CFHS code : CL35

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELLEN WILLERS b June 21st 1852 d July 19th 1939 also of SAMUEL WILLERS d Sept 24th 1945 aged 93

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202438, 0.13791679 – click here for location

Willers monument



Ellen Willers (née Clark) (21 June 1852 – 19 July 1939)

Ellen was born in Cambridge and was the daughter of James and Mary Ann Clark.  She grew up at 10 Doric Street and her father James was a painter and glazier. In 1891 she was living in Chesterton and was general servant to Nathaniel and Catherine Johnson. She married George Henry Atkin (1857-1895) on 13 June 1875 at St. Paul’s Church.  They had one daughter Ellen Elizabeth (1878-1914). The family lived on Bradmore Street, and George Atkin worked as a county court bailiff.  George died in 1895 aged 37 years old, and Ellen continued to live at 47 Bradmore Street and started working as a college servant.

She married widower Samuel Willers in 1914.  Samuel was a gardener at Trumpington House and they lived at the Lodge House at 188 Hills road until at least 1925.  From at least 1927 onwards they lived at 110 Norfolk Street.  Ellen died aged 87 years old.

Samuel Willers (9 April 1852 – 24 September 1945)

Samuel was born in Barrington and was the son of John and Catherine (née Pentelow) Willers.  His father died when he was 4 years old, and he grew up with his mother and siblings in Barrington where Catherine ran a pub.  By the time he was 18 years old he was working as a copperlite labourer. He married Martha Howlett (1858 – 1912) at Christ Church, Cambridge on 11 July 1876. Samuel and Martha had seven children: Robert William (1877-1965), Albert Samuel (1879-1916), Elvera Elizabeth (1881-1916), Frederick Charles (1890-1890), Gerald Leslie (1892-1947), Edwin Stanley (1898-1899) and one other child who died as an infant.  Samuel worked as a domestic gardener through the rest of his life – the family initially lived at 1 Bradmore Street, and from at least 1891 onwards at 188 Hills Road, which was the lodge house to Trumpington House.  Samuel was the domestic gardener to dentist/farmer Alfred Jones, and later (1916) to A.D. Hodern.

He was widowed in 1912, and married widow Ellen Atkin in 1914. After being widowed for a second time he went to live with his son Gerald at the Nook, St Neots Road in Hardwick where on the 1939 record he was noted as a retired gardener.  He died in Hardwick aged 93 years old and was buried with his second wife.



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Ellen Willers; Samuel Willers