CFHS code : MG189

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : ELIZA COLLINGS d 14 Jul 1871 aged 79 also MARY ANN COLLINGS d 10 Aug 1879 aged 75 and [MARY ANNE ELIZA] JOHNSON —–[9 Oct]187[9]

Monument : Headstone (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Elizabeth (Eliza) Collings (c.1792 – 14 July 1871)

Eliza was born in Dublin, and in 1871 was living with her sister Mary Ann at 20 Market Hill. She died at Market Hill aged 79 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 20 July 1871.

Mary Ann Collings (1804 – 10 August 1879)

Mary was born in Hastings and by at least 1861 had moved to live in Cambridge where she ran a ‘fancy goods’ and haberdasher at 20 Market Hill.  In August 1861 she appeared as a witness in the trial of Jacob and Esther Julian, who had been accused of presenting counterfeit sovereign coins to various shops within the town. Mary’s shop was said to be a ‘Berlin wool shop’ ( a type of tapestry wool) and Esther Julian had bought a hairnet for  1s and 6d, and been given 8s and 6d in change. In May 1863 she placed an advert in the Cambridge Independent Press for ‘two good housemaids – must understand cleaning plate and waiting at table’.  Mary died at Market Hill aged  75 years old.

Mary Anne Eliza Johnson ( 1831 – 9 October 1879)

Mary was born in Cambridge and worked as an assistant in Mary Colling’s haberdashery store.  She was an exector of Mary’s will and  took over the running of the store after Mary’s death.  She died at Market Hill aged 48 years old  two months after Mary Collings and was buried with her former boss.



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Eliza Collings; Mary Ann Collings; Mary Anne Eliza Johnson