CFHS code : AS188

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : Jesu Mercy JOHN WALLMAN age 26 at rest Dec 3 1875 also ALICE MARY [wife of the above] d Aug 8 1920 age 74

Monument : Stone cross (broken)/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



John Wallman (c.1849 – 3 December 1875)

John was born in Fen Stanton, a village between Cambridge and Huntingdon and baptised there on 13 January 1849.  He was the son of William and Elizabeth (née Gibson) Wallman and his father worked as a shoemaker. Age 22 he was lodging at 6 Leopold Street in Lambeth and working as a ‘national schoolmaster’. He married fellow teacher Alice Pleasance on 30 December 1871 at All Saints’ Church, Cambridge.

The couple went to live at the School House, at St. Helens Isle of Wight and had at least two sons, both of whom were born  on the Island: Edmund John (1873-1939) and Charles Edward (1875-1933). John died at the school house aged 26 years old.

Alice Mary Wallman (née Pleasance)  (27 May 1846 – 8 August 1920)

Alice was the second daughter of John and Martha Pleasance and was baptised on 21 June 1846. She grew up at Park Street where her father was a tailor/waistcoat maker and her mother a college bedmaker.  Alice trained as a teacher and in April 1871 was living at the School House, Cople in Bedfordshire where she was the schoolmistress, assisted by two pupil teachers.  The school had been newly built in 1868 and was based on the Duke of Bedford’s estate. She was married aged 25 years old and widowed four years later.

In 1881 she was lodging in Kensington and working as a schoolmistress.  This appears to have been a difficult period for Alice, as eldest son Edmund was placed in an orphanage and her other son Charles was sent to live with her mother and siblings in Cambridge.  Edmund was placed in the Wanstead Infant Orphan Asylum which was said to care for ‘orphan children who are respectably descended…many are the orphans of clergymen, officers and professional men’.

In 1891 she was living at 21 Ashburton Road in Willesden, London with her son Charles and sister Jane Crabb Pleasance.  Jane lived with Alice until she died in 1913 acting as her housekeeper.  In 1901 /1911 the pair were living at 1 Leighton Gardens in Willesden and by 1911 Alice was a headmistress. They later moved to 2 Kempe Road in Kensal Green (1913) and then 54 Lavender Gardens, Battersea (1920). Alice died aged in London aged 74 years old.

Edmund John Wallman (21 November 1873 – 9 December 1939)

Edmund never married and worked for the Civil Service.  He died at 22 St Edmund’s Terrace, London aged 69 years old and records show that his body was buried in Cambridge on 14 December 1939. It is thought that he was buried with his parents.



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