CFHS code : AG359

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : headstone In Memory of JANE MARIA the beloved wife of EDWARD JAY d Aug 28th 1850 aged [48] also of MARIANNE EMMA daughter of the above EDWARD & JANE MARIA JAY d Sep 8th 1850 age [3] also of EDWARD JAY her husband d Sept 12 1855 age [61] ANNA MARIA second wife of the above d Feb 14 1880 footstone J M J 1850 M E J 1850 E J 1853 A M J 1880 tomb inscription illegible

Monument : Headstone/Chest tomb with panelled sides/Footstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202783, 0.13622109 – click here for location


The headstone in October 2020.

This headstone tomb and foot stone are against the west wall towards the south of the parish.


In Memory of JANE MARIA the beloved wife of EDWARD JAY
Who died Aug 28th 1850 aged 48 years

Also of MARIANNE EMMA daughter of the above EDWARD & JANE MARIA JAY who died Sep 8th 1850 aged 5 years

Also of EDWARD JAY her husband died Sept 12 1855 age 48 years

ANNA MARIA second wife of the above died Feb 14 1880 

tomb stone
inscription illegible

footstone J M J 1850 M E J 1850 E J 1853 A M J 1880 

Jane Maria Jay (c 1802 to 1808 – 1850)

We know nothing about Jane’s early life.
She was not born in Cambridgeshire but was living with her husband on St Andrew’s St  from at least 1883.

They had at least 6 children Edward (1835), Alfred (1837- 1837), Jane Maria  (1838), Harry (1841), Frank (1842), and Marianne  Emma (1845- 1850)) – all baptised in the church of St Andrew the Great.

Jane died in 1850 and her 5 year old daughter Marianne less that 2 weeks later. Her age at death conflicts with her age on the 1841 census which suggests she was born in 1808.

Marianne Emma Jay (1845 – 1850)

Marianne was the youngest child of Edward and Jane. She did just after her mother.

Edward Jay (d 1855) 

In the 1851 census Edward gives his birthplace as Waltham, Hertfordshire.  We have found one baptism for an Edward Jay at Waltham Abbey, Essex and one at Waltham Holy Cross Essex although this is actually in  Hertfordshire. Both have the same baptism date – 3rd February 1805 and parents George & Eleanor  We know from the record of his 2nd  marriage that he declared himself to be the son of George a grocer. 

He probably married married Jane Maria ? about 1833 but have found no records.

We know that Edward was conducting his business as a Grocer & hop and seed merchant at 29 – 30 St Andrews Street from 1833 as he put an advert in the Cambridge Chronicle in 1842 advising his customers of his move to number 19. 

The Jay’s lived and worked on the site that is now number 21 from 1842 but this building was completely rebuilt later. In 1845 a ‘new warehouse’ was built behind the property, some wooden blocks were built into this with the initials of the Jay family plus his assistant James Baker carved into them. 

Edward married again in 1854 but on a trip to Yarmouth in 1855 he was taken ill. A telegram was sent to his family who arrived just in time to say their goodbyes. He was 48. 

His son Edward carried on the business in partnership with James Baker.

Anna Maria Jay née Bishop (14/9/1806 – 1880)

Anna was the daughter of Mulliner and Catherine Bishop. She was baptised in the church of St Mary the Great in on January 29th 1807.  Aged 10 she was living on Hogg-Hill  (off Downing St) when her father, a wooden draper, died. By the 1841 census she was living with her mother and sister in Parson’s Court Wheeler St. Although Mrs Bishop was of independent means both daughters were working as governesses and one pupil was boarding with them.

Anna married Edward Jay on May 24th 1854 at St Edward’s church. 

She died at her home 58 Regent St aged 78. Her house was put up for auction by 28th February 1880.

By Mary Naylor and the Cambridge Archaeology Unit


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Anna Maria Jay; Edward Jay; Jane Maria Jay; Marianne Emma Jay