CFHS code : HT436

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE SAMUEL SHOOTE d Aug 10 1923 aged 75 also his beloved wife HANNAH THURLOW SHOOTE d October 25 1926 aged 76 long epitaph

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Flowerholder

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Shoote headstone February 2017

Monument

This well preserved headstone, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located six graves north of the south path.

Inscription

‘In Loving Memory of GEORGE SAMUEL SHOOTE
Who fell asleep Aug. 10. 1923. aged 75 years.’

“A faithful disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

‘Also his beloved wife HANNAH THURLOW SHOOTE
Who passed peacefully to her rest October 25. 1926. aged 76 years.’

“His work my hoary age shall bless,
When youthful vigour is no more;
And my last hour of  life confess
His love hath animating power.

Jesus the very thought thee
With sweetness fills my breast
But sweeter far thy face to see
And in thy presence rest”

George Samuel Shoote (1848 – 10 August  1923)

George was the son of Robert and grew up on East Road where his father was a general dealer.  By the time he was 13 his mother had  died and George and his two brothers were working in their father’s business. He married Hannah Bidwell on Christmas Day 1873 and they had seven children: Thomas Robert (1874-1953), George Samuel (1878-1960), Lily Eliza (1881-), Gertrude Louisa (1883-1975), Charles (1887-1966), Rev. Robert (1889-1935) and Ethel Sarah (1892-1962). The family lived at 29 Staffordshire Street (1881) and George worked initially as a wood cutter.  In 1891/1901 they were living at 49 Staffordshire Street where he was a general dealer, however by 1911 they were living at the same house and he was documented as a wood cutter again.

George was a prominent member of the Methodist church where he was a  preacher/speaker. In August 1907 he was a speaker at the Primative Methodist Centenary Camp  – a service was held at the Sturton Street Chapel at 9.15am and a procession then paraded the streets with banners. George and Annie’s son Robert became a minister/pastor with the Episcopal Church and died in Pennsylvania, USA  in 1935.

George Shoote was a member of the Liberal party and contested the St. Matthew’s ward in March 1907. He polled 282 votes in the election but came fifth of the six candidates. He was also a member of the Cambridge Temperance movement and died at home in Staffordshire Street aged 75 years old.

Hannah (Annie) Thurlow Shoote  (née Bidwell) (1850 – 25 October 1926)

Annie was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah (née Thurwell) and sister of Thomas. She was born at 109 East Road where Thomas Bidwell was a butcher. Sarah Bidwell died in February 1856 when Annie was 5 years old and her father then married Elizabeth. In 1871 she was living at East Road with her father, step mother and siblings and was not noted as having an occupation on the census of that year.  She died at 76 Gwydir Street aged 76 years old.

Annie’s half brother Charles Bidwell is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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George Samuel Shoote; Hannah Thurlow Shoote