CFHS code : HT28
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : In Loving Memory of Our dear Mother ANN MARIA FEAKS b 2 Sept 1832 d 2 June 1914 also URBAN FEAKS husband d 27 Jan 1916 aged 90
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Ann Maria Feaks (1832-1914)
Ann Maria was born in Haddenham, near Ely but little is known of her early life. She married Urban Feaks and they had three children: Edith Rebecca (1869-1907), Edward Urban (1871-1942) and Ellen Maria (1873-1944). Urban was a butcher and the family lived at 62 Norwich Street (1871) and then at 1 New Court, King Street (at least 1881 onwards). Ann worked as a college bedmaker and died aged 79 years old.
Urban Feaks (1825 – 27 January 1916)
Born in Swaffham Prior, Urban was the son of publican John and Rebecca Feaks. John died in 1846, and Rebecca took over the running of the pub – Urban lived with her until at least 1863. He was a butcher/farmer and in December 1852 was declared bankrupt and served time in the Cambridge County Goal. In April 1856 he went before Cambridge magistrates charged with selling meat ‘unfit for human food’. Policeman William Vialls was a witness at the trail as he had previously been a butcher. The bench found Urban guilty and he was fined either 20s and costs or 14 days imprisonment. Urban ‘boldly stated that the calf was good; that he meant to kill four more like it on Monday no better than the one complained of; but he should send them to London, where they woudl be examined by competent persons, and not by a lot of policemen, who knew nothing about the matter’. In November 1863 he took part in the ‘Swaffham Prior Amateur and Novoices Ploughing Match’ where he was recorded as being a ‘butcher out of business’. After he was widowed he continued to live at King Street and died aged 90 years old.
by Claire Martinsen
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