CFHS code : AS111

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Memory of JOHN FULLER b 15 Mar 1814 d 23 Sep 1875 also SOPHIA wife of above b 11 Feb 1819 d 2 July 1885

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203574, 0.13677123 – click here for location

This headstone is in an area that is difficult to access. Some of the lettering is missing from the inscription. Photo October 2016.
Fuller headstone October 2016

Monument

This headstone, in the parish area of All Saints, is located three rows from the west wall and is hidden by vegetation.  Some of the lettering is missing from the inscription.

Inscription

‘In Memory of JOHN FULLER born March 15. 1814 died Sep. 23. 1875.’

“In the midst of life we are in death”

‘Also SOPHIA beloved wife of the above born Feb. 11. 1819  died  July 2. 1885.’

“One much loved”

John Fuller (1814-1875)

John was the second child of John and Charlotte Fuller. He became a college cook like his father and was the cook at Caius College for many years.  By 1861 was employing four men and four boys.

On September 6th 1838 he married Marianne Brewster at All Saint’s Church in Trinity Street, Cambridge. Marianne was the daughter of William and Martha Brewster.  The couple had two daughters Charlotte Martha (1841), Mary Ann Brewster Elizabeth (1842-1876) before Marianne died in May 1842 – most probably as a result of difficulties in childbirth

He married Sophia Bradshaw at St John’s Church, Huntingdon on August 15th 1844.  The couple lived at Jesus Lane and raised John’s children from his first marriage. As part of his job John had fishing rights at Horningsea, and in 1861 labourer John Bendall went to court accused of catching an eel in the area.  The eel he had caught was worth a penny, but nevertheless he was reported by a member of the Cam Angling Society and Bendall was made to pay 15s 1d in fines or 21 days imprisonment with hard labour.

John Fuller died at 52 Rhadegund Buildings aged 62 years – his death was reported to have been ‘sudden’.

Sophia Fuller (née Bradshaw) (11 February 1819 – 2 July 1885) 

Sophia was born in Huntingdon to William and Mary Bradshaw and had a twin sister named Susan. The family lived on the High Street, Huntingdon. She married widower John Fuller when she was 25 years old.  After she was widowed she continued to live at Rhadegund Buildings and she died there aged 66 years.  The announcements of her death in local newspapers said ‘the beloved widow of the late Mr J. Fuller after many years suffering, borne with Christian fortitude and resignation’.

Sources
CFHS transcripts of parish  & census records
Find My Past
Family Search

Ancestry

Newspaper archives
British Newspaper Archive

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John Fuller; Sophia Fuller