CFHS code : PL286 (Row 21, plot 37)

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of My dear husband JAMES FREESTONE d 19 Dec 1931 aged 64 EMMA FREESTONE d 4 Mar 1956 aged 86 also EMMA E PLUCK d -051890 & HENRY PLUCK d Nov 1921

Monument : Headstone (fallen)/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Relationship: Husband, wife, daughter, son in law

James Freestone (1867 – 19 December 1931)

James was the son of James (1843-1888) and Emma  (1845-1920) and grew up at 3 White’s Court (1871) and Cambridge Place (1881/1891).  James (Snr) was a builder’s labourer who died when James was 21 years old and aged 23 James (Jnr) was livings with his mother and siblings and working as a printer’s warehouseman. He married Emma Pluck in 1891 and they had five children: Annie Florence (1891-1960), Sidney James (1894-1973), Emma Elizabeth (1897-1972), Kate Elsie (1899-1958) and Jack Henry (1902-1958). James worked for the University Press as a printer’s warehouseman and the family lived at 67 Russell Street (at least 1901 onwards). He died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 64 years old and his funeral took place on Christmas Eve.

Emma Elizabeth Freestone (née Pluck) (21 November 1869 – 4 March 1956)

Emma was the eldest daughter of Harry and Emma and grew up at Cambridge Place.   Harry worked as a general labourer and later ran the 3 Pigeons pub (c.1871 onwards). Before marrying James Freestone,  Emma was living with her widowed father at the pub. After she was widowed she  continued to live at Russell Street with daughter Kate (1939). Emma died at home aged 86 years old.

Emma  Pluck (1848 –  May 1890)

Emma was Emma’s mother and was born in Cambridge. She married Harry Pluck in 1866 and the couple had at least five children: Alice Matilda (1866-1867), Henry William (1868-1951), Emma Elizabeth, Alice Sarah (1871-1875) and William James (1880-1881). The three infant children were all buried at Mill Road Cemetery, but in three different graves which have not yet been identified. Emma died at the Three Pigeons aged 42 years old and her funeral was held on 9 May.

Henry (Harry) Pluck (1842 – November 1921)

Harry was born in Wendens Ambo, near Saffron Walden and was bapised at St. Mary the Virgin in the village on 6 March 1842. He was the son of William Pluck (1817-1878) and Susan (née Barker) (1812-1866) and grew up in Cambridge where his father was a labourer/plate layer.  In 1861 he was living with his family at 1 Russell Place and was documented as being an agricultural labourer.

After he was widowed he married widow Emma Freestone (1845-1920) who was his daughter’s mother in law. Harry continued to run the Three Pigeons and died at Cambridge Place aged 79 years old. He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 18 November 1921.

His widow Emma (1845-1920) is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery in a separate grave, (Row 30 plot 10) which may not have a grave marker.



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Emma Freestone; James Freestone; Emma E. Pluck; Henry Pluck