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Monumental Inscriptions of St Margaret's Church, St Margaret's Street, Rochester
                                                                                   - recorded by D. E. Williams 2008

Introduction
The parish of St Margaret covered all of Rochester, except for within the old city walls, and an area east of the city, which was the parish of St Nicholas. Later, further parishes were carved out of St Margaret's, such as St Matthew, Borstal, formed in 1902.
   The first mention of the church is in a charter of Bishop Gundulph in 1108-09.
   The area around the church was a focus for Anglo–Saxon burials. Opposite the church, in Watts Avenue, 30 burials were found at the end of the 19th century. Further burials were found in Roebuck Road, and in 1979, three burials, partly excavated by the present writer, were found a short distance south of Watts Avenue, these graves were probably part of the Watts Avenue burial ground. It may well be that a "chapel of ease" existed on the site previously, but no church is mentioned in Domesday Book.
   The medieval church included a chapel belonging to the Lee family, which probably contained monuments to the family, if so, only one has survived, that of Thomas Manley (1690), who had married Jane Lee. John Thorpe records Lee arms from the chapel, in Registrum Roffenses, 1769, but no monuments in the chapel apart from that of Manley, perhaps any Lee monuments in the chapel were not visible in Thorpe's time?


Photograph of watercolour 1807. From the Petrie collection 

   By the 19th century, the medieval church was inadequate for the congregation, so the decision was taken to rebuild.
   The church was taken down and a larger plainer church was built in 1823-4. In 1839-40 the chancel and Lee chapel were demolished and a new chancel built. The church was re-built in rendered brick. The landmark 15th century tower fortunately remains.
   The fine view from the churchyard to the west and south takes in the winding River Medway and the North Downs.
   About 1959, the headstones in the churchyard were moved to the walls when the local authority took over maintenance of churchyards, apparently to make grass cutting easier, resulting in loss of character of the churchyard. It seems no attempt was made to record inscriptions on the rear of some stones, these were recorded by the present writer, at least, in part. It may have been about this time that some stones, which were noted in the past, but are now missing, may have been destroyed?
   The churchyard was closed for burials in 1865, when the new St Margaret's Cemetery (alongside St Nicholas Cemetery), Maidstone Road, Rochester was opened in 1865.

Section A  Interior of Church

Section B   Larger Monuments around the Churchyard

Section C  Western boundary wall (Backfields wall)

Section D  Southern boundary wall (Vange Mews), Eastern Boundary Wall
                             (St Margaret's Street, from the south. North of Lych Gate. Ledgers &
                              headstones forming a retaining wall south of the church. Cut down 
                              ledges forming steps on south side of church. 

Index of Names - from gravestones only

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   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.
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Sections     A  01-50     B  51-96     C  97-223     D  224-272

Names Index
ABBOTT 73
ADAMS 112
ALEXANDER 237
ALLAN 82
ALLEN 142
ALLIN 35, 254
AMOS 7
ANDREWS 55
ARMES 203

BAKER 5, 62, 137
BAMFORD 117
BARTHOLOMEW 233
BATTEN 102, 103
BAUCKHAM 83
BAXTER 137
BAYNARD 39
BELSON 57
BENNESS 119, 248
BINGHAM 44, 244
BLACKMORE 124
BLAKE 86
BODENT 189
BOGHURST 9, 10
BOSNELL 269
BOWEN 138
BOWMER 75
BOYS 54
BRADLEY 169, 210
BRAIN 211
BRANDER 86
BRENCHLEY 22



BREWER 259
BRICE 167
BRISLEY 22, 55
BROADFOOT 207
BROMFIELD 129, 130
BROMLEY 179
BROOKE 222,
BROOKS 234
BUCKMASTER 86
BULLARD 3, 123
BUNYAR 220
BURCHAM 52
BURN 60, 61, 87
BURNETT 199, 219
BURRELL 136
BURTON 160

CAMERON 258
CAZENEUVE 16
CHURCH 128
CLARKE 45, 256
CLEMENTS 20
CLUFF 1
COD 46
CODD 50
COLCHESTER 74
COLE 43
COLLEY 199
COLLINS 187
CONEY 94
CONINGSBY 147
COPPER 101

