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62 Sturton Street

The Family of a Stone Paviour


Matthew Yarrow, head, married, 44, builder employing 8 men 2 boys, b. Little Downham, Cambridgeshire
Elizabeth Yarrow, wife, married, 44, b. Little Downham, Cambridgeshire
Eliza Ann Yarrow, daughter, 20, no employment, b. St Andrew the Less parish, Cambridge
Thomas H. Yarrow, son, 16, bricklayers apprentice, b. St Andrew the Less parish, Cambridge
Matthew Yarrow, son, 15, carpenters apprentice, b. St Andrew the Less parish, Cambridge
Arthur John Yarrow, son, 11, scholar, b. St Andrew the Less parish, Cambridge
Edith Mary Yarrow, daughter, 9, scholar, b. St Andrew the Less parish, Cambridge

1891 – 1901

Head of household in 1891 is William Miller, a 64 year old road stone paviour from London.  He is married to Emma (nee Gibson) aged 55, who was born in Cambridge. They previously lived at 8 Geldart Street.

The couple have three older children living with them. Robert Henry is 22 and a glass and china assistant, John Gibson is 20 and a carriage builder, Sidney Horace is 14 and still at school.

In 1897 Robert married Mahala Lewis and the couple moved to Kilburn.

In the same year John married Olivia Ambrose.  The couple live at 89 Sturton Street.

Sidney married Florence Lock in Milverton, Somerset in 1900.  At that time he is working as a plumber and living in Southend-on-Sea.

On the 1901 Census William and Emma are living alone at number 62.  William died on the 5th April 1907 and is buried in Mill Road Cemetery.

Emma can be found living with her son Sidney and his family at 26 Kimberly Road in 1911.  Emma died on the 26th December 1924 and is buried with William in Mill Road Cemetery.  Sidney and his wife Florence are also buried in Mill Road Cemetery.


Head of household in 1911 is George Lewis aged 69.  He gives his profession as a former brick layer’s labourer.  He was born in Grantchester and is married to Mahala  (nee Allison), aged 65.  Their granddaughter, Dorothy Lewis, is living with them.  Dorothy is 17, still attending school and was born in Cairo, Egypt.

The Census records the couple has having been married for 45 years.  They have had 10 children of which 2 died.  One of the ten children is the Mahala Lewis who married Robert Miller in 1897.

George and Mahala Lewis are buried in Mill Road Cemetery.

1912 – 1959

Harry Mant Smith, electrician, lived here for about a year with his wife Henrietta (nee Parr) and his five children. Rosy Mary is 7, Alice May is 5, Hettie Mant is 3, Harry Percival is around a year old.  Youngest is baby Winifred Maud.

Harry died in 1913 aged 28, after an operation for appendicitis. He was serving as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Cambs. Regiment of Territorials.  His funeral at Mill Road Cemetery was conducted with Military Honours and was reported in full in the Cambridge Independent Press.

Henrietta grew up at 47 York Street.  The electoral registers show that her parents Charles and Deborah Parr, and her nephew Bertram, move in to 62 Sturton Street at some point after the death of Harry.  They are definitely here by 1918.

Henrietta remarries in 1917 and her new husband, Albert Howard, also moves in to 62 Sturton Street.

Deborah died in 1922, Charles in 1924.

Harry Percival Smith married Myrtle Gladys Smith towards the end of 1936.  He joined the Royal Corps of Signals as a Signalman at the start of World War 2.  However, he was killed on the 11th September 1939 in Yorkshire when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a lorry.  Harry is buried in Mill Road Cemetery.

Albert lived here until his death in 1950.  Henrietta died in 1959.  Hetty was on the electoral register at 62 Sturton Street until her mother’s death.  The 1939 register recorded her as “incapacitated” and she dies at Chesterton Hospital in 1965, aged 56.

Source – 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 Census, Mill Road Cemetery, England & Wales Marriages (1837-2005), Cambridgeshire Banns, Cambridgeshire Electoral Registers (1722-1966), Commonwealth War Graves, Cambridge Independent Press 15 August 1913,


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