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Monumental Inscriptions of St Peter & St Paul Church, Aylesford - recorded by D. E. Williams


THE CHURCH FROM THE SOUTH EAST
SECTION A IN THE FOREGROUND

Introduction
The Parish Church of St. Peter and Paul, Aylesford, is impressively sited on the edge of high ground above the Medway, and the medieval bridge. A large medieval church, with a nave and north aisle of equal size, the chancel and north chapel have slightly lower roofs than the nave. The bottom two stages of the large tower are Norman.
   In 1878 Henry Brassey spent £3,500 on the "restoration" of the church, when many monuments were moved from their original positions. It was generally considered that the "restoration" diminished the charm and atmosphere of the old interior. The monuments on the tower walls were among those moved at this time. The ledger to George Faunce and three very fine medieval stone coffin lids were moved outside, against the east wall of the chancel. These medieval monuments have suffered very badly from exposure to 133 years of weather.
   Four monuments remained in their original positions, the stupendous Baroque Banks monument in the north chapel; the Colepepper monument, with it's original colouring, between the chancel and the north chapel; the Milner monument on the north wall of the north chapel and the Faunce monument on the east wall of the north chapel.
   There are some pieces of armour relating to some of the monuments, and two funeral hatchments relating to the Milners,; other hatchments were apparently destroyed in the 19th century!
   I have divided the large churchyard into six clearly delineated areas,which together with the brief description of the type of monument, will help with any search. I have limited this record of the churchyard to pre – 1920 graves and monuments.
   The earlier monuments are clustered around the church, and include many early chest tombs, a rare table tomb and several 17th and early 18th century headstones. Where parts of the inscription are eroded and, for instance, dates are missing, I have usually been able to add the missing sections by referring to sources such as the burial registers. Where these missing areas occur, I have enclosed them thus, [   ]. All the inscriptions are laid out exactly as on the monument, which makes for much clearer reading.
   Due to exposure to weather, in some cases , for over three centuries, many of the monuments suffer from various degrees of erosion, some severe; where there is doubt, I have indicated it with a question mark, (usually day of death). I have tried my best to recover as much detail as accurately as I could, but complete accuracy can never be guaranteed.
   As a supplement to the inscriptions, I have included over 50 Will Abstracts (I have not included wills after 1858; these are in the Principal Probate Registry and the cost of copies is too high , however a summary of Henry Brassey's will was published in the Times, so this is included). I have also included Newspaper Reports of accidental deaths, as well as brief details from various Directories, the Census and an Archive record of alleged poisoning ! There are also some colour photographs .
   My thanks to the Vicar, the Reverend Christopher Van Straaten and members of the congregation for their friendly interest and encouragement.

D.E. Williams Borstal, Rochester.
St. Valentine's Day, 2012

Section A   All that area South of the Church, East of the Porch and
                          East of the Church

Section B   All that area West of the Church and North to the North West
                           corner of the Vestry

Section C  All the area North of the Church, to the Southern edge of the
                          carpark and from the East Wall of the Churchyard to the
                          North West corner of the Vestry

Section D   All that area West of the Church, North of Section B, as far as
                           the Brassey Tomb

Section E   All that area North of Section D, from the Western end of the
                          carpark to the Western fence and North Churchyard Wall

Section F   All that area North of the carpark, pre-1920 graves only

Interior of Church  

Index of Names - from gravestones only

Locate the name you are interested in and note the numbers following. Using the links below, jump to the Section containing the number. Click on Edit at the top left of your screen, and from the drop down menu, click on Find on this page  (if Edit is not showing press CTL + F together) and type in the name. The cursor will jump straight to the name, highlighting it. Be sure to click on Next at the top, in case the name occurs again.
   Be sure to use the same method to search for any other names that you are interested in not listed below, that may perhaps occur amongst the many wills.
   Happy ancestor hunting

 Sections  A 1-47    B 48-124   C 125-161   D 162-195   E 196-266   F 267-286    Interior 287-316

Names Index
ABBOTT 126
ADAMS 48
ALLARD 25
APPS 49
ARNOLD 50
ATHAWES 1
ATKINS 47
AUSTIN 2, 51
AVARDS 47, 267, 268

BAILEY 52
BAKER 268
BALDOCK 3, 4, 17, 307
BANKS 287
BARNES 47
BARTON 269
BATH 53
BATTEN 162
BAXBY 47
BEST 5
BETTS 6
BINSKIN 54, 55
BISHOP 7, 127
BLOOMFIELD 128
BONNIWELL 56, 57
BOWLES 28
BOWYER 311
BRADLEY 58
BRASSEY 163, 289
BRICE 8
BRIDGLAND 59
BRISSENDEN 9
BROOK 164
BROOKER 145, 157
BROOMFIELD 47, 60
BURREN 151
BURTON 61
BUSS 129
BUSS 62


CAMPBELL 6
CAPON 47
CARTER, WIDOW 63
CHEERE 130
CLARK 47, 131
COLE 132, 270
COLEPEPPER 290
COPPER 87
COSINGTON 291
COSSOM 129
COSTEN 133
COSTIN 47
COVILL 64
CRISPE 292
CRISPE 65
CUDBY 268
CULLPEPER 292
CUTBATH 10, 134

DADSON 178
DAMMS 47
DANES 47, 165
DELVE 66
DETHICK 287
DICKS 67
DOBSON 11
DOWD 116
DURBAN 135
DYER 271
DYKE 300

EASTON 47, 68
EVELEIGH 293
EVERETT 294
EVERNDEN 166, 167



FARNCOM 12, 13
FARNCOMB 69
FARROW 136
FAUNCE 295
FENSHAM 14
FIELD 168
FILMER 15
FINCH 169-172, 287, 296, 297
FITZROY 184
FLINT 137
FORD 152
FORDHAM 70
FOWL 71
FRANCIS 47, 173
FRANKLYN 72
FRENCH 73, 74
FROST 75
FRY 76
FRYLAND 77
FULLER 78

GILBERT 138
GILLIAM 139, 140, 161
GOAR 141
GODFREY 74
GODSMARK 142
GOODMAN 16, 313
GRANT 174-178
GREEN 47, 79, 80, 143, 268
GREGORY 81
GRIGSBY 268
GRINDY 17
GRINHAM 47
GROOMBIDGE 82
GROOMBRIDGE 179

 Sections  A 1-47    B 48-124   C 125-161   D 162-195   E 196-266   F 267-286    Interior 287-316

HAINES 180
HALL 83, 84, 85
HAMMOND 148
HAWKES 181
HAWKINS 47
HENEAGE 41
HERD 182
HOCKLEY 183
HODGES 47
HOPPER 145
HOSMER 47, 86
HUBBARD 87
HUMPHREY 88
HYSOM 25

JACKSON 58, 65
JOHNES 18
JOHNSON 272
JOHNSTONE 273
JONES 89

KEDDELL 184
KEMP 185
KEMSLEY 90, 146
KENNIT 91
KNOTT 147
KNOWLDEN 93
KNYASTON 118

LADD 6
LAKE 16, 19, 20, 21, 313
LAKER 47
LAMBATH 67
LEGOOD 94
LINES 47
LOCKE 268, 274
LOCKYER 28
LONG 76

MACDONALD 40
MADGIN 95
MANNERING 47
MANNERINGS 148
MARSH 137, 149, 298
MATHESON 22
MAY 47, 96, 275
MEPPHAM 23
MILES 97
MILLEN 102
MILNER 299, 300, 301
MITCHELL 150
MONSON 72
MOORE 98, 107
MORTLOCK 24
NEALE 276
NEBBS 277
Nost 287

OAKLEY 99, 100, 101
OLIFF 102
OMER 25
ORUM 26

PAGE 103
PALMER 104
PANTONY 187
PARRAMORE 27
PEARCH 105, 106
PEARSON 47, 186
PERRIN 107, 191
PERRY 28
PETERS 151
PETO 6
PETT 108
PHILLIPS 109
PIKE 46
POIGNARD 278
POOLE 47
PURLIS

Sections  A 1-47    B 48-124   C 125-161   D 162-195   E 196-266   F 267-286    Interior 287-316

RANDALL 111, 187
RATSCH 274
ROBINSON 29
RUMBELOW 279
RUSSELL 30, 31, 32, 188
RYCAUT 302

SALES 189
SAMPSON 33
SAMSON 112, 152
SAVAGE 303
SAVELL 304
SCOTT 47
SEAGER 190
SEDLEY 303
SHAW 72
SHEPHERD 47
SHERWOOD 47
SIMMONDS 113
SIMONS 191
SKINNER 280
SMITH 47, 114, 153, 281
SNASHALL 34
SPARKS 154
SPONG 35, 36, 37, 288, 305
STAINES 306
STANGER 155
STARTUP 141
STEVENS 26, 38, 39
STONE 47
STREETON 115
STUART 116
STUBBERSFIELD 117
SUMMERFIELD 118
SWAIN 282
SYDDALL 47

TAYLOR 119, 307, 308
THORNDIKE 40
THORPE 192
TILSON 309, 310
TOLBUTT 306
TOMSETT 283
TRIPLETT 124
TUPPER 284
TURNER 121
TUTCHENER 122
UPTON 156
VANE 157, 158
VAUX 311
VEAL 41

WAGON 42, 194, 314
WAKEFIELD 193
WALKER 47, 159, 160
WALLIS 47
WARD 43, 44, 313, 314
WATERMAN 123
WATKINS 130
WEBB 124
WELLER 134
WHEELER 285
WHIDDETT 286
WIAT 304
WILLSON 45
WILSON 139, 161
WITHERBY 315
WLDEN 92
WOOD 47, 155, 195, 316
WOODLAND 47
WRAY 46

Locate the name you are interested in and note the numbers following. Using the links below, jump to the Section containing the number. Click on Edit at the top left of your screen, and from the drop down menu, click on Find on this page  (if Edit is not showing press CTL + F together) and type in the name. The cursor will jump straight to the name, highlighting it. Be sure to click on Next at the top, in case the name occurs again.
   Be sure to use the same method to search for any other names that you are interested in not listed below, that may perhaps occur amongst the many wills.
   Happy ancestor hunting

M.I.s of Section A - St Peter & St Paul Church, Aylesford recorded by D. E. Williams


St Peter & St Paul Church, Aylesford M.I.s & other information

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Monumental Inscriptions of St Peter & St Paul Church, Aylesford  - recorded by D. E. Williams

Section A   All that area South of the Church, East of the Porch and
                          East of the Church

1.   Small Headstone

HERE LYETH YE BODY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF [SAMUEL]
ATHAWES [OF BOXLEY AND]
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF EDWARD
BALDOCK OF THIS PARISH
DEPARTED THIS LIFE [SEPT.] YE 18th ?
1700 IN YE [    ] [YEAR OF] HER AGE
LEFT ISSUE [    ]

2.   Headstone, Very Eroded, Inscription  
          Reconstructed from Smetham's Rambles Round Churches, (1928)

[EPICEDIUM on a Blacksmith]
[My Sledge and Hammer lyes Declined,]
[My Bellows too have lost their Wind,]
[My Fire's Extinct, my Forge Decaid,]
[And in the Dust my Vice is Laid,]
[My Coal is Spent, my Iron's Gone,]
[My Nails are Drove, my Work is Done]
RICHARD AUSTIN
DIED THE 7th AUGST. 174[5]
AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO TWO SONS & TWO DAUGHTERS
VIZ. WILL., MARGARET [    ]
[    ]

3.   Grey Stone Chest Tomb


TOMB OF EDWARD BALDOCK, DIED 1723, AND ANN BALDOCK
IN THE BACKGROUND, LEFT, IS THE HEADSTONE
OF THEIR DOBSON RELATIONS, AND RIGHT, THE
SMALLER HEADSTONE OF THEIR DAUGHTER ELIZABETH ATHAWES

South Side
[HERE'S INTERRED THE BODY OF EDWARD BALDOCK]
OF THIS [PARIS]H [WHO] DEPARTED [THIS LIFE]
DECEMBER 20th 1723 AGED [    ]
LEFT ISSUE ONE SON & 4 DAUGHTERS
EDWARD, MARGARET, MARY, JANE & ANNE

North Side
HERE'S IN[TERRED] THE BODY OF ANN [WIFE]
OF Mr E[DWARD] BALDOCK WHO D[EPARTED]
THIS LIFE [   ] O[CTOBER] ANNO DOM[   ]
AGED 42 ? YEARS

Edward Baldock, died 1723, was a Yeoman. His P.C.C. Will (Prerogative Court of Canterbury) is dated 28th February 1717 (1718)
   To his son Thomas, his house, storehouses and 2 acres of land where Thomas now lives, for life. After Thomas dies, to Samuel Athawes, Yeoman of Boxley, in trust, for grandson, William Baldock, eldest son of Thomas. If William has no lawful heirs, then to Thomas's next eldest son, Edward. If Edward has no lawful heirs, then to next son, Thomas. If Thomas has no lawful heirs, then to Edward and Samuel, sons of Samuel Athawes (grandsons) for ever.
   To son Edward Baldock, all his property and land in Maidstone for life. After Edward's death, to his male heirs, in default of such, to his female heirs; in default, to all his grandsons, sons of son Thomas, then living, for ever.
   To son in law Thomas Dobson half of his house and mill, with lands in Aylesford occupied by Henry Beaumont, for his life. After Dobson's death, to his daughter, Mary Dobson, for life. After her death, to all their children, then living and to their heirs. If no heirs, then to son Edward Baldock and his male heirs, if no heirs, then to sons of son Thomas, for ever.
   Son in law Thomas Dobson shall pay executors £100 or discount the sum from money testator owes him on bond. To daughter, Margaret Baldock, and her heirs for ever, the other half of the house, mill and lands in Aylesford. Margaret also gets £50.
   To son Edward all his property in Throwley and Ospring(e), after death of his mother, for life. After Edward's death, to his male heirs, in default, to his grandsons, Edward and Samuel Athawes, Edward and John Dobson, for ever.
   To son Edward all his property in Tudely and Tunbridge, in trust, to sell. Money to children of son Thomas, daughters Mary Dobson , Anne Taylor and Jane Courly ?, and of son in law Samuel Athawes by his deceased daughter, Elizabeth.
   To son Thomas his lighter or vessel he now works in. To daughter, Anne wife of Augustine Taylor, £50.
His wife to have use of household goods in his dwelling house; after her death, to be shared among grand children, as wife thinks fit. Residue to son Edward, who is his executor. At his executor's discretion, £3 per annum to son Thomas to keep lighter in repair, as long as he keeps lighter in his "own proper working".
   Witnesses: Mary Easton, Susan Maynard and D. Fuller
   Proved 13th June 1724

4.   Chest Tomb, Very Eroded, Brick Base

South. Side
[HERE LIETH THE BODY OF] M[ARY ?][DAUGHTER OF ?]
[EDW]ARD BALDOCK AND M[ARY ?]
[    ] AND ELIZABETH [    ]
[    ]

BALDOCK see ATHAWES

BALDOCK see GRINDY

5.   Headstone, Under Yew

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS BEST
(LATE OF LONDON)
WHO DIED JANUARY THE 8th 1823
AGED 51 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE 1 SON AND 1 DAUGHTER
VIZ. HENRY AND ELIZA
"Afflictions Sore, Long Time I Bore,
Physicians were in Vain,
Till God did Please [ to give me Ease]
[And Free me from my Pain]"

6.   Large Red Granite Coped, Iron Railings, Over Vault

South Side
EDWARD LADD BETTS
LATE OF PRESTON HALL
BORN JUNE 5th 1815 DIED JANUART 21st 1872
AND ANN HIS WIFE
BORN SEPTEMBER 19th 1820 DIED JANUARY 23rd 1908

West Side
PERCY CAMPBELL BETTS
JANUARY 7th 1856 – OCTOBER 14th 1878

East Side
ELIZABETH PETO BETTS
BORN OCTOBER 22nd 1846 DIED MARCH 1st 1940

Edward Ladd Betts, died 1872, was one of the Principal Constructors of the Victorian Railway Network, in partnership with Peto.
    He pulled down the old Preston Hall and built the present building, it's stone described in the Penguin Buildings of England as "repellent"! The old building, remodelled in the Georgian period, was certainly more elegant and tasteful. The church clock came from the old Hall and was given by Betts. His business failed and he left Preston Hall. The tomb was paid for by parishioners who remembered his past generosity to the parish.

7.   Small Headstone, (Between Stevens' Headstones)

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS BISHOP
WHO DIED [FEB.] 17th 18[22]
AGED [55] YEARS
[ Eroded Verses ]
ALSO EDWARD SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED [FEB.] [    ] 1807
AGED [    ] YEARS AND [    ] MONTHS
ALSO JOHN WHO DIED FEB. 2nd ?
18[0]7 AGED [    ] MONTHS

Thomas Bishop, died 1822, was a Butcher of East Malling, and nephew of Edward Stevens, also a Butcher, (Edward Stevens P.C.C. Will). He is buried between the two Stevens graves. Although Edward Stevens wife, Letitia, is on the later Stevens headstone, there is no surviving monument to her husband, who was buried at Aylesford in 1826.

8.   Headstone, Very Eroded

[    ]
SOL. BRICE
[WHO] DIED [YE]
[2]8th [OF JANUARY]
174[4]
[AGED [    ] YEARS]

9.   Headstone, Very Eroded

[HERE LIETH]
[YE BODY OF]
[HENRY BRISSENDEN]?
[OF THIS PAR]ISH
[WHO DEPARTED THIS L]IFE
[NOVEMBER 1738]
[    ]
LEFT ISSUE 2 SONS & 1 DA]UGT.
HENRY, DENNIS & THOMAS
[DENNIS] DAUGHTER
[OF] HENRY BRISSENDEN
----------Ground Level----------
WHO DIED MARCH 29th 17[52]
AGED 14 YEARS

10.   Headstone and Body Stone on Stone Slab

IN MEMORY
OF
MARY WIFE OF GEORGE CUTBATH
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH 30th 1830
AGED 58 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE GEORGE CUTBATH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH 17th 1842
AGED 74 YEARS

George Cutbath, died 1842, was a School Teacher, although he states "Gentleman" in his will. The P.C.C. Will is dated 6th October 1841
   William Larkin of Brixton, Linen Draper and Robert Spratt of Aylesford, Miller, are executors and trustees; they are to have £20 each for their trouble.
   To Mary Pike of Brompton, Widow,£300 for life; after her death, divided among her 3 children. To Mrs Ann Edwards of Dartford, £100, to her daughter, Mary Ann Edwards, £100. To Ann Farmer of Aylesford, if still in his service, £150.
   Household furniture, plate, etc. to his executors, which they can sell. Remainder of his money divided between his nephews and nieces, viz. William George Cutbath, Mary Cutbath, Louisa Kemp, widow, Henry Randall and Caroline Finch.
   Witnesses: Ralph Dennis, Robert Spratt and Stephen Spratt
   Proved 6th July 1842

11.   Headstone, In Angle of Porch

IN MEMORY OF
CHARLES DOBSON WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE SEPTEMBER 27th 1781
AGED 55 ? YEARS
LEFT ISSUE [    ]
VIZ. CHARLES AND [    ]
[Eroded Verses]
ALSO SUSAN DOBSON
WHO DIED APRIL THE 14th 1796
AGED 67 ? YEARS

DUKE see FAUNCE

12.   Stone Plaque set in South Wall East of Porch

THE
YEW TREE
WAS
PLANTED IN
THE YEAR OF
OUR LORD
1708
BY
W. FARNCOM

13.   Ledger on Ground East of Chancel, Removed from Interior in 1878

(FAUNCE CREST)
RESURGEMIIS
GEOGIUS FAUNCE
ROBERTI FAUNCE EQUIUS
ET ELIZABETHA
TEN[ ]E EJUS UXORIS
GEORGII DUKE DE COSYTON ARMIGERII
FILIUS NATU MAXIMUS
SEPULTUS JAN. 26th A.D. 1788
AETAT 97

14.   Small Headstone, Extremely Eroded

IN
MEMORY OF THOMAS
FENSHAM ? [OF THIS PARISH ?]
[WHO DIED MAY [ ] 1766]
AGED 71 ? YEARS
[Rest Illegible]

15.   Small Headstone, Eroded

[HERE LIETH]
[THE BODY OF]
JANE FILMER WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 27th [OF] [JUNE] 1717
AGED 29 YEARS

16.   Curious Ledger Supported on Six Legs, Like a Table


RARE TABLE TOMB OF EDWARD GOODMAN, DIED 1738
BEYOND IT, THE THREE LAKE MONUMENTS

EDWARD GOODMAN DIED FEBRUARY [    ]
1738 AGED 88 YEARS HE HAD TWO WIFES
BY THE FIRST BURIED NOV. YE 1st 1681 HE HAD
ANN & HAMLET BY THE SECOND BURIED
MARCH YE 1st 1724 HE HAD ONE DAUGHTER
VIZ. CATHERINE WHO SURVIVED HIM
HERE ALSO LIETH THE BODY OF
CATHERINE DAUGHTER OF EDWARD
GOODMAN WHO DIED OCTOB. YE 10th
1742 AGED 58 ? YEARS
SHE HAD BY HER FIRST HUSBAND
JOHN LAKE ONE DAUGHTER AND TWO
SONS VIZ. CATHERINE, WILLIAM & JOHN
BY HER SECOND HUSBAND THO. WARD
ONE SON VIZ. EDWARD
JOHN LAKE ONLY SURVIVED HER
(The two wives of Edward Goodman, were both Catherine)

Edward Goodman, died 1738, Butcher. His P.C.C. Will is dated 14th July 1738
   He is "aged and infirm" (88) He and his late wife did, about the 18th of April 1715, settle several pieces of land in Wye, he now ratifies this settlement. In case the relative documents are lost, he gives this land to daughter Catherine, wife of Thomas Ward, for life. After her death to her son John Lake, son by her first husband, John Lake, for ever.
    Catherine to have the rents and profits, exclusive of her husband, for life.
   To grandson John Lake, £140. His house, with stable and slaughter house in Aylesford, to grandson William Stevens, for ever. His other house in Aylesford, near the latter, late occupied by William Stevens, to grandson Nicholas Goodman, son of late son Hamlet, for ever.
   To grand daughter Catherine Pickett? £40. To grandson William Stevens £50, also to William, al his "milch beasts" and husbandry tackle (except stock beasts and cattle bought as part of his business); he to have them "on demand", and he is forgiven all debts for board. He is to pay debts and money he has received from Goodman's customers and "chapmen", to the executors. He must claim within 21 days all wages owed and to give executors accounts of all payments received or money owed. If William Stevens refuses of neglects to do this , his bequests are void and go into residue.
   To grandson Edward Stevens £100, to grandson Nicholas Goodman £50. To Thomas Ward and Catherine his wife £10 each, in trust, to put out Moses and Edward sons of Mary Fan? His deceased sister, Margaret's daughter, by William Godden, her husband,to apprenticeships of such trade as Moses and Edward choose.
To Mary Sharpe daughter of his late wife's brother, James Sharpe, formerly of Meopham, £5. To good friends Edward Baldock of Maidstone, Yeoman and James Taylor of Burham, Yeoman, £100, and all his ready money, securities, debts, stock, all household goods and all real and personal estate, in trust, to sell. Proceeds and the £100 invested as they think best. Interest to John, Catherine and Edward Startup, children of grand daughter Catherine wife of George Startup, Butcher, for their maintenance and education until they are 21.
   When they are 21 executors to pay money and accrued interest to them in equal shares.. If they all die before 21 with no lawful heirs, then money to grandson John Lake. Trust terms follow.
   Thomas and Catherine Ward executors.
   Witnesses: E. Pleydell , Robert Pleydell and William Gates.
   Proved 9th April 1739

On 29th April 1823 we learn that the will was not administered by Thomas and Catherine Ward, and that Catherine Ward died intestate*. Administration was granted to William Scuddamore, Solicitor of Maidstone, on behalf of John Springate, William Coleman and James Pullen. They have an half interest in a small house in Aylesford for remainder of term of 100 year lease, assigned to Edward Goodman, commencing 25th October 1733.
(* Catherine Ward did not die intestate, see Will below)

Catherine Ward, died 1742, Widow. Rochester Will dated 30th September 1742
She is in "a bad state of health". To kinsman William Stevens son of Edward Stevens, late of Hoo, £30 at 21 years.
   To John Startup, son of her late daughter, Catherine and her husband George Startup, £50 at 21 years.
   To Catherine Startup, daughter of George and Catherine Startup, £100 at 21 years; this to be invested by executor and the interest used towards her maintenance, until she is 21.
   To Edward Startup, another son of George and Catherine, £50 at 21 years. If any die before 21, their legacy shared by survivors, if all die, money to executor, for ever.
   Residue of personal estate to children of her son John Lake and Jane, his wife, viz. Elizabeth, John, Catherine and Thomas. All real estate to son John Lake, who is sole executor.
   Witnesses: Augustine Taylor, Richard Austin and Sarah Carter.
   Proved 20th December 1742

17.   Grey Stone Chest Tomb


WILLIAM GRINDY, DIED 1691
ON OPPOSITE SIDE, HIS DAUGHTER, JANE BALDOCK, DIED 1729

South Side
[HERE LIETH YE]BODY OF WILL. GRINDY
[WHO DEPARTED YS LIFE [AUGUST] [     ] 1691 AG: 4[   ]
[    ] FEB. 20th 17[  ]6 AG: 70 SHE
[ [W]IFE OF Mr EDWD. BALDOCK

North Side
H[ERE LIE]TH YE BODY OF JANE BALDOCK
[WIFE OF] Mr EDWARD BALDOCK WHO DEPARTED
[THIS LIFE] NOVEMBER THE 15th 1729 [AGED] 41 YEARS
[LEFT ISSUE] 6 DAUGHTERS MARY, [    ], ANNA ?
[    ]

William Grindy, died 1691,a Mercer. His Rochester Court Will is dated 9th August 1689
   He is "sick and weak". To wife Mary, £5 per annum for life from his property and land in Leybourne which he lately purchased from Stephen Dennis. If the annuity is not paid his wife can distrain the property until it is.
   To son Henry , his property in Strood, which he purchased from John Snooks, for ever. Also to Henry his leasehold, also in Strood, occupied by Stephen Hulkes, and £40 at 24 years of age.
   Rents and profits to be used by executor for Henry's maintenance and education until he is 24.
   To daughter Mary, £10 at 22 years of age or earlier if executor thinks fit. To daughter Jane* property in Leybourne charged with the annuity of £5 per annum. If Jane dies without lawful heirs, then to son Henry and daughter Mary. Also to Jane £20 at 22 years.
   Residue to wife Mary, who is sole executor.
   His very good friend, Francis Tomlin the Younger of East Malling, Yeoman and Mr George Lattenden, overseers of the will, to each of them 50s for their trouble.
   Witnesses: John Ladson, mark of John Emberton and Roger Tomlin
   Proved 8th September 1691

*Later the wife of Edward Baldock

HYSOM see OMER

18.   Headstone, Under Yew

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS JOHNES
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED DEC. 25th 1835 AGED 54 YEARS
"Time Swept by his O'er Whelming Tide,
My Faithful Partner from my Side,
And You of Yours Departed my be,
As Mine ? Especially [    ] me,
[    ] then you [    ],
Death's Come [    ]"

19.   Grey Stone Chest Tomb


JOHN LAKE, DIED 1710

HERE LYETH YE BODY OF J[OHN] YE BELOVED
HUSBAND OF [ CATHERINE ? ]A: LAKE HE DYED
[ JULY YE [    ] 1710 IN THE 43rd YEAR OF HIS AGE
[LEFT ISSUE] 3 CHILDREN [    ]
KATHERINE, WILL. & [JOHN]

John Lake, died 1770, a Butcher. His Rochester Court Will dated 3rd March 1768
   His house and 2 acres in Stockbury in the occupation of John Kirby, and several pieces of land of 23 acres in Wye, occupied by Andrew Clifford, to "trusty" friends, Daniel Ward of Mill Hall, Aylesford, Thomas Charlton of Loose and
   John Taylor of Burham, Yeoman, upon trust, to sell above properties and share proceeds among sons, John, Thomas, William, Daniel, Samuel and Edward and daughter, Catherine, wife of Edward Charlton. Ready money, securities, plate, linen, cattle, corn, effects and personal estate to trustees, upon trust, to share among his children. Before they distribute above they are to deduct £100 from Catherine's share, on account on money already advanced to her upon her marriage. The £100 to be shared equally among his 6 sons. Sons Thomas and John and daughter Catherine to give sufficient release to executors, of claims against personal estate of their grand mother Catherine Ward, which came to him after her decease. If any of them neglects or refuses to do so, executors to keep their shares and give them to those who comply. He has become bound with his son John, to the Parish Officers of Aylesford, for the maintenance of "a female bastard child by him begotten on the body of Mary Wallis, which was born chargeable to the said parish of Aylesford". He directs son John to get a release from the parish of any claim on his estate on account of the bond. If John does not, sums to be retained from his inheritance equivalent to demands on account of the bond.
   Trustees and executors to invest share of children under 21 in Public Funds and use interest and part of capital as they think needed for maintenance and education of those minors until they are 21, when they will transfer their shares to them.
   Daniel Ward, Thomas Charlton and John Taylor to be guardians of his children who are minors. They are also his executors.
   Witnesses: Richard Gammon, William St. Coast and Thomas Willard
   Proved 11th December 1770

20.   Portland Stone Chest Tomb, East of Chancel

North Side
IN MEMORY OF
JANE WIFE OF JOHN LAKE
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED
DECEMBER THE 1st ? 1758
AGED [    ] YEARS

East Side
IN
MEMORY OF
WILLM. LAKE
THE SON OF
JOHN LAKE
WHO DIED OCT.
THE 10th 1781
AGED 39 YEARS

South Side
IN MEMORY OF
JOHN LAKE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED OCTOBER [    ] 1770 AGED [    ] YEARS
[    ]
[    ]

William Lake, died 1781, Tailor. Rochester Will dated 29th September 1781.
   He is "sick and weak". All his share of parcel of land in Wye in the occupation of Andrew Clifford, and all his share of house in Aylesford in the occupation of Edward Startup and Daniel Lake, to his brothers, Daniel and Samuel Lake, in equal shares.
   Lease of house he holds of Mr Augustine Taylor, to brothers, Daniel and Samuel in equal shares.
   To Catherine Lake daughter of his brother John, £20 at 21 years, she also gets all his china and plate at 21. If she dies before 21, the money, china and plate to his brothers, Daniel and Samuel.
   Forgives brother John all the debts he owes him. To brother Daniel all household goods.
   To Edward Startup £5, to sister Catherine wife of Edward Charlton, £10, to brother Thomas, £10 and to brother Edward, £10.
   Residue to brothers Daniel and Samuel, equally. They and friend John Spong of Mill Hall are executors.
   Witnesses: Hester Tunbridge, William Turner and Edward Middleton.
   Proved 11th October 1781 (Power reserved to John Spong)
   Value (excluding real estate), not more than £100

21.   Headstone

[SACRED]
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
THOMAS LAKE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH 2nd 1824
AGED 44 YEARS
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF
THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[JANUARY] THE 10th 1852
AGED 82 YEARS

Thomas Lake, died 1824, Farmer. P.C.C. Will dated 18th August 1823
Everything to wife Sarah, who is executor.
Witnesses: James Westbrook and Thomas Fordham
Proved 4th May 1824

Sarah Lake, died 1852, Widow of Thomas. P.C.C. Will dated 3rd January 1851
   To Mary Ann Hickmoth, 2 silver table spoons. To Sarah Goff, 6 silver tea spoons. To Sarah Yeomans, Sarah Ashdown and Richard Bishop, all wearing apparel, shared equally.
   To her executor £5 for his trouble.
   Residue to be sold and proceeds and money in the Maidstone Savings Bank, (£36 9s 0d) shared equally, after funeral costs, between, Sarah Yeomans, Sarah Ashdown, Richard Bishop and William Kemsley.
John Wagon is executor.
   Signs with a mark.
   Witnesses: Joseph Bateman of Aylesford and Sarah Samson of Aylesford

Affidavit dated 5th March 1852
   John Samson, Gentleman of Aylesford, Joseph Bateman, Grocer of Aylesford and Sarah Samson, wife of John, are sworn. John Samson states that he wrote the will, leaving a space for Sarah Lake's mark. The will was written prior to Sarah making her mark. Sarah Samson and Joseph Bateman swear that they were together in the presence of Sarah Lake when she signed the will. Proved 10th March 1852

LAKE see GOODMAN

22.   Headstone

MARGERY MATHESON
WHO DIED DECEMBER 25th 1787
AGED 68 YEARS

23.   Headstone

TO THE MEMORY
OF
THOMAS MEPPHAM
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED JANUARY 17th 1860
AGED 83 YEARS
"Lord, he was Thine and not my Own,
Thou must not do [    ] me Wrong,
I Thank Thee for the Precious Loan,
Accorded me so Long"

Thomas Meppham, died 1860, was a Dairyman of Aylesford (1851 Census)

24.   Eroded Ledger, Ground Level, Once in Interior ?

MARY MORTLOCK
DIED 26th APRIL 1[8]17
AGED 79

25.   Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF MARY WIFE
OF THO. OMER WHO DIED
THE 2nd ? OF DECEMBER 1769
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO GILES HYSOM SON
IN LAW TO THE ABOVE DIED
[    ] [OF] JANUARY 1776 AGED 44 YEARS

26.   Headstone and Body Stone, Against Buttress


DETAIL OF HEADSTONE OF RICHARD ORUM, DIED 1803

IN MEMORY OF
Mr RICHARD ORUM
OF THE PARISH OF BOXLEY, YEOMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCTOBER THE
[    ] 1803 AGED 70 YEARS
[ALSO] ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
[DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM STEVENS]?
[    ] WHO DIED AUGUST THE 29th
1811 AGED 81 YEARS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH DAUGHTER
OF RICHD. AND ELIZTH. ORUM DIED THE
[    ] OF MARCH 176[8] IN THE 4th YEAR OF HER
AGE

Richard Orum, died 1803, was a Yeoman of Boxley. His P.C.C. Will is dated 21st November 1791
   To daughter Catherine Orum £200 at 21 or day of marriage. If she dies before 21, then £200 goes to personal estate.
   All his freeholds to wife Elizabeth, for ever, as long as she remains his widow, if she remarries, then to his their 2 daughters, Catherine and Bessy Luck wife of George, Yeoman of Burrow Green, Wrotham, for ever. Residue to wife; when she dies or remarries, lease of property he now resides in, leased from Worshipful Company of Vintners, for 21 years, to daughter Catherine, and residue to daughters.
   Inventory to be made and delivered to "most respected friend" Richard Holloway of Maidstone, Gentleman.
   His wife and Richard Holloway are executors.
   Witnesses: Samuel Billingsley, William Sanders and Stephen Lamprey.

