CFHS code : MC55

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : also In Loving Memory of GEORGE SHAW d Aug 11 1910 also GEORGE EDWARD youngest child of the above d Dec 20 1933

Monument : Stone cross/Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20263, 0.13773576 – click here for location

Shaw grave
Shaw monument



George Shaw (c.1835 – 11 August 1910)

George was born in Reach in Cambridgeshire.  He was the son of Joseph and Emily Shaw.  Aged 15 [1851] he was living on Trinity Street in Cambridge and was a servant to a tea dealer. In 1861 he was living with his parents at 18 Shelly Row and was working as a college servant.

He married Mary Ann Smith [1837-1900] in Granchester on 6th October 1863.  They had at least nine children: Ellen Elizabeth [1864-], Marian [1865-], Frances [1867-1948], Hubert Norman [1869-1938], Grace [1871-], Florence M [1873-], Emily Kate [1875-], Lucy Smith [1878-] and George Edward [1879-1933].

The family lived at 17 Clarendon Street, and George continued to work as a college servant [1871]. By 1881 they were living on Benson Street, and George was by then an ‘inn servant’.  From 1883 to at least 1888 he was running a lodging house at 18 Trinity Street.  In 1891-1892 he was in Kelly’s Directory as running a lodging house at 4 Corn Exchange Street.  And from 1895 until he died he ran a lodging house at 38 Trinity Street.  He died in August 1910 at Trinity Street.

George Edward Shaw (1879 – 20 December 1933)

George was the youngest son of George and Mary Ann Shaw.  He appears to have been known by his middle name of Edward throughout his life.  He grew up at Benson Street, and was living there with his parents and siblings in 1881 aged 2 years old.  When his parents moved to run their various lodging houses around the city, Edward stayed living at Benson Street with his elder sisters Ellen, Frances, Kate and Lucy [1891].  When he was 21 years old [1901] he was living at 4 Benson Street with his sisters Frances [a laundress] and Florence [an assistant school teacher].  He was working as a scientific instrument maker by this point.

In 1911 he was working for the Tintometer Scientific works as a brass worker, and lodging at 7 Albert Terrace, Salisbury in Wiltshire.  He was back living in Cambridge by 1930, and was living with his entrepreneurial sister Frances  [the laundress] at 14 Huntingdon Road.  He died aged 54 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/Newspaper archives

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