CFHS code : BE112

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : CHARLOTTE MORDECAI d Oct 11 1885 aged 84 also JOHN MORDECAI d Oct 8 1887 aged 63 and of THOMAS MORDECAI d May 30 1888 aged 46

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202648, 0.13624387 – click here for location

Mordecai headstone 2017

To the west of the west path


CHARLOTTE MORDECAI [who departed this life] Oct 11 1885 aged 84

4 lines illegible

also JOHN MORDECAI who died Oct 8 1887 aged 63 years

“His end was peace”

And of THOMAS MORDECAI died May 30 1888 aged 46 years

“Thy will be done”

Relationship: Mother and sons

Charlotte Mordecai (nee Willett)  (1806 – 11 October 1885)

Charlotte was born in Cambridge. There is some debate about her date of birth, as she always recorded being born in c1806 on official documents, but her headstone suggests she was born c1801. She married Samuel Mordecai on 15th May 1823 at St Sepulchre Cambridge.  The family lived at 14 Willow Place and Samuel worked as a book agent.

They had at least eleven children: Maria (1823 -), John Willett (1824-1887), Henry (1826-), George (1827-), Mary (1829-), William (1833-1910), Frederick (1835-), Charles (1836-), Nancy (1838 -), Louisa (1844-1930) and Thomas (1842-1888).

Samuel died in 1852 leaving Charlotte a widow.  By this stage they were living at 38 Eden Street, and after his death she moved to 31 Bullen Close, where she lived for the rest of her life. Her occupation is recorded as annuitant and she lived with Maria and John.  She died in 1885 at 31 Bullen Place leaving effects valued at £1,196 18s 6d.

John Willett Mordecai (27 August 1824 – 8 October 1887)

John was baptised on 26th December 1824 at St Sepulchre Church. He was the eldest son of Charlotte and Samuel Mordecai.  He was a soldier for 11 years, and spent the majority of that time overseas in the East Indies and the Punjab.  He signed up for seventeen years service in September 1842 but was discharged after 11 years having been found unfit for further service.

His discharge papers show him of good conduct and document some of the campaigns he served in: served on the campaign of the Punjab in 1849 including the Battle of Gujarat and  the siege and capture of Multan 27 December 1848 to 22 January 1849. He was made a Chelsea pensioner and returned to Cambridge to live with his mother at 31 Bullen Place.  Census documents record him as a pensioner.

He died at 31 Newmarket Road aged 63 years old,  leaving effects valued at £511, 9s 2d.

Thomas Mordecai (c1842 – 30 May 1888)

Thomas was the youngest child of Charlotte and Samuel Mordecai.  He never married, and worked as a barman in various hotel in Cambridge.  In 1871 he was working at a Hotel in Sidney Street, in 1881 he was working at the Railway Inn, also as a barman. He died at 31 Newmarket Road in 1888, leaving effects valued at £116.



by Claire Martinsen

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Charlotte Mordecai; John Willett Mordecai; Thomas Mordecai