James Yarrow
(1846-1930)

James Yarrow was the third of the six children of John Yarrow, and the first with his second wife Elizabeth Jeffery of Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.

James Yarrow outside his home in Little Thetford
Above: James Yarrow outside his home in Little Thetford, pre.1930. Photo: Andrew Martin.

During the early 1850's, his mother was the publican of "The Wheat Sheaf" in Little Thetford and his half-brother, Owen Yarrow, was the publican of "The Three Horseshoes", also in Little Thetford. Owen Yarrow is noted on the 1861 Census with his family and also their House Servant, a Miss. Mary Gothard of Witcham, Cambridgeshire.

Seven years later, James married Mary, and they eventually moved to live opposite The Three Horseshoes pub in a cottage owned by a Mrs. Lister, just opposite the pub.

By the 1880s, James is noted as a Grocer and Farmer, and he continues farming until 1911.

It appears that James was the census enumerator for Little Thetford in 1891.

James died in late October 1930 and Mary, a distraught widow, went to live with her son James at nearby Wilburton Station.

Sadly, whilst she was away, her cottage caught fire on 5th November 1930 (Guy Fawke's Night). The Ely Fire Brigade attended the fire and villagers helped to rescue the furniture, but the house was burnt to the ground. It is believed that a stray firework landed on the thatch of the cottage.

Mary died about three months later, which together with the death of her husband was claimed by The Cambridgeshire Times as having "hastened her end".

Life Events

Born

  • 25th June 1846 at Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.

Married

Children

Census and Residence

  • 1851: 4yrs, The Wheat Sheaf Public House, Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1861: 14yrs, Front Street, Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1871: 24yrs, Principal Street, Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1881: 34yrs, Front Street, Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1891: 44yrs, Front Street, Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1901: 54yrs, Front Street, Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1911: 64yrs, Round House, Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.

Employment

  • 1871: Agricultural Labourer
  • 1881: Grocer and Farmer
  • 1891: Census Enumerator
  • 1891-1911: Farmer
  • 1896: Shopkeeper

Death

  • During October 1930 in Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.

Burial

  • 30th October 1930 at Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.

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