CFHS code : PL26

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : HARRIET WILLSON widow of FREDERICK RUSHBROOK d 22 Dec 1872 aged 71

Monument : Stone cross

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Harriet Willson Rushbrook [nee King] (c.1801 – 22 December 1872)

Harriet was the daughter of Henry and Jane King. She was born in Cambridge and baptised at All Saint’s Church in 1801.  She married college cook Frederick Henry Rushbrook [b1798] at All Saints Church on 30th August 1825.  Frederick was a cook at St Peter’s College [Peterhouse], and his father Jeremiah had also been a cook [at Kings College].

Harriet and Frederick had eight children:  Harriett Jane [1826-1908], Emma Sarah [1827-1896], Frederica [1829-1857], Frederick Henry [1831-1920], Augusta King [1833-1906], Amelia Frances [1837-1916], Emily Fanny [1837-1842] and Marianne Eleanor [1839-1909].

Frederick died at their home on Trumpington Street on 24th August 1841 aged 43 years old after what newspapers reported as ‘a short illness…leaving a widow and eight small children to lament their loss’.

After being widowed Harriet lived at 5 Kings Parade. In 1851 she was living there with three of her daughters and working as a lodging house keeper.  In 1861 she was still at Kings Parade with eldest daughter Harriet Jane – by this time Harriet [Snr] was described as ‘late college cook’.

In 1871 she was living at 19 Rose Crescent, with daughter Amelia and working as an ‘office keeper to an auctioneer’.   She died the following year at her home which by that time was 2 Bay Terrace, Norwich Street.  She died leaving effects of under £200.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry/newspaper archives

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Harriet Willson Rushbrook