CFHS code : AS278

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Memory of WILLIAM COX d Sept 27 1858 aged 49 also ELIZABETH COX d July 29 1866 aged 30 also CELIA wife of the above WILLIAM COX d May 16 1881 aged 74 JAMES COX d Aug 25 1912 aged 80 also ALFRED COX d Nov 5th 1921 aged 74

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Cox headstone 2017



William Cox (c.1809 – 27 September 1858)

William was born in Godmanchester and was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Cox. He was baptised in the village on 1 October 1809 and married Celia Harradine at St. Benet’s Church, Cambridge on 24 August 1829. The couple had at least nine children: Susannah (1831-1887), James (1833-1912), Elizabeth (1835-1866), Charles (1837-), William (1840-), George (1843-1924), Matilda (1843-1924), Alfred (1848-1921) and Isabella (1851-).

In 1841 the family were living in Kneesworth Street in Royston, and appeared to have moved locations as the children were born in  Godmanchester, Waltham Cross,Hertfordshire and Littlebury in Essex. By At least 1848 however they had settled in Cambridge and lived on Trinity Street where William ran a livery stables.  He died in September 1858 and his death was announced in the Cambridge Independent Press as ‘Cox – at the Inn Yard, Trinity-street, Cambridge on the 27th, Mr W.C. Cox livery-stable keeper, aged 49; leaving a wife and large family’.

Elizabeth Cox (c.1836 – 29 July 1866)

Elizabeth was known as Betsy, and was born in Royston.  She died in Ashwell in Hertfordshire aged 30 years old.

Celia Cox (née Harradine) (c.1807 – 16 May 1881)

Celia was born in Ashwell, Hertfordshire and baptised there on 12 April 1807. She was the daughter of Samuel and Susan Harradine. She married when she was 22 years old.

After she was widowed she took over the Livery stable business with sons James and Charles, and moved its location to 49a Bridge Street in March 1876 – the new yard was directly opposite St. Clement’s Church.  The business hired and sold horses and carriages, which were often advertised in the newspapers of the time.  The family also often appeared in court with regard to thefts and minor disputes. 

In February 1862 it was reported that a man who gave his name as John Jones of Swavesey hired a horse from the yard on the 10th. It was found at a public house in Duxford on the 20th where it had been left by the man who had hired it – it was returned to Celia and her sons. 

In May 1876 the family were sued by farmer Mr Naylor of Over, who said he had delivered a ton of hay to the livery yard, which he was still waiting for £7 payment for.  Charles Cox said that the hay was not as good as the sample provided prior to purchase.  Mr Naylor had sold a load on the same day to Rev. Crosse in Jesus Lane, and his groom testified that it was excellent hay.  The judge said that payment of £7 was to be made, except for 7s which was a deduction for two mouldy trusses of hay.

In November 1877 Charles Cox had run up a debt, and his creditors had seized a black cob horse from the stables which they believed was his.  At the court case, Celia was able to prove that the horse actually belonged to her, so the horse was returned on condition that she paid the cost of its upkeep whilst it had been away.

Celia died at Bridge Street aged 74 years old.

James Cox (1832 – 25 August 1912)

James was born in Royston and baptised there on 5 May 1833. He did not marry and ran the livery stable business with his mother.  He died aged 80 years old.

Alfred Cox (1847 – 5 November 1921)

Alfred was born in Cambridge and was baptised at All Saint’s Church on 10 August 1851. Aged 23 he was lodging in St.Pancras, London and working as a cabinet maker. In 1881/1891 he was living at 49a Bridge Street with his mother/brother James.  He married Hannah (1853-) in c.1898.  The couple lived at  53 Bridge Street (1901/1911) and Alfred worked as a cabinet   maker. Alfred died at 53 Bridge Street in 1921.



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