CFHS code : PL407

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : To the Memory of THOMAS DORKINGS d September 17 [1858] aged 60 also WILLIAM son of the above lines illegible also MARY ANN wife of above THOMAS DORKINGS remainder illegible

Monument : Headstone (eroded)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



Thomas Dorkings (1798 – 17 September 1858)

Thomas was born in Cambridge and married Mary Ann on 5 December 1826 in Waterbeach. They had at least six children: Sarah (1828-), William (1831-1858), David (1834-), Joseph (1837-1889), Eliza Constance (1839-1885) and Harriet (1843-). He worked as a shoemaker and the family lived at the Archway between Saxon Street and Downing Terrace, Lensfield Road. He died at home and his funeral took place on 22 September 1858.

William Dorkings (c.1831 – 22 December 1858)

William was the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Ann, and  in 1851 was lodging at Saxon Street, working as a labourer.    He later served as a Private in Her Majesty’s 64th Foot Regiment and  was engaged in the capture of Lucknow in March 1858 and the seige of Dehli which took place from June to September 1858. Both were rebellions against the authority of the East India Company.  William  was awarded a medal for being part of these campaigns and died at Futteghur, India.

Mary Ann Dorkings (née Jenyns/Jennings) (1806 – August 1867)

Mary was born in Waterbeach and married Thomas Dorkings when she was 20 years old.  She died at Russell Street and her funeral took place on 30 August 1867.



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Mary Ann Dorkings; Thomas Dorkings; William Dorkings