COREY 37
CORNWELL 59
CORRALL 230
COWEE 189
COX 42
CRASWELL 252
CRESY 246
CURLING 170

DADD 114
DADSON 56
DALTON 80
DAVIES 202
DAVIS 214
DAY 156
DE COURCY 17, 19
DEAN 139, 198
DEBOIS 88
DICKESON 193, 194
DIXON 13
DOUGLAS 51
DRAGE 82

EASON 59
EDMUNDS 200
ELLIOTT 4
ELLIS 129
ELY 52
ETHERINGTON 267
EVANS 89
EWER 47

FARQUHAR 261
FENNELL 63
FENNEMORE 201
FENNER 1311
FERGUSON 56, 190
FINCH 90
FISHER 180
FLETCHER 239
FLOWER 138
FORWOOD 161
FREDERICK 108
FRENCH 121
FRESHWATER 178
FULLER 100

GAMON 152
GARRISH 186
GEORGE 52
GERRARD 179
GIBSON 252
GOBBETT 224
GOTTO 52
GOULD 270
GRIFFITHS 213
GUTTERIDGE 245

HALL 227, 238
HALLEY 105, 159
HAMMOND 31
HARDWIDGE 246
HARKER 271
HARLING 75, 253
HARRISON 241
HARVEY 62
HEAD 41
HENDRES 37
HERBERT 138
HETT 204
HICKS 63
HIDER 177
HIGGINS 699
HILLIER 66
HINDE 15
HOBART 195
HODDER 16
HODGSON 134
HOLLIDAY 118
HOMAN 82, 91, 209,240
HORE 181
HORN 71, 242
HORTON 154
HOUNSELL 131
HUGGET 53
HUGHES 116
HUNT 135
HUTCHISON 92

IRWIN 53

JENNINGS 8, 25, 196
JOHNSON 246
JONES 48, 212
JUPP 152
JURY 229

KIDWELL 231
KING 23, 174
KYBETT 153

LAFFON 17, 19
LAMBE 11
LAMPHORN 73
LANE 243
LANGLEY 93, 221
LARKIN 82, 100
LAW 26, 190
LAWS 268
LEAKE 249
LEITH 80
LEWIS 137
LIGHT 150
LINCOLN 115
LIPTON 206
LITTLEWOOD 185
LLOYD 73
LOWRY 247


Sections     A  01-50     B  51-96     C  97-223     D  224-272

MANLEY 58
MANLY 29
MANSFIELD 32
MAPLESDEN 176
MARSH 131
MARTIN 206, 216, 271
MASON 2
MATTHEWS 54, 252
MAYOR 164
MERCER 149
MEYRICK 104
MIDDLETON 125
MILES 156
MILLER 250
MILTON 69
MOFFAT 24, 51
MOORE 32
MORPHETT 18
MORSE 33
MOULDEN 13, 163

NARRACOTT 226
NICHOLSON 67
NIGHTINGALE 54
NOAKES 192
NORRIS 236

O’BRIEN 86
OLIVER 164

PAINE 229
PARKINSON 272
PARRETT 121
PATTEN 53
PAYNE 229
PEARSON 155
PERCY 40
PETMAN 197
PHILLIPS 78
POLLARD 133
POPE 173
PORTLOCK 56
POWNEY 56
PULMAN 183


READ 126
REAVELY 198
ROBERTS 49, 260
ROBSON 116
ROBINSON 116
RODNEY 217
ROE 213
ROOTS 228
ROSINGROVE 109
RUSH 36
RYBOT 65
RYE 22, 55

Sections     A  01-50     B  51-96     C  97-223     D  224-272

SALMON 184
SAUNDERS 27, 28, 67
SAWYERS 79
SAYER 30
SCOTT 148
SCRIMES 113
SEAGER 136
SEYMOUR 107
SHERWOOD 105
SIBURN 172
SIBURNE 175
SIDDEN 73
SIMMONS 251
SINCLAIR 12
SMALLMAN 94
SMITH 53, 68, 76, 77, 202
SNATT 120
SOUTHERDEN 81
SPARROW 104
SPENCE 150
SPONG 98, 99, 100
STARKE 99
STEDMAN 111
STIGANT 31
STROUD 218
SWAYNE 8, 25
SYMES 17
THACKRAY 210
THOMPSON 140
THURTLE 223
TILLMAN 165
TOMKINSON 205
TOMLIN 139
TOMLYN 38
TORKINGTON 60
TREGO 237
TROWTEN 97
TROY 16
TUFF 191
TUMBRIDGE 171
TWOPENNY 95


