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162 Sturton Street

The Family of a Grocer


Head of household in 1881 was James Porter, a 49 year old gardener who was born in Croydon, Cambridgeshire.  He is married to Louisa Roseman (nee Sussum), 42, who works as a laundress.

The couple have three sons.  Edward is 18 and works as a porter.  On all other census documents he is “Ernest James Porter”, but is clearly Edward on this one.

Alfred Edward (13) and Frank William (12) are both school boys.  Frank is Frederick on all other census returns.

By 1891 Edward (Ernest) is married and living in Cherry Hinton.  Alfred is married, a postman and lives on Newmarket Road.  James and Louisa have moved to 126 Sturton Street with Frank (Frederick).


William Benstead, 58, Groom, b. Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambs

Sarah Benstead, 54, b. Haddenham, Suffolk

Charles Benstead, 18, Boot Shop Assistant, b. Whittlesford, Cambs

Arthur Benstead, 16, Auctioneers Clerk, b. Whittlesford, Cambs

Ann Schooling, 66, Visitor, Lives on Own Means, b. Linton, Cambs


William Benstead, 67, grocer, b. Swaffham

Sarah Benstead, 63, b. Suffolk

Arthur Benstead, 26, boot shop assistant, b. Whittlesford

Elizabeth Housden, 58, visitor, b. Gransden


Alice Needham, head, 61, widow [5 children], b. Dulwich, London
Arthur Needham, son, 30, pianoforte tuner, b. Cambridge
Aaron Thomas Needham, son, 26, gardener (domestic), b. Cambridge
Alfred Needham, son, 24, confectionery sugar boilery, b. Cambridge
Irma Howard, granddaughter, 6, b. Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Aaron married Olive Stratton.  They lived at 88 Ainsworth Street until they died, and they are buried in Mill Road Cemetery.

Source – 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, Mill Road Cemetery,



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