CFHS code : HS23

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Loving Memory of HENRY COX the beloved husband of MARY COX d Dec 14 1901 age 68 also MARY wife of the above d March 1 1909 age 73

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202391, 0.13753403 – click here for location

Cox headstone



Henry Cox (c.1833 -14 December 1901)

Henry was the son of Henry and Parthenia (née Tunstalll) and was born in St. Neots. His father was an excise officer, but by 1851 had retired and the family moved to live at 59 Eden Street.  Henry married Mary Empson on 27 September 1860 at Holy Sepulchre Church and they had at least six children: Harry Empson (1861-1934), Ada Ellen (1863-1944), Herbert Ernest Tunstall (1865-1936), Gertrude Emma (Gertie) (1866-), Ralph Bernard (1874-1935) and Thomas Frank (1876-1949).

From 1851 to at least 1861 Henry worked as a grocer but the family later lived at 68 Bridge Street where he was clerk and then manager for wine/spirit merchant Whitmore & Co.  The company had branches at Downing Street and St. Andrew’s Hill (1875) and were the sole agents for Greene & Son’s brewery in Bury St Edmunds (which became  Greene,  King & Co in 1892). By April 1892 they had branches at Downing Street and 27 Trinity Street.  In August 1869 Whitmore & Co took J. Fincham to court for non payment of a debt for goods delivered in 1863 when he was a student at Pembroke College.  Henry Cox appeared in front of the magistrates to prove that delivery had been made. Mr. Fincham meanwhile pleaded that he was a ‘minor’ at the time as he was aged 21 years old at the time. The court found in favour of Whitmore & Co. On the same day the company also took J Atherton to court for non payment of a debt whilst he was studying at Corpus Christi College – the debt amounted to £6, 11s by the time three years interest had been added, but judgement was only given for £5, 14s.

Henry died at Bridge Street aged 68 years old.

Mary Cox (née Empson) (c.1835 – 1 March 1909)

Mary was the daughter of James and Mary (née Stearn) and grew up on Gloucester Street.  Her father was a policeman, who later became turnkey at the county goal. Aged 15 Mary was working for tea dealer John Moore at Trinity Street before marrying Henry Cox in 1860. Mary died in Cambridge aged 73 years old.



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