Emily Whiting 1859-1940

Parents: Daniel Whiting and Susannah Kiddy (2)
Born: 28th December 1859 in Burton End, Haverhill.(1,2)
Baptised: 22nd January 1860 at St Mary's Parish Church, Haverhill.(2)
Married: Henry Edward Nunn in 1878 in Haverhill.(3)
Children: Henry Nunn b.1880, William Nunn b.1881, Fanny Nunn b.1883, Rebecca Nunn b.1887 died in infancy, Susannah Nunn b.1890, Alfred Nunn b.1892, Florence Nunn b.1894, Ernest Nunn b.1897 and Major Nunn b.1899
Died: March 1940 in Shudy Camps. Buried on 4th March 1940 at St Marys Church, Shudy Camps.(4,5)

Bio: Emily is present on the 1861 census where she is living with her parents and brother Henry in Burton End. She appears on the next census in 1871 as a scholar living with her brother and sisters and parents, still in Burton End. I believe that Emily married Thomas Edward Nunn in 1878 - the entry on the marriage index gives her surname as 'Whitting', but when we see Henry (more often known as Edward) and Emily on the 1881 census, her birthplace is given as Haverhill and her age is correct.

They are living in Shudy Camps, with Edward's mother Harriet Nunn, who was born in London. Edward is an agricultural labourer, and they have 1 year old son, Harry.

On the 1891 census they are still situated in Shudy Camps village, with children Harry, William, Fanny and Susanna. Edward is a farm labourer along with his son Harry. Susannah Nunn died at the age of 5, and Rebecca had died in infancy.(4)

For the 1901 census we find them still in the village, albeit with extra children this time. Harry and William are still at home, but new additions are Albert, Florrie, Ernest and the unusually-named Major.

It seems Emily and Edward's daughter Fanny died in 1909 at the age of 25(4), and on the next census in 1911 Emily and Edward are living at Bangs Close, Shudy Camps, with children Albert, Florence, Ernest and Major. Henry, their first-born, was also to die prematurely on 15th April 1915 at the age of 35.(4) Although he was living at Lower Bourne, Farnham, near Guildford, Surrey, at the time of his death he was buried alongside Fanny in Shudy Camps churchyard (see picture).

Henry Edward lived to 79 and died in 1934, and Emily died not long after in 1940. Both were buried at Shudy Camps Church.(4) I hope to locate and photograph their grave at some point in the future - they don't appear to be buried near their children as would perhaps be expected.

Graves of Henry and Fanny Nunn. click picture to enlarge


(1) Birth Register. 3rd Quarter 1855, Risbridge district, Vol 4a Page 328
(2) Suffolk Records Office, Bury St Edmunds, Parish Registers of St Mary's Church, Haverhill. Fiche 578/4/p12 of 37
(3) Marriage Register. 4th Quarter 1878, Risbridge district, Vol 4a Page 848
(4) Cambridge Family History Society, Transcriptions of the Parish Registers of Shudy Camps. Burials at St Mary's Church.
(5) Death Register. 1st Quarter 1940, Cambridge district, Vol 3b Page 1655