CFHS code : BE86

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of STEPHEN SMYTH d February 1 18[58] in the 59th year of his age Sacred to the Memory of MARIA the beloved wife of STEPHEN SMYTH d April 1- 1867 aged 62

Monument : Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument for Stephen and Maria in the foreground and their sons Charles and Stephen George behind.

Monument

This simple copped stone with carved inscription is roughly 4 rows east of the west path towards the north of the parish.
This area was cleared in November 2020.

Inscription

Sacred to the Memory of STEPHEN SMYTH died February 1 1858 in the 59th year of his age

Sacred to the Memory of MARIA the beloved wife of STEPHEN SMYTH died April 1- 1867 aged 62

“I know in whom I have believed”

Stephen Smyth (c.1798- 1 February 1858)

Stephen was born in Thurlow, on the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border just north of Haverhill.  He married Maria Shallow on 10 August 1824 at St. Clement’s Church and the couple had at least fourteen children: Elizabeth Charlotte (1825 -1895), Sarah (1826-1831), Thomas Casborne (1829-1839), Maria (1829-1913), James Shallow (1831-), Stephen (1832-1839), Emma (1835-1835), Ellen (1836-1902), William Taylor (1838-1873), Charles (1839-1858), Louisa (1842-1842), Stephen (1843-1843), Sarah (1844-1845) and Stephen George (1847-1864). Stephen was a coachbuilder and the family lived at St. Andrew’s Street (1841), Downing Street (1851) and then 15  Regent Street. He died aged 58 years old.

Maria Smyth (née Shallow) (4 April 1805 – 12 April 1867)

Maria was the daughter of James and Elizabeth and was baptised on 29 April 1805 at St. Clement’s Church. She married Stephen Smyth when she was 19 years old and after his death went to live in Hingham, Norfolk with her daughter Ellen (1861) .  Ellen had married  draper William Harmer in 1857 and went to live in Hingham.  Maria died at Malvern Terrace in Islington, which was the home of her son (possibly William Taylor Smyth).

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Maria Smyth; Stephen Smyth