27.   Headstone, Under Yew

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ROBERT PARRAMORE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 17th 1797
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO ANN WIFE OF THE ABOVE
ROBERT PARRAMORE
WHO DIED JULY 24th 1824
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO JOHN THEIR SON WHO DIED
JANUARY 13th 1780 AGED 11 YEARS
ALSO NICHOLAS THEIR SON WHO DIED
JANUARY [    ] 1820 AGED 45 YEARS
LIKEWISE THOMAS THEIR SON
BURIED AT WEST FARLEIGH

28.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
REVD. GEORGE LOCKYER
PERRY
WHO DIED IN THE VICARAGE HOUSE
OF THIS PARISH
AGED 73 YEARS
AND WAS BURIED HERE
ON THE 15th OF APRIL 1843

PIKE see WRAY

29.   Headstone and Body Stone


THOMAS ROBINSON, DIED 1765
STEWARD TO THE EARL OF AYLESFORD AT PRESTON HALL

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
THOS. ROBINSON
WHO DIED MARCH 12th ? 1765 IN THE
74th YEAR OF HIS AGE

Thomas Robinson, died 1765, was Steward of Preston Hall. P.C.C. Will dated 8th June 1741
   To wife Ruth 6s per week, every Monday for life. To daughter Bridgett, wife of Rene Brebam, £150. To grand daughter
   Antoinett Brebam £150. The total of these sums to be kept by executor until grand daughter is 21 or married. Interest on the £300 to be paid to Bridgett, at £4 per annum and £8 per annum to Antoinett until she is 16, then interest is divided equally. If one dies then the survivor to have all the £300. As long as Rene is living Bridgett is to have the interest only, not the principal.
   The £8 to Antoinett is to be paid to her landlady for her board, clothes and learning, as executor thinks fit. The landlady is to account to executor for the money paid.
   To Thomas Brissenden, his godson, youngest son of widow Brissenden £10 at 21, with interest accrued. Mr. John Ward of Milal (sic), in Aylesford, Hoyman is his Trustee. For his troubles £20, paid by his executor, William Baylis. Residue, money, goods, etc. to his executor.
   Witnesses: Sarah Thomas and Thomas Bottle

Codicil dated 28th July 1758
   £50 to be deducted from grand daughter's legacy, and be paid to Mr Parry, his son in law by his executor, Baylis. His grand daughter is now wife of William Pett.
   Signed with a mark.
   Witnesses: Sarah Thomas and Sarah Smith

30.   Very Eroded Headstone, Under Yew

[HERE LIETH]
[THE BODY OF]
[SUSANNAH]
W[IFE] [OF]
EDW[ARD] [RUSSELL] SHE
DIED [OCTOBER] [    ]
1746 [AGED]
44 [YEARS]

31.   Headstone, Close to Above

IN
MEMORY OF
EDWD. RUSSELL OF THE PARISH
OF BOXLEY WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE JULY THE 3rd 1767
AGED 66 ? YEARS

32.   Classical Limestone Chest Tomb, Near to Above Headstones

Ledger
Extremely Eroded, No Details

North Side
IN MEMORY OF
JOHN RUSSELL LATE OF MAIDSTONE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 6th 1790 AGED 56 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE 6 ? SONS AND 5 ? DAUGHTERS
VIZ. EDWARD, JONATHAN, [    ]
THOMAS, JOSEPH, SARAH, HARRIETT
REBECCA, SUSANNA AND ELIZA

South Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
EDWARD RUSSELL OF MAIDSTONE
WHO DIED FEB. 1st 1840 AGED 68

East Side
SUSANNA
DAUGHTER
OF
JOHN AND
SUSANNA ?
RUSSELL
DIED IN HER
INFANCY

John Russell, died 1790, was a Hop Merchant of Maidstone. (Burial Register)

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John Russell, died 1909, was a Foreman of Roads (1901 Census)

33.   Headstone

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
SARAH SAMPSON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 26th DAY OF NOVEMBER 1871
AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO JOHN SAMPSON
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DIED MARCH 31st 1874
AGED 83 YEARS

34.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS SNASHALL
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 7th ? OF DECEMBER 1814
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO MARY SNASHALL
WIFE OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED THE [    ]
OF APRIL 1822 AGED 76 YEARS

35.   Headstone and Five Body Stones


FOREGROUND, SPONG CHILDREN
LEFT BACKGROUND, BALDOCK AND DOBSON, RIGHT, BALDOCK

NEAR THIS PLACE ARE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS OF FOUR INFANT SONS OF
JOHN AND ROSAMOND SPONG
[DANIEL, SEPTEMBER 1776]
[THOMAS, JANUARY 1781]
[WILLIAM, MARCH 1783]
[    ]

Rear
[IN MEMORY OF]
GEORGE ? SPONG
SON OF
JOHN AND ROSAMOND SPONG
[WHO DIED] NOV.179[ ]
AGED 2 ? DAYS

36.   Two Larger Body Stones

G S W S

37.   Coade Stone Pedestal , Topped by an Urn, Railed, (Under Yew Planted by W. Farncom, 1708)


COADE STONE MONUMENT TO JOHN SPONG, DIED 1815,
AND FAMILY, BENEATH THE YEW TREE AS HE DESIRED.
AT THE TIME OF WRITING, IT IS IN NEED OF REPAIR

South Side
THIS MONUMENT
IS ERECTED
OVER THE FAMILY VAULT
BUILT BY
JOHN SPONG ESQ.
OF MILL HALL
MDCCCXIII

North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr JOHN SPONG
OF MILL HALL IN THIS PARISH
WHOSE REMAINS ARE DEPOSITED
BENEATH THIS MONUMENT
GREATLY RESPECTED
FOR HIS MANY VIRTUES WHEN LIVING
HE DIED MUCH LAMENTED
ON THE XXI JANUARY MDCCCXV
AGED LXIV YEARS

West Side
ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF
ROSAMOND SPONG
LATE OF MILL HALL
WHO DIED OCTOBER [ ]
MDCCC[XVI]
[AGED XL YEARS]
ALSO OF
Mr W. SPONG
LATE OF COBTREE
IN THE PARISH OF BOXLEY
WHO DIED [ NOVEMBER] [ ] MDCCCXXXIX
AGED [L] YEARS

East side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr JOHN SPONG
FORMERLY OF LONDON, SINCE TEN
YEARS RESIDENT IN BRUSSELLS
AND LATE OF AYLESFORD
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER THE 11th
MDCCCXXXIII
AGED LXIII YEARS

John Spong, died 1815, was a Coal and Grain Merchant, Farmer and Hoy Owner, with extensive warehouses and wharfs at Mill Hall of the west bank of the river. His long P.C.C. Will is dated 20th August 1814.
   Directs a vault be made by the Yew tree in Aylesford churchyard, if permission can be obtained (the monument states that the vault was made in 1813 ?). Wishes to be carried to his grave by 8 labouring men in his employ, they are each to be paid 1 guinea.
   To wife Rosamond, £200 and his house and adjoining cottage occupied by Andrew Kemsley, as long as she remains his widow. She gets all furniture and household goods for life, conditions as above. After her death or remarriage, to son Thomas for ever.
   Also to Rosamond an annuity of £400 out of his lands. £300 out of land given to son Thomas, now living at Mill Hall and the other £100 from his mill in Snodland.
His son John is bound by a bond dated about 20th January 1800, "under the bond and seal of his son John", for £1,000; his executor are to release John from money owed, for money advanced to him. To executor £4,000 to be invested in Public Funds, the interest from this to be paid to Letitia Spong, wife of John, late of the Bowyer of Southwark, Hop Factor, for life, as long as she remains John Spong's widow.
   An annuity of £100 to daughter Rosamond. After the death of Letitia Spong, the interest on the £4,000 to his executor to pay from time to time, son John, for life. If John tries to sell or assign the bequest , then it is void and the interest goes to his children.
   After the deaths of John and Letitia, the £4,00, upon trust, to executor. The principal sum for the benefit of John and Letitia's children at 21 years of age. If all died before 21, the £4,000 is part of his personal estate.
   To son Thomas, his freeholds and leaseholds at Mill Hall, East Malling, Aylesford, Burham, Ditton and Sandgate in Kent, and Acton in Middlesex, comprising the estate called the Mill Hall ? Estate and Mansion House, stables, coach house, coke oven, cottages at the ------- ? sheds, warehouses, grain wharf, coal wharf, the "George" public house, stables, granary, new stables, coal sheds, wharf, crane, 3 houses occupied by John Smitherman, John French and John Jarrit, a barn called Ash Barn, lodge and yard and 4 more houses occupied by E[dward] Oakley, R[ichard] Hosmer, widow Jarrit and ------------- ?, also 2½ acres of apple and cherry orchards, leadind from Mill Hall to the London Turnpike, and a field called Old Hith Field of 1½ acres, and land at Newhithe called Sunmers ? And house, warehouse, wharf ferry and 3 acres of land adjoining and 2 houses adjoining, lately occupied by W. Carpenter and W. Ralph, and lodge, garden and all estate purchased from Mr Richard Round ?, of about 18 acres, and Willow Plot adjoining and next Baldock's Wharf, adjoining estate purchased from Sir John Honeywood, Bart., of about 10 acres, and 2 plots near the Brook Gate, allotted by the Commissioners for dividing Waste Lands of East Malling, all to son Thomas for ever, subject to the annuity of £300, part of the £400 for his wife.
   Also to Thomas all farming stock, goods, chattels.
   To executor house and barn and 20 acres at Cowlease in Aylesford and Burham lately occupied by Rebecca Underhill, now in his own occupation, upon trust, for son Daniel, for life, he to keep in good repair. After Daniel's death to executor, rents in meantime for the maintenance and education of Daniel's children, when youngest is 21 , to be sold and proceeds shared equally. If all die before 21 then property to son Thomas. Daniel is released from all debts he owes his father.
   Snodland Mill (paper) and cottages adjoining , drying houses, sheds, wharf and 9 acres of land to son William, subject to annuity of £100 to his mother, part of the £400.
   To executor £1,000 to be invested in Public Funds, interest to daughter Rosamond; after her death to her children, if any, for their maintenance and education. If Rosamond dies intestate, the £1,00 to be part of residue.
   To daughter Mary wife of Charles Brenchley, Esq., £2,000, which "will make up her fortune to £3,000", he having at her marriage given her £1,000. To executor £2,000 to invest in Public Funds, interest to daughter Martha, wife of Major William Rowan. She also to have annuity of £100, as Rosamond. Martha to have further sum of £1,000.
   To 2 children of his deceased daughter Elizabeth wife of William Bowles, Esq., £1,000 at 21.
   To John Spong son of John and Letitia £500 at 21.
   His 3 pews in Aylesford church, the 1st to his house at Mill Hall, the 2nd to Aylesford House, the servants pew to the Mill Hall house; he gives the pews accordingly.
   Residue of real and personal estate to son Thomas, who is sole executor.
   Witnesses: William Knowles, George Cutbath and J. Simmons
   Proved 28th January 1815

William Spong, died 1839, was a Paper Maker at Snodland. He later resided at Cobtree Manor. He is generally accepted to be the model for Mr Wardle in Charles Dicken's Pickwick Papers. Wardle's Manor Farm at Dingley Dell is based on Cobtree. Opposite the Spong tomb are the earlier Ward monuments, (the Wards are related to the Spongs, and to the transcriber !). It seems very unlikely that this juxtaposition escaped Dicken's keen observation; he certainly knew Aylesford churchyard, and it is difficult to believe that the closeness of Ward and Wardle is a mere coincidence?

Rosamond Spong, died 1816, Spinster. Her P.C.C. Will is dated 10th March 1815
   Charles Bromley, Esq., of Maidstone and William Rowan, Esq., Major in H.M. 52nd Regiment are executors.
   Her father John, gave £1,000 to his executor to invest, and to pay Rosamond, for life, the interest. She has no children, so the £1,000 is to be shared between her brothers and sisters, John, Daniel, Mary the wife of Charles Bromley and Martha the wife of William Rowan.
   Witnesses: William Scuddamore, Attorney at Law, Maidstone and J. Mosley, his clerk.
   Proved 16th November 1816

38.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM STEVENS, SNR.
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED JAN. 16th IN THE YEAR
1779
[ AGED [    ] YEARS]
ALSO MARY DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER [    ]
AGED [    ] YEARS

39.   Headstone, Close to Above

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM STEVENS
LATE OF MAIDSTONE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE [ ] OF
AUGUST 180[4] AGED 68 ? YEARS
ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF
LETITIA STEVENS
WIFE OF
-----------Ground Level----------
EDWARD STEVENS
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE [ ] OF
[NOVEMBER 1814 AGED 74 YEARS]

William Stevens, died 1804, Butcher of Maidstone. His P.C.C. Will is dated 23rd August 1800
   To wife Mary, and friends Edward Baldock and Samuel Athawes, all his property on the north side of the High Street, in Maidstone, occupied by ------ Peters, Cecelia Scultup, widow, George Bewley, Joseph Waters and John Tanner, upon trust. They to sell and add proceeds to personal estate.
   To brother Edward Stevens, an annuity of £25 out of rents of property, with stables and slaughter house, on north side of Maidstone High Street, now or late in his occupation and of John Page, Isaac Winch and ------- Britter, during the life of his wife, if Edward shall so long live. After his wife's death , £15 of the annuity to come from High Street property and £10 from property in Marden, occupied by Francis Parker.
   Two properties in Middle Row, Maidstone, in his and Mrs Fletcher's occupation, and property including slaughter house, (as above) and property in Marden, (as above), to his wife, Mary for life, subject to payment of £25 annuity to Edward Stevens; she keeping property in good repair.
   To Sarah Athawes, daughter of Samuel by his wife Sarah,, immediately after Mary's death, the two properties in Middle Row, for ever. If she dies before 21, unmarried or without children, then shared among her siblings.
   To nephew George Birch, £200, raised by a mortgage on his property on the north side of the High Street, within 12 months of the death of his wife, subject to payment of annuity to Edward Stevens. The properties to nephew Thomas Bishop and niece Ann How in equal shares, for ever.
   Wife, Mary, Edward Baldock and Samuel Athawes are executors; to Baldock and Athawes, £50 each for their trouble.
   To wife Mary, household goods, and residue of money, securities, and personal estate.
   Witnesses: A.F. Long, Jno. Roffe and William Scuddamore.

Codicil dated 17th July 1801
   Revokes part of will requiring wife to keep properties in good repair, she is not obliged to meet these costs.
Witnesses: Mary Halsnod and Jno. Roffe
   Proved 10th October 1804

Edward Stevens, brother of the above, also a Butcher was buried at Aylesford in 1826, but there is no surviving monument. Edward's wife Letitia, appears on William's headstone.

40.   Pedestals and Tall Cross

East Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ISABELLA
DAUGHTER OF
GENERAL THORNDIKE R.A. AND OF
ISABELLA HIS WIFE AND BELOVED
SISTER OF THE REV. ARTHUR THORNDIKE
VICAR OF AYLESFORD
BORN 16th OCTOBER 1859 DIED 17th JULY 1909
"Gone up hither, and I will shew thee things
Which must be Hereafter" Rev. iv I

North Side
IN
BELOVED MEMORY OF
ARTHUR JOHN WEBSTER THORNDIKE
PRIEST
WHO DIED AT EVENSONG IN HIS CHURCH
S. JAMES THE LESS, WESTMINSTER
9th DECEMBER 1917
SOMETIME VICAR OF AYLESFORD AND HON. CANON
OF ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL THE DEARLY LOVED
HUSBAND OF AGNES MACDONALD THORNDIKE
"When I Wake Up, I am Present with Thee"

West Side
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
FRANK THORNDIKE ACTOR AND AIRMAN
KILLED ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN FRANCE
WHILE FLYING ON 17th AUG. 1917
YOUNGEST SON OF CANON AND Mrs THORNDIKE
"He Paid a Soldier's Debt,
He only Lived but till he was a Man,
The which no sooner had his Prowess Confirmed,
In the Encircling Station where he Fought,
But like a Man he Died,
Why then God's Soldier be He ! "

South Side
IN
BELOVED MEMORY OF
AGNES MACDONALD THORNDIKE
DEARLY LOVED WIFE OF
ARTHUR THORNDIKE, PRIEST
WHO DIED MARCH 16th 1933
AGED 74 YEARS
"Joy Cometh in the Morning"
ROSEMARY BENVENUTA THORNDIKE
WHO DIED 15th JULY 1970 AGED 75 YEARS

The Rev. Arthur Thorndike was the father of the celebrated actress, Dame Sybil Thorndike

41.   Grey Stone Chest Tomb, East of Chancel


THOMAS VEAL, DIED 1748
STEWARD TO THE EARL OF AYLESFORD

[HERE LIETH THE] BODY OF THOMAS
[VEAL OF THIS] PARISH LATE [STEWARD]
[TO THE RT. HONOURABLE] HENEAGE,[EARL OF]
[AYLES]FORD IN WHICH SITUATION [HE DIED]
[    ] [NOVEMBER] 1748 AGED 75 YEARS

The confirmation that Thomas Veal is the man buried under this monument, comes in Navy Board letters, dated 1738, which are in the National Archives. Timber and Reed is being purchased for Chatham Dockyard; in the letters Veal is identified as the Earl of Aylesford's Steward. The Reed is not purchased from him because he was asking too high a price!

42.   Grey Coped Stone, Near Chancel Door

North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
LETITIA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF SILAS WAGON
WHO DIED APRIL 2nd 1917 AGED 79 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"

South Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
SILAS WAGON
BORN JULY 25th 1843 DIED JUNE 20th 1924
"Come unto Me"

Silas Wagon (see Interior) was a Barge Owner, Sand, Flint and Gravel Merchant; Proprietor of the Aylesford Sand Works. He was also Assistant Overseer for Ditton and Tax Collector for Aylesford, Burham and Wouldham. (1913 Kelly's Directory) In the 1870's he was Manager of the local Brick Fields, when he appears as a witness in an Old Bailey case, concerning stolen bricks. In the 1861 Census he was a Pupil Teacher; (his father John, see Section D, was a School Master)

43.   Chest Tomb, Originally Grey Stone, Incorporating Later Brickwork

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF THOMAS WARD
SON OF ABDI* WARD HE WAS BORN IN 1619
AND DIED IN 1688 AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO THE BODY OF JOHN WARD HIS SON
WHO WAS BORN IN 1646 AND DIED IN 1696
AGED 50 YEARS
(* Is this meant to be ABEL ?)

Thomas Ward, died 1688, Hoyman. His P.C.C. Will is dated 24th March 1687 (1688)
   To his grand-children, Thomas and Elizabeth Baldock, £20 each, Thomas at 21 and Elizabeth at 18 or day of marriage. If either or both die the money goes to executor. To his wife Katherine £3 and best feather bed, curtains and bolster, 6 leather chairs, 1 iron pot, 1 little bottle, 6 pewter dishes, pair of bellows, fire pan and tongs, pair of andirons, 6 pewter spoons, 2 wooden dishes, 1 little table, 1 chest and a candlestick. Also to his wife, £10 annuity out of his properties and one of the three hoys, now in his occupation. If any payment is behind, wife can distrain property to recover money owed. Rest of his goods and personal estate to son John, as well as properties and land. After John's death half to grandson Thomas Ward, son of John, for ever. The other half to grand children John and Frances Ward, for ever.
   Witnesses: Robert Chambers, Jane Chambers and Richard Waller
   Proved 29th June 1688.

44.   Grey Stone Chest Tomb, Next to Above


WARD TOMBS, LEFT MARY, DIED 1722(3), RIGHT, THOMAS, DIED 1688 AND JOHN, DIED 1696

Ledger
(Remains of a Very Eroded Inscription , only JOHN and MARY Legible)

South Side
WITHIN THIS TOMB ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
MARY THE WIFE OF THOMAS WARD LATE OF MILL HALL
IN THIS PARISH [AND RICHARD & THOMAS] HIS SONS WHO ALL THREE
DIED OF THE SMALL POX AT THE SAME TIME
IN FEBRUARY 1722

(See Interior for other Wards)

WARD see GOODMAN

45.   Headstone, Front Very Eroded

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
S[ALLY] WIFE OF THOMAS W[ILLSON]
BAKER OF MAIDSTONE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [MAY] [    ] [1819]
AGED [30] YEARS
LEFT ISSUE ONE SON [& ONE ?] DAUGHTER
[ EARLEY AND ELIZABETH ] ]
[Eroded Verses]
ALSO [THE HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE ]
THOMAS WILLSON [WHO DIED]
[ ] [MARCH ?] 1839 AGED [50] YEARS

Rear
ALSO
THE REV. JOSEPH WILLSON
WHOSE LIFE WAS TAKEN BY KAFFIRS
AT SOUTH AFRICA WHERE HE HAD
BEEN TEN YEARS A DEVOTED MISSIONARY
ON THE 28th FEBY. 1838
AGED 40 YEARS
"He Rests from his Labours"
ALSO THE AFORESAID
EARLY WILLSON
WHO DIED JANY. 24Th 1863
AGED 50 YEARS
[    ]
ALSO NEAR THIS SPOT
ELIZABETH WILLSON
SISTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED [JANUA]RY [    ]
1880 AGED 65 YEARS

46.   Triple Headed Headstone, Extremely Eroded in Parts


WRAY FAMILY, EARLY 18th CENTURY

HERE LIETH
INTERR'D [YE]
BODY OF
THO. AND
 JOHN P[IK]E
[                  ] 
[                   ]
[                   ] 
17[   ] 
[                   ]
ANN [PIKE]
BUR[IED] [ ] 
[FEBRUARY ]16th
[1722] 
[                   ]
[                   ]
[HERE LIETH]
 [INTERR'D YE]
 [BODY]
OF MARY [WIFE]
 OF RICHARD 
 WRAY
 WHO WAS BURIED
APRIL THE 1st
[173]6
[HERE LIETH YE]
 [BOD]Y OF
[ELIZA]BETH

DAUGHTER OF
RICHD. & MARY 
 [BURIED] [MA]Y 
 [    ] AGED [    ] 
[    ]
[HERE LIETH]
 [INTERR'D YE]
[BODY OF]
  A[               ]

OF R[ICHARD]
W[RAY] [WHO]
WAS [       ]
  B[              ]
[                   ]
[                   ]
[                   ]
[                   ]
[                   ]
[                   ]
THE [DENNIS]
[DAUGHTER OF]
[RICHD. & MARY]
[WRAY]
---------------------------------------------Ground Level---------------------------------------
 THIS LIFE MAY YE 17th
1740 AGED 21 YEARS
BURIED DEC.
  YE 24th 1724

   Richard Wray the Elder, died 1746, Carpenter. Rochester Will dated 16th April 1746
   To wife Dorothy, property known by the name of "The Red Bull", (still at Eccles), with gardens, brew house, stables, pump, wood house, etc. in Aylesford in his own occupation, for life, she to keep in good tenantable repair. After her death to his 2 sons, Richard and Thomas, equally for ever; also th them, his hop ground of 2 acres, hop poles, and 3 acres of reed land, and land planted with hops of ½ acre in his occupation, his oast house and "oasthairs" in the yard of the above premises, all in Aylesford.
   Also to sons, property and land occupied by John Wickings and Burgess Masters, also one house and land in occupation of William Peters, one house and land occupied by John Warren, all in Aylesford; and all other property and land in Kent or elsewhere, shared equally. They also get his working tools and stock of timber in his yard at time of his death.
   To son Richard silver tankard marked J To son Thomas his silver watch. To wife Dorothy, his bay mare; she also
                                                                                      R:E

gets all household goods, stock of beer, wines, rum and brandy, and all personal estate, for ever.
   Wife and son Richard, executors.
   Witnesses: Arthur Packham, Daniel Peen and Thomas Pummett
   Proved 29th April 1746, power reserved to Richard Wray

47.   First World War Monument   Grey Granite Pedestals, Tall Cross

North Side

IN
GRATEFUL MEMORY OF OUR GLORIOUS DEAD
1914 – 1918
FROM THIS PARISH

                  East Side

 GEORGE ATKINS

FREDERICK JOHN AVARDS 
WILLIAM HENRY BARNES 
ALBERT BROOMFIELD 
GEORGE CAPON
FRANK CLARK
FREDERICK W. CLARK 
ARTHUR CLARK M.M. 
WILLIAM GEORGE COSTIN
CECIL ERNEST DAMMS D.C.M. 
THOMAS DANES 
CHARLES NORMAN EASTON 
FREDERICK FRANCIS 
ERNEST GREEN 
FREDERICK GREEN 
 SIDNEY GREEN 
JONATHAN ERNEST GRINHAM 
WILLIAM DOUGLAS HAWKINS 
FRANK HAWKINS 
ARTHUR FREDERICK HAWKINS 
WILLIAM HENRY HODGES

               West Side

PHILLIP CHARLES HOSMER
PERCY GEORGE LAKER
GEORGE EDWARD LINES
ROBERT GEORGE MANNERING
  JOHN PERCY MAY
WILLIAM MAY
THOMAS BENJAMIN PEARSON
JOHN POOLE
  JOHN SCOTT M.C.
GEORGE HOWARD SHEPHERD
THOMAS SHERWOOD
ARTHUR LESLIE SMITH
GEORGE THOMAS SMITH
EDWARD JAMES SMITH
THOMAS STONE
GEORGE BAXBY SYDDALL
HERBERT ELVIN WALKER
ROBERT WILLIAM WALLIS
CECIL WOOD
PERCY HERBERT WOODLAND


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Section B   All that area West of the Church and North to the North West
                           corner of the Vestry

48.   Headstone, Badly Flaked

IN
MEMORY OF
SUSANNAH ADAMS
[L]A[TE] [OF] ROCHESTER
[WHO DIED] [AUG]UST [    ] [1842]
[ AGED 75 YEARS]

Susannah Adams, died 1842, was in the previous year, living at St. Catherine's Hospital Alms House, Rochester. (1841 Census)

49.   Headstone

TO THE MEMORY OF
WILL. APPS OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED YE 9th OF JAN.
1747 IN YE 60th YR OF HIS AGE
LEFT ISSUE BY ELLENOR HIS
WIFE 1 SON & 4 DAUGHTERS
THO. ELIZ., MARY, ELLENOR
& HANNAH

50.   Eroded Headstone and Slab

[SACRED]
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
MARGARET WIFE OF
SAMUEL ARNOLD [WHO DIED] [AUGUST] [    ]
[1821] AGED 46 YEARS
[LEFT ISSUE] [    ]
GEORGE, MARY AND ELIZA
ALSO THE ABOVE SAMUEL ARNOLD
WHO DIED OCTOBER [    ] 1843
AGED 62 YEARS

George Arnold, died 1843, was a Grocer. His P.C.C. Will is dated 8th April 1843.
   To son George, his 6 freehold cottages and 3 acres of plantation land at Nash, in the parish of Ash near Sandwich; his leasehold dwelling house and garden, in Aylesford, he now occupies; plus 3 leasehold cottages adjoining, for remainder of term.
   Personal estate to son George. Son George and son in law William Douglas Hewitt of West Cowes, Isle of Wight, Brewer and Coal Merchant, executors.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: John Wagon of Aylesford and Jno. Cole, Solicitor of Maidstone.
   Proved 25th October 1843

51.   Curbs

North Side
ELIZABETH AUSTIN WHO DIED 5th JANUARY 19000 AGED 69 YEARS

South Side
JOHN AUSTIN DIED DECEMBER 1915 AGED 87 YEARS

John Austin, died 1915, a Shipwright of 30 High Street, Aylesford (1881 Census)

52.   Headstone and Body Stone

ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HANNAH BOURNE A NATIVE OF ASTLEY
IN WORCESTERSHIRE WIFE OF
THOMAS BAILEY OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED FEBRUARY THE 3rd ? 1832
AGED 60 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE 3 SONS AND 1 DAUGHTER VIZ.
JOHN, THOMAS, RICHARD AND MARIA
ALSO THE ABOVE THOMAS BAILEY
WHO DIED APRIL THE 27th 1834
AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO RICHARD SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED FEB. 24th? 1830 AGED 37 YEARS

53.   Headstone

ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HENRY BATH
WHO DIED SUDDENLY ON SUNDAY
THE 1st OF APRIL 1787
AGED 34 YEARS
"Ye Fair, ye Gay, ye Generous and ye
Brave,
Who each in turns behold the Silent
Grave,
With thoughts Immortal to yourselves
Recall,
How Great a Moment when a moment's
All,
Blest with that thought your
Wretchedness Deplore,
Nor Trust to Time, when thought can be
No More"

54.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
RALPH & MARY BINSKIN
OF THIS PARISH
HE DIED [   ] JAN. 17[2]4 AGED [   ] YEARS
SHE DIED [   ] DEC. 17[4]2 [AGED [   ] YEARS]
ALSO HENRY SON OF
RALPH & MARY BINSKIN
WHO DIED THE [   ] FEB. 1748
AGED 38 or 58 ? YEARS

55.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH JANE BINSKIN
DIED NOV. 24th 1927
WILLIAM HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DIED MARCH 16th 1905
ELIZABETH THEIR DAUGHTER
DIED JULY 18th 1906
THOMAS THEIR SON
DIED JUNE 14th 1922

William Binskin, died 1905, was a Barge Builder, living in Brewer Street, Maidstone in 1901 (Census).

