CFHS code : CL18
Parish : St Clement
Inscription : In Loving Memory of our dear mother LYDIA wife of the late WALTER COE of Steeple Bumpstead, Essex who died suddenly Sep 29 1908 aged 71 also of KATE ADELINE COE eldest daughter d Dec 22 1940
Monument : Kerb stones/Stone cross (broken)
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202497, 0.13762693 – click here for location
The west face inscription is nearly illegible
In Loving Memory of our dear mother LYDIA
wife of the late WALTER COE of Steeple Bumpstead, Essex
who died suddenly Sep 29 1908 aged 71 years
Also of KATE ADELINE COE
eldest daughter died December 22nd 1940
Lydia Coe (née Dare) ( 1837 – 29 September 1908)
Lydia was the daughter of William and Hannah Dare, and was born in Steeple Bumpstead in Essex. Her father was a farm bailiff and later corn dealer. She married farmer Walter Coe in early 1864.
They had four daughters Kate Adeline, Flora Ann (1865-1947), Agnes Elizabeth (1866-1938) and Susanna Ernestine (1868-). Walter died in August 1868 aged 30 and Lydia was left to raise the four girls alone. She initially stayed on the farm – Old Pack Farm in Steeple Bumpstead where she farmed 197 acres, employing 6 men and 2 boys (1871), before moving to Freezes Farm (1881) where she farmed 100 acres. The family then moved to Great Shelford (1891). From at least 1901 onwards she moved to 1 St Johns Street in Cambridge where she lived with daughter Agnes, and granddaughter Dora.
She died at 1 St Johns Street aged 71 years old in 1908.
Kate Adeline Coe (31 October 1864 – 22 December 1940)
Kate was the eldest daughter of Walter and Lydia Coe. She was baptised on 26th December 1964in Steeple Bumpstead. She grew up initially in Steeple Bumpstead, and aged 17 years (1881) was a pupil at a Girls Boarding School in Saffron Walden. She then became a Governess to the Osborne family in Bath (1891/1901).
After the death of her mother, Kate continued to live at 1 St Johns Street and ran it as a Lodging House. She lived there initially with her sister Agnes and niece Dora – later Agnes’s husband Joseph Walter Jelley also joined them at 1 St Johns Street. After Agnes had died she lived with her brother-in-law and niece at the property. On the 1939 census she is recorded as an invalid. She died at the house in 1940 when she was 76 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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