CFHS code : HT116
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : In Loving Memory of LAVINIA LUCRETIA MATTHEWS d Dec 3 1916 aged 70 —- of relict — also of WILLIAM NORMAN husband May 22 1923 aged 82
Monument : Kerb stones
Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lavinia Lucretia Matthews (née Travis) (1845 – 3 December 1916)
Lavinia was born in Clifton Fields, Shefford in Bedfordshire and was the daughter of Thomas and Louisa Travis. She was baptised at St Paul’s Church in Bedford on 21 March 1856. In 1861 she was working as a general servant to John and Mary Barker and living at 8 Short Street in Cambridge. She married William Matthews on 20 February 1867 at the Cambridge Register Office. William was an iron foundry labourer when they married, and continued to do this job until at least 1871 – he later became a college servant. The couple had thirteen children: Frederick William (1867-), William Thomas (1868-1953), Ruth Emma (1870-1945), George (1872-1939, Thomas Travis (1875-1937), Charles David (1878-1937), Eleanor Louise (1880-1971), Kate Lizzie (1884-1973), Amelia Lucretia (1891-1942) and a further three children who died as infants.
The couple lived at 7 Wellington Street when they first married, and then at 29 Wellington Street (1881). By 1881 William was working as a college servant, and Lavinia was ‘sextoness of St. John’s Church’. They later moved to 5 James Street (1891) and then 2 Newmarket Road (1901 onwards). Lavinia is also documented in the 1901/1911 census returns as being a college servant. She died at home aged 71 years old.
William Norman Matthews (1844 – 22 May 1923)
William was born in Cambridge and grew up at 26 Willow Place. He was the son of labourer William Matthews and his wife Elizabeth. By the time he married Lavinia Travis he was 22 years old and working at the Iron Foundry. It is now known which college he worked for, nor in what capacity, but the 1901 census return describes him as an ‘electrical engine driver’ and the 1911 census as a college pensioner. After he was widowed William continued to live at 2 Newmarket Road and died aged 82 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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