CFHS code : CL140

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Ever Loving Memory of HENRY JOHN DARKINS husband of ELIZABETH REBECCA d Dec 25 1932 age 79 and ELIZABETH REBECCA DARKINS d 25 Feb 1949 aged 92

Monument : Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Henry John Darkins (1852 – 25 December 1932)

Henry was the fourth of seven children born to James Darkins (1799 – 1869) and Anne Bunting (1819 – 1888).  His siblings were Mary Ann (b 1838),  Lizzie (b 1849).  Sarah (1850 – 1934),  William Thomas (b 1855),  George Walter (1858 – 1939) and  Lydia Clara (1860 – 1931). James Darkins was a greengrocer, Anne was a college servant and Henry grew up at 16 King Street. After his father’s death the family moved to live at 35 Thompson’s Lane, and aged 18 Henry was working as a labourer, although he later trained as a picture frame maker/gilder.

He married Elizabeth Reynolds in Stapleford in 1884 and they had one son: Ernest Henry (1889-1975). The family lived at 4 Park Street (1891), 29 Malcolm Street (1901) and 20 Park Parade (at least 1911 onwards). Henry was a keen amateur singer, and his name appeared often in newspapers of the time relating to the numerous concerts he sang in. For example, in November 1900 he performed at the ‘first smoking concert of the season’ at the Beaconsfield Club, singing a twin duet with a Mr. Spence. He died at home aged 79 years old.



Elizabeth Rebecca Darkins (née Reynolds) (7 April 1856 – 25 February  1949)

Elizabeth was born in Cherry Hinton and baptised there on 4 October 1857. She was the daughter of coal merchant Frederick Reynolds (1821-) and Mary Ann (née Moule) (1833-1867). After she was widowed she ran a Lodging House from 20 Park Parade (1939) and died at 18 Milton Road aged 92 years old.



Family Genealogy – Blott and Brimson


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by Ian Bent with additional information by Claire Martinsen


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Elizabeth Rebecca Darkins; Henry John Darkins