CFHS code : CL27
Parish : St Clement
Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of JOHN EMMENS d May 21st 1865 aged 54 also of HENRY MATTHEW EMMENS eldest son of the above d Jan 20th 1874 aged 34 (interred in Nottingham General Cemetery) and of JOHN EMMENS second son of the above d November 17th 1879 aged 37 also of PHOEBE EMMENS d Nov 17th 1890 aged 84 Their winter of troubles is past Their pains and afflictions are oer Their struggle is ended at last And sorrow and death are no more
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202423, 0.13774046 – click here for location
Located roughly eight rows from the central path on the southern border of the parish. One section of the ornament is missing from the left hand side. The inscription is still very clear.
In Affectionate Remembrance of
JOHN EMMENS who departed this life May 21st 1865 aged 54 years
Also of HENRY MATTHEW EMMENS eldest son of the above,
who died Jan, 20th 1874, aged 34 years.
(Interred in Nottingham General Cemetery)
and of JOHN EMMENS second son of the above,
who departed this life November 17th 1879 aged 37 years.
also of PHOEBE EMMENS who died Nov 17th 1890 aged 84 years
“Entered into res”t
Their winter of troubles is past,
Their pains and afflictions are o’er
Their struggle is ended at last
And sorrow and death are no more.
John Emmens (c.1811 – 21 May 1865)
John was born in Lilley in Hertfordshire – a small village between Luton and Hitchin. He was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Emmens and was baptised in Lilley on 19 May 1811. He married Phoebe Fabb at All Saints Church in Cambridge on 31 July 1836. The couple had at least nine children: Susan Ann (1839-1900), Henry Matthew (1839-1874), John (1840-1879), Anne (1841-), William (1843-), Sarah Elizabeth (1844-), James Edwin (1867-1847), Emma (1847-1916) and Louisa (1849-1894).
John worked as a groom and the family lived at Ram Yard (1851). Later he became a town pindar and the family lived at 7 Globe Passage (1861). A pindar was a town appointed role, which helped in the care and monitoring of life stock in the town. John was re-appointed as a pindar at the Town Council meeting on 1 January 1861. The Cambridge Chronicle and Journal in their report of the meeting stated: ‘ with regard to the pindars Mr Weternall remarked that last year something was said about their being discontinued, and he was in hopes that the commons committee would have presented some report upon the subject. They seemed to be imbecile old men who only made their appearance on these occasions – Alderman H.S. Foster confessed that he should like to see an alteration of the system, but lately the system of pindarage had been rendered much more efficient – The Town Clerk reported that Emmens and Wilson were most efficient officers. The united salaries of all the pindars only amounted to £5 5s’. With five pindars in total, this would have made John’s income £1 1s from the role.
The family moved to Clements Court after 1861, where John died aged 54 years old.
Henry Matthew Emmens (1839 – 20 January 1874)
Henry was the eldest son of John and Phoebe Emmens. He was baptised at All Saints Church on 13 October 1839. Aged 21 (1861) he was a lodger at 3 Globe Passage. He was living there with his brother John, who was a carpenter. Henry’s occupation on the census is marked as ‘tailor’, although the column reserved for ‘whether blind or deaf and dumb’ it is annotated with ‘daft’ against his name. He died in Nottingham aged 34 years old. His sister Emma Emmens had married Daniel Starsmore in 1868 and they had moved to Nottingham, where Daniel was a stonemason. Perhaps it was this that had taken Henry to Nottingham. He was buried in Nottingham on 29 January 1874.
John Emmens (1840 – 17 November 1879)
John was the second son of John and Phoebe Emmens. He was baptised at All Saints Church on 6 December 1840. He grew up in the family home and worked as a carpenter. Aged 30 (1881) he was living with his widowed mother and siblings at 13 Clement Place. He was hospitalised on 5 August 1879 and died in hospital aged 39 years old.
The engraving on the monument records his age as 37.
Phoebe Emmens (née Fabb) (c.1806 – 17 November 1890)
Phoebe was the daughter of agricultural labourer Matthew Fabb and his wife Sarah. She was born in Cambridge and baptised on 19 November 1809. Phoebe worked as a college servant from at least 1861 onwards. After she was widowed she continued to live at 13 Clement Place/Court with sons William and John and daughter Louisa (1871). Louisa was also a college servant and married railway guard Henry Slack in 1871. In 1881 Phoebe was still living at Clement Place with Louisa, Henry and their three children. Phoebe was still working as a college servant. She died in 1890 aged 84 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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