CFHS code : HT264

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : IARO FRANCES the beloved wife of WILLIAM SMITH d January 1[0] 1866 aged 47 WILLIAM SMITH line illegible [and of] MARIA [the beloved wife] of WILLIAM SMITH ———- 1883 AGED [6]7

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Smith headstone February 2017

Monument

Although leaning, the headstone is stable but the inscription is only partially legible.

Inscription

In Affectionate Remembrance of FRANCES
the beloved wife of WILLIAM SMITH died January 10 1866 aged 47

WILLIAM SMITH line illegible

[and of] MARIA [the beloved wife] of WILLIAM SMITH ———- 1885 AGED 67

Frances Smith (née Smith) (c.1819 – 10 January 1866)

Little is known of Frances’ life.  She was born in Cambridge and in 1851 was living at 3 New Street with her illegitimate son Anthony (1845-), working as a laundress. She married William Smith in 1850 and they had at least two children: Susan Ann (1857-1944) and Charles (1860-). William worked as a labourer and they lived at 29 New Street (1861) and then King Street.  Frances died at home aged 47 years old,  after what newspapers called ‘many years of severe affliction borne with Christian fortitude’ and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 14 January 1866.

William Smith (1821 – )

Little is also known of William’s life. He was born in Waterbeach and was the son of John. After he was widowed he married Maria Clarke at Holy Trinity Church, on 12 November 1867. It is not known when he died.

Maria Smith (née Clarke)  (1818 – September 1885) 

Maria is thought to have been born in London and was the daughter of ‘Mr Thomas Clarke, of Brook Street Holborn’. She died in London aged 67 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 10 September 1885.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Frances Smith; Maria Smith; William Smith