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20 Sturton Street

Family of a Whitesmith

1871 – 1921

Thomas Dean and his wife Mary lived on Sturton Street in 1871.  He is a 24-year-old whitesmith.  The street is unnumbered in 1871, so we can’t be sure if they were living in number 20, but it’s likely given the family stays in this property until 1911.

Their daughter, Ada Hannah, was born in 1873.  The 1891 Census shows that she was a dressmaker.  She married Alfred Thurlow Reed in 1900.  Ada is buried in Mill Road Cemetery with her husband.

In 1891 Mary’s mother Maria is living with them, she is recorded as a Laundress.  They have a lodger called Edwin Warner, he’s an engine and machine maker from Bennington in Essex.

Thomas died at number 20 in 1908.  Mary Ann died in 1921.  The Cambridge Burial records show that she was still living at number 20.  Thomas and Mary Ann are buried in Mill Road Cemetery.

1922 – 1928

George Edward Duce, formerly of 16 Sturton Street, lives here from about 1922 until his death on the 24th November 1928.

Source – 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, England & Wales, National Probate Calendar, Cambridgeshire Electoral Registers, Cambridgeshire Burials,


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