CFHS code : PL140

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : headstone IBMO ELIZABETH the devoted wife of JOSEPH PIKE d March 26 1895 in her 58th year also ELIZABETH HANNAH only daughter b December 4th 1877 d October 30 1881 also JOSEPH PIKE d November 21st 1908 aged 76 Good Man GEORGE HENRY PIKE Comdr RD RNR Rtd son of the above b July 9 1873 d March 11 1936 footstone E H P 1881

Monument : Headstone/Footstone/Urn

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Monument

Inscription

headstone
IBMO ELIZABETH the devoted wife of JOSEPH PIKE d March 26 1895 in her 58th year

also ELIZABETH HANNAH only daughter b December 4th 1877 d October 30 1881

also JOSEPH PIKE d November 21st 1908 aged 76 Good Man

GEORGE HENRY PIKE Comdr RD RNR Rtd son of the above b July 9 1873 d March 11 1936

footstone
E H P 1881

Elizabeth Pike (née Cunningham) (1837 – 26 March 1895)

Elizabeth was born in London and baptised there on 23 July 1837. She was the daughter of  Walter  and Elizabeth and grew up at Mile End (1851) and Alfred Street, Stepney (1861).  Walter Cunningham was a customs locker (someone employed in customers bonded warehouses who kept charge of the elaborate locks). Aged 24 Elizabeth was working as a ‘congregational schoolmistress’ and married Joseph Pike on 25 July 1868 in London. The couple moved to live at 48 Norwich Street, Cambridge (1871-at least 1891) and had six children: Rev. Joseph Cunningham (1869-1915), Walter John Cunningham (1871-1925), George Henry (1873-1936), William Gervase (known as Gervase) (1875-1944), Elizabeth Hannah (1877-1881) and Alfred Thomas (1880-1951). Joseph was a tea dealer/draper and local preacher. Elizabeth died at 1 Perowne Street aged 59 years old.

Elizabeth Hannah Pike (4 December1877 – 30 October 1881)

Elizabeth died at Norwich Street aged 3 years old.

Joseph Pike (1832 – 21 November 1908)

Joseph was born in Wilford, near Nottingham and aged 18 was working as a servant to a lace manufacturer in Lenton, Nottinghamshire. He moved to London where he worked as a city missionary (1861) which is presumably how he met his future wife. He was ‘connected with the Primitive Methodist Churches in..(Cambridge) as minister, office bearer and local preacher (for over 50 years)..he was well known by many connected wtih the various Nonconformist causes in the town and district.  He also took an active interest in political and municipal affairs’ and the letter sent to the Cambridge Daily News in 1902 shows his feelings on local affairs.

He retired to live in Duxford with his son Gervase in 1906 and was reported to have had a ‘severe illness’ in the Spring of 1908. He was said to have made a partial recovery, but suffered a relapse at the start of October.  He died at his son Gervase’s house in Whittlesford aged 76 years old and newspaper announcements of his death described him as a ‘a good man and a just’

George Henry Pike (9 July 1873 – 11 March 1936)

George was the thrid son of Joseph and Elizabeth and was baptised on 9 October 1873 at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Cambridge. Aged 17 he was working with his father as a draper and tea dealer, but later joined the Merchant Navy. He passed his second mate certification in July 1896 and in 1905 was working as a second mate aboard  SS Cretic earning £11 per month. He travelled the world, and there are passenger lists of him sailing from Sydney to London in 1909, and Baltimore to Liverpool in 1925. He served in the Merchant Navy in the 1st World War and was awarded a Campaign Medal as a result. George left the Navy with the rank of Commander and retired to live at 9 Cardinal Road, Feltham.  He died at home and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 16 March 1936.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Pike; Elizabeth Hannah Pike; George Henry Pike; Joseph Pike