CFHS code : HS2

Parish : Holy Sepulchre

Inscription : In Memory of DOROTHY the beloved wife of JOHN FLACK d Jan [4] 1870 age 50 also JOHN FLACK d Oct 10 1875 age 65 also CHARLOTTE widow of above d April 16 1915 age [83]

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202447,  0.13739039 – click here for location

Flack headstone 2017



Dorothy Flack  (née Whitbourne) ( c.1819 – 4 January 1870)

Dorothy was born in  Hackney, London and was the daughter of John and Dorothy. She was baptised at St. John’s Church, Hackney on 11 July 1819. She moved to live with William Creek who was her uncle in Thriplow (1841) and  then London Road, Trumpington (1851) before marrying widower John Flack in Trumpington in June 1854. John was a shoemaker and they lived at 9 Bridge Street where John had a shop.  Dorothy died at Bridge Street aged 50 and her death was announced in local newspapers  as ‘the much beloved wife of Mr John Flack, bootmaker, in the 51st year of her age, deeply lamented by  a numerous circle of friends and relations’.

John Flack (28 January 1810 – 10 October 1875)

John was the son of Walter and Sarah, brother of George and was baptised on 25 December 1910 at Holy Sepulchre Church.  He married Eliza Bradwell (1906-1853) on 12 April 1830 at Holy Sepulchre and they had at least five sons: John (1832-1893), Horace (1833-1880), Walter(1835-1909), Matthew (1836-) and David Bradwell (1840-1913). John worked as a master bootmaker, founding the company Flack and Sons,  and in 1851 was employing 25 men in his business, by 1871 this had rised to 35 men.  He lived and worked at 9 Bridge Street and married for a third time on 19 January 1871 in Fen Stanton to Charlotte Matthews.  John died at Bridge Street aged 65  years old.

The business was taken over by his sons Walter and  David.

Charlotte Flack (née Matthews)  (1832 – 16 April 1915)

Charlotte was the daughter of Benjamin and Ann and was baptised on 29 February 1832.  She worked as a lady’s maid in Stanwell (1861) before marrying the twice widowed John Flack when she was 39 years old.

After John’s death she moved to live at 18a St. Peter’s Street (1881), Cowley in Oxfordshire (1891) and 19 Devonshire Road (1901). She adopted her niece Elsie Charlotte Arrow (1880-).  In 1911 she was living in Horsham with her widowed sister Sarah who ran a Lodging House there, and died in Cambridge aged 83 years old. Her funeral took place on 20 April at Holy Sepulchre Church, followed by internment at Mill Road Cemetery.



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Charlotte Flack; Dorothy Flack; John Flack