Vine Elizabeth Moden

Vine Elizabeth Moden (later Vine Elizabeth Newell) was the third of the seven children of Edward Moden and his wife Mary Ann Cross of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

Susan Jane Moden posing with dog, circa 1910. Photo: Andrew Martin
L-R: Vine, with adoptive son Frederick Dewey, his future wife Edith Summers, and Vine's beloved Freddie Newell, at Wilburton circa 1952. Photo: Andrew Martin.

By the time of the 1911 census, 17 year old Vine was working as a Domestic Servant at the time of the 1911 census.

Vine was a member of the Free Church Girls Guild - St Andrew's Street Branch in Cambridge during March 1917, and she was awarded a copy of the book 'Mother Maud' by Mrs F.B. Arthur. An inscription inside reads:

"Awarded to Vine Moden as a prize for cake-making, by Katherine A. Smith, President.

Vine married Frederick 'Freddie' Herbert Henry Newell in 1918, and despite not having any children of their own, the couple informally adopted their nephew Francis Frederick Dewey.

After Freddie's death, and then Frederick's premature death from cancer in 1979, Vine suffered from a mental illness associated with the death of her husband and adoptive son. She eventually moved into care at St Mary's Lodge in Ely, where she lived until her death on Christmas Day 1980.

Life Events


  • 1st November 1893 at Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Frederick Herbert Henry Newell (1892-1961) during 1918, location not yet known.

Census and Residence

  • 1901: 7yrs, The Eagle and Lamb Public House, Cambridge Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1911: 17yrs, Cambridge Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 1911: Domestic Servant


  • 25th December 1980 at St. Mary's Lodge, St. Mary's Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 87 years.


  • 2nd January 1981 in grave CB2.425 at Ely City Cemetery, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

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