CFHS code : HT145

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : kerbs In Loving Memory of REBECCA STARR d March 22 1937 aged 65 HENRY STARR d February 12 1954 aged 83 flower holder To Mother and Father

Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Rebecca Sarah Starr (née Samson) (c.1872 – 22 March 1937)

Rebecca was the daughter of Joseph (1825-) and Ann (née Love) (1826-1874) and was baptised at the Primitive Methodist Chapel on 11 January 1872. Joseph was a labourer, and Ann Samson died when Rebecca was an infant.  She grew up at 12 St. Matthew’s Court with her father, elder sister Annie, Annie’s husband and their children. She married  tailor Henry Starr in 1890 and they had six children: Mabel Grace (1891-), Bertie Charles (1892-1977), Beatrice Elizabeth (1897-1970), Arthur Ernest (1898-1973), Edward Albert (1902-1947) and William Henry (1910-1992). They lived at 5 St. Andrew’s Court (1891) and then King Street (at least 1901 onwards).

The marriage was certainly rocky in the early years and in April 1893 the couple appeared in court after Rebecca alleged Henry had ‘struck her with his clenched fist in the eye, and discoloured it’.  The Cambridge Chronicle and Journal reported the trial under the headline of  ‘An Unhappy Marriage’. Henry pleaded not guilty and said that she had ‘run him into debt far byond his means and that was the only explanation he could offer fro the assault’.  Rebecca meanwhile accused him of having ill treated her on previous occasions and that she was afraid to live with him. She applied for a separation order which the judge granted.  Henry was fined 5s for the assault and told to pay her 8s for the upkeep of their two children whilst separated.  However they appears to have got back together and continued married life.

Rebecca died at 30 King Street and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 25 March.

Henry Starr (24 October 1870 – 12 February 1954)

Henry was born in Ely and baptised there on 24 January 1871.  He was the son of Henry and Mary Ann (née Frost) and his father worked as a shoemaker.  The family lived at Goal Lane, Ely (1871) before moving to Trinity Place, Cambridge by at least 1878.

In May 1909 he was summoned to court ‘for employing a woman in his workshop at night, contrary to the provisions of the Factory Acts’.  His employee Nellie Sharpe had been found working at 9.10pm, having started at 7am, and according to the law she could only work a maximum of 12 hours.  At court Henry ‘said he was a journeyman tailor and had never been given notice that he was under the Factory Acts. He was bound to complete the work given him’. He was fined a nominal 2s, 6d.

In 1939 he was living at 30 King Street with son William and daughter Beatrice and was documented as being a ‘practical tailor, trouser maker’. Henry died at Chesterton Hospital aged 83 years old.



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Henry Starr; Rebecca Sarah Starr