the daughter of Stephen and Mary (née French) Mills.  In 1841 she was living on New Road, just off Barton Road in Newnham and her father was working as an agricultural labourer.  By 1851 they were living on Short Lane in Grantchester, and Betsy was working as a laundress along side her step mother Eliza (1817-1885).  She married aged 33 years old and was widowed in 1889.

She married widower Fred Woods in 1891 and in 1901 was living with him, and his daughter at 24 Cross Street.  She died in 1909.

Frederick (Fred) Woods (c.1850 – 25 January 1917)

Fred was born in Yelling – a village between Huntingdon and St. Neots.  He was the son of Henry and Avery Woods, and by the time he was 12 was working as an agricultural labourer like his father.  He married Eleanor Faulkener Hillier (1855-) in Huntingdon in 1875 and they had at least four children: Elizabeth Maud (Lizzie) (1873-1940), Henry John (1876-), Avery May (1878-1949) and Louisa Jane (1879-1945).

In 1881 the family were living at 19 Willow Place and Fred was working in a hotel doing  ‘boots’.  It is now known when Eleanor died, but by April 1891 Fred was a widow, and was working as a porter in a hotel and living with his children on Cross Street. He married widow Elizabeth Griffiths later that year.

After he was widowed for a second time he went to live as a lodger with Alfred and Annie Boyce at 47 Mawson Road.  In 1911 he was recorded as being a groom in a livery stables. He died in 1917.

Stephen Mills (c.1810 – 14 August 1876)

Stephen was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Mills, and was baptised in Kingston, Cambridgeshire on 26 August 1810.  He married Mary French (1806-1843) on 16 October 1832.  The couple had at least four children: George (1833-), Robert (1834-), Betsy (1837-1909) and David (1839-1842). In 1841 he was living with his family off the Barton Road and he was working as an agricultural labourer.

He married for a second time on 13 October 1844 to Eliza Dealtry (1817-1885) in Grantchester.  They lived on Short Lane, Grantchester (1851-at least 1871) and Stephen worked as a gardener. He died aged 66 years old.



by Claire Martinsen

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James Peter Lamberton Griffiths; Stephen Mills; Elizabeth Woods; Frederick Woods