CFHS code : HT470

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN PERRY husband LOUISA PERRY d 26 Jun 1914 aged 76 also LOUISA PERRY d 2 Feb 1915 aged 68 also EMMA JANE PERRY d 24 Sept 1920 aged 58

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

This is a location photograph taken some years ago. The Perry headstone is on the far left. Click on the picture to enlarge.


To the west of the east path.


In Loving Memory of JOHN PERRY
beloved husband of LOUISA PERRY
Who departed this life June 26. 1914.
Aged 76 years

“I was so long with pain oppressed

that wore my strength away

it made me long for endless rest

which never can decay”

Also LOUISA PERRY who died  Feb. 2. 1915 aged 68 years

Also EMMA JANE PERRY d  Sept. 24. 1920 aged 58 years

John Perry (1837 – 26 June 1914)

John was born in Kirtling in Cambridgeshire and was the son of John and Susan Perry. He was baptised in Kirtling on 30th July 1837.  John Perry Senior was a railway guard, and aged 13 John (Jnr)was living with his parents in Newmarket and working as a telegraph clerk.

He married Ann Shaw at St Paul’s Church in Cambridge when he was 19 years old in 1856.  Ann died in around 1859 leaving John a widower.  Aged 24 he was living as a lodger at 6 Russell Street and working as railway engine driver.  His landlady was Martha Richardson who was also a widow.  Martha had two small children William Thomas (1856-1876) and Elizabeth Ann (1858-). Her husband Thomas had also worked as an engine driver and had died in July 1858.  In April 1861 John was living as a lodger with Martha, William and Elizabeth.

On 28th January 1862 John married Martha at Holy Trinity Church in Islington, London.  They went on to have three children together: Emma Jane (1863-1920), Ellen (1864-) and Harry (1866-1935). The family lived at 117 Gwydir Street, and John is described on census returns as a GER engine foreman. He was widowed for a second time in early 1903 when Martha died.

He married for a third time in 1907 to Louisa Brown, he was 70 years old at the time of his third marriage. In 1911 Louisa and John were living at 117 Gwydir Street and he is described as a ‘retired GER Loco inspector’. He died at home in 1914.

Louisa Perry (nee Brown) (c.1847 – 2 February 1915)

Louisa was born in Snailwell, Cambridgeshire.  Aged 14 she was living at 2 Church Road in Hackney with her uncle and aunt.  Aged 24 in 1871 she was a visitor to a house in Church Lane, Freckenham, Suffolk.  She married John Perry when she was around 60 years old.  She died less than a year after him.

Emma Jane Perry (1862 – 24 September 1920)

Emma was the eldest child of John Perry and his second wife Martha [nee Steed]. She was baptised at St Paul’s Church on 25th January 1863. She lived with her parents at 117 Gwydir Street, but didn’t have an occupation on the 1901 census.  She spent the last 10 years of her life in hospital in Fulbourn. She went there on 30th November 1910, and died there in 1920.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry

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Emma Jane Perry; John Perry; Louisa Perry