CFHS code : PL250

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : ELIAS PRIME d July 19th 1890 aged 58 Why do we mourn departing friends or shake at deaths alarm! Tis but a voice that Jesus sends To call them to his arms

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Elias Prime (1832 – 19 July 1890)

Elias was born in the village of Newton, seven miles south west of Cambridge and baptised there on 6 May 1832.  He was the son of Aaron and Johanna (née Kemp) and grew up in Newton, where his father was an agricultural labourer. Elias married Jane Hoy (1836-1912) in 1853. In 1861/1871 the couple were living in Newton, and Elias worked as an agricultural labourer. By 1881 they had moved to live at 18 Hooper Street, and Elias worked as a railway carriage cleaner. He was run over by an express train and appeared to step in front of the train .  Newspapers described him as ‘an elderly man, over fifty years of age’ and the inquest heard that ‘the deceased might have been unable to hear the express because a pilot engine was blowing off steam on the up goods line – a verdict of accidental death was returned’.

Jane Prime moved to live at Mill End (1911) and died in 1912 aged 76 years old. The parish burial records do not show that she was buried with her husband.



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Elias Prime