CFHS code : AL557

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of THOMAS BRAND b Aug 9th 1810 d May 17th 1892 also MARY ELIZABETH COLLINS b March 6th 1852 d Dec 17th 1911 also GEORGE COLLINS d March 28th 1937 aged 85

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in November 2018.


In the parish area of St Andrew the Less, this headstone is located about five rows to the west of the central path, between a yew and a large tree.


In Loving Memory of THOMAS BRAND born Aug. 9th 1810 died May 17th 1892

Also MARY ELIZABETH COLLINS born March 6th 1852 died Dec. 17th 1911

Also GEORGE COLLINS d March 28th 1937 aged 85 years

“At Rest”

Relationship: Father, daughter, son-in-law

Thomas Brand (9 August 1812 – 17 May 1892)

Thomas was born in Little Wilbraham and baptised there on 12 September 1813. He was the son of John and Dinah and is believed to have married Elizabeth (1823-1853). The couple had one daughter Mary Elizabeth, before Thomas was widowed aged c.40 years old. He raised Mary alone and the pair lived at 55 East Road (1861/1871). Thomas worked as a bricklayer and Mary eventually as a dressmaker. After Mary’s marriage to George Collins in 1871 the enlarged family lived at 15 East Road (1881/1891), where Thomas died aged 79 years old.

Mary Elizabeth Collins (née Brand) (1852-1911)

Mary was Thomas Brand’s only daughter and married George Collins in 1871. They had twelve children: Robert George (1872-1934), Emma (1875-), William (1876-), Sarah (1879-), Phoebe Ellen (1879-1924), Samuel Sydney (1883-1957), Ruth Naomi (1887-1971), Maud Mary (1888-), Alice (1891-) and a further three chldren who died as infants.  George worked as a bricklayer and later as a general dealer (1901) and coffee shop keeper (1911). They lived at 15 East Road and in 1911 Mary was documented as helping in the business which they ran from home. She died aged 59 years.

George Collins (1852 – 28 March 1937)

George was born in Chesterton, the son of Robert and Sarah and was baptised on 4 December 1855. He grew up on Fen Road, Chesterton  where his father was an agricultural labourer. In 1871 George was working as a labourer and living with his widowed mother and siblings at Cutter Ferry. After he was widowed he moved to live at 14 Willow Walk with daughter Ruth and son-in-law Harry Godbolt and died there aged 85 years.



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Thomas Brand; George Collins; Mary Elizabeth Collins