USBORNE 193

VAIL 223
VASLER 83
VERRIER 72

WADDUP 54, 102
WALKER 266
WALKINS 233
WALLER 84
WARD 6, 11, 106, 143
WATHERSTONE 96
WAVLER 84
WEBB 1
WELLER 141
WELLS 109
WHEATLEY 21
WHITE 30
WICKHAM 75
WILKINS 34, 224
WILLIAMS 146, 166
WINCH 70
WINTER 222
WINTOUR 66
WOOD 14
WOOLLEY 20
WOOLNOUGH 265
WOOLSEY 189
WRIGHT 188, 208

YEO 64
YOUNGE 217

Sections     A  01-50     B  51-96     C  97-223     D  224-272

Locate the name you are interested in and note the numbers following. Using the links above, 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 Margaret's Church, Rochester recorded by D. E. Williams


St Margaret's Church, Rochester M.I.s with Index of names from gravestones

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Monumental Inscriptions of St Margaret's Church, St Margaret's Street, Rochester
                                                                        - recorded by D. E. Williams 2008

Section A   interior of church.

PART 1
FLOOR OF NORTH NAVE AISLE, FROM WEST TO EAST

1.   [1]

IN MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN WEBB
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JULY THE 25th 1756 AGED 53 YEARS
ALSO ANN WIFE OF
THE ABOVE JOHN WEBB
DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY THE 4th 1787
AGED 71 or 74 YEARS
ALSO MR. WI[LLIAM] C[LU]FF
SON IN LAW [OF THE ABOVE]
DEPARTED THIS[LIFE] [ ] APRIL 1814
[AGED 69 YEARS]
ISABEL [WIDOW OF] [WILL]IAM
CLUFF [DEPARTED THIS LIFE] [ ] OF
OCTOBER [1814]
[AGED 68 YEARS]

John Webb, of St. Margaret's, Shipwright, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will
   To wife Ann, all houses, lands, goods, chattels, debts, wages, etc., for life; after her death, to their children and their heirs, for ever. To father (not named), brothers, William and Pheness (sic), sister Elizabeth Webb and cousin Sarah Smith, 1s each . Wife is executor
   Witnesses: Thomas Puckle, Junior and E. Puckle
   Proved 15th September 1756

William Cluff,
of St. Margaret's, Gentleman (Licensed Victualler, Freeman in 1775 ?) P. C.C. Will dated 22nd June 1813
   Appoints nephew, Daniel Hulme of Henry Street, Fitzroy Square, Middlesex, Grocer and friend Richard Phillips of Brompton (Gillingham) , Carpenter, executors.
   His house in King Street, in which he lives, to wife Isabella, for life; after her death to nephew Daniel Hulme, for ever.
   Isabella gets household goods and £500, dividends and interest of residue value, for life. From the principle of residue, £20 to Richard Phillips for his troubles. £20 to Grace, wife of Robert Lee of Chatham, Sawyer; £20 to William George Thorp of Milton next Sittingbourne, Dredgerman; £20 between Charlotte and Ann Prior, daughters of Ann wife of Thomas Carter of Boxley, Gentleman; £10 to Elizabeth wife of John Barton of At. Margaret's, Gentleman; £20 to his niece, Mary Edwards of Pagglesham, Essex, Spinster; £100 to brother in law, John Hulme of Christchurch, Surrey Hatter.
   Residue of personal estate to Daniel Hulme.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Rochester, George Essell and George Fidler, Clerks to Messrs. Hussey and Lewis, Rochester.

Codicil dated 7th July 1813
   He had left to wife household goods and £500; she to have full power to sell goods, and can bequeath proceeds as she likes. Anything not sold at her death to Daniel Hulme. Rest of will confirmed.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Rochester, J. Cope and William Lewis his Clerks.
   Proved 15th April 1814

Isabella Cluff,
of St. Margaret's, Widow of William, P. C. C. Will dated 13th April 1814
   To Daniel Hulme of Henry Street, Fitzroy Square, Grocer, her freehold house in King Street, lately in her occupation, and all other real estate, for ever. Money and investments, goods, personal estate, subject to payment of funeral debts, etc., to Daniel Hulme, he is also executor.
   Witnesses: John Burton, Rochester, Jesse Knowland, Back Maker, Rochester and Edward Twopenny, Rochester.
   Proved 29th October1814

2.   [2]

