CFHS code : PL377

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY ANN GRAVES STYLES d Feb 2 1879 age 32 also BENJAMIN THOMAS brother of the above d Dec 4 1888 age 48 also CLARA wife of the above d Dec 5 1889 age 49

Monument : Headstone (fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Mary Ann Graves Styles (1846 – 2 February 1879)

Mary was the third daughter of William and Sarah (née Bradshaw) Styles and  was baptised at All Saints’ Church on 27 December 1846. William was a coal merchant and the family lived at Jesus Lane (1851) and Croft House, Barton Road. It is not known when William died, but in 1861 Mary was living with her widowed mother at 11 Rose Crescent where Sarah ran a linen shop. The pair then moved to live at 36 Russell Street and Mary died at home aged 32 years old. Her funeral took place on 7 February 1879.

Benjamin Thomas (1839 –  4 December 1888)

Benjam was born in the village of Brewood, to the north of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and baptised at St. Mary’s Church, Brewood on 4 February 1840. He was the son of stonemason William Thomas and Mary and age 21 was working as a railway clerk and lodging in Peterborough. He married widow Clara Willimott in 1869 and they lived at 22 Norwich Street (1871) then Hills Road (1881). Clara had three children from her first marriage, and the couple had a further two children: Humphrey Leopold (1870-1929) and William Alfred (1873-). Benjamin was chief clark in the goods department of Great Northern Railway and died at home aged 48 years old.  His funeral took place on 8 December and the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal reported ‘his funeral was attended by a number of his confréres. Inspector Bush was amongst the attendants. Mr. Kelly, the station master, being absent in consequence of urgent business. Six of the porters acted as bearers.’

Clara Thomas (née Styles) (1840 – 5 December 1889)

Clara was the eldest daughter of William and Sarah Styles and married Henry Simperingham Willimott (1834-1863) on 10 February 1859 at St. Mary’s Church, Lambeth.  The couple had three children: Jessie (1859-1949), William Henry (1860-1895) and Gertrude (1862-1926).  Henry was a butcher, who later became landlord of the Red Bull, Barton Road (1861) and died aged 29 years old.  After Clara was widowed for a second time she went to live at 48 Talbot Street, Manchester with her daughter Jessie and son in law Henry Naylor. She died in Manchester and her funeral took place in Cambridge on 18 December.

Mary and Clara’s sister Emily Sarah (1851-1933) is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

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Mary Ann Graves Styles; Benjamin Thomas; Clara Thomas