CFHS code : AL210

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : THOMAS POOLE d Oct 31 1909 aged 61 ELLEN aged 2 and ANNIE aged 4 SOPHIA POOLE d Nov 21 1937 aged 84 ELSIE POOLE d 5 Feb 1972 aged 79

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Poole broken kerb stones September 2017

Monument

Inscription

THOMAS POOLE d Oct 31 1909 aged 61
ELLEN aged 2
and ANNIE aged 4
SOPHIA POOLE d Nov 21 1937 aged 84
ELSIE POOLE d 5 Feb 1972 aged 79

Thomas Poole (8 April 1847 – 31 October 1909) 

Thomas was born in Rodmarton in Gloucestershire. He was the son of agricultural labourer Jacob Poole and his wife Sarah. Thomas was baptised at St. Peter’s Church in Rodmarton on 25 May 1847. In 1871 he was still living at home and working as an agricultural labourer.

He moved roles to work for the railway, and by 1879 was living in Cambridge.  He married Sophia Palmer that year.  The couple had five children: Hubert (1880-1955), Ellen (1882-1884), Annie Palmer (1885-1890), Florence Kilmister (1887-1961) and Elsie (1893-1972).  In 1881 they were living at 52 Sturton Street and Thomas was a  porter with the Great Eastern Railway.  They also lived at 53 Gwydir Street (1891) and 100 Ainsworth Street (1901).  Thomas died at Ainsworth Street aged 62 years old.

Ellen Poole (1882 – 1884)

Ellen died aged approximately two and a half years old.

Annie Palmer Poole (1885 – 5 February 1890)

Annie died aged 4 years old at 53 Gwydir Street.

Sophia Poole (née Palmer) (c.1854 – 21 November 1937)

Sophia was born in Depden in Suffolk. She was the daughter of agricultural labourer James Palmer and his wife Ellen.  By the age of 17 she was living at 20 Brunswick Place in Cambridge, and working as a domestic servant to Henry Newton and his sister Mary Ann. She married aged 21 years old.

After being widowed she moved to live at 1 Flower Street with her youngest daughter Elsie, and was working as a needlewoman in the census records of 1911. She died in 1937. In 1939 her children remembered her death with a ‘in memoriam’ placement in the Cambridge Daily News which read: ‘In everlasting memory of our dear mother, Sophia Poole, who passed peacefully away November 21st 1937. Always in our thoughts. From Bert, Florrie and Elsie. Son and Daughters’

Elsie Poole (6 January 1893 – 5 February 1972)

Elsie was the youngest child of Thomas and Sophia Poole.  Her father died when she was 16 years old, and she then lived with her mother at Flower Street. In 1911 aged 18 years old she was working as a domestic servant.  She appears to have been incapacitated by illness, and after her mothers death was cared for by the Pateman family at 180 Gwydir Street (at least 1939 onwards). She died at 180 Gwydir Street aged 79 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Annie Poole; Ellen Poole; Elsie Poole; Sophia Poole; Thomas Poole