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28 York Street

The Family of a Boiler Maker's Assistant


Robert Brown, head, 31, 1850, gas stoker, Cambridge
Emily Brown, wife, 28, 1853, Cambridge
Frederick Brown, son, 8, 1873, scholar, Cambridge
Harry Brown, son, 6, 1875, scholar, Cambridge
Eliza Brown, daughter, 5, 1876, scholar, Cambridge
Joseph Brown, son, 2, 1879, Cambridge
John R. Brown, son, 1, 1880, Cambridge

1883 – 1900

Robert Thompson Pawley has moved from 30 York Street, where he was living with his wife, Mary, and six of her children. Robert and Mary married in October 1876.  Mary’s son, Thomas (19), is living with them in 1891 and the couple have a 9 year old daughter called Mary.

Robert is a boiler maker’s assistant and Thomas is a labourer.  The couple have moved to Acton, Middlesex, by the time of the 1901 Census.


Walter G Pearce, head, painter’s labourer, 24, 1877, Colchester, Essex
Ada E Pearce, wife, 23, 1878, London, Middlesex


Thomas Jeffrey, 34, coal porter, b. Cambridge

Lizzie Jeffrey, 34, laundry help, b. Girton

Thomas Jeffrey, 13, greengrocer’s errand boy, b. Cambridge

Phyllis Jeffrey, 6, b. Cambridge

Lizzie and Thomas have been married for thirteen years, and have had four children, two of whom have died.

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, Cambridgeshire Electoral Rolls (1722-1966), Cambridgeshire Banns,


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