CFHS code : MG146

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CHARLES COOK b Dec 24th 1827 d Sept 6th 1894 WESTON CHARLES COOK d Jan 18 1903 aged [25] line illegible [CAROLINE] COOK line illegible also SOPHIA EMMA [wife] of [CHARLES] COOK d [May 25 1909] aged — footstone CC 1894 CC 1906 SEC 1909

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Footstone (double grave)

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20209, 0.13826595 – click here for location

Cook grave
Cook headstone



Relationship: Husband, wife, son and daughter

Charles Cook (24 December 1827 – 6 September 1894)

Charles was born in Cambridge and was a seedsman/florist.  Aged 14 he was working as a labourer for nurseryman William  Cumming.  He married Charlotte Whiley (1828-) and they had at least two children: Caroline (1848-1874) and George (1851-April 1852 aged 10 months).  In 1851 the family were living at 30 Orchard Street with Charlotte’s widowed mother Charlotte and  her sister Augusta. Charles was noted as a seedsman on the census record and Charlotte is now called Caroline She died the following year and was buried on Christmas Day 1852, In 1861/1871 Charles was living at 40 Petty Cury with daughter Caroline and his mother in law Charlotte.

Charles married for a second time to Sophia Hubbard on 4 November 1876 and they had at least four children together: Weston Charles (1877-1903), Sophia (1879-), Sarah Starnell (1879-1960) and Caroline (1881-1906).   By 1881 Charles was 55 years old and had retired from business to live at 2  The Avenue (which later became known as Brooklands Avenue).  He died aged 66 years old.

Weston Charles Cook (8 October 1877 – 18 January 1903)

Weston was the only son of Charles and Sophia Emma.  He was born in Cambridge and baptised in Downham Market on 23 December 1877. He grew up on Brooklands Avenue and  in 1901 was living in Eastbourne and working as a ‘fancy stationer’ with Arthur Sumpter who also originated from Cambridge. Weston married Mary Ann Hazelden in Eastbourne in the winter of 1901 and died there aged 25 years old.

Caroline Cook (1881 – 1906)

Caroline was the youngest daughter of Charles and Sophia Emma. Aged 19 (1901) she was living in Great Yarmouth and working as showroom hand. She died in Cambridge aged 25 years old.

Sophia Emma Cook (née Hubbard) (1841 – 25 May  1909)

Sophia was born in Burwell and was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Hubbard.  In 1871 she was working as a barmaid at the Rutland Arms Hotel in Newmarket, before marrying widower Charles Cook in 1876.

After his death she continued to live at 2 Brooklands Avenue and died there aged 68 years.  She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 27 June after a service at St. Paul’s Church.  The Cambridge Independent Press reported that a ‘large number of friends and relations assembled’ and that ‘the wreaths were many and beautiful’. Rev. Robert Faraker was a mourner at her funeral.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Caroline Cook; Charles Cook; Sophie Emma Cook; Weston Charles Cook
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