CFHS code : AG274

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of FLORENCE ANNA ELMS d March 21st 1918 aged 41 also of HANNAH ELMS d April 5th 1926 aged 78 also of THOMAS ELMS d Dec 18th 1925 aged 79

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Florence Anna Elms (c.1876 – 21 March 1918)

Florence was the daughter of Thomas and Hannah Elms.  She grew up at 16 Broad Street (1881) and then at 1 Clarendon Road (at least 1891 onwards). Florence lived at home and did not marry.  In 1901/1911 she was recorded as working as a dressmaker from home.  She died aged 41 years old.


Hannah Elms (née Hall) (1847 – 5 April 1926)

Hannah was born in Hilgay in Norfolk. She was the daughter of agricultural labourer William Hall and his wife Brittania.  Her mother died when she was 7 years old and she then lived with her father and step mother Sarah. She married  Thomas Elms in 1870 in Lincolnshire.  Initially the couple lived at Moor Farm, Fordham near Cambridge and Thomas worked as a shepherd (1871).  They then moved to Cambridge by at least 1872.

The couple had six children: Herbert (1871-1959), Harriet Amy (1872-1949), Elleanor Mary (1874-1945), Florence Anna, William Thomas (1878 – 1967) and Eva Lilian (1883-1958).  Hannah died aged 78 years old, a few months after her husband Thomas.


Thomas Elms (1846 – 18 December 1925)

Thomas was born in the village of Tydd St Mary in Lincolnshire.  It is a village about nine miles east of the town of Spalding.  He was the son of agricultural worker Edward Elms and his wife Amy.  He married Hannah Hall when he was c.24 years old.

Although he was initally working as a shepherd (1871), he later worked as a grocers porter (1881/1891) and then as a bacon curer (1901/1911).  He died in December 1925 aged 79 years old.






by Claire Martinsen

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Florence Anna Elms; Hannah Elms; Thomas Elms