CFHS code : PL20

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : side 1 To the Memory of MARY ANN TOMLIN d Nov 11 1879 aged 50 side 2 In Memory of HERBERT TOMLIN d June 21 1895 aged 30 side 3: IMO / WILLIAM TOMLIN / d Dec 20 1905 / aged 69 side 4: IMO / FLORENCE WRIGHT / d July 24 1894 / aged 29

Monument : Column (broken) base only

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



William Tomlin (c.1837 – 20 December 1905)

William was born in Cambridge and was the son of gardener William Tomlin and his wife Ann.  He grew up at Burleigh Place [1851] and by this time was working as an errand boy. He married Mary Ann Giles on August 22nd 1859 when he was 22 years old.

William and Mary Ann had at least three sons: Arthur George [1860-], Edward Giles [1861-1939] and Herbert [1865-1895]. They lived at 25 Green Street where William was a book seller and stationer [1861/1871].

Mary Ann died in 1879, and he remarried in 1881 to widow Frances Ann Wright (née Lewin) (1839-1925).  By this time he was living at 1 Arundel Villas, Station Road, and lived there with his second wife and her daughters [1891].

William and Frances had moved to Brookland Villas on Brooklands Avenue by at least 1901.  His occupation on the 1901 census was still ‘book seller’.  He died at Brookland Villas in December 1905 aged 68 years old. He left an estate valued at £10,864 2s [just under £1m at 2019 values].

Mary Ann Tomlin née Giles ( 1829 – 11 November 1879)

Mary Ann was the first wife of William Tomlin.  She was born in Cambridge and her parents were bootmaker Henry Giles and his wife Sarah.  In 1851 Mary Ann was living with her parents at Jesus Lane, and working as a dressmaker. She married William Tomlin in 1859  when she was 29 years old.

She died at her home at Arundel Villas, Station Road aged 50 years old.

Herbert Tomlin (1865 – 21 June 1895)

Herbert was the youngest son of William and Mary Ann Tomlin.  He grew up at 25 Green Street [1871] and then Arundel Villas, Station Road [1881].

On 3rd July 1890 he married Minnie Wright, who was his step mother Frances’ daughter. They married at St Paul’s Church.  In 1891 Herbert and Minnie were living at home with his father and her mother and he was working as an assistant in his father’s book selling business.   Herbert and Minnie had one son – Herbert Russell [1891-1962].  He died aged 30 years old at Fernleigh, Victoria Road.

Minnie Tomlin remarried Arthur Warr in November 1916.  She died in Dover in 1958.

Florence Wright (1864 – 24 July 1894)

Florence was the eldest daughter of Frances Tomlin and her first husband James Russell Wright [1837-1877].  She grew up at 45 St Andrew Street where her father was a tailor and robemaker.  Her father died in 1877 when she was 12 years old.  After her mother remarried she lived at Arundel Villas, Station Road with her step father and siblings [1891].  She died there in July 1894 aged 29 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/Newspaper archives

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Herbert Tomlin; Mary Ann Tomlin; William Tomlin; Florence Wright