CFHS code : HT27

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of PHILIP PARR d 26 Mar 1907 aged 64 also ANN ELIZABETH PARR d 18 Dec 1916 aged 76 also RUSSELL WILLIAM PARR youngest son of above d 24 Apr 1907 aged 27 interred in Montreal

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Parr headstone



In Loving Memory of PHILIP PARR who fell asleep March 26. 1907. Aged 64 years.

Also of ANN ELIZABETH PARR died Dec. 18. 1916. Aged 76 years.

Also RUSSELL WILLIAM PARR youngest son of above who died April 24. 1907. Aged 27 years. Interred in Montreal.

“Around the town of God in Heaven”

Philip Parr (1843 – 26 March 1907)

Philip was the son of Philip and Ellen Parr and was born in Exning, Newmarket.  His father was a farm labourer and Philip grew up in Carlton, Cambridgeshire. He married Ann Elizabeth Russell at St Stephens Church in Norwich on 8th November 1863.

Ann and Philip had at least five children together: William John (1864-1949), Edwin (1866-1940), Walter George (1869-1948), Arthur Robert (1875-1962) and Russell William (1879-1907).

Philip had many jobs during his lifetime.  In 1871 when he was 28 years old and a father of three sons, the family were living at 15 King Street in Norwich and he was working as a railway porter.  In 1881 the family had moved to Cambridge and were living at 135 Gwydir Street where Philip was a grocer and also local Methodist minister.  He then moved to 113 Gwydir Street and worked as a gardener (1891) and later as an accountant (1901).

He died in March 1907 aged 64, whilst visiting his son Walter George in Walthamstow.   He left effects valued at £406 15s 6d.

Ann Elizabeth Parr (nee Russell) (1840 – 18 December 1916)

Ann was born in Norwich, and was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Russell.  Robert Russell was a shoemaker.  Ann married Philip Parr in Norwich when she was 23 years old.

After being widowed she continued to live at 113 Gwydir Street, and was living there in 1911 with an adopted daughter name Eva Ellen Parr who was 18 years old at the time.   By coincidence Eva Ellen Parr was also the name of her daughter-in-law (the wife of William John). She died in 1916 aged 76 years old.

Russell William Parr (1879 – 24 April 1907)

Russell William was the youngest son of Philip and Ann Elizabeth Russell.  He was born in Cambridge and grew up on Gwydir Street.  Aged 19 in 1898 he became a postman in Cambridge.

His brother Edwin had moved to Canada in 1891, and Russell went to Montreal in July 1905 to visit him. Edwin was a Yardman with the Canadian National Railway.  Russell emigrated the following year arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 24th April bound again for Montreal.

Exactly one year later on 24th April 1907 he died at Montreal General Hospital.  He died of injuries received on the General Trunk Railway, and was buried on 27th April at the Methodist Centenary, Pointe-St-Charles, Montreal.  His probate records show that he was a railway conductor, and he was most likely injured during the course of his work.  He was buried in Montreal, but commemorated in Cambridge.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry

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Ann Elizabeth Parr; Philip Parr; Russell William Parr