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Name: George Finnis

Burial Number: 0756

Gender: Male

Occupation: Police Constable; Boatman of a Barge;

Born: 00/10/1827

Died: 08/09/1914

Buried: 11/09/1914

Millicent Cooper

George Finnis


George Finnis was one of 11 children born to George Finnis of Tarring and Millicent Cooper of Arundel. He was baptised in Broadwater on 6th October 1827.

His father worked as a blacksmith and shoeing smith in Montague Street Worthing. George lived with his family until he married in 1852 aged 24 years.

In Broadwater, he married Rebecca Kent from Hempnall, Norfolk in 1852, she was working as a housemaid in Worthing at the time.

Georges first daughter Millicent was born in Worthing, his second Fanny Sarah in Depwade in Norfolk, before the family settled in London, where George worked as a police constable and having another 6 children, Henry, Caroline, Emily, Mary Ann, Eliza and Mary.

George’s career as a Police Constable was in London. He resigned from the Metropolitan Police in Westminster on 1st March 1878 on account of Debility and long service. He moved back to Worthing and lived at 12 Thorn Terrace in Worthing with a pension of £62 and 8 Shillings a year. In 1891 he was living with his wife and 3 of his daughters in Thorn Road at the age of 64.

George died a widow on 8 September in 1914 at the age of 86 he was laid to rest at Heene Cemetery on 11 September close to his daughter Eliza’s grave who died in 1901 and close to his wife Rebecca’s grave who died in 1908

Later in 1927 his daughter Sarah Fanny Finnis dies and is laid to rest with her father in Heene.

Researcher: Gail Warner-Clarkson

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for George Finnis

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 2 Plot: 34

Exact Location (what3words): deeply.term.fence

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of George Finnis died 8th Sep 1914 aged 86 "Until the day break" Also of Sarah Finnis died 7th July 1927 aged 73 years.

Further Information


Name: George Finnis

Gender: Male

Born: 00/10/1827

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1852

Spouse First Name: Rebekah

Spouse Last Name: Kent

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: West Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 08/09/1914

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 25

Address line 3: Thorn Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


George Finnis Jnr. Aged 14 yrs. lived with his father, a “shoeing smith” at the The Stable, Montague Street, Worthing. He had 5 siblings, Charles 15, John 14, Mary 6. Caroline 4 and Henry 1.


George, 33yrs. and Rebekah, 35 yrs. live at 34 Ponsonby Place, Westminster. He is a Police Constable with the Metropolitan Police. They have 5 children, Millicent 8, Fanny Sarah 7, Henry 5, Caroline 3 and Emily 1.


George, 43yrs. and Rebekah, 45yrs. are still at 34 Ponsonby Place, he is still a Police Constable. They have 5 children, Millicent 18, a pupil teacher, Henry 15, a messenger, Caroline 13, Emily 11, Eliza 7 and Mary 2. They had 2 lodgers, William Firth, Harness Maker and Eliza Firth, Mantle Maker.


12 Thorn Terrace Worthing, George aged 54, working as a fisherman. Rebecca aged 55, Eliza aged 17 working as a milliner, Mary aged 12 at school


George, 63 yrs. and Rebekah, 66 yrs. live at 12 Thorn Road, Worthing, he describes himself as a retired police officer, now “ boatman of a barge.” There are 3 daughters , Emily 22 and Eliza 27, both dressmakers and Mary 22, an Assistant Schoolmistress plus a grandchild, Madaline Dubois, 11 and a lodger, William Stainer, 19, a School Tutor.


George ,73 yrs. and Rebekah, 76 yrs. are still at 12 Thorn Road, Worthing, he is still a boatman. Their 2 daughters, Fanny, 47 and Eliza, 37 reside with them, they are both self -employed dressmakers.


George Finnis, 83 yrs. now living at 25 Thorn Road, Worthing with daughter, Fanny, a self-employed dressmaker.

Miscellaneous Information

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