CFHS code : AL5
This headstone situated in the northern meadow was not recorded in 2000 by CFHS. The inscription is badly eroded but the names Kate and Mary Ann Leach are visible.
Using the limited information that CFHS were able to obtain from the headstone we have researched the parish records and established the identity of the occupants of this grave.
-RNETT [L or B]EACH / KATE / 1875 / -EACH / — Oct  [aged] –3
Barnet[t] Leach March 1880
Kate Leach February 1874 aged 1
Mary Ann Leach Oct 1898 aged 63
Barnett Leach (1823 – 1880)
Barnett was the eldest child of Richard Hopkins Leach and his wife Isabella. He was baptised on 2nd February 1883. He became a master painter like his more famous brother Frederick (see links below). Barnett married widow Mary Ann Friend in Wisbeach in 1867. They had at least seven children Fred John (1868), Barnett (1869), Ernest (1871) Richard James (1872), Kate (1874), Arthur (1875), William (1878)
They were brought up at 35 City Road and 68 Eden Street. Mary continued to live in Eden Street after Barnett’s death.
Kate Leach (1874-1875)
Kate was the fifth child of Barnett and Mary Ann.
Mary Ann Leach née James (c 1834 – 1898)
Mary Ann was the daughter of George and [Ann] James of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Her father was a brazier. At 17 she was working as a dress maker and lodging with the Bird family in Gaywood, Norfolk. On April 13th 1858 Mary Ann married 21 year old veterinary surgeon Emerson William Friend. In 1860 they had a son Charles but in 1862 Emerson died.
CFHS transcripts of Parish and census records.
Related site : The Leach family of Cambridge.
Related grave : David Parr
Edited by Mary Naylor