CFHS code : ED6
Parish : St Edward
Inscription : MARY the beloved wife of ARTHUR DECK d 7 Apr 1863 aged 33 also three of her children ALICE MARY d 29 Dec 1863 aged  EDWARD ISAIAH d [-]5 Jan 1864 aged 2 [JOHN] [——-] d 27 Jan 1864 aged  also GODFREY son of ARTHUR and CHARLOTTE DECK d 12 Mar 1876 aged 10 months FREDERICK son of ARTHUR and MARY DECK died in Philippines 15 Oct [—-] aged 35 footstone ARTHUR DECK FCSFS d  Sep 1903 aged 83 CHARLOTTE wife of above d 20 Mar 1916 aged 77
Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Footstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.203092, 0.13755304 – click here for location
This headstone surmounted by Celtic cross, with kerb stones and footstone, in the parish area of St Edward, is located beside the central path, to its west side, about 25 yards north of the centre circle.
Mary the beloved wife of Arthur Deck
departed this life Apr 7 1863 aged 33 years’
Also three of her children
Alice Mary died Dec 29 1863 aged 6 years
Edward Isaiah died Jan 5 1864 aged 2 years
John Kenneth died Jan 27 1864 aged 4 years
Also Godfrey son of Arthur and Charlotte Deck
died Mar 12 1876 aged 10 months
Frederick son of Arthur and Mary Deck
died in Philippines Oct 15  aged 35
Arthur Deck FCSFS died 3 Sep 1903 aged 83
Charlotte wife of above died 20 Mar 1916 aged 77
[much indepherable material]
Mary Deck (1828‒63)
Mary Andrews was baptised on 23 November 1828 at the church of St Swithin-over-Kingsgate, Winchester, the daughter of Edward Andrews, a coachbuilder employing 14 men, and his wife Ann. The family lived at 2 Jewry Street, Winchester. Already in 1841, Edward and Ann had six children; in that year, Mary may have been attending Bishop’s Court School in Andover. The 1851 census lists her back at the family home, aged 22, but gives no occupation.
Mary married Arthur Deck on 25 September 1856 at the Church of St Thomas, Winchester and the couple lived above the family chemist shop at 9 King’s Parade, Cambridge. By 1861 the couple had three daughters ‒ Alice Mary (1857‒63), Emily Agnes (1858‒) and Julia Henrietta (1859‒) ‒ and four sons ‒ John Kenneth (c.1860‒64), Arthur Albert (1861‒), Edward Isaiah (1862‒64), and Frederick (1863‒98). At the time of that year’s census Mary’s younger sister Elizabeth (Betsy) was visiting them, as she was also at the time of the 1871 census.
Mary died on 7 April 1863 at the age of 33, only eleven days after giving birth to Frederick, and was buried on 11 April at a depth of 9 feet.
Alice Mary Deck (1857‒63)
Alice Mary was baptised on 13 September 1857 at St Edward’s Church, the daughter of Arthur Deck and his first wife Mary. She died six-and-a-half years later, on 29 December 1863, and was buried two days later in row XXXIII of the parish area of St Edward, plot 8 (though her burial is not recorded in the St Edward grave register).
Edward Isaiah Deck (1862‒64)
Edward was born on the 8 January 1862 and baptised on 9 April of that year at St Edward’s Church, the son of Arthur Deck and his first wife, Mary. He died two years later, on 5 January 1864, and was buried two days after that. Since he was buried only 22 days before his brother John Kenneth, the two boys were laid to rest at the same depth, 8 feet, one foot above their mother.
John Kenneth Deck (c.1859‒64)
John Kenneth was born probably in the second half of 1859, the son of Arthur Deck and his first wife, Mary. John died on 27 January 1864, aged 4½ and was buried two days later row XXXIII of the parish area of St Edward, plot 8. Since he was buried only 22 days after his brother Edward Isaiah, the two boys were laid to rest at the same depth, 8 feet, one foot above their mother. There is no record of his having been baptised.
Godfrey Deck (1875‒76)
Godfrey Deck was the son of Arthur Deck and his second wife, Charlotte. He was born in January(?) 1875, baptised on 11 June of that year, died ten months later on 12 March 1876, and was buried four days later in row XXXIII of the St Edward parish area, in plot 8 at a depth of 7 feet, one foot about his step-brothers Edward Isaiah and John Kenneth.
Frederick Deck (1863‒98)
Frederick Deck was the son of Arthur Deck and his first wife Mary. He was born on 22 March 1863, baptised on 18 April of that year, and died in the Philippines on 15 October 1898, aged 35.
