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Martin Douglas Packer (#47912178)
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Bio Photo THE FAMILY OF CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN : we now have images of the graves of all 21 members of CHARLES & EMMA DARWIN's immediate family: Charles & Emma themselves, 10 children: with 8 wives and 1 husband; 19 in England & 1 in Wales and 1 in France.

Cambridge, England = 7*
Cannes, France = 1
Corris, Wales = 1
Downe, England = 5
Forest Row, England = 2
Great Malvern, England = 1
London, England = 2 **
North Stoneham, England = 2

* Cambridge = Ascension Parish Burial Ground : 5, Girton : 1, and Trumpington Extension: 2

** London = Putney Vale: 1, Westminster Abbey: 1

b. THE CAMBRIDGE AMERICAN WAR CEMETERY : I am now managing some 601 ex-'CWGC/ABMC' memorials.[I have added countries and US states of birth, some were born well outside the US of A mainland and most importantly, ranks]. It has been a privilege to do this: I now need dates of birth and place names, as well as (in some cases) dates and places of death, so do HELP me please ASAP! Thanks to everyone who has contributed vital personal data so far. Note: I welcome any contribution anyone can make to improve the 600 memorials that I currently manage for Find-a-Grave; it has been a pleasure (albeit a sad one) to review all of them and to make changes. I was surprised that so many lacked requests for images of the gravestones or memorials. (I now manage all of these 601 memorials at the direct request of Find-a-Grave.) I look forward to hearing from you if you can make any contribution to them, especially their 'parental' links.

A copy of the WWII seven stanza poem: "They Came To Madingley" is available on request to me by e-mail.

c. Parish of Ascension Burial Ground, Cambridge :

'Ascension' is an ecumenical burial ground, containing not just Anglicans and Non-conformist burials, but those of Catholics,
Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Bahais, agnostics and atheists." [by Dr. Lucy Slater, December 1994]

"The church of St Giles and St Peter stands at the junction of Castle Street/Castle Hill with Chesterton Road, but the Ascension Parish Burial Ground,[a church cemetery created when the churchyard became closed to further interments], is off the Huntingdon Road near the junction with Storey's Way in the northwest of Cambridge. It includes the graves of many Cambridge academics and non-conformists of the 19th and early 20th century. A small chapel was also built on the grounds. The one and a half acres of the burial ground were established in 1857, the first burial being in 1869. Today some 2,500 people of every religious denomination and none, are buried in 1,500 plots. It is the final resting place of many city and university dignitaries, scientists, 101 Fellows [including three Nobel prize winners] and 24 Knights of the Realm. It is a designated City Wildlife Site and is part of the Storey's Way Conservation area. In 2005 the plant species present were catalogued and the site is now managed so as to encourage wildlife and habitat diversity, as well as to care for the graves themselves. It is a ‘hidden' part of the busy and rapidly expanding city and remains little known even to people who have lived all their lives in Cambridge."

d. The funeral of Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey on 26th April 1882, included a "Packer": Mr. Robert PACKER who was apparently from Derbyshire!

The family & friends who attended CHARLES DARWIN's funeral, Westminster Abbey, London: 26th April 1882.[These names listed exactly as they are and in in the same order as the report in "The Times" on 27th April 1882.]

* Find-A-Grave memorial

"Oxford Dictionary of National Biography" articles for + are available.

*Mr. William Erasmus Darwin, (chief mourner)+
*Mr. George Darwin, F.R.S.,+
* Mrs. William Darwin,
Miss Darwin, (?)
* Mrs. Litchfield,
* Mr Francis Darwin,+
* Mr. Leonard Darwin,+
* Mr. R. B. Litchfield,
* Mr. Horace Darwin,+
* Mr. Leonard Darwin, R.E.,
Mr. Darwin of Elston-hall, (?)
Mr. F. Alvey Darwin,
Captain Charles Darwin,
Mr. Reginald Darwin, of Buxton,
*Mrs. Vaughan Williams,
Miss Wedgwood, (?)
the Rev. Charles Parker,
Mr. Robert PACKER (!)
Mr. H. F. Bristowe, Q.C.,
*Mr. Francis Galton, F.R.S.,+
Mr. Ernest Wedgwood,
*Mr. Hensleigh Wedgwood,
*Mr. T. H. Farrer, Secretary of the Board of Trade,
*Mrs. Farrer,
Mr. Godfrey Wedgwood,
Miss A. Wedgwood,
*Mrs. Ruck, [mother of Amy Ruck, Francis Darwin's late first wife]
the Rev. Arthur Wedgwood,
Mr. J. C. Hawkshaw,
Mrs. Hawkshaw,
Mr. George Allen,
Mr. Henry Allen, M.P.;
Mr. William Jackson, servant
* Mr. Joseph Parslow." (the Down House Butler)

Note: "Mrs. Vaughan Williams" was the mother of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Charles Darwin's niece twice overl; "Miss Wedgwood" was possibly Frances Julia Wedgwood; "Henry Allen" was probably Henry George Allen, a first cousin of Emma Darwin (her mother was Henry Allen's father's sister). "Miss A. Wedgwood" was probably Amy Wedgwood, sister of Godfrey and daughter of Francis. "Mrs. Ruck" was the mother of Francis Darwin's first wife. "Mrs. Hawkshaw" is Cecily Mary Wedgwood, a daughter of Francis Wedgwood (her husband's sister married Godfrey Wedgwood, her brother). "T.H. Farrer" was the father-in-law to Horace Darwin and was married (second marriage) to Katherine Euphemia Wedgwood (Mrs. Farrer), a daughter of Hensleigh Wedgwood; "H. F. Bristowe" is Henry Fox Bristowe who seems to have been a distant cousin. "Charles Parker" is a nephew (son of Charles' sister, Marianne).

The ten pallbearers at Darwin's funeral were:

*The 8th Duke of Devonshire, George Campbell
*The 7th Duke of Argyll, William Cavendish
*The 15th Earl of Derby, Edward Stanley +
*Mr. J. Russell Lowell,
*Mr. W. Spottiswoode,
*Sir Joseph Hooker,
*Mr. A. R. Wallace,
*Professor Huxley,
*Sir John Lubbock,
and the *Rev. Canon Farrar +.

+ Cambridge Apostle; * FaG memorial.

The service was conducted by Canon George Prothero (1818-1894); the other Westminster Abbey staff present were:

Minor Canon Rev. John Henry Cheadle, 1851 - 1908
Minor Canon Rev. John Troutbeck, 1832-1899
Canon Thomas James Rowsell (1816-1894)
Canon Alfred Barry (1826-1910)
Canon Robinson Duckworth 1834-1911
Rev. Samuel Flood Jones (Precentor) 1826-1895
the Chapter Clerk, Mr. Charles St. Clare Bedford (1810-1900)
Frederick Bridge, organist 1844-1924 (according to The Times, he composed an anthem for the funeral).

Bio.: I am the 'admin' for the new facebook group: "Ascension Parish Burial Ground: A Cambridge Necropolis" with over 80 members, at 1.1.2015; membership requests are most welcome.
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RE: Larkins
Many apologies for the late response, I forgot to reply while out of town. I got the information for the Larkin entries from public records available online, in this case I believe from church baptisms and census. I do this only in spare time so can't offer a targeted campaign, but I will certainly look through your grave entries and send you more edits when I find information. Cheers.
Added by Gabe on Mar 03, 2015 3:43 PM

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