CFHS code : PL29

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : JEANETTA SHIELLS COLLISSON d 27 Dec 18[8]2 aged 66

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Jeanetta Shiells Collisson (née Fison) (4 July 1816 – 27 December 1882)

Jeanetta was born in Thetford, Norfolk and baptised there on 8 September 1816.  She was the eldest daughter of  James and Mary (née Barker) and her father was a  woolstaper (wool trader) and magistrate.  James Fison ran a company called Messrs. James Fison and Son and the Earl of Albermarle had nicknamed him ‘Emperor of the wool buyers’. Jeanetta married Rev. William Fison (1808 – 1863) on 8 November 1841 at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Thetford. Matthew was the vicar of Bishop Ryder’s Church, Birmingham when they married, and in 1847 became vicar of Christ Church, Highbury.  The couple had at least thirteen children: Janet (1842-1869), Rev. Henry Matthew (1843-1884), Maurice Harford (1845-1846), Edith Margaret (1847-1888), Rev. Sydney Garbett (1847-1911), Clara Mary (1848-1939), Alice Jean (1850-1927), Florence Sarah (1852-), Rev. Thomas (1852-1921), Catherine Isabella (known as Kate) (1856-1926), Rev. Reginald Kingsmith (1857-1942), Bertha Lorimer (1859-1943) and Eveline Houston (1861-1897).

In 1851 the family were living at 8 Park Terrace, Highbury with a governess and three domestic servants. They moved to 6 The Grange, Islington (1861) where Matthew died ‘very suddenly’ in October 1863 having attended a service in his church the same afternoon. He had been in poor health for the previous six months and newspapers reported ‘so tranquil was his departure that it was some time before his family perceived that he had entered into rest’. Jeanetta was left a widow with twelve children to look after. She lived at 62 Grosvenor Road, London (1871) before moving to live at 6 Panton Street. Youngest son  Reginald attended the Perse School before going up to Caius College, Cambridge in 1876 so the family could have moved to Cambridge to be nearer to him. In 1881 she was living at Panton Street with four of her daughters and servant Lucy Clifton. Jeanetta died at home aged 66 years old and was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 30 December 1882.



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Jeanetta Shiells Collisson