CFHS code : HT252

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SUSANNA wife of CHARLES BURBAGE d Oct 24 1887 also EMMA LOUISA daughter of the above d July – 1937 reverse: 1870 / also HELEN her sister / d May 21 1879 / aged [34] / and CHRISTOPHER / their brother / d Aug 12 1879 / aged [3-] / CHARLES BURBAGE / dear brother of the above / many years [Sexton] of this / line illegible / d April 1- 1882

Monument : Headstone (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Susanna Burbage  (née Wakeling) (1838 – 24 October 1887)

Susanna was the daughter of John and Sarah Wakeling and grew up  at Park Street where her father was a porter at Trinity College. Aged 23 she was working as a housemaid at Lolworth Vicarage working for Rev. Richard Harris Dalton Barham, the Rector of Lolworth.  She married widower Charles Burbage on 24 November 1864 and they had at least seven children: Frederick Charles (1866-), Frederica Susanna (1866-1870), Edward George John (1870-1933), Emma Louise (1872-1937), Christopher Edgar (1874-1879), Helen Elizabeth (1876-1879) and Ada Susannah (1879-1964).

Charles worked as a bricklayer and the family lived at 89 King Street (1871) and then at 22 King Street (1881). She was widowed in 1882 and died aged 49 years old.

Emma Louisa Burbage (1872 – 8 July  1937)

Emma was the daughter of Charles and Susanna Burbage and was baptised on 28 January 1872.  She was known however as Louise throughout her life.  Aged 19 (1891) she was living with her maternal grandparents at 45 City Road and in 1901 was living with her maternal aunt Elizabeth at 62 Humberstone Road and assisting her in her college laundry business.  Louise appears to have taken over the running of the laundry business and in 1911 was living at 1 Springfield Road with her sister Ada who in turn was assisting her.   The sisters later moved to 2 Silver Street (1930) and then 98 Canterbury Street (1937).  Louise died at the Grove Nursing Home on Hills Road aged 65 years old.

Helen  Elizabeth Burbage (1876 – 1879)

Helen died aged 3 years old.

Christopher Edgar Burbage (1874 – 12 August 1879)

Christopher died at 89 King Street aged five and a half years old.

Charles Burbage (10 September 1838 – 14 April 1882)

Charles was the son of George and Sarah (née Liddimun) Burbage and grew up on King Street where his father was a master bricklayer. He married Mary Ann Carter (1837-1860) on 13 October 1858 and they had one son Charles (1859-1875).  He was widowed in March 1860 when Mary died aged 22 years old.

He married for a second time and worked as a bricklayer and was served as sexton of Holy Trinity.  Charles was hospitalised at Fulbourn Assylum on 1 March 1882 and died there on 14 April.  He was 43 years old.

Charles’ eldest son Charles (1859-1875) died in an accident in January 1875.  Father and son had been working on a drain in Park Street and Charles Jnr was killed when the drain collapsed and covered him in earth.  The hole was reported at the inquest to have been 7ft deep and 9ft round.  A verdict of accidental death was returned and Charles as recommended to be more careful in future ‘though they believed that he had done all that he had thought necessary in this case’.



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Charles Burbage; Christopher Burbage; Emma Louisa Burbage; Helen Burbage; Susanna Burbage