56.   Small Headstone


JOHN BONNIWELL, DIED 1695, SON OF JAMES AND MARY

HERE LIETH YE BODY OF JOHN
SON OF JAMES BONNIWELL &
MARY HIS WIFE WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH
YE 20th DAY 1695 AGED 23 YEARS
[Verses Half Eroded]

57.   Eroded Headstone


JAMES BONNIWELL, DIED 1708, AND MARY BONNIWELL, DIED 1696
COMPARE THIS EXPOSED SIDE TO THE REAR (NEXT PICTURE)

HERE [LIETH]
IN HOPE OF A JOYFUL
RESURRECTION YE BODY OF
JAMES BONNIWELL DIED
YE 19th DAY OF MARCH 1708
AGED 75 ? YEARS
HERE ALSO LIETH YE BODY OF
MARY [BONNIWELL WIFE OF]
JAMES BONNIWELL WHO DIED
[   ] [DECEM]BER 169[6]
[AGED] [  ]0 YEARS

Rear
HERE ALSO LIETH
JAMES SON OF JAMES
& MARY BONNIWELL
WHO DYED IN YE YEAR
1709
AGED 31 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE ONE SON
NAMED JAMES

James Bonniwell, died 1709, was a Grocer of Aylesford. His Rochester Will is dated 18th January 1705/06
   To son Thomas the house he lives in and other properties near by, occupied by Robert Vinter and Henry Holland?, for ever.
   To grand children, Mary and Elizabeth Bonniwell, daughters of son William, 20/- each. To grandson, James Bonniwell, son of son James, deceased, 20/-. To kins woman Elizabeth Duning ?, "that dwelleth with me", 20s.
   Residue, including stock in trade, "shares and parts of hoyes or vessels", to son Thomas, who is executor.
   Signs with a mark.
   Witnesses: Edward Baldock, John Farncom and Robert Taylor
   Proved April 1709

58.   Headstone and Foot Stone, Flaked

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SUSAN DAUGHTER OF
[WILLI]AM JACKSON [OF] CLAPHAM
[AND] [W]IF[E] [OF] [    ] B[RADLEY]
[WHO DIED AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 1869]
[AGED 55 YEARS]
ALSO
MARTHA B[RADLEY] ?
[WHO DIED 1871]
[AGED 80 YEARS]

59.   Eroded and Broken Headstone


REAR OF THE JOHN BRIDGLAND, DIED 1777, FAMILY HEADSTONE
WHICH IS VERY BADLY ERODED, THIS IS THE GOOD SIDE !

IN MEMORY OF J[AMES SON OF JOHN]
AND ELIZABETH BRIDG[LAND]
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED JULY THE [    ]
1753 IN THE 4th ? YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO JOHN THEIR SON DIED MARCH
THE 12th 17[5]4 IN THE 18th YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO SAMUEL THE SON OF THE ABOVE
[WHO DIED] JAN. 1760 IN THE 27th YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO MARY DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
[    ]
[    ]

Rear
[IN] MEMORY OF
[SAR]AH BRIDGLAND
WHO DIED 7th OF MAY 1763
IN THE 20th YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO ELIZTH. WIFE OF
JOHN BRIDGLAND DIED
OCT. YE 13th 1770 AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE JOHN BRIDGLAND
DIED THE 23rd OF NOVEMBER 1777
AGED 73 YEARS

John Bridgland, died 1777, was a Farmer of Aylesford. His P.C.C. Will is dated 9th April 1773
   To daughters Hannah and Elenor, £700 each. To grandson, Simon Rouse, £200, to be put out to interest until he is 21. If he dies before 21, then the £200 to above daughters.
   To Abraham Webb, "a bill of work, money and settery ?" and interest on bond of £200. Residue to his two daughters, equally.
   Simon Rouse, Butcher and William Turner, Blacksmith are executors, for each of them, 10gns.
   To the Minister to preach funeral sermon, 1gn.
   Witnesses: William Green, J. Shepherd and J. Cooke
   Proved 12th January 1778

60.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARIA THE BELOVED WIFE OF
[THOM]AS BROOMF[IELD]
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN J[ESUS]
SEPT. 28th 1871 AGED 24 YEARS
"My Life's a Shade, my Days,
A Pace to Death's Decline,
My Lord is Life, He'll Raise,
My Dust again, even Mine,
Sweet Truth to Me, I Shall Arise,
And with these Eyes my Saviour See"
"Father, I will that they also whom Thou
Hast Given Me be with Me where I Am"
John XVII 24

61.   Small Headstone and Slab

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGINA BURTON
DAUGHTER OF
CAPTAIN THOMAS AND
CATHERINE J. BURTON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 1st DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1827
AGED 2 WEEKS & 6 DAYS

62.   Small Headstone

IN EVER LOVING MEMORY
OF
OUR DEAR SON
EDGAR ISAAC BUSS
WHO LOST HIS LIFE WHILST BATHING
19th JULY 1900 AGED 13 YEARS
"Therefore be ye also Ready"

Edgar Buss, died 1900, was the son of Thomas of Eccles, a Boiler Maker's Labourer (1891 Census)
His Inquest was reported in the Kent Messenger:
   "DROWNED WHILE BATHING. --- Mr T. Buss, County Coroner, held an inquest at the Chequers Inn, on Saturday, respecting the death of Edgar Isaac Buss, aged 13, son of Thos, Ed. Buss, skilled labourer, at Eccles, who was drowned in the Medway at Aylesford while bathing with other lads. Mr Ballard was foreman of the jury. The father stated that he had cautioned deceased about bathing in the river. There was no doubt that the boy wanted to be able to swim like his elder brother. Hubert Oliver, the son of an Eccles grocer, stated that he and deceased and another boy named Wallis, entered the river on Thursday afternoon some distance above Aylesford bridge. Witness could swim and so could deceased, a little. About ten minutes after they had been in the water, witness heard the deceased cry out "Help ! Help !". He and Wallis tried to reach him , but could not. Witness saw him go under three times. By the Coroner: Witness and other boys had bathed at the same place before. He should think deceased was seized with cramp.
   Walter Hadlow, bargeman, of Cook's Wharf, Rochester, stated that he dragged for the body for a considerable time on Thursday night. On the following morning he found deceased on a mud bank, resting on his hands and knees about 20 yards from the place where the boys had been bathing.
   Dr Fiske proved that death was due to suffocation by drowning, there being no marks of violence on the body.
   A juror suggested that the Coroner might ask the Navigation Company to take steps to prevent boys from bathing in the river. Mr Buss, however, said he was afraid that if he made such a representation to the Company it would have very little effect.
   The jury then returned a verdict of "Accidentally drowned ""

63.   Eroded Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE CARTER, WIDOW
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [ ] OF JULY 1821
AGED 70 YEARS

Jane Carter, died 1821, was the widow of John, a Farmer. Her P.C.C. Will is dated June 1821
   £100 left to her by her late husband's will, to her two brothers, Edward and Richard Farmer, shared equally. If they are dead then to their children. Clothes and other property to her niece, Frances Carter.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: William Eveleigh and William Knowles

64.   Small Headstone


MARY COVILL, DIED 1707. THE UPPER PART WAS, PRESUMABLY, LEFT
BLANK FOR HUSBAND JOHN, BUT NEVER USED

(Top Half Left Blank)
HERE LYETH YE BODY OF MARY
COVILL THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JOHN COVILL WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE [   ] OF DEC.
[1707] IN THE [   ] YEARE OF
---------------Ground Level-----------
HER AGE [ LEFT ISSUE ]
[    ] DAUGHTER ELIZABETH

John Covill of Aylesford. Rochester Will dated 29th August 1724
   To servant maid, Hannah Randall, £10, "besides what I am indebted to her"
   To his daughter Elizabeth Middleton, a parcel of land in Aylesford, which he purchased from Sir Charles Sidly, for life. After her death, to her daughter Elizabeth, if she dies without children, then to William Covill of Boxley and to his son William, for ever. Daughter Elizabeth is executor.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: mark of Nicholas Figg, mark of Arthur Harvey and William Peen
   Proved August 1725

65.   Headstone

IN MEMORY
OF
THOMAS JACKSON CRISPE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPTEMBER 22nd 1849
IN THE 54th YEAR
OF HIS AGE
"Prepare to meet thy God for ye know
Not what hour the Lord calleth ye"

Thomas Crispe, died 1849, of Apoplexy (Register)

66.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
ELIZABETH DELVE
BORN JUNE 25th 1822
DIED NOVEMBER 25th 1901

Elizabeth Delve, died1901. In 1901 Census, a visitor at Mount Pleasant, Aylesford, in the house of John Humphrey a carpenter. She was born in Chatham.

67.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
ANN DICKS
WHO DIED [   ] OCT. 17[52]
AGED 20 YEARS
"While in this World I did Remain,
My Latter End was Grief and Pain,
Till God did Please to make me Blest ?
And took me to a Place of Rest"

Rear
URSULA LAMBATH
DIED SEPT. 12th? 1794
AGED 66 YEARS

Ann Dicks and Ursula Lambath, died 1752 and 1794, were sisters. Ursula Dicks married Joseph Lambert at Aylesford in 1762.

DOWD see STUART

68.   Headstone, Broken, Partly Eroded, Close to South West Gate


ELIZABETH EASTON AND DAUGHTER, ALSO ELIZABETH, BOTH DIED 1727
I HAVE TEMPORARILY REPLACED THE BROKEN FRAGMENT,
AND HAVE USED CHALK TO HIGHLIGHT THE INSCRIPTION.

H[ERE LIETH THE BODY]
OF E[LIZABETH EASTON WI]FE
OF [THOMAS EASTON]
W[HO DEPARTED TH]IS
[LIFE ON THE [    ] DAY OF J]ULY
[1727 AGED [ ] YEA]RS
ALSO THE BODY OF ELIZ.
DAUGHTER OF THE SAID
THOS. & ELIZ. EASTON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
29th ? OF OCT. 17[2]7 AGED
[1] YEAR & SIX MONTHS

69.   Small Headstone and Slab


THOMAS FARNCOMB, DIED 1692

HERE LIETH THE BODY
OF [THOM]AS FARNCOMB
SON OF [JOH]N FARNCOMB
WH[O] DEPART]ED THIS
LIFE [    ] OF MAR.
169[2] [AGED [    ] YEARS]

John Farncomb, Yeoman of Aylesford, father of Thomas, died 1692. No monument for John but Rochester Will dated 24th June 1719.
   To grand children John and Elizabeth Fletcher, all pewter and linen, equally.
   To John Farncomb his 2 gold rings "I had at the burials of Sir John Banks and Mr Caleb Banks". Also to    John all his properties in Aylesford occupied by James Taylor, Thomas Cook , Thomas Goodman and --------- Woolett, for ever; chargeable with an annuity of £5 for Elizabeth Farncomb for life.
   Residue to his grand children, James, John, Augustine, Thomas and Robert Taylor equally shared.
   Mr Thomas Haunch of Chatham and Mr Henry Knowles of Birling, executors.
   Witnesses: Thomas Tomlyn, Elizabeth Watts and James Smedley.
   4th August 1722 Thomas Haunch renounces administration of will

70.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr THOMAS FORDHAM
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPTEMBER 25th 1859
AGED 49 YEARS

71.   Headstone


JOHN FOWL, DIED 1704, AND ANN FOWL, DIED 1707

HERE
LYETH THE
BODY OF JOHN FOWL
WHO DYED YE 2[ ] DAY OF
AUG. 1704 AGED ABOUT
50 ?YEARS
HERE LYETH ALSO ANN
DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND
ELIZ. FOWL WHO DIED YE 20th
DAY OF DEC. 1707 AGED
16 YEARS

72.   Cruciform Coped Stone

South Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF JANE THE WIFE OF THOMAS FRANKLYN
ALSO THE ABOVE THOMAS FRANKLYN WHO DIED 3rd MARCH 1877
AGED 78 YEARS

East Side
OF COBTREE
THOMAS PAIN FRANKLYN
BORN 9th DECEMBER 1845
DIED 11th OCTOBER 1893

North Side
WHO DIED XXXI OF MARCH MDCCCLX AGED LVI
AND OF SARAH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE, WIFE OF J. MONSON SHAW
OF ROWE PLACE WHO DIED XXVIII OF SEPTR. MDCCCLXXXVII AGED XLV

Sarah Shaw, died 1887, was the wife of John Monson Shaw, a Farmer of 160 acres, employing 7 men and 2 boys (1881 Census)

Thomas Franklyn, died 1877. Mayor of Maidstone 1840 and 1846. Wine Merchant of Maidstone (1871 Census)

73.   Large Headstone and Two Body Stones

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN FRENCH
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
APRIL 18th 1847 AGED 56 YEARS
ALSO PHOEBE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
JOHN FRENCH
WHO DIED JANUARY 12th 1864
AGED 71 YEARS
WILLIAM SON OF
JOHN & PHOEBE FRENCH
WHO DIED JUNE 22nd 1839
AGED 5 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS
CHARLES THEIR SON
WHO DIED MARCH 11th 1842 AGED 13 YEARS

John French, died 1847, Victualler of "The George", Mill Hall, (Pigot's Directory 1840)P.C.C. Will dated 13th April 1847
   Jesse Perrin of Aylesford, Farmer and Joseph Bateman of Aylesford, Grocer, are executors and trustees.
   To executors, £1,600 at 3¼% Bank Annuities; part of stock in joint names of himself and wife Phoebe, upon trust. Wife to have dividends for life. After her death, the same stock shared equally between sons, Henry and Edward.
   All his interest and term in public house in which he lives at Mill Hall and house contents and residue of above stock, to son Henry.
   To son Edward 3 properties in Aylesford Street, occupied by William Meopham, Charles Copper and Ann Belton, for ever. Also to Edward £700 in the Branch Bank, Maidstone; insurance policy of £500 in the Kent Life and Fire Assurance Office, Maidstone, and all bonuses.
   Debts owed to him by son Henry and all other ?real estate to trustees.
   Residue of real and personal estate shared equally between sons for ever.
   Witnesses: Silas Norton, Solicitor, Town Malling and William South Norton, Gentleman, same place
   Proved 17th May 1847

74.   Large Ledger, Was Completely Covered in Ivy

IN MEMORY OF
HENRY FRENCH
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER 12th 1873 AGED 51 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST 22nd 1867 AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO OF
ELIZABETH ANN GODFREY
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MAY 30th 1889 AGED 37 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE 7 CHILDREN
ALSO OF EDWARD FRENCH
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVEMBER 19th 1890
AGED 40 YEARS
"Precious in the Sight of the Lord is the
Death of his Saints"

Henry French, died 1873, was a Coal Merchant (1861 Census)

Edward French, died 1890, son of above, was a Carpenter (1881 Census)

75.   Headstone

TO THE MEMORY
OF
HARRIET FROST
WIFE OF
CHARLES FROST
WHO DIED DEC. 2nd 1852
AGED 28 YEARS
ALSO JOHN FROST
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 18th 1853
AGED 18 MONTHS

76.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
PETER LONG FRY
LATE OF FORDINGBRIDGE ? IN THE COUNTY
OF HANTS.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 22nd
1818
AGED 47 YEARS

77.   Eroded Headstone

[HERE LIETH]
[THE BODY OF]
[THOMAS] [FRY]LAND
[WHO DEPARTED] THIS LIFE
[MAY [    ] ] 1735
AGED [    ] [YEARS]
[LEFT] ISSUE ONE [SON] & ONE
[DAUG]HTER THO. & MARY

78.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE WILLIAM FULLER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER 25th 1869
AGED 40 YEARS
LEAVING A WIDOW AND SEVEN
CHILDREN
"In the midst of Life we are in Death"
ALSO RUTH SARAH
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVEMBER 17th ? 1869
AGED 5 YEARS
ALSO
GEORGE JOHN THOMAS FULLER
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 3rd 1937
AGED 85 YEARS
AND OF JULIA WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 29th 1939
AGED 85 YEARS

George Fuller, died 1869, of the "George Inn", (1855 Post Office Directory)

79.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN GREEN
WHO DIED OCT. 17th 1842 AGED 87 YEARS
ALSO SARAH HIS WIFE WHO DIED
FEB. 11th 1843 AGED 76 YEARS
LEFT THREE SONS AND TWO DAUGHTERS
(VIZ.) JOHN, WILLIAM, ABRAHAM,
MARY AND CATHERINE

80.   Headstone and Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR DEAR SON
SIDNEY GREEN
DIED 28th FEBY. 1906
AGED 19 YEARS
"In the midst of Life we are in Death"
ALSO OF SARAH ANN GREEN
MOTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 10th FEBY. 1925
AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO OF WILLIAM GREEN
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 4th MAY 1942
AGED 94 YEARS

GREEN see GREGORY

81.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
EDWIN GREGORY
DIED 7th JUNE 1905
ALFRED GREEN
DIED 14th AUG. 1954
ALSO ALICE GREEN
DIED 11th MARCH 1967
"Re-united"

Edwin Gregory, died 1905, Chalk Labourer of Burham? (1901 Census. Aged 22)

82.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF MARY DAUGHTER OF
GEORGE AND ANN GROOMBIDGE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 28th OF OCTOBER
1818 AGED 18 YEARS
[12 Lines of Verse Half Eroded]

83.   Large Ledger, Badly Flaked, Covered by Ivy

IN MEMORY OF
Mr JOHN HALL
OF LITTLE BUCKLAND, MAI[DSTONE]
WHO DEPARTED TH[IS LIFE]
FEBRUARY 20th [1866]
AGED 80 YEARS
AND OF ANN HIS[WIFE]
WHO DIED APRIL [    ] [1844]
AGED 59 YEARS
ALSO
TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE
WIFE OF EDWARD [HALL]
BUCKLAND, MAIDSTONE
DIED MAY 4th 1860 [AGED 37 YEARS]
LEAVING [    ]
TO DE[PLORE HER LOSS]

John Hall, 1866, Farmer.
In 1841 Salesman of Buckland, Maidstone (Census)
1851 Farmer of 140 acres at Little Buckland, employing 10 labourers (Census)

84.   Ledger and Loose Tablet, Badly Flaked, Covered in Ivy and Next to Above

IN MEMORY OF
JAMES HALL
OF COURT LODGE, AYLESFORD
WHO DIED AUGUST THE 29th 1871
AGED 65 YEARS

James Hall, died 1871, Farmer
1841 Salesman of Buckland
1851Farmer of 300 acres at Court Lodge, employing 13 labourers (Census)
1861 Still at Court Lodge, 340 acres, employing 14 men and 4 boys, he is "Deaf" (Census)

85.   Tablet

ALSO OF
MARY ANN HALL
NIECE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 17th 1923
AGED 81 YEARS

86.   Headstone

[SACRED]
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
RICHARD HOSMER
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED [    ] JANUARY 1835
AGED 8[0] YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM HOSMER
WHO DIED FEBRUARY [    ] 1815
AGED 6[8] YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH HOSMER
WHO DIED JUNE [ ] 1817
AGED [67] YEARS

87.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
Mr WILLIAM HUBBARD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 21st OF MARCH
1803 AGED 58 ? YEARS
LEFT A WIDOW ONE SON & FIVE DAUGHTERS
ALSO ELIZABETH HUBBARD
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 16th OF AUGUST 1822 AGED 22 YEARS
ALSO MARY HUBBARD
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED JUNE 20th
1841 AGED 82 YEARS
CHARLES COPPER
BORN FEBRUARY 8th 1793
DIED APRIL 29th 1863

William Hubbard, died 1803, Victualler. P.C.C. Will dated 19th March 1803
   He is "very sick and weak". To wife Mary, who is executor, £320, which is in the hands of Stephen Page Seager of Maidstone; she to receive interest as it becomes due.
   To wife business and all household goods, for life; if their youngest child is still a minor at her death, the £320 to remain out at interest, which is to be used for the maintenance of the youngest children.
   When of age, the £320 shared equally among those children "born in lawful wedlock", viz. Sarah. Thomas, Mary, Harriett, Ann and Eliza Hubbard.
   Signs with a mark.
   Witnesses: John Perrin and George Cutbath
   Proved 24th March 1804

Charles Copper, died 1863, was a Grocer, retired by 1851 (Census)

88.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN THE SON OF
EDWARD AND MARGARET HUMPHREY
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOV. 16th 1866
AGED 27 YEARS
"He was cut down in his Bloom,
And lies beneath the Sod,
Thou art travelling to the Tomb,
Prepare to meet thy God"
ALSO OF GEORGE THEIR SON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE DEC. 12th 1868
AGED 21 YEARS
EDWARD HUMPHREY
BORN MARCH 6th 1801 DIED AUG. 20th 1877
MARGARET HUMPHREY
BORN AUG. ---- 1805 DIED JULY 1st 1895

John Humphrey, died 1873, was a Carpenter, lodging in Maidstone (1861 Census)

Edward Humphrey, died 1877, father of above, was a Carpenter (1861 Census)

89.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HANNAH
RELICT OF THE LATE
Mr JONES
OF ALDGATE, LONDON
WHO DIED IN THIS VILLAGE
DECEMBER 29th 1847
AGED 76 YEARS
"Deeply Lamented"

90.   Headstone and Foot Stone (*Dates and Ages not Cut)

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE KEMSLEY OF THIS
PARISH WHO DIED [   ]*
AGED [    ]* YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH KEMSLEY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED [    ]*
AGED [    ]* YEARS
ALSO GEORGE THEIR SON
WHO DIED JULY 21st 1862
AGED 30 YEARS
ALSO JOHN THEIR SON
WHO DIED [    ]*
AGED [    ]* YEARS
"Blessed are the Dead,
Which Die in the Lord
They Rest from their Labours"

Foot Stone (*No Dates Cut)
G. K.*
E. K.*
G. K. 1862
J. K.*

91.   Double Headstone


HENRY KENNIT, DIED 1710, AND SARA KENNIT, DIED 1697

HERE
LIETH ALSO THE
BODY OF HENRY 

KENNIT, HUSBAND
OF THE [ ABOVE ?] 
[         ]
[         ]
[WHO DEPARTED YS]
LIFE THE [19th ]
OF SEPTEMBER 1710
AGED 81 ? YEARS
HERE LIETH YE BODY
  OF SARA WIFE OF
HENRY KENNIT WHO
 DIED MAY YE 15th ? 1697
AGED 71 YEARS

Henry Kennit, died 1710, Husbandman. Rochester Will dated 9th September 1709

Robert Bayley, Carrier of Rochester and John Chapman of St. Margaret's, Husbandman, are executors, they to pay debts, to James Fortton ?, Husbandman of Buckland, £40; to Nicholas? Palmer of Mill Hall, £30.
   Robert Bayley to have £20 and John Chapman, £16.
   To Margaret Chapman, feather bed in his chamber, quilt and 5 blankets and bolster. Any money left after payment of debts to his mother for life, then to his brother and sister.
   "There is a Cribe?, which is called Lady Ken--?, which is actually Margaret Chapman's" Also to Margaret £20.
   Goods and stock and movables to be sold to pay debts, and "the part that I have ? in the land" to be sold to pay debts.
   Witnesses: mark of Thomas Plastow, James Lashenden?and Mary Hamdon?
   Proved 28th September 1710

92.   Small Headstone

[HERE LIETH]
THE BODY OF
NICOL[AS K]NO
WLDE[N W]HO
DEP[ARTED T]HIS
LIFE THE [   ] DAY
OF JANUARY
LMI ?[ ]    [A]GED
[    ]
(Died 1683)

93.   Double Headstone


THOMAS KNOWLDEN, DIED 1730, AND ANN KNOWLDEN, DIED 1726

[HERE LIETH]
[THE BODY] OF
[    ] THO.
[KNOW]LDEN
SENR. [W]H[O] 
DEPARTED
THIS LIFE
[OC]TR. YE 20th
[1730] AGED
[    ] YEARS 
HERE LIETH
  THE BODY [OF]
  ANN WIFE OF
  THOMAS
KNOWLDEN
SENR. WHO DEPARTED
  THIS L[IFE]
  JAN. [    ]
  172[6] A[GED] [    ]
YEARS


NICHOLAS KNOWLDEN, DIED 1683

Nicholas Knowlden, died 1682,(3) Yeoman of Aylesford. Rochester Will dated 16th January 1682 (3)
   To brothers Edward, Anthony and Heugh, £5 each. To cousin John Knowlden, son of brother Edward, his house in Bearstead, occupied by William Eagels. Brother Edward to have rent until John is 21 years, then to John for ever.
   Rest of houses, leases, lands and goods, to brother Thomas for ever, on condition that he pays debts and legacies, Thomas is executor.
   Also to Thomas all land he holds in reversion and his rights and title to land in Hollingbourne, now in contest with Hammerson.
   Witnesses: James Taylor, Mary Noy? and Augustine Taylor
   Proved 1st February 1682 (3)

LAMBATH see DICKS

94.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
LOUISA LEGOOD
WHO DIED 10th MAY 1902
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO OF WILLIAM LEGOOD
WHO DIED 16th JULY 1902
AGED 72 YEARS

William Legood, died 1902, a Locomotive Stoker in 1891 and Night Watchman in 1901 (Census)

95.   Small Headstone, Oldest Legible Monument in Churchyard

HERE
LYETH
THE BODY
OF THOMAS
MADGIN WHO
DEPARTED THIS
[LIFE] [    ]
[APRIL] 1680
AGED 63 YEARS

Thomas Madgin, died 1680, a Tailor; Churchwarden c. 1652, name on Church bell of that date
   We know Madgin was a Tailor because of a extraordinary accusation against his wife in 1656. The following is from the West Kent Quarter Sessions records in the Kent County Archives (Ref: Q/SB 1656)

The informacion of Jane Webbe, the wife of John Webbe of Aylesford, butcher, taken upon oath this 28th day of February 1655 (1656) George Duke, Magistrate
   Who saith upon her oath that her said husband, John Webbe, came home on Tewesday night last and said he was poysoned by Jane Madgin, the wife of Thomas Madgin of the same, taylor, who gave him poyson in a cup of beere and this informate further sayeth upon her oath that the said John Webbe hath kepth his bedde since and hath been very ill and that throughout Tewesday night he vometted a great deale.

Statement of Ellen Gervase, widow of Aylesford:
   Who saith that on Tewesday night last shee being at Mrs Margaret Thorroughgood's house, Jane Madgin came in and presently after came in John Webbe, who called for a pott of beere and dranke of it to Mrs Thorroughgood who dranke to Jane Madgin and shee to John Webbe a who[le] little pott of beere and then shee the said Jane Madgin filled the said little pott with beere and gave it to John Webbe and as soon ashe had dranke the beere in the said little pott he cryed out presently he was poysoned, whereon this informate said to him "Give me the pott", and shee looked into it and said "There is a foule peece of worke between you for here is poyson in the pott" and then this informate carryed the said little pott away which is the pott shee bought to me and saith upon her owne knowledge that the white stuffe therin is white mercury and that is the stuffe that was in the pott when shee tooke it out of John Webbe his hand.

Statement of Jane Madgin:
   Who confesseth that on Tewesday night last shee was at Mrs Margaret Thoroughgood's house in Aylesford aforesiad having heard the widow Gervace, her voice there, and after shee had sett downe by the fier a while came in John Webbe of the same, butcher and called for some beere and dranke to her and other in the company and shee the said Jane Madgin dranke to him and filled the pott with beere and gave it into his hand and he after a little while holding it in his hande dranke and as swoone as he had dranke poured some of the beere upon the ground and swore there was poyson in the pott, there was white mercury in it. Upon which Ellen Gervace, the widow, being there in company desired to see the pott and this examnate desired likewise to see it but they refused to lett her looke into it, but the said Ellen Gervace said there was something that was white in it and then the said Gervace or John Webbe carryed the pott away.
   The said examinatt further saith that about a fortnight since shee bought a pennyworth of rattsbane of Mr Henden but having broken the paper in her pockett soe as some of the rattsbane mingled among the reasons of the same that were in the same pockett, she flung the said reisons and rattsbane but saith shee told noebody of this her doing, only tolde her childe shee had lost the plums and further saith that she bought the rattsbane to kill mice.

Statement of Mr John Henden, Apothecary of Maidstone:
   Who having seen the white stuffe that was left in the foresaid little pott wherein John Webbe had drunke saith that he cannot positively say but doth beleeve that it is arsnicke commonly called rattsbane and further saith that within three weeks last past he sold unto Jane Madgin one pennyworth or two of rattsbane and further saith not.

Jane Madgin was indicted for a misdemeanour (not attempted murder), a summons was issued, but no more is known, except that John Webb was bound over, charged with being a common drunkard and using threatening words against Thomas Madgin!

96.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ALFRED EDWARD MAY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
23rd DECEMBER 1920
AGED 65 YEARS
ALSO ELLEN MAY
HIS LOVING WIFE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
25th DECEMBER 1909
AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM STEPHEN MAY
THEIR SON OF THE 4th ? DRAGOON GUARDS
KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE
15th APRIL 1918 AGED 33 YEARS
"We cannot Lord thy Purpose See,
But All is Well that's done by Thee"

97.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH MILES
THE WIFE OF
DAVID MILES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT. 21st ?
1818 AGED 40 YEARS
[Eroded Verses]

98.   Headstone and Ledger

IN MEMORY OF
PETER MOORE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 29th OF JANUARY
1827 AGED 80 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 19th OF JUNE 1783
AGED 37 YEARS
LIKEWISE RACHEL THEIR DAUGHTER
WHO DIED THE 6th OF FEBRUARY 1800
AGED 25 YEARS
ALSO HESTER SECOND WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 3rd OF JULY 1813
AGED 49 YEARS

Ledger
BENEATH THIS STONE
LIETH THE REMAINS OF
WILLIAM SON OF THE
ABOVE NAMED PETER MOORE
WHO DIED 17th NOVEMBER 1867
IN THE 71st YEAR OF HIS AGE
"There the Wicked cease from Troubling,
And there the Weary be at Rest"
ALSO SARAH ANN
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 19th APRIL 1875
AGED 78 YEARS

Peter Moore, died 1827, "Gentleman" in his P.C.C. Will dated 20th July 1823
   George Cutbath, School Master of Aylesford, Peter Moore, his son , a Gardener of Barking and son William Moore, Gardener of East Ham, executors and trustees.
   To his children, Peter, Elizabeth wife of William Heath, Labourer, John, William and Mary wife of Jesse Perrin, Gardener, all his ready money, securities, etc., equally. To daughter Mary, household furniture, goods, stock, etc., "for her good attendance and kindness to me" He empowers her to transact all business and to receive money owing.
   Wishes to be buried seven foot deep by the side of his last wife Esther and a "headstone and body stone may be placed by my executors to the memory of myself, my late wives and children"
   Witnesses: Mary Cutbath and Thomas Fordham
   Proved 24th April 1827 Power reserved to Peter Moore

99.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
EDWARD OAKLEY
WHO DIED THE 20th OF FEBRUARY 1820
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO MARY HIS WIFE
WHO DIED THE 6th OF JUNE 1825
AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF
THE ABOVE EDWARD AND MARY
OAKLEY WHO DIED THE 24th OF JUNE
1799 AGED 22 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE 2 SONS AND 4 DAUGHTERS
VIZ. EDWARD, JOHN, ANN,
MARY, MARIA AND PHEBE
LIKEWISE OF FANNY WIFE OF
JOHN OAKLEY
WHO DIED THE 21st OF MARCH 1821
AGED 36 YEARS

100.   Ledger on Ground Level, Near to Above

BENEATH THIS
STONE LIE THE REMAINS OF
JOHN OAKLEY
WHO DIED DEC. 15th 1853
AGED 71 YEARS

John Oakley, died 1853, and his brother, Edward, died 1864, were both retired Paper Makers (1851 Census)
   John is described as a "Gentleman" in his P.C.C. Will dated 28th May 1845
   All real and personal estate to brother Edward, who is executor.
   Witnesses: Silas Norton, Solicitor of Town Malling and Benjamin George, his Clerk
   Proved 20th February 1854

101.   Ledger on Ground Level, Next to Above

BENEATH THIS
STONE LIE THE REMAINS OF
EDWARD OAKLEY
WHO DIED MAY 3rd 1864
AGED 84 YEARS

102.   Coped Stone

South Side
[IN MEMORY OF]
THOMAS MILLEN OLIFF
BORN JANUARY 24th 1816 DIED JANUARY 9th 1887

North Side
ALSO ESTHER WIFE OF
THOMAS MILLEN OLIFF
DIED DECEMBER 2nd 1902 AGED 88 YEARS

103.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM PAGE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANUARY 15th 1871
AGED 82 YEARS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF
SARAH PAGE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM PAGE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST 8th 1869
AGED 80 YEARS

William Page, died 1871, a Carpenter (Pigot's Directory 1840, Maidstone & Environs Directory 1850)

104.   Small Headstone

H[ERE] [LYETH]
[YE BODY OF]
[JOHN]
SON ? [OF JOHN ?]
PALM[ER] [WHO DIED]
THE 6th ? [OF AUGUST]
1693 A[GED] [    ] [YEARS]

John Palmer, died 1693, possibly son of John Palmer, Yeoman Farmer.

