CFHS code : PL219b

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : MARTHA EGAN d 18 June 1893 aged 51 also Serg JOSEPH EGAN her husband d Dec 21 1914 age [81] also ELVIRA d Dec 25 1887 age 5 and WILLIAM d June 26 1888 age 2 children of the above

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Egan headstone August 2018


The headstone has fallen since the CFHS survey and for many years was covered by ivy but, after a long dry summer the ivy died and showed the inscription to be perfectly legible. It is next to the monument of Gabriel Stokes, in the parish area of St Paul,  a few rows north of the south path and close to the lodge.


MARTHA EGAN who fell asleep June 18 1893 aged 51 years

“I was weary and He gave me rest”

Also Sergt. JOSEPH EGAN husband of the above
who passed away Dec 21 1914 aged 81 years

Also ELVIRA died Dec 25 1887 aged 5 years

And WILLIAM died June 26 1888 aged 2 years

Children of the above

Martha Egan (c1842 – 1893)

Nothing is known about Martha’s early life except that she was born in Leicestershire. She married Joseph about 1871 and they had at least nine children; Emily (b 1871), Joseph Charles (b 1873), Edward (b 1873), Martha (b 1878), Annie Louisa (b 1879), Eveline Maud (b 1882), Elvira (b 1883), Thomas (b 1885), William (b 1887). She died at 4 Beauclare Terrace, Cherryhinton Road.

Joseph Egan (c 1835 – 1914)

Joseph was born in Templemore, Tipperary, Ireland in 1835/6. He may have come from an army family. By the age of 16 he was at an army barracks in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire where he was listed as a private and drummer. In 1871 he, Martha and  their first child Emily were living in Surrey. He was now a sergeant.  By 1873 they had moved to Ely and Joseph was described as a staff sergeant in the militia. In 1879 the family were living at 79 Ainsworth Street, Cambridge and 1881 Joseph was described as a Sergeant instructor to the list Cambridge Volunteers and a general dealer (Teacher). Thomas was born in Tenison Road and William in Harvest Terrace, Mill Road. The 1891 census shows them living in Botolph Lane and Joseph is now publican of the Rutland Arms. After Martha’s death Joseph, now receiving an army pension, moved to 25 Eltisley Avenue, Newnham. He died at 29 Owlstone Road. His grandson Percy Joseph Egan died in WW1

Elvira Egan (1883 – 1887) 

Elvira was born at 79 Ainsworth Street, Cambridge.

William Egan (1887 – 1888)

William was born at Harvest Terrace Mill Road, Cambridge.

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Elvira Egan; Joseph Egan; Martha Egan; William Egan