CFHS code : PL505

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : JONATHAN APPLEBY line illegible HARRIETT APPLEBY beloved wife of the above Oct 18 1887 aged 75

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Appleby headstone


This headstone, in the parish area of St Paul, is located in the second row east of the western path towards the north of the parish.  It  has suffered considerable erosion.


line illegible
beloved wife of the above
Died Oct 18 1887 aged 75 years

Jonathan Appleby (1807 – 2 May 1881)

Jonathan was born in Waterbeach and married Harriett Haylock on 14 September 1838 at St. Mary the Less Church. He worked as a college cook and the couple lived at 35 Eden Street (1841) and then 9 Downing Terrace (at least 1851- 1871). In 1871 he was documented as a ‘cook out of employment’ and by 1881 he and Harriett were living at 9 Royal Albert Homes/Almshouses. The couple had tried to get a place at the almshouses since 1872, but as the allocation of places was done via voting of the subscription members it had taken many years.  In March 1875  ten people had put themselves up for vote. Harriet Appleby got 186 votes, which put her as the second choice, after John Doughty who received 328 votes. Harriett finally topped the vote in December 1876 after the death of Mr T. Wood and was ‘elected by a large majority’. Jonathan died at the Royal Albert Homes and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 5 May.

Harriett Appleby (1812 –  18 October 1887)

Harriett was born in Duxford and baptised at St. John’s Church, Duxford on 11 October 1812. She was the daughter of Edward and Rachel and married Jonathan Appleby when she was c.26 years old.  She died at the Royal Albert Homes aged 75 years old.



Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Harriett Appleby; Jonathan Appleby
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