CFHS code : AL176

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : HENRY JOHN SWANN d Aug 22nd 1896 aged 52 also FRANK JARMAN SWANN b Aug 6th 1878 d Oct 27th 1878 also FRANK JARMAN SWANN b July 17th 1883 d Sept 22nd 1883 also HERBERT SIDNEY SWANN b April 14th 1890 d Sept 14th 1890 also EMMA ELIZA wife of HENRY JOHN SWANN d March 26th 1905 aged 52

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Henry John Swann (1844 – 22 August 1896)

Henry was the son of John and Cecilia Swann.  He grew up on Sun Street, Cambridge.  His father ran the Hare and Hounds pub (1851) and combined this with being a ‘master scavenger’ employing 3 men.  10 years later and John Swann had moved next door to run the Sun Inn on Sun Street and had branched out to be  Lime Merchant as well as a publican.  Henry Swann was 17 in 1861 and was working as a pupil teacher.

After John Swann’s death his widow Cecilia took over the running of the business and was a lime and brick merchant living at 41 Sun Street, and Henry was assisting her in the running of the business.  He married the girl next door (in the true sense of the word) in 1872 when he was 28 – his bride Emma Eliza Jarman lived at 42 Sun Street.

In 1881 Henry and Emma were living at 42 Sun Street with their family – he was a brickmaker employing 80 men.  In 1891 they had moved to 42 Newmarket Road where Henry was a brick, lime and gravel merchant.  He died aged 56, leaving effects of £5,138 3s 8d.

Emma Eliza Swann (nee Jarman) (1852 – 26 March 1905)

Emma was the only daughter of Christopher and Winifred Jarman.  She grew up on Sun Street, where her father was a tinman and brazier. She married Henry Swann and they had at least nine children: Harry Christopher (1873-1955), Arthur Augustus (1874-), George Frederick (1876-1951), Winifred Kate (1877-1901), Frank Jarman (1878-1878), Carrie Cecilia (1880-1923), Alice Mary (1883-1950), Frank Jarman (1883-1883) and Herbert Sidney (1890-1890).

After her husband’s death she continued to live on Newmarket Road – at Richmond House. She was living there in 1901, and son George had taken over the business of brick, lime and gravel merchant.  Emma died in 1905 aged 53, leaving effects valued at £104.

Frank Jarman Swann (6 August 1878 -27 October 1878)

Frank was the fifth child  of Henry and Emma Swann. He died as an infant.

Frank Jarman Swann (17 July 1883 – 22 September 1883)

Frank was the eight child of Henry and Emma Swann.  He died as an infant.

Herbert Sidney Swann (14 April 1890 – 14 September 1890)

Herbert was born in Cambridge and was the youngest of the nine Swann children.  He was baptised in a private service at Old St Mary’s in Hunstanton on 25th June 1890.  One can only speculate that maybe he took ill whilst they were on holiday there, and perhaps his parents felt the need to baptise him as a matter of urgency.  He died in September aged 6 months.



by Claire Martinsen

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Emma Eliza Swann; Frank Jarman Swann; Henry John Swann; Herbert Sidney Swann