CFHS code : PL265

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of HANNAH beloved wife of CHARLES F HARPER d Oct 8 1914 aged 52 also of KATHLEEN MARY HARPER beloved daughter of the above d March 18 1924 aged 34 also of CHARLES FREDERICK HARPER husband & father of the above d April 6 1925 aged 59

Monument : Headstone (fallen and broken)/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in September 2021.

Monument

This fallen and  broken headstone, with kerbstones,  lies 4 rows west of the central path and a few metres north of the south path in the parish of St Paul.  It is hidden in by bramble. The kerbstones are still in place and as the headstone fell backwards we have been able to check the inscription of metal letters, most of which are intact.

Inscription

Sacred to the Memory of HANNAH beloved wife of CHARLES F HARPER who died Oct 8 1914 aged 52 years

Also of KATHLEEN MARY HARPER beloved daughter of the above who departed this life  March 18 1924 aged 34 years

“Until the day break”

Also of CHARLES FREDERICK HARPER husband & father of the above who departed this life  April 6 1925 aged 59 years

Hannah Elizaabeth Harper (née Wright) (1861 – 8 October 1914)

Hannah was the daughter of John and Alice and was born in Ryburgh, twent miles west of Cromer in Norfolk.  Her father was a gamekeeper and her mother a dressmaker and in 1871 the family were living in West Dereham. Aged 20 Hannah was living at the Vicarage in Raunds, Thrapston where she was a domestic servant for Rev. Hugh and Mary Bryan. She married Charles Harper  on Christmas Day 1886 in Downham Market, and was living in Downham by that time. The couple had four daughters: Ethel Alice (1887-1971), Kathleen Mary (1889-1924), Phoebe Ellen (1892-1973) and Maud Mabel (1896-1985). Charles was an engine fitter and they lived in Stansted (1887 to at least 1892) and then Victoria Road (at least 1896 to 1901) when he worked as a steam engine fitter.  In 1911 they were living at The Old Guinea pub, 92 Russell Street, and Charles was working as an ‘engine fitter in a china stores’ (although interestingly no mention of being a publican). Hannah died at home and  her funeral took place on 12 October 1914 at St. Paul’s Church.  The coffin inscription recorded her age as 53 years old, where as her age on the grave monument reads 52 years.

Kathleen Mary Harper (6 July 1889 – 18 March 1924)

Kathleen was born in Stansted and baptised on 27 September 1889 in Downham Market. In July 1919 she was chief bridesmaid when her sister Phoebe married Charles Cooper at St. Paul’s Church – the Cambridge Daily News reported she wore ‘smethyst silk, with a hat of black and amethst’. She died at the Old Guinea and her funeral took place on 21 March 1924.

Charles Frederick Harper (1865 – 6 April 1925)

Charles was born in Downham Market, the son of Frederick and Mary Harper. He grew up at Howdah Lane in the town and his father worked as a journeyman carpenter. He trained as a blacksmith, but later worked as a steam engine fitter. He died at Russell Street aged 59 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Charles Frederick Harper; Hannah Elizabeth Harper; Kathleen Mary Harper