CFHS code : PL194

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of CHRISTOPHER TRAYLEN d May 14 [1856] aged 64 also CATHARINA his beloved wife d Feb [13] 1869

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The inscription on this headstone is quite difficult to read. Photo November 2014.
Traylen headstone November 2014


This headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, is located east of the notice board and next to the headstone of Alice Traylen. The inscription is quite difficult to read.


Sacred to the Memory of CHRISTOPHER TRAYLEN who died May 14 [1856] aged 64

Also CATHARINA his beloved wife died Feb [13] 1869

Christopher Traylen (c. 1792 – 14 May 1856)

Christopher was born in West Wickham and married Catherine Hills on 9 November 1823 at St. Andrew’s Church.  They had at least four children: Alfred (1824-1867), Edward Christopher (1826-1876), George Patrick Samuel (1827-1871) and Sophia (1831-1872).  They lived in Debden, Essex  where the children were born, but had moved to 28 Hills Road by 1847 where Christopher ran a grocery shop. He died at home  aged 64 years old and his funeral took place on 18 May.

Catharine Deal Traylen (née Hills) (1786 – 13 February  1869)

Catherine was the daughter of William and Sarah Hills and was baptised at St. Clement’s Church on 25 June 1787. After she was widowed she continued to live at Hills Road and ran the grocery business, employing 2 men including her son in law Frederick Miller.

In November 1861 two men attempted to enter her house, forcing the back shutters. However Frederick Miller heard the noise and made an alarm ‘upon which the scamps decamped without effecting their object’.  Catherine died at Russell Street aged 83 years old. The business continued to be run by Frederick Miller after her death.

Christopher and Catherine’s son Alfred died at Hills Road in June 1867 and is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery, but his grave has not yet been identified.  Their daughter Sophia Miller (née Traylen)  and at least two of her children are also buried at the Cemetery too, but their grave has also not been identified.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Catharina Traylen; Christopher Traylen