CFHS code : PL420

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : ARTHUR C BARKER son d [28 January] 1940 age 71 and SARAH FANNY BARKER d March 10 1956 aged 85

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Footstone

Above information  amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Monument

Inscription

Relationship: Mother, son and daughter in law

Susannah (Susan) Barker (née Cole) (1826 – 19 December1875)

Susan was the daughter of James Cole and married Francis Barker (1834-1913) on 8 October 1859 at St. Paul’s Church, Cambridge. Francis was head gardener at Peterhouse College and also verger of St. Paul’s Church.  The couple had four children: Susan Elizabeth (1860-1863), Frank (1864-1915), Alice Mary (1866-1959) and Arthur James Cole (1868-1940). The family lived at 56 Coronation Street and Susan died at home aged 49 years old.

Francis Barker married for a second time in August 1877 to Emily Betts (1877-) and they had three daughters together: Emily May (1879-), Violet Ethel (1879-1974) and Eva Frances (1885-1969). He died at 203 Chesterton Road in March 1913 and is believed to be buried in Girton Churchyard.

Francis and Susan’s infant daughter Susan Elizabeth was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 12 September 1863. Her grave has not yet been identified.

Arthur James Cole  Barker (10 July 1868 – 28 January 1940)

Arthur was the only son of Francis and Susan and was baptised on 30 August 1868 at St. Paul’s Church.  He grew up at 21 Panton Street with his father, stepmother and siblings (1881). He enlisted in the Royal Artillery in 1889 and when he was discharged joined the Cambridge Police as a constable (at least June 1899 onwards).  He continued to serve as a reservist and was called up for service in South Africa in December 1899. He travelled to join the Royal Artillery at the Isle of Wight before onward travel to South Africa.

By at least September 1902 Arthur had returned to Cambridge and was once more serving as a police officer. He married Fanny Wakefield in 1902 and they lived at 99 Sedgwick Street. By 1939 he had retired and died at home aged 71 years old.

 

Sarah Fanny (Fanny) Barker (née Wakefield) (26 September 1870 – 10 March 1956)

Fanny was the daughter of Samuel and Sarah (née Stonebridge) and was born and raised in Madingley, three miles outside Cambridge. Samuel was a coprolite digger and Fanny was a servant before marrying Arthur Barker. In 1891 she was working as an under nurse for Rev. Charles E. Searle and his family. Charles was Master of Pembroke College and had five small children, employing a head nurse, Fanny as under nurse and alos a monthly nurse for his youngest child. She was still living at the Master’s Lodge, Pembroke College and working for the Searle family in 1901 in the capacity of nurse. Fanny also died at Sedgwick Street aged 85 years old and was buried with her husband and mother-in-law.

 

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

 

by Claire Martinsen

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Susannah Barker; Arthur James Cole Barker; Sarah Fanny Barker