CFHS code : PL152

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ROBERT ERNEST LARKINS d Aug 27 1903 aged 81 also of JANE beloved wife of the above d Jan 4 1906 aged 78 also of ELLEN ALICE daughter [of the above] d [Aug 30 1909] aged 42

Monument : Headstone (fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Robert Ernest Larkins (c.1822 – 27 August 1903)

Robert was the son of Samuel and Mary Ann Larkins.  He was born in Cambridge and grew up on Princes Street. His father was a bricklayer.  In 1841, Robert was 19 years old and he was living with his parents at 23 Russell Street and working as a labourer. On 25th July 1846 he married Pheobe Lockwood at St Paul’s Church, when he was 24 years old.  Pheobe died later the same year, and left Robert a widower.  He went back to living with his parents and was living at Princes Street in 1851 and working as a bricklayer.

On 16th October 1853 he married for a second time to Jane Peters – they married at St Paul’s Church.  They had at least six children together: Edward [1860-1863], Mary Jane [1862-1940],Eliza Rebecca [1864 – 1944], Ellen Alice [1866-1909], Robert Edward [1869-1941] and  Charles Ernest  [1871-1919].  Mary Jane and Eliza Rebecca went on to marry two brothers – Arthur and Alfred Coleman.

The family lived at 15 Princes Street, and Robert worked as bricklayer.  He was imprisoned for 6 months in early 1855 for larceny.   He died aged 81 years old in August 1903.

Jane Larkins [nee Peters]  (c.1828 – 4 January 1906)

Jane was born in Harlton, just outside Cambridge – she was the daughter of William and Sarah Peters.  In 1851 she was living on Trinity Street and working as a domestic servant.  She married Robert Larkins in 1853 when she was around 25 years old. Jane died in early 1906 aged 78 years old.

Ellen Alice Larkins (1866 – 30 August 1909)

Ellen was the third child of Robert and Jane Larkins.  She was baptised on 25th August 1867 at St Paul’s Church. She grew up at 15 Princes Street, and was working as a dressmaker in both 1891/1901.  She died at 15 Princes Street in August 1909. She left an estate valued at £60.


by Claire Martinsen

Ellen Alice Larkins; Jane Larkins; Robert Ernest Larkins