CFHS code : CL105

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of our beloved daughter BARBARA MCKEAN d Mar 28 1928 aged 16 and our dear mother MABEL MAUD MCKEAN d April 3 1950 aged 72

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202537, 0.13840449 – click here for location

The kerbstones in September 2018. 


This set of kerbstones, located in the parish area of St Clements, lies 1 row west of the east path and 3 monuments south of the path that lead s to the centre circle.  Although the kerbs are in place 2 of the ornate corner posts are damaged. The inscriptions of metal letters have suffered a little  damaged but are still legible.


Sacred to the Memory of our beloved daughter BARBARA MCKEAN died Mar 28 1928 aged 16

And our dear mother MABEL MAUD MCKEAN who died April 3 1950 aged 72

Barbara E McKean (1912 – 28 March 1928)

Barbara was the daughter of William and Mabel McKean.  She grew up at 4 Portugal Place. In April 1918 her name appeared in the Cambridge Daily News having won a prize at the Holy Sepulchre Sunday School prize-giving day. She died aged 16 years old.

Mabel Maud McKean [nee Wallington]  (2 January 1878 – 3 April 1950)

Mabel was born in Cambridge and was the daughter of Joseph and Julia Wallington.  Joseph was a clerk, and she grew up at 1 Clarendon Street [1881], 16 Ferry Path [1891] and 9 Portugal Place [1901].  She married William McKean on 9th April 1901 at the St Andrew Street Baptist Chapel.  William was the eldest son of Captain Thomas McKean and came from Creetown near Kirkcudbrightshire.  William and Mabel lived at 9 Portugal Place for their entire married life, and William worked as a ironmonger’s assistant and later as an ironmonger’s manager.

They had at least four children:   Jessie Mabel [1902-1966], Barbara [1912-1928], Margaret Julia Helen [1913-2009] and Thomas W G [1917-2019]. Mabel died in 1950 aged 72 years old. William Mckean died in Ely in 1958 – it is thought that after being widowed he went to live with his daughter Jessie and her husband Victor in Ely.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives

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Barbara McKean; Mabel Maud McKean