CFHS code : HT386

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of WILLIAM LONG October 15 1924 aged 88 also of MARY ANN his wife April 17 1900 aged 65 also ANNIE LAURA BURNETT

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



William Long (c.1836 – 15 October  1924)

William was the son of Robert Long and was born in the village of Barling, Essex (four miles north east of Southend on Sea). Aged 14 he was working as a farm labourer at Bushley Island Farm, Great Wakering, Essex before marrying Mary Ann Last in Earls Colne on 1 May 1859. William ran a grocers shop on the High Street, Earl Colne for over 50 years and the couple had at least five children: Charles James (1860-1922), Annie Laura (1863-1936), Ada Miriam (1866-), William Ewart (1869-1905) and Sydney Richard (1876-1947). He was widowed in 1900 and then continued to trade, with Ella Last (possibly a neice) as his housekeeper. At some point he moved to Cambridge to live with his daughter Annie and died at 63 Hills Road aged 88 years old. He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 18 October 1924.

Mary Ann Long (née Last) (1834 – 17 April 1900)

Mary was born in Halstead, Essex and baptised there on 28 March 1837.  She was the daughter of John and Mary Ann and grew up on Colchester Road, Halstead where her father was a gardener. Mary died in Earls Colne and is believed to have been buried there.

Annie Laura Burnett (née Long) (1863-May 1936)

Annie was born in Earls Colne and aged 27 (1891) was lodging in Halstead and working as a jeweller’s assistant. She then moved back to Earles Colne to live with her father (1901). She married widower William Burnett (1870-1918) in 1910 and they lived at The Manse, Harston where William was a baptist minister.

William was ill for some months before his death in September 1918, and his obituary described him as a man of ‘large heart and indefatigable zeal, he threw himself heartily not only nto his own immediate work, but into every cause which sought his help. On his coming to harston his services were sought all over the country. He had been the representative of the County Association on the Baptist Union Total Abstinence Society and had done a great deal of temperance work among the churches’. He was buried in Earls Colne, where he had been a minister.

Annie went to live at 63 Hills Road and died there aged 72 years old. She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 14 May 1936.



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Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Annie Laura Burnett; Mary Ann Long; William Long