CFHS code : PL545

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ELLIS LEECH [d 3 April 1895] also SARAH LEECH d Dec 13 1915

Monument : Stone cross (fallen)/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Ellis Leech (1850 – 3 April 1895)

Ellis was the son of David and Eliza and was born in Charsfield, a village 12 miles north east of Ipswich, Suffolk.  David Leech was a tailor and although the family were living in Charsfield in 1861, by 1871 they had moved to live at 8 East Street in Ipswich and Ellis was working as a stonemason.  He married Sarah Copping on 10 September 1871 at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich and they had seven children: Ellis (1870-1924), Eleanor Emily (1874-1963), Rosa Annie (1874-1952), Edward William (1875-1916), Robert Charles  (1879-1941),  Beatrice Laura (1881-1978) and Percy Herbert (1993-1974).  Their eldest son Ellis was born out of wedlock and was called Ellis Leech Copping on the 1871 census.

The family  appeared to have moved around the country at the start of their marriage as  Ellis and Eleanor were born in Ipswich and Rosa in Leicestershire, but by at least 1877  they had settled in Cambridge.  They lived at 72 Gwydir Street (1881), Eckworth Villas, Cavendish Road (1893) and then 3 Union Road (1891). Ellis died at Union Road aged 44 years old.

Sarah Leech (née Copping)  (c.1852 – 13 December 1915)

Sarah was born in Hacheston, Suffolk (a village between Wickham Market and Framlingham) and baptised there on 22 February 1852.  She was the daughter of carpenter Robert and Eliza (née Mann)  and by 1861 the family had moved to live in Ipswich.  After the birth of her first son Ellis in July 1870 she left him in the care of her parents and in April 1871 was working as a domestic servant in London for G.P. Robert Heelis.

She left Cambridge after she was widowed and in 1901 was working as housekeeper for Rev. Roger Faning at the Rectory, Stanningfield, Suffolk. In 1911 she was living by herself in Portsmouth and died there in December 1915.



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Ellis Leech; Sarah Leech