CFHS code : AL263
Parish : St Andrew the Less
Inscription : HARRIETT for 58 years the loved and loving wife of CHARLES THOMAS KEEN d April 13 1908 aged 78 also of Rev C T KEEN died very suddenly on March 22 1912 in his 89th year
Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Situated close to the east wall, in the parish area of St Andrew the Less, this headstone is intact but faces into a dense bush.
HARRIETT for 58 years the loved and loving wife of
CHARLES THOMAS KEEN. Entered into rest April 13. 1908. aged 78 years
Also of Rev. C .T. KEEN entered into his rest very suddenly on March 22. 1912 in his 89th year
Harriett Keen (nee Hardy) (c.1830 – 13 April 1908)
Harriett was the daughter of George and Susan Hardy. She was born in Ely, and baptised there on 24th February 1830. She married Charles Keen in Ely in 1850 when she was 20 years old. They started married life by living on East Road, Cambridge as Charles was the Baptist Minister of the Zion Church there.
As a Baptist Minster Charles moved frequently with his job, and the Keens had at least 10 children, who were born in different locations according to his work.
- Harriet Ellen (1853-) – born Lambeth, London
- Isabella A (1855-1941]) – born Homerton, London
- Mary Louisa (1857-1889) – born Lambeth, London
- Walter Henry (1859-1914) – born Bridgnorth, Shropshire
- George Alfred (1860-) – born Stafford, Staffordshire
- Stuart Gordon Holland Shadwell (1862 – 19470 – born Londonderry, Ireland
- Elizabeth Ashley (1864-1947) – born Ballymena, Antrim, Ireland
- Hardy (1866-1946)- born Bridgnorth, Shropshire
- Catherine Emily M (1868-1950) – born Bridgnorth, Shropshire
- Ada Susanna Cleveland (1870-1962) – born Lambeth, London
In the census of 1861 the family were living in Castle Church, Staffordshire where Charles was the Minister of the Baptist Chapel. In 1871 the family were in Lambeth, and in 1881 they were in Redhill in Surrey.
Eventually the family returned to Cambridge, at least by 1889, as this is where Mary Louisa Keen died in 1889. They lived firstly at 34 Emery Street, before moving to 7 North Terrace (c1896) and then 14 Mawson Road (c1900-). Harriett Keen died in April 1908 aged 78 years old.
Rev. Charles Thomas Keen (1823 – 22 March 1912)
Charles was the son of the Rev. Charles Thomas and Isabella Keen. His father was a Baptist minister, who was born in London, but married Isabella Holland in Cork, Ireland. They married in 1822, and Charles was born in Cork in 1823. Charles Thomas Keen Senior, also seems to have travelled extensively preaching, as his six children were born in Ireland, Scotland, Suffolk, Worcestershire and Leicestershire.
Charles Thomas Keen (Jnr) became a Baptist Minister in 1848 and was in charge of the Zion Church on East Road, Cambridge. By all accounts he was a dynamic minister, leading the church through reform and increasing membership of the church. He resigned four years later, due to a disagreement with the church committee over who should pay for repairs to the church. Charles had agreed to some repairs, but the church committee were unwilling to pay and wanted Charles Keen to pay for these personally. He moved to Regent’s Street Baptist Church in Lambeth. He was asked to return in Cambridge in 1857, but refused. Although newspaper reports record him as having preached at the Zion during the 1880’s he only returned to the city after retirement. He once again became involved with the Zion Church, and saw it grow from strength to strength.
After being widowed in 1908, he lived at 146 Tenison Road with his daughters Isabella and Catherine Emily. He died in Camberwell in London, aged 88 years old.
by Claire Martinsen