CFHS code : AG346

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : ALBERT JAMES TOMPKINS d Jan 23 1890 age 57 also of ADA TOMPKINS wife of the above b Dec 2 1838 d Feb 17 1914

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203209, 0.13653422 – click here for location

Monument

Tompkins cross 2014

This tall cross is on the northern edge of the parish two rows from the west wall. It was completely covered in ivy in 2014 when this area was cleared so we were unable to check the inscription. The whole area is now covered in vegetation.

Inscription

ALBERT JAMES TOMPKINS d Jan 23 1890 age 57

Also of ADA TOMPKINS wife of the above b Dec 2 1838 d Feb 17 1914

Albert James Tompkins (1832 – 23 January 1890)

Albert was the son of James and Mary Ann (née Stretch) and was baptised on 1 April 1832 at St. Mary the Great Church.  He grew up at 6 Emmanuel Street and his father ran a large building business which Albert became a partner in and later took over the running of.

He married Ada Sanxter on 20 October 1859 in Foxton and they had  three children: Florence Sabina (1861-1945), Albert James (1862-1929) and Rosa Gertrude (1867-1949). The family lived at 23 Victoria Road (1861/1871) and then at 10 Park Terrace (at least 1881 onwards).   In 1871 the building business was employing 34 men which had increased to 40 in 1881.  Albert died at Park Terrace aged 57 years old.

Ada Tompkins  (née Sanxter) (2 December 1838 – 17 February 1914)

Ada was born in Feltwell, Norfolk and baptised there on 23 January 1839,  Her parents were Frederick and Martha (née Toller) and in 1841 Frederick was farming in Feltwell.  By 1851 they had moved to live at Barron’s Farm in Foxton where Frederick was farming 212 acres and employing 12 people.  She married Albert Tompkins when she was 20 years old and after being widowed moved to live at Homefield, 12 Cavendish Avenue (at least 1898 onwards). She lived at Cavendish Avenue with eldest daughter Florence and died there aged 75 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Ada Tompkins; Albert James Tompkins