James Whiting 1867-1940

Parents: George Scott Whiting and Mary Ann Wiseman
Born: 1867 in Haverhill (1)
Baptised: ?
Married: Elizabeth Margaret Smith, 21, spinster of Newton, daughter of William Smith, Labourer, on 2nd June 1888 at St Margaret's Church, Newton, Cambridgeshire. Witnessed by William Smith and Eliza Basham.(2,4)
Children: Ethel Maria Whiting b.1889 and Florence May Whiting b.1891
Died: 1940 at Addenbrookes Hospital, buried on 12th June 1940 at St Mary and St Michael Church, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire.(3,4)

Bio: From census records it appears James was born in Haverhill, but we first see him on the 1871 census living with his mother and father in Barton, a village just outside of Cambridge. On the 1881 census he is living with his family in Swines Lane, Comberton, Cambridgeshire. He is an agricultural labourer.

On 2nd June 1888 James married Elizabeth Smith at St Margaret's Church, Newton, the banns having been read at Trumpington Church on 27th May 1888(4). Elizabeth was the daughter of William Smith, originally of Duxford, and Mary Wright of Foxton.

The couple set up home in Mill Road, Trumpington. The 1891 census sees them here with two young daughters Ethel and Florence. James is working as a domestic gardener. They are still at this address on the 1901 census, and have had no more children.

On the 1911 census we see that James' two daughters have left home, and he is living at 34 Alpha Terrace, Trumpington with Elizabeth. He is a jobbing gardener. They have a boarder, Hilda Newling, 8. It is not clear who she is, perhaps the daughter of a relative?

It seems that James Whiting died in 1940 in Cambridge.(3)


(1) Birth Register. 4th Quarter 1867, Risbridge District, Volume 4a Page 370
(2) Marriage Register. 2nd Quarter 1888, Cambridge District, Volume 3b Page 823
(3) Death Register. 2nd Quarter 1940, Cambridge District, Volume 3b Page 1099
(4) Cambridge Family History Society, transcripts of Marriage and Banns registers for Newton.