CFHS code : PL245

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : MARY [ELIJAH] BASS line illegible ERNEST BASS reverse JAMES DEWEY BASS ———– 1919 aged 63 also of ELIZA ANN BASS d Dec [12] 1938 aged 80

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Mary Bass (née Dewey) (c.1833 – 26 May 1891)

Mary was the daughter of James and married Elijah Bass (1836-1918) in Cambridge in 1854.  Elijah joined the police force in 1857 shortly after their marriage and the couple had at least three children: James Dewey (1856-1919), Harriett Ann (1858-1926) and Ernest (1868-).  They lived at 15 Russell Street (at least 1860-1888) and by 1881 Elijah had been promoted from constable to sergeant.  From least 1888 to when he retired in 1894 Elijah was Inspector of Provisions and then Inspector of Lodging Houses (1892).  By 1890 the couple were living at 66 Norwich Street and Mary died there aged 58 years old.

Elijah married for second time in 1898 to Jane Fuller (1848-1924).  They moved to the High Street in Cherry Hinton and Elijah was buried in Cherry Hinton Church when he died aged 82 years old.

Ernest Bass (1868-)

Ernest was the youngest son of Elijah and Mary Bass. He worked as a compositor/printer and in 1891 was a patient at the Friedenfels Home in Hastings.  Friedenfels was run by Dr. Thomas Gambier and was a specialist in-patient centre for chest diseases and later specialised in TB.  It is thought that Ernest died c.1894 and was not buried at Mill Road Cemetery, but remembered on the family grave monument.

James Dewey Bass (1856 – 29 June 1919)

James was baptised on 3 May 1857 and grew up at 15 Russell Street.  Aged 15 (1871) he was working as a blacksmiths apprentice and by 1881 was a qualified blacksmith and still living at home with his parents and brother Ernest. He married Eliza Barton in 1886 when he was 30 years old and they lived at 98 Russell Street.  James was a smith/whitesmith and Eliza ran a sweet shop.  They didn’t have any children of their own, but helped raise their nieces Margaret Bevan and  Edith Sharp. James died at Russell Street aged 63 years old.

Eliza Ann Bass  (née Barton) (1853 – 12 December 1938)

Little is known of Eliza’s life and no record of her death has been found.  It is believed she was born in the 3rd quarter of 1853 and she was noted as being 57 years old on the census of 1911 which is consistent with this date of birth.



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Eliza Ann Bass; Ernest Bass; James Dewey Bass; Mary Bass