CFHS code : AL470

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : side 1 In Loving Memory of CHARLES BARBER d Aug 15 1891 aged 58 also three children of the above side 2 In Loving Memory of SARAH the wife of CHARLES BARBER b October 20 1830 d January 8 1897 In Loving Memory of ANNIE PALMER KING d Dec 4 1896 aged 28 REBECCA PALMER d March 1 1889 aged 88

Monument : Cruciform Coped stone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Barber, King and Palmer grave
Barber, King and Palmer monument



Relationships: Mother, daughter, son-in-law, grand daughter

Charles Barber (1833 – 15 August 1891)

Charles was the son of Thomas and Ann and grew up on Prospect Row.  His father was a schoolmaster and by the age of 18 Charles was working as a college cook.  He married Sarah Palmer on 1 September 1863 in Feltwell, near Thetford, Norfolk.  The couple lived at 74 Burleigh Street  (1871/1881)and he worked as college cook at Sidney Sussex College. He employed and lived with his nephew Ernest and niece Fanny lived with the couple also.  They had three children who all died as infants and who have not yet been identified.

In 1888 Charles took over the running of the Prince of Wales Hotel on Sidney Street and advertised widely in the local press that year. Charles died aged 58 of liver cancer, which was described as a ‘long and painful illness’.  His obituary noted that he had been head cook at Sidney Sussex for twenty years and was ‘known and highly respected thorughout the town and county’. He was buried on 19 August at Mill Road Cemetery where it was said ‘the coffin was literally covered in magnificent wreaths’.

Sarah Barber (née Palmer) (20 October 1830 – 8 January 1897)

Sarah was born in Feltwell and was the daughter of William and Rebecca.  She was baptised at the Wesleyan Chapel in Thetford on 5 December 1830. She married Charles when she was 32 years old and after being widowed went to live at Tenison Road.  She died there at the age of 66.

Annie Palmer King  (née George) (1868 – 4 December 1896)

Annie was the daughter of John and Rebecca George, granddaughter of Rebecca Palmer, and niece of Sarah Barber.  She was born in Swaffham and baptised there on 25 August 1868.  She grew up on Mangate Street in Swaffham where her father was a linen draper (1871) and they later moved to live in Bassingbourn (1881) where he was a relieving officer.  Annie married Arthur Edmund King (1866-1914) in January 1889 and the couple had four children: Doris Adelaide (1890-), Frank George (1891-1969), Roy Overland (1892-1968) and Rowland Robert (1894-1916).

Arthur was from Feltwell and the couple lived there in their early married life, where he worked as a butcher.  By 1892 they had moved to Cambridge and Annie died in December 1896 aged 27 years old.

Arthur King married for a second time in 1897 to Priscilla Dale (1873-1940) and went to run a butchers shop in Chelmondiston, Suffolk.  He died in January 1914.

Rebecca Palmer (née Smith)  (1801 – 1 March 1889)

Rebecca was born in Feltwell and was the daughter of John and Sarah.  She was baptised in Feltwell on 1 February 1801 and married William Palmer (1803-1867) on 15 May 1826.  William worked as a village smith and the couple had at least seven children: James (1828-), Sarah, Eliza (1833-1897), Eliza (1833-1901), Ann (1836-1863), Robert (1839-), Rebecca (1841-1915) and William (1843-).  She was widowed in 1867 and in 1871 was living in Feltwell with three of her granddaughters (daughters of Eliza). She died in Cambridge aged 88 years old.



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Charles Barber; Sarah Barber; Annie Palmer King; Rebecca Palmer
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