CFHS code : BO49

Parish : St Botolph

Inscription : CORNELIOUS BROWN d Oct 2[3or5] 18[77] aged 58 also FLORENCE ELIZABETH daughter of the above d Dec 14 1882 aged 17 CORNELIOUS BROWN d Nov 26 1919 aged 76

Monument : Stone cross (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202852, 0.1374098 – click here for location

Brown monument


This stone cross and plinth, the cross broken and lost, in the parish area of St Botolph, is located in the centre circle, in the north western sector of the circle. Some of the inscription is now indecipherable.


[west face:]

‘Cornelious Brown who died Oct 2 18[illeg] aged 58 years’

‘Also Florence Elizabeth daughter of the above
who died Dec 14 1882 aged 17 years’

[south face:]

‘Cornelious Brown who died Nov 26 1915 aged 76 years’
[one illegible line]

Cornelious Brown (c.1839-1915)

Cornelius was born c. 1839, the second son of Jonathan and Jemima Brown of Over (a village ten miles northwest of Cambridge), where Jonathan was a farmer. Jonathan and Jemima had at least four children (Walter, Cornelius, Ethildra and Harriet), but by 1861 had moved to 29 Church Street, Stepney, London, where Jonathan was a ‛cowkeeper’ and the couple were without their children. By 1871 they had returned Cambridge and were living at 25 Hills Road with two grand daughters (Ethildra and Florence).

Cornelius, who seems to have been separated from his parents at an early age, married Sarah Ann Warren (b. 1823, Waterbeach) in Cambridge on 24 September 1860. By the next year, Cornelius and Sarah were living at West Fen, Waterbeach (a village on the edge of the Fens, seven miles northeast of Cambridge), farming 200 acres, employing four men and five boys, three milkmen living with them. In 1871 the couple were still farming in Waterbeach. They appear to have had a daugher, ‛E H’ (possibly Ethildra Harriet) in 1863 or 1864, although she was not in the household when the 1871 census was taken.

From 1881, the story becomes difficult to trace. Somewhere between 1871 and 1881, Sarah disappeared from the picture, presumably deceased. The 1881 census records a Cornelius Brown of the right age, farmer, born in Over, as being held in Portland, Dorset, as a convict, apparently awaiting transportation. Could this have been our Cornelius? In the same year, an ‛Ethildra Bardin’ (presumably distortion of ‛Brown’ ‒ perhaps the elder daughter of Jonathan and Jemima), aged 32, was living at 15a Mill Lane, Cambridge as a ‛livery stables keeper and farmer’, with her nephew Walter Brown aged 18 and niece Florence Elizabeth Brown aged 16, both of Waterbeach. (Strangely, Spalding’s street directory that year gives Walter as the head of household.)

By 1891 Cornelius, now a widower, reappeared at this latter address having taken over the livery stables, living only with his mother Jemima, aged 82, daughter ‛E H’, aged 27, and one servant. Ten years later he was at 16a Mill Lane with one servant, and in 1911 at 15 Union Road (in the New Town area of Cambridge) with a housekeeper. He died in 1915, and was buried at St Botolph Church and Mill Road Cemetery on 29 November, aged 76.

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Cornelious Brown (18??-??)

This Cornelius was the father of Florence Elizabeth. Since his death date is no longer decipherable, and he does not appear in the St Botolph burial register, it is not possible to determine his birth and death dates.

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Florence Elizabeth Brown (c.1865-1882)

Florence was born in Waterbeach c. 1865. The 1871 census shows her living with her grandparents, Jonathan and Jemima Brown, at 25 Hills Road, Cambridge, aged 6. Ten years later she was living, aged 17, at 15a Mill Lane with her aunt ‛Ethildra Bardin’ (presumably distortion of Brown) and brother Walter Brown. She died a year later, aged 17, and was buried at St Botolph’s Church and Mill Road Cemetery on 24 December 1882.

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Census reports 1841‒1911
St Botolph marriage register
St Botolph burial register
Spalding’s street directories

By Ian Bent

Cornelious Brown; Florence Elizabeth Brown