CFHS code : HS131

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Loving Memory of our father and mother THOMAS WRIGHT born at Upwell April 29 1825 died at Chesterton Feb 23 1898 in his 71st year also ELIZABETH JANE WRIGHT born at Upwell Oct 12 1830 died at Chesterton April 12 1898 in her 68th year also MARY JANE WRIGHT younger daughter of above born at Fulbourn Oct 7 1859 died at Cambridge Sep 14 1919 also ANN HOPKIN WRIGHT elder daughter of the above born at Fulbourn Feb 19 1858 died at Cambridge Jan 25 1925

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202231, 0.13840444 – click here for location

Wright grave
Wright headstone

Monument

This detailed headstone located in the parish of Holy Sepulchre stands 1 row to the east of the east path.

Inscription

In Loving Memory of our father and mother 

THOMAS WRIGHT born at Upwell April 29th 1825 died at Chesterton February 23rd 1898 in his 73rd year 

“The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God.”

Also ELIZABETH JANE WRIGHT born at Upwell October 12th 1830 died at Chesterton April 12th 1898 in her 68th year 

“They rest from their labours and their works do follow them”

Also MARY JANE WRIGHT younger daughter of the above born at Fulbourne Oct 7th 1859 died at Cambridge Sep 14th 1919.

“The dawn of Heaven breaks.” 

Also ANN HOPKIN WRIGHT elder daughter of the above born at Fulbourne Feb 19 1858 died at Cambridge Jan 25 1925

Thomas Wright (29 April 1825 – 23 February 1898)

Thomas was the son of John and Mary and was born in Upwell, Norfolk – a village five miles outside of Wisbech.  He was baptised in Upwell on 23 May 1825 and married Elizabeth Hopkin on 22 September 1853 at St. Peter’s Church, Upwith in Norfolk.  They went to farm at Rectory Farm in Fulbourn and had at least eight children: John (1856-), Thomas (1856-1856), Ann Hopkin (1858-1925), Mary Jane (1859-1919), William Shaw (1860-1860), William Hopkin (1862-1924), Arthur (1863-1948) and Francis Frederick (1865-1865).

In 1861 Thomas was farming 744 acres and employing 42 people on the farm.  By  1872 the family had moved to live at Sylfield House, Bateman Street where Thomas was described as an estate agent and farmer of 125 acres. In 1883 he moved to farm at Manor Farm in Chesterton and in 1891 was described as a land agent/valuer, auctioneer and farmer.  He ran a land estate agent/valuation company with Messr. Scruby and was said to be ‘known throughout the county as an expert valuer and an authority on farming matters’.  As well as farming Manor Farm, Thomas owned land at Waterbeach and Upwell.

He died at Chesterton Road aged 72 years old and it was reported he had been in ill health for some months – ‘an attack of illness in August last was successfully combatted and he was recovering from another attack about Christmas time when he was seized with influenza which had neccessitated his remaining indoors up to the time of his death’.  The funeral took place at Mill Road Cemetery on 27 February and it was reported ‘there were many gentlemen present in the representative capacity besides a fair concourse of the general public who watched with manifest sorrow the performance of the funeral rites’.

The Rector of Fulbourn wrote a short obituary in the parish newsletter which read: ‘the news of the death of Mr. Thomas Wright on Ash Wednesday though not coming as a surprise to his friends, who had observed his failing health and strength and knew that he had pased the allotted span of life by two or three years was received with sincere regret by all who knew the deceased gentleman of Fulbourn. No employer of labour ever gained the esteem of his men more deservedly than Mr. Wright for he was a just and generous master, who always recognised faithful service and cared forthem in times of need and sickness. The almshouse inmates also loose a good friend, who did not forget them at Christmas and other times’.

Elizabeth Jane Wright (née Hopkin)  (12 October 1830 – 12 April 1898)

Elizabeth was the daughter of  farmer William and his wife Ann. She was born in Norfolk and baptised at Welney on 7 November 1830. She died at 113 Chesterton Road less than eight weeks after her husband.

Mary Jane Wright (7 October 1859 – 14 September 1919)

Mary was born in Fulbourn and baptised on 13 November 1859.  She lived at home until 1891 and then in Folkstone before returning to live in Cambridge. She died at 50 Glisson Road aged 59 years old (next door to her brother Arthur). She left an estate valued at £10,320 8s and 11d. She gifted £100 to her brothers William and Arthur and the rest of the estate to her sister Ann.

Ann Hopkin Wright (19 February 1858 – 25 January 1925)

Ann was born in Fulbourn and baptised on 19 March 1858. She went to school at Sarah Harman’s boarding school at the Castle, Wisbech (1871) and lived with her parents until their deaths.  She died at 221 Chesterton Road aged 66 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Ann Hopkin Wright; Elizabeth Jane Wright; Mary Jane Wright; Thomas Wright