CFHS code : PL459

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of CHARLES COLEMAN d June 27 1889 aged 50 MARY ANN COLEMAN d Aug 13 1895 aged 26 REBECCA wife of CHARLES COLEMAN d July 22 1903 aged 57

Monument : Headstone (fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Charles Coleman (1838 – 27 June 1889)

Charles was born in Trumpington, the son of Robert and Ann Coleman. His father was an agricultural labourer, and aged 12 Charles was working as the same. He married Rebecca Ellum in 1863 and they had eight children: Robert Ellum (1864-1950), Mary Ann (1869-1895), Thomas Reeves (1871-1938), Harry (1874-), Alice Maud (1875-1961), Harriet Eliza (1878-1962), Arthur Ernest (1880-1961) and Charles Lawrence (1887-1917). The family lived at 1 Baker’s Yard, Barnwell (1871) and 48 Coronation Street (1881). In 1871 he was documented as being a farm labourer, but by 1881 was working as a brewer’s labourer. He died at 12 Princes Street aged 50 years old.

Mary Ann Coleman (1869 – 13 August 1895)

Mary was baptised on 26 December 1869 at St. Paul’s Church, Cambridge. In 1891 she was living at 10 Queens Street and working as a domestic servant.  She died at home aged 26 years old and her funeral was held on 17 August.

Rebecca Coleman (née Ellum) (1846 – 22 July 1903)

Rebecca was born in Great Shelford and baptised there on 21 June 1846. She was the daughter of farm labourer Josiah and Mary (née Deans) and grew up in the village of Great Shelford.  In 1861 Rebecca was working as a domestic servant for brewer Thomas Marshall at 36 London Road, Trumpington before marrying Charles Coleman two years later.  In February 1885 she was accused of ‘illegally pawning a quantity of wearing apparel’ by her sister Sarah Ellum. Sarah had been living with her sister when the offence occured, but at court it was declared that the time elapsed between the offence and the court appearance was too long so the charge was dismissed. After she was widowed Rebecca lived at 10 Queens Street and worked as a charwoman. She died at home aged 57 years old.



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Charles Coleman; Mary Ann Coleman; Rebecca Coleman