CFHS code : PL178

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Memory of THOMAS SMITH d Dec 31 1894 aged 59 also EMMA SARAH SMITH remainder illegible

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Thomas Smith (c.1835 – 31 December 1894)

Thomas was born in Madon, Essex and was the son of John and Susanna Smith. His father was a bricklayer’s labourer and aged 15, Thomas was working as a carpenter’s apprentice. He married widow Emma Howe on 14 January 1871 in Halstead, Essex. Helater worked as a builder’s foreman and they started married life in Halstead (1871) with Emma’s four children from her first marriage before moving to live at 16 Victoria Street, Cambridge (1881) and Violet Lodge, 32 Devonshire Road (1891). By 1891 Thomas had retired and he died at home aged 59 years old. His funeral took place on 3 January 1895.

Emma Sarah Smith (née Gray) (1830-26 August 1908)

Emma was born in Cambridge and was the daughter of John Gray.  She married James Howe (1820-1864) on 4 January 1857 at St. Mary’s Church, Lambeth. James worked at Somerset House as a musician and soloist and the couple lived at 5 Pilgrim Street, Lambeth.  They had four children: Nellie Emma (1857-1914), Sidney James (1859-1928), Charles Alfred (1860-1926) and Florence Ada (1862-1952).  James died at home in Auugst 1864 aged 43 years old and was buried at Norwood Cemetery, London.  After she was widowed for a second time Emma continued to live at Devonshire Road and died at home in August 1908.



Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Emma Sarah Smith; Thomas Smith