CFHS code : BE87

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Loving Remembrance of ELIZABETH POOL SMYTH d May [2] 1872 aged 66 [also] of her son JOHN POOL SMYTH d Nov 11 1863 aged 23 also ELIZABETH HANNAH SMYTH d Aug 30 1876 aged 2 months reverse In Loving Memory of SARAH POOL WILS[ON] STEVENS d April 24 [1916] aged 71 also of CHARLES STEVENS d Feb 5 1919 aged 74

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in December 2020.


This headstone is located 4 rows east of the west path in the parish of St Bene’t. The west face is hidden by ivy The east face was cleared in 2020. The inscription is has faded and is barely legible.


west face
In Loving Remembrance of ELIZABETH POOL SMYTH d May [2] 1872 aged 66 

[also] of her son JOHN POOL SMYTH d Nov 11 1863 aged 23 

Also ELIZABETH HANNAH SMYTH d Aug 30 1876 aged 2 months 

east face
In Loving Memory of SARAH POOL WILS[ON] STEVENS d April 24 [1916] aged 71 years
3 lines illegible

Also of CHARLES STEVENS died Feb 5 1919 aged 74 years

Relationships: mother, son, daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter

Elizabeth Pool Smyth (née Wilson) (1806 – 2 May 1872)

Elizabeth was born in Leicestershire in 1806. She married Samuel Halsted Smyth on 23rd February 1830 at St Margaret’s Church, Leicester. They had at least six children together: Hannah Read (1832-1915), Samuel William Casburn (1836-), Richard Wilson (1836-), John Pool (1839-1863) and Sarah Pool Wilson (1844-1916).

Elizabeth and Samuel must have moved to Cambridge around 1830-1832 as all the children were born in Cambridge.  Samuel worked as a coachmaker on Regent Street.  He died in 1844 at the age of 48 years, and Elizabeth was left a widow.

In 1851 she was living just off Trumpington Street with four of her children, and was marked on the census as a pauper/coachmakers widow.  Her son Richard was working as a grocers errand boy.  In 1861 she was running a shop on Trumpington Street and living with her children Samuel and Sarah.

In 1871 she was living at 23 Trumpington Street with her daughter Sarah, who was running a tobacco and confectionery shop. She died in May 1872 aged 66 years old.

John Pool Smyth (30 May 1839 – 11 November 1863)

John was the fourth of Samuel and Elizabeth Smyth’s five children.  He was baptised at St Benet’s church on 20th June 1839. He was living with his mother in 1851.  He died aged 24 years old in 1863.

Sarah Pool Stevens  (neé Wilson) (1844 – 24 April 1916)

Sarah was the youngest of Samuel and Elizabeth Smyth’s five children.  She lived with her mother until Elizabeth died when Sarah was 28 years old.  Sarah married Charles Stevens in 1875.  They continued to run the business until at least 1881.

In 1891 the couple were living at 2 Silver Street, where Charles was working as a groom, and Sarah was a lodging house keeper. In 1901 they were living on Cambridge Road, Cherry Hinton and Charles was described as a retired butler.  In 1911 the couple were living at Edendale, on Cherry Hinton Road and Charles was noted as a retired man servant.  Sarah died in April 1916 at Edendale, aged 73 years old.

Charles Stevens (1846 – 5 February 1919)

Charles was the son of George and Elizabeth Stevens. He was born in Great Swaffham, where his father worked as an agricultural labourer.  He had a brother called George, and both followed their father by becoming agricultural workers.  In 1871 both Charles and George Stevens were living on London Road, Trumpington and boarding whilst working as agricultural labourers.

Charles married Sarah Smyth when he was 29 years old. He ran the confectionery business with her, before becoming a groom and then a bulter. They retired to Cherry Hinton.   Charles was widowed in 1916, and died himself at Edendale in 1919. He left an estate valued at £4,389 12s and 11d.

Elizabeth Hannah Smyth  Stevens (June 1876 – 30 August 1876)

Elizabeth was the only child of Charles and Sarah Stevens. She died aged just a few weeks old.



by Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Hannah Smyth; Elizabeth Pool Smyth; John Pool Smyth; Charles Stevens; Sarah Pool Wilson Stevens