CFHS code : MG26

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of SARAH BARLOW d Sep 1 1855 aged 68 relict of B BARLOW late cook of Clare College also of GEORGE BARLOW JENNINGS grandson of the above d July 19 1866 aged 15 and of GEORGE JENNINGS father of the above d Dec 23 1870 aged 50 also of EMMA wife of the above d Oct 17 1873 aged 54

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.20233, 0.13741403 – click here for location

Barlow and Jennings grave
Barlow and Jennings headstone



Sarah Barlow (née Hodges) (1787 – 1 September 1855)

Sarah was born in Cambridge and married Barnett Barlow (1786-1840) on 4 February 1813.  They had one child – Emma and Barnett was the cook at Clare College.  He died suddenly aged 53 years in January 1840.  In 1841 Sarah was living with Emma on Green Street, and in 1851 at Rose Cottage on Chesterton Lane. She died aged 68 years old.

Emma  Jennings (née Barlow) ( 1819 – 17 October 1873)

Emma was the only child of Barnett and Sarah Barlow and was baptised on 27 June 1819.  She married William Brown on 9 September 1841 at St. Michael’s Church.  William was the son of a fishmonger on Market Hill, and they had one daughter together: Emma (1843-1921).  William died and Emma married for a second time on 28 May 1850 to George Jennings.

George was a draper’s assistant when they married and they had at least five children: George Barlow (1850-1866), Charles Frederick (1853-1898), Percy Tom (1855-1880), Bessie (1856-1892) and Gertrude (1859-1947).  By 1861 they were living at 5 Market Hill, where George ran a drapers. They later moved to 11 Cambrian Villas on Chesterton Road and Emma was living there in 1871 with three of her children.  She died in 1873 at 2 Bedford Terrace, Chesterton Road and was buried on 22 October at Mill Road Cemetery.

George Barlow Jennings (1850 – 19 July 1866)

George was the eldest son of George and Emma Jennings.  He was baptised on 13 January 1851, and died aged 15 years old at Market Hill. His death was described as ‘sudden’ in the newspapers of the time.

George Jennings (c.1819 – 23 December 1870)

George was born in Little Shelford and was the son of  John and Ruth Jennings.  In 1841 he was living in Burnham, Essex and was an assistant to draper Charles Barnes. He married Emma Brown (née Barlow) when he was 30 years old.  He died at Cambrian Villas and newspapers reported his age as 51 years old, although the grave monument reads differently.



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by Claire Martinsen

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Sarah Barlow; Emma Jennings; George Jennings; George Barlow Jennings