CFHS code : HT416

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of MARIA SEAWELL WARD wife of WILLIAM WARD d Feb 3 1857 aged 35 also FRANCIS MOWATT WARD son of the above d Nov 22 1873 aged 21 also EDWIN WARD d Dec 12 1875 aged 25 and WILLIAM WARD d Feb 12 1878 aged 55

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones (double grave)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Ward headstone 2018



Maria Seawell Ward (née Seawell) (1822 – 3 February 1857)

Maria was the daughter of Ellis and Sophia (née Cooke) and sister of Edwin. She grew up at 18 East Road where her father ran a grocery shop and married William Ward in 1844.  William was also a grocer and baker and the couple lived at Newmarket Raoad (1851).  The couple had five sons: Walter Seawell (1847-1919), William Seawell (1848-1926), Edwin (1850-1875), Francis Mowatt (1852-1873) and Herbert James (1854-1885).   Maria died at Newmarket Road aged 35 years old. The notice of her death in the Cambridge Independent Press read ‘much respected and deeply regretted by her relations and friends, after five years’ illness, borne with Christian fortitude, leaving five small children to deplore their loss’.

Francis Mowatt Ward (1852 – 22 November  1873)

Francis was the fourth son of Maria and William Ward and he died aged 21 years old.

Edwin Ward (1850 – 12 December 1875)

Edwin was the third son of Maria and William Ward.  In 1871 he was living at 5 Abbey Street and working as a baker along side his father. He died aged 25 years old.

William Ward (c.1823 – 12 February 1878)

William was born in Broughton, Huntingdon and married Maria when he was c.21 years old. After he was widowed he went to live at 5 Abbey Street (1861/1871) and died at 60 Newmarket Road aged 55 years old.



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by Claire Martinsen 

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Edwin Ward; Francis Mowatt Ward; Maria Seawell Ward; William Ward