CFHS code : AS260

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE [DORA] COX d Jan [17] 1924 aged [84] MATILDA [HIT]ZMAN sister of the above b 18[44] d [12 August 1924] also HARRIET ELIZABETH RANSOM niece of the above d November [ xx] 1924 aged [65]

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



George (Dora) Cox (c.1843 –  January 1924)

George Cox and his niece Harriet Ransom

George was the fourth son of William and Celia (née Harradine) Cox. He was born in Cambridge.His father ran a livery stable from Trinity Street, but died when George was 15 years old.  His mother took over the business and it moved to 49a Bridge Street (opposite St. Clement’s Church) – which is where George lived for most of his life.  In 1861 he was described as a scholar on the census return, and in 1881 was listed as a hosier.  In 1901 he was living with niece Harriet Ransom at her Lodging House on Jesus Lane – he was  documented as being 48 years old (incorrectly) and was said to be a gents outfitter and hairdresser.  By 1911 they were living at 22 Malcolm Street where Harriet was also running a Lodging House. George was working as an ‘athletic outfitter’ at that time and was said to be working on his ‘own account’ – i.e. neither working for an employer nor employing others.  He died in 1924 at Malcolm Street, and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 19 January

Matilda Hitzman (née Cox)  (c.1844 – 12 August 1924)

Matilda was born in Littlebury, Essex – a village two miles south of Saffron Walden and was George’s sister.   In 1861 Matilda was living with her mother and siblings at Bridge Street.

She married Henry Hitzman at St Clement’s Church on 25th December 1862. They had three children together: Laura Matilda (1864-1870), Sidney Harold Percival (1867-1921) and Matilda Bainie Isabella (1870-1956). Henry was a watchmaker and jeweller and the family lived at Rose Crescent (1871/1881).  They  moved to 11 Market Hill (1891) and then to 29 Trinity Street (1901/1911).  By the time Henry died he was also running a sub-post office at Trinity Street which was run by their daughter Bainie after his death.  Matilda and moved  the business to 3 Rose Crescent, and Matilda died there in 1924.

Harriet Elizabeth Ransom (1856 – November 1924)

Harriet was the youngest daughter of Alfred and Susannah (née Cox) Ransom.  – Susannah was the elder sister of George and Matilda. Her father died when she was a year old, and her mother then went to the Isle of Wight to work as a governess. Aged 5 she was boarding with William and Rebecca Reynolds at 42 South Street together with her sister Henrietta.

By 1871 Susannah Ransom was running a lodging house in Ely, which then moved to Red House, 10 Mill Lane (1881) and Harriet helped her to run the business.  Susannah died in 1887, and in 1895 Harriet was running a lodging house at 10 Jesus Lane. By 1905 she was running  a lodging house at 22 Malcolm Street.  She died at Addenbrookes Hospital, and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 4 November 1924.

The grave monument incorrectly records her age as 65 years, but she was actually 67 years old.



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George (Dora) Cox; Matilda Hitzman; Harriet Elizabeth Ransom