CFHS code : BE14a

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : Sacred to the Memory of MARY ANN the beloved wife of JOHN JONES d Oct 19 1854 aged 54 also MARY ANN GRANGER third daughter of JOHN & MARY JONES b Aug 31 1825 d Aug 1 1884

Monument : Chest tomb with panelled sides

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202432, 0.13722869 – click here for location

The monument in December 2020.


This large chest tomb is 1 row to the west of the central path but hidden by a large yew tree and ivy. Only the south face is visible.


south face
Sacred to the Memory of MARY ANN the beloved wife of JOHN JONES
Who departed this life Oct 19 1854 aged 54

third daughter of JOHN & MARY JONES
born Aug 31 1825 died Aug 1 1884

As the burial register shows that John Jones was buried in this parish it is reasonable to suppose that he is also buried here and his inscription likely to be on the north side of the monument..
The monument to his children  is located behind this tomb.

Mary Ann Jones (née Wilson)  (16 December 1799 – 19 October 1854)

Mary Ann was the daughter of George and Elizabeth Watson.  She was born in Bury St Edmunds and was baptised  at St Jame’s Church, Bury St Edmunds on 25th February 1800. She married John Jones at the same church on 19th May 1818.  John was a dental surgeon in Bury St Edmunds but eventually settled at 4 Jesus Lane, Cambridge.  John was Jewish, but chose to keep his religion private, as there were very few Jews in Cambridge at the time, and the university did not admit Jews to study until 1854.

They had at least nine children together – the sons all became dentists like their father.  John [1818-1900], Elizabeth [1820-1904], Amelia [1823-1893], Mary Ann Granger [1825-1884], Sarah Elizabeth Maria [1827-1916], Frederick Hart [1829-1906], Adelaide Felloes  [1830-1859], Alfred [1832-1905] and Augustus [1834-1910].

By 1838 John Jones had moved his practice to 63 Trumpington Road – a very fashionable address between Kings College and the Bull Hotel.  This could have been a good ploy at attract the wealthy clients of the Bull Hotel. John and Mary were recorded as living in Ely Villa, Milton Road  in 1851  which was the house that John Jones had fashioned for himself . Mary Ann died in 1854 at Trumpington Street after what newspapers called ‘a protracted affliction endured with much fortitude and resignation, deeply regretted by her devoted husband and family, also a large circle of sorrowing friends’.

Mary Ann Granger Jones (31 August 1825 – 1 August 1884)

Very little is known of Mary Ann.  She was baptised on 26th December 1827 at St Sepulchre in Cambridge – the same day as her sister Sarah Elizabeth Maria. No further records can be found of her at this time. She died in 1884 aged 58 years.

John Jones (1799- 20 January 1878)

John was born in King’s Lynn  and was widowed in 1854.   He married Sarah Aveling ( 1811-1886) on 27 October 1857 in the parish  of Chepping Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and the couple lived at Ely Villa on Milton Road (1861/1871). He died in 1878 and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 26 January.

Sarah Jones moved to live at  9 Panton Street (1881) and then 5 Dorset Terrace, Hills Road.  She died on 12 Jul 1886 aged 74 years old.



Newspaper archives

CFHS transcription of parish records

The story of Ely Villa can be found here

by Claire Martinsen with additional help from Mary Naylor

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John Jones; Mary Ann Jones; Mary Ann Granger Jones