CFHS code : HT504a

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ROBERT DEEKS late of Newmarket d Dec 11 1916 aged 73 also of REBECA his wife d Mar 14 1926 aged 81

Monument : Headstone (fallen and broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Robert Deeks (1843 – 11 December 1916)

Robert was born in New Buckenham, Norfolk and was the son of Charles and Julia.  He was baptised on 25 August 1844 He grew up in the village where his father was an agricultural labourer and his mother a charwoman. By the age of 17 he was working as a shoeing smith and was still living at home. He later moved to Newmarket to work for George Kerry and married Rebecca Farthing at St. Mary’s Church, Newmarket on 1 May 1867. The couple had two children: Jessie (1869-1953) and George Frederick (1870-1942). In November 1870 George Kerry charged Robert ‘with having left his work without giving him the necessary notice’ and claimed damages of £5.  The court found that he had failed to prove his case but ordered Robert Deeks to pay one weeks wages in lieu of notice. The couple lived at 3 Park Terrace (at least 1891 to 1914). They retired to live at 4 Clarendon Street, where Robert died aged 73 years old. His funeral took place on 15 December 1916.

Rebeca Deeks (née Farthing) (1844 – 14 March  1926)

Rebecca was born in Newmarket and baptised at St. Mary’s Church on 5 May 1844. She was the only daughter of Charles and Emma Farthing and grew up at Grosvenor Yard, where her father farmed 5 acres. After she was widowed she went to live with her daughter Jessie and son-in-law Arthur Ashby in Watton, Norfolk and died there aged 81 years old. She was buried in Cambridge on 18 March 1926.



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Rebeca Deeks; Robert Deeks