CFHS code : HT115

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of our parents JOHN WILLIAM PORTER d July 31st 1953 aged 81 and EMMA PORTER d May 6th 1959 aged 82

Monument : Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



John William Porter (21 October 1871 – 31 July 1953)

Johnwas baptised at St. Paul’s Church on 28 September 1873 and grew up at 3 Eden Street with his parents Thomas and Mary Ann. Thomas was an architect’s assistant and John worked as the same. He married Kate Rhoda Smart (1872-1903) in 1894 and they had four children: May Eunice Mary (1895-1936), John Thomas (1896-), Arthur Alfred (1896-1968) and Stanley Maurice (1899-1980). The family lived at 44 City Road and in 1901 John was documented as a builder’s clerk and architect’s assistant. Kate died in 1903 aged 31 years old and John married for a second time in 1905 to Emma Shallow. He and Emma had a further three children: Ronald Jack (1908-1997), Douglas Bernard (1913-2004) and one further child who died as an infant. They lived at 3 Eden Street (1911 onwards) and by 1939 he was documented a retired council  inspector of plans.

Emma Porter (née Shallow) (21 May 1871 – 6 May  1959)

Emma was the daughter of James and Ruth Shallow and grew up at 44 Wellington Street (1881), 7 James Street (1891) and 26 Maids Causeway (1901). James was a labourer in a factory, and later worked as a carman (delivery driver) before opening a grocery shop at Maids Causeway.  Emma worked as a mantle (coat) maker before her marriage to widower John Porter. She continued to live at 3 Eden Street after she was widowed but died at the Cambridge Maternity Hospital. She was 87 years old, so it is not known why she was at the hospital!



by Claire Martinsen

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Emma Porter; John William Porter