James Simpson Bishop

James Simpson Bishop was the oldest known child of Simpson Bishop and his first wife Elizabeth (née Taylor) of Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.

James married Ann Bowers of Wicken, Cambridgeshire, and they settled down to have at least eighteen children between 1861 and 1887. In 1889 his wife Ann tragically died from Pneumonia, leaving James with his large young family. Ann's childless sister and her husband Sarah Bowers and George Farby of Little Thetford, stepped in to help look after the children - earning themselves the name "Granny and Grandad Farby".

James worked as a Coprolite Labourer in 1871, but otherwise he worked as an Agricultural Labourer right up until a few days before his death in March 1901. His married daughter, Ann Canham, was with him when he died at High Fen, Wicken. The death certificate notes that he died from "Influenza - seven days, Pleursory of diaphragmatic pleura and Peritonitis - four days".

The Cambridge Independent Press ran his obituary on 22nd March 1901. It read: "Obituary - We regret to record the death of Mr. Simpson Bishop, who died on Friday last, at the age of 59 years. Mr. Bishop has been working on Mr. Charles' farm, High Fen, for several years. His illness was a very short one, he only being away from his work a week before he died. He was interred in the Cemetery on Monday last. Mr A Bullman performed the Burial Service."

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27th March 1842, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.





15th March 1901 at High Fen, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 59 years and in the company of his daughter, Ann Canham.

According to The Cambridge Independent Press he was buried on 18th March 1901 in Wicken Cemetery, Wicken, Cambridgeshire, England. However, the transcript of the Parish Church register for burials does not include him - suggesting that he may have been buried following a service at the Chapel.

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