CFHS code : AG531

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : DAVID KESTER d Aug 6 1875 age 35 also LETITIA widow of the above d April 24 1932 age 87

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Kester headstone May 2017



‘In Memory of DAVID KESTER who died Aug 6 1875 age 35  years’

“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord”

‘Also LETITIA widow of the above who died April 24 1932 age 87 years’

David Kester (1840 – 6 August 1875)

David was born in Madingley, a village just outside Cambridge. He was the son of  farm labourer Kitson Kester and his wife Elizabeth.  He was baptised in Madingley on 18 July 1841.  In January 1864 David appeared in front of magistrates charged with assaulting a policeman.  He had come out of a pub in Dry Drayton with two others ‘the worse for drink’  and had verbally abused PC Howse, before knocking him to the ground and kicking him.  The assault was said to be of a ‘violent character’ and all the defendants admitted their guilt and offered their apologies.  The bench found that the men were usually of good character and fined them all.

When the census  of 1871 was taken David was living at the Bull Hotel in Cambridge, where he was working as a flyman (carriage driver). David married Letitia Nightingale at St. Andrew’s Church in Girton on 18 April 1871.  The couple had two sons: Walter Harry (1872-1958) and Arthur (1874-1959). David died aged 35 years old in August 1875

Letitia Kester (née Nightingale) (1844 – 24 April 1932)

Letitia was born in Girton and was the daughter of Robert and Ruth Nightingale.  She grew up on the High Street where her father was a confectioner (1851). Robert Nightingale later became a publican and ran the Old Crown Inn in Girton.  When the census of 1861 was taken Letitia was living at the Old Crown and working as a dressmaker. In 1871 she was still at home, but was working as a confectioner with her mother Ruth and siblings, whilst her father continued to run the pub.  She married David Kester when she was 26 years old.

After being widowed she worked as a confectioner (on some census returns she was described as a sugar boiler), and had a shop at 15 Emmanuel Street from at least 1881 onwards.  She was still living at Emmanuel Street in 1911, but from 1920 onwards lived at the Almshouses on King Street. She died aged 87 years old.



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David Kester; Letitia Kester