CFHS code : AL244

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : WILLIAM HENRY JACQUES d August 14 1890 aged 23 also CHARLOTTE LOUISA wife of JOSEPH BERRY d July 21 1905 aged 63 also JOSEPH BERRY d Oct 5th 1922 aged 74

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20296382, 0.13877688 – click here for location

Berry and Jacques grave
Berry and Jacques headstone

Monument

This limestone headstone, in the parish area of St Andrew the Less, is located between the eastern path and the eastern boundary wall, about 50 yards north of where the pathway from the centre circle meets the eastern path.

Inscription

To the memory of
‛William Henry Jacques
who died August 14 1890 aged 23 years’

‛Also Charlotte Louisa wife of Joseph Berry
died July 21 1905 aged 63 years’

‛Also Joseph Berry
who passed away Oct 5th 1922 aged 74 years’

“Peace perfect peace”

William Henry Jacques (1866‒90)

William Henry was born in 1866 in Erith, Kent, his father being John Jacques (or Jacks) of French Canada, and his mother Caroline Jacques of London.  In 1871 William had a younger brother, John, and the family was living at Royal Hill, Erith.  In 1878 his mother died.  By 1881 he had been adopted as the son of Joseph and Charlotte Berry and was living with them at 2 Dover Street (Kite district), Cambridge, working as an errand boy.

William was still living at 2 Dover Street at the time of his death on 14 August 1890, at the age of 23 (or 24).  He died by drowning in the river, in circumstances unknown.  His death certificate gives his occupation as “assistant shoemaker”, which suggests that he may have been apprenticed to his adopted father, Joseph Berry.  He was buried in the parish area of St Andrew the Less in Mill Road Cemetery on the 18th of that month.  (Click for newspaper report.)

Charlotte Louisa Berry (née Bailey) (c.1843‒1905)

Charlotte Louisa was born c.1843 in Exeter, Devon.  Who her parents were is unknown.  There is a Charlotte Bailey, pauper of the correct age, in the Exeter Workhouse at St Sidwell.  In 1861 a Charlotte Bailey, aged 17, was working as a house servant to the family of George Dudley, architect and surveyor, of 2 Premier Place, Exeter.  Both these identifications are uncertain.

We are on firm ground in saying that Charlotte married Joseph Berry, shoemaker, in Chelsea, London on 21 February 1869.  By 1881 the couple were living at 2 Dover Street (Kite district), Cambridge, by which time they had adopted William Henry Jacques.  (The connection between the Berry and the Jacques family is unclear.)  Joseph and Charlotte were still at the same address in 1891, and by 1901 were round the corner at 25 Adam and Eve Street.  They appear to have had no children of their own, and must have been devastated by the terrible death of their adopted child.

Charlotte died on 21 July 1905, aged 63, and was buried three days later in the All Saints parish area of Mill Road Cemetery.

Joseph Berry (c.1849‒1922)

Joseph was born c.1849, son of George Berry, shoemaker of Suffolk, and his wife Mary Ann of Norfolk.   In 1851, when the family was living at [31] Wellington Row (Street), Cambridge, Joseph had six siblings: Alfred (c.1833‒), Elijah (c.1835‒), George (c.1833‒), Aaron (c.1841‒), Mary Ann (c.1844‒) and Nathan (c.1846‒).  The family was still at Wellington Street in 1861, George’s wife now being Mathilda (laundress) of Cambridge, with Aaron, Nathan and Joseph all at home, their occupation being “stocktaker”.

On 21 February 1869 Joseph married Charlotte Louisa Bailey of Exeter, Devon.  By 1881 the couple were living at 2 Dover Street (Kite district), Cambridge, by which time they had adopted William Henry Jacques.  (The connection between the Berry and the Jacques family is unclear.)  Joseph and Charlotte were still at the same address in 1891 (in which year his occupation is given as “snob” ‒ an archaic word for a shoemaker!), and by 1901 were round the corner at 25 Adam and Eve Street (or Row), in which year he was 52, and was working at home.  The couple appear to have had no children of their own, and the terrible death of their adopted child in 1890 must have been calamitous.  Charlotte died in 1905 and Joseph remained at the same address on his own until at least 1911.

Joseph died on 5 October 1922, aged 74.  Probate records his address at time of death as 114 Sturton Street (Petersfield district).  His effects, worth £193 12s 9d were left to Arthur Edward Whybrow, museum assistant, and his wife Emma Adelaide Whybrow.

 Sources:
England census reports 1851‒1911
Church of St Andrew the Less, Cambridge, burial registers
National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858‒

 By Robert Jacques (great nephew of William Henry) and Ian Bent

 

Charlotte Louisa Berry; Joseph Berry; William Henry Jacques