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34 York Street

The Clark Family

1881 – 1905

First family

Head of household is Thomas Long Clark a 36 year old, tram car conductor from Cambridge.  He is married to Kate (nee Pilgrim), she is 30 years old and was born in Great Wilbraham. In 1881 the couple have two daughters, 5 year old Martha Kate and 1 year old Gertrude Esther Maud. Martha was born in Cambridge, but Gertrude was born in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Second family

Head of this household James Shepherd Clark, a 26 year old grocer and Thomas Clark’s brother.  He is married to Esther (nee Bezant), who is 22 and was born in Sudbury.  The couple move Beckenham by 1891.

By 1891 Thomas is working as Sub Officer to the Sheriff.  Daughter Martha is now 15 and working as a book binder’s apprentice, Gertrude is a scholar and there are three more children.  Eleanor is 9, Annie is 6 and Tom is 8 months old.

On January 1893 Annie returned home from St. Matthew’s Girls School on Norfolk Street without her “coloured satteen Dorothy cloak” and her slate. Alfred Flack, 13, errand of of 9 Nelson Street was accused of theft.  He claimed he picked up the cloak in the gutter on Norfolk Street. The case was dismissed. Cambridge Chronicle and Journal 14 April 1893

By 1901 Thomas is a local certified bailiff.  Kate isn’t at home on the night of the census, but she’s still alive as she appears on the 1911 census.  Eleanor, Annie and Tom are all still living at home.

Daughter Martha married William Charles Cowles in 1897.  She is also living at 34 York Street in 1901 with her 11 month old son Frederick Cowles.  Martha works as a cigarette packer.  William is a Ship’s Corporal and appears on the 1901 Census on the HMS Ramillies in Valetta, Malta. William died in 1908 and is buried in Mill Road Cemetery with his parents and Martha, who died in 1933.

Gertude became a parlour maid.  In 1913 she marries Charles Francis in Overton, Wiltshire.

Thomas died on the 17th March 1905.  Kate moves to Manor Street with Eleanor, Annie and Tom.


David Henry Endersby, 24, grocer’s shop assistant, b. Cambridge

Lizzie Endersby, 24, b. Fen Ditton

Ivey May Endersby, 2, b. Fen Ditton

Stanley David Endersby, 11 months b. Fen Ditton

Lizzie and David have been married for five year and have had two children.

David is the son of Grocer David Endersby at 1-3 York Street. The family appears on the 1901 Census living at 24 Sleaford Street.

Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 UK Census, Cambridge Independent Press (24 March 1905), Cambridge Chronicle and Journal (14 April 1893), Civil Registration Marriage Index (1837-1915),


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