CFHS code : PL118

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Memory of ELLEN NORRIS b 11 Oct 1815 d 5 Jun 1884 also of our beloved sister CECILIA J COOPER d 14 Nov 1914 aged 84

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Cooper and Norris headstone January 2018



In Memory of ELLEN NORRIS born Oct 11th 1815 died June 5th  1884.

“Behold I have refined thee but not as silver.
I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction”

Also of our beloved sister CECILIA J. COOPER who died Nov 14 1914 aged 84.

“Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord
Hush: Blessed are the dead
In Jesus arms who rest
and lean their weary head
For ever in His breast”

Ellen Norris (11 October 1815 – 5 June 1884)

Little is known of Ellen’s life. She was born in Harwich and baptised at St. Nicholas Church Harwich on 2 February 1824. Her parents were William and Charlotte Norris and by 1861 she had come to Cambridge and was lodging at 21 Union Road. On census returns she was described as being of no occupation or as an annuitant.  She died at Union Road aged 66 years.

Cecilia Jacks Cooper (30 July 1830 – 14 November 1914)

Cecilia was born in London and baptised at St. Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch on 19 September 1833.  Her parents were corn dealer  Joshua Vernon Cooper and his wife Rebecca (née Hollingsworth).  Her father died in 1849, and by 1851 she had come to live in Cambridge with her maternal uncle Thomas Hollingsworth and his wife Charlotte at 21 Union Road.  Thomas (1792-1873) was a surveyor and after Charlotte died (c.1855) he lived at the house with lodger Ellen Norris and his niece Cecilia.  In turn when he died Cecilia and Ellen lived at the house with the help of a  domestic servant.  Cecilia was looked after by Bertha Haynes (1853-) as her housekeeper/companion from 1881 onwards and on some census returns was described as earning a living from houses.  She lived at Union Road until at least 1908, but by 1911 had moved to Essendon, Cherry Hinton Road in Great Shelford.  She died there aged 84 years.

She was buried in Mill Road Cemetery on 18 November and the Cambridge Independent Press published a report of the funeral noting that she had worked at St. Paul’s Church for over half a century.  One of the wreaths read ‘in loving memory of all you have done and been in St. Paul’s parish for more than 60 years from old Sunday school teachers and friends’.  Bertha Hayne’s wreath read ‘in ever loving memory of my dear one, from Bertha’



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Cecilia Jacks Cooper; Ellen Norris