CFHS code : AG158

Parish : St Andrew the Great

Inscription : In Loving Memory of EDWIN DENNIS b Feb 5 1843 d June 3 1907 also of FANNY DENNIS wife of the above b April 30 1844 d Sep 2 1907 also of GEORGE DENNIS son of the above b June 20 21860 d Jan 14 1871 also ALICE LOUISA DENNIS d April 4 1942 aged 78

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202811, 0.13667610

Dennis headstone December 2018

Monument 

Inscription

In Loving Memory of EDWIN DENNIS born Feb. 5. 1843. Died June 3. 1907.

Also of FANNY DENNIS. Wife of the above born April 30 1844. Died Sep. 2. 1907.

Also of GEORGE DENNIS. Son of the above born June 20. 1866. Died Jan. 14 1871.

also ALICE LOUISA DENNIS. Died April 4. 1942. Aged 78 years

Edwin Dennis (5 February 1842 – 3 June 1907)

(Although the grave monument is engraved with 1843, Edwin was born in February 1842)

Edwin was born in Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire and was the illegitimate son of Ann Dennis. He was baptised in Upper Gravenhurst on 10 April 1842. Aged 9 he was living with his mother and grandparents and all were noted as paupers. Aged 19 (1861) he was working as a groom for farmer Robert Low in Clophill, Bedfordshire.  Also working in the household was cook Fanny Setchell and the two married in late 1861.

The couple had at least four children: Alice Louisa (1863-1942), George (1866-1871), Arthur Edward (1877-) and Thomas Reginald (1883-1966).  They  lived in Gamlingay until at least 1866 as their first two children were born there, but in 1871 were living at Blue Lion Yard and Edwin was working as a gardener. In 1881 they were living at The Inland Revenue Office, St Andrew’s Street and Edwin was noted as being a brewer, it is likely he was also the live in caretaker for the office also.

They lived at 5 Camden Place in 1891/1901 and Edwin was noted as being a brewer/caretaker of the Inland Revenue Office respectively.  He died at Camden Place aged 65 years old.

Fanny Dennis (née Setchell) (30 April 1844 –  2 September 1907)

Fanny was born in Gamlingay and was the daughter of James and Elizabeth.  She grew up at Dutter End in the village and her father worked as a labourer. She worked as a cook before marrying Edwin Dennis when she was 17 years old.  She died at Camden Place less than three months after Edwin.

George Dennis (20 June 1866 – 14 January 1871)

George was born in Gamlingay and baptised there on 9 September 1866.  He died in Cambridge aged 4 years old.

Alice Louisa Dennis (10 October 1863 –  4 April 1942)

Alice was also born in Gamlingay and baptised there on 15 November 1863. Aged 18 Alice was living at the family home on St. Andrew’s Street and working as a pupil teacher.  In 1891 she was working as a certified elementary school teacher and was still living at home.  She worked as a school mistress in Dunchurch, Warwickshire (1901) before returning to Cambridge to live at 33 Clarendon Street with her brother Thomas Reginald (1911).  She is not noted as working from 1911 onwards and was still living at Clarendon Street with Thomas in 1939.  She died at home aged 78 years old.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Alice Louisa Dennis; Edwin Dennis; Fanny Dennis; George Dennis