CFHS code : PL198
Parish : St Paul
Inscription : In Loving Memory of SUSAN beloved wife of WILLIAM HENRY HAYLES d Aug 18 1900 age 60 also WILLIAM HENRY HAYLES husband of the above d March 30 1922 age 91 also WILLIAM HENRY HAYLES eldest son of the above d Feb 14 1945 age 77 also SARAH ELIZABETH HAYLES daughter of SUSAN and WILLIAM HAYLES d January 1st 1948 age 73
Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
In Loving Memory of SUSAN beloved wife of WILLIAM HENRY HAYLES died August 18th 1900 age 60 years
Also WILLIAM HENRY HAYLES husband of the above died March 30th 1922 age 91 years
Also WILLIAM HENRY HAYLES eldest son of the above died Feb 14 1945 age 77 years
Also SARAH ELIZABETH HAYLES daughter of SUSAN and WILLIAM HAYLES died January 1st 1948 age 73 years
Susan Hayles (née Bester) (c.1839 – 18 August 1900)
Susan was the daughter of carpenter Robert Bester and his wife Sarah. She grew up at 49 Hills Road (1841) and then at Bentinck Street (1851/61). By the age of 21 she was working as a milliner and still living at home. She married William Hayles at St. Paul’s Church on 1 May 1867 and the couple had at least five children: William Henry (1868-1945), Frederick Robert (1869-1949), Herbert James (1871-1962), Alfred (1873-1955) and Sarah Elizabeth (1874-1947). William worked as a carpenter/builder and the family lived at 9a Union Road throughout their married life. Susan died at home aged 60 years old.
William Henry Hayles (c.1833 – 30 March 1922)
William was the son of James and Mary Ann (née Wright) Hayles, and his father died when he was 7 years old. He grew up at Sidney Street, with Mary who worked as a charwoman. By the time he was 18 he was working as an errand boy. In 1861 he was living at Freemans Court, just off Sidney Street and was working as a carpenter. He married Susan when he was c.34 years old.
William was a keen photographer and often exhibited and entered photographic competitions. In February 1900 he took part in the Cambridge Camera Club lecture at the Alexandra Hall, and showed lantern slides of Lucerne, miscellaneous view and wild life. He exhibited with the Y.M.C.A Camera Club. William’s photo of the North Choir Aisle at Ely Cathedral was noted as being the best of those shown, and had recently won first prize at the Architecture Competition. In 1907 he took part in the Cambridge and District Photographic Club exhibition at the Guildhall and got honourable mentions in the landscape class, still life class and lantern slide class.
After he was widowed he continued to live at 9a Union Road with his children William and Sarah and died there in 1922 aged 91 years old.
William Henry Hayles (7 February 1868 – 14 February 1945)
William was the eldest son of William and Susan and lived at 9a Union Road for his whole life. In 1891 he was working as a laboratory assistant, in 1901 as an electrician and in 1911 as an assistant lecturer in the University Physics Department. By 1939 he was living at Union Road with his sister Elizabeth and was described as a retired physics laboratory assistant. He died at Union Road aged 77 years.
Sarah Elizabeth Hayles (9 August 1874 – 31 December 1947)
Sarah was the youngest child of William and Susan and like her brother William lived at 9a Union Road for her entire life. She is not recorded as having an occupation on any of the census records taken. She was still living at 9a Union Road in 1947, but died at Addenbrookes Hospital.
The date on the inscription appears to be wrong, as her probate records show that she died on 31 December.
by Claire Martinsen
Many thanks to relatives of the Hayles family for their information.
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