CFHS code : PL119

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Memory of MARIA wife of WILLIAM COOTE d 9 May 1891 aged 56 also WILLIAM COOTE husband d 22 Oct 1919 aged 71

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Coote headstone December 2017

Monument

Inscription

In Memory of MARIA the dearly loved wife of WILLIAM COOTE Who died May 9 1891 aged 56

“She sleeps in Jesus.”

Also WILLIAM COOTE husband died 22 Oct 1919 aged 71

Maria Coote  (née English) (1834 – 9 May  1891)

Maria was born in Oxborough, Norfolk and was baptised there on 31 August 1834.  She was the daughter of William and Martha English, but grew up in Barton Bendish with her aunt and uncle.  Her uncle William Morley was a small holder, and after the death of her aunt Mary she worked as his housekeeper.  Aged 26 (1861) she was working in West Dereham, Norfolk as the general servant to Alice Laycock.  Maria then married William Coote at St. Paul’s Church, Cambridge on 2 June 1866.

William worked as a gardener and the couple lived at Sturton Street (1871) and then at the Gardener’s Cottage on Grange Road (1881) where William was the domestic gardener for Frederick Myers and his family.  When the census of 1891 was taken in April the couple were lodging with Tom and Ellen Tiplady at 1 Caius Terrace.  William was appointed as custodian of Mill Road Cemetery and Maria died at the Cemetery Lodge aged 56 years old.  The couple are not believed to have had any children.

William Coote (c.1840 – 22 October  1919)

William was the son of Robert and was born in Barton Mills, Suffolk.  He married Maria when he was 26 years old. After he was widowed he went to live at 26 Union Terrace (1901) with his niece Sarah Lewis  – in 1901 he was described as a florist/gardener.  By 1911 William was living at 144 Argyle Terrace with Sarah and her three daughters. He was working as a jobbing gardener, and Sarah acted as his housekeeper. He died aged 71.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Maria Coote; William Coote