CFHS code : PL367

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ROBERT WILLIAM d 5 Sept 1867 in the [41st] year of his age also EMMA wife d 19 Oct 1872 aged —

Monument : Headstone (fallen)

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in April 2021.


This headstone fell sometime before 1999 and is now very eroded. Only a fraction of the inscription survives.
It is located 2 rows west of the central path in the north of the parish.


In Loving Memory of ROBERT WILLIAMS who died 5 Sept 1877 in the [41st] year of his age

Also EMMA [his] wife died 19 Oct 1872 aged 33

Robert Williams (1825 – 1867)

Robert was born in 1825 we know nothing about his early life  except that his father was named John Williams, but he may have been a soldier.  He married Emma Freeman  in London in 1862. By 1863 he was working as a telegraph inspector and had moved with Emma to Newnham Walk in Cambridge. He followed the same occupation until his early death at the age of 42.
Robert died at home in Panton St.  His death was announced in the paper on September 7th and he was buried on September 9th.

Emma William née Freeman (1838 – 1872)

Emma was the daughter of Matthew and Ann Freeman. She was baptised on June 17th 1838 at Great St Mary’s church. Matthew was innkeeper at the Lamb on Butcher Row in the centre of Cambridge. They must have been a busy family as they forgot to register her birth. Birth registration had only been introduced in 1837. They were charged before the Cambridge magistrates on September 1838. We are not certain that they complied as no birth registration has been found.
Mathew died when Emma was only 4 years old.  We know little about her early life. She was not with her mother on the 1841 census, In 1851 her sister Maria was staying with her grandmother Mary Ann Rudd, and  in 1861 she and Maria were visiting in London.

She married Robert Williams at the church of St Dunston in the West, London. They moved to Cambridge and lived on Newnham Walk, Little St Mary’s Lane, and Panton St.
They had 3 daughters Annie Mary (1863) Martha Maria (1864) and Mary Louisa (1866).
After Robert’s death Emma moved in with her widowed mother at 29 Trumpington St where she worked as a draper.

Despite being so much younger than Robert she only survived him by 5 years. She died in October 1872 aged 33.

Ann Freeman (1807 – 1891)

Ann was the daughter of shoemaker Edward Rudd and his wife Mary Ann Rudd. She was baptised at the church of St Andrew the Great on February 25th 1807 and  married college servant Matthew Freeman, originally from Denver, Norfolk, at St Nicholas church Kings Lynn on August 14th 1833.
 They had 4 children Henry Headly (1834 – 1836) Maria (1836), Emma (1838), and Edward Pratt (1840), all of whom were baptised in Great St Mary’s Church.
Matthew took over The Lamb Inn in Butcher Row in 1834 but died in January 1841, after a lingering illness. He was 28 years old.
Ann continued to run The Lamb for a while after her husband’s death then moved to Regent St where she ran a lodging house (1851), 15 St Botolph’s Lane  where she was working as a college servant (1861), 29 Trumpington St where she worked as a charwoman (1871) and finally Vicar’s Buildings where in 1881 her orphaned granddaughter Mary was staying  and where she died in 1991 at the age of 87.


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Ann Freeman; Emma Williams; Robert Williams