CFHS code : HT433

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : headstone In Ever Loving Memory of MARY the beloved wife of WALTER MISSEN d Oct 27th 1923 aged 61 also WALTER MISSEN d March 9th 1944 aged 79 kerbs also GERTRUDE MARY WILDERSPIN d Jan 14 1943 aged 54

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Mary Missen (née Barton) ( 1862 – 27 October 1923)

Mary was born in Isleham, the eldest child of James and Elizabeth Barton.  By 1871 the family had moved to live at 1 Shamrock Passage, East Barnwell and James worked as a labourer.  They later moved to 10 Norfolk Terrace and Mary worked as a domestic servant. She married Walter Missen on 30 May 1887  and they had four daughters: Gertrude Mary (1888-1943), Lillie Maud (1890-1972), Ethel May (1896-1974) and Elsie Rebecca (1898-1980). Walter was a general labourer and they lived at 49 Norfolk Terrace. She died at home and her funeral took place on 1 November 1923.

Walter Missen (3 April 1864 – 9 March 1944)

Walter was baptised in Little Wilbraham on 1 May 1864 and was the son of Uriah (1842-1923) and Martha (née Mayling) (1842-1906). Uriah was a gardener/groom and Walter grew up at Elfreda House Lodge, Fen Ditton (1871). By 1881 the Missen family were living at 3 Coldham’s Lane and seventeen year old Walter was working as a general labourer.  After Mary’s death he lived at Norfolk Terrace with daughter Gertrude and her husband William. He died at 82 Hemingford Road, the home of his daughter Ethel and her husband William Hunt and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 13 March 1944.

Gertrude Mary Wilderspin (née Missen)  (16 October 1888 – 14 January  1943)

Gertrude was the eldest daughter of Walter and Mary. In 1911 she was ‘head of silk boom in knitting factory’ and living at home with her parents and sisters. She married William Wilderspin at St. John’s Church, Stratford in Essex. The couple lived with her parents at 49 Norfolk Terrace from at least 1929 onwards and Gertrude died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

From Parish burial records it is known that William Wilderspin was also buried in the Holy Trinity area of Mill Road Cemetery and is believed to have been buried in the same grave.

William Stanley Wilderspin (1893-August 1930)

William was born in Impington, the son of Herbert Harry (1868-1957) and Louisa Jane (née Pauley) (1871-1954).  His father worked as a factory hand and aged 18 William was lodging in Leyton, Essex, where he was documented as an out of work general labourer (1911). William died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 37 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 6 August 1930.



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Mary Missen; Walter Missen; Gertrude Mary Wilderspin; William Stanley Wilderspin