CFHS code : HS21

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : ISMO MARY JANE beloved wife of GEORGE EDMUND LISTER d November 3 1874 age 30 also AMY LETITIA FREER niece of the above d Oct 28 1879 age 20

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202426, 0.137565 – click here for location

Lister and Freer headstone May 2018



…..    pass through the ….    Thou art ….. ….

In Sacred Memory of MARY JANE beloved wife of GEORGE EDMUND LISTER
Who entered into rest November 3 1874 age 30


Also AMY LETITIA FREER niece of the above who died October 28 1879 age 20 years

Mary Jane Lister (née Gracey)  (1844 – 3 November 1874)

Mary was the daughter of John and Jane (née Quilliam) Gracey.  She was born in Peel, Isle of Man and baptised at Patrick on 20 April 1845.  Her father died when she was very young and aged 5 she was living with her widowed mother in Wavertree, Liverpool where Jane was working as a servant.  By 1861 her mother had returned to the Isle of Man and was running a lodging house at 57 Derby Square, Douglas.  Mary was working as a dressmaker and Amy Freer was also living with them – she was 2 years old and described as a granddaughter on the census.  Mary married George Edmund Lister (1842-1921) in Kirk Andreas just outside Ramsey on the Isle of Man on 15 April 1865. They had at least three children: Rev. Alfred Edmund Bradley (1866-1942), Edith Mary (1867-) and Reginald Arthur (1873-1890).

In 1871 the family were living at Lindum House, Huntingdon Road  where George was running a school and also working as a lay clerk.  Amy Freer was living with the family and was described as a niece/general servant.  The school later relocated to 70 Bridge Street and Mary died there aged 30 years old.  The notice of her death in the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal read ‘at 70, Bridge Street Mary Jane the beloved wife of Mr George Edmund Lister, lay clerk and master of the choristers’ school, St. John’s College’.

George Lister married for a second time in 1876 to Susannah Elizabeth Ridley (1839-1917).  They ran the Lindum House school together until at least 1911 and then retired to Hunstanton.  Susannah died in Norfolk in 1917, and George died at his son Alfred’s rectory in Surrey in January 1921.

Amy Letitia Freer (1859 – 28 October 1879)

Amy was born in Douglas, Isle of Man and was niece to Mary Ann Lister. She died at Lindum House from ‘consumption’ aged 20 years old.



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Amy Letitia Freer; Mary Jane Lister