CFHS code : HS52

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Memory of EMMA BRAIM d April 12 1915 also CATHERINE LOUISA CARVER b Feb 9 1843 d Aug 29 1925

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202348, 0.13788323 – click here for location

Braim and Carver headstone May 2018


The headstone has fallen face down and we are unable to read the inscription.


Relationship: sisters

Emma Braim (née Carver)  (c.1846 – 12 April 1915)

Emma was the youngest of the two girls born to Josiah and Mary Ann (née Smith) and was born in King’s Lynn where her father ran a boarding school.  Emma worked as governess in King’s Lynn (1871)  and later as a music teacher (1881).  Josiah ran the school for over forty years, but retired in June 1880 and the school was taken over by Joseph Braim (1851-).  Newspaper adverts from the time announced ‘Mr Braim, in succeeding to the old-established and well-conducted school so long carried on under the superintendece of Mr. Carver begs to say he has had many years’ experience in large and schools and has assisted successfully in preparing pupils for the College of Preceptors, South Kensingon and other examinations and treats by a strict attention to the requirements of the present time to merit a share of the support hitherto given to Mr. Carver.’

Emma married Joseph Braim on 26 July 1881 in King’s Lynn. It is unclear what happened to Joseph Braim, and the couple were not recorded as living together on any census record.  In 1891 Emma was running a Lodging House at 21 Bridge Street, and in 1901 was living with her sister Catherine at 51 Devonshire Road – on both census returns she was documented as being married.  By 1911 she was running a Lodging House from 108 Tenison Road and was a widow at that time. Emma died at 10 Broad Street, Brighton in 1915 aged 69 years old and was buried in Mill Road Cemetery on 15 April.

Catherine Louisa Carver (9 February 1843 – 29 August 1925)

Catherine was Emma’s elder sister and was deaf from birth.  She worked as a drawing teacher (1871/1881), presumably in her father’s school and after his death in 1883 came to live in Cambridge with her sister Emma. She lived at 51 Devonshire Road from at least 1901 onwards and died aged 82 years old.  She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2 September.



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Emma Braim; Catherine Louisa Carver