Arthur Deck, FCSFS (1825‒1903) – see also life story page
Arthur was born on 15 November 1825 in Cambridge, the son of Isaiah Deck, chemist, and his wife Susan. He was baptised at St Edward’s Church on 9 December of that year. By 1841, at the age of 16, he was already an assistant chemist in his father’s shop at 9 King’s Parade. Ten years later, now qualified as a ‛chemist & druggist’, he was working with Nathaniel B Gibbs, chemist and druggist, at 81 Connaught Terrace, Paddington, London. Gibbs was unmarried and three years younger than Arthur, but he was head of the household; living with him was his widowed mother, his cousin, an apprentice, a house servant and an errand boy.
Arthur’s father, Isaiah, died two years later, in 1853, and Arthur presumably returned to Cambridge to take over the pharmacy at 9 King’s Parade, Isaiah’s widow and children moving to an address on Trumpington Street. On 25 September 1856, he married Mary Andrews at St Thomas’s Church, Winchester, and brought her to Cambridge, where the couple went on to have three daughters ‒ Alice Mary (1857‒63), Emily Agnes (1858‒) and Julia Henrietta (1859‒1864) ‒ and four sons ‒ John Kenneth (c.1860‒64), Arthur Albert (1861‒), Edward Isaiah (1862‒64), and Frederick (1863‒98). At the time of that year’s census Mary’s younger sister Elizabeth (Betsy) was visiting them, as she was also at time time of the 1871 census.
Mary died in 1863, aged 33, leaving him widowed with six children aged between two weeks and five years. The household did have two or three servants who must have helped with them, and Mary’s younger sister, Elizabeth (Betsy), who was present as a ‛visitor’ at both the 1861 and 1871 censuses, perhaps assisted as well. Arthur subsequently married her younger sister Charlotte Andrews on 6 September 1871 at All Souls’ Church, Langham Place, London. By 1891, Charlotte had given birth to five children, of whom four had survived infancy: Herbert (c.1873‒), Reginald (c.1877‒), Charlotte Lilian (c.1879‒1916) and Kathleen Valetta (c.1883‒1963).
The pharmaceutical business was still being run by Arthur in 1901. Soon after that he must have retired and the family bought the newly built house ‛Holydene’, 28 Tenison Avenue. Arthur died on 3 September 1903, twelve days short of his 83rd birthday. His grave was dug on the next day in row XXXIII of the St Edward parish area, plot 8, and he was buried 6 feet deep (his coffin lying 3 feet above Mary’s body, 2 feet above his infant sons Edward Isaiah and John Kenneth, and one foot above his infant son Godfrey, on the 5th. Charlotte outlived him by 13 years.
Charlotte Deck (née Andrews) (c.1839‒1916)
Charlotte Andrews was born in Winchester, Hampshire, on 22 August 1838, the daughter of Edward Andrews, coach builder, and his wife Ann, and baptised at St Thomas’s Church, Winchester on 12 September of that year. The family lived at 2 Jewry Street, Winchester, and by 1841 Edward and Ann had six children: Edward (c.1829‒), Alfred (c.1830‒), John (c.1832‒), Elizabeth (c.1833‒), Charlotte, and Harry (c.1840‒); by 1851 they had also Ellen (c.1843‒), and also listed is Mary (c.1829‒).
Charlotte’s elder sister, Mary Andrews, had married Arthur Deck of Cambridge on 25 September 1856 at St Thomas’s Church, Winchester. Mary died eight years later, and Arthur subsequently married Charlotte herself on 6 September 1871 at the All Souls’ Church, Langham Place, Marylebone, London, immediately prior to which Charlotte had been boarding at a house on Midsummer Common as a governess in the household of Frederick Smith, schoolmaster. Charlotte, having joined Arthur at 9 King’s Parade, subsequently gave birth to five children, of whom four survived infancy: Herbert (c.1873‒), Reginald (c.1877‒), Charlotte Lilian (c.1879‒1916) and Kathleen Valetta (c.1883‒1963).
Some time between 1901 and 1903 Arthur had retired, and he and Charlotte were living as 28 (‛Holydene’) Tenison Avenue [photo]. Arthur died on 3 September 1903. Charlotte survived him by over twelve years, continuing to live at the Tenison Avenue address. She died on 20 March 1916 at the age of 77, her grave was dug on 20 May, and she was buried on 23 May in row XXXIII of the St Edward parish area, in plot 8.
England census returns 1841‒1901
England & Wales census return 1911
Church of St Edward, Cambridge, baptismal register (Arthur, Alfred, Charlotte, Louisa, Alice, Arthur Albert, Edward, Frederick, Herbert, Godfrey, Reginald, Charlotte Lilian, Kathleen)
Church of St Edward, Cambridge, burial register (Mary, Alice, Edward, Godfrey, Arthur, Charlotte)
Church of St Edward, Cambridge, grave book (Mary, Edward, John, Godfrey, Arthur, Charlotte)
By Ian Bent