105.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
HENRY JAMES PEARCH
DIED MAY 17th 1868
AGED 25 YEARS

Henry Pearch, died 1868, the White Smith at Tunbridge Wells?, son of William, Beer House Keeper; mother born Aylesford (1861 Census)

106.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS OBEE PEARCH
DIED JANUARY 17th 1871
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO OF MARY PEARCH
DIED SEPTEMBER 23rd ? 1842
AGED [39] YEARS

Thomas Pearch, died 1871, was a Stone Quarry Labourer (1861 Census)

107.   Headstone

IN MEMORY
OF
REBECCA WIFE OF
PETER MOORE PERRIN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH 24th 1860 AGED 43 YEARS
"Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye
Think not the Son of Man Cometh"
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
PETER MOORE PERRIN
DIED MARCH 30th 1906
AGED 83 YEARS
"Absent from the Body, Present with the Lord"
ALSO REBECCA PERRIN
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED [1923]
[AGED 77 YEARS]

Jesse Perrin, died 1861, a Farmer (Post Office Directory 1855)

Peter Moore Perrin, died 1906, a Farmer (Kelly's Directory 1882)

108.   Headstone, Top Half Completely Eroded

ALSO THE BODY OF WILLIAM (PETT)
THEIR SON WHO DIED THE [    ]
OF AUG. 1787 AGED 36 YEARS

William Pett, died 1787, possibly son of William Pett, Blacksmith

109.   Headstone, Under Tree

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
AVIS WIFE OF JOHN PHILLI]PS]
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AUG. 15th
1864 AGED 21 YEARS
AND WITH HER LAST BREATH SANG
"Jesus Lover of my Soul,
Let me to thy Bosom Fly,
While the nearer Waters Roll,
While the Tempest still is High,
Hide me O my Saviour, Hide,
Till the Storm of Life be Past,
Safe into the Haven Guide,
O Receive my Soul at Last"
"Reader, you have a Soul that must Reign in Heaven,
Or Rage in Hell, See ye to it"

John Phillips, wife Avis, died 1864, was a Labourer in Chalk Works (1871 Census)

110.   Double Headstone


SIMON PURLIS, DIED 1703, AND ANN PURLIS, DIED 1707

HERE
LIETH THE
BODY OF ANN
PURLIS DAUTHER
OF DANIEL PURLIS 
SEN. OF ROVES
WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE YE 10th 
DAY OF JUNE
[17]0[7] AGED
[    ] YEARS
 HERE LYETH
  THE BODY OF SIMON
  PURLIS SON OF
  DANIEL PURLIS
OF ROUES WHO
  DEPARTED THIS

LIFE YE 12th OF FEB.
1703 AGED 25
  YEARS LEFT
  ISSUE ONE SON &
  ONE ? DAUGHTER

Daniel Purlis, father of Ann, who died 1707, and Simon, died 1703, was probably a Farmer of Rowes Place Farm? Roves on headstone. There is no surviving monument for Daniel Purlis.
Daniel Purlis, Miller of Maidstone, left a P.C.C. Will dated 26th November 1726, proved 23rd March 1727.

111.   Inscribed Body Stone There are two other Body Stones in Section B, but with no Visible Inscriptions

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
OF ANNA SUSANNAH
THE BELOVED WIFE
OF
WILLIAM RANDALL
OF MAIDSTONE
DIED DEC. [    ] 1851
AGED 5[4] YEARS

Anna Randall, died 1851, was the wife of William Randall, a Brewer, in Maidstone. She was born in Darlington (1851 Census)

112.   Headstone

ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY OF
RICHARD SAMSON
WHO DIED 21st FEBRUARY 1877
AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO ELIZA WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 8th JANUARY 1855
AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH HIS SECOND WIFE
WHO DIED 22nd FEBRUARY 1874
AGED 56 YEARS
ALSO AUGUSTA DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
RICHARD & ELIZA SAMSON
WHO DIED 18th SEPTEMBER 1915
AGED 75 YEARS

SHAW see FRANKLYN

113.   Coped Stone on High Stone Base, Large Slab, Vault Entrance


HENRY SIMMONDS, DIED 1883, AND FAMILY
TO THE LEFT IS THE LEDGER OF HENRY FRENCH, DIED 1873,
AND FAMILY, THE IVY WHICH COVERED IT, FRESHLY PEELED OFF

South Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY JANE WIFE OF HENRY SIMMONDS
OF THE FRIARS IN THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 7th JANUARY 1867 AGED 48 YEARS

North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
HENRY SIMMONDS
OF AYLESFORD HOUSE, HERNE HILL, LONDON
WHO DIED JUNE 17th 1883 AGED 67 YEARS
[ Verse ? ]

East Side
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
OF
ALGERNON SON OF
HENRY & MARY JANE SIMMONDS
WHO DIED 16th ? MARCH 1869
AGED 21 YEARS

Henry Simmonds, died 1883, Coal Merchant, Simmonds, Hunt and Flint, Medway Wharf and Maidstone (Post Office Directory 1855)

114.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr JOHN SMITH
SURGEON OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED MARCH 23rd 1820
AGED 62 YEARS

John Smith, died 1820, Surgeon of Aylesford. His P.C.C.C Will is dated 15th March 1820
   All his estate to wife Elizabeth, including debts owing to practise, for her lifetime. After his wife's death shared equally between his daughters, Harriet Elgar and Jane Smith.
   Also the sum Mr Wickham is to pay into the business at the expiration of the term of 4 years from the commencement of their partnership.
   Witnesses: George Groombridge, Edward Poss and Thomas Lake
   Proved 2nd October 1820

115.   Headstone

TO
THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM STREETON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST 22nd 1847
AGED 59 YEARS
"Mine Own and not Other's Eyes,
The King shall in his Beauty view,
I shall from Him receive the Prize,
The Starry Crown to Victory due"
CHARLOTTE STREETON
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 4th 1853
AGED 64 YEARS
"Blessed are the Dead that Die in the Lord"

William Streeton, died 1847, Bricklayer/Builder (Pigot's Directory 1840) P.C.C. Will dated 6th July 1847
   All real and personal estate to wife Charlotte, who is executor.
   Witnesses: Charles Scuddamore, Solicitor, Maidstone and John Wagon, Schoolmaster, Aylesford.

Charlotte Streeton, died 1853, widow of William. Mrs Streeton, Butcher in 1850? (Maidstone & Environs Directory) P.C.C. Will dated 28th May 1853
   To son Thomas all the bricklaying tools and material she has at time of her death.
   To daughter Susanna Goden, household furniture, plate, linen, china, books and clothes.
   To executors, upon trust, leasehold property in Bull Lane, in Aylesford; after paying rent and necessary repairs, to be divided equally between son son and daughter Susanna.
   Residue to Susanna, who together with John Wagon is joint executor.
   Witnesses: Elizabeth Heal and John Good

Affidavit dated 22nd August 1853
   John Good, Gentleman of Aylesford, sworn that he is one of witnesses, and he and Elizabeth Heal, widow, witnessed will together on 28th May 1853
   Proved 25th August 1853. Power reserved to John Wagon

116.   Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
Mr DANIEL STUART
LATE OF MAIDSTONE WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE 2[ ] OF JULY 1791
AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH WIFE OF
THE ABOVE DANIEL STUART
DIED THE 17th OF JANUARY 1807
IN THE [    ] YEAR OF HER AGE
LIKEWISE HARRIET WIFE OF
LIEUT. DOWD 21st ? DRAG[OONS]
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
THE 4th OF APRIL 1827
AGED 65 YEARS
ALSO THE REMAINS OF THE ABOVE
LIEUT. JAMES DOWD OF THE
1st ROYAL VETERANS BATTALION
DIED THE 20th OF NOV. 1831
AGED 60 YEARS

Daniel Stuart, died 1791, Hop Merchant of Maidstone, (Register), P.C.C. Will dated 21st December 1790
   Appoints nephew Archibald Morton, Merchant of Wellingborough, Northants, and friend John Seager, Brewer of Maidstone, executors.
   To wife Elizabeth annuity of £70 for life, out of several properties in or near Rochester, in occupation of Israel Levi and others, and from interest of money in Public Funds, sufficient sums transferred to executors and wife, in trust, with rents of properties to pay annuity.
   This annuity taken in lieu of any dower rights she may be entitled to by the customs of Kent. To wife all household goods and effects in house which were hers at time of marriage. She to have use of all other household goods. After her death, goods to residue of estate.
   To Ann Stuart, and Agnes, wife of John Morrison, the daughters of late brother John, £100 each.
   To James Stuart, illegitimate son of James, late son of brother John, £300, to John Stuart, another son of James, 3500 at 21 years.
   To Robert Clark who married late Jane Stuart, daughter of late brother Robert, £10. To their son Alexander Stuart, £500. To their daughter ------- Stuart, £30. To Rev. William Stuart son of late brother Charles, £40. To Janet Stuart, daughter of brother Charles, £40. To Mary Stuart wife of William Williams, daughter of late brother David, £20. To Ann Stuart another daughter of David, wife of ----------- ? annuity of £7 for life.
   To Janet daughter of Archibald Morton of Westmuir, near Glasgow, and sister of executor Archibald Morton, £50.
   To child/children of late Agnes Morton, wife of Walter Rankin, another sister of his executor, Morton, £100, shared equally at 21.
   To Jane Stuart daughter of his brother John, annuity of £6 for life. To George and Samuel Wilkins, sons of his wife, Elizabeth, and to Rev. Mr Relph, Minister of the Dissenting Meeting he attends in Maidstone, if he is Minister at time of his death, £20 each
   To executor John Seager £10 for mourning and to the poor of Dissenting Meeting, £5 shared as executor thinks fit.
   To Donald Russell, son of Ann Morton by husband James Russell, £50 at 21, in meantime, interest to his maintenance and education.
   To Kitty and Harriett Wilkins, daughters of his wife Elizabeth, £30 each, within 12 months of death of wife.
   To James Wilkins, son of wife, interest of £60 for life. After his death the £60 to his siblings.
   To William and Charles Morton sons of executor, his interest in properties, late the estate of Sir Edward Austen, Bart., and Dame Susanna, his wife, given to John Amherst, Esq., since purchased by Daniel Stuart, and his share of other freehold and leasehold estates of the late Sir Edward Austen, since purchased by Stuart. Also to William and Charles, his share of property in Bearstead, late belonging to John Kenteins?, of Bearstead, for ever, interest from the property for their maintenance and education, until 21 years.
   To executors properties in Rochester occupied by Israel Levi and other properties in Rochester, chargeable with annuity of £70 to wife. Residue to Archibald Morton.
   Witnesses: Edward Argles, Week Street, Maidstone, John Masters, Carpenter, Maidstone and Jno. Roffe, Attorney of Maidstone

Codicil dated 12th January 1791
   Had given wife household goods for life, he now revokes this. Now gives all household goods except bureau and bookcase in his bedroom with the books, and plate in house; she may sell rest of goods. Rest of will stands.
   Witnesses: John Seager and Jno. Roffe
   Proved 3rd August 1791. Power reserved to John Seager.

James Dowd, died 1831, former Soldier, Lieutenant 1st Veterans Battalion, of Hook Wood Cottage, Maidstone. His P.C.C. Will is dated 25th October 1831
   His friends, George Hubbard of Maidstone, Post Master and Simon Nicolls, Esq., of Lougford, County of Lougford, Ireland, are his executors and trustees.
   His property to be sold and proceeds added to other money, including that in Maidstone Savings Bank; this devolves to George Hubbard because he is resident in Maidstone.
   To 2 sons and daughter of late sister Winifred, Mrs Manaway of Castlereagh, £20 each.
   To 2 daughters of late brother, John Dowd, of the Scotch Quarters near Lougford,,£20 each.
   To the 5 daughters of Hugh Lee by his sister, Margaret,£20 each.
   Remaining money to be placed in the Long Annuities until death of Hugh Lee and sister Margaret. The half yearly dividends to be paid to the Lees to "enable them support so large a family". After the Lees die, annuities to be sold, proceeds divided between the Lees 3 sons. To his executors £5 each.
   Witnesses: James Lowry, Surgeon of Maidstone and George Hubbard, Junior, Hatter of Maidstone
   Proved 1st February 1832
   Executors have renounced administration. Granted to Hugh Lee and James Lee, representing Margaret Lee, now resident of Soran Coid near Lougford.

117.   Headstone

Front
Extremely Eroded
[SACRED]
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
WILLIAM STUBBERSFIELD
[                                            ]
[                                             ]
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE]
[MAY] 1789 [AGED [ ] YEARS
[Eroded Verses]]
HANNAH [WIFE OF THE ABOVE] WILL.
[STUBBERSFIELD WHO DIED]
[ [   ] JUNE 1792 AGED [69] YEARS]
[                                             ]
[                                             ]
[                                             ]
HANNAH ?[                         ]
[                                             ]
[THOMAS STUBBERSFIELD]
[WHO DIED OCTOBER [ ] ]
1815 AGED 10 YEARS & 9 MONTHS

Rear
IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS STUBBERSFIELD
WHO DIED THE 7th OF APRIL 1816
AGED 55 YEARS
[                   ?                    ]
[                   ?                    ]
ALSO SARAH STUBBERSFIELD
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 14th OF JULY 1817
AGED 21 YEARS

William Stubbersfield, died 1789, Thomas Stubbersfield, died 1816, were father and son, both Watermen of Maidstone. Thomas and his brother, William, also a Waterman, who died in 1780 (P.C.C. Will), were Freemen of Maidstone by virtue of birth from William, senior.

118.   Low Medieval Stone Coffin Type, Cross in Relief

South Side
EDWARD KYNASTON SUMMERFIELD DIED SEPT. 22nd 1830
JOHN SUMMERFIELD BROTHER OF THE ABOVE DIED MARCH 22nd 1817

East Side
AGED 59 YEARS
AGED 40 YEARS

North Side
CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH HIS WIFE DIED JUNE 13th 1863

West Side
AGED 79 YEARS

Richard Knyaston Summerfield, died 1830, Gentleman. P.C.C. Will dated 29th January 1825
   Wife Charlotte Elizabeth and friends Richard Phillips of Brompton, Carpenter and Builder and Henry Morris of Aylesford, Surveyor, are executors, trustees and guardians.
   To wife, for life, 2 houses in Aylesford, occupied by Mrs Mary Charlton, widow and ---------- ?, and house on west side of Stone Street, at foot of Gabriel's Hill, Maidstone, occupied by David ------- ?; house in Sandgate, and land of 8 acres "upon the hill", in Burham occupied by George Pope; 4 new cottages in Burham occupied by William Taylor and others; his half of 4 acres at Rocky Hill in Maidstone occupied by Isaac Bradford; income to be used for his childrens' support and education until 21. Wife to keep all property in good repair.
   After her death to children in equal shares, for ever, subject to annuity of £30 to his good friend Mary Gibbons. Provision made for his wife in lieu of any further claims. Son Richard by former wife, Catherine, is entitled, under his great grandfather's will, (Thomas Evernden), a house and farm lands in Langley occupied by Robert Cullow. To son Richard, his 2 houses in the "Bowling Alley", in Aylesford, occupied by the Misses Barnes and Daniel Spong; and 11 cottages and carpenter's shop and yard, in the "Bowling Alley", for ever.
   If Richard dies before 21 with no heirs, property to be shared among children by his wife Charlotte.
   To friend Mary Gibbons of Sutton Valence, Spinster, debts owed him by , if she survives his wife. She to have annuity of £30 for life, charged upon his properties, after her death to her children.
   To servant James Tomand?, annuity of £10 for life, out of personal estate.
Residue to wife, son Richard and all his children equally.
   Witnesses: William Farr of Aylesford, Alexander Mc Micken of Aylesford and Charles Hoar, Solicitor, Maidstone

Codicil
   Richard Phillips, executor, has since died. Daniel Barnes of Aylesford, Gentleman, appointed in his place. To Daniel Barnes and Henry Morris, 19gns. each for their trouble.
   Witnesses: William Beale, Solicitor, Maidstone, Brandsby William Powys and William Morris, his Clerks.
   Proved 20th January 1831 Power reserved to Daniel Barnes.

119.   Grey Stone Chest Tomb, (One of Group of Three)


CHEST TOMB IN BACKGROUND, AUGUSTINE TAYLOR, DIED 1699
LEFT, DENNIS TAYLOR, DIED 1702, RIGHT, PROBABLY TAYLOR

East Side
[HERE LYETH] THE BODY OF AUGUSTINE
[TAYLOR SON OF Mr] JOHN TAYLOR WHO
[DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOVEMBER [ ] 1699]
[AGED [45 ?] YEARS]

Augustine Taylor, died 1699, Gentleman Rochester Will dated 20th August 1698
  To sons John and Augustine his dwelling house, barns, stables, outhouses, oast house, lands and properties on them, amounts to 100 acres in Aylesford. Also part of the Common called Aylesford Common, with all rights, purchased from Sir John Sidly, Bart., subject to an annuity of £20, charge on properties by late father, John, to such person or persons by an Indenture of Settlement , to him and his wife before their marriage.
   To sons John and Augustine,for ever, land of 23 acres called Kitts Cote House, and one piece called the Cams, adjoining latter, about 15 acres.
   Another piece of land called Burham Shott, of 24 acres adjoining Kitts Cote House, and Lower Lanhham of 5 acres, adjoining lane leading to the Warren, and another called Upper Langham, of 7 acres, adjoining Warren House.
   Also Warren House, with barn and land of 50 acres, with Common rights, all in Aylesford and Burham, occupied by the testator and Henry Fletcher. Also cottage in Wouldham Street, Wouldham. His sons to pay from latter 20s per annum to poor of Aylesford and 10s to poor of Meopham, according to the will of his grandfather James Taylor.
   To son James house and garden, orchard in Wouldham occupied by John Keble, purchased of Francis Harris, for ever.
   His nephew, Augustine Taylor, for the consideration of £40, already paid to him, has agreed to convey a house in Aylesford, occupied by John Field and widow Hackett, assigned to him by nephews, John , James and Thomas Taylor brothers of Augustine (who is a minor), are bound to him in sum of £80. Property conveyed to son James, or his executors, in trust for James. Also to James, the obligation that his nephews are bound in.
   His wife, Mary, shall convey to herself property in Halling, occupied by George Musye?, for her life; after her death to son James; also to James annuity of £10 from his dwelling house and land belonging, during the life of his wife.
   To daughter Elizabeth a woodland called Pottkin Wood of 25 acres in Aylesford, adjoining Burham Common to the south. She is to release executors from £100 charged on the woodland by his late father John's will. She also gets £150 at 21 years, in meantime interest for her maintenance.
   To son John £100. To son James £50 to be invested for his benefit until he is 21.
   To poor of Aylesford 40s.
   Residue to sons John and Augustine, equally.
   Wife Mary and father in law John Tomlyn executors.
   His "loving kinsmen" Robert Taylor and Thomas Knowlden are Overseers.
   Witnesses: [      ] Tayler, mark of Ann Knowlden, John Taylor and Robert Taylor

John Taylor, died 1694, Yeoman P.C.C. Will dated 10th September 1691
   To poor of Aylesford 40s.
   To grandchild Mary daughter of late James Taylor, £200. To sister Susanna Palmer who lives in his house, £5. Residue of personal estate to son Augustine who is executor.
   To son Augustine his house, with barns, stables, hop houses and 100 acres in Aylesford; part of Aylesford Common, purchased of Sir John Sidley, Bart., also land of 23 acres called Kitts Cotthouse, another 15 acres, adjoining called the Cams; another of 24 acres, adjoining, called Burham Shott, in Aylesford and Burham; another of 5 acres called Lower Laughamton, in Aylesford, to a lane at the gate called Warren Gate; another of 7 acres called Upper Laughamton, adjoining Warren House; also Warren House and barn and land of 50 acres, with Common rights, occupied by James Paine; house in Wouldham Street in Wouldham; out of latter Augustine to pay 20s to poor of Aylesford and 10s to poor of Meopham, as laid out in will of his father, James Taylor. These properties to Augustine for ever.
   He also gets Pottkin Wood of 24 acres in Aylesford adjoining Burham Common, Augustine to pay from this wood to Elizabeth Taylor, Augustine's daughter, £100 at 20 years. If she does not get the £100 she can distrain wood until she gets enough rent to cover the £100. After £100 is paid wood to Augustine for ever. To grandson James Taylor, for ever, house and orchard called Hubbards late occupied by John Chowning; another house with barn, garden and orchard, occupied by Richard Archer, both in Aylesford. In Snodland, a house with barn stable, orchard and 2 pieces of land of 4 acres, with Common rights, occupied by John Taylor, and 1 piece of reed land of 3 acres, on Snodland side but in Burham parish, occupied by ------- Row, it adjoins reed land of Sir John Banks, on the north and River Medway on the east; also land called Sawbins of 2 acres, adjoining land of Sir Charles Sidley, to the east and to land of Robert Edmunds to the west.
   To grandson James Taylor 2nd son of James Taylor,forever, woodland "on the hill" in Aylesford of 43 acres, called Impton Wood, adjoining land of Sir Charles Sidley, on north, and west, to land of of Sir Richard Head, on east; and 2 pieces of woodland called Tottentons Wood of 22 acres in Aylesford, to the lands of Sir Charles Sidley,on west, to Burham Common,on south.
   To grandson Thomas Taylor, 3rd son of James, forever, house called Blew Bell on the hill, with barn, stables, and land of 2 acres, 1 piece of arable adjoining Pottkin Wood, north and Burham Common, south, of 6 acres; and land adjoining two barns of 4 acres; and 1 piece of rough ground called Lady Land of 16 acres adjoining Pottkin Wood, and to the King's Highway, south; and 1 piece adjoining Lady Land, west and to Aylesford Common, east, of 3 acres; and piece called Heathy Field of 6 acres, adjoining land of Sir Richard Head, north and to Aylesford Common, to the east; and 3 pieces called Farneham Crofts, and 1 little orchard, total 4 acres, lying to Sir Richard Head's land, north and to wood called Impton Wood, west, the 4 acres occupied by John Fuller.
   To grandson Robert 4th son of James Taylor, forever, a house, barn stables and 40 acres of land in Scarrburrough Streete in Wouldham and Burham, occupied by John Watts.
   To grandson Augustine Taylor, 5th son of James, forever , 4 houses, gardens, orchards in Aylesford Street, occupied by Edward Goodman, William Winter, John Luck and lately by John Butler.
   Witnesses: James Judits?, James Callant and Robert Chambers
   Proved 7th February 1694

120.   Grey Stone Chest Tomb, Next to and East of Above

South Side
[HERE LYETH THE BODY OF]
DENNI[S] [WIFE OF JAMES TAYLOR] ?
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JUNE [ n   ] 1702]
[AGED [     ] YEARS]
(The third chest tomb, with much red brick, has no surviving inscription, possibly also of the Taylor Family ?)

121.   Headstone

ERECTED
BY INHABITANTS OF AYLESFORD
TO RECORD
THE NOBLE SELF SACRIFICE OF
HENRY TURNER
OF THIS VILLAGE
WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN THE ENDEAVOUR
TO RESCUE A CHILD FROM DROWNING
IN THE RIVER JUNE 14th 1866
HE DIED AGED 25
"In as much as ye have done it unto one of
The Least of these my Brethren ye
Have done it unto ME"

Henry Turner, died 1866, attempting to save William Fitzroy Keddell, age 2 (see Headstone in Section D)
   The Maidstone Journal reported the double tragedy.
   "AYLESFORD LOSS OF LIFE BY DROWNING. On Thursday last the village was thrown into great gloom in consequence of the sudden death of two of its inhabitants. The second son of W. F. Keddell, Esq., Surgeon, aged two years, was out with its nurse in a hay field adjoining the river, and whilst playing fell into the water.
   A young man named Henry Turner, aged 28, who was working some distance from the spot, perceived the accident and ran to the child's assistance. Turner jumped into the water and not being able to swim, soon sank.
   A boy on the opposite bank, seeing his danger, swam across and succeeded in bringing him to shore, but although every effort was made to restore animation, it was without avail, as life was probably extinct before he was taken out of the water.
   The child was drowned, and the body was not found till nine in the evening. The young man Turner was the sole support of his infirm parents, and his sudden death has left them unprovided for, but we are glad to learn a subscription is being raised on their behalf, and the Rev. W. J. Lawrence will be glad to receive any sum which may be subscribed for them."
   I wonder who the boy was who pulled Turner out? He deserved a medal !

122.   Very Small Tablet Leaning Against Page

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARY TUTCHENER
DIED 31st JANY. 1905 AGED 52
----------------Ground Level---------------
"I heard the Voice of Jesus say,
"Come unto me and Rest""
"Farewell to all I know on Earth, Adieu to those I Love,
My Spirit Hopes & Trusts to Dwell in that Dear Home Above"

Mary Tutchener, died 1905, was the wife of John, a Labourer, of the High Street.(1901 Census)

123.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ROBERT WATERMAN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED JANUARY 16th 1856
AGED 33 YEARS
[Large Gap]
ALSO WALTER AND ANN WHO
DIED IN THEIR INFANCY

Robert Waterman, died 1856, was an Agricultural Labourer (1851 Census)

124.   Headstone


MARSHALL WEBB, DROWNED AT LONG REACH, NEAR GILLINGHAM, 1818
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE POOR CONDITION OF THE 18th AND 19th CENTURY
LIMESTONE HEADSTONES AT AYLESFORD. IN A FEW DECADES IT IS LIKELY
THAT THESE INSCRIPTIONS WILL BE COMPLETELY ILLEGIBLE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARSHALL TRIPLETT? WEBB
[LATE ?] OF BRENTFORD IN THE COUNTY
OF MIDDLESEX
WHO WAS UNFORTUNATELY DROWNED
IN LONG REACH NEAR GILLINGHAM
30th OF JULY 1818
AGED 34 YEARS

Marshall Webb, died 1818. Was he a relation of Thomas Webb, Blacksmith and Barge Builder, who appears in the the Aylesford section of the Maidstone & Environs Directory of 1850?

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Section C   All the area North of the Church, to the Southern edge of the
                          carpark and from the East Wall of the Churchyard to the
                          North West corner of the Vestry

125.   Headstone, Eroded

[   ] MOTHER
[ANNIE ] ALLARD
[WHO DIED APRIL] 2[ ] 1889
AGED 51 YEARS

126.   Headstone

[IN MEMORY OF]
THOMAS ABBOTT
BORN FEB. 3rd 1803
DIED OCT. 25th 1861
"The Lord shall give his
People the Blessings of Peace"
Psalm xxix 10
ALSO IN MEMORY OF
ANNE CAROLINE
ABBOTT
HIS WIFE BORN JULY 20th 1820
DIED DECEMBER 24th 1886
BURIED AT ST. MICHAEL
HARBLEDOWN
"When Christ who is
Our Life shall Appear then
Shall ye also Appear with Him
In Glory"

Thomas Abbott, died 1861, was a Farmer. At Little Tottington in 1841(Census); in 1850 at Rowe Place (Maidstone & Environs Directory) The Burial Register states he was from Burham

Burial Register of St Peter and St Paul, Aylesford shows that Thomas was  from Burham. He was actually born and  baptised in Lynstead 3rd February 1803. Parents Thomas Abbott and Sarah Solly are buried at Lynstead (Merrill Lee-Archer, an Abbott decendant 02-04-2016)

127.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
RICHARD BISHOP
WHO DIED 16th SEPT. 1892
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO OF SARAH ANN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 11th FEBY. 1915
AGED 81 YEARS

Richard Bishop, died 1892, was a Thatcher. (1871 Census) At Uxbridge in 1881 (Census)

128.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HENRY BLOOMFIELD
WHO DIED 10th JULY 1899
AGED 37 YEARS
"Until the Day Break and the
[Shadows] Flee Away"

Henry Bloomfield, died 1899. The Post Office Porter in Holborn in 1891? (Census)

BROOKER see HOPPER

BROOKER see VANE

BURREN see PETERS

129.   Headstone

IN MEMORY
OF
MARY ANN BUSS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOV. 13th 1871 AGED 65 YEARS
ALSO OF LOUISA WIFE OF
RICHARD COSSOM
AND SISTER TO THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
FEB. 8th 1835 AGED 27 YEARS
ALSO THREE CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE
RICHARD AND LOUISA COSSOM
WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY
MARY LOUISA, RICHARD MICHAEL
AND WILLIAM ROBERT
ALSO MARY ANN SECOND WIFE
OF THE ABOVE RICHARD COSSOM
WHO DIED SEPT. 24th 1878 AGED 82 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
RICHARD COSSOM
WHO DIED FEB. 1st 1885 AGED 81 YEARS
FOR 57 YEARS CLERK OF THIS PARISH

Richard Cossom, died 1885, Boot and Shoe Maker, and Post Office (1850 Maidstone & Environs Directory, 1855 Post Office Directory)

130.   Cruciform Coped

South Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN CHEERE R.N.
DIED APRIL 4th 1867
AGED 61 YEARS

North Side
MARY WATKINS CHEERE
DIED MAY 25th 1890
AGED 79 YEARS

John Cheere, died 1867. Commissioned in the Royal Navy in 1836; Lieutenant in 1841, on H.M.S. St. Vincent; Commander in 1845, still on the St. Vincent; retired as Captain. (Times)

131.   Headstone, Very Eroded

IN MEMORY OF
JOSEPH CLARK, GENT.
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AUGT. 22nd
1811
AGED 59? YEARS
ALSO MARY CLARK WIFE OF
THE ABOVE WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JAN. 30th 1826
AGED 7[7] YEARS
[Eroded Verses]

Joseph Clark, died 1811, Gentleman. P.C.C. Will dated 17th March 1811
   To wife Mary, his personal estate. After her death, property equally dived between his 2 brothers, John Clark, No. 5 Grosvenor Market, London and and Robert Clark of St Faith Green, Maidstone, and his sister Sarah Legg of Tottenham Court Road. To brother John £10 and his clothes.
   John Palmer, Cutler of Castle Street, Leicester Fields to be paid by Mary Clark £5 per annum for the trouble of collecting his monies, and rents and paying them to his wife. Wife to have all household furniture, she is sole executor.
   Witnesses: William Relph and Edward Henderson.
   Proved 19th September 1811

Mary Clark, died 1826, widow of above. Rochester Will dated 11th March 1824
   To brother John Renvill, Gentleman of Chatham, £40. To nieces Mary and Jemima Fullagar and nephew Christopher Fullagar, £40 each. The sum given to Christopher Fullagar shall be to provide wearing apparel "from time to time" and is to be "put into the hands of Mary and Jemima Fulagar. If any money is left after funeral costs and debts paid, this is to be shared among nephew and nieces. To Mary and Jemima Fullagar household furniture, plate, china, glass, clothes, linen, to be shared equally. To Edward Henderson of Aylesford £5 "for the trouble he has been at in keeping my accounts", he and brother John Renvill, Mr Robert Brooker, Farmer of Burham and Edward Henderson of Aylesford, executors. To each of them £7 for their trouble.
   Witnesses: William Gilliam, Peter Cutbath and Mary Gilliam
   Proved 6th February 1826 Value under £200

132.   Headstone, Very Eroded

IN MEMORY OF
Mr JAMES COLE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED ON THE 30th OF JANUARY 1855
IN THE 91st YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO ANN HIS WIFE
WHO DIED ON THE 3rd OF AUGUST 1828
IN THE [5]0th YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO THE FOLLOWING
SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE ABOVE
EDWARD DIED NOVEMBER 21st 18[19] [AGED 16 YEARS]
ELEANOR ? [       ]
ALFRED ?[      ]
FLORENCE DIED DECEMBER [    ]
MARY DIED APRIL [    ] 18[   ] AGED [   ] YEARS
WILLIAM THEIR GRANDSON AND SON OF
JAMES AND MARY COLE
DIED ON THE [    ] OF SEPT. 1817
AGED 2 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS
ALSO JOHN THEIR GRANDSON AND SON OF
CALEB AND SARAH COLE
WHO DIED ON THE 9th OF JULY 1860
AGED 41 YEARS

James Cole, died 1855, Farm Bailiff at Hale Farm (1841 Census)

James Cole, son of above, Farm Bailiff at Tottington (1841 Census), Farmer at Great Tottington in 1850? (Maidstone & Environs Directory)

COSSOM see BUSS

133.   Headstone


ELIZABETH COSTEN WHO WAS DROWNED IN 1897
(SEE NEWSPAPER REPORT)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH COSTEN
WHO WAS DROWNED AT ALLINGTON
30th JANUARY 1897
AGED 44 YEARS

Elizabeth Costen, died 1897. The Kent Messenger reported the Inquest into her death.
"THE MISSING WOMAN FOUND IN THE MEDWAY
   Mr Preston, deputy coroner, held an inquest at the Chequers Inn, Aylesford, on Saturday, on the body of Elizabeth Costen, aged 44, the wife of Charles Costen, a labourer, residing at Aylesford.
   Mr S. May was foreman of the jury. Deceased left her home about half past five on Saturday evening, January 30th, with the intention of going to Maidstone by the towing path along the bank of the river. She was carrying a basket, a small bag, and a Post Office Savings Bank book.
   On reaching the Malta public house she went in and rested for about ten minutes, during which time she was chatting with Mr Thomas Clegg, the landlord. On leaving, deceased made a remark as to the night being dark enough for a lantern. Nothing further was heard of her until Friday morning last, when her body was found floating in the Medway near the West Kent Cement Works at Aylesford by Robert Fitzgerald, crane driver. Deceased had promised to met her stepson in Sandling – road, Maidstone, on the night that she left home, at 7.30 in order that they might return to Aylesford together.
   After waiting some time the youth proceeded home alone. Finding that his stepmother had not got back, he immediately started off for Maidstone again, but could ascertain no further particulars than that she called at the Malta.
   The river was much swollen. The supposition was that the unfortunate woman had mistaken the lights at the Gibraltar, and, going straight towards them, had fallen in the river, which winds hereabouts. This surmise was confirmed when her bag was found near the spot. When discovered on Friday morning, deceased's hat and the bank book were missing, but some money was found in her pockets. A juryman stated he had known as many as twenty persons walk in the river at Allington.
   The jury returned a verdict of "Found Drowned", and requested the Coroner to send a representation to the Lower Medway Navigation Company, asking them to erect a fence for the space of 200 yards where the river bends, and at the spot where the unfortunate woman is supposed to have walked into it.
   Mrs Costen was well known and much respected in Aylesford, and has daughters residing in Maidstone. Only a week before the sad occurrence she had remarked that she thought her eyesight was somewhat failing.
   The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon in Aylesford Churchyard, in the presence of a large number of sympathising friends."