Illegible, except
MASON

3.   [3]

HERE
LIETH THE BODY OF JOHN BULLARD
(20 YEARS A PILOT AND LATE MASTER
OF HIS MAJESTY’S YACHT THE CHATHAM )
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANY. THE 6th
1795 AGED 63 YEARS
"Dear wife and children be content
For unto you I was but lent
The debt is paid, [the] Grave you see,
Prepare [therefore?] to follow me"
ALSO ELIZABETH THE WIFE OF THE
ABOVE JOHN BULLARD WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE JUNE THE 13th? 1816
AGED 80 YEARS
JOHN BULLARD
LATE PRINCIPAL CLERK
IN H.M. VICTUALLING OFFICE
CHATHAM
DIED 2nd OCTOBER 1833
AGED 67 YEARS
AND ELIZABETH
HIS WIFE
DIED [   ] [JUNE] 1851
AGED 8[2] YEARS

John Bullard, of St. Margaret's, Mariner, P. C. C. Will dated 9th January 1795
   His bed and bedstead and furniture in the bedroom to wife, Elizabeth for life. After her death to daughter Elizabeth. Residue of money, household goods and personal estate, after expenses, to wife for life; after her death, as above, and to Mary wife of William Lee of Sheerness, Shipwright, John Bullard of St. Margaret's, Dredgerman, Thomas Bullard, of same place and Sarah, wife of James Gay of St. Margaret's, Yeoman, sons and daughters of his wife, equally divided. Wife is executor.
   Witnesses: William Pegam and Mary Dadd
   Proved 12th March 1795

John Bullard the Elder, of Rochester, Gentleman, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 27th August 1833
   To son John Simson Bullard, his books, manuscripts, papers, drawings and pictures, silver cup marked with his initials. To wife Elizabeth, rest and residue of personal estate. His six freehold houses in Chatham and all real estate to son John, upon trust, after expenses for repair and fire insurance, to pay mother rents for life. After her death, upon trust, to pay same to his sisters, Mary and Ann Bullard, for life, if they remain unmarried. After they die or marry, then to son John, for ever, subject to paying sister Charlotte, wife of Henry Blackman, £50, and to brother Thomas Brown Bullard, £50, payable six months after deaths or marriage of Mary and Ann. Wife and son John executors.
   Witnesses: William ? Gould, Rochester, Shop Keeper, Edward Cotton, Rochester, Tailor and Draper and J. H. Webb, Rochester, Baker
   Proved 19th October 1833 Power reserved to Elizabeth. Value of goods and chattels under £200

4.   [4]

[      ]
[      ]
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
16th ? JULY [      ]
HERE LYETH
THE BODY OF
WILL. ELLIOTT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[      ] OF NOVEMBER 176[3]
AGED 32 YEARS

William Elliott, of Rochester, Gentleman, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 19th May 1772
   "Not well in bodily health ". All his real and personal estate to his "honoured" mother, Rebecca Elliott, who is his executor.
   Witnesses: Sarah Cresswell, Elizabeth How and William Twopenny
   Proved 10th July 1772

The following three are in the stairwell of the north gallery

5.   [5]

IN MEMORY
OF ANN WIFE OF THOMAS BAKER WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE 30th AUGUST 17[   ]
AGED 48 YEARS
FANNY WILLAN? BAKER DIED [NOV? 1775]
AGED [   ] MONTHS
ALSO ELIZABETH BAKER WIFE OF
MR. THOMAS B[AKER]
[OF?]THE [CITY?]
[JULY 1782]

