CFHS code : HT186
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : In Loving Memory of SUSAN wife of THOMAS ESAU STALLEY d 13 Nov 1926 aged 70 also THOMAS ESAU STALLEY d 2 Feb 1944 aged 85
Monument : Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Susan Stalley (née Orbell) (24 April 1856 – 13 November 1926)
Susan was born in Wood Ditton- a small village three miles south of Newmarket. She was the daughter of William and Sarah Orbell and was baptised in the village on 15 June 1856. Her father was an agricultural labourer, and aged 15 Susan was still living at home and was marked on the 1871 census as being an ‘unemployed domestic servant’. In 1881 she was living in Fulbourn and was working as a cook for draper/grocer William Holmes and his wife Betsy. Susan’s sister Elizabeth was also working in the same household. She married Thomas Stalley in 1883 and they had at five children: Thomas Esau (1883-), William Walter (1885-1917), Elizabeth Sarah (1887-1967), Annie Marie (1894-1975) and Florence Emma (1895-1985). William worked on the railway as a fireman (1891) and then as an engine driver (1901). The family lived at Argyle Street (1891), Cockburn Street (1901) and then 168 Mill Road (1911).
In October 1917 their son Walter was killed in action, aged 33 years old. He had emigrated to Canada ten years previously, and was enlisted in the Canadian army. He had visited his parents in Cambridge a few days before Christmas in 1916. The news of his death was reported in the Cambridge Independent Press and said that Susan and Thomas had received a letter from his commanding officer. Before Walter went to Canada he had been a fitter at the Great Eastern Railway workshop. Susan died aged 70 years old.
Thomas Esau Stalley (27 November 1858 – 2 February 1944)
Thomas was born in Fulbourn and baptised there on 9 February 1959. His parents were Thomas and Maria Stalley, and Thomas Stalley worked as an agricultural labourer. The family lived on Wright’s Lane in Fulbourn and aged 13 Thomas was also working as an agricultural worker. In 1881 he was lodging at 1 Cavendish Road and working as an engine cleaner on the railway. He married Susan Orbell aged 24 years old.
After he was widowed he went to live at 46 Marshall Road with his daughter Elizabeth. The 1939 records document him as being a retired railway driver. He died at Marshall Road aged 85 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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