134.   Headstone, Very Eroded, and Foot Stone

IN MEMORY OF
R[OSE] WIFE OF
JOHN WELLER CUTBATH
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE APRIL THE 24th 1785
AGED 50 ? YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE JOHN WELLER CUTBATH
[WHO DIED] [DEC.] [    ] 180[3] AGED 7[    ] YEARS
[Rest Illegible]

John Cutbath, died 1803. Barber and Peruke Maker? Took on an apprentice in 1758 (County Archives)

135.   Granite Coped

South Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THOMAS MORRIS DURBAN DIED FEB. 6th 1900 AGED 75 YEARS
MARY THE BELOVED WIFE OF THOMAS M. DURBAN, FORMERLY OF DEAL
DIED JULY 13th 1884 AGED 56 YEARS

North Side
ALSO SARAH ANN DURBAN THEIR DAUGHTER
BORN JUNE 14th 1850 DIED MARCH 10th 1943 "Re-united"

Thomas Durban, died 1900. Plumber (1871 Census; Kelly's Directory 1882)

136.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ALFRED FARROW
WHO DIED 23rd NOVEMBER 1896
AGED 56 YEARS
ALSO MARY FARROW
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 2nd JANUARY 1917
AGED 65 YEARS
ALSO JAMES VICTOR FARROW
YOUNGEST SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 19th [ 1907]
AGED [12 YEARS]

Alfred Farrow, died 1896.  Chris Morgan informs us that Alfred Farrow, his Great, Grandfather was a soldier in India in 1881 and did not return to England until December of 1882 .  This Alfred Farrow was born in Brandon Suffolk in 1841. 4th March 2015

137.   Coped Stone

IN MEMORY OF ALICE ANNIE WIFE OF
ABRAHAM MARSH FLINT OF MILL HALL, AYLESFORD
WHO ENTERED INTO REST JANUARY 23rd 1893
AGED 49 YEARS

Abraham Flint, died 1893. Corn and Coal Merchant, Prospect House, Snodland (1881 Census) Simmonds, Hunt and Flint, in 1855 (Post Office Directory)

138.   Fallen Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM GILBERT
LATE OF THE BREWERY, NEWICK,
SUSSEX
WHO DIED 6th JANUARY 1895
AGED 76 YEARS
"At Rest"
ALSO OF ELIZA
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 14th MARCH 1921
AGED 87 YEARS
"[    ]ly her Soul [    ]"

William Gilbert, died 1895, a Retired Brewer by 1881, at Patcham Villa, Fletching, Sussex (Census)

139.   Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
MARIA THE BELOV'D WIFE
OF WILLIAM GILLIAM
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED FEB. 26th 1838
AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE W. GILLIAM
WHO DIED APRIL 2nd 1864
AGED 86 YEARS
ALSO OF ELIZA GILLIAM
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
JANUARY 21st 1844 AGED 20 YEARS
ALSO OF ALICE GILLIAM
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
AUGUST 27th 1894 AGED 79 YEARS

Rear
IN
MEMORY OF
MARIA THE BELOVED DAUGHTER
ROBERT AND SUSANNA
WILSON OF LEYBOURNE
WHO DIED MARCH 17th 1840
AGED 28 YEARS
"When from the Dust of Death I Rise,
To take my Mansion in the Skies,
E'en then shall this be All my Plea,
Jesus hath Liv'd, hath Died for Me"

William Gilliam, died 1864, a Gardener (1851 Census)

Thomas Gilliam, died 1915, a Gardener at Preston Hall (1871 & 1881 Census)

Elizabeth Gilliam, grand daughter of Alexander Wilson, died 1825, was from Rochester (Register)

140.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
MARY ANN GILLIAM
WHO DIED 7th JUNE 1909
AGED 91 YEARS
ALSO THOMAS GILLIAM
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
BORN OCTOBER 1817 DIED OCTOBER 1915
AGED 98 YEARS

GILLIAM see WILLSON

141.   Headstone, Very Eroded


PART OF SECTION C, FROM THE NORTH EAST
FIRST ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: KATHERINE GOAR, [ ? ], ABRAHAM VANE, JAMES VANE;
ON RIGHT: HOPPER AND BROOKER;
LEFT BACKGROUND, JOSEPH CLARK;
BACKGROUND, WILLIAM KEMSLEY

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
KATHERINE THE DAUGHTER OF
GEO. & KATHERINE STARTUP
THE BELOVED WIFE OF WILL. GOAR
WHO DIED THE 4th OF JUNE 1755
AGED 24 YEARS

George Startup, father of Catherine Goar, who died 1755, was a Butcher (Edward Goodman's will, see Section A)

142.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HENRY GODSMARK
DIED NOV. 23rd 1894
[AGED] 55 YEARS
A[LSO] [    ] MARY ANN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JANY. 23Rd 1914
AGED 73 YEARS

Henry Godsmark, died 1894, a Labourer in Maidstone in 1891 ? (Census)

143.   Pedestals, Cross Fallen

IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
FRANCES MARGARET GREEN
YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF
S. W. GREEN ESQ.
OF THE ISLAND OF ANTIGUA
DIED 7th JULY 1878 AGED 63 YEARS

Frances Green, died 1878, was sister in law to John Cheere, of the Cedars, R.N. Captain on half pay. She was born in Antigua (1861 Census)

144.   Red Granite Headstone

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
GEORGE THOMAS HAMMOND
BORN OCT. 3rd 1829 DIED JULY 23rd 1897
AND
MARY ANN HAMMOND
BORN JAN. 19th 1831 DIED AUG. 7th 1896
ALSO
SARAH JANE THEIR DAUGHTER
BORN JAN. 22nd 1872 DIED NOV. 20th 1877
AND
JESSE WILLIAM THEIR SON
BORN OCT. 15th 1866 DIED AT
MOOSE JAW, CANADA JULY 2nd 1894
"Them also which Sleep in Jesus will
God bring with Him" 1 Thess. Iv 14

George Hammond, died 1897, was a Builder (Kelly's Directory 1882)

145.   Headstone and Foot Stone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
FANNY HOPPER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DEC. 1st 1859 AGED 21 YEARS
"Forbear your tears, my Friends, so Dear,
For [One so Dear] your Grief R[efrai]n,
Altho' I'm Absent from you here,
We soon shall Meet Again"
ALSO JOHN BROOKER
WHO DIED 18th [APRIL] 1893
AGED 87 YEARS

John Brooker, died 1893, Brick Works Labourer at Burham in 1871 ? (Census)

146.   Headstone, Very Eroded

[IN MEMORY OF]
WILLIAM KEMSLEY OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 27th 1811
AGED 57 / YEARS
ALSO SUSANNAH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
& SUSANNAH HIS WIFE DIED APRIL 30th 17[91] ?
AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO EDWARD FRIEND THEIR SON WHO
[DIED] SEPTEMBER 16th 1798 AGED 2 ? YEARS

William Kemsley, died 1811, Victualler (and Farmer) of Burham. P.C.C. Will dated 28th May 1811
   To wife Susanna, all real and personal estate for her life, after her death, to son Robert by his first wife Elizabeth, plus £20, (this legacy to Robert is then struck out by a line drawn through it).
   To grand daughter Ann , daughter of daughter Sarah Kemsley, £20, paid within 6 months after death of wife.
   Residue shared among his children, Sarah, George, Thomas, James, Elizabeth and Eliza. Son George to have first offer on father's house in West Field Whole (sic) [Sole] in Boxley. Property to be divided within 6 months of wife's death, shares to children at 21 years.
   George Fowle of Cobtree, Boxley and John Weekes of Chatham, Plumber and Glazier, Executors.
   Signs with mark.
   Witnesses: William Finch, William Reynolds and Daniel Spong.

Codicil, not signed, witnessed or dated
   He wishes farm to be sold, proceeds to be put in Bank of England, in trust, for children. Son Robert to have equal share.
   His wife and John Weekes are Executors

Affidavit, dated 5th December 1811
   John Weekes, Susanna Kemsley and John Stephens, Lawyer of Chatham sworn.
   Weekes deposes that he knew Kemsley well and on the 23rd July 1811, was with him when he was in bed, sick.
   Kemsley asked Weekes for advice on the will, of which he and George Fowle were executors.
   Kemsley gave Weekes the will and said he thought his wife was an executor and that the will was not right.
   George Fowle should not be an executor because he owed Kemsley a large sum. Weekes left promising to be back next day, and advised Kemsley to think about it. Next morning Weekes returned, Kemsley wanted to alter will and make his wife executor in Fowle's place. Weekes asked him if he knew what he had left his son Robert, saying he would be sorry to see any of Kemsley's children dissatisfied by the will, and advised him to consult his wife.
   His wife then came to his bedside, and Kemsley said he thought son Robert should have an equal share, she agreed with him. Kemsley then asked Weekes to alter will accordingly, Susanna Kemsley then asked her husband about the farm, suggesting that it was a good time to dispose of it, Kemsley then agreed that the farm be sold.
   Weekes in the presence of Mr and Mrs Kemsley, deleted the relevant lines in the will, and wrote in the margin the Codicil. He then read the will to Kemsley, who approved. Weekes suggested a new will, which Kemsley agreed to. Weekes said he would approach Mr Stephens to produce a new will.
   John Stephens was sworn, he deposed that he prepared a new will as altered by Weekes. He saw Kemsley the next morning, the 25th , but Kemsley was then insensible and incapable.
   Susanna Kemsley sworn, she deposed that she was present when the will was altered, and confirmed Weekes's statement. She also confirmed Stephens's statement that her husband was insensible and incapable of signing the new will, he continued in that state until her died.
   Weekes, Mrs Kemsley and Stephens all swore that Kemsley was of sound mind and capable when he made the alternative will .
   Proved 29th January 1812, John Weekes having renounced administration of will.

147.   Headstone

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
SARAH ELIZABETH KNOTT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
OCT. 21st 1892 AGED 53 YEARS
ALSO OF JOHN KNOTT
WHO DIED OCT. 13th 1904
AGED 68 YEARS
INTERRED AT ERITH
ALSO OF
ARTHUR CHARLES KNOTT
WHO DIED DEC. 10th 1900
AGED 29 YEARS
"Blessed are the Dead which Die in the Lord"

John Knott, died 1904, was a Wheelwright (1891 Census)

Arthur Knott, died 1900, was a Labourer (1891 Census)

148.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ELLEN SARAH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
ALBERT MANNERINGS
WHO DIED DEC. 29th 1892
AGED 41 YEARS
"At Rest in Peace"
AND OF
ALBERT HENRY MANNERINGS
DIED 5th NOV. 1906 AGED 56

Albert Mannering, died 1906, was a Brick Fields Labourer at Cossington (1901 Census)

149.   Thick Ledger

North Side
JOSEPH SAMUEL MARSH 1847

South Side
THOMAS HENRY MARSH 1852

150.   Headstone

IHS
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
SOPHIA
WIFE OF JOHN MITCHELL
OF AYLESFORD
WHO DIED 17th MARCH 1894
AGED 63
"Come unto Me all ye that Labour,
And are Heavy Laden, and I will give
Thee Rest"
ALSO THE ABOVE
JOHN MITCHELL
WHO DIED 22nd MAY 1903
AGED 79

John Mitchell, died 1903, an Agricultural Labourer (1891 Census)

151.   Headstone

IN
SACRED MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM PETERS
WHO DIED JUNE 3rd 1895
AGED 72 YEARS
AND OF CATHERINE PETERS
HIS WIFE
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 14th 1898
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO OF MARK B. PETERS
THEIR SON WHO DIED AT NORTHCOTE,
AUSTRALIA AUGUST 10th 1894
AGED 38 YEARS
"And there the Weary be at Rest"
ALSO CATHERINE BURREN
[    ] 1952
[AGED 82 YEARS]

William Peters, died 1895, was a Lime Burner, of Noah's Ark Cottage.

152.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ESENNI FORD SAMSON
THE BELOVED SON OF
STEPHEN AND MARGARET
SAMSON
BORN MAY ? 26Th 1840
DIED OCT. [    ] 1847
ALSO SUS[AN] [TH]EIR DAUGHTER
BORN [    ] 1831
DIED [MAY] [    ] 1848

Stephen Samson, father of Esseni and Susan, died 1847 and 1848, was a Sand Merchant (1851 Census)

153.   Headstone

"Not my Will, O Lord but Thine be Done"
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN SMITH
WHO DIED 29th OCTOBER 1898
AGED 51 YEARS
ALSO A LOVING WIFE
EMMA
WHO DEPARTED INTO REST
MARCH 16th 1910 AGED 50 YEARS
"And thy Sleep shall be Sweet"

John Smith, died 1898, was a Stableman at Preston Hall (1881 Census)

154.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GABRIEL SPARKS
WHO DIED THE 2nd ? OF MARCH 1838
AGED 80 YEARS

Gabriel Sparks, died 1838, from Maidstone (Register)

155.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM T. STANGER
WHO DIED 12th SEPTEMBER 1898
AGED 55 YEARS
"Until the Day Break and the
Shadows Flee Away"
ALSO JACK WOOD
HIS GRANDSON
DIED 23rd JULY 1899 AGED 6 WEEKS

William Stanger, died 1898, Licensed Victualler of the Lower Bell (1891 Census)

STARTUP see GOAR

156.   Pedestals and Cross

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
JANE THE BELOVED WIFE OF
RICHARD UPTON
WHO DIED 26th MAY 1890 AGED 64
[ALSO] RICHARD UPTON
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DIED 30th APRIL 1909 AGED 77 YEARS

Richard Upton, died 1909, was a Gardener, at Allington, in 1891 (Census)

157.   Headstone, Top Very Eroded

[    ]
ALSO THE ABOVE
JAMES VANE
[WHO DIED] [    ] JANUARY 1837
AGED 43 YEARS

Rear
[SACRED]
TO THE MEMORY OF
ANN BROOKER
DIED APRIL [    ] 1866 AGED 85 YEARS

James Vane, died 1837, from Strood (Register) Perhaps a member of the farming family of the Hoo Peninsular?

Ann Brooker, died 1866, wife of Jesse, Victualler at Burham? (1851 Census), Land Lady of Beer House at Burham (1861 Census, aged 80)

158.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
SARAH DAUGHTER OF
ABRAHAM & AMELIA VANE
WHO ENTERED INTO REST
SEPT. 8th 1892 AGED 56 YEARS
THIS STONE IS ERECTED BY HER
SORROWING BROTHER [IN] ? AUSTRALIA
"Having a Desire [ ]
Which [    ]or"

159.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE WALKER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANY. 21St 1874
AGED 21 YEARS
"Forbear your Tears, my Friends so Dear,
For One so Dear your Grief Refrain,
Altho' I'm Absent from You here,
We soon shall Meet Again"

160.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZA THE BELOVED [WIFE OF]
JOSEPH WALKER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANY. 20Th 1885 AGED 67 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
JOSEPH WALKER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[OCTOBER] 29th 1896 AGED 77 YEARS

Joseph Walker, died 1896, a Blacksmith (1881 Census)

161.   Headstone

IN MEMORY
OF
ALEXANDER WILSON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
APRIL 6th 1811 AGED 72 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE TWO CHILDREN
ROBERT AND MARY
ALSO ELIZTH. GILLIAM
GRAND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[JANUARY] [1] 8th 182[5] AGED 17 YEARS
"[Therefore ?] Prepare to meet thy God"

Maria Wilson, died 1840, daughter of Robert Wilson, a Gardener of Leybourne (1841 Census)

WILSON see GILLIAM

WOOD see STANGER

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Section D   All that area West of the Church, North of Section B, as far as
                           the Brassey Tomb

162.   Pedestals and Cross

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
GEORGE BATTEN
WHO FELL ASLEEP 30th MARCH 1905
AGED 39 YEARS

George Batten, died 1905, Tin Plate Worker?, at Hanworth, Middlesex, in 1891 (Census)

163.   Small Plaque on Large Base, Once Railed, Sculpture of an Angel and Woman, beneath a Cross


HENRY BRASSEY MONUMENT, 1891

"The Lord Watch Between Me and Thee,
When We are Absent One from Another"

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HENRY ARTHUR BRASSEY
OF PRESTON HALL
1840 – 1891
AND OF HIS WIFE ANNA HARRIET
1844 – 1898

Henry Brassey, died 1891. "The Good Squire of Aylesford." Lived at Preston Hall, the 2nd son of Thomas Brassey, a leading Railway Contractor. Educated at Harrow and University College, Oxford. J.P. for Kent. Liberal Unionist M. P. for Sandwich 1868 – 1885. High Sheriff of Kent 1890 – 91. Captain of West Kent (Queen's Own) Yeomanry Cavalry.
   Prize winning Cattle Breeder. He died of pneumonia, following the influenza epidemic of 1891. His Pall Bearers were some of his oldest workmen; Guard of Honour from the R. W. K. Y. C. Very large number of mourners attended funeral, a special train was laid on from Charing Cross. 
   The monument is rather disappointing and commonplace, it is a pity that the Brassys' taste did not match their wealth!

The Times published his will:
   "MR. H. A. BRASSEY'S WILL. Probate duty has been paid on £1,042,611 0s 8d as the net value (thegross being £1, 075,913 15s 7d) of the personal estate of Mr HENRY ARTHUR BRASSEY, of Preston Hall, Ashford (sic), Kent, and Bath-house, Piccadilly, who died on the 13th of May last, aged 51 years, and of whose will, dated the 10th of August, 1883, with a codicil made the 20th of July 1887, the executors are his brothers, Thomas first Lord Brassey, of Bulkely, Chester, Mr Albert Brassey, of Heythrop, Oxford, and Mr Robert Mitchell Campbell, of Glaisnock, Old Cumnock. The testator bequeaths to his wife during her widow-hood an annuity (including the income provided for by her marriage settlement) of £8,000 and the use and enjoyment of the testator's town house and its furniture and of plate to the value of £1,000. In the event of Mrs Brassey's remarriage her annuity is to be reduced to £2,000 for the remainder of her life.
   Mr. Brassey leaves in trust for each of his daughters £50,000. He bequeaths to the Bishop's of London's Fund and the Fever Hospital, Liverpool road, Islington, £1,000 each; to the Great Ormand Street Hospital for Sick Children, St. George's Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Incurables, the British Lying-in Hospital, Endell street, the Lock Hospital, the Royal National Hospital for Consumption, Ventnor, the Hospital for Consumption, Brompton, and the Infant Orphan Asylum at Wanstead, £500 each.
   To the West Kent General Hospital the testator bequeaths £1,000 and to the Kent County Ophthalmic Hospital, the Royal Albert Orphan Asylum, Bagshot, the Academy for the Blind, the Central London Hospital for Diseases of the Throat and Ear. The Metropolitan Convalescent Institution , Walton on Thames, and the Orphan Working School, Haverstock hill, £500 each.
   Mr Brassey bequeaths also £500 to the National Refuges for Homeless and Destitute Children, Great Queen Street to be primarily applied in aid of maintaining the boys in and upon and in keeping up the training ships Chichester and Arethusa. He devises the Preston hall estate to the use of his first son in priority, and all the contents of the hall to the use of the tenant for life of that estate."

164.   Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY OF ALBERT HERBERT BROOK
WHO WAS DROWNED AT WISBECH, CAMS. AUGST. 8Th 1909 AGED 18 YEARS

Albert Brook, died 1909. The Kent Messenger reported his death.
"AN ECCLES LAD DROWNED
A sad bathing fatality, by which an Eccles lad named Albert Brooks, aged 18, lost his life, occurred on Sunday last, in the River Nen, (sic) at Wisbech (Cambs.), where the deceased had recently gone to fill a situation. His companions lost sight of him near some timber, and instituted a search, but the body was not found till some hours later.
   At the inquest a verdict of "Accidental Death" was brought in. The body was brought to Eccles, and will be interred in Aylesford Churchyard this (Saturday) afternoon. Much sympathy has been expressed with the family, who are well known in the village"

DADSON see GRANT

165.   Headstone

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
HENRY
SON OF
THOMAS AND ELLEN DANES
WHO DIED APRIL 2nd 1887
AGED 2 YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE NAMED
ELLEN DANES
WHO DIED AUGUST 13th 1888
AGED 44 YEARS
ALSO OF ROBERT SON OF THE ABOVE
THOMAS AND ELLEN DANES
WHO DIED MARCH 16th 1894 AGED 7 YEARS
ALSO OF THOMAS DANES
WHO DIED OCTOBER 6th 1921 AGED 81 YEARS
AND OF THOMAS DANES 2nd LIEUT.A.S.C.
ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 13th 1918 AGED 40 YEARS
INTERRED AT BRISTOL

Thomas Danes, died 1921, Brewer and Farmer (1901 Census); Brewer (1882 Kelly's Directory)

166.   Curbs

South Side
HENRY WILLIAM EVERNDEN BORN 27th JULY 1862 DIED 1st MARCH 1907

North Side
ANNIE EVERNDEN BORN DEC. 15th 1862 DIED MAY 31st 1939

Henry Evernden, died 1907, Mechanical Engineer, Lime Tree Cottage (1901 Census)

167.   Curbs, Next to Above

South Side
HORACE EVERNDEN DIED MAR. 28th 1891 AGED 14 MONTHS

North Side
DOROTHY DIED NOV. 29th 1897 AGED 5 YEARS

168.   Headstone, Two Body Stones and Foot Stone

IN MEMORY OF
[WI]LLIAM FIELD
[DIED OCTOBER 1850]
[AGED 43 YEARS]

William Field, died 1850, Victualler of the "Anchor Inn" (1850 Maidstone & Environs Directory)

169.   Headstone and Body Stone, Under Yew

IN MEMORY OF
MARY WIFE OF EDWARD FINCH
[OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH THE 10th 181[5] [AGED 66 YEARS]
[Eroded Verses]
ALSO THE ABOVE EDWARD FINCH
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPTEMBER THE 1[ ] 1819 AGED 7[3] YEARS
[Eroded Verses]
LEFT ISSUE 2 SONS AND 2 ? DAUGHTERS

170.   Headstone with Relief Cross

THE LADY
ELIZABETH
BORN
1766
OCTOBER 20th
MARIA
  FINCH
  OCTOBER
  DIED
  1848

Lady Maria Elizabeth Finch, of Boxley Abbey, died 1848. P.C.C. Will dated 24th July 1846
   Her sister late Countess Dowager of Suffolk, left her £1,000 to which she was entitled by their mother's will; she leaves ½ to nephew Colonel the Hon. John Finch, other ½ to nephew Rev. William Smith.
   She leaves bequest of her brother General the Hon. Edward Smith, as follows, £1,000 bank stock to nephew Colonel the Hon. John Smith. £200 long annuities to nephew Rev. Heneage Finch.
   To Miss Charlotte Cotes daughter of late John Cotes, Esq., of Woodcote, Salop., and "of my cousin german, his first wife, the Hon. Miss Lucy Courtenay, a pair of pearl bracelets, and a little locket with enamel border, the hair in which was her mother's, the hair in the bracelet clasps, her aunt's.
   To the Hon. Miss Mary Courtenay, a pair of gold bracelets with diamond clasps.
   To Miss Frances Atkins niece of late John Atkins Wright, Esq., of Crowsley ? Park, Oxford, an antique ------ ? ring.
   To the Hon. Daniel Smith an old copy of Spencer's Fairy Queen, that belonged to Mrs Baidwyn, in the library at Partington.
   To Hon. Mrs Greville Howard, an enamel pencil and pen case, the gift of her brother in law, the Earl of Suffolk.
   To niece, Lady Frances Finch, sister of Charles ------ ? Esq., of Cop--- ? a little amethyst ring.
   To niece Lady Elizabeth Smith, a yellow stone set around with green stones.
   Residue to Rev. Heneage Finch, who is executor.
   Witnesses: John Hyde Hills, Maidstone and George Wickham, Maidstone

Affidavit dated 4th November 1848
Rev. Heneage Finch of Oakham, Rutland and George Wickham of Maidstone, Book Seller, sworn.
   Wickham states deceased came to his house on 6th August 1846, with her will for him to witness. She asked for Mr Hills as well. He saw Mr Hills son , John Hyde Hills standing in his door on the other side of the High Street, and called him over to be a witness.
   Lady Finch then drew a pen over her signature, which was already on the will. He did not see rest of will, only the part where he signed. The section in question concerns the amethyst ring and yellow stone, which seem to have been inserted into the will after the original draft ?
   Rev. Heneage Finch states that he remembers Lady Maria telling him that she intended to leave these jewels to the nieces, and that he believes that these bequests were in the will prior to 6th of August 1846.
   Proved 8th November 1848

171.   Shallow Angled Coped, Close to above

THE HONOURABLE JOHN FINCH COMPANION OF THE BATH
LIEUTENANT GENERAL AND COLONEL OF THE 24th REGIMENT
BORN 23rd MARCH 1793 DIED 25th NOVEMBER 1861

172.   Medieval Stone Coffin Type, with Full Length Relief Cross, Sword and Spur, Close to Above


COLONEL DANIEL GREVILLE FINCH, DIED 1882

North Side
COLONEL DANIEL GREVILLE FINCH 3rd SON OF THE 5th EARL OF AYLESFORD

West Side
BORN APRIL 6th 1829

South Side
SERVED IN THE 68th AND 24th REGIMENTS FROM 1845 TO 1873 DIED

East Side

FEB. 22nd 188[2]Colonel the Hon. Daniel Greville Finch, died 1882. The Times Obituary:
   "We regret to announce the death of Lieutenant Colonel the Hon. Daniel Greville Finch, which occurred on Wednesday last. Colonel Finch had been unwell for some time, but it was not until a few days ago that his complaint took a fatal turn. The immediate cause of death was blood poisoning.
   Colonel Finch was the second son of the fifth Earl of Aylesford and uncle to the present peer.
   He was born in 1827 and entered the army in 1845, He served all through the Crimean war with the 68th Regiment, where he distinguished himself on many occasions, being present at the Battles of Alma, Inkerman, and the siege and fall of Sebastopol.
   He received for his services a brevet majority, the medal with three clasps, the fifth class of the Medjidie, and the Turkish medal. After the war he left the 68th and joined the 24th Regiment, with which he served until he retired in 1862"

 

173.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
JOSHUA
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF
EMMA FRANCIS
WHO DIED JUNE 27th 1904
AGED 57 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO EMMA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 24th 1925
AGED 72 YEARS
"The Master is Come and Calleth for Thee"
ALSO FREDERICK
BELOVED SON OF THE ABOVE
KILLED IN ACTION ON THE SOMME
OCTOBER 3rd 1916 AGED 22 YEARS
"Greater Love hath no Man,
That a Man Lay Down his Life for his Friends"

174.   Medieval Stone Coffin Type, Cross, Bible and Chalice

West Side
ANTONIUS GRANT

South Side
SANCTI ALBANI ARCHIDIACONVUS ABDORMIVIT IN DOMINO AS 1883

North Side
IULIAM VXOREM EVIS CONIVCI ITERUM CONIVNXIT DEUS AS 1898

East Side
IN PACE

175.   Similar to and Next to Above, Three Floriate Roundel Crosses

South Side
HIS REQUIESCIT IN SPE ISABELLA MARIA GRANT DONECASPIRET DIES AS MCMVI

North Side
NECON IN IDEPSUM CYRIL FLETCHER GRANT QUI OB MCMXVI LISSIE UXEVIS OVAE OB

176.   Small Version of and Close to Above

IAN DUNCAN GRANT

177.   Red Granite Pedestals and Cross, and Curbs

East Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ERNEST CAREY GRANT
BORN JULY 30th 1838
DIED MARCH 8th 1898
ALSO OF KATE HIS WIFE WHO HAVING FOR
UPWARDS OF 35 YEARS DEVOTEDLY SERVED
THEIR CHILDREN, FOLLOWED HIM ON
JULY 16th 1933 AGED 79 YEARS
[Verses Obscured by Roots]

178.   Pedestals and Cross, and "Shield" Type Tablet, (Which may be Unrelated ?)

DOROTHY ISABELL
THE BELOVED CHILD OF
ERNEST AND KATE GRANT
BORN JUNE 3rd 1877
DIED JAN. 18th 1879
"Is it Well with the Child, and She answered, "It Is Well""

Tablet
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
GEORGE W. DADSON
DIED APRIL 5th 1909
AGED 22
JOHN C. DADSON
DIED JAN. 17th 1919
AGED 24
"At Rest"

179.   Leaning Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
RACHEL
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
THOMAS GROOMBRIDGE
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPT. 23rd 1876 AGED 56 YEARS
"Blessed are the Pure in Heart for
they shall See God" Matt.5c 8v
ALSO OF
THOMAS GROOMBRIDGE
WHO DIED APRIL 11th 1889
AGED 71 YEARS
ALSO RACHEL
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED 12th AUG. 190[5] [AGED] 46 [YEARS]

Thomas Groombridge, died 1889, a Baker (1881 Census)

180.   Small Headstone

HERE LYETH
THE BODY OF
EDWARD HAINES
WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE SEP. 15th
1695 AGED ABOUT
77 ?YEARS
HERE ALSO LIETH THE
BODY OF PHILLIPA HAINS
THE BELOVED WIFE
OF EDWARD HAINES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
YE 20th OF AUGUST 1706

181.   Headstone

[IN L]OVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HAWKES
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED JAN. 27th 1886
AGED 87 YEARS
"His End was Peace"
ALSO ELIZA HAWKES
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGST. 17Th 1890
AGED 77 YEARS

182.   Headstone

IN MEMORY
OF
DANIEL HERD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 26th JANUARY 1862
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO
ELIZABETH HERD
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 11th JULY 1855
AGED 52 YEARS

Daniel Herd, died 1862, the Stationer, lodging in Bermondsey in 1861? Born in Hollingbourne (Census)

183.   Headstone

IHS
IN MEMORY OF
HENRY HOCKLEY
WHO DIED 24th APRIL 1904
AGED 82 YEARS
AND MARY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 23rd [    ] [1916]
[AGED 90 YEARS]

Henry Hockley, died 1904, a Shepherd at Preston Hall (1871 Census); living own means, at Ditton in 1901(Census)

184.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM FREDERICK
KEDDELL
M.R.C.S.L.
FORMERLY OF THIS PARISH
DIED 13th FEB. 1875
AETAT 48 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM FITZROY
KEDDELL
SON OF THE ABOVE
AETAT 2 YEARS
WHO WAS DROWNED IN THE
MEDWAY 14th JUNE 1866

William Fitzroy Keddell, died 1866, see Newspaper Report, Turner, Section B.

