This monument was not recorded by CFHS in their survey
Parish: St Andrew the Less
This cruciform coped stone, located in the pariah of Andrew the Less, stands1 row to the west of the east path and a few metres north of the path that runs to the centre circle.
To the …. Memory of MARTHA CHAMBERS EKINS
Who after many years of suffering born with sweet patience entered into rest Feb. 24.1899
[In Loving Memory of] GEORGE EKINS
Who after serving his own generation [at] Warboys came to Cambridge and peacefully fell on sleep Feb. 10. 1900.
Aged 86 years
Martha Chambers Ekins (1858 – 1899)
Martha was the youngest child of George & Sarah Ekins. She was born in Warboys, Huntingdonshire her mother died when she was only a year old. In 1871 she was a boarder at Carlton House School in Melbourn. He family home was the Manor House in Warboys until she moved to Cambridge with her father and 2 sisters sometime in the late 1980’s
Martha died at 8 Warkworth Terrace aged 41
George Ekins (c1813 – 1900)
George was the son of farmer George Ekins and his wife Rebecca. He was born in in Old Hurst, Huntingdonshire and in In 1841 he was living with his parents and siblings on the High St in Warboys. 1842 took out a lease on a farm in Warboys for an annual rent of £450. The land was near to, and possibly belonged to the church as the lease was with Rev. Wm. Finch rector of Warboys.
George married Sarah Ekins in Warboys on Wednesday July 12th 1848. There may have been family connections as Sarah’s father Thomas was also a farmer. They lived in the Manor House opposite the church.
They had at least 4 children. Frederick G (1850), Emily Jane S (1854), Ann Johnson (1857) and Martha Chambers (1858).
Sarah died in September 1859 aged 38.
George ran the farm until at least 1881 but by 1991 he had retired and was living with his 3 daughters at 8 Warkworth Terrace and he died there in 1900 aged 86..
Frederick went to boarding school in Huntingdon and then farmed in Warboys.It is not known if he was farming the Manor House farm but a year after his father’s death he sold up and retired.
Emily & Ann were in Ramsgate in Kent in 1911 and both seem to have lived into their 80’s.
A few months after George died the house at 8 Warkworth Terrace was robbed of “4s 7d, a pocket knife, a quantity of cheese, 3 keys and a postage stamp” The 3 thieves pleaded guilty.
By Mary Naylor
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