This monument was not recorded by the CFHS survey.
The column, in the parish area of St Andrew the Less, is located to the north of the cemetery, on the east of the central path. Although close to the path it is usually hidden by undergrowth.
To the dear memory of my beloved husband George Owen
Who died Dec. 15. 1861. Aged 49 years.
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even them also that sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”
In Memory of Ann wife of Geo. Owen
Who died at Oxford Oct 7th 1880 aged 73
“We all do fall as a leaf”
George Owen (c 1813-1861)
George was born in Southwark, Surrey to George and Ann Owen. He was the son of George a block maker.
He married Ann Thompson, the 29 year old daughter of Edward Thompson, a cabinet maker. The wedding took place at St Botolph’s Church on May 23rd 1839. At this time George was working as a cook but the marriage entry in the parish records state he was from Manchester and this is where they seem to have started married life. (1841 census). It seems George also ran a drapery business in Manchester.
By 1861 he was cook at Clare College and lived with Ann in Merton Cottage, Northampton Street / Queen’s Road Cambridge. Merton Cottage was and still is a substantial house.
After his death one of his creditors was John Page Clayton, a local fishmonger.
Ann Owen (c 1808-1880)
Ann was born in Cambridge on 23rd July 1808. She was the daughter of Edward and Mary Thompson and baptised in St Benedict’s church. Her father died in November 1810 when he was 40 years old. A month later Mary gave birth to their fourth child Susanna. It is not known when or how Ann met George Owen. In 1851 she was staying with her sister Susanna Thurlbourn in Trinity Street, and is described as the wife of a draper.
We know that she left Merton Cottage after George died as there was a sale of furniture in March 1862. The auction details were announced in the Cambridge Independent Press and included walnut and mahogany furniture, a 3 -light gasalier (chandelier that burnt gas), feather beds and damask curtains.
Ann died in the parish of St Clement, Oxford and her body was returned to Cambridge to be buried with her husband on October 11th 1880.
CFHS transcripts of parish and census records
British Newspaper Archive
Find My Past
by Mary Naylor