CFHS code : HT404

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SAMUEL ECCLESTONE d March 8 1865 aged 52 also of ELIZABETH his beloved wife d Sept 11 1863 aged 39 and of ELIZABETH GOWEN her mother d Sept 1st 1863 aged 68 also MARY mother of the above SAMUEL ECCLESTONE d March 21 1870 aged 78

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

The headstone in September 2018.

Monument

This fallen headstone is located on the east side of the central path, in the parish area of Holy Trinity.

Inscription

In Loving Memory of SAMUEL ECCLESTONE d March 8 1865 aged 52

Also of ELIZABETH his beloved wife who died Sept 11 1863 aged 39 years

And of ELIZABETH GOWEN her mother who died Sept 1st 1863 aged 68 years

Also MARY mother of the above SAMUEL ECCLESTONE d March 21 1870 aged 78

Samuel Ecclestone (1813 – 8 March 1865)

Samuel was the son of  miller Samuel and Mary and was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He was baptised on 22 March 1813 and by 1841 was working at Gonville and Caius College as an under butler. He lived in college (1841/1851) and married Elizabeth Gowan on 21 July 1853 in Langley, Norfolk.  Samuel was butler when he married, and later ran the Angel Inn at 17 Market Street.  The couple had one daughter: Ellen Elizabeth (1855-1917). After he was widowed he moved to live at Alpha Cottage, Chesterton where he died aged 52 years old.

Elizabeth Ecclestone (née Gowan) (c.1824 –  11 September 1863)

Elizabeth was born  in Langley, near Lodden in Norfolk and baptised there on 7 August 1825.  She was the daughter of farmer Abraham Gowen (also spelt Gowling, Gowing) and Elizabeth and died at the Angel Inn, ten days after her mother (see below).

Elizabeth Gowen (née Read) (1795 – 1 September 1863)

Elizabeth was born in Great Yarmouth and married Abraham Gowen(1801-1831)  on 14 May 1823.  Abraham was a farmer and the couple lived at Burgh Castle, four miles west of Great Yarmouth.  They had at least six children:  Abraham (1823-), Elizabeth, Mary Anne (1826-1835), Isaac (1829-), Sarah (1829-1935) and Amelia (1830-1830). Abraham died in February 1831 aged 29 years old and Elizabeth continued to farm at Burgh Castle (1841), before moving to Ravens Hall in Langley where she was farming 100 acres in 1851.  She moved to Cambridge to live with her daughter Elizabeth and died at the Angel Inn aged 68 years old.

Mary Ecclestone (c.1792 –  21 March 1870)

Mary was born in Martham, nine miles north of Great Yarmouth and married miller Samuel Ecclestone.  They had at least three children: Samuel, Elizabeth (1818-1873) and James (1825-).  After she was widowed she moved to live at Palmer’s Farm in Cambridge with daughter Elizabeth and son James and worked as a college laundress. She is believed to have cared for her granddaughter Ellen after she was orphaned, and died at Alpha Cottage in 1870.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Elizabeth Ecclestone; Mary Ecclestone; Samuel Ecclestone; Elizabeth Gowan