CFHS code : AL70

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MINNIE WORBOYS wife of LAURENCE WILLIAM BECK and only daughter of JANE AUGUSTA TOCOCK who fell asleep at Neward Sep 5 1910 aged 27 also of JANE AUGUSTA TOCOCK daughter of BENJAMIN WORBOYS who passed away at Midhurst Dec 15 1927 aged 69

Monument : Open Book

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.203952, 0.13819439 – click here for location

Tocock and Beck monument February 2018

Monument

This open book lies within the kerb stones of the Worboys Monument

Inscription

In Loving Memory of MINNIE WORBOYS
wife of LAURENCE WILLIAM BECK,
and only daughter of JANE AUGUSTA TOCOCK.
Who fell asleep at Newark Sep. 5. 1910. Aged 27 years.

Also of JANE AUGUSTA TOCOCK daughter of BENJAMIN WORBOYS who passed away at Midhurst Dec 15 1927 aged 69

Minnie Worboys Beck (née Tocock) (c.1883 – 5 September 1910)

Minnie was the eldest daughter of Charles and Jane (née Worboys).  She was born in Hungerford in Berkshire, but returned to live in Cambridge after the death of her father in 1887.  She lived with her grandmother at 5 Newmarket Road (1891), and later with her mother at 34 Mill Road (1901). Minnie was a member of the Zion Baptist Chapel Choir and a talented contralto. She sang solos at a Chapel Concert in March 1900 and the Cambridge Independent Press reported that ‘Miss Worboys sang splendidly, her solos being quite the feature of the evening’.

She married Laurence William Beck (1882-1960) at Christ Church in Cambridge on 15 January 1907.  Laurence was a customs officer, and the couple moved to Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire.  Minnie died at their home at 33 Wellington Street in September 1910 aged 27 years old.

Jane Augusta Tocock (née Worboys) (c.1858 – 15 December 1927)

Jane was the daughter of Benjamin and Ann Worboys.  Her father was a brewer and she grew up at 5 Newmarket Road.  Aged 23 she was living at 16/17 Market Square in Northampton, where she was a milliner in the drapery business of Greaves Smith.  She married Charles Edward Tocock (1855-1887) at Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge on 12 April 1882.

Charles and Jane Tocock photographed c.1882

Charles was a partner in a grocery business in Hungerford in Berkshire, and the couple returned to live there.  Jane and Charles had two children: Minnie Worboys (1883-1910) and Charles Edward (1884-1961).  Jane’s husband Charles was hospitalised at the private Fairford Asylum on 16 January 1887, and died there 2 days later.  She then returned to live in Cambridge.

She lived at 34 Mill Road (from at least 1901 to at least 1904) where she worked as a milliner, then at 56 Maids Causeway (1910).  When her daughter Minnie died in Newark-on-Trent she went to live with her son-in-law Laurence, and appears to have become his housekeeper.  In the census of 1911, Jane was recorded as living at Wellington Road, with Laurence, boarder Harold Strange, and domestic servant Annie Bilton.  Laurence then moved to Midhurst in Sussex with his job, and Jane moved with him. She died at their home of Cranesden, North Street in Midhurst in December 1927 aged 69 years old.

Laurence Beck remarried in 1928 to Kathleen Muriel Bowyer (1897-1985).  He died in Chichester in February 1960.

Sources:

Ancestry

Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

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Minnie Worboys Beck; Jane Augusta Tocock