CFHS code : PL313

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HARRIET RULE d 22nd April 1916 aged 56 JAMES GINN d 25 Jan 1933 aged 86 OLIVE GINN RULE d 24 July 1951 aged 86

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Harriet Rule (1850 – 22 April 1916)

Harriet was born in Fulbourn.  The story of her life is difficult to piece together.  From at least 1891 onwards she lived with James Ginn, as his common law wife/housekeeper as he was already married. Harriet and James had four children, all of whom took the middle name of Gin, and surname of Rule: Frederick George Ginn (1884-1967), Henry Rule (known as Harry) (1886-), Mabel Ginn (1889-) and Olive Sarah Ginn (1895-1951). James was a gardener and they lived at 38 Norwich Street (1891), Hope Street (1901), 125 Catherine Street (1911).  On the census of 1901 one of James’ daughters from his first marriage was living with them, Harriet was described as being the housekeeper, and their four children were listed as boarders. Similarly in 1911 she was described as the housekeeper.  Harriet died at 19 Hope Street aged 56 years old and her funeral took place on 25 April.

James Lee Ginn (1848 – 25 January 1933)

James was the son of James and Elizabeth Ginn and was baptised on 9 January 1848 in Westlingworth, Bedfordshire.  He married Emma Elizabeth Payne (1851-) in 1868 and they had six children: Henry William (1869-1949), Arthur David (1871-1901), Florence E (1874-1939), Lillian Bertha (1877-), Fanny Emma (1880-) and one further child who died as an infant.  In 1871 the couple were living in Arrington, near to Wimpole with their eldest son Henry and James was working as a labourer. In 1881 the family were living at 38 Norwich Street and he was recorded as a gardener. What happened to his first marriage is not known, but he then lived with Harriet Rule and had a second family with her.  James died at 19 Hope Street aged 85 years old.

Olive Sarah Ginn Rule (1895 – 24 July 1951)

Olive was the youngest daughter of James and Harriet.  Aged 16 she was was working for a barrister and his family in Offley, Hertfordshire.  She had returned to live at 19 Hope Street by at least 1919 and was still living there in 1950.



Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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James Ginn; Harriet Rule; Olive Ginn Rule