CFHS code : AL234

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of ELLEN CANTY wife of PATRICK CANTY d July 29 1890 aged 44 also ELLEN CANTY daughter of the above d Sep 21 1892 aged 19 also TIMOTHY CANTY d Sept 1 1894 aged 16 also CORNELIUS CANTY d June 3 1899 aged 23 also PATRICK CANTY d March 29 1906 aged 80

Monument : Headstone

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

West face of the headstone June 2019
East face of the headstone


Two rows from the east wall, on the east of the east path. Parts of the inscription are now difficult to read.


west face
Jesus Mercy of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of ELLEN CANTY
wife of PATRICK CANTY Who departed this life July 29 1890 aged 44 years.


“We have loved her and we will
………….. her until by prayers
and tears we have brought her
to the Holy Mount of God.”

Also ELLEN CANTY daughter of the above
Who departed this life Sep. 21. 1892. Aged 19 years.

east face

In loving memory of
TIMOTHY CANTY who died Sept 1 1894 aged 16 years


Also CORNELIUS CANTY who died June 3 1899 aged 23 years

Also of PATRICK CANTY who died March 29 1906 aged 80 years


Ellen Canty (nee Cronin) (c.1846 – 29 July 1890)

Ellen was born in County Kerry. It is believed that she was the daughter of John and Mary Cronin. She was baptised in Rathmore, Kerry on 29th March 1846.  When she exactly married Patrick Canty is not known, but together they had at least six children:

  • Ellen F (1873-1892) – born Quebec, Canada
  • Mary E (1873-1957) – born New Hampshire, America
  • Patrick Stephen (known as Steve) (1875-) – born Quebec, Canada
  • Cornelius (1876-1899) – born Quebec, Canada
  • Timothy E (1877-1894) – born Bradford, Yorkshire
  • Honora (known as Nora) (1879-) – born Bradford, Yorkshire

Patrick had arrived in New York in September 1871 – Ellen must have joined him sometime later. Patrick was a private in the Dominion Artillery in 1872 and they returned to England sometime around 1876/1877.

In 1881 the family were living at 25 School Square in Bradford, and Patrick Canty was working as a grocer.  Sometime before 1888 they moved to Cambridge, as that year Patrick Canty is in the Kelly’s Directory as landlord of the Tiger Public House at 5 East Road. Ellen Canty died in Cambridge in 1890 aged 44 years old, by which time the family had moved to the Coachmakers Arms, 15 John Street.

Ellen F Canty (27 July 1872 – 21 September 1892)

Ellen was the eldest of the six children born to Ellen and Patrick Canty. She was born in Quebec, and was baptised at St Patrick Church in Quebec on 29th July 1872.  She returned to England, lived in Bradford, and then Cambridge.  She died in Cambridge on September 21st 1892.

Timothy E Canty (c.1877 – 1 September  1894)

Timothy was born in Bradford and was the fifth of the six Canty children.  His mother Ellen died when he was 12 years old.  In 1891 aged 13 he was living at the Coachmakers Arms, 15 John Street, where his father was a publican. He died in 1894 aged 16 years old.

Cornelius Canty (20 December 1875  –  3 June 1899)

Cornelius was the fourth of the six Canty children. He was born in Quebec, and baptised there on 26th December 1875 at St Patrick Church.  In 1891 he was living at the Coachmakers Arms and working as a compositor printer.  He died in Fylde, Lancashire in June 1899 aged 23 years old.

Patrick Canty (c.1826 – 29 March 1906)

Patrick was born in Ireland.  He was very well travelled in his lifetime – moving from Ireland, to the US, Canada, Bradford and finally Cambridge.

In 1871 he travelled to New York, and his landing papers at Ellis Island show his occupation as an agricultural labourer.  He moved back to England, and in 1881 was a grocer in Bradford.  He then moved to Cambridge and was landlord of the Coachmakers Arms in John Street.  The Coachmakers Arms was renamed the Crown and Harp sometime between 1892 and 1896.  He continued to run it until he died in 1906 aged 80 years old.

Claire Martinsen

Source: Ancestry

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Cornelius Canty; Ellen Canty; Patrick Canty; Timothy Canty