CFHS code:  PL213

Parish : St Paul

The monument in December 2019.

Reynolds Family PL Row 10 Plot 32a Although there is no visible monument for the Reynolds grave it lies alongside the Scarr family graves which do have monuments and has been included to complete the family story. The small Celtic Cross is on the second row east of the west path. Only the name Scarr is visible but the grave register confirms that this is the correct grave of Charlotte and Samuel.

IMO -[Charlotte]– beloved wife of SAMUEL SCARR remainder illegible

Relationship – Husband & Wife

Charlotte Scarr (née Reynolds) (1840 – 1870)
Charlotte was born in Huntingdon to Thomas and Mary Reynolds. Her father was a butler and often away from home. In 1851 the family were living in St Mary’s Lane Huntingdon but sometime in the next 10 years they moved to Cambridge and by 1861 were living in Saxon Street. 

Charlotte married Samuel Scarr in St Pau’s church on May 29th 1864. Her parents and siblings William and Martha were witnesses.

Charlotte gave birth to two daughters: Eleanor Mary (1868) and Charlotte (1869). Sadly she contracted smallpox in 1870 and died in November, the doctor concluded that it was a contributing factor in her death. The woman who nursed her, a Mrs Desborough, was given some clothes by Samuel and this was thought to have caused an outbreak of smallpox in Cottenham. Mrs D was found to have caused the “propagation of smallpox” and fined 1 shilling with costs amounting to £6*.

Samuel Scarr (1842 -1899)
Samuel was the eldest child of Samuel and Hannah Scarr. He was brought up in Coronation Street and became a joiner. He must have gone away to work as when he married Charlotte his given parish was St Luke Middlesex. However they set up home in Norwich Street. At some point he started working for Rattee and Kett and seems to have prospered. In 1891 he was living still living in Norwich Street with his two daughters and sister Sarah. When he died two houses he owned in Ainsworth Street were put up for auction. Samuel died in hospital but the newspaper made it clear that his home was Ainsworth Street. 

Mary Reynolds (c 1790 -1875)
Mary was the mother of Thomas Reynolds from the 1871 census we know she was born in Petham, Kent. She died at her home in Panton Street and was buried on January 28th aged 85

Thomas Reynolds (c 1817 – 1885)
He died at the family home in Pemberton Terrace, Panton Street and was buried on October 3rd aged 68.

Mary Reynolds (c 1814 – 1887)
Mary was the wife of Thomas Reynolds. She was born in Bottisham. She died at her home in Pemberton Terrace and was buried on May 21st aged 73.


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British Newspaper Archive

*Cambridge Chronicle May 13 1871 pg 8

by Mary Naylor

Mary Reynolds; Mary Reynolds; Thomas Reynolds; Charlotte Scarr; Samuel Scarr