CFHS code : PL14

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Ever Loving Memory of JAMES ALLEN COLE d 6 Mch 1921 age 73 also EMMA his wife d May 2 1931 aged 83

Monument : Headstone (broken & fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Cole headstone February 2017


Sadly this headstone has fallen and the kerb stones are broken. It can be found close to the south wall, in the parish area of St Paul.


‘In Ever Loving Memory of JAMES ALLEN COLE who died March 6. 1921, age 73 years.

Also EMMA his wife who died May 2. 1931, aged 83 years.’

” ‘hush.’ blessed are the dead,
In Jesu’s arms who rest,
And lean their weary head,
For every his on His breast.”

Related monument Florence Carrie Pack

James Allen Cole (1847 – 6  March 1921)

James was born in Ely and was the son of tailor James Cole and his wife Rhoda (née Allen). He married Emma in 1868 and the couple had ten children: Harry Moore (1868-), Jane Eliza (1869-1959), George Frederick (1872-1905), Percy William (1877-1955), Alice Emma (1881-1966), Florence Carrie (1883-1956) and a further four children who died as infants.

James worked as a railway servant (1871), a fitter’s labourer (1881) , and then was documented as a copper smith assistant (1891/1901/1911) and the family lived at 5 Cambridge Place (1871), 5 Queens Street (1881), 5 Cavendish Road (1891), 13 Cavendish Road (1901) and 20 Stockwell Street (1911).  He died aged 73 years old.

Emma Cole (née Bass / Moore) (1847 – 2 May  1931)

Emma was the illegitimate daughter of Bathsheba (Sheba) Bass (1825-1887) and was baptised on 3 April 1848 in Chesterton. She grew up with her step father Edward Moore who Sheba married in late 1849.  By the time Emma married James Cole she was known by the name Emma Moore suggesting she had been informally adopted by Edward Moore. She died aged 83 years old.



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Emma Cole; James Allen Cole