CFHS code : PL77

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Memory of FREDERICK WILLIAM SCRIVEN d Apr 4 1915 age [68] also MAHALA SCRIVEN d Feb 26 1935 age 88

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Frederick William Scriven (1847 – 4 April 1915)

Frderick was born in Woodford, near Thrapston, Northamptonshire and was the eldest son of tailor George Scriven (1819-1893) and his wife Mary (née Elkington) (1812-1890). Aged 14 Frederick was also working as a tailor. He married Maria Tailby (1846-1876) on 14 January 1869 at St. Edmund’s Church, Northampton and they had at least five children: Fanny Maria (1870-1871), Frederick Charles (1870-1949), Maria Maud Mary (1872-1959), Gertrude (1873-1957) and Maria Tailby (1876-1886). The first three children were born in Woodford/Camberwell but they had moved to live at Covent Garden by the time daughter Maria was born in 1872 and Frederick continued to work as a tailor.

In March 1877 Charles Tabor and John Pilsworth were  charged with stealing ‘354 years of whipcord cloth’ whilst in rail transit and therefore the property of Great Eastern Railway. John Pilsworth  had given Frederick Scriven some of the cloth to make up for him and police therefore found some of the stolen cloth in his possession. Tabor was found guilty and Pilsworth not guilty.

He was widowed in 1876 and then lived at Caius Terrace (1881) and Gwydir Street (at least 1886-1904). In May 1886 he was charged with assaulting builder Philip Banyard.  Philip alleged that Frederick had butted him and when asked why he had done it had then struck Philip and knocked his hat off.  When Philip stooped to pick up the hat he was struck again and then struck  back. Frederick Scriven claimed he had accidently touched Philip Banyard as he turned a corner and Philip had then ‘rushed at him, white as cream’.  ‘The Mayor said that it was a very poor case to come before the Bench; but he thought that an assault had been committed, and the defendent would be fined 2s, 6d and costs, but professional costs would not be allowed.

He was a keen gardener and won many prizes for his produce. In July 1888 he won prizes for his scarlet runners, and round potatoes at the Cambridge Florist’s Show.  In July 1889 he entered his produce in the cottagers’ classes at the Mill road Amateur Gardeners’ Association Annual Show. He won first prize for twelve coloured round potatoes, twelve scarlet runners and twelve coloured kidney potatoes,  second prize for twelve french beans, third prize for six carrots (not horn), fourth prize for twelve white round potatoes

Frederick married for a second time in 1881 to Mahala Hyde and they lived at Gwydir Street and then 2 Mawson Road (1911 onwards). Frederick died at home and his funeral took place on 8 April.

Mahala Scriven (née Hyde) (1846 – 26 February 1935)

Mahala was born in Cambridge and  was the daughter Charles and Mary Ann. She was baptised at St. Andrew the Great Church on 4 October 1846 and aged 24  was living in Rugby and working as a ladies maid to Elizabeth Green, the wife of Rev. William Green. She later worked as a dressmaker before marrying widower Frederick Scriven. After she was widowed she moved to live at 74 Hartington Grove with step daughter Maria and her family  (at least 1929 onwards) where she died in 1935 aged 88 years old.  She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2 March.

From parish burial records it is known that Frederick’s first wife Maria and daughter Maria are also buried in the same grave

Maria Scriven (née Tailby) (1846 – 15 October 1876) 

Photo believed to be of Maria Scriven (née Tailby)

Maria was the daughter of George and Ann (née Deacon) Tailby.  She was born in Desborough, Northamptonshire and baptised there on 12 April 1846. She grew up at the Black Horse Inn, Desborough where her father was an innkeeper and butcher before marrying Frederick Scriven in 1869.  She died at Covent Garden, Cambridge aged 30 years old and is thought to have died as a result of complications in childbirth. Her funeral took place on 18 October.

Maria Tailby Scriven (1876 – 15 November 1886)

Maria died at Gwydir Street aged 10 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 20 November 1886.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

* Many thanks to HLT for permission to publish the photo of Maria Scriven (née Tailby).  It is a family photo believed to be of Maria.

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Frederick William Scriven; Mahala Scriven; Maria Scriven, Maria Tailby Scriven