CFHS code : MC13

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : In Memory of Our Mother ELIZABETH WALKER d March 21 1913 in her 80th year

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202616, 0.1379839 – click here for location

Walker grave
Walker monument

Monument

Inscription

Elizabeth Walker (née Banham) (16 September 1833 – 21 March 1913)

Elizabeth was the daughter of Charles and Sarah (née Sole) Banham and was baptised at the Wesleyan Chapel in Barnwell on 1 January 1834. She grew up on Green Street where her father was a shoemaker/cordwainer who employed 10 men in his business (1851).  After Charles retired he went to live at Grove House in Chesterton and aged 36 (1871) Elizabeth was living there with her parents. She married widower George Walker (1828-1888) on 15 August 1872.

George was a Methodist Minister whose wife Sarah Ann had died in Leeds in March 1870 after having given birth to the youngest of their seven children. The family had lived in Cambridge for some time in 1861, so no doubt this is how the families were aquainted.  George and Elizabeth had three children of their own: Charles Banham (1873-1954),  Lise Sarah (1875-1963) and Caroline Mary (1879-1963).  The Walkers moved around the country with George’s job and he was stationed at: Nottingham (1872), Sheffleid (1875), Warrington (1877), Halifax (1880) Manchester Irwell Street (1883) and then Oldham (1886 onwards).  He died at Oldham aand his death was said to be unexpected, ‘a severe cold developed into inflammation of the lungs, and after a few days of suffering he passed to his reward on April 23rd 1888 in the sixtieth year of his age’.

After she was widowed Elizabeth returned to live at 4 Auckland Terrace, Newmarket Road (1891) before moving to 40 Glisson Road (1901) and then 29 Collier Road (1911).  In 1911 she was living with her spinster daughters and housekeeper Ann Banham (who was also a cousin). She died aged 79 years old at Collier Road.

Lise and Caroline continued to live together until they died within two days of each other in January 1963.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

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Elizabeth Walker