LIFE GOES ON: AN INTRODUCTION

MY GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS

THE SIXTEEN FAMILIES

KNOTT - I - BOWLES - I - WATERS - I - HARRALL - I - PAGE - I - WISEMAN - I - CROSS - I - CARTER

CORNWELL - I - HUCKLE - I - MORTLOCK - I - MANSFIELD - I - REYNOLDS - I - CARTER - I - ANABLE - I - STEARN

CHRONOLOGY - I - DRAMATIS PERSONAE - I - WHERE PEOPLE CAME FROM - I - CALENDAR

MAP OF ELY - I - MAP OF MEDWAY
MAP OF CAMBRIDGE AND DISTRICT

THE WORKHOUSE

WORLD WAR I - I - WORLD WAR II

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Sophia Chapman Cross
born Ely, Cambridgeshire, 1882
died Ely, Cambridgeshire, 1958

on the Page family tree
part of the
Cross and Carter family stories

married to Arthur Page

mother of Phyllis Page

sister of Herbert Cross

daughter of
Thomas Cross
and
Sarah Carter

1956

1945: VE Day Street Party

Sophia Chapman Cross (1882-1958). My Father's Mother's Mother. My Great-Grandmother.

The Cross family came from the same part of Ely as the Pages. Sophia was still alive to appear on my parents' wedding photograph in 1956, but had died before I was born in 1961. She lived all her life in the Waterside area of Ely. Sophia's husband Arthur was killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and her younger brother Herbert was killed in the Battle of Gaza in 1917. It is said that, on reading the telegram telling her of the death of her husband, Sophia went stone deaf, a condition from which she never recovered during the more than forty years remaining of her life. She was known to my parents' generation as Grandma Sophie, and is pictured on the far left of the photograph above of the Waterside 1937 Coronation street party in 1945. She lived in a house just out of shot to the left.

Sophia Cross Broad Street

1882: Sophia was born on the 9th January at Broad Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire. her father's occupation is given as Railway Labourer. Her mother's maiden name is given as Carter. The birth was registered by her mother, who signed with a cross.

 

1891 census:

Potters Lane

Sophia was nine years old at the time of the 1891 census. The Cross family were living in Potters Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Her father Thomas is shown as a gas works labourer. He was 41 years old. Her mother Sarah was 32.

Sophia was one of five children living at home. Alice was also 9 (in fact, Alice was born about nine months after Sophia). Tom was 5, James was 2 and Herbert was 4 months old. On 18th June 1917, Herbert would be killed when a Private in the 1st/5th Batallion of the Suffolk Regiment in Gaza, Palestine. Also in the house on the night of the census was Sophia Convine, aged 37 and described as a visitor.

Sophia was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, as was her father Thomas and the other children. Her mother had been born at Prickwillow on the outskirts of Ely. The visitor, Sophia Convine, was also born at Prickwillow, suggesting that she was a friend of Sarah's or even a relative. The transcript for their entry is here.


my great grandparents get married
1901: Sophia married Arthur Page on 12th January in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral, which served as the parish church of Holy Trinity, Ely. He gave his age as 22 and she as 20: in fact, they were 21 and 19. He gave his occupation as labourer. His home address was in Bull Lane, while hers was in Potters Lane. The witnesses were Robert John Dewsbery and Alice Cross. Alice was Sophia's younger sister by 13 months. Before the end of the year, Alice would marry Robert Dewsbery.


 
 


1901 census:

Lisle Lane (former Bull Lane) cottages C1950

Sophia was twenty years old at the time of the 1901 census. The Page family were living on west side of Bull Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Her husband Arthur is shown as a baker's labourer. He was 22 years old.

Sophia was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, as was her husband Arthur. The transcript for their entry is here.

 
 


1911 census:

Back Hill

Sophia was twenty-nine years old at the time of the 1911 census. The Page family were living on Back Hill, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Her husband Arthur is shown as a general labourer, aged 32. They had been married for ten years.

Sophia had four children at the time of the census: Arthur aged 9, Violet aged 6, Beatrice aged 5 and Percy aged 1. Another child, Florence, is entered on the form and then crossed out because she was living and sleeping at Mrs Sophia Stubbins Back Hill, possibly because Sophia was heavily pregnant with Dorothy, who would be born in the 2nd quarter of 1911.

Sophia was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, as was her husband Arthur. The children were all born in Ely, with the exception of Beatrice, who was born in Peterborough. The transcript for their entry is here. You can view the original form here. The form for the household where Florence was staying is here.

 




1916:
On 20th July, Sophia's husband Arthur was killed at Delville Wood in the Battle of the Somme, France. He was 37 years old.

1958: Sophia died in Ely, Cambridgeshire, during the 1st quarter. She was 76 years old.

   

 

LIFE GOES ON: AN INTRODUCTION

MY GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS

THE SIXTEEN FAMILIES

KNOTT - I - BOWLES - I - WATERS - I - HARRALL - I - PAGE - I - WISEMAN - I - CROSS - I - CARTER

CORNWELL - I - HUCKLE - I - MORTLOCK - I - MANSFIELD - I - REYNOLDS - I - CARTER - I - ANABLE - I - STEARN

CHRONOLOGY - I - DRAMATIS PERSONAE - I - WHERE PEOPLE CAME FROM - I - CALENDAR

MAP OF ELY - I - MAP OF MEDWAY
MAP OF CAMBRIDGE AND DISTRICT

THE WORKHOUSE

WORLD WAR I - I - WORLD WAR II

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