CFHS code : PL117

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : west face In Loving Memory of Daniel Murfitt who entered into rest February 27th 1904 aged 63 years.Also of Ann beloved wife of the above who passed away January 1st 1904 in her 66th year.’east face In Loving Memory of HENRY DANIEL MURFITT d 5 Sept 1928 aged 62 also GEORGINA wife d 23 1940 aged 74. 

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Headstone – east face December 2016
Headstone – west face  December 2016

Monument

This headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, is located in the south west corner of the Cemetery next to the south path. The epitaph on the west face is long and quite difficult to read.

Inscription

east face

‘In Loving Memory of HENRY DANIEL MURFITT who passed away Sept. 5th 1928 aged 62 years.’

“Till we meet again.”

Also GEORGINA wife died  May 23rd 1940 aged 74 years.’

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Relationship: Husband, wife, son, daughter-in-law

Daniel Murfitt (1838 – 27 February 1904)

Daniel was born in Stretham, near Ely and was the son of William and Mary (née Gibbons). He grew up on Chapel Street in Stretham and his father worked as an agricultural labourer. Aged 12 Daniel was also working on the land, as was his 9 year old brother Gibbons. He later worked for Great Northern Railway and in 1861 was working as a porter and lodging with the Beaumont family in Biggleswade. He married Ann Hale on 24 August 1876 at All Saints’ Church, Islington and they had at least five children: Henry Daniel (1866-1928), Elizabeth Ann (1868-), Frederick Hale (1870-1932), Rose Flora (1872-1963) and Maud Mary (1876-1955). The family lived briefly in London where their eldest son was born before moving to live at Norwich Street (1871/1881) and 22 Tenison Road (1891). By 1901 Daniel had retired and went to live at Lamb’s Lane, Cottenham.  He died at Philip Lane, Tottenham aged 65 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 2 March 1904.

Ann Murfitt (née Hale)  (1838 – 1 January  1904)

Ann was the daughter of Jacob and Mary, and was born in Devizes, Wiltshire.  She was baptised there on 18 March 1838.  She was living in London when she married Daniel Murfitt, and is thought to have been working as a domestic servant. Ann also died at Philip Lane, Tottenham and her funeral took place on 7 January 1904.

Henry Daniel Murfitt (1866 – 5 September 1928)

Henry was born in Islington and was baptised at All Saints’ Church on 23 December 1866. He married Georgina Reed in 1890 and they had six children: Ida Rose (1890-1946), Hilda Elizabeth (1892-1940), Frank Henry (1898-1960) and three  children who died as infants. Henry worked as a plumber and the family lived at 51 Norwich Street (1891) and then 89 Hemingford Road (at least 1901 onwards).  By 1901 Henry was working for the town council as ‘the Public Disinfector’.  In June 1902 the Public Health Committee recommended increasing his salary from 25s per week to 30s per week.   He died at Hemingford Road aged 62 years old.

This blog post provides an overview of the role of Public Disinfector.

Georgina Murfitt (née Reed) (24 October 1865 – 23 May 1940)

Georgina was born in Bromley by Bow and was the eldest daughter of Joseph and Hanah (known as Fanny) (née Bass). Joseph was a gamekeeper and she grew up at Middleton House, Longparish, Hampshire (1871), Chobham (1881) and Great Shelford (at least 1889 onwards). After she was widowed she continued to live at 89 Hemingford Road with daughters Ida and Hilda.  She died at home aged 74 years old.

Her daughter Hilda had died a few weeks earlier on 25 February 1940.  Her death was reported as having taken place ‘in an ambulane between 68 Rosamond road, Bedford and the County Hospital Bedford’.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Ann Murfitt; Daniel Murfitt; Georgina Murfitt; Henry Daniel Murfitt