CFHS code : AG141

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of SARAH wife of HENRY HUMM d Sep 25 1875 age 43 also of 4 children who died in infancy also of EMMA second wife of HENRY HUMM d Sep 10 1894 age 50 west face Henry Humm and Jane Humm footstone S H 1875 E H 1894 H H 1904 J H 1928

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Footstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202695, 0.13659739 – click here for location

West face of headstone 2019
East face of the headstone January 2019

Hidden in bushes seven rows from the west path to the south of the parish of St Andrew the Great.


east face

Sacred to the Memory of SARAH wife of HENRY HUMM
Who died  Sep 25 1875 age 43 years

“For Thee, the God, the Living God,
My thirsty soul doth pine
O! when shall I behold thy face,
Thou Majesty divine.
(not all the epitaph is legible but the text is from Psalm XL11)

also of 4 children who died in infancy

also of EMMA second wife of HENRY HUMM,
died Sep 10th 1894 aged 50 years

west face

In Loving Memory of HENRY HUMM
Who died on August 1 1904 aged 75 years

Also of JANE eldest daughter of the above born Feb 27th 1862
entered into rest J 6th 1928

footstone S H 1875 E H 1894 H H 1904 J H 1928

Sarah Humm (née Hart) (c.1832 – 25 September 1875)

Sarah was born in Cambridge and was the daughter of Thomas Hart.  She married Henry Humm at All Saints Church on 26 November 1861. The couple lived at 25 Orchard Street, and Henry was a college servant at Emmanuel College.  They had  seven children, five of whom died as infants: Jane (1862 – 1928) Henry Charles (1864-1864) , Henry Gainsbury (1865-1865) , Elizabeth (1867- 12 September 1867), Henry (1870-1870),  Henry (1871- 31 July 1871) and Harry (1874-1957). Sarah died aged 43 years old.

Emma Humm (née Kemp) (1843 – 10 September 1894)

Emma was  Henry Humm’s second wife. She was born in Saffron Walden and was the daughter of Richard and Frances Kemp. Her father was an agricultural labourer and they lived on East Street in Saffron Walden. Aged 26 (1871) she was living at Park Lodge on Park Terrace in Cambridge, where she was a housemaid to magistrate Henry Harris.  She married widower Henry Humm on 17 September 1879 at St Andrew the Great, Cambridge.

They had at least two children: Eleanor Kate (1880-1958) and Rosa Maud (1882-1957). They continued to live at 25 Orchard Street.  On the census  of 1881 Henry was noted with the occupation of domestic butler, and in 1891 he is noted as a ‘shoeblack college’.  Emma died in 1894 aged 50 years old.

Henry Humm (1829 – 1 August 1904)

Henry was the son of agricultural worker John Humm and his wife Ann.  He was born in Little Cornard in Suffolk , a village located between Sudbury and Colchester. He was baptised at All Saints Church in Little Cornard on 6 September 1829. In 1861 he was living in Upper Close in Norwich and was butler to George and Jemima  Archdall.  George Archdall was Canon of Norwich and also Master of Emmanuel College.  Later Henry worked at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and was twice widowed.  He died aged 75 years old at 25 Orchard Street.

Jane Humm (27 February 1862 – 6 January 1928) 

Jane was the daughter of Henry and Sarah Humm.  She lived at 25 Orchard Street for her entire life and did not marry.  In 1911, after the death of her father she was living at the house with her step-sisters Eleanor and Kate, both of whom were teachers.  Jane is noted on the census as of no occupation so was presumably taking care of the household.  She died at 25 Orchard Street aged 65 years old.

The four children who died were most likely these, who were all living in Orchard Street at the time of their death. (Although there are five in the burial records, none are recorded in the grave register)
Henry Charles d 1864 aged 6 weeks
Henry Gainsbury d 1865 aged 7 weeks
Elizabeth d 1867 aged 2 months
Henry d 1870 aged 11 weeks
Henry d 1871 aged 2 months



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by Claire Martinsen and Mary Naylor

Emma Humm; Henry Humm; Jane Humm; Sarah Humm