CFHS code : ML83

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : ELIZA BROWN d May 18 1882 age 18 ELIZA BROWN d Nov 17 1897 age 62 WILLIAM ROBERT BROWN d Feb 7 1904 age 63

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202672, 0.13740117 – click here for location

Brown grave
Brown headstone


This headstone stands In the southern section of the centre circle which belongs to the  parish of Mary the Less. The stone is decorated with lily of the valley and most of the carved inscription is still legible.


ELIZA BROWN who died May 18th 1882 age 18 years

ELIZA BROWN who died Nov 17th 1897 age 62 years

WILLIAM ROBERT BROWN who died Feb 7th 1904 age 63 years

Eliza Ann Brown  (1864 – 18 May 1882)

Eliza was the eldest daughter of William and Eliza Brown. She was born in Colchester and baptised there on 24 April 1864.  She died aged 18 years old at 1 Fitzwilliam Street.

Eliza Brown (née Hawes) (c.1835 – 17 November 1897)

Eliza  was the daughter of bookbinder Benjamin Hawes and his wife Ann.  She grew up on St. Edward’s Passage, and by the age of 25 was working as a milliner. She married William Brown at Great St. Mary’s Church on 14 October 1863 and the couple had at least three children: Eliza Ann (1864- 1882), Mary Elizabeth (1865-1929) and William Robert (1868-1947) – all the children were born in Essex.  By the 1871 census they had moved back to Cambridge and were living in Little St. Mary’s Lane.  William was working as a grocer’s assistant.  They then moved to Fitzwilliam Street (1881) and 33 Devonshire Road (1891). Elisa died at home aged 62 years.

William Robert Brown (c.1840 – 7 February 1904)

William was the son of William and Ann Brown and brother of Henry.  His father was a tailor and he grew up on James Street. He married aged 23 years old.  On the 1881 census he was marked as a ‘former grocer’, and by 1891 was working as a ‘commission agent’.  In 1901 he was noted as living at 62 Devonshire Road with daughter Mary and working as a ‘house agent’.  He died at Devonshire Road aged 63 years old. He was a Quaker, and his name was remembered in the 1904 Quaker memorial.



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Eliza Brown; William Robert Brown