CFHS code : PL331

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EDWARD SMITH MARKHAM d Nov 27 1915 aged 62 also ELIZA MARKHAM wife of the above d Dec 25 1931 aged 81

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in February 2020.


Located midway between the west path and the central path and roughly 12 rows from the south path. The headstone was cleared of ivy in February 2020. The carved inscription is legible and the kerb stones intact.



Who died Nov. 27. 1915. Aged 62 years.

“Thy will be done”

Also ELIZA MARKHAM wife of the above

Who died Dec 25 1931 aged 81 years.

“Her end was peace”

Edward Smith Markham (1853 – 27 November 1915)

Edward was the son of William Markham (1816-) and Mary Smith (née White) (1821-1908). He was born and raised in Soham, where his father was a miller. Edward trained as a carpenter/joiner and married Eliza Field in 1880. They had four children: Jessie Mabel (1884-1965), Florence Grace (1886-1975), Ernest Field (1890-1984) and one further child who died as an infant. They lived at 43 Covent Garden (1881) and Molescroft House, 92 Argyle Street (at least 1891 onwards). He died at home aged 62 years old and his funeral took place on 2 December 1915.

Eliza Markham  (née Field) (1850 – 25 December 1931)

Eliza was born in Molescroft, a small hamlet half a mile outside Beverley, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of James and Jane Field and grew up in Molescroft  where her father was an agricultural labourer. In 1871 she was working in Beverley as a housemaid to widow Sarah Hutton and her family.  Perhaps she later came to Cambridge to work, where she met her husband. Eliza died at Argyle Street on Christmas Day 1831.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

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Edward Smith Markham; Eliza Markham