CFHS code : AS254

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of my dear husband HENRY JOHN STEARN d April 9th 1926 aged 45 also FLORENCE MABEL STERN d April 27th 1966 aged 80 PHYLLIS MARY HALWIG d Oct 24th 1966 STUART EVANS HALWIG d 22nd July 1975

Monument : Scroll/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Stearn and Halwig monument


Midway along the the north path and roughly ten plots to the south.


In Loving Memory of my dear husband HENRY JOHN STEARN d April 9th 1926 aged 45 years
Also FLORENCE MABEL STERN d April 27th 1966 aged 80 years

Small ground slab

PHYLLIS MARY HALWIG died October 24th 1966
STUART EVANS HALWIG d 22nd July 1975

Relationship: Mother, father, daughter, son-in-law

Henry John Stearn (9 March 1881- 9 April 1926)

Henry was born in Cambridge and was the son of Harry and Sarah Ann Stearn. Although he was baptised as Henry he appears to have always been known by the name John.  His father worked as a groom and coachman. The family were living in Milton in 1881.  In 1891 they were living in Chesterton.

By 1911 the Stearns were living at Rose Cottage, Union Road in Chesterton.  Harry Stearn was a grounds custodian and John was working as a bottle washer for a retail beer and spirits merchant. By this stage John was the only one of the five Stearn children living at home with his parents.

He married Florence Mabel Burbage in 1914 and they had three children: Phyllis Mary, Dorothy Mabel [1916-2013] and George Lester John [1918-1943].  George Stearn died as a prisoner of war in Thailand during World War 2, and is buried in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.

John Stearn died at 7 Manor Street aged 45 years old.  He left effects valued at £220.

Florence Mabel Stern [nee Burbage] (5 January 1886 – 27 April 1966)

Florence was the daughter of Arthur and Mary Ann Burbage.  She was born in Cambridge, and brought up at 18 King Street [1891] and then 11 Manor Street [1901].  Her father was a bricklayer, and her mother a college bedmaker.  Her father died when Florence was 12 years old.

Aged 25 years old she was still living at home at 11 Manor Street with her mother and brothers, and working as a housekeeper [1911].  She married John Stearn and was widowed when she was 40 years old.  In 1939 she was living at 5 Manor Street with her widowed mother Mary Ann and two daughters – she was working as a cleaner at Cambridge Police Station.  In 1945 and 1950 she was living at 98 Suez Road, and in 1965 at 14 Pepys Terrace. She died aged 80 years old.

Phyllis Mary Halwig [nee Stearn] (18 July 1914 – 24 October 1966)

Phyllis was born in Cambridge and was the eldest child of John and Florence Stearn.   Her father died when she was 11 years old, and she lived with her mother and siblings at 5 Manor Street. In 1939 she was living with her mother and grandmother and working as a gowns showroom assistant.

She moved to the USA on 28th November 1946 to marry Stuart Halwig.   Her immigration documents describe her as 5ft 4″ tall, with brown hair and brown eyes.  She was working as a clerk.

She married Stuart on 7th December 1946 at Kirkwood, Missouri. They lived at New Haven Conneticut and later at Newport, Rhode Island.  She died in October 1966 in Newport of cancer aged 52 years old.  She was cremated at Swan Point Cemetery, Rhode Island and is commemorated in Mill Road Cemetery.

Stuart Evans Halwig (23 June 1903 – 22 July 1975)

Stuart was born in Oneida, New York.  His parents were George and Cora Halwig, and his father worked as a shipping clerk.  He went to Hamilton College in New York.  In 1925 he was living with his parents in Oneida, and working as a musician. He married Carolyn Crask [1906-1985] on 31st January 1928.  He worked as a salesman [1935] and then as a credit manager for an energy company [1940].

He was enlisted as a solder, and went to war in July 1942. It was presumably in England that he met his future wife Phyllis.  He appears to have divorced Carolyn and married Phyllis Stearn in Missouri.  Stuart worked as a credit manager with Sears [1949] and then moved to Newport, Rhode Island.  He died of a gastro-intestinal haemorrhage aged 72 years and was cremated at Swan Point Cemetery.  He is commemorated in Mill Road Cemetery.


by Claire Martinsen

Stuart Evans Halwig; Phyllis Mary Halwig; Florence Mabel Stern; Henry John Stearn