CFHS code : AS125

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of SARAH the beloved and affectionate wife of THOMAS SAMPSON d May 11 1850 aged [8]6 also of THOMAS SAMPSON d April 25 [1855] aged [86]

Monument : Headstone/Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203379, 0.13661552 – click here for location


We have nor yet been able to photograph this monument which takes the form of a combined headstone and cross. It is against the west wall towards the south of the parish (behind the chest tomb of Ransom AS130) and hidden by bushes.


Sarah Sampson (née Austin) (c.1864 – 11 May 1850)

Sarah married Thomas Sampson in 1799 at St. Edward’s Church.  They had at least one daughter: Sarah (1800-1885).  From at least 1841 onwards they lived at All Saints’ Passage and Thomas was noted as a proprietor of houses and fund holder on the census of that year.  Sarah died aged 86 years old and an inquest was held into her death.  It was reported that she had ‘eaten a hearty breakfast; but about twelve o’clock whilst engaged in preparing something for dinner suddenly dropped down, and died a short time afterwards’.  The cause of death was said to be ‘apoplexy’ (a form of stroke).

Thomas Sampson (c.1766 – 25 April 1855)

Thomas was born in Royston and baptised there on 12 October 1766. He was the son of William and Ann and worked as a ‘principal servant’ at St. John’s College for many years.  He died aged 86 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 30 April.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Sarah Sampson; Thomas Sampson