CFHS code : BE109

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : JAMES HAROLD WATTS d Jany 10 1901 aged 6 LAURA EMMA WATTS d May 27 1934 aged 72 JAMES WATTS d 24 Jan 1940 aged 75

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202612, 0.13621291 – click here for location



Relationship: Mother, father and son

Laura Emma Watts [nee Richardson] (1862 – 27 May 1934)

Laura was born in Debden in Essex and married James Watts when she was 28 years old in 1890. The newly weds moved to 1 Lodge-gate Cottages where James was working as a builder and wheelwright.  They had four children: Winifred Muriel [1890-1958], James Harold [1894-1901], Doris Marjorie [1896-1983] and Donald Owen [1899-1989].

They later moved to 230 Mill Road, Cambridge which was run as a Post Office and Stationer’s shop.  James worked as a coachbuilder, and Laura worked as a Post Office assistant. In the 1930’s both Laura and James appear on the register of electors at 57-59 Perowne Street, although they were living at ‘St Edmunds’ in Harston.  Laura died aged 72 years old.

James Watts (23 May 1864 – 24 January 1940)

James was born in Stow Cum Quy.  His parents were James and Anne Watts, and his father worked as a builder and wheelwright.  James followed in the same profession.

He was widowed at the age of 70 in 1934.  The census of 1939 shows his occupation as retired coachbuilder – retired through illness.  He died at home at St Edmunds in Harston in 1940.  He left an estate valued at £1,832 2s 8d.

James Harold Watts ( 1894 – 10 January 1901)

James Harold was the son of James and Laura Watts.  He died aged 6 years old in 1901.




by Claire Martinsen

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James Watts; James Harold Watts; Laura Emma Watts