CFHS code : PL429

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ROBERT MODEN d Sept 1908 aged 73  also EMMA MODEN his wife d Jan 1928 aged 88

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The monument in September 2020.


This headstone with kerbs is located roughly 12 rows west of the Central path in the parish of St Paul. The monument is in good order apart from the east kerb that has fallen. The inscription of metal letters is intact.


In Loving Memory of ROBERT MODEN died Sept 1908 aged 73 years

Also EMMA MODEN his wife died Jan 1928 aged 88 years

“At rest”

Robert Moden (1835 – September 1908)

Robert was born in Cambridge and baptised on 28 June 1825. He was the son of Henry (aka Tiger Moden) and Sarah (née Hart) Moden, brother of Emma Rebecca. He grew up at Parson Court, Whetton Street (1841) and then 22 East Road where his father ran a grocery store (1851). Robert married Betsey Wimpress (1833-1861) on 8 July 1858 at the Zion Chapel, Cambridge and they lived at 57 Burleigh Street where he worked as a baker. They had at least one son: Henry John (1859-1859) who died before his first birthday. Betsey died at Burleigh Street aged 28 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery.

He married for a second time on 1 February 1863 at the Wesleyan Chapel, Cambridge to Emma Reynolds. Robert and Emma had six children: Robert Henry (1864-1943), Louisa Emma (1866-1957), Ellen Frances (1867-1942), Emma (1869-), Henry John (1871-1938) and Alice Elizabeth (1873-1971). The family lived at 16 & 17 City Road (1871/1881), 17 Mill Road (1891) and then 61 Emery Street (1901). By 1901 Robert was documented as being a retired baker and he died aged 73 years old.

Emma Moden (née Reynolds) (1 January 1840-January 1928)

Emma was born in the village of West Wickham, 10 miles south east of Cambridge and baptised there on 15 March 1840. She was the daughter of shepherd William Reynolds and Frances. After she was widowed she went to live with her son Henry at 5 & 6 Market Street (1911). Emma lived at 15 Royal Albert Almshouses from at least 1918 onwards and died aged 88 years old.



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

[If you have any information about this family please contact us at]

Emma Moden; Robert Moden