CFHS code : HS6

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : HARRIETT BUSSY the affectionate wife of JOHN MOORE d Dec 23 1868 age 55 also five lines illegible also In Memory of JOHN MOORE d Aug 20 1875 age 60

Monument : Square Column

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Harriett Bussy Moore  (née Mills) (1813 – 23 December 1868)

Harriett was born in Sherbourne, Dorset and married John Moore in 1840.  John was a hairdresser/perfumer and they lived at 71 Bridge Street where he had a shop.  They did not have any children and Harriett died at Bridge Street after a ‘long and protracted illness’ aged 55 years old.

[Harriet’s middle name was written as Bursey, Bissy and Bussy on different documentation]

John Moore (1815 – 20 August  1875)

John was born in Great Chesterford, Essex and was the son of miller Reuben Moore. Reuben died in September 1820 and John married Harriett Mills when he was 25 years old.

In April 1848 he accused Dr Alexander Dignum, Professor of Phrenology of assualting his shopforeman Richard Lane.  The Professor had come to  John’s shop looking for a walking stick, and was shown some which cost 1s each.  Alexander was handed three of the sticks and having thrown one of them to the ground walked out of the shop with the other two without paying.  Richard Lane ran after him and caught him in Jesus Lane and asked him to return one of the sticks to him. Dignum apparently ‘held up one saying he would knock him down if he offered to touch them.  He also threatened to black his eye. Lane then caught hold of the sticks and Dignum said if he did not leave go he would bite his nose off, and immediately caught hold of his cheek and bit it’.  Alexander Dignum had assaulted a police constable a few weeks earlier and had received a fourteen day sentence for that offence. For assaulting Richard Lane he was sentenced to keep the peace for a month, fined 20s and asked to pay two sureties of 10s each.  As he was unable to pay the  sureties he asked permission  to leave the town immediately, which was granted.  He reportedly left for America with a ‘well dressed female’.

After John was widowed he married Azubah Mills (1837-) on 16 December 1869 at All Saints’ Church, Battlebridge in Islington. Azubah was a niece of his first wife  and they had three children: Alice Azubah (1870-1953), John Herbert (1872-1939) and Ethel Moore (1875-). John died aged 60 years old and was buried at Mill road Cemetery on 24 August.

Azubah Moore moved with the children to live at 20 Rose Crescent where she ran a Lodging House (1881).



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