CFHS code : HT241

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : JOSEPH RIPLEY b June 23 1845 d August [6] 1871 also JOSEPH HENRY son of ———- b October 16th 1870 d September 25 1871

Monument : Headstone with intricate cross design (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Joseph Ripley (23 June 1845 – 6 August 1871)

Joseph was the son of Joseph and Mary Ann and was baptised on 5 October 1845 at St. Paul’s Church.  He grew up at George IVth Street where his father was a brewer and publican (1851) and then 25 Cambridge Place when Joseph (senior) became a milk man.  Joseph married Emma  Moden on 23 February 1868 at the Wesleyan Chapel  in Cambridge and they had two children: Helen Georgina (1868-1952)  and Joseph Henry (1870-1871). The family lived 18 Sidney Street where Joseph ran a tobacconist shop.  Adverts placed in local newspaper advertised himself as a ‘wholesale and retail cigar and tobacco merchant’ and said that he offered the ‘finest foreign cigars and tobaccos, a rare assortment of fancy meerschaums and other pipes’.  He died at Sidney Street aged 26 years old after a ‘long illness’ and was buried on 11 August.

Joseph Henry Ripley (16 October 1870 – 25 September 1871)

Joseph died just before his first birthday and was buried on 28 September.

From parish burial records it is known that Emma Ripley was also buried in the Holy Trinity part of Mill Road Cemetery, and is therefore thought to have been buried with her husband and infant son.

Emma Rebekah Ripley (née Moden) (1846-14 October 1895)

Emma was the daughter of Henry and Sarah (née Hart)  Moden.  Her father was a grocer at 22 East Road (1851) before moving to become a brewer/grocer at 5 East Road (1861). Emma married Joseph Ripley aged 21 years old and was widowed three years later. In 1881 she was living with her mother Sarah, and daughter Helen at 5 East Road before moving to run a Lodging House at 5 Norwich Street (1891).  She later lived at 2 Little St. Mary’s Lane where she died aged 49 years old.



Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Emma Ripley; Joseph Ripley; Joseph Henry Ripley