CFHS code : PL192

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY ELIZABETH the dearly beloved wife of FREDERICK WAGSTAFF d Feb 13th 1941 aged 63 also FREDERICK WAGSTAFF d March 19th 19[55] aged 75 line illegible her [VIOLET EMMA]  daughter d March 1898 aged 1 month

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information amended  from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Mary Elizabeth Wagstaff (née Pettit) (26 January 1879 – 13 February 1941)

Known as Elizabeth, she was born and raised in Horseheath,  a village south-east of Cambridge between Linton and Haverhill.  Elizabeth was the daughter of George and Emma and her father was an agricultural labourer. She married Frederick Wagstaff in 1897 and they had one daughter: Violet Emma (1898-1898) who is buried in the same grave. Frederick was a milkman and the couple lived at 19a Covent Garden.  In 1939 Frederick was described as a milk roundsman, and their nephew James Pettit was living with them and also working as a milk roundsman. Elizabeth died at home aged 73 years old and her funeral took place on 17 February.

Frederick Wagstaff (17 November 1878 – 19 March 1955)

Frederick was born in Granchester, the son of Cornelius and Louisa (née Stearn) Wagstaff. His father, Cornelius was a brickmaker . In July 1916 Frederick applied for exemption from conscription on the basis that the was a dairy yard foreman and it was ‘in the national interest that he should continue in his occuption’. His appeal was rejected, but it is not known if he served as a soldier. After Elizabeth’s death he continued to live at Covent Garden, and died at 60 Perne Avenue.

Violet Emma Wagstaff (February 1898 – March 1898)

Violet died at 62 Covent Garden aged 1 month old and was buried on 25 March 1898.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

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Frederick Wagstaff; Mary Elizabeth Wagstaff; Violet Emma Wagstaf