Mary Ann Moden (née Cross) of Ely
Mary Ann Moden (née Cross).

Mary Ann Cross

Mary Ann Cross was one of the two known children of George Cross and his wife Sabina ("Vine") Steadman (née Taylor) of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

She was born on Bugs Hill (a local nickname for Cambridge Road) in Ely.

After marrying Edward Moden, a horse keeper of Ely, the couple lived in Barton Road where they had seven children. Mary and Edward named my Great Grandmother after Mary's deceased infant sister - Susan Cross, who in turn was named after their Grandmother, Susan Taylor.

Sadly, two of their children did not survive infancy - Grace and Edward. The latter of these, their oldest son and the bearer of the traditional 'Edward Moden' name, lived for just 4 hours as a premature baby. Siblings and descendents did not appear to know of this child and he was only recently discovered in 2004, 110yrs after his brief life ended.

In 1898, Mary's father died. He had been the landlord of 'The Eagle and Lamb' pub on Cambridge Road, Ely. Her mother took over as landlady and on the 1901 census, Edward and Mary Ann Moden can be found living nextdoor with three of their daughters.

Mary Ann worked as a Shopkeeper, running her small store on the corner of Barton Road and Cambridge Road. She ran it for nearly 40 years with the help of her daughters, Mary, Grace, Vine and Susan. The shop closed down in the mid 1980's, no longer being in the ownership of the family and was converted into a house (as it remains today).

In her will, dated 1944, she leaves her home and business to her spinster daughter Grace.

Mary was born and died on the same road in Ely, living 83 years.

Further Details

20th July 1870 on Buggs Hill (Cambridge Road), Ely in Cambridgeshire, England.

14th August 1870 at St. Mary's Church, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.





8th November 1953 at 69 Cambridge Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 83yrs.

11th November 1953, with her daughter Grace Violet Moden, in Ely Cemetery, Cambridgeshire, England. Grave:CB2.141.