CFHS code : MG172

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of our dear sister FANNY MATILDA JILLIANS d April 18 1934 aged 78

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Fanny Matilda Jillians (19 February 1856 – 18 April 1934)

Fanny was born in Eton, Buckinghamshire and baptised at Langley Marish on 11 May 1856. She was the daughter of Abraham and Fanny Matilda (née Spicer) but father had died before her first birthday. Her mother then married market gardener James Blinco, and the family lived in Wexham (1861) and then Langley, just outside Slough (1871).

By 1904 Fanny was living at 134 East Road where she ran a company called ‘Mansfield and Jillians’ with a Miss Mansfield.  The company was a ‘dressmaker and fancy repository’.

The Cambridge Independent Press reported that Fanny took part at a bazaar arranged by the Cambidge and Wilingham People’s Missons in May 1908.  Fanny was a ‘waiter’ at the event, helped on the refreshment stall and was also on the wedding cake stall. The newspaper reported ‘there were a number of amusing competitions such as nail driving, darning and hat trimming’. The bazaar raised £33, 9s and 9d over two days exceeding the target of £26.

By 1913 she had moved to live at 105 Gwydir Street and died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital aged 78 years old.



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Fanny Matilda Jillians