185.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE KEMP
WHO DIED AUGUST 19th 1868
AGED 65 YEARS
ALSO
JOHN KEMP
WHO DIED MAY 28th 1887
AGED 82 YEARS
"And They shall be Mine saith
The Lord of Hosts, in that Day,
When I Make up my Jewels"

John Kemp, died 1887, Stone Quarry Man (1861 Census)

PANTONY see RANDALL

186.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HARRIETT
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JESSE PEARSON
DIED 28th DECR. 1901 AGED 60
"Lord Jesus, Receive my Spirit"
ALSO JESSE
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DIED 6th JAN. 1925 AGED 86
"The Master is Come and Calleth for Thee"

Jesse Pearson, died 1925, Stone Quarry Labourer, Mill Hall (1871 and 1881 Census)

PERRIN see SIMONS

187.   Small Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CLARA ELIZABETH RANDALL
WHO DIED 5th FEBRUARY 1905
AGED 22 YEARS ALSO
FANNY SISTER OF THE ABOVE
BELOVED WIFE OF JOHN PANTONY
WHO DIED 16th FEBRUARY 1924
AGED 36 YEARS
"The Lord Gave and the Lord Taketh Away,
The Will of the Lord Must be Done"

Clara Randall, died 1905, in 1901 Servant to Mrs Wilkinson in Wandsworth, born Aylesford (Census)

188.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN RUSSELL
DIED 6th JUNE 1909
AGED 76 YEARS
"Forever with the Lord"
ALSO THEODOSIA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 21st JUNE 1913
AGED 81 YEARS

189.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CHARLES SALES
WHO PASSED INTO REST 24th FEB. 1910 AGED 63
AND MARY HIS WIFE 8th FEB. 1926 AGED 78
ALSO CHARLES EDWARD
THEIR BELOVED SON 17th NOV. 1925
AT CAPE TOWN AGED 42
"Forever with the Lord"

Charles Sales, died 1910, Labourer of Pratling Street, Boxley (1901 Census)

190.   Tall Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SUSANNA WIFE OF WM. SEAGER
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS NOV. 6th 1833
AGED 61 YEARS
LEFT SURVUVING TWO DAUGHTERS
VIZ. SUSANNAH AND MARY ANN
"Not with the Dead her Spirit Rests,
[ ] not for Pain Ascended High,
A[ ] of Righteousness Invests,
The Spirit[ ]which can Never Die"
ALSO THE ABOVE WILLIAM SEAGER
WHO DIED MAY 21st 1843
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO SARAH ELIZABETH SEAGER
WHO DIED JUNE 4th ? 1810
AGED 13 YEARS

William Seager, died 1843, Baker (1840 Pigot's Directory, 1841 Census)

191.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARTHA SIMONS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
FEBY. 13Th 1874
AGED 71 YEARS
"It is Appointed unto All
Men to Die Once"
Hebrews ix 27
ALSO OF
ELIZABETH MARIA PERRIN
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
OCT. 7th 1911 AGED 88 YEARS

192.   Headstone, with Anchor

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR DEAR SON
FRIEND E. THORPE
WHO DIED 24th APRIL 1907
AGED 26 YEARS
"God Calls our Loved Ones"

Friend Thorpe, died 1907, Cement Labourer (1901 Census)

193.   Headstone, with Anchor

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CHARLES WAKEFIELD
AGED 29 YEARS
WHO FELL FROM ALOFT ON BOARD
THE SS AORANGI
AND DIED ON JUNE 13th 1885
"And is Waiting,
Till the Sea shall Give up her Dead,
To enter the Land where there shall be
No More Sea"

Charles Wakefield, died 1885, Mate of vessel Hamlett in 1881 (Census)

194.   Large Ledger under Fir Tree, Close to Western Boundary

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN WAGON BORN JANUARY 18th 1816
DIED OCTOBER 6th 1882
FRANCES WIFE OF THE ABOVE
BORN JAN. 6th 1804 DIED SEPTR. 24Th 1886
EDWIN WAGON BORN SEPTR. 15Th 1841
DIED FEBY. 16Th 1861
ADAM WAGON BORN NOVR. 27Th 1846
DIED MAY 1st 1861
ALFRED WAGON BORN APRIL 22nd 1838
DIED JUNE 8th 1863
AARON WAGON BORN OCTOBER 1st 1848
DIED JUNE 10th 1867
FRANCES WAGON BORN NOVR. 6Th 1837
DIED SEPTEMBER 21st 1914

John Wagon, died 1882, Boys School Master, National School; House Agent, Collector and Assessor of Taxes, High Constable for Aylesford and other parishes, of Sedley Cottage (same man ?) (1850 Maidstone & Environs Directory, 1882 Kelly's Directory)
Frances Wagon, died 1886, Girls School Mistress, National School
Mrs and Miss Wagon, Academy at Forstal (1882 Kelly's Directory)
Alfred Wagon, died 1863, Grocer ? (1861 Census)

195.   Eroded Headstone, Under Yew

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE WIFE OF THOMAS WOOD
OF ALLINGTON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOV. 17th 1818
AGED 60 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE 2 SONS AND 1 DAUGHTER
VIZ. THOMAS, WILLIAM AND JENNY
[Eroded Verses]

END OF SECTION D

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Section E   All that area North of Section D, from the Western end of the
                          carpark to the Western fence and North Churchyard Wall

196.   Headstone

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
JOHN ARSCOTT
WHO DIED JANUARY 16th 1886
AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 8th 1901
AGED 78 YEARS
"Gone but not Forgotten"

John Arscott, died 1886, Engine Fitter of Bull Lane, Eccles (1881 Census)

197.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GEORGE ATKINS
DIED 31st DEC. 1910 AGED 53
ALSO OF GEORGE SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION
14th JULY 1916 AGED 23
INTERRED IN ALBERT MILITARY
CEMETERY, FRANCE
"Till We Meet Again"
AND OF MARY EMMA ATKINS
WIFE AND MOTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO PASSED PEACEFULLY AWAY
3rd APRIL 1948 AGED 80
"Reunited"
J. FRED ATKINS
DIED 10th DECEMBER 1958 AGED 59

Mary Emma Atkins, died 1948, in 1913 Land Lady of the "Bush" public house (Kelly's Directory)

198.   Headstone, Among Trees

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
HENRY BAKER
WHO WAS DROWNED AT
AYLESFORD BRIDGE
MAY 23rd 1886
AGED 25 YEARS
"Boast not thy self of Tomorrow, for thou
Knowest not what a Day may Bring Forth"
ALSO
[SUS]ANNAH ELIZA WHEELER
BELOVED MOTHER OF THE ABOVE
[WHO DIED] 1st MARCH 1899 AGED 71 YEARS
"[Peace, Perfect] Peace"

Henry Baker, died 1886. The Maidstone Journal reported his Inquest.
"FATAL BOAT ACCIDENT AT AYLESFORD. On Sunday last a fatal accident occurred near Aylesford bridge. It appears that a man named Henry Baker, aged 25 years, with four others started in a barge boat about three o'clock in the afternoon from Aylesford bridge, and proceeded up the river as far as Allington Locks. They then commenced their return, and were joined by two other men in another man. At the "Forstal" the two men left their boat and got into the other, making seven.
   When nearing Aylesford bridge, the men all got on one side of the craft, and the consequence was that it upset. Each of the men could swim with the exception of Henry Baker. They reached the bank in safety, and the "long 'un", as Baker was called, was missed. Search was made and the drags used.
   A man named Webster saw Baker go under the bridge with his arms up, and the body was shortly afterwards found on the other side of the bridge in a place known as "Aylesford hole". Everything was done to preserve life, but without effect.
   The Inquest was held at the George Inn, Aylesford, on Wednesday, by the county coroner, Mr T. Buss. Evidence was given by Richard Baker (brother of the deceased), and George Tobin, who were in the boat at the time; James Goldsmith, who witnessed the occurrence from the bank; Frederick Webster, the man who recovered the body; and by Dr Muirhead as to the cause of death. Goldsmith stated that the men in the boat were skylarking at the time of the accident, but this was denied by Baker and Tobin.
   A verdict of "Accidentally drowned" was returned. The deceased was a single man, residing in Aylesford, and had worked for Mr Verrall, sand merchant of Aylesford, but at the time of his death was employed at the Aylesford Potteries"

199.   Pedestals and Cross

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
ALBERT H. H. BATES
DIED 12th MAY 1896
AGED 26 YEARS
"We Shall Meet Again"
ALSO OF HIS BELOVED WIFE
MAY
DIED 15th AUG. 1931 AGED 64 YEARS

Albert Bates, died 1896, Foreman Bricklayer, Chatham Road, Boxley (1891 Census)

200.   Headstone and Tablet

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
GEORGE BENNETT
DIED MARCH 14th 1892
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO OF JANE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED JANY. 23Rd 1900
AGED 75 YEARS
"Not gone from Memory, nor from Love,
But to our Father's Home Above"

Tablet
IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
MY DEAR HUSBAND
CHARLES BENNETT
DIED FEB. 28th 1931
"Rest in the Lord"

George Bennett, died 1892, Agricultural Labourer at Cole's Up Hill Farm (1881 Census)

201.   Pedestals and Cross

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JANE
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
THOMAS BINSKIN
WHO ENTERED INTO REST
23rd FEBY. 1902 AGED 59 YEARS
"So He Giveth His Beloved Sleep"

Thomas Binskin, died 1915, Licensed Victualler at Barming (1901 Census)

202.   Coped Stone on Stone Base

South Side
IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM BRISLEY
LATE OF COSSINGTON FARM IN THIS PARISH
WHO DIED AT COSSINGTON HOUSE, MAIDSTONE NOVEMBER 9th 1877
AGED 61 YEARS
"It is Sown a Natural Body, it is Raised a Spiritual Body"

North Side
ALSO SARAH SOLE WIFE OF THE LATE WM. BRISLEY
DIED AT COSSINGTON HOUSE APRIL 9th 1894 AGED 76 YEARS
"Her End was Peace"

William Brisley, died 1877, Upper Cossington Farm, 250 acres, employed 12 men and 3 boys (1871 Census)

203.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
AVIS
WIFE OF JAMES BROAD
DIED 26th JANY. 1881
AGED 60
"Rejoicing in Hope"
ALSO THE ABOVE
JAMES BROAD
DIED 24th JANY. 1885 AGED 65
"Them which Sleep in Jesus will
God bring with Him"

204.   Headstone

IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF
ALFRED BROOKER
YOUNGEST SON OF
[JA]MES AND ANN BROOKER
OF BOUGHTON MONCHELSEA
WHO DIED MAY 13th 1883
AGED 24 YEARS

Alfred Brooker, died 1883, was a Domestic Gardener, lodging at Leeds. His father, James, was an Agricultural Labourer (1881 Census )

205.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ELIAS BROOKER
WHO DIED 3rd MAY 1890
AGED 55 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO GRACE EMMA
YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED 23rd AUG. 1890
AGED 6 YEARS
"Suffer Little Children to Come unto Me"
ALSO OF
GEORGE WALTER BISHOP
BROOKER
THIRD SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 1st JULY 1914 AGED 35 YEARS
"In the Midst of Life we are in Death"

Elias Brooker, died 1890, in 1881 Farmer at Court Lodge Farm at Fawkham ?, 315 acres, employed 6 men and 2 boys (Census)

206.   Headstone and Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
AMANDA KATE
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
G. W. BROOKS
WHO DIED 23rd SEPT. 1898 AGED 46
ALSO EDITH CONSTANCE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 11th SEPT. 1902 AGED19
ALSO THE ABOVE
GEORGE WILLIAM BROOKS
DIED 27th JANUARY 1911
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO HORACE ARTHUR
SON OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED IN FRANCE OF WOUNDS
10th AUG. 1917 AGED 27 YEARS

George Brooks, died 1911, Publican at the "The Chequers" (1901 Census)

207.   Curbs and Tablet

North Side
HARRIETT MARTHA BROOKS WHO DIED 15th JANUARY 1900 AGED 91

South Side
CHARLES E. J. BROOKS WHO DIED 1st MAY 1909 AGED 33 YEARS

Tablet
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
CLARA MATILDA
BROOKS
AT REST 8th SEPT. 1941
AGED 72 YEARS

Charles Brooks, died 1909, son of above, Ostler at hotel in West Malling ? (1881 Census); Cab Driver/Groom in Maidstone ? (1891 Census)
Harriet Brooks, died 1900, mother of George, above, Housekeeper at the "Chequers" (1881 Census)

208.   Headstone

IN
AFFECTIONATE
MEMORY OF
MARY ANN BROWN
WHO DIED SEPTR. 12Th 1881
AGED 62 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"
ALSO THOMAS BROWN
DIED DECR. 29Th 1915
AGED 95 YEARS
"Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me"
ALSO
THOMAS FRANCIS BROWN
SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED AUGST. 9Th 1926
AGED [    ] YEARS

Thomas Brown, died 1915, Farmer at Hill Farm, 1850; Seaton's Farm, 80 acres, 1881 (Maidstone & Environs Directory and Census)

209.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CAROLINE BRUNTON
FORMERLY OF SHORNE
WHO ENTERED INTO REST
JUNE 28th 1888 AGED 82 YEARS
"Them also which Sleep in Jesus will
God Bring with Him"
AND OF
SUSANNAH PERRIN
HER FRIEND
[DIED 1904 ?]
[AGED 79 YEARS?]

Caroline Brunton, died 1888, School Mistress at Shorne (1841 Census)
In 1861 at Ridgeway House, Shorne, "Companion" to William Pack, Gentleman, aged 82 (Census)

Susannah Perrin, died 1904, annuitant, sister in law to George Hammond?, Builder, at Fern Cottage in 1881 (Census)

210.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
AMELIA
WIFE OF WALTER HENRY BUNYARD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANUARY 16th 1889
AGED 48 YEARS
"I will Give thee Rest"
ALSO
KATE CHARLOTTE
THE BELOVED DAUGHTER OF
THE ABOVE
DIED 29th MAY 1904 AGED 39 YEARS

Amelia Bunyard, died 1889, wife of Walter, a Labourer (1881 Census)

211.   Headstone, Against Western Boundary

IN
AFFECTIONATE MEMORY OF
THOMAS BURFORD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH 21st 1876
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO OF WILLIE
THE BELOVED SON OF
THOMAS & ELIZABETH BURFORD
WHO DIED JUNE 23rd 1857
AGED 5 YEARS & 8 MONTHS
"Blessed be that Kind Chastening Rod,
Which brought a Sinner Home to God,
To Weep upon a Saviour's Breast,
And in his Love find Peace and Rest"
ALSO ELIZABETH THE BELOVED
WIFE OF THE ABOVE THOMAS BURFORD
WHO DIED 29th OCT. 1894 AGED 82 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"

Thomas Burford, died 1877, Gamekeeper (1861 Census); retired Gamekeeper at Maidstone (1871 Census)?

212.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HARRIETT BURREN
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
EDWARD BURREN
WHO DIED JAN. 4th 1883
AGED 58 YEARS
"Her End was Peace"

Harriett Burren, died 1883, wife of Edward, a Tar Distiller of Bush Row (1881 Census)

213.   Tilting Pedestals and Cross

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
FLORENCE
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
CHARLES C. BUTLER
WHO DIED 20th AUG. 1898 AGED 36
"Until the Day Break and the Shadows Flee Away"

Florence Butler, died 1898, wife of Charles, Licensed Victualler at the "Walnut Tree", Eccles (1891 Census)

214.   Leaning Pinnacle Style

East Side
IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
ELIZABETH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
BENJAMIN CARYER
BORN JANUARY 1st 18[22]
DIED MARCH [    ] [1884]
[AGED 62 YEARS]

South Side
IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
BENJAMIN CARYER
BORN MAY 7th 1814
DIED AUG. 19th 18[92]
AGED 78 YEARS

West Side
IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
MARY ANN
DAUGHTER OF
BENJAMIN AND
ELIZABETH CARYER
DIED MARCH 22nd 1894
AGED 51 YEARS

Benjamin Caryer, died 1892, Butcher, High Street (1855 Post Office Directory, 1881 Census, 1882 Kelly's Directory)

215.   Very Eroded Headstone

[IN LOV]ING MEMORY OF
[F]RANCES
[THE BEL]OVED W[IFE OF]
[THOMAS CLIMPSON]
[WHO DIED JUNE [ ]1878 [AGED][47] [Y]EARS
[Eroded Verses]
ALSO [THE ABOVE]
THOMAS CLIMPSON
WHO DIED FEBY. 3RD 1898 AGED 73 YEARS

Thomas Climpson, died 1898, Stone Quarryman (1871 and 1891 Census)

216.   Headstone

IN [LOVING] MEMORY OF
JOHN CLIMPSON
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 12th 1892
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO OF HARRIETT
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED FEBRUARY 11th 1892
AGED 67 YEARS

John Climpson, died 1892, Stone Quarryman (1891 Census)

217.   Pedestals and Cross

East Side
IN EVER LOVING MEMORY
OF
MY DEAR HUSBAND
JAMES COLE
WHO PASSED AWAY 14th APRIL 1898
AGED 39 YEARS
ALSO CHARLES GEORGE SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED 3rd JUNE 1897 AGED 1 YEAR, 11 MONTHS
"Come unto me ye Weary,
And I will give you Rest"

North Side
ALSO THEIR BELOVED
DAUGHTER
LILY MAY COLE
WHO DIED 29th MAY 1911
AGED 22 YEARS

South Side
HANNAH ELIZABETH BALDWIN
COOK
DIED 6th APRIL 1935 AGED 75 YEARS

James Cole, died 1898, Groom and Coachman at Alma Road, Eccles (1891 Census)

218.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THOMAS COOK
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MAY 10th 1886 AGED 60 YEARS
"Teach me thy Way, O Lord"
ALSO OF CHARLOTTE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 17th 1920
[AGED] [86] YEARS

Thomas Cook, died 1886, Agricultural Labourer of Mackender's Lane (1881 Census)

COOK see COLE

219.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
RICHARD JOHN COSSOM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPTEMBER 13th 1889
AGED 60 YEARS
"They that dwell under his Shadow,
Shall Return"
ALSO OF ELIZA
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH 9th 1889
AGED 44 YEARS
"Come unto Me and I will give thee Rest"

220.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY ANN
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
WILLIAM TERRY DANE
WHO DIED 4th JULY 1901 AGED 66
ALSO THE ABOVE
WILLIAM TERRY DANE
WHO DIED 12th MARCH 1902 AGED 70
"Forever with the Lord"

William Dane, died 1902, Engine Driver; Stationary Engine Driver (1881 and 1901 Census)

221.   Pedestals and Cross

THOMAS DANES
BORN SEPT. 17th 1805
DIED AUGUST 11th 1881

Thomas Danes, died 1881, Brewer (1881 Census)

222.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN DEARING
DIED FEBRUARY 1st 1889
AGED 81 YEARS
[ALSO] JEM[IMA]
[BEL]OV[ED] [WIFE]
OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH 20th 1899
AGED 83 YEARS
"Their End was Peace"

John Dearing, died 1889, Agricultural Labourer, of 2 Pleasant Row (1881 Census)

223.   Headstone

"They Rest from their Labours"
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
ELIZABETH JANE
WIFE OF
JOHN DOBSON OF ECCLES
AYLESFORD
WHO DIED JAN. 12th 1886
AGED 29 YEARS
"Here we have no continuing City but we
Seek One to Come"
ALSO THE ABOVE
JOHN DOBSON
WHO DIED DEC. 3rd 1928
IN HIS 73rd YEAR

John Dobson, died 1928, Clerk at Cement Works, at Cork Street, Eccles in 1881 (Census)

224.   Headstone and Tablet

IN
MEMORIAM
LYDIA
WIFE OF
CHARLES DAVID EASTON
AND ELDEST DAUGHTER OF
ISAAC AND MARY WHITE
DIED FEB. 9th 1904 AGED 33
ALSO OF
CHARLES DAVID EASTON
DIED JAN. 6th 1906 AGED 36
ALSO OF CHARLES RONALD
SON OF
FREDERICK JOHN AND AMY EASTON
DIED 13th APRIL 1904 AGED 1 YEAR
"God Calls our Loved Ones"
ALSO OF C. NORMAN EASTON R.A.M.C.
DIED IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY
APRIL 21st 1918 AGED 21 YEARS
INTERRED IN ROUEN CEMETERY

Tablet
ALSO OF
ISAAC WHITE
BORN OCTR. 30Th 1846
DIED JANY. 20Th 1914
"Death doth hide but not Divide,
Thou art but on Christ's other Side"
ALSO OF
MARY JANE WHITE
WHO DIED JAN. 14th 1937
AGED 87 YEARS

Charles Easton, died 1906, Draper's Assistant (1901 Census)

Isaac White, died 1914, Grocer (1901 Census)

225.   Headstone, Curbs and Low Railings

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM FIELD
WHO DIED AUGUST 19th 1884
AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO
SARAH ELLEN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 31st 1884
AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO
CUTHBERT EDWIN (BERTIE)
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 6th 1895
AGED 6 YEARS

William Field, died 1884, Licensed Victualler at the "George Hotel" (1881 Census)

226.   Pedestals and Cross

HENRY JAMES
SON OF
JOHN AND EMILY FRENCH
DIED DEC. 11th 1883
AGED 13 YEARS

Henry French, died 1883, son of John French, House Agent, of Medway Villas (1881 Census)

227.   Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
JOHN GATES
DIED 6th AUGUST 1887
AGED 38 YEARS
"Blessed are the Peace Makers"
ALSO SARAH JAN[E]
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 6th JAN. [1914]
AGED 65 YEARS

John Gates, died 1887, Police Constable (1881 Census)

228.   Voluted Stone and Ledger

ROBERT UPTON GIBBS
DIED AUGUST 1st 1885
IN HIS 72nd YEAR
"Thou wilt shew me the Path of Life,
In thy Presence is Fullness of Joy ,at
Thy Right Hand there are Pleasures
For Ever More"
LOUISA MARTHA GIBBS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED APRIL 15th 1894
AGED 74 YEARS

Robert Upon Gibbs, died 1885, Grocer, Draper and Post Office (1881 Census and 1882 Kelly's Directory)

229.   Ledger

ALSO
DAISY MATILDA GIBBS
WHO DIED 22nd AUGUST 1930
AGED 48 YEARS

North Side
ALSO ROBERT UPTON GIBBS THEIR SON DIED JULY 28th 1914 AGED 64 YEARS

South Side
SARAH ANN GIBBS DIED 10th JAN. 1924 AGED 68 YEARS

230.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HARRY COLEGATE
SON OF WILLIAM & ELIZA GILBERT
(LATE OF THE BREWERY, NEWICK, SUSSEX)
WHO DIED AUGUST 11th 1885
AGED 23 YEARS
"I waited Patiently for the Lord"

Harry Gilbert, died 1885, at Patcham Villa, Fletching, Sussex, in 1881, no occupation listed (Census) See Section C

231.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
SARAH ELIZABETH
WIFE OF
GEORGE HENRY GILHAM
WHO DIED 24th MARCH 1902
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
GEORGE HENRY GILHAM
WHO DIED 25th OCTOBER 1918
AGED 83 YEARS
"To be with Christ which is Far Better"

George Gilham, died 1918, Millwright, Cork Street, Eccles (1881 Census)

232.   Headstone, Curbs and "Shield" Tablet

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
HENRY JAMES
SON OF
FREDERICK & AMELIA ANNE HART
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 10th NOV. 1892
AGED 18 YEARS
"The Lord Giveth and the Lord hath Taken Away"
ALSO THE ABOVE
FREDERICK HART
WHO DIED 27th MARCH 1919
AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO AMELIA ANNE HART
WIFE OF THE ABOVE FREDERICK HART
WHO DIED 11th AUGUST 1930
AGED 84 YEARS

Tablet
IN MEMORY OF
JOHN ALFRED HART
SON OF THE ABOVE FREDERICK
AND AMELIA HART
WHO DIED AT BRISBANE
AUSTRALIA 30th OCT. 1922
AGED 49 YEARS

Frederick Hart, died 1919, Engine Fitter, Mackender's Lane (1881 Census)

233.   Headstone and Curbs

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
THOMAS HART
OF ECCLES
BORN AT OLD WARDEN, BEDFORDSHIRE
18th JUNE 1814 DIED 19th AUG. 1894
AGED 80 YEARS
ALSO MARGARET
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 2nd NOVEMBER 1892
AGED 86 YEARS
"Lead Kindly Light amid the Encircling
Gloom, Lead thou me on [   ]"

Thomas Hart, died 1894, Foreman Engine Fitter, Coy's Cottages, Eccles (1881 Census)

234.   Headstone with Crown and Laurels

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HAWKES
WESLEYAN LAY PREACHER
FOR 46 YEARS
WHO DIED AT ECCLES
JULY 29th 1905 AGED 81 YEARS
"For ever with the Lord"
AND OF SARAH HIS WIFE
BORN JANUARY 14th 1826
DIED JANUARY 5th 1927

William Hawkes, died 1886, Labourer of Little Rowe Place (1881 Census)

235.   Pedestals and Cross

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
STEPHEN JOHN HOGWOOD
WHO DIED OCTOBER 16th 1903
AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO GEORGINA HOGWOOD
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 6th 1924
AGED 85 YEARS

Stephen Hogwood, died 1903, Licensed Victualler at Milton/Gravesend in 1881 and at "George", Aylesford in 1882 (Census and Kelly's Directory)

236.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HOLLAND HOOK
WHO DIED AUG. 23rd 1903
AGED 52 YEARS
"O Rest in the Lord"

Hollond Hook, died 1903, in 1881, Farm Bailiff at Knock Mill Farm, Kingsdown (Census

237.   Grey Granite Ledger

TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN HOPPE
OF COURT LODGE FARM
WHO DIED MAY 31st 1892 AGED 61
ALSO OF
JANE ELIZABETH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DEC. 3rd 1915
AGED 77 YEARS
"Rest in Peace"

John Hoppe, died 1892, Farmer, Lodge Farm, 230 acres, employed 5 men and 2 boys (1881 Census)

238.   Headstone, Against Western Boundary

IN
REMEMBRANCE OF
JAMES HUMPHREY
WHO DIED OCTOBER 30th 1875
AGED 33 YEARS
"In the Midst of Life we are in Death"

John Humphrey, died 1875, Beer Retailer (1871 Census)

239.   Red Granite Headstone and Cruciform Coped

Headstone
IN
EVER LOVING MEMORY
OF
ELEANOR ELIZABETH (NELLIE) JOY
BORN 12th APRIL 1857
ENTERED INTO REST 7th NOVEMBER 1889
LOVED AND DEEPLY MOURNED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER
"In the Midst of Life we are in Death"

Rear
IN
LOVING MEMORY
OF
MAUD SARAH JOY
WHO PASSED PEACEFULLY AWAY
2nd JUNE 1934 AGED 47 YEARS
"Until the Day Break"

Coped

North Side
IN MEMORY OF
JOHN CHALK JOY
DIED JANUARY 6th 1886
AGED 76 YEARS
"For if we believe that Jesus Died and Rose again,
Even so them also which Sleep in Jesus will God
Bring with Him" 1 Thess. Iv 14
ALSO OF KATHERINE JOY WIFE OF WILLIAM JOY WHO DIED FEBRUARY 20th 1937 AGED 66 YEARS

South Side
ALSO EMILY HIS WIFE
DIED DIED DECEMBER 23rd 1887
AGED 66 YEARS
"Her Children Arise Up and call her Blessed" Prov. Xxi 28
ALSO OF JOHN RICHARD JOY
SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED DEC. 18th 1932 AGED 80
"Peace, Perfect Peace"
IN LOVING MEMORY OF ALFRED JOY ELDEST SON OF JOHN AND EMILY JOY WHO DIED FEB. 1st 1936 AGED 88 YEARS (One Line)
AND OF WILLIAM JOY THEIR YOUNGEST SON WHO DIED JULY 16th 1936 AGED [?]

John Joy, died 1886, Saddler, Collar Maker, employed 2 men in 1881 (1840 Pigot's Directory, 1850 Maidstone & Environs, 1881 Census and 1882 Kelly's)
Eleanor Joy, died 1889, Saleswoman in Regent Street, in 1881 (Census)

240.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELLEN WIFE OF
THOMAS GEORGE KEMSLEY
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANUARY 29th 1884
AGED 29 YEARS
"Blessed are the Dead which Die in the Lord
For they Res[t from their] Labours"

Ellen Kemsley, died 1884, wife of Thomas, Coach Smith, of 2 Hawke's Cottages (1881 Census)

241.   Headstone

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
THOMAS LAMBERT
WHO DIED OCTOBER 25th 1878
AGED 26 YEARS
"He asketh of Thee,
Thou gave [   ] a Long L[ife ?],
Even For Ever and Ever"
ALSO FLORENCE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCT. [   ] [1886]
AGED 8 YEARS

Thomas Lambert, died 1878, Baker lodging with Groombridge the Baker (1871 Census)

242.   Headstone and Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ALICE
WIFE OF ALFRED LEWIS
WHO DIED 24th OCTOBER 1899
AGED 27 YEARS
ALSO JESSE ALFRED
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 19th AUGUST 1899
AGED 5 MONTHS
"Thy Will be Done"

Alice Lewis, died 1899, wife of Alfred, Hair Dresser, Cork Street, Eccles (1891 Census and 1913 Kelly's Directory)

243.   Headstone

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF
ESTHER
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
HENRY LINGHAM
WHO DIED APRIL 13th 1885
AGED 64 YEARS
"Life Eternal where unto thee wast Called"
ALSO THE ABOVE
HENRY LINGHAM
WHO DIED JULY 3rd 1888
AGED 80 YEARS
"I waited patiently for the Lord"
Ps. XLI

Henry Lingham, died 1888, Clockmaker and Publican, "Hammer in Hand" (1851 Census)

244.   Marble "Boulders" and Rustic Cross

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
LOUISA MARIAN D'ARCY LOGIN
DAUGHTER OF
SIR JOHN SPENCER AND LADY LOGIN
BORN IN THE RESIDENCY, LUCKNOW, INDIA
CHRISTMAS DAY 1846
FELL ASLEEP AT AYLESFORD
MARCH 10th 1909
"The Child of the Just is Blessed after Him"

Louise Login, died 1909 at the "Cedars". Daughter of Sir John, Surgeon and Guardian of last Sikh Maharajah, Duleep Singh, after defeat of the Sikhs in the 1849 Anglo – Sikh War. Sir John was instrumental in the "acquisition" of the Koh-i-noor diamond, now in the Crown Jewels.

