CFHS code : HT204

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Affectionate Memory of GEORGE GERMAN DENT beloved husband of CAROLINE DENT d 3 Sept 1894 aged 54 also CAROLINE DENT d 10 Dec 1896 aged 69

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

the inscription on the headstone is still clear. Photo January 2017
Dent headstone January 2017


This headstone, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located on the southern edge of the south path just before it bends to the north.


‘In Affectionate Memory of GEORGE GERMAN DENT
beloved husband of CAROLINE DENT who died Sept 3rd 1894 aged 54 years.’

“In the midst of life we are in death.”

‘Also of CAROLINE DENT his beloved wife.
Who departed this life Dec 10th 1896 aged 69 years.’

George German Dent (1840 – 3 September 1894)

George was the second son of Robert and Mary Ann (née German) and grew up at the Black Swan pub on Bridge Street where his father was a publican and blacksmith (1861).  The family later moved to 2 Jordan’s Yard where his father ran a horse shoeing buisness (1871) and George also worked as a blacksmith. He married widow Caroline Purkis in 1862 and they had at least four children: Robert William (1862-1934), Ellen Jane (Nellie) (1865-1933), Mary Ann (Pollie) (1868-1931) and George Henry (1871-1910).  They lived at 32 Park Street (1871) and then 98 King Street (1881/1891) and George was described as a general smith.  Caroline meanwhile worked as a college bedmaker. He died at home aged 54 years old.

Caroline Sarah Dent (née Larkins) (29 September 1827 – 10 December 1896)

Caroline was the daughter of Henry and Ellen (née Spicer) and was baptised on 21 October 1827.  She grew up at Park Street and her father was a labourer.  Aged 23 she was working as a seamstress before marrying John Purkis(1830-1856)  on 22 February 1852 at All Saints’ Church, Cambridge. The couple are believed to have had two children: Henry John (1853-1911) and Alfred (1855-1855) before John died at Magdalene Street in April 1856 aged 26 years old. Caroline then returned to live with her widowed mother and sister Martha at 1 Jordan’s Yard (1861) and married George Dent who lived next door at 2 Jordan’s Yard the following year. After she was widowed for a second time she lived at 40 Norwich Street and died there aged 69 years old.



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Caroline Dent; George German Dent