CFHS code : PL53

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EMMA MARIA the dearly beloved wife of WILLIAM HARVEY MAY d Sep 14 1887 age 38 also WILLIAM HARVEY MAY d June 1892 aged 46

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information amended  from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Emma Maria May  (née Black) (1850 – 14 September 1887)

Emma was born in Ipswich, and was the daughter of George  Black. Aged 21 she was working as a domestic servant in Tower Hamlets for silk manufacturer James  Stillwell and his family. She married William May on 31 August 1874  at St. Nicholas’ Church, Harwich. William was a railway clerk and the couple had at least eight children: Eva Emma Harriet (1874-1962), Willam Ernest (1876-), Ethel B (1877-), Grace Harvey (1879-1960), Maud E (1880-), John Harvey (1886-1970). Mabel Rose (1886-1970) and Harriet (1887-). They moved with his job which can be seen from the various locations the children were born and lived in Harwich (1874), Chadwell Heath (1876-1877) Gaywood, Norfolk (at least 1879-1880) before moving to Cambridge by 1881. The family lived at 13 Perowne Street (1881) and then Tenison Road.  Emma died at home aged 37 years old and died soon after giving birth to her daughter Harriet, so most likely died from complications in childbirth.

William Harvey May (21 June 1846 – 22 June 1892)

William was born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire and baptised there on 19 July 1846. He was the son of John Harvey May and Harriet (née Roake) and his father was a railway inspector. He grew up in Mile End (1851) and Colchester(1861) and aged 14 was working as a railway clerk. After he was widowed he continued to live at Tenison Road with seven of his children and housekeeper Sarah Ann Clark (1891).  William died at home, the day after his 46th birthday and his funeral took place on 25 June.

In 1901 his youngest children Mabel and Harriet were living at the Fitzwilliam Road Cottage Home.



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Emma Maria May; William Harvey May