245.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
EDWARD MARSHALL
WHO WAS KILLED APRIL 19th 1888
AGED 48 YEARS
"In the Midst of Life we are in
Death"

His Inquest was reported by the Kent Messenger.
"AYLESFORD THE FATAL ACCIDENT TO MR. MARSHALL.
On Saturday Mr Richard Preston, deputy coroner, held an inquest at the Chequers Inn, to enquire into the circumstances attending the death of Edward Marshall, master carter, who was killed by being wedged between a wall and a van-load of bricks, subsequently, it is believed, being run over.
   The accident was brought about by the running away of the deceased's horse. The following evidence was taken at the inquest:
   Mrs Marshall, wife of the deceased, and who seemed much affected, said that her husband was 48 years of age. He was a carter, and on Thursday he went to Burham after some bricks. Witness saw him when he started, but saw no more of him until after the accident.
   Dr Muirhead practising at Aylesford, deposed that he had examined the deceased and found a number of ribs broken besides other internal injuries. Witness did not know whether his back was broken, as he did not examine it. The injuries he had described were the cause of death.
   James Goldsmith, living at Aylesford, proved seeing the accident. He saw the deceased coming down the hill with horse and van. The horse seemed very restive, and witness believed the deceased struck the animal, which caused it to bolt.
   When they got down to the bottom of the hill the horse swerved, and the deceased still holding its head, got wedged between the wall and the cart. Witness did not see the van pass over the deceased.
   The Coroner having summed up, the jury returned a verdict that the deceased died from injuries accidentally received. Mr Marshall leaves a widow and nine children"

246.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JANE
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
GEORGE MARTIN
WHO FELL ASLEEP 27th JANUARY 1898
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO SARAH
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 17th FEBY. 1880 AGED 24 YEARS
"Come unto Me all ye that Labour and
Are Heavy Laden and I will give you Rest"
ALSO GEORGE MARTIN
WHO DIED 4th JANY. 1909 AGED 80 YEARS

George Martin, died 1909, Shepherd at Tottington Cottages (1881 Census)

247.   Eroded Headstone, Under Tree, Western Boundary

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN MILLS
WHO DIED 7th NOVEMBER 1877
AGED [77] YEARS
[    ]
[    ]
ANN MILLS
[DIED JANUARY 1880]
[AGED 86 YEARS]

John Mills, died 1877, Gardener (1871 Census) Died at Trinity Hospital, Aylesford

248.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY [OF]
EDMUND MORGA[N]
LATE STATION MASTER
AYLESFORD
DIED JULY 5th 1887
AGED 52 YEARS
"Holy, Holy, Holy God of
Sabboth"

Edmund Morgan, died 1887, Station Master; previously Station Master at Chartham (1881 Census)

249.   Headstone and Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN MOUNT
WHO ENTERED INTO REST
SEPTEMBER 2nd 1903
AGED 61 YEARS
"Come unto me all ye that Labour and are
Heavy Laden and I will give you Rest"
Matt xi 28
ALSO JANE
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO FELL ASLEEP APRIL 7th 1905
AGED 62 YEARS
"Peace, Perfect Peace"

John Mount, died 1903, a Boarder with George Wyatt in 1881, no occupation listed, Carriage Business ? (Census)

250.   Headstone, Under Fir Tree

IN
MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH PEARCH
DIED JULY 29th 1877
AGED 58 YEARS
ALSO OF
ELIZA ANN VERRALL
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED JANY. 30Th 1887
AGED 42 YEARS
"They that dwell under His
Shadow shall Return"

Elizabeth Pearch, died 1877?, at West Malling in 1871, Charwoman, single with 2 children (Census)

251.   Very Small Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
JOHN WILLIAM
PEARSON
WHO WAS DROWNED
JUNE 8th 1887
AGED 4 YEARS

John Pearson, died1887. The Kent Messenger reported his death.
"AYLESFORD AN INQUEST NOT NECESSARY. On Wednesday week a little boy named John Pearson, aged 4½ years, was playing near the Medway, at Mill Hall, Aylesford, when he accidentally fell in and was drowned. Every means was employed to secure the body, but it was not recovered until the following Sunday morning, when it was picked up by a man named Kidwell, near Snodland. An inquest was not deemed necessary."

PERRIN see BRUNTON

252.   Headstone

IN
AFFECTIONATE MEMORY
OF
ELIZA PRICE
WHO DIED 10th SEPTEMBER 1881
IN THE 68th YEAR OF HER AGE
"Her End was Peace"

Eliza Price, died 1881, "Householder" at Lime Tree Villa (1881 Census)

253.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
SUSANNAH RING
BORN 17th JANUARY 1818
DIED 30th JUNE 1889
"She Rests from her Labours"

Susannah Ring, died 1889, Domestic Servant at Brookfield House (1881 Census)

254.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
SUSANNAH MARIA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
HENRY RUSSELL
DIED NOVEMBER 29th 1888
AGED 30 YEARS
ALSO ERNEST HENRY
SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED MARCH 22nd 1888
AGED 1 YEAR & 9 MONTHS
ALSO HEDLEY
SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED APRIL 4th 1907
AGED 24 YEARS
"Thy Will be Done"

Susannah Russell, died 1888, wife of Henry Russell, a Sail Maker of Cork Street, Eccles (1881 Census)
Hedley Russell, died 1907, Labourer at Barge Builders (1901 Census)

255.   Pedestals, "Boulders", Anchor and Chain

East Side
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HENRY SANDFORD
BORN 11th MARCH 1821 DIED 20th MARCH 1894 AGED 73
"Be ye Ready for in such an Hour as ye think
Not the Son of Man Cometh" Matt xxiv 44

West Side
ALSO OF HIS BELOVED WIFE
MARY ANN SANDFORD
DIED 4th OCTOBER 1924 AGED 83
"At Rest"

Henry Sandford, died 1894, Lime Burner (1882 Kelly's Directory), in 1891 in Union Street, Maidstone living on "Own Means" (Census)

256.   Headstone

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN SMOKER
WHO DIED APRIL 17th 1890
AGED 71 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 10th AUGUST 1898
AGED 77 YEARS

John Smoker, died 1890, Plate Layer at Railway Gate House (1861, 1871 and 1881 Census)

257.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
MARY ANN SQUIRE
WHO DIED 15th JUNE 1872
AGED 31 YEARS
ALSO HARRIETT SQUIRE
WHO DIED 5th MARCH 1886
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO EDNA SQUIRE
WHO DIED [    ] JUNE 1885
AGED[8] YEARS
ALSO HARRY SQUIRE
WHO DIED 2nd JULY 1902
AGED 23 YEARS

Harriett Squire, died 1886 wife of below? (1881 Census)

258.   Eroded Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GEORGE SQUIRE
WHO DIED 27th JANUARY 1913
AGED 71 YEARS
"In the Midst of Life we are in Death"

George Squire, died 1913, Hall Man, Domestic Servant, Preston Hall Cottages (1881 Census)

259.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH STREETER
DIED FEBY. 3Rd 1889
AGED 78 YEARS
"I waited Patiently for the Lord"

Elizabeth Streeter, died 1889, Dress Maker, mother of John, a Carpenter (1881 Census)

260.   Headstone

IN
LOVING REMEMBRANCE
OF
DIGBY [TA]YLOR
WHO DIED OCTOBER 3rd 1882
AGED 37 YEARS

Digby Taylor, died 1882, Canteen and Grocer, Inn Keeper at Eccles (1881 Census)

VERRALL see PEARCH

261.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THE CHILDREN OF
SILAS AND LETITIA WAGON
EMMA DIED OCTOBER 18th 1867
AGED 5 MONTHS
JOHN DIED FEBY. 5Th 1870
AGED 17 MONTHS
MAUDE HELEN DIED AUG. 28th 1871
AGED 2 MONTHS
MABLE HILDA DIED SEPT. 7th 1875
AGED 6 MONTHS
WILLIAM LOVELACE DIED AUGT. 30Th 1876
AGED 4 MONTHS
[Eroded Verses]

262.   Curbs

South Side
GEORGE WELLS WHO DIED 9th DECEMBER 1908 AGED 73 YEARS

North Side
ALSO ESTHER HIS WIFE WHO DIED 25th MARCH 1925 AGED 82 YEARS

George Wells, died 1908, Brickworks Foreman at Eccles (1901 Census)

WHITE see EASTON

263.   Wide Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HUGH LEWIS WILLIAMS
"WILLIE"
THE BELOVED SON OF
WILLIAM JOHN AND HARRIETT WILLIAMS
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS JUNE 22nd 1883
AGED 3 YEARS
"Suffer Little Children to Come unto Me
And Forbid them not, for of Such is the Kingdom
of Heaven"

William Williams, died 1883, son of William, Wine Merchant's Clerk in Lambeth in 1881 (Census) Wife, Harriett born in Bearstead, a daughter born in Aylesford.

264.   Very Small Headstone, On Western Boundary

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN WOOLETT
WHO DIED
APRIL 27th 1878
AGED 43 YEARS

John Woollet, died 1878, Bricklayer's Labourer in Maidstone (1871 Census)?

265.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MY DEAR DAUGHTER
ELIZA WOOLNOUGH
DIED MAY [    ] 1887
AGED 30 YEARS
[Eroded Verse]
ALSO OF WILLIAM
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 22nd 1889
AGED 14 YEARS

Eliza Woolnough, died 1887, wife of Arthur, Labourer at the "Walnut Tree", Eccles ? (1881 Census)

266.   Headstone, Leaning Against Rear of Broad

IN AFFECTIONATE MEMORY
OF
ELIZABETH JANE WYATT
WHO DIED 17th AUGUST 1882
AGED 62 YEARS
"[ ] Courage and He shall Strengthen
Your Heart all ye that Hope in the Lord"
GEORGE WYATT
FELL SLEEP APRIL 19th 1890
AGED 72 YEARS

George Wyatt, died 1890, Carter in 1861; Cab Proprietor, employing 2 men and 6 boys at Mill Hall in 1881 (Census)

END OF SECTION E

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Section F   All that area North of the carpark, pre-1920 graves only

267.   Granite Pedestals and Cross

IN
EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
FREDERICK ALFRED AVARDS
DIED 1st OCTOBER 1928 AGED 53
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
FREDERICK JOHN AVARDS [HIS SON ?]
WHO DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED AT
THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME
3rd AUGUST 1916 AGED 24 YEARS

268.   Headstone

1914 + 1918
THESE SIX SOLDIERS
DIED IN THE SERVICE
OF THEIR COUNTRY
AND LIE BURIED
IN THIS CHURCHYARD
RIFLEMAN F. J. AVARDS
KING'S ROYAL RIFLE CORPS 3.8. 1916
PRIVATE F. BAKER
ROYAL ARMY VETERINARY CORPS 25.2. 1919
CORPORAL J. CUDBY
MONMOUTHSHIRE REGIMENT 6. 6. 1915
LANCE CPL. L. GREEN
MACHINE GUN CORPS 20. 12. 1918
PRIVATE C. GRIGSBY
ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT 22. 2. 1915
RIFLEMAN W. T. LOCKE
KING'S LIVERPOOL REGIMENT 5. 10. 1918

BAKER see AVARDS

269.   C.W.G.C. Headstone

33365 PRIVATE
M. BARTON
ROYAL DEFENCE CORPS
17th DECEMBER 1918

270.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ANN COLE
THE BELOVED WIFE OF JABEZ COLE
WHO DIED 23rd JANUARY 1912
AGED 61 YEARS
"For Ever with the Lord"
ALSO OF
HER BELOVED HUSBAND
JABEZ COLE
WHO DIED 27th MAY 1923
AGED 74 YEARS
"We cannot, Lord thy Purpose see,
But All is Well that's done by Thee"

Jabez Cole, died 1923, Agricultural Labourer, Brookfield Place (1901 Census)

CUDBY see AVARDS

271.   C.W.G.C. Headstone

T2 SR/02236 STAFF SERJT.
H.C. DYER
ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS
28th JULY 1917

GREEN see AVARDS

GRIGSBY see AVARDS

272.   C.W.G.C. Headstone

51432 PRIVATE
F. L. JOHNSON
GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT
27th NOVEMBER 1918 AGE 20
"Peace, Perfect Peace"

273.   C.W.G.C. Headstone

T4/174339 PRIVATE
W. JOHNSTONE
ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS.
5th NOVEMBER 1918

274.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN LOCKE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 28th 1910
AGED 79 YEARS
"Resting in Peace"
ALSO ANNIE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
AND BELOVED WIFE OF
CHARLES RATSCH
WHO DIED MARCH 29th 1911
AGED 30 YEARS
"With Christ which is Far Better"
ALSO MARY ANN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 15th 1919
AGED 83 [YEARS]
"Gone but not Forgotten"

John Locke, died 1910, Brickfield Labourer; Cement Labourer (1891and 1901 Census)

Charles Ratsch, Waiter in Boarding House in Bloomsbury in 1901, Austrian (Census)

LOCKE see AVARDS

275.   C.W.G.C. Headstone

53060 PRIVATE
A. MAY
DEVONSHIRE REGIMENT
6th JULY 1919 AGE 40

276.   C.W.G.C. Headstone

35013 PRIVATE
F. NEALE
GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT
24th NOVEMBER 1918

277.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR FATHER AND MOTHER
THOMAS NEBBS
WHO DIED JULY 11th 1917
AGED 82 YEARS
AND HIS WIFE REBECCA
WHO DIED 2nd DEC. 1923
AGED 81 YEARS

Thomas Nebbs, died 1917, Labourer of 16 New Fields in 1881 (Census)

278.   C.W.G.C. Headstone

48531 PRIVATE
J. F. POIGNARD
WILTSHIRE REGIMENT
26th NOVEMBER 1918 AGE 33

279.   C.W.G.C. Headstone

R/213 SERJEANT
A. E. RUMBELOW DCM
THE RIFLE BRIGADE
21st SEPTEMBER 1918 AGE 39

280.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR DEAR FATHER AND MOTHER
BENJAMIN SKINNER
DIED OCT. 10th 1910
AGED 68 YEARS
ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
DIED JULY 26th 1928
AGED 85 YEARS
"Abide With Me"

Benjamin Skinner, died 1910, Agricultural Labourer; Fitter's Labourer, Alma Road, Eccles (1871 and 1901 Census)

281.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MABEL ELIZABETH SMITH
WHO DIED 10th DECEMBER 1914
AGED 32 YEARS
BELOVED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER

Mabel Smith, died 1914, Servant at Chatham Union (Workhouse) (1901 Census)

282.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
GEORGE SWAIN
DIED 5th OCTR. 1912
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO OF
SARAH ANN SWAIN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED 25th OCTR. 1912
AGED 73 YEARS
"Rest in Peace"

George Swain, died 1912, Brick Labourer of Varne's Street (1901 Census)

283.   Headstone

IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
ELIZA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JOHN W. TOMSETT OF ECCLES
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS
3rd MAY 1914 IN HER 75th YEAR
"I saw the Holy City of Jerusalem"
ALSO
EMILY ELIZA DAUGHTER OF
JOHN W. AND ELIZA TOMSETT
WHO DIED DEC. 14th 1924
AGED 56 YEARS
JOHN W. TOMSETT
DIED DEC. 1st 1926 AGED 83 YEARS
"At Rest"

John Tomsett, died 1926, Agricultural Labourer of Tottington Cottages in 1881 (Census)

284.   Headstone

IHS
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
FLORENCE EMILY
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JESSE TUPPER
DIED 20th JANUARY 1919
AGED 37 YEARS
"Till we Meet Again"

285.   C.W.G.C Headstone

32922 PRIVATE
H. WHEELER
GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT
24th JUNE 1917 AGE 19

286.   C.W.G.C. Headstone

17570 LANCE SERJT.
J. WHIDDETT
WILTSHIRE REGIMENT
22nd NOVEMBER 1918 AGE 27
"Gone from us
But not Forgotten"
"Thy Will be Done"

END OF SECTION F

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BALDOCK see TAYLOR

287.   North Chapel. Large Baroque Monument Reaching from Floor to Ceiling,
On a scale more fitting for Westminster Abbey! Probably by John Nost. Central Pedestal, surmounted by an Urn,Drapes held up by two Putti. Sir John Banks stands on the left , bewigged in a semi Roman costume, a pensive Lady Banks, opposite him, and son, Caleb lying between them, propped up on a cushion, also bewigged and in Roman costume.


THE BANKS MONUMENT IN THE NORTH CHAPEL, 1700

MEMORIAE SACRUM
HINC FELICEM EXPECTANT RESURRECTIOREM
JOHANNES BANKS DE AYLESFORD IN COMITATU CANTII BARONETT
UXOR ETIAM EJUS ELIZABETHA, JOHANNIS DETHICK MILITIS
COMITATU NORFOLCIAE OBIN PRAETORIS LONDINENSIS FILIA
NECON FILIUS UTRIUS QUE COMMUNIS CALEB BANKS
MARITUS QUIDEM SED LIBERIS ORBATUS
HIC PRAETEREA NATI SUNT LIBERI QUATUAR
MARTHA,ELIZABETHA ET MARIAM, MARTHA ET JOHANNES EXTINCTUS
QUORUM ALTERA NEMPE ELIZABETHA NUPTA FUIT
HENEAGIO FINCH, HENEAGII COMITIS NOTTINGHAMIAE
SUMUA ANGLIAE CONCELARII FILIO NATU SECUNDO
AUS PICIIS SERENISSIMAE REGINAE ANNAE BARONI DE GERNSEY
MARIA VERO JOHANI SAVILL, JOHANNIS DE METHLEY
IN COMITATU EBORACENSI ARMIGERI FILIO PRIMOGENITO
EXUVIAS DEPOSUERUNT
CALEB BANKS SEPBRIS 13 ANO 1696 AETATIS 37
ELIZABETHA OCTBRIS 21 ANO 1696 AETATUS 59
JOHANNES OCTBRIS 18 ANO 1699 AETATIS 72

Sir John Banks, Baronet, died 1699, born in Maidstone 1627, the son of a prosperous Woollen Draper and former Mayor, he was a Merchant and Financier, he was also a Member of Parliament.
   1644 He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
   1652 Was part of a business supplying the Navy. This activity brought him into contact with Samuel Pepys, who became a friend.
1654 Married Elizabeth Dethick, daughter of John Dethick, a wealthy London Merchant, who was Lord Mayor in 1655, and knighted by Cromwell in 1656. Soon after, Banks became involved in the East India Company and the Levant Company.
   1654 – 59 M. P. for Maidstone
   1662 Made a Baronet by Charles 11
   In the 1660's Banks prospered supplying the Navy, particularly during the Anglo – Dutch wars.
   1668 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society
   1669 Became a Director of the East India Company, and was Governor of the Company in 1672 – 4, and in 1683. He was also involved in the Royal African Company, of which he was a deputy Governor in 1674 – 6.
   1670's bought a large, new house in Lincoln's Inn Fields, and carried out much rebuilding on Aylesford Friary, which he had bought earlier.
   1679 – 1690 M. P. for Rochester
   1690 – 1694 M. P. for Queenborough
   1695 – 1698 M. P. for Maidstone.
   Banks seemed very skilled at smoothly adjusting to changing political fortunes, from Republic to Restoration and the changes after the Glorious Revolution of 1688, lending money regardless of political colour.
   His income during the latter part of his life was about £5,000 per annum; his estate was worth about £180,000. He was the first and last Baronet. Most of his wealth passed to daughter Elizabeth and her husband Heneage Finch, who became the first Earl of Aylesford in 1714.

Sir John Banks long P.C.C. Will is dated 22nd November 1697
There is an Indenture, dated 22nd June 1680, between John Banks of the 1st part, Henry Thornhill of the 2nd part, John Knatchbull and Edward Rudge of the 3rd part, concerning his real and personal estate, the Rectory and Parsonage of Northfleet, the glebeland, houses, barns, buildings and tithes of the said Rectory, purchased from Sir John Sydley of St. Cleere, this property to his cousin John Banks for life.
   His Mansion in Aylesford (Friars) and lands called Great Buckland, North Buckland, and properties in Westbere in Maidstone, Hartlip, Burham. Bredhurst, Mears Court, and properties in Aylesford, Ditton, Newhithe, Burham, Maidstone, Boxley, Detling, Bearsted, Rainham, Bredhurst, Borden, Newington, Bobbing, Milton , Rodmersham, Kingsdown, Milsted, Newenden, Hunton, Linton, Farleigh, Marden, Headcorn, , and 2 houses called Homeplace and Ouldhouse, with land in Minster and Borough of Ossenden in Kent, houses and land in Iwade, and other land and property on the Isle of Sheppey; including those held on lease from the Hospital of St. Katherine; also the Advowson of the Rectory of Ditton and fee farm rents, all this to daughter Elizabeth and her husband Heneage Finch, for ever; in default of heirs, then to to his daughter Mary and her husband John Savile, in default of heirs, to his "own right heirs".
   If Elizabeth dies in Banks lifetime, above to Heneage Finch, for life, after Finch dies to Elizabeth's children in specified order. If Mary dies as above, then legacy passes in same manner.
   The Fleet and Fishery at Newenden, held on lease from the Crown, to daughter and son in law Elizabeth and John, also leaseholds held of Dean and Chapter of Rochester, at Marden. Out of latter an annuities of £300 to daughter Elizabeth,
and £100 to cousin John Banks, £10 to cousin Mary Hunt, to cousin Elizabeth Bishopp, £10 to cousin Stephen Grigby, £10 to cousin Thomas Grigby, £10 to Samuel Read, £10 to Rebecca Mee.
   His house in Lincoln s Inn Fields, and properties in the Isle of Thanet, in New and Old Romney, Lydd and elsewhere in Romney Marsh; his farm rents in Essex, Stafford and Derby to the Saviles, same terms as earlier legacy.
   Live and dead stock to the Finches and Saviles.
   Personal estate, in Aylesford house to the Finches, in Lincolns Inn Fields to the Saviles.
   East India stock, silver plate, money, debts shared equally between Finches and Saviles.
   Property in Hinxhill, former inheritance of uncle John Banks, father of cousin John, to the Finches and Saviles, equally.
   His executors are to build 6 houses near his mansion in Maidstone for 6 poor parishioners of Maidstone. Each to have ground room with chimney, and a "little buttery", and one upper room with chimney, also a small individual plot behind each house. The cost from personal estate; also £60 per annum towards maintenance of the poor people and repairs, equally dived among the 6. Residents who are not "orderly and sober" can be removed; the Saviles are to make rules and give preference to his former servants.
   Lands in Isle of Thanet, leased from Dean and Chapter of Canterbury, and from Queen's College, Cambridge,to cousins, John Rudge and Samuel Read, in trust, rents to be distributed as Mary Savile directs. If Mary dies in Banks lifetime then to John Savile, for life; after he dies to his 1st son to reach 21 years, if no son then to daughter.
   Desires to be buried at Aylesford, with wife, son and other children. If he does not make vault in his lifetime in chancel, where wife and son are buried, executors to make one on same ground and lay him with his wife and children, and repair that end of chancel, if needed for the security of the vault. Executors to put up monument, cost not to exceed £400.
   To his sister -------- ? £50. To late servant, James Sherbourne and to each servant in family at time of his death, £50.
   £50 to put out apprentice 6 poor children living in Aylesford. £40 paid to Mayor of Maidstone to distribute to poor of the town.
   The Manor of Rushenden and land near Queenborough, on lease from St. Katherine's Hospital, to the Finches, they to keep lease going for their eldest son, then to his male issue.
   Land and property in Bonnington near Romney Marsh to the Saviles, same condition as above.
   Land in Isle of Sheppey called South Marsh to the Finches.
   Finches and Saviles are joint executors.
   Witnesses: Richard Hoare, John Lily and Henry Hoare

Codicil dated 7th October 1699
To the Finches Manor of Wormseale? in parishes of Bobbing and Newington, purchased from Henry Eve, and land in Maidstone, purchased from Thomas Selby.
   To the Saviles all land in Romney Marsh near Lydd, purchased from -------- Lee.
   Witnesses: John Rudge, James Sherbourne and Martin Tomkins
   Proved 11th December 1699

288.   South Wall of Tower, Classical Marble Tablet , Weeping Willow, Crest, made by Thomas Assiter
              of Maidstone  (Recently fallen and broken into pieces, hopefully awaiting restoration) Inscription 
              from Transcriber's old notes).

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF WILLIAM BOWLES, ESQ.
OF FITZ HARRIS HOUSE
DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND ROSAMOND SPONG
LATE OF MILL HALL IN THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 12th OF JANUARY 1814 AGED 22
ALSO MARY THEIR DAUGHTER
WHO DIED 9th OCT. 1813 AGED 7 WEEKS AND 3 DAYS

289.   South Wall of Nave, near Pulpit, Brass Plaque (See Churchyard, Section D)

IN MEMORY OF
HENRY ARTHUR BRASSEY
OF PRESTON HALL
WHO RESTORED THIS CHURCH IN 1878
AND THE TOWER AND BELLS IN 1885
BORN 1840 DIED 1891
ALSO OF HIS WIFE
ANNA HARRIET BRASSEY
BORN 1845 DIED 1898

CHAN see RYCAUT

CHARLES II see RYCAUT

290.   Between Chancel and North Chapel, Chest Tomb, Two reclining figures,figures of children on both side, 
              original colour


SIR THOMAS COLEPEPPER, DIED 1604, AND LADY MARY COLEPEPPER


NORTH SIDE OF THE COLEPEPPER TOMB

HERE LYETH INTOMBED SIR THOMAS COLEPEPPER KNIGHT
BY BLOODE AND DESCENTE DESCENDED OF MANY WORTHYE
ANCESTORS IN HIS LIFETIME FOR HIS WORTH AND DESARTE
BELOVED OF ALL MEN AND IN HIS DEATH AS MUCH LAMENTED &
BEMOANED HE HAD BY DAME MARIE HIS ONLY WIFE AT THE TIME
OF HIS DECEASE THREE SONNES AND TWO DAUGHTERS WHICH
DAME MARIE TO PERFORM HER LAST DUTY IN REMEMBRANCE
OF HER FAITHFUL LOVE TO HER DECEASED HUSBAND AT
HER OWNE COST ERECTED THIS GRATEFUL MONUMENTE
UNDER WHICH HE RESTETH AND BY HIS LIVELY FAITHE
HOPETH A JOYFUL RESURRECTION HE DIED THE 12th OF OCTOBER 1604

Thomas Colepepper, Esq., later Sir, of Preston Hall. P.C.C. Will dated December 1600
   One third of his property in Aylesford, Ditton, East Malling, St. Marie's and Headcorn, and elsewhere in Kent, to eldest son William, for ever.
   Half of the remaining two thirds to his cousin John Tufton, Esq., and Thomas Penister, Esq., his brother in law, during his wife's life, upon trust. The other half to John Tufton and Thomas Peniston, until son William is 21 years. They also to have William's third until he is 21. After William is 21 and after death of his wife, the two thirds to son William and his male heirs, in default of male heirs, to 2nd son Thomas, in default as above, to 3rd son Richard, as above, in default of male heirs, to his own right heirs for ever.
   Thomas Chamberlain of Gray's Inn, Esq., should convey to John Tufton and Thomas Penister, all his property in Morton Pinkney in Northamptonshire, which he has contracted for with Thomas Chamberlain.
   To daughters Mary and Frances £800 each at 18 years; to sons Thomas and Richard £800 each at 21 years.
   If either or both daughters died before 18, their share to sons. If the two sons died before 21, then to son William.
   If his wife is with child at his death, then that child has [ blank ].
   Wife Mary, John Tufton and Thomas Peniston are executors.

Codicil
   Since making his will, his state has altered. He gives full power to surviving executors to sell his land in Morton Pinkney, and as much of the third conveyed to executors as is sufficient to pay his debts and legacies.
   Witnesses: John Marsh, William Godwin, William Watton, mark of John Jenner, and mark of Edward Hall
   Proved 7th November 1604

291.   Floor of North Chapel, Close to above. Two brass figures, a Knight in armour and his Lady.
             Several brass Crests

HIC JACET JOHES COSINGTON QUI OBIIT SECUNDO DIED MENSIS APRILIS ANNO DMI
MILLIMO CCCCXXVI ET SARRA UXOR EJUS QUORUM ANIMABUS PROPITIETUR DEUS AMEN

292.   Brass formerly by Colepepper Tomb (from Thorpe's Registrum  Roffenses, 1769)

HERE LYETH THE BODIE OF
HENRY CRISPE FOURTH SON OF
SIR HENRY CRISPE, KNIGHT
HE HAD TO WIFE ANN YE DAUGHTER OF
THOMAS CULLPEPER OF AYLESFORD, ESQ.
HAD ISSUE FYVE SONNES AND ONE DAUGHTER
HE DIED SECOND OF DECEMBER 1594

CULLPEPER see CRISPE

DETHICK see BANKS

DUKE see FINCH

DYKE see MILNER

293.   West Wall of Tower, Black and White Classical Tablet

IN THE YEAR 1794 WERE BURIED NEAR THIS
MONUMENT SUSANNAH REBECCA
& JOHN EVELEIGH
ALSO IN 1795, JOHN, IN 1800, JAMES, IN 1803
THOMAS & WILLIAM GEORGE, IN 1805 SUSANNAH
AND IN THE YEAR 1815 WHEN THE VAULT WAS MADE,
CHARLOTTE GEORGINA CHILDREN OF THE REV.
WILLIAM & SUSANNAH EVELEIGH
IN THE YEAR 1830 THE REMAINS OF THE
REV. WILLIAM EVELEIGH LL.B
WERE DEPOSITED IN THE SAME VAULT
HE DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 29th OF OCTOBER
IN THE 74th YEAR OF HIS AGE HAVING BEEN
38 YEARS VICAR OF THIS PARISH
ALSO IN 1834 WERE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS
OF SUSANNAH EVELEIGH
SHE DEPARTED THIS LIFE 19th OF FEBY.
IN THE 69th YEAR OF HER AGE

Rev. William Eveleigh. P.C.C. Will dated 12th October 1829
   Executor to be paid any money in the bank. If not sufficient for funeral and debts, then money can come from his investments in the new 4% annuities. To his wife redeemed? Land Tax of the Vicarage of Aylesford, and interest and produce of funded and other property, for her life, if she does not marry again; with power to give £4,000, part of the 3% Consoles to his daughters.
   To wife effects in his houses for life, except farming utensils, horses and live stock, hop poles and ploughs on the estate, he bought of Mrs Elizabeth Barton of Lamberhurst.
   To eldest son Rev. John Eveleigh, and his heirs, upon condition that he and they permit his wife to have exclusive use of his dwelling house, stable , coach house and home meadow, about 12 acres, for her life.
   To son John, £500 he had borrowed, but not the interest, if any, to his three youngest children, James, Susannah, Jane and William George.
   After his wife's death or remarriage, the whole of the funded property in his name, and all personal estate, except the £4,000, at his wife's disposal, to them in equal shares. His property in the 3½% stock belongs to John Wyndham, Benjamin Winthrop, Martha Winthrop and Fanny Winthrop?
   Wife executor, as long as she does not remarry, if she does remarry, sons Rev. John and Rev. James Eveleigh executors in her stead.
   Witnesses: Robert Rogers, Richard Cossom and Taylor Cossom

Codicil dated 23rd February 1830
  Before any division of his funded property, to son John, after his mother's death, £5,000, 3% stock.

Affidavit 20th November 1830
Robert Rogers of Prince's? Hall City of London, Gentleman and Thomas Jennings Foord of same place, Gentleman, sworn. They knew and were well acquainted with Rev. Eveleigh, were familiar with his handwriting and have frequently seen him write. They examined the codicil and affirm it is by Eveleigh.
   Proved 25th November 1830 Administration granted to Widow during her widowhood.
   Note in margin 24th March 1834. Widow has died; administration to 2 sons.

