CFHS code : AS308

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Ever Loving Memory of JOHN EDWARD MERRY d Jul 23 1911 age 73 also of EMENY MERRY wife of the above d Oct 5 1919 age 83

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Merry headstone 2019

Located under trees set back from the west path as it bends to become the north path.


In Ever Loving Memory of JOHN EDWARD MERRY who entered into rest Jul 23 1911 age 73 years

“Now comes rest.
We loved thee well
Only Jesus loves thee best.”

Also of EMENY MERRY wife of the above who fell asleep Oct. 5. 1919 age 83 years.

“Sleep on now and take your rest.”

John Edward Merry (c.1838 – 23 July 1911)

John was the son of  John and Harriett, and was known as Edward when he was growing up. His father was a carpenter, and his mother was a college bedmaker.  He was baptised on 5 August 1838 at St. Clement’s Church.

On 13th April 1865 he married Emeny Wallis (known as Emmy) at St Mary’s Church in Newmarket.   They had one son: Henry Edward Merry (1867-1945).  The family appear to have lived in London for some years. Henry was born there in 1867, and at that time John was living at 5 St Johns Gardens and working as a watchmaker.  In 1871 they were living in the St Pancras area, and John was working in some form of club.

By 1881 he had returned to Cambridge and was Head Butler at St John’s College, and living at 10 Parkside. He continued to work at St John’s and when he died in 1911 at the age of 73 years his probate records describe him as a college butler.  He died at home at 10 Parkside.

Emeny Merry (née Wallis) (c.1837 – 5 October 1919)

Emeny was born in Newmarket and was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Wallis.  Thomas Wallis was a coachman, and she grew up at 150 High Street , Newmarket.  She married John Merry when she was 28 years old.

Emmy was widowed in 1911.  When she died a few years later she was living at 10 Maid’s Causeway.



by Claire Martinsen

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Emeny Merry; John Edward Merry