CFHS code : PL169

Parish : St Paul


The headstone in April 2022.

This fallen headstone was not identified during the CFHS survey in 2000 but the stump was recorded. The whole lies under a fir tree to the north of the south path roughly 13 rows east of the lodge, in the parish area of St Paul’s. The inscription is badly eroded and we do not know if there was more to it. The grave register shows that Samuel’s son is also buried here.


Sacred to the memory of 

Samuel Ellingham 

Who died March 26 [1869]

Aged [34] years

Samuel Ellingham (c 1834 – March 26th 1869)

Samuel was born and brought up in Ely.  The son of David and Sarah. David was a clerk for the Attorney General but also farmed 145 acres and employed 2 men (1851)

In 1851 Samuel was a draper’s apprentice. He married Emma Moore in Shoreditch in 1861 and they had 2 children Samuel John (1862) and Charles Edwin (1866). When Charles was born Samuel was a publican living in Union Road, New town, off Hills Road.
Samual died at Union Rd aged 34 although on the  monument it looks like it may have been 33.

We do no know what happened to Emma, but it seems that their eldest son David emigrated to Australia where he died in 1865.

Samuel’s father had lost 3 sons by the time he died aged 76. A fourth son died of a stoke on hearing of his father’s death and they were buried together in Ely.

Charles Edwin (1866 – March 1867) 

Charles was the son of Samuel & Emma/Emily. He was baptised on March 9th 1867 at St Paul’s church and died at Union Road aged 5 months. 

by Mary Naylor

CFHS Transcripts of parish and census records
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Samuel Ellingham