CFHS code : AS297

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH SARAH ELLIS wife of HARRY READ ELLIS d 15 Jan 1922 aged 61 also HARRY READ ELLIS d 11 Nov 1941 aged 82 and PERCY JOHN LOOKER d —— 1963 aged 71 reverse Sacred to the Memory of MARY ANN wife of DAVID ELLIS d 5 Jan 1882 aged 58 also AGNES JANE [daughter] d 25 Feb 1860 aged 1 year 7 months also DAVID ELLIS d 6 Mar 1907 aged 80

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones (broken and fallen)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

East face of Ellis monument 2017
West face of headstone



east face
In Loving Memory of ELIZABETH SARAH ELLIS wife of HARRY READ ELLIS who passed peacefully away  January 15 1922 aged 61

Also HARRY READ ELLIS died Nov. 11. 1941. Aged 82

And PERCY JOHN LOOKER d —— 1963 aged 71

west face
Sacred to the Memory of MARY ANN wife of DAVID ELLIS who died Jan 5 1882. Aged 58  years.

Also AGNES JANE daughter of the above who died Feb 25. 1860. Aged 1 year  & 7 months

Also DAVID ELLIS who died  Mar. 6. 1907. Aged 80 years

Relationships : Husband, wife, two children, son in law, great son in law.

Elizabeth Sarah Ellis (née Frost) (1860 – 15 January 1922)

Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry and Sarah Frost.  She was born in Cambridge and grew up at 9 Little St Mary Lane (1861/1871) where her father was a shoemaker. Later the Frost family moved to 34 Trumpington Street (1881) and then 3 Tunwells Yard (1891). In April 1891 she was living at home with her parents and siblings and working as a domestic servant.  She married Harry Ellis later the same year – she was 31 years old. Harry had been working as a college cook, and the couple went to live at 109 Gwydir Street.

Elizabeth and Harry had  three children: Lilian Fanny (1892-1968), Norah Mary (1893-1981) and Ethel Winifred (1896-1986).  In the census of 1901 Elizabeth was noted as living on her own with the children as Harry was away working as a cook on a ship.   In 1911 the family were living at 98 Thoday Street and Harry was working in the cement works as a labourer. Elizabeth died aged 61 years old, and was living at 67 Mill Road when she died.

Harry Read Ellis (16 July 1861 – 11 November 1941)

Harry was the son of Mary Ann and David Ellis. He was born in Cambridge and baptised on 26 December 1864.  His father worked as a college porter and he grew up at 39 Green Street (1871/1881).  In 1881 Harry was working as a college cook.  He married Elizabeth Frost when he was 30 years old.

After being widowed he went to live with his eldest daughter Lilian in Newmarket. Lilian had married Arthur Squires, who was a railway signalman at Warren Hill Station in the town.  In the census of 1939 he was recorded as an old age pensioner.  He died in Newmarket aged 80 years old.

Percy John Looker  (6 September 1892 – 1963)

Percy was the son of single mother Florence Looker.  He was born in Windsor, and grew up with his mother, grandparents and aunt Lizzie in Cambridge.   His grandfather William was a grocer at 32 Merton Place, and his mother Florence worked as a dressmaker.  Aged 18 Percy was working as a stationery packer (1911).  By at least 1917 he changed career and began working as a printer/compositor for A.P. Dixon Ltd at 9 Market Street.  He applied for successive exemptions from serving in the war due to medical unfitness, all of which were reported in the local newspapers.

Percy married Ethel Winifred Ellis (1896-1996) the daughter of Harry and Sarah Ellis in 1923.  In 1939 the couple were living at 26 Selwyn Road and Percy was working as a printer/compositor. They were still living at Selwyn  Road in 1960.  Percy died in late 1963 aged 71 years old,

Mary Ann Ellis (née Thurlborn) (c.1824 – 5 January 1882)

Mary was the mother of Harry Ellis. She was born in Oakington and was the daughter of John and Frances (née Morris) Thurlborn.  She married David Ellis in 1857. David worked as a tailor (1861) and later as a college porter (1871 onwards).  They had at least three children: Agnes Jane, Harry Read and Fanny Morris (1863-).  The family initially lived at 2 Gifford Place (1861) before moving to 39 Green Street.  Mary died at Green Street aged  58 years old.

Agnes Jane Ellis (1858 – 25 February 1860)

When Agnes was born, the family were living in Gifford Place. She was privately baptised suggesting she may not have been expected to live.

David Ellis (27 February 1827 – 6 March 1907)

David was the son of William and Anne Ellis.  He was born in Great Eversden, a village six miles south west of Cambridge, and was baptised there on 29 July 1827.  His father worked as an agricultural labourer, but by the age of 24 David was working as a tailor (1851).  He married Mary Ann Thurlborn in 1857.

He married for a second time to widow Elizabeth Fordham (née Disbrow) (1846-1935) in 1883.  Elizabeth was a college servant, and the couple continued to live at 39 Green Street.  By 1901 David had retired from his job as a college porter.  He died aged 80 years old.



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Agnes Jane Ellis; David Ellis; Elizabeth Sarah Ellis; Harry Read Ellis; Mary Ann Ellis; Percy John Looker