294.   North Wall of Nave, Wooden Tablet

FREDERICK JOHN EVERETT
HONORARY CANON AND RURAL DEAN
WAS FROM 1915 TO 1941 THE FAITHFUL
VICAR OF AYLESFORD
THE PARISHIONERS AND OTHER BY WHOM HE WAS
SO GREATLY LOVED HAVE INSTALLED IN THIS CHURCH A
MECHANICAL ORGAN BLOWER TO COMMEMORATE
HIS DEVOTED MINISTRATION IN THE SERVICE OF GOD

295.   East Wall of North Chapel, Marble Tablet

NEAR THIS PLACE
LYETH THE BODY OF
SR. ROBT. FAUNCE, KNT.
WHO HAD THREE WIVES
BY WHOM HE HAD 4 SONS
AND 4 DAUGHTERS
SR. ROBERT FAUNCE, KNT.
WAS BURIED FEBRUARY 16th 1715

Sir Robert Faunce, died 1715 (16). P.C.C. Will dated 20th December 1713
   To eldest son George, for ever, properties and lands in St. Nicholas, Rochester, Cliffe, Frindsbury, Newchurch, Stoke, St. Mary's,Allhallows and Higham. George to pay annuity of £35 to his sister Elizabeth.
   To son Duke, properties in Aylesford and Boxley; he to pay sister Margaret annuity of £35.
   To minister of church where he is buried, 10/- per annum, to read prayers each St. Swithin's Day, also 10s per annum for the poor of the parish. The money out of his property in Aylesford, occupied by Thomas Mead.
   To son Robert £500 out of and part of Bond, in which he is obliged to his father; also a gold agate ring which was his uncle Boyses; and his silver "ratling bold"?; plus ½ of his right title and interest in £200 in the Bank of England. Son George to pay this to Robert.
   To sons Robert, Duke and George; and son-in-law Mr Thomas Newland and Mary, his wife; and to daughters Elizabeth and Margaret; and son in law Mr Robert Cart, ; and all grandchildren, a gold guinea to buy a ring.
   Residue to son George, who is executor.
   Witnesses: Robert Morris, Christopher Fullagar and Samuel Fullagar.
   Proved 14th May 1716

296.   North Chapel floor by Colepepper Tomb, Rectangular Black Marble

HERE LIETH THOMAS FINCH ONLY SONN OF
ANTHONY FINCH OF COPTREE, GENT. BY
ANN HIS WIFE DAUGHT. OF THOMAS DUKE OF
COSINGTON ESQ. HEE DIED 29th OF AUG.
1629

297.   Base of Brass Eagle Lectern

IN MEMORY OF THE HON. GEORGINA FINCH AGED 21 YEARS APRIL 12th 1874

FINCH see BANKS

FOWLE see WARD

GOODMAN see WARD

JAMES II see RYCAUT

KUPRIOGLY, VIZIER see RYCAUT

298.   North Wall of Tower, Double Gothic Arch, Red Marble Columns

IN
MEMORY OF
EDWARD GARRET MARSH M.A.
FORMERLY FELLOW AND TUTOR OF
ORIEL COLLEGE, OXFORD
CANON OF SOUTHWELL AND FOR 21 YEARS
VICAR OF THIS PARISH
BORN AT SALISBURY FEBY. 8Th 1783
AND DIED AT AYLESFORD SEPTEMBER 20th 1862 
"I know in Whom I have Believed"
2 Timothy 1 42
ALSO OF
LYDIA MARSH HIS WIFE
BORN AT PORTSEA JANUARY 17th 1788
DIED AYLESFORD DEC. 1st 1859
 "Of a Meek and Quiet Spirit, which is, in
The Sight of God, of Great Price" 
                                 1 Peter 111 4
IN
  MEMORY OF
  THOMAS HENRY MARSH
  (OF LINCOLNS INN)
 BARRISTER AT LAW THEIR THIRD SON
  BORN AT HAMPSTEAD MAY 31st 1824
  DIED AT AYLESFORD MARCH 14th 1852
  "Blessed are the Pure in Heart for
They shall see God"
                            Matthew v8
  ALSO OF
 JOSEPH SAMUEL MARSH
THEIR YOUNGEST SON
  BORN AT HAMPSTEAD JANUARY 22nd 1826
  DIED AT AYLESFORD JANUARY 17th 1847
"Surely I come quickly,
Amen, even so, Come Lord Jesus"

"In Hope of Eternal Life, which God, who cannot lie, Promised before the World Began"

299.   North Wall, North Chapel, Classical Tablet

BENEATH
THIS MARBLE
ARE INTERRED THE REMAINS OF
THE REVEREND JOSEPH MILNER D.D.
OF PRESTON HALL IN THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JULY THE 26th 1784
AGED 54 YEARS
BENEATH
ALSO ARE INTERRED THE REMAINS OF SARAH HIS WIFE
SHE DIED SEPTEMBER THE 27th 1803
AGED 72 YEARS

Rev. Joseph Milner, died 1784. P.C.C. Will dated 25th March 1784
   (Milner was formerly Joseph Butler, he changed his name to Milner, in order to inherit the Preston Hall estate, which had come to the Milners through marriage with the Colepeper's heiress.)
   Property, farm and lands in Horsforth in Guisley, Yorkshire, occupied by William Hague; property in Bradford,occupied by Joseph Priestly, subject to the estate for life of his uncle, Mr Benjamin Butler; lands in Horton Lane in Bradford, once occupied by Thomas Hardcastle, now occupied by Priestly, to his children, in default of children, to niece Mary Cotton, for ever, this in lieu of money which he saved for her out of an allowance ordered by the Court of Chancery, for the maintenance of her brother Charles.
   All his freeholds and leaseholds which wife, Sarah possessed before their marriage, conveyed to him before marriage, to wife Sarah, for life, after her death, to their children, in default of children, to Sarah, for ever.
   His property in Kent to his children, in default, to sister Mary Cotton, during her and his wife's life. An annuity of £50 from his Kent property, to wife Sarah, for life; after her death, to sister Mary Cotton, for life; after her death, to Rev. Samuel Denne of Wilmington for term of 500 years; after to heirs of nephew,Charles Cotton, in default, to heirs of Mary Cotton, in default, then to Rev. Samuel Denne and heirs, upon trust.
   If niece Mary Cotton lives to 21 or is married, or after death of his wife and sister, then by sale or mortgage, £4,000 to be raised from his property to pay to niece Mary at 21 or day of marriage.
   Interest for maintenance and education of niece Mary.
   Executor can fell timber if it is ready to repair properties and fencing, etc., no timber which can improve can be felled.
   Wife to have plate, linen, china books, pictures, household goods and furniture for life. After her death, to his nephew Charles Cotton. Executor to make inventory, copy to Charles. To poor of Aylesford £20, poor of Ditton £10, poor of Burham £10.
   Residue of money , etc., to any children he may leave. Interest to their maintenance and education. If all died under 21,or unmarried, the residue as follows, sister Mary Cotton, £100, niece Mary Cotton, £100, uncle Rev. Butler, £100, wife's sister, Mrs Elizabeth Belcher £50, godson Nathaniel John Luck ? £50
   Residue and interest to wife Sarah, who is executor.
   Witnesses: Charlotte Belcher, Eliza Thomson and A. H. Dyne
   Proved 28th August 1784

Sarah Milner, died 1803 P.C.C. Will dated 20th October 1791
   Wishes to be buried near her husband in Aylesford church.
   To late servant, Elizabeth Keeble, £20. Executor is not to put servants in mourning. To cousin Mrs Frances Champneys £50, friend Rev. Samuel Denne £50, cousin Miss Harriet Burt £20, late husband's niece Mary Atkinson 2 guineas "to buy a ring to wear in remembrance of me"
   To Mary Atkinson £600, late husband's nephew, Charles Milner Esq., £1,000 to be paid 6 months after death of sister Elizabeth Belcher.
   All money, debts, goods and personal estate to Elizabeth Belcher. All her properties (charged with the legacies of £600 and £1,000), to Elizabeth Belcher, for ever, she is also executor.
   Witnesses: Sophia Holworthy, John Teesbrook and A. H. Dyne

Codicil
To Elizabeth Belcher 4 silver candlesticks and 4 dozen, 4 pronged silver, spoon handled forks, bought with her own money.

Codicil
Executor to give William Hickhurst, Mary Mauder and Elizabeth Hinear, £10 each in lieu of mourning, if in her service at time of her death; all other servants £5 each in lieu of mourning.
   Proved 8th June 180

300.   South Tower Wall, Classical Tablet

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
CHARLES MILNER ESQ.
OF PRESTON HALL IN THIS PARISH
WHO DIED JAN. 7th 1836 AGED 72 YEARS
AND OF HARRIET HIS WIFE
THIRD DAUGHTER OF
SIR JOHN DIXON DYKE, BART.
OF LULLINGSTONE CASTLE IN THIS COUNTY
WHO DIED AUGUST 1808
THEY HAD ISSUE
HARRIET PHILADELPHIA
BORN DECEMBER 6th 1792 DIED JUNE 27th 1793
CHARLES JOSEPH
BORN AUGUST 10th 1796 DIED SEPTEMBER 6th 1796
MARY ANN
BORN MARCH 13th 1799 DIED JUNE 5th 1836
HARRIET SARAH
BORN SEPTEMBER 19th 1800 DIED MAY 31st 1802
CHARLES
BORN SEPTEMBER 16th 1801 DIED SEPTEMBER 19th 1844
JOHN
BORN FEBRUARY 4th 1804 DIED OCTOBER 6th 1846
CAROLINE ELIZABETH
BORN JULY 2nd 1802 DIED JANUARY 28th 1843
HENRY ROBERT A LIEUTENANT GENERAL IN HER MAJESTY'S 94th REGIMENT
LAST SURVIVOR OF HIS FAMILY
HAS ERECTED THIS MONUMENT AS A TRIBUTE
OF AFFECTION TO THEIR MEMORY

301.   Plain Classical Tablet Below Above

THIS TABLET IS ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF
HENRY ROBERT MILNER MAJOR GENERAL IN THE ARMY
AND FORMERLY LIEUTENANT COLONEL OF HER MAJESTY'S 94th REGIMENT
HE WAS THE YOUNGEST AND LAST SURVIVING SON OF THE LATE CHARLES MILNER ESQ.
OF PRESTON HALL IN THIS PARISH BY HARRIET HIS WIFE
THE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF THE LATE SIR JOHN DIXON DYKE, BART.
OF LULLINGSTONE CASTLE IN THIS COUNTY
HE WAS BORN AT PRESTON HALL ON THE 29th DAY OF JANUARY 1805
AND DIED AT PLYMOUTH ON THE 14th DAY OF JANUARY 1855
IN THE 50th YEAR OF HIS AGE
MAJOR GENERAL MILNER ENTERED THE ARMY ON THE 7th OF FEBRUARY 1822
HE JOINED THE 94th REGIMENT IN 1828 AND FROM THAT PERIOD
SERVED UNINTERRUPTEDLY WITH IT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
CEYLON AND EAST INDIES
UNTIL THE RETURN OF THE REGIMENT FROM MADRAS IN JUNE 1854
HE COMMANDED THE REGIMENT FOR 14 YEARS
AND WAS EMPLOYED ON THE STAFF OF THE MADRAS ARMY FOR 5 YEARS
AS BRIGADIER COMMANDING AT ADEN, CANNANORE AND BANGALORE
HIS BROTHER OFFICERS TESTIFY TO THE MANY ESTIMABLE QUALITIES
OF THEIR LATE COMMANDING OFFICER AND FRIEND BY UNITING WITH HIS RELATIVES
IN DEDICATING THIS TABLET TO HIS MEMORY

Henry Milner, Soldier, died 1855 P.C.C. Will dated 19th August 1848
   John Dyke, Esq., of Sittingbourne , Rev. Lambert Blackwell Larking, Vicar of Ryarsh, executors. Officer in Command of his Regiment at time of his death, executor in India.
   To executors at home, all his estate, on trust, to sell and invest, after funeral costs, etc., in Government Stocks for nephew, -------- Peterson, only son of late sister Caroline, until he is 21. Interest for his maintenance and education.
The advowson of the parish church of Burham and all other real estate to John Dyke and Francis Hart Dyke of Doctors Common, London, upon trust for nephew. They to receive his rents for nephew's maintenance and education.
   Witnesses: H. Sykes, Lieut. 94th Regiment and William Gilham, Preston Hall, Aylesford

Codicil dated 14th January 1855
Now a Major General at Plymouth. Within 6 months of his death, executors to pay cousins, Laura Phelps, wife of Rev. Thomas Phelps and Philadelphia Mackenzie wife of Rev. James Mackenzie £500, for their benefit and not husbands.
   To "trusty servant" William Gilham £50; to Thomasine Saunders and Eliza Tallin, his nurses during his sickness, £5 each. Rest of will confirmed
   Witnesses: H. H. Fiske, Captain H.M. South Devon Militia and John Hale Fudge, Surgeon, Plymouth
   Proved 12th February 1855

ROBSON see SEDLEY

302.   North Wall of Tower, Classical Pedimented Tablet with Columns and Crest

EPITAPHIUM
HERE LIETH YE BODY OF SR. PAUL RYCAUT KT. YE
TENTH & YOUNGEST SON OF SR. PETER RYCAUT BY
DAME MARY HIS WIFE WITHOUT YE INTERPOSITION OF A
DAUGHTER WHO AFTER MANY YEARS TRAVELL IN FORREIGN
PARTS IN ASIA, AFFRICA AND EUROPE & AFTER SEVERALL
PUBLICQUE OFFICES PERFORMED BY HIM AS SECRETARY
TO YE EARL OF WINCHELSEA, AMBASSADOE EXTRAORDIN
NARY FROM KING CHARLES YE SECOND TO SULTAN
MAHOMET CHAN YE 4th IN WCH. & IN 2 VOYAGES
FROM CONSTANTINOPLE TO LONDON & BACK AGAIN
ONE OF WCH. WAS PERFORMED BY LAND THRO HUNGARY
& WHERE HE REMAINED SOMETIME IN YE TURKISH CAMP
WITH YE GREAT AND FAMOUS VIZIER KUPRIOGLY FOR
PUBLICK AFFAIRS OF YE ENGLISH NATION IN WCH. HE PASSED
SEVEN YEARS AFTER WCH. HE WAS MADE CONSUL FOR YE
ENGLISH NATION AT SMYRNA WHERE BEING EXERCISED
THAT OFFICE YE SPACE OF ABOUT ELEVEN YEARS TO THE
GREAT AND INTIRE SATISFACTION OF THE TURKEY COMPANY
HE OBTAINED A LICENSE AT HIS OWN MOTION AND DESIRE
TO RETURN TO ENGLAND WHERE HAVING LIVED YE SPACE
OF SEVEN YEARS IN HONOUR & GOOD ESTEEM AS ALSO
IN PEACE & PLENTY HE WAS IN YE REIGN OF KING
JAMES YE SECOND CALLED BY YE EARL OF CLARENDON
LORD LIEUTENANT OF IRELAND TO BE HIS PRINCIPAL
SECRETARY FOR YE PROVINCE OF LEMSTER & CONNAUGHT
ALSO BY YE SAID KING JAMES TO BE ONE OF HIS PRIVY
COUNCIL OF IRELAND & JUDGE OF YE HIGH COURT
OD ADMIRALTY IN WHICH HE REMAINED UNTIL YE GREAT
REVOLUTION IN ENGLAND AND IRELAND AT WCH. TIME
HE WAS EMPLOYED BY KING WILLIAM YE THIRD IN QUALITY
OF HIS RESIDENT WITH YE HANS TOWNS
IN YE LOWER SAXONY NAMELY HAMBURG, LUBECK & BREMEN
WHERE BEING CONTINUED YE
SPACE OF MORE THAN TEN
YEARS TO YE SATISFACTION OF ALL THAT KNEW HIM AS WELL
TO THE SENATORS OF THOSE REPUBLICS AS ALSO TO YE GOVE-
RMENTS THEREOF & TO YE COMPANY OF ENGLISH MERCHANTS
RESIDING THERE & HAVING WRITTEN SEVERALL BOOKS
WHICH ARE NOW EXTANT
HE DYED THE 16th OF NOVBER. 1700 AGED 72
AND ACCORDING TO HIS DESIER LYES INTERR'D NEAR
THE BODYS OF HIS FATHER AND MOTHER
REQUISCAT IN PACE AMEN

303.   North Wall of Tower, Brass Plaque in Wooden Frame

HERE LYETH THE BODIE OF PATRICKE SAVAGE SOMETYMES
COOK TO THE RIGHT WORLL. SR. WILLIAM SEDLEY, KNT.
AND BARONET DECEASED WHO HATH GIVEN TO THE POORE
OF THIS PISHE. LX POWNDES TO BE EMPLOYED AT THE DIS
CRETION OF THE MINISTER & CHURCH WARDENES OF THIS
PISHE. FOR THR TYME BEING FOR A POORE STOCK FOR THE
MOST COMFORTABLE RELEIFE OF THE POORE HERE & ALSO
HAS GIVEN TOWARDS THE REPARACONS OF THIS CHURCH X
POUNDS TOWARDS THE INLAYING OF THE COMMUNION
CUP OF THIS PISHE. XX SHILLINGES & TOWARDS A COMMUNION
CLATH HERE VI SHILLINGES & VIII PENCE HE WAS BORNE
IN IRELAND & DIED HERE IN AILESFORD THE SECOND
DAYE OF MAYE ANNO DOMINI 1625 ETATIS 57

Patrick Savage, Cook, died 1625. P.C.C. Will dated 10th May 1624
   £60 to the poor of Aylesford
   £5 for a tombstone or "suchlike monument or memorial of me by the name of Patrick Savage sometyme Cook to the late S. William Sedly to bee layed and sett over my body and bee buryed neere Mr Houlden in the church of Aylesford, aforesaid, and to bee engraved upon stone or memoriall of my gift given to Aylesford parish".
   £5 for cost of burial.
   To each of the brethren of Sir William Sedly's hospital, 5s; to the hospital £7.
   To Margaret Kryer, "my ladie's late servant" and Christian, Mrs Herdon's kinswoman, his household goods, or else the £4 between them if the goods not delivered.
   Towards the "larginge and betteringe of the communion cup in Aylesford", 20s; towards a communion cloth 6s 8d; for repair of church, £10.
   To Mr Smith of Aylesford to preach at his funeral 20s. To Margaret, my country woman, widow in Maidstone, 40s.
   To "loving friend" John May, Scrivener, of St. Sepulchre, London, 40/-; to Thomas ------- son of George -------- Cook to Mr Culpepper 40s; to "longe" Susan at Mr Culpepper's 20s, for a ring.
   To aforesaid Margaret Fryer £5; to Henry Austin son of neighbour ------------ Austin £10; to Rowland Colyon, one of his Matie's servants 40s; to Mr William Manly and his wife, of Aylesford, 20s each, for a ring ; to Richard Roffe, servant to Sir John Sedly, £5; to Elizabeth Shewsmith wife of Edward Soman, sometime servant to Mr William Sedly, 20s; to "my fellow" Johnson Taylor late of Chancery Lane, 40s; to Lawrence Flaggin of Aylesford £3 and his clothes; to his friend Savage of Boar's Head, Fleet Street, 40s.
   To "ye woman that shall looke to mee and attend mee in my sickness" 20s.
   To executors £10 each; to poor of Aylesford rest of estate.
   Mr Robert Mathewes, one of his Maj. Servants and William Manly, servant to Rt. Hon. Sir John Sedly, executors.
   Signs with mark
   Witnesses: Benjamin Rowlins, Tallow Chandler and Richard Hawes, servant to John May, Scrivener
   Proved 24th May 1624

304.   Brass Formerly by Chancel Step, From Thorpe's Registrum Roffenses, 1769 (Not Seen)

HERE LYETH JOHN SAVELL, GENTLEMAN
SUTYME SARVANT TO SIR THOMAS WIAT, KNIGHT
WHICH DECESSED THE XXIX DAY OF MARCHE
ANO. DNI. MDXLV
ON WHOSE SOULE JHU. HAVE MERCY

SAVILL see BANKS

SEDLEY see SAVAGE

305.   West Tower Wall, Oval Tablet

ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THIS CHURCH
ARE DEPOSITED IN A VAULT THE REMAINS OF
Mr. JOHN SPONG – WHO AFTER AN EXEMPLARY
AND WELL SPENT LIFE AT THE LITTLE HAMLET OF MILL HALL
IN THIS PARISH DIED JANUARY 21st 1815
AGED 64 YEARS
UNIVERSALLY RESPECTED
AND ESTEEMED
ALSO ROSAMOND HIS WIFE WHO DIED
ON THE SAME DAY OF THE SAME MONTH 1840
AGED 92 YEARS
"Orta Carole Rege"

SPONG see BOWLES

306.   North Wall of Tower, Classical Tablet

TO THE MEMORY OF THE REV. WILLIAM TOLBUTT STAINES M.A.
FORMERLY FELLOW OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
AND FOR UPWARDS OF EIGHT YEARS
WAS VICAR OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED SEPT. 24th 1840
IN THE 55th YEAR OF HIS AGE
HIS CLEAR JUDGMENT, WELL STORED MIND
AND PIOUS AND DEVOTED SPIRIT
RENDERED HIM A BRIGHT EXAMPLE AS A CHRISTIAN MINISTER
AND HE HAS LEFT BEHIND HIM A NAME
WHICH WILL EVER BE CHERISHED
WITH AFFECTION AND RESPECT
NOT ONLY BY HIS RELATIVES AND FRIENDS
BUT BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM AND COULD APPRECIATE
THE REAL EXCELLENCE OF HIS CHARACTER

Rev. William Tolbutt Staines, P.C.C. Will dated 30th May 1840
   Richard Halford of Canterbury, Rev. George Harker, Vicar of St. Nicholas, Rochester and brother Richard Staines of Strafford, Essex, Surgeon, executors.
   To the first two executors £50 each.
   To wife Jane household goods as she may choose and interest of £2,400 part of £4,065 in Bank of England annuities.
   Remaining £1, 665 and reversion of remaining £2,400 to brother Richard, who is residuary legatee.
   To niece Ann Eteson of Knareborough £120, 3% consolidated annuities. Nothing in his will intended to alter marriage settlement.
   Witnesses: Samuel Powell, Junior, of Knaresborough, Solicitor, Watson King, his Clerk

Affidavit dated 31st October 1840
Samuel Powell sworn that deceased signed will in his presence and that of his clerk.
   Proved 2nd November 1840

307.   Ledger, Now Hidden, (From Account by Rev. Staines, 1838)

IN MEMORY OF
ANN THE WIFE OF
AUGUSTINE TAYLOR
DAUGHTER OF
EDWARD & JANE BALDOCK
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOV. 19th 1753
AGED 41 YEARS
LIKEWISE THE SAME
AUGUSTINE TAYLOR
WHO DIED THE 2nd DAY OF MAY 1785
IN THE 71st YEAR OF HIS AGE

308.   Ledger, As Above

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
JOHN TAYLOR
OF THIS PARISH, YEOMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MAY 7th 1733
AGED 49 YEARS
HERE ALSO LIETH THE BODY OF
ELIZABETH TAYLOR HIS WIFE
WHO DIED AUG. 5th 1741
AGED 57 YEARS
HE LEFT FIVE SONS
JOHN, AUGUSTINE, THOMAS,
ROBERT AND [ ? ]

John Taylor, died 1733, Yeoman.
Inventory:
   Goods in his house and farm at Aylesford, and Castle Farm at Allington. Includes, 3 Quarry Carts, 6 Quarry Horses, Quarry Tools; 1 Barge, 1 Lighter.
   Total £1,152 17s 1d
   Appraised by John Taylor, Augustine Taylor and George Peckham, (Yeoman of Burham).

309.   West Wall of Tower, Classical Tablet with Columns, Drapes, Skull and Crest

A.D MDCCII
LAPIDEM HUNC MARMOREAM POSUIT
THOMAS TILSON HUJUS ECCLESIAE
ANNOS TRIGINTA SEX VICARIUS
JOANNAE PIAM IN MEMORIAM
CONJUJIS SUAE MERITO DILECTAE
EX QUE SEPTEM LIBERAE GENUIT QUINQUS EORUM SUNT SUPOSTITES
THOMAS TRIUM FILIORUM UNICUE
SARAH, ELIZABETHA, MARIA, MARTHA
OBIIT CHARISIMA AUG. 28th 1680
OBIIT IPSE JULY 24th 1702
AETAT 61

Rev. Thomas Tilson, died 1702 Rochester Will in his own hand, dated 19th July 1698
   To wife Elizabeth, annuity of £20 out of Forstal Farm, by the tenant, allowing for taxes and repairs, according to marriage contract.
   Also all money in hands of her brothers Sir Henry Selby and Thomas Selby.
   To son Thomas his study of books and rest of study, except silver and gold; best silver tankard, silver salver, silver casters, 2 of best spoons, best suit of Damask linen, for ever.
    Also to son Thomas, all lands, on conditions he pays following legacies.
   £100 to son in law George Luce of St. Margaret, Westminster, according to marriage covenant.
   £150 to daughters Elizabeth, Mary and Martha. They also get all ready money and plate, remaining; debts, bills, bonds, mortgages, household stuff and personal estate, equally. They are joint executors. Desires to be buried near "my dear wife Joane, their mother"
   Witnesses: Mary Selby, Hannah Martin and Daniel Woodham
   Inventory by George Luce and Daniel Woodham, total £113

310.   Classical Wall Tablet , Next to Above

INFRA LAPIDEM MARMOREUM
IN HOC VESTBULAR JACET
THOMAS TILSON A.M.
OLIM AULAE CATHERINE APUD CANTABRIGIENSES
SOCIUS NECNON RECTOR DE DITTON
ET HUJUS ECCLESIAE VICARIUS
PER ANNOS 47 OBT. 12th FEB, 1749
AETAT 76
TWO VICARS FATHER AND SON
FROM A.D. 1666 TO A.D. 1749 - 83 YEARS
REVD. THOS. TILSON DIED A.D. 1702 AGED 61 - 36 YEARS
REVD. THOS. TILSON DIED A.D. 1749 AGED 76 - 47 YEARS
----
83
----

Rev. Thomas Tilson, died 1749 (50) dated 16th January 1749 (50)
   Wishes to buried in porch under black marble stone "by me laid there from north to south"
   To Rev. Edward Cranch, Curate of East Farleigh, £100, in trust,the interest for Cranch's wife, for life. After her death to God daughter Sarah Cranch. To Mary Birch a daughter of Rev. Samuel Birch, late of Wouldham £200. To Robert Pleydell of Aylesford, Surgeon, £200, in trust, for his daughter Elizabeth.
   To Right Honourable Earl of Aylesford, such pictures as he may like, in the Outward Parlour of his house.
   To former servant and good friend, Elioner Fowle, £20; to Sarah Clark, widow of Aylesford, annuity of £5. To each servant with him at his death 40s.
   He has lent William Tanner, living at the Castle (an Inn?) at Maidstone, £20 at the request of his sister in law the late Mary Apps, now the wife of ----------- Steward, the debt to Mary Steward.
   To poor of Ditton £100, the Minister and Churchwardens to invest and buy wood and corn , distributed on All Saints Day and Feast of Purification of Virgin Mary, every year, to "industrious poor" as they think fit.
   To Edward Cranch and Samuel Birch of Chatham, Surgeon, son of Samuel, deceased, his property adjoining the Vicarage House of Aylesford. They are executors, residue divided among them.
   Witnesses; James Lake, William Stevens and Samuel Fullagar

Codicil dated 7th February 1749 (50)
Confirms £200 to Robert Pleydell because this was inserted before he signed, wishes to avoid confusion or dispute.
   Witnesses: John Barnett and Samuel Fullagar
   Proved 14th February 1749 (50)

311.   South Wall of Nave, Brass Plaque

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
LUCY BLANCHE VAUX
WIFE OF THE REV. GEORGE BOWYER VAUX
SOMETIME VICAR OF THIS PARISH
DIED MARCH 14th 1902 AGED 41
BURIED AT GAINSBOROUGH
LINCOLNSHIRE
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY MEMBERS
OF HER BIBLE CLASS MOTHERS' MEETING
AND OTHER FRIENDS AT AYLESFORD
R.I.P.

312.   South Side Chancel Arch, Marble Tablet

SILAS WAGON
BORN 1843 – DIED 1924
CHURCHWARDEN 1895 – 1924
DURING A LONG LIFESPENT WHOLLY IN
THIS PARISH HE DEVOTED HIMSELF TO
PUBLIC SERVICE AND FILLED MANY
OFFICES WITH ABILITY AND HONOUR
MAY HE REST IN PEACE
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY MEMBERS
OF HIS FAMILY AND BY HIS
FELLOW PARISHIONERS IN TOKEN OF
THEIR RESPECT

313.   South Wall of Tower, Classical Pedimented Tablet

HERE LIETH INTERRED THE BODY OF
THOMAS WARD
LATE OF MILL HALL IN THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 10th FEB. 1741
IN THE 64th YEAR OF HIS AGE
BY HIS FIRST WIFE MARY DAUGHTER OF
JOHN FOWLE OF CHART SUTTON HE HAD
ISSUE SIX SONS AND ONE DAUGHTER THREE OF WHICH
SURVIVE, VIZ. JOHN, DANIEL AND SAMUEL
HE AFTERWARDS MARRIED CATHERINE
DAUGHTER OF EDWARD GOODMAN AND
WIDOW OF JOHN LAKE OF THIS PARISH BY
WHOM HE HAD ONE SON WHO DIED AN
INFANT THE SAID CATHERINE
SURVIVED HIM

Thomas Ward, Hoyman of Mill Hall,died 1740 (41) P.C.C. Will dated 5th January 1740 (41)
   To wife Catherine £200
   To nieces, 2 daughters* of William Downard (Downer), £50 each. If one or both died before 21, money to benefit of executor.
   To sister Douglas, annuity of £10 from his freeholds and leaseholds.
   To son Samuel annuity of £30 , as above. The annuities to be paid at the Guildhall, Rochester, on usual feast days.
   If they try to mortgage or sell the annuities the legacies are void.
   To Samuel, £15 for mourning; to his brother Richard, £10; to sister Carroon £10. All property, land , warehouses, wharfs and storehouses in Kent or elsewhere to sons John and Daniel, equally, for ever.
   Residue, ready money, goods, stock, leases, household stuff and all personal estate to sons John and Daniel, they joint executors.
   Witnesses: Margaret Fowle, Robert Pleydell and Francis Moyse
   Proved 2nd March 1740 (41)
   (* Daughter Elizabeth , later Elizabeth Skillett, see below)

314.   Classical Tablet, Close to Above

Mr JOHN WARD
DIED AUGUST THE 10th 1772
AGED 67 years
Mr DANIEL WARD
DIED OCTOBER THE 4th 1785
IN THE 76th YEAR OF HIS AGE

Daniel Ward, Hoyman, died 1785. P.C.C. Will dated 13th January 1785
   To Susanna Douglass of Newcastle, widow of late cousin Robert Douglass, annuity of £20, from properties given to cousin John Spong. Annuity to be paid at Ward's house at Mill Hall. She not to sell or mortgage annuity, if she does, it is void.
   To Mary Phillips, widow, who lives with him, 6s per week for life, conditions as above. Executor to pay rent for her accommodation , not exceeding £3 per annum, plus 2 chaldrons of coal and 50 fagots each year for life, also bed and sheets and other furniture "whereon Thomas Crouch now lies in my dwelling house"; executor to furnish Mary's room.
   To children of late cousin Elizabeth Skillett, William, Daniel Ward, John and Elizabeth*, £300 each .
   To Frances wife of Edward Patrick, another of Elizabeth Skillett's daughters, £200.
   Forgives and releases cousin John Bert from debt of 6 guineas. To John and William Bent, £300 each. To Benjamin Morris of Chatham and to his sister Frances, wife of Daniel Rowley, £300 each. To Elizabeth wife of John Wilson of Aylesford, £300, if she dies in testators lifetime, to her children, John, Mary, Sarah and Benjamin.
   To the 6 children of Mary late wife of George Phillips, of Chatham , George, Benjamin, Mary, Frances, Ann and Sarah, £300 shared equally.
   To cousin Robert Douglass £300. To 2 daughters of cousin Richard Fowle, by his first wife, £50 each. To cousin Easter Ann Fowle, £50 To William, Ambrose, Stephen and Daniel Spong, sons of his cousin William Spong of St. Margaret's, Rochester,£300.
   He forgives cousin Robert Douglass any debts owed him.
   To cousin Mary wife of Robert Berrisford, £300
   To Elizabeth Haven, Mary, Ann and Martha Spong, daughters of cousin William, £250 each. To Thomas Crouch the Younger who lives with him, £300. House and farm in Egerton occupied by Francis Fowle, to my tenant, the said Francis Fowle**, for ever. He charges properties given to cousin John Spong with above legacies in case there is insufficient in personal estate to pay them.
   All other property to cousin John Spong son of William Spong of St. Margaret's who lives at Mill Hall and assists him in his business, for ever. Residue to John Spong, who is sole executor.
   Witnesses: Edward Startup, John Taylor and A. H. Diprose
   Proved 19th October 1785

(* Cousins of the transcriber's 4x great grand mother, Sally Skillett, later Williams)
(** Brother of the transcriber's 4x great grand mother, Abigail Fowle, later Pye)

WIAT see SAVELL

WILLIAM III see RYCAUT

315.   South Wall, Chancel, Brass Plaque

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF HUBERT WITHERBY SECOND
SON OF ARTHUR WITHERBY AND ISABELLA HIS WIFE WHO DIED IN FAITH
AT MELBOURNE A.D. 1875 IN THE NINETEENTH YEAR OF HIS AGE
AND THERE RESTS IN HOPE OF A JOYFUL RESURRECTION

316.   South Wall, Chancel, Brass Plaque

"God is Love and he that dwelleth in
Love dwelleth in God and God in him"
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
CHARLES MALCOLM WOOD C.B.
LATE OF COBDOWN, DITTON
BORN NOV. 1st 1846
DIED
FEB. 19th 1915

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