We have not found a monument for Emma but know she was buried in the parish area of St Andrew the Less in the Cemetery because of a newspaper article we were sent.

Emma Saggers (née Farrow) (1839 – 1920)

Emma was born in Bottisham, Cambridgeshire, the eldest child of Martin and Harriet Farrow. Martin was an agricultural labourer. She may then have gone into service of some kind or taken a job in Cambridge as she was not living at home in 1861. When she married her address was given as New Street.

On April 23rd 1866 she married Thomas Saggers, a labourer, in the parish of St Andrew the Less.

In 1871 they were living at 12 Gas Lane, Cambridge with a 4 year old daughter Elizabeth Amelia (who married widower Edgar Norman in 1906)

By 1881 Emma was working as a charwoman and 14 year old Elizabeth was a servant.

Thomas died in October 1889 at the age of 45. He is also buried in this parish.

In 1891 Emma was still in Gas Lane working and still as a charwoman, 15 year old William Thomas was working as a grocers assistant.

William married but his mother lived with him and his wife Florence until her death in 1920. Thomas and Florence gave Emma four grandchildren.

Notice of her burial and a short obituary was printed in the Cambridge Daily News.

“The funeral of Mrs. Emma Saggers, of 4 Bradmore Street, took place at the Mill-road Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Plumtree (curate of St. Matthew’s) officiating. The deceased lady was for upwards of 34 years a worker at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, particularly in the isolation wards, and was better known as “Grannie Saggers.” As a tribute to her memory, a huge floral cross was sent from that institution, and the Matron (Miss C.C. Crookenden, R.R.C.) and the Assistant Matron attended the funeral. Although the ripe age of 80 years had been attained, the lady’s zeal for worship had not diminished, she having attended services at St. Matthew’s a fortnight before her death.

The mourners were: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Saggers (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Norman (son-in-law and daughter), Mrs. Amelia Cornwell (sister). Master Thomas Saggers (grandson). And the Misses Elizabeth, Kathleen and Ethel Saggers (granddaughters).

The coffin was of polished elm, with brass fittings, and bore a breast-plate, Inscribed: “Emma Saggers, died June 25th, 1920, aged 80 years.”

Mr. Saggers and family desire to thank all who have been so sympathetic during their hours of sorrow.

The funeral was carried out by Messrs. Ellis Merry, 28, Abbey-walk.

Thomas Saggers is also buried in this parish

CFHS parish and census records

Cambridge Daily News, Cambridge, England, 1 July, 1920, page 3.
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