CFHS code : HS16

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Loving Memory of LOUISE ELIZABETH wife of CHARLES JAMES WHITE d February 11 1885 age 34 also LIONEL the infant son of the above d July 20 1885 age 6 months also CHARLES JAMES WHITE d Nov 4 1905 age 73 also MARIA MATILDA WHITE d Sep 15 1928 age 82

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202392, 0.13747554 – click here for location

White headstone 2017



Relationship: Husband, two wifes and son

Louise Elizabeth White (née Watson) (November 1850 –  11 February 1885)

Louise was the daughter of Allen and Maria Watson and grew up at Benet Street (1851) and Union Street (1861) where her father was a grocer and tea dealer. She married Charles White in 1874 and they had at least five children: Violet Louise (1875-1961), Harry Percy (1877-), Endicott Ive (1880-1956), Reginald Ive (1883-) and Lionel Ive (1885-1885).

Charles worked as custodian/steward of the Pitt Club on Jesus Lane for 24 years and in 1881 the family were living at the Club with general servant Louise Chandler. Louise died aged 34 years old and was buried on 17 February.

Lionel Ive White (c.January 1885 – 20 July  1885)

Lionel died at Norfolk Street.

Charles James White (10 April 1832 – 4 November  1905)

Charles was the son of James Day White and his wife Lucy (née Metcalfe) and was baptised on 3 May 1832 at Mr Green’s House in Barnwell as his parents were non-conformists. James White was a bootmaker who later became a librarian and Charles grew up at 10 Kings Parade (1851) and then 10 Trinity Street (1861/1871).  He worked as a printer/compositor, but in June 1877 was appointed steward of the University Pitt Club on a salary of £50 per anum.

After he was widowed Charles ‘married’ for a second time to Maria who is believed to have been Louise’s sister.  This marriage would have been forbidden at the time so it is not certain that a marriage  ceremony actually took place as no record has been found. By 1901 Charles had retired from the Pitt Club and moved to live at 10 New Square where he died aged 73 years old.

Maria Matilda White (née Watson) (1846 – 15 September 1928)

Maria was the elder sister of Louise and in 1881 was living at 5/6 Norfolk Street with her sister Florence, Florence’s family and her retired father Allen.  After Charles’ death she continued to live at 10 New Square and died there in 1928.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Charles James White; Lionel White; Louise Elizabeth White; Maria Matilda White
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