Thomas Baker, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, Alderman, P.C.C. Will dated 20th March 1789
   Friends William Horsnaill of Strood, Tailor and Draper, nephew of Elizabeth, his late wife and Thomas Houlton Bond of Virginia Street, Ratcliff Highway, Middlesex, Gentleman (husband of grand daughter, Elizabeth) are executors.
   To William Horsnaill, a gold ring, value one guinea, "to wear in remembrance of me"; house on St. Margaret's Bank, opposite H.M. Victualling Office, occupied by Isaac Abrams; house, now three dwellings, near corner of Five Bells Lane, in his occupation and of Daniel Blake and Matthew Butler, for benefit of grandson Thomas Baker, son of late son Thomas, during his minority. Executors to take rents, for grandson's maintenance, and manage and repair property. Also to grandson, £475 New 4% Annuities at 21 years. To grand daughter Elizabeth Bond, £1,000 of same annuities. To grand daughter Sophia Baker, daughter of son Thomas, £1,000 of same annuities at 21 years or day of marriage, if marriage has consent of executors. If Thomas or Sophia die pre 21, their legacy to survivor, if both die, then to Elizabeth. In meantime, executors to use interest for benefit of Thomas and Sophia. His gold watch to Elizabeth Bond. To grandson Thomas Baker, a quart silver tankard, now in hands of his mother Fanny Belfour, (on loan to her); his quart two handled silver cup, pint silver can, silver sugar basin, silver cream pot, largest silver punch ladle, and all silver spoons. His shagreen cast metal watch, silver pint cup, pair of silver salts and spoons, silver porringer, small silver punch ladle, silver tea tongs to grand daughter, Sophia Baker, all these to be kept by executors during her minority.
   To housekeeper Ruth Bevans, 20 guineas. Residue of personal estate to grand daughter Elizabeth Bond.
   Witnesses: John Forwood, F. S. Bond and Elizabeth Ennis
   Proved 15th December 1789

6.   [6]

[CATHERINE]
DAUGHTER OF HENRY
AND FERBY? WARD
DIED APRIL 4th 1748 AGED SIX
WEEKS
ALSO THOMAS THEIR SON
BORN AUG. 28th 1753 AND DIED
SEPT. 7th AGED 11 DAYS

7.   [7]

HERE LYETH THE BODY
OF MRS. FRANCIS (sic) AMOS WIFE
OF MR. PETER AMOS OF THIS
PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE SEPT. THE 1st? ANNO DO 1709
AGED 35 YEARS HEARE
LYETH ALSO FIVE OF THEIRE
CHILDREN
HERE ALSO LYETH INTERRED YE BODY
OF MR. PETER AMOS OF THIS
PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE YE 4th DAY OF MARCH 1722* AGED
55 YEARES & HIS SON PETER
WHO DIED YE 6th OF JULY 1723 AGED 17?
YEARES
* 1723, new style

Peter Amos, of Rainham (Kent), Shipwright, Freeman of Rochester, 1699, P.C.C. Will dated 15th June 1722
   He is "weak in body". Property in Ulcombe and Frinsted, to his son Thomas, by his first wife, for ever. Will confirms this settlement. Thomas also gets £5. To daughter Elizabeth Amos, also by his first wife, his farm in Thurnham, occupied by Edward Hadler; also nine leaseholds in St. Margaret's, Rochester, occupied by John Harrison, William Whitehead, John Mason, Henry Tyte, Henry Thompson, Widow Lowdell, Joseph Sowerby, Widow Wood and [ ] a Gunner, for ever. Also to Elizabeth, £300 and all silver plate. To son Peter, by his "now wife", three freehold houses in Brompton, occupied by Thomas Radford, William B------ ? and John Hasten, for ever. To daughter Catherine Amos, by his "now wife", two leasehold houses in St. Margaret's occupied by William Cook and Samuel Butler. To friend, Richard Wood of Rainham, £5. To wife Elizabeth, leasehold house in Chatham, occupied by Thomas Blackman, Cordwainer.
   He had entered into a Bond, before his marriage, with his "now wife", in the sum of £100, to be paid to her if she survives him. Also to her, household goods and implements. If his wife claims any dower rights on his freeholds, then her legacies will be void. Residue to his wife and three children equally shared. Wife and daughter Elizabeth executors.
   Witnesses: Thomas Wilkins, Thomas Cooper and John Sheafe
   Proved 21st March 1723

END OF NORTH NAVE AISLE

PART 2
FLOOR OF THE CROSS AISLE, NORTH TO SOUTH

8.   [1]

STEPHEN JENNINGS SWAYNE
ESQUIRE M.D.
1853

S.J.S.

Stephen Jennings Swayne, M. D., of Rochester, Deputy Inspector of Hospitals and Fleets, J.P. For Kent, P.C.C. Will dated 23rd October 1849
   To Mrs Mary Curtois, widow of Rev,. Rowland Grove Curtois, D.D., 19 guineas; to dear wife Bessy, household goods, furniture, etc., carriages, horses, ready money , money in bank; also leasehold house in Nile Terrace, Rochester and three freehold cottages in Chatham, purchased from Henry Robins, for life; after her death, house and cottages to trustees, upon trust, to sell. Residue to wife, