CFHS code : PL419

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : AMELIA some illegible SARAH ELIZABETH DAY d Feb 12 1916 aged 72

Monument : Headstone (broken & fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



The parish burial records have been used to establish which family members were buried in this grave

Relationship: Husband, first wife, second wife and daughter

Amelia Day (née Knott) (29 May 1839 – 15 April 1875)

Amelia was born in Thurston, four miles east of Bury St. Edmunds and was the daughter of John and Sarah (née Harvey) Knott. She grew up in Thurston, where her father was an agricultural labourer and aged 23 Amelia was working as a servant for the Jackson family at 8 Hatter Street, Bury St. Edmunds. She married George Day on 10 December 1863 in Thurston and they had at least six children: Edith Amelia (1864-1945), Anne (Annie) (1866-1902), Louisa (1867-1867), Kate Amelia (1868-1928), Emma Elizabeth (1870-1919) and Alice Mary (1873-1873). George worked as a railway guard and the family lived at 67 Russell Street. Amelia died at home aged 35 years old.

Alice Mary Day (c. February 1893 – December 1893)

Alice died at Russell Street aged 11 months old and her funeral was held on 3 January 1874.

George Day (September 1842 – 27 January 1904)

George was the son of James and Hannah (née Edwards) and was born in Barningham, twelves miles north east of Bury St. Edmunds He grew up at Church Green, Barningham, and James Day worked as an agricultural labourer in the village. In 1861 George was living in Beccles, Suffolk and was working as a railway porter, although he was a patient at the Medical Dispensary in the town when the census was taken. He was baptised in Howe, Norfolk on 24 March 1864 when he was 21 years old – his fourteen year old brother William was baptised on the same day. He was widowed in April 1875 and married widow Sarah Hardy later that summer. Sarah had three children from her first marriage and the blended family continued to live at  67 Russell Street (1881) before moving to the Midland Tavern, 1 Devonshire Road (at least 1891 onwards) where George was the landlord. George was treasurer of the Cambridge Licensed Victuallers’ Association and died at the Midland Tavern aged 61 years old. His funeral service was held at St. Barnabas’ Church and the Cambridge Indepdenent Press reported ‘the coffin was borne by  a number of railway men, and representatives of the Star Brewery Company, the Licensed Victuallers’ Assocation and the R.O.A.B (Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes) were present at the ceremony. A large number of wreaths were received’.

Sarah Elizabeth Day (née Emmens) (1844 – 12 February 1916)

Sarah was the daughter of John and Phoebe (née Fabb) Emmens and was baptised on 4 August 1844 at All Saints’ Church. Her father was a  groom, but later became a town pindar (a council position which helped in the care and monitoring of life stock) and Sarah grew up at Ram Yard. She married David Hardy (1835-1874) in 1864 and they had at least three children: Emma Catherine Julia Delia (known as Delia)  (1865-), John David Emmens (1867-1917) and Henrietta Phoebe (1869-1886). John was  a tailor and they lived in Islington, where all three children were born. She was widowed in 1874 and returned to Cambridge where she married George Day. After she was widowed she initally took over the License of the Midland Tavern, but the pub was subsequently run by her son John.  In 1911 Sarah was living with her widowed daughter Delia, and two grandchildren at 30 Kingston Street. She died at 78 Fitzroy Street and the funeral was held on 17 February.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Alice Mary Day; Amelia Day; George Day; Sarah Elizabeth Day