CFHS code : ED81

Parish : St Edward

Inscription : side 1 In Loving Memory of WILLIAM GEORGE ELLIS b 28 Jun 1818 d 11 Mar 1889 also his widow MARY ANN ELLIS b 13 Nov 1819 d 15 Feb 1904 also of WILLIAM son of above b 31 Dec 1850 d 8 Feb 1853 also of MARY ANN eldest daughter b 5 Jun 1846 d 23 Feb 1911 also of JULIA ANNIE second daughter b 11 Sept 1848 d 15 Jan 1923 side 2 also of son WILLIAM GEORGE PHAROE ELLIS MA BCMD St Catherines College b 23 Sept 1863 d 18 Aug 1925 and fifth daughter ANN b 28 Feb 1857 d 16 Apr 1930 and sixth daughter ELIZABETH b 26 Jan 1860 d 3 May 1948

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203273, 0.13700558 – click here for location

Site of Ellis grave – west
Site of Ellis grave – east



William George Ellis (26 June 1818 – 11 March 1889)

William was the son of William and Mary Ann Ellis.  He married Mary Ann Pharoe at Great St Mary’s  Church on 14 July 1841.  The couple had at least eight children: Mary Ann (1946-1911),Julia Annie (1848-1913), William (1850-1853), Clara Emily (1852-1923), Eliza (Lillie) (1855-1930), Ann (1857-1930), Elizabeth (1860-1948) and William George Pharoe (1863-1925). William worked as a plumber and glazier and they lived at 5 St. Mary’s Passage (1851) and then at 4 St. Edward’s Passage (at least 1861 onwards). He died at home aged 70 years old.

Mary Ann Ellis (née Pharoe)  (13 November 1819 – 15 February 1904)

Mary was born in Cambridge and was the daughter of Stephen and Mary Pharoe. She married William Ellis when she was 21 years old. After she was widowed she continued to live at St Edward’s Passage with her son William and daughter Elizabeth (1901).  She died at home aged 84 years old.

William Ellis (1850-1853)

William was the eldest son of William and Mary Ann Ellis.  He died aged 2 years old.

Mary Ann Ellis (5 June 1846- 23 February 1911)

Mary Ann was the eldest child of William and Mary Ann Ellis. She was baptised at St. Mary the Great Church on 28 June 1846.  By the age of 14 she was working as a pupil teacher and living at the family home. She became a school mistress and lived in Godmanchester (1871) and then in Horseheath (1891/1901). She did not marry and died in Cambridge aged 64 years old.

Julia Annie Ellis (11 September 1848 – 15 January 1923)

Julia was the second of William and Mary Ann’s daughters.  She was baptised at St. Mary the Great on 8 October 1848. She lived at home with her parents and  in 1871 was noted on the census as a shoe sellers assistant.  By 1901 she was living at 21 Trumpington Street with two domestic servants, and was described as a bootseller.  By 1911 she was living 67 St. Andrew Street with her siblings Elizabeth and William, and Julia was ‘a dealer in ladies and childrens boots’. She died in 1923 at 1 Mill Road aged 74 years old.

William George Pharoe Ellis (23 September 1863 – 18 August 1925)

William was the son of William and Mary Ann.  He was admitted to Cambridge University in 1884, but as a non-collegiate student [not attached to any college].  He was later admitted to St. Catherine’s College in October 1886, and got his B.A in 1887 and his M.A in 1891.  He was a junior demonstrator in Botany Department (1895-1898) before qualifying as a doctor in 1906.  When the census of 1911 was taken he was working as a doctor and living with sisters Elizabeth and Julia. He died aged 61 years old at his home Petersfield Lodge.

Ann Ellis (28 February 1857 – 16 Apri l1930)

Little is known of Ann’s life. She became a school teacher and in 1881 was living in Kimpton in Hertfordshire, where she ran the village school.  She died in Cambridge aged 73 years old.

Elizabeth Ellis (26 January 1860 – 3 May 1948)

Elizabeth also became a school teacher, and in 1891 was living at the family  home in St Edward’s Passage and teaching.  She had retired by the age of 41, and was living with her widowed mother. She later went to live with her siblings William and Julia (1911).  In 1939 she was living by herself at 67 St. Andrew Street, and was not noted as having any occupation.  She died aged 88 years old, having outlived her siblings.



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