CFHS code : HS106

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN beloved husband of SARAH DEEKS b Mar 11 1834 d April 4 1910 also of SARAH DEEKS b Sept 26 1835 d Oct 24 1917 also ANNE DEEKS daughter of above b March 24 1859 d Oct 25 1933 also LAVINIA DEEKS eldest daughter b Oct 24 1856 d Aug 1 1935

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202214, 0.13834509 – click here for location

Deeks kerb stones November 2018

Monument:
We were not able to check the entire inscription as we did not find the headstone, which we think may have fallen under the bush.

Inscription

In Loving Memory of JOHN beloved husband of SARAH DEEKS b Mar 11 1834 d April 4 1910

Also of SARAH DEEKS b Sept 26 1835 d Oct 24 1917 also ANNE DEEKS daughter of above b March 24 1859 d Oct 25 1933

Also LAVINIA DEEKS eldest daughter b Oct 24 1856 d Aug 1 1935

John Deeks (11 March 1834 – 4 April 1910)

John was born in Cheveley, a village four miles south-east of Newmarket.  He was the son of William and Theodosia Deeks. and was baptised on 13 April 1834.  William Deeks was a butcher, and Theodosia worked as a monthly nurse. Aged 17, John was living at home and working as a shepherd (1851).  He married Sarah Death in 1855.  The couple had nine children: Lavinia (1856-1935), Anne Maria (1859-1933), Sarah Elizabeth (1865-1922), Alfred John (1871-1947), William Jeffrey (1873-1942),  Edith Mercy (1874-1952) and a further three children who died as infants.  They settled to live in Cambridge, and John became a police constable.  The couple lived at 4 Broad Street (1861), 12 Brandon Place (1871), Newton House 5 Upper Gwydir Street (1881) and then at 160 Gwydir Street (1891 onwards). John served in the police for 34 years, and then  retiring served for 10 years as a Police Court Missionary.  He was a committed Methodist, but also a leading member of the  Church of England Temperance Association.  John’s politics were said to be Liberal, and he was also a local preacher, and travelled throughout the local area preaching wherever he was required.  John died aged 76 years old.

Sarah Deeks  (née Death) (26 September 1835 – 24 October 1917)

Sarah was the daughter of Geoffrey and Phoebe Death and was also born in Cheveley. Her father was a bricklayer and she grew up in the village before marrying John Death in 1855.   Like John she was a very active in the Methodist Church.  She died in 1917 aged 82 years old.

Anne Maria Deeks (24 March 1859 – 25 October 1933)

Anne was the second daughter of John and Sarah and appears to have been known as Annie.  She was baptised on 1 May 1859, and never married.  Annie lived at home with her parents and later with her sister Lavinia and worked as a dressmaker. She died aged 74 years old.

Lavinia Deeks (1856 – 1 August 1935)

Lavinia was born in Cheveley and appears to have been known as Winnie. In 1871 she was living in Foxton and working as a general servant to farmer Joseph Moore and his wife Hannah.  In 1881 she was back living with her  parents at Upper Gwydir Street, and was working as a dressmaker. In 1891 she was living on the Isle of Wight and working as a ladies maid.  She was still a ladies maid in 1901, but by 1911 had returned to live in Cambridge with her widowed mother and sister Annie.  She lived at 160 Gwydir Street until at least 1930, but in 1935 was living at Highfield Gate in Fulbourn.  Winnie died aged 79 years old.

Sources

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

By Claire Martinsen

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Anne Deeks; John Deeks; Lavinia Deeks; Sarah Deeks
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