CFHS code : BE31

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : In Loving Memory of SUSAN beloved wife of HENRY KNIGHTS d Jan 15 1873 aged 47 also JANE daughter of the above d June 19 1875 aged 17 HENRY JOHN eldest son of the above d April 11 1876 aged 23 LAURA SMITH the beloved daughter of JANE KNIGHTS d Feb 12 1878 aged 17

Monument : Headstone (broken)

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey




Relationships: Mother, son, daughter, and step-daughter from husband’s second marriage.

Susan Knights [nee Allen]  (1826 – 15 January 1873)

Susan was born in Foxton and was the daughter of William and Rachel Allen.  William Allen was an agricultural worker, and she grew up on Stockers Lane in Foxton.  She married Henry Knights and they had at least six children together Henry John [1853-1876], Rachel Anne [1854-1915], William [1855-1944], Jane [1858-1875], David [1860-1891] and Emily Susan [1863-].

In 1861 they were living at West Wratting, where Henry was working as a servant.  By 1871 they had moved to the Porters Lodge at Downing College, Regent Street and Henry was working as a porter. Susan died in January 1873 aged 47 years old.


Jane Knights (1858 – 19 June 1875)

Jane was born at West Wratting, and then moved to the Porters Lodge at Downing College.  Her mother died when she was 15, and she died two years later aged 17 years old.


Henry John Knights (1852 – 11 April 1876)

Henry John was born in Foxton, and lived there with his grandparents for some part of his life.  In 1871 aged 19 years old he was back living with his parents at the Porters Lodge at Downing College – he was working as a print compositor.  He died in April 1876 at the age of 23 years old.


Laura Smith (c1860 –  1878)

After the death of his wife Susan Allen, Henry Knights [Snr] married again in 1875 to Jane Smith [nee Claydon].  Laura Smith was her daughter.

Her father was William Smith and he had died when she was around 1 years old.  Aged 10 she was living with her grandparents in High Easter, where her grandfather William Claydon was the village blacksmith.  She died in Cambridge aged 17 years old.


Henry Knight Continued to work at Downing College as Head Porter.  He moved to Fulbourn when he retired, and died in July 1891. He left an estate valued at £267.

Jane Knights [nee Claydon] continued to live in Fulbourn after the death of her husband.  She died in 1915.

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Henry John Knights; Jane Knights; Susan Knights; Laura Smith