CFHS code : AG387

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : ELIZABETH PERRY b Sep 26 1829 d Feb 17 1926

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Perry kerb stones March 2018
Perry inscription


The inscription on these kerb stones,in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, is now hidden by grass but this has preserved it well.


ELIZABETH PERRY born Sep 26 1829 died Feb 17 1926

Elizabeth Perry  [nee Osmond] (26 September 1829 – 17 February 1926)

Elizabeth was the daughter of Edmond and Elizabeth Osmond.  She was born in London, and baptised at St Dunstan in the East Church on 11th November 1829. Her father was a publican and she grew up in London.  She married grocer William Perry at Old Church, St Pancras on 6th June 1859.

Elizabeth and William had at least three children: Ann Elizabeth [1860-1917], Alice Osmond [1861-1945] and Charles B [1864-]. In 1861 the family were living at 13 Munster Street in St Pancreas, where William had a grocery store and was also a tea dealer. By 1871 Elizabeth was a widow and living with her children at 4 Wellington Terrace in Barking, Essex and working as a school teacher. She was still living there in 1881 with her two daughters, who were both student teachers by this time.

The census of 1891 records Elizabeth and daughter Alice at 7 West Cliff Grove in Bournemouth, which was a boarding house.  By this time Elizabeth was 62 years old, and no longer teaching.  Alice was a music teacher. Alice Perry married widower Rev. Charles Westley Groves [1840-1917]  in July 1898.  Charles was a Cambridge graduate from Sidney Sussex College, and was a clergyman and also Head Master of the Risley Latin School in Derbyshire. His wife Jane had died in November 1894 leaving him with four children.

In 1901 Elizabeth was living with daughter Alice, son in law Charles, their children and new addition Edmund William [1899-1976].  They were living at the Latin House in Risley, Derbyshire, with two domestic servants. No official records from the 1911 census can be found of the family, but it is believed that Elizabeth was also living with Alice and Charles in 1911.  Rev.Charles Groves died in March 1917.

It is thought that Alice and Elizabeth then moved to Cambridge.  Elizabeth died at 9 Willis Road aged 96 years old.

Alice Groves [nee Perry] continued to live in the City and was living at 77 Hartington Grove in 1939.  She died at the Hope Nursing Home in 1945.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives

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Elizabeth Perry