CFHS code : BE135

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of ELIZABETH the dearly beloved wife of JOHN ANDREW MOYES d 11 Jan 1865 age 64 also the above JOHN ANDREW MOYES d Oct 17 1887 age 78 also of LOUISA second wife of the above d Nov 1 1888 age 45 Sacred to the Memory of JOHN JAMES MOYES d 6 Oct 1857 in 22nd year of his age also of MARY HELEN wife of the above d 24 Jun 1863 age 28 In Memory of ARTHUR HELENES MOYES d — 1859 age 8 months EDWARD ALEXANDER MOYES d — 1863 age [–] In Memory of EDWARD ALEXANDER MOYES d 5 Feb 1867 age 4 months EDGAR RALPH MOYES d 10 Feb 1871 age 7 weeks

Monument : 3-Tiered Ornate Pillar

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202534, 0.13609205 – click here for location

Moyes family tomb
The inscription of John James and Mary Helen Moyes


A Victorian Gothic pedestal made of Ketton limestone, with a frieze around the base and corner buttresses. On top is a gabled, elaborately carved pinnacle with surrounding finials, decorated with angels and crockets. There are inscription panels on the pedestal to Elizabeth, her husband John Andrew, and his second wife Louisa. Also to John James Moyes and his wife Mary Helen and at the top, to other children of the Moyes family, including Arthur Helenus Moyes (d 1859) and Edward Alexander Moyes (d 1865) who both died as infants and Edgar Ralph Moyes who died in 1871 aged seven.


‘Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth
the dearly beloved wife of John Edward Moyes
who died 11th January 1865 aged 64.

Also the above John Andrew Moyes
who died October 17 1887 aged 78 years

“Not lost but gone before”

Also of Louisa second wife of the above, d Nov 1 1888 aged 45’

‘Sacred to the memory of John James Moyes,
Died 6th Oct 1857 in the 22nd year of his age.

“Take ye heed watch and pray for ye know not when the time is”

Also of Mary Helen wife of the above
died 24 June 1863 aged 28’

Elizabeth Moyes (née Miller) (c.1801 – 11 January 1865)

Elizabeth was born in Scotland and was the first wife of John Andrew Moyes.  She had two sons and died at the age of 64 years old.

John Andrew Moyes (c.1809 – 17 October 1887)

John Andrew Moyes was born in Broadstairs in Kent. He was the son of Andrew and Isabella Moyes, and was baptised at St Peter’s Church, Thanet on 16th July 1809. He married Elizabeth Miller most probably in Scotland. Their first son Andrew Helenus [1830-1894] was born in Edinburgh when John was 21 year old. Their second son John James [1836-1857] was born in London six years later. In 1836 John Moyes was working as a waiter.

By 1849 John and Elizabeth were living in Lincoln and running the Great Northern Hotel on the High Street.  It was described as a family hotel, commercial inn and posting house in directories of the time. They were still running the hotel in Lincoln on the 1851 census.

By at least 1857 they had moved to Cambridge and in 1861 were running the Bull Hotel at 64 Trumpington Street. John Moyes had clearly done very well and was described as a hotel keeper, and farmer of 275 acres employing 12 men and 6 boys. The Bull Hotel was Cambridge’s premier hotel of the time and is now part of St Catherine’s College. John was widowed in 1865 when he was 56 years old.

On 17th June 1867 he married for a second time to Louisa Widdicombe in Ipplepen, Newton Abbot.  They had at least six children Elizabeth Louisa [1868-1907], Isabella Annie [1869-], Frances Mary [1870-1920], John Henry [1872-1901], Caroline Wilhelmina [1873-1881] and Thomas William [1877-1953].  His second family were in effect a whole generation younger than his first born sons.

In 1871 he was still running the Bull Hotel, but by this time was also farming 425 acres and employing 18 men and 9 boys. He died at the Bull Hotel on 17th October 1887 at the age of 78 years old.  He had been ill for some time and it was reported that ‘his state of health had caused some uneasiness to his family but his decease was somewhat sudden. On Saturday, he took a drive to his farm, and after his return home he was seized with what proved to be a fatal attack of illness’.   He was said to be a very private man, and did not play a large role in Cambridge town life, but was the church warden of St. Benet’s Church for some years. He left an estate valued at £9,616.  Clearly a very entrepreneurial man he had moved from Kent to Edinburgh to London to Cambridge, and risen from a waiter to an influential businessman in Cambridge.

Louisa Moyes (née Widdicombe) (c.1843 – 1 November 1888)

Louisa was born in Devon, and was the daughter of Thomas and Anne Widdicombe. Thomas Widdicombe was a farmer.  Aged 7 she was living with her Uncle Edward who was a butcher in Torquay.  She married with widower John Moyes when she was 24 years old, and he was 58 years old.  She had at least six children, and died the year after her husband in 1888 aged 45 years old.  She died at the Bull Hotel and her funeral was held on 5 November.  The Cambridge Chronicle and Journal reported ‘the coffin was borne shoulder high from the Bull Hotel to the Church of St. Bene’t, at the gate of which it was met by the Vicar…the Rev. The Master of St. Catherine’s and the Rev. S.M. Nourse. Her estate was valued at £7,170.

John James Moyes (3 January 1836 – 6 October 1857)

John James was the second born son of John Andrew and Elizabeth Moyes.  He was born in London and baptised on 31st January 1836 at St Martin’s Church Ludgate, London.  He spent much of his childhood in Lincoln where his parents were running a hotel.

11th February 1857 he married Mary Helen Edman at Horncastle, Lincolnshire. He died at Barton LodgeCambridge eight months later aged 21 years old. Notices of his death read ‘after a few days’ illness terminating suddenly wiht an apoplectic fit…younger son of Mr J.A Moyes of the Bull Hotel, deeply regretted by all his friends’.

Mary Helen Moyes (née Edman) (c.1836 – 24 June 1863)

Mary was born in Lincoln, and baptised on 13th December1832 at St Mary Magdalene Church in Lincoln.  Her parents were Smithson Taylor and Elizabeth Edman.  Smithson was a ‘druggist’ [chemist] and they lived at 5 Bailgate in Lincoln.  She married John James Moyes when she was 21 years old and was widowed a few months later.  She died aged 28 years, in Birmingham.

Arthur Helenes Moyes (1859- 1859)

Arthur was the son of Andrew Helenus and Catherine Moyes.  Andrew was the eldest son of John Andrew and Elizabeth Moyes. He was baptised at St Mary the Great Church on 2nd August 1859, but died later the same year.

Edward Alexander Moyes (9 March 1863 – 1863)

Edward was the son of Andrew Helenus and Catherine Moyes.  He was baptised at St Mary the Great Church on 30th April 1863, but died later the same year.

Edward Alexander Moyes (27 September 1866 – 5 February 1867)

Edward was the son of Andrew Helenus and Catherine Moyes. He was baptised at St Mary the Great Church on 1st January 1867 but died aged 5 months old.

Edgar Ralph Moyes (18 December 1870 – 10 February 1871)

Edgar was the son of Andrew Helenus and Catherine Moyes. He was baptised at St Mary the Great Church on 9th February 1871 but died the following day.



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