CFHS code : AG227

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN ELLISON b 4 Nov 1841 d 19 March 1895 In Loving Memory of EMILY the wife of JOHN ELLISON b 9th Aug 1840 d 19th Jun 1887 also of HENRY JOHN ELLISON b 6th May 1869 d 30th Oct 1894 Interred at Mount Olive Cemetery Salt Lake City Utah USA also MABEL HELEN ELLISON b 15 Jan 1871 d 29 March 1945

Monument : Stone cross/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Ellison cross January 2018

Lat Lon : 52.202916, 0.13634453 – click here for location


This cross, in the parish area of St Andrew the Great, is partially hidden in undergrowth, close to the west wall.  The inscription is carved onto the plinth and is still legible.


In Loving Memory of JOHN ELLISON born 4 Nov. 1841. died 19 March 1895.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth in Me hath everlasting life.”

east face
In Loving Memory of EMILY the wife of JOHN ELLISON born 9 Aug. 1840 died 19 Jun. 1887.

Also of HENRY JOHN ELLISON born 6th May 1869 died 30th Oct 1894 Interred at Mount Olive Cemetery Salt Lake City Utah USA

west face
And MABEL HELEN ELLISON b 15 Jan 1871 d 29 March 1945

Relationships – Husband & wife and 1 adult daughter and adult son who is buried abroad

John Ellison

John Ellison (1841-1895)  

John was born in Gargrave, Yorkshire. He was the son of John Ellison a farmer and his wife Ann. In 1861 John was a lawyer’s articled clerk. On the night of the census he was at the family home in Keighley, which appears to be a hotel although John snr is still a farmer he is now a hotel keeper as well. A number of servants are helping to run the hotel including a boot boy, ostler, kitchen maid and a waitress.

When John married Emily Welldon on October 31st 1866 at the church of St Peter and St Paul, Chatteris, he was living in Cambridge and working as a solicitor.  The couple set up home at 44 New Square, Cambridge, where they started their family. Edith Emily (b 1868), John Henry (1869-1894)), Mabel Helen (1871-1945), Charles Weldon (b 1874), Sydney Frederick (b 1878) and Cecil Martin (b 1880)

By 1878 the family were living at 8 Park Terrace where they had a cook, nurse and housemaid. After Emily died John married again. The 1891 census finds him living in Great Shelford with his new wife Rosa and their baby daughter.  Mabel Helen was still living at home. He continued to run his business, as a solicitor, in Petty Cury up until his death at the early age of 53. Shortly after being appointed clerk to the magistrates court he had become ill. There was a reference to his death and a full funeral report published in the Cambridge Independent Press on March 29th 1895. The funeral service for John took place at Great Shelford.

Emily Ellison

Emily Ellison (née Welldon) (1840-1887)

Emily was the daughter of Thomas, a farmer, and his wife Elizabeth. She was brought up on the large family farm in Manea, Cambridgeshire with her many brothers and sisters. (at least eight) The family kept a governess and three other servants (1881 census) Her mother died in 1858 when Emily was 19. There is a monument to Elizabeth and her son Frederick in the churchyard at St Nicholas church, Manea. Emily stayed with her father until her marriage eight years later. Her father lived until at least 1881 but it is not known when or where he was buried.

Henry John Ellison (1869-1894)

It is not known when Henry left England or the manner of his death.

Mabel Helen Ellison (1871-1945)

Mabel was living at 100 Hartington Grove, Cambridge when she died aged 74.

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CFHS parish and census transcripts
Photos from the Whitmore family archive

by Mary Naylor

Emily Ellison; Henry John Ellison; John Ellison; Mabel Helen Ellison