CFHS code : PL402

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : AMELIA ANN HARKNESS b Jan 184[5] d June 25 1900 also her beloved mother name illegible [AMELIA ANN HARKNESS, HENRIETTA HARKNESS]

Monument : Stone cross (base only)

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey


Inscription The grave register was used to complete the inscription

AMELIA ANN HARKNESS b Jan 1845 d June 25 1900

Also her beloved mother AMELIA ANN HARKNESS,


Relationship: Mother and two daughters

Amelia Ann Harkness (1845 – 25 June 1900)

Amelia was the eldest daughter of George and Amelia Harkness and was born in Belfast.  Her mother came from Devon and in  1850 the family were living in Bideford and her mother later ran a grocery shop on Bridge Street, Bideford (1861). By 1877 Amelia had moved to live at  33 Panton Street with her mother and sister Henrietta.  She worked as a governess, and died in London aged 55 years old.

Amelia Ann Harkness (née Weekes) (1816 – May 1905)

Amelia was born in Barnstaple and was the daughter of Robert Henry Weekes (1785-1852) and Mary (née Kittow) (1791-1877). She married George Harkness (1807-1851) in 1842 and they had three daughters: Amelia Ann, Henrietta (1849-1923) and Marian Weekes (1850-1853). George was Irish, and the couple spent their early married life in Belfast where Amelia and Henrietta were born, before returning to Devon where youngest daughter Marian was born.  In November 1850 George was hospitalised and died on 25 January 1851 aged 43 years old.  Amelia lived with her two daughters at Panton Street and died aged 89 years old.  She was buried at Mill Road Cemetery on 12 May 1905.

Henrietta Harkness (1849 – 25 January 1923)

Henrietta was born in Belfast and worked as a governess. It is thought she was a member of the Addenbrooke’s Needlework Guild and attended their annual meeting in June 1905.  She continued to live at Panton Street after the death of her mother and sister, but died in Blackheath, London.  She was buried on 29 January1923 aged 75 years old.


Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

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Amelia Ann Harkness; Amelia Ann Harkness; Henrietta Harkness