CFHS code : MC48

Parish : St Michael

Inscription : In Affectionate Remembrance of JOSEPH HITZMAN d Sept 28 1867 aged 67 also of MARY HITZMAN wife of the above d July 22 1889 aged 88 also of HENRY HITZMAN son of the above d June 4 1913 aged 72

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon :  52.202655,  0.13782478 – click here for location

Hitzman grave
Hitzman headstone



Joseph Hitzman (1800 – 28 September 1867)

Joseph was born in Germany.  It is not known when he moved to England. He married Susannah Pryor on 7th June 1825 in Cambridge.  They had one son together Samuel (1826-1896), before Susannah died in June 1827.  She was buried at St Andrew’s on 24th June 1827.

Joseph married for a second time on 1st July 1828 to Mary Percival at All Saint’s Church in Fulbourn. They had at least eight children together: Joseph (1829-1847), Martha (1831-1909), John Percival (1832-), Mary Ann (1835-), Harriett (1837-), George (1838-1915), Henry (1840-1913) and Emily Hannah (1842-1930).

In 1841 the family were living in Fulbourn, where Joseph was a watchmaker.  By 1851 they had moved to Rose Crescent, where Joseph ran his watchmaker business. He died there in 1867.

Mary Hitzman  (née Percival) (1801 – 22 July 1889)

Mary was the second wife of Joseph Hitzman. She was born in Fulbourn, and was the daughter of John and Martha Percival.  She was baptised at All Saint’s Church in Fulbourn on 31st May 1801.  She married Joseph Hitzman when she was 27 years old.

After being widowed she lived initially at 1 Fair Street (1871) with her daughter Emily.  The census of this year described her as earning ‘money on interest’. By 1881 she was a lodging house keeper at 28 Earl Street and was still living with daughter Emily.

She died in Camberwell in 1889 aged 88 years old.

Henry Hitzman ( 1840 – 4 June 1913)

Henry was the son of Joseph and Mary Hitzman and became a watchmaker like his father.  He took over the watchmaking business at 21 Rose Crescent when his father died in 1867.

He married Matilda Cox 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).

He was living at Rose Crescent where he was a watchmaker and master jeweller (1871) and watchmaker (1881).  A fire broke out at his shop at Rose Crescent on 3rd January 1883.  The Cambridge Independent Press reported that by chance the fire brigade were having an annual dinner at the Bath Hotel on Benet Street so were at the scene within 5 minutes of the discovery, and it was put out.  Henry Hitzman was said to have been slightly injured and £200 of stock was destroyed in the fire, which was covered by insurance.

By 1891 he was living at 11 Market Hill, and was still working as a watchmaker.  In 1901/1911 he was a watchmaker at 29 Trinity Street. He died at 29 Trinity Street in 1913.  Newspaper reports of his funeral said he was a sub postmaster at Trinity Street.

Henry’s daughter Bainie took over as sub-postmistress at 29 Trinity Street. She later moved to 3 Rose Crescent. Matilda Hitzman (née Cox) died at 3 Rose Crescent in August 1924 and is buried with her brother and niece at Mill Road Cemetery



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Henry Hitzman; Joseph Hitzman; Mary Hitzman