CFHS code : PL407
Parish : St Paul
Inscription : To the Memory of THOMAS DORKINGS d September 17  aged 60 also WILLIAM son of the above lines illegible also MARY ANN wife of above THOMAS DORKINGS remainder illegible
Monument : Headstone (eroded)
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Thomas Dorkings (1798 – 17 September 1858)
Thomas was born in Cambridge and married Mary Ann on 5 December 1826 in Waterbeach. They had at least six children: Sarah (1828-), William (1831-1858), David (1834-), Joseph (1837-1889), Eliza Constance (1839-1885) and Harriet (1843-). He worked as a shoemaker and the family lived at the Archway between Saxon Street and Downing Terrace, Lensfield Road. He died at home and his funeral took place on 22 September 1858.
William Dorkings (c.1831 – 22 December 1858)
William was the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Ann, and in 1851 was lodging at Saxon Street, working as a labourer. He later served as a Private in Her Majesty’s 64th Foot Regiment and was engaged in the capture of Lucknow in March 1858 and the seige of Dehli which took place from June to September 1858. Both were rebellions against the authority of the East India Company. William was awarded a medal for being part of these campaigns and died at Futteghur, India.
Mary Ann Dorkings (née Jenyns/Jennings) (1806 – August 1867)
Mary was born in Waterbeach and married Thomas Dorkings when she was 20 years old. She died at Russell Street and her funeral took place on 30 August 1867.
Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS
by Claire Martinsen
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