CFHS code : HT45

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of FLORENCE ANNIE WHITE d Feb 19 1910 aged 46 also ELLEN ORDERS d Aug 2 1938 aged 74 EDWARD WHITE d July 13 1912 age 75 ESTHER WHITE d Dec 28 1913 age 75

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Florence Annie White (1866 – 19 February 1910)

Known as Annie, she was the second daughter of Edward and Esther White and died at 4 Milford Street aged 46 years old.

Ellen Mary Ann Orders (née White) (1864 – 2 August  1938)

Ellen was the eldest daughter of Edward and Esther and married widower Alfred Orders (1860-1940) in 1890. Alfred worked as a porter/bottler in a mineral water factory andthey lived at 4 Milford Street.  Ellen’s parents and sister Annie came to live with them (at least 1910 onwards).  Ellen died at Mill Road Infirmary aged 74 years old.

Edward White (26 July 1836 – 13 July 1912)

Edward was the son of James and Elizabeth and was baptised in Linton on 11 September 1836. James White was a shepherd and Edward grew up in Linton (1841) and Great Chesterford (1851/1861). In 1861 he was living with his parents at 46 High Street, Great Chesterford and was working as an agricultural labourer. He married Esther Missen on 17 November 1861 in Great Chesterford and they had at least six children: Arthur Edward (1863-1911), Ellen Mary Ann, Florence Annie, Jane Elizabeth (1869-1937), Harry William (1872-) and Maud Alice (1874-1956). Edward later worked as a railway signalman and the family lived at 11 Milford Street (1871-at least 1891) before moving to live at the Station at Barton Mills (1901). By at least 1910 he had retired and returned to Milford Street to live with daughter Ellen and son in law Alfred Orders. He died at home aged 75 years old.

Esther White (née Missen)  (1838 – 28 December 1913)

Esther was the daughter of John and Mary Ann (née Hagreen) and was born and raised in Great Wratting, Suffolk. In 1861 she was working as a servant for farmer Alfred King in Woodditton, before marrying Edward later that same year.

She died suddenly at Milford Street  and an inquest was held. Esther had been confined to bed for c.10 weeks and had suffered from rheumatism in the past.  She had complained to Ellen of being in pain, and had gone to bed with a hot water bottle. When Ellen went to bed later that evening Esther was still feeling unwell, as Ellen got into bed with her.  The inquest heard ‘the old lady became very sick, and (Ellen) sent for the doctor…when Dr. Naish arrived the same night he told her her mother was dead’. The doctor told the inquest that ‘it was an old standing case of heart disease’ and that the post mortem had found her heart in ‘a very bad condition’.

From Parish burial records it is known that Alfred Orders was also buried in the Holy Trinity area of Mill Road Cemetery and is thought to have been buried with his wife

Alfred Thomas Orders (11 July 1860 -16 March 1940)

Alfred was the illegitimate son of Harriet Orders (1832-1901) and he grew up with his mother and two siblings (who were also illegitimate). In 1861 they were living at 14 Covent Garden with his grandmother Elizabeth who was a laundress, and  Harriet was assisting her mother. They later lived at 22 Norfolk Terrace (1871) and 10 Adam and Eve Street (1881).

He married Agnes Louise Maud (1863-1888) and they lived at 12 Ainsworth Street. Agnes died as a result of an accident in May 1888 and an inquest was held into her death. On 15 May Alfred was called home from work to attend to his wife.  A cinder from the fire had landed on Agnes’ dress and it had caught on fire. A baker named Abraham Smith had heard her cries and found her in the street covered in flames. He extinguished the flames and she then ran away back to the house.  The doctor was called for and found she had suffered very severe burns to her arms, thighs and abdomen.  She appeared to recover, but then developed lockjaw (tetanus) which she died of. Alfred married for a second time in 1890 to Ellen White.

Alfred worked for mineral water manufacturer Thomas Woods & Sons at 128 Fitzroy Street.  In November 1889 Thomas Woods appeared in front of magistrates accused of having been contravened the Factory Acts on three occasions.  Mr Hoare, a factory inspector was the prosecutor. The first instance was for not giving Thomas Hemings a half day holiday during the week.  Thomas said he had taken a half day holiday on Thursday rather than Saturday, but Mr Hoare disputed this.   The second was for employing Henry Pollendine as an errand boy, Henry had worked from 7am to 7.45pm one day, whereas Mr Hoare claimed that he should have finished work at 3pm.  The third offence Thomas was accused of was of not providing a face mask for his worker Alfred Orders.  Alfred said he had been provided with a mask, but did not like wearing it as it ‘injured the eyesight’.  Thomas’ lawyer contended that the case should be dismissed.  The last case was dismissed, but he was fined 10s plus costs for the other two.

In 1939 Alfred was living along at 4 Milford Street and was recorded as being an ‘OAP retired’.  He died at Chesterton Hospital aged 79 years old. His funeral was held on 20 March 1940.



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Alfred Thomas Orders; Ellen Orders; Edward White; Esther White; Florence Annie White