George Cross

George Cross was one of the third of the eleven children of Jacob Cross and his first wife Mary Ann Newell of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

When he was about 19 years old, his mother died. After five years, his father went on to re-marry.

George married Sabina "Vine" Steadman Taylor of Cambridge Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire and the couple had two known children, both daughters. At the time of the birth of their youngest daughter - Susan Cross in 1872, the family lived in St. John's Place. Sadly Susan failed to thrive and died when she was only a few days old. The couple had no more children.

In 1892, George Cross left agriculture and became the Publican of the 'Eagle and Lamb' pub, owned by Morgan's Brewery Co. Ltd, on Cambridge Road, Ely. The pub also included a brewery behind it.

Following his death in 1898, his widow "Vine" takes over the licence and is listed as the landlord from 1898-1904. She appears on the 1901 census a widow landlord with two lodgers.

After Vine gives up the licence, it exchanges landlords a few times before closing. The pub and most of the brewery has now been demolished, and the site is now an access road to housing.

Life Events


  • 1850 at Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 17th February 1850 at St. Mary's Church, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.



Census and Residence

  • 1851: 1yr, Buggs Hill, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1861: Ely census destroyed.
  • 1871: 18yrs, Smockhill Alley, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1881: 30yrs, St. John's Place, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1891: 40yrs, St. John's Place, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 1871-1881: General Labourer
  • 1891: Agricultural Labourer
  • 1892-1898: Publican at The Eagle and Lamb (Public House)


  • September 1898 at The Eagle and Lamb Public House, Cambridge Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England. Aged 48 years.


  • 6th September 1898 in grave D540[C] at Ely City Cemetery, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

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