CFHS code : CL69

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM BARKER d Apr 14 1930 aged 73 EDITH JANE BARKER d Sep 2 1957 aged 88

Monument : Kerb stones/Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



William Barker (1856 – 14 April 1930)

William was the son of Joshua and Sarah Kent (née Hart) Barker. His father was a grocer’s porter and William grew up at Magdalene Street (1861). By 1871 the Barker family were living on Chesterton Road where Joshua was a brewer’s assistant and 14 year old William was working as an errand boy. He later worked as a college servant (at least 1881 onwards) and lodged at 12 Queen’s Street, before marrying Christiana Elizabeth (known as Elizabeth) Shaw (1858-1893) in the summer of 1881. The couple lived at 2 Little St. Mary’s Terrace where Elizabeth ran a lodging house.

William was widowed in 1893 and  married Edith Dunn in 1896.  The couple had four sons: William Basil (1897-1968), Harold Dunn (1903-1974), Alfred Alexander Kent (1906-1976) and George Bernard (1908-1986). They lived at 11 Panton Street (1901 /1911) and in 1911 William was documented as being a college porter. He died at 29 Panton Street aged 73 years.

Edith Jane Barker (née Dunn) (6 May 1869 – 2 September 1957)

Edith was born in Lincoln and baptised at St. Paul in the Bail Church, Lincoln on 23 May 1869.  She was the youngest child of Henry and Sarah Maria (née Ward) and her parents had returned to their home town of Cambridge by 1874 when Henry took up a role as college butler of King’s College, Cambridge.  Edith grew up at Little St. Mary’s Terrace and then Inverness Terrace, Mill Road.  Her mother died when she was 10 years old and she then lived with her father, brothers and step mother Almena at 5 Fitzwilliam Street (1891).

After she was widowed Edith continued to live at 29 Panton Street (until at least 1956) before moving to Langdon House, Union Lane, Chesterton.  She died in Wimbledon, London aged 88 years old.



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