CFHS code : BO9

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : [side 1:] In Memory of ANN TOMSON relict of the late Mr THOMAS TOMSON d March 6th 1857 in the 86th year of her age also of ELIZABETH daughter of the above d Nov 2nd 1883 in the 58th year of her age [side 2:] THOMAS TOMSON d June 4 1861 aged 50

Monument : Chest tomb with panelled sides

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20291, 0.13767601 – click here for location

Tomson grave
Tomson monument


This large chest tomb, with panelled sides highly decorated in Gothic style, in the parish area of St Botolph, is located near the centre circle, to the northeast of the circular path. Since the Tomsons were a family of stonemasons, it would seem likely that the tomb was built in the Tomson stoneyard, although no signature has so far been found.


[north face:]

‘In memory of Ann Tomson
relict of the late Mr Thomas Tomson
who died March 3rd 1857 in the 86th year of her age’

‘Also of Elizabeth, daughter of the above
who died Nov 2nd 1865 in the 58th year of her age ‘

[west face:]

‘In memory of Thomas Turner eldest son of Thomas Tomson
who died Jan 11 1858 in the 21st year of his age’
‘And of Harry John Chard[?]
who died November 3 1872  in the 25th year of his age

[east and south faces covered by ivy: includes:]
‘Thomas Tomson died June 4 1861 aged 50’

Ann Tomson (née Balls) (c.1772 ‒ 3 March 1857)

Ann was the wife of Thomas Tomson (snr) (c.1775-1849), stonemason (commemorated in St. Botolph Church) of 69 Trumpington Street, Cambridge. The couple were married on 30 December 1802 at St Andrew the Great, Cambridge. They had at least two children together: Elizabeth (1808-), Thomas (1810-1861), . Thomas Tomson died in February 1849 and was buried in St Botolph’s Churchyard.  After being widowed she went to live on Barton Road, and was living there with her daughter Eliza and grandson Thomas in 1851.  She died on 3 March at Trumpington Street and was buried on 10 March.

Elizabeth Tomson (10 April 1808 –  2 November 1865)

Elizabeth was the eldest daughter of Ann and Thomas (senior) Tomson.  She was baptised at St Benedict’s Church on 18 April 1808.  She lived at home with her parents and did not marry.  In 1851 she was living with her mother on Barton Road, and was described as an ‘annuitant’s daughter’ on the census return of that year. In 1861 she was living at 69 Trumpington Street with her brother Thomas’s family and was described as an ‘assistant’.  She died at Trumpington  Street aged 58 years old.

Thomas Turner Tomson (1838‒ 11 January 1858)

Thomas Turner Tomson was the son of Thomas Tomson (jnr) and  his first wife Mary Elizabeth Tomson (née Turner). He was baptised at St Botolph’s Church on 28 March 1838. The family lived on Barton Road, Cambridge. He died at home on 11 January was buried on 18 January 1858.

Harry John Chard[?] Tomson 

Harry was the son of Thomas Tomson (jnr) and his second wife Emma.  He married  Elizabeth Atmore Simmons (1845-1916) in Norwich in 1869.  They had one daughter: Kathleen Mary (1870-1941).   In 1871 the family were living at 2 Rose Crescent and Harry was described as a master tabacconist. He died at Linton aged 25 years old.

Elizabeth Tomson remarried in 1875 to Quantrill Cook (1849-).  The couple had  seven children together, and Quantrill worked as a domestic coachman.  She died in Essex aged 71 years old.

Thomas Tomson (23 August 1810 ‒ 4 June 1861)

Thomas was the son of Thomas (snr) and Ann (née Balls) Tomson.  He worked as a stonemason in the family business.  He married Mary Elizabeth Turner (c.1807-1843) at St Mary’s Church in Haggerstone, near Shoreditch, London on 20 January 1836. They had at least four children: Thomas Turner (1838-1858), John (1839-1842), Ann Elizabeth (1840-) and Edward (1842-).  The family lived on Trumpington Street, and Mary Elizabeth died there on 16 December 1843 aged 36 years old.

He married for a second time to Emma Skinner on 14 January 1846.  They married at St. Botolph’s Church in a double wedding where Emma’s sister Sarah married Mr D. Jennings at the same time. Thomas and Emma had at least six more children: Harry John (1846-1872), Clara (1848-1918), Catherine (1851-1886), Frank (1854-1896), Octavus (1856-1926) and Ernest William (1860-1931).  In 1851 the family were living on Trumpington Street and Thomas was employing three men within the  business at that time.

A the time of his death in 1861 aged 50, Thomas was living Barton Cottage, Barton Road, Cambridge.  In the census of April 1861 it was recorded that he was employing twelve men and two boys in the stone business. He died on 4 June and was buried on 11 June.  The report of his death in the Cambridge Independent Press noted that he was a ‘stone and marble mason’.

St Botolph: baptismal register
St Botolph: marriage register
St Botolph: burial register


Newspaper archives

By Ian Bent and Claire Martinsen

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Ann Tomson; Elizabeth Tomson; Harry John Chard Tomson; Thomas Tomson; Thomas Turner Tomson