CFHS code : PL195

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARTHA WARDLE YOUNG d Dec 1st 1895 aged 43 SAMUEL OLIVER YOUNG d Jan 13th 1896 aged 49

Monument : Stone cross

Above information amended  from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.2021238,, 0.13628336 – click here for location

Damage to Young grave May 2016
The monument after restoration. Photo December 2016
The monument after restoration December 2016


This stone cross in the parish area of St Paul, is located close to the notice board east of the Lodge. The monument was damaged in May 2016 and repaired in December 2016.


‘In Loving Memory of Martha Wardle Young
died  Dec 1st 1895 aged 43

Samuel Oliver Young
died  Jan 13th 1896 aged 49

Martha Wardle Young (née Selkirk) (1852 – 1 December 1895)

Martha was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and was the daughter of John Selkirk and his wife Martha (née Wardle).  She was baptised at St. Andrew’s Church, Newcastle upon Tyne on 18 March 1852.  Her father was a carpenter, but he died when Martha was around 11 years old, and her mother then married Martin Burn, who ran the Great Northern Hotel at 61 Hills Road.  Martha married Samuel Young on 24 August 1875 at St. Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch.   Samuel was college butler at Sidney Sussex College and the couple had at least four children:  Pattie (1876-1960), Martin Oliver (1877-),  Francis Harcourt (1881-1966) and Amy Burn (1888-).   The family lived at Newnham Croft (1881) and then at 52 Tenison Road (at least 1891 onwards). Martha died at home aged 43 years old.

Samuel Oliver Young (1846 – 13 January 1896)

Samuel was born in Bungay, Suffolk and was the son of Robert and Mary Young.  Robert was a supervisor for the Inland Revenue, so Samuel grew up in Ware (1851) before the family settled in Cambridge (at least 1861 onwards). He grew up in Parker Street, and by the age of 24 was working as an under Butler.  He married aged 29 years old, and died a few weeks after his wife Martha at Tenison Road.

Their four young children were dispersed.  Amy went to live with her paternal aunt and uncle in Leamington Spa.  Pattie went to live with her grandmother at the Great Eastern Hotel, became a teacher and eventually married widow Arthur Shrubbs. Francis emigrated to America and died in Los Angeles. Martin moved to London and worked as an art dealers assistant.

Sources :
CFHS census and parish record transcripts


Newspaper archives

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Martha Wardle Young; Samuel Oliver Young
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