CFHS code : HT510

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ALICE wife of SAMUEL WHEATON d April 30 1889 aged 68 for over 50 years a faithful servant at Christs College also of SAMUEL WHEATON husband of the above d Sep 2 1892 aged 72

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Wheaton grave
Wheaton headstone



Alice Wheaton (née Woollard) (1821 – 30 April 1889)

Alice was the daughter of Thomas Glasscock Woollard (1788-1824) and Alice (née Browne) (1781-1846) and was baptised on 15 April 1821.  Her father died when she was a very young child and her mother then married widower David Impey (1789-1859) in 1827. The blended family lived at King Street – Alice (snr) with her two daughters, Alice and Ann, and David with his son Charles.  Alice (snr) worked as a bedmaker at Christ’s College where David and Charles Impey also worked. When Alice (snr) died in April 1846 the notices of her death read ‘upward of 43 years a bed maker of Christ’s College, and was deservedly respected by all who knew her’.

Alice (jnr) was documented as being a dressmaker on the census of 1841 and married Samuel Wheaton on 7 January 1847.  They had three daughters: Sarah Alice (1848-1912), Ellen (Nellie) (1851-1928) and Grace (1864-1925). Samuel was a printer/compositor and they lived at 39  King Street where he ran a shop. Alice worked as a bedmaker at Christ’s College like her mother before her and died  at home aged 68 years old. Her funeral took place on 4 May and was reported in the Cambridge Daily News: ‘a funeral of a most interesting nature took place this afternoon in the Mill Road Cemetery. Mrs Wheaton who had been connected with Christ’s College for upwards of fifty years and was much respected by both servants and masters was interred there. Her  memory was honoured by the attendance of the Master and Mrs and Miss Peile  (John Peile, Master 1887-1910), and by the Senior Dean and Junior Dean, by several of the fellows and undergraduates and many of the servants – both male and female.  The service was undertaken by the Senior Dean. The coffin was entirely covered with handsome floral wreaths and crosses, the gifts of friends resident in Cambridge, and one wreath was sent by two ladies of Bedford – sisters of one of the Fellows at the College’.

Samuel Wheaton (1820 – 2 September 1892)

Samuel was born in Somersham and was the son of John and Alice. His father was a butcher and the Wheaton familyhad moved to live in Cambridge by at least 1826. He married Alice Woollard in 1847 and ran a shop at King Street.  In September 1871 Stephen and Elizabeth Brown were charged with stealing 1s from his shop.  Daughter Nellie testified in court that the pair had ‘asked for an envelope and a sheet of paper, for which she tendered a shilling. I gave her the change, viz a sixpence, in three penny pieces and twopence half penny in coppers. She asked if I gave her the shilling back she would give me a halfpenny. I did as she requested, when she asked me if I had a two shilling piece. On my telling her I had not one, she asked me if I could give her two shillings. I gave her two shillings and she gave me a shilling and the change out of the first shilling with a half penny added, which made 2s. She had confused me  and I said I did not think that it was right, when she said ‘Do you think I want to rob you? It is quite right’.  Elizabeth Brown did the same trick in a number of shops and was apprehended by Detective Sergeant Kirbyshire.

After Alice Wheaton’s death, Samuel lived with his daughter Sarah and son in law Frank Piggott at 10 Emmanuel Road (1891). He was admitted to Fulbourn Asylum on 24 August 1892 and died there ten days later.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Alice Wheaton; Samuel Wheaton