CFHS code : BE106

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Memory of The Rev MATTHEW GENT MA sometime curate of St Benedicts d Dec 16 1857 age 30 also his mother MARY ANN GENT d March 19 1877 age 77

Monument : Ground slab

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202604, 0.13616861 – click here for location

Gent ground slab October 2017


In the parish area of St Bene’t, this slab is located to the west of the west path.  Interestingly it is at right angles to the path.


In Memory of
sometime curate of St Benedicts.
Who died Dec. 16. 1857. Aged 30

Also his mother MARY ANN GENT.
Who died March 19. 1877. Aged 77

Matthew Gent (12 August 1827 – 16 December 1857)

Matthew was born in London, and was the son of Matthew and Mary Ann Gent. He was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Marylebone on 4th November 1827. Aged 13 he was living in Plymouth with his mother. He went up to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in July 1848. He gained his BA, in the Classical Tripos (1st Class) in 1852, and his MA in 1855. On the 1851 census he was living at 9 Portugal Place with his mother. He was ordained by the Bishop of Ely in 1856, and served as the curate of St Benets Church from 1856 until his death. His death was announced in the Cambridge Chronicle on December 19th but no details were given.

Mary Ann Gent (née Varcoe) (24 September 1799 – 19 March 1877)

Mary Ann was probably born in Plymouth, Devon and was the daughter of Thomas and Ann Varcoe. Her place of birth varies between every census record, and is recorded as London (1851), Devizes in Wiltshire (1861) and Plymouth in Devon (1871). She married widowed Matthew Gent in London and they had one son, Matthew. It is thought she was widowed by 1841 and was living with Matthew (Jnr) at 11 Gasking  Street in Plymouth that year. She then moved to Cambridge when her son came to study, and stayed living in the city after his death. She lived at 15 Portugal Place from at least 1861 onwards and was described as a ‘fundholder’ on census returns. She died at home aged 77 years old.



Newspaper archives

A Cambridge Alumni database

by Claire Martinsen

[If you have any further information about this family, please contact us at]

Mary Ann Gent; Matthew Gent