CFHS code : ML19

Parish : St Mary the Less

Inscription : In Memory of THOMAS EARL late of Earith Hunts d Oct 31 1858 aged 75 also of his son THOMAS CARTER EARL d Nov 14 1864 aged 48 ANN wife of the above THOMAS EARL d April 14 1867 aged 88 also ELIZABETH ELIZA EARL their daughter d Nov 16 1868 aged 55

Monument : Headstone/Ground slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202747, 0.13772674 – click here for location

Earl grave
Earl headstone



Thomas Earl (d 1858)

Thomas was born in the village of Woodhurst, five miles north east of Huntingdon. He married Ann Carter on 20 November 1810 in Bluntisham cum Earith and the couple had at least four children: Anna (1811-1894), Elizabeth Eliza (1813-1868), John Carter (1814-) and Thomas Carter (1816-1864). Thomas ran a grocery shop in Earith and was also the village carpenter.

In 1830 Pigot’s Directory  described Earith and Bluntisham as ‘two villages and parishes united to each other, in the same hundred as Somersham, Earith being about two miles from that town. The church stands midway between the two villages and serves both….three annual fairs are held here, viz. in May, July and August, chiefly for horses and cattle. Earith and Bluntisham parishes contained, by the last parliamentary returns, 1,309 inhabitants’. Thomas Earl died in Earith aged 75 years old.

Thomas Carter Earl (27 July 1816 – 14 November  1864)

Thomas was born in Bluntisham cum Earith and baptised there on 27 July 1817.  By 1851 he was running a grocery shop at 4 Market Hill, employing two assistants and servant Susan Rayard.

In 1858 he moved  the business from Market Hill to 45 Trumpington Street, where Mr. Johnson Fowell had previously ran a provisions warehouse/grocers.  He advertised in local newspapers as ‘tea dealer, grocer, cheesemonger…….fine Wiltshire bacon, fish sauces, pickles’.  His mother Ann and sister Elizabeth moved to live with him at Trumpington Street (1861) and he died at home aged 48 years old.  Elizabeth was the sole executor of his will and she sold the business to Charles Whichello in January 1865.

Ann Earl (née Carter) (1779 – 14 April 1867)

Ann was born in Earith and baptised on 3 November 1788. She was the daugher of John and Elizabeth and married Thomas Earl when she was c.31 years old. After she was widowed she lived at Trumpington Road and then Downing Cottage, Tennis Court Road.  She died at home ‘after a long affliction borne with Christian fortitude’.

Elizabeth Eliza Earl (d 1868)

Elizabeth was the second daughter of Thomas and Ann Earl and was baptised on 27 July 1817, the same day as her brother Thomas. She died at Downing Cottage aged 55 years old.

Thomas and Ann’s grandson John Aaron Browne is also buried at Mill Road Cemetery.



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Ann Earl; Elizabeth Eliza Earl; Thomas Earl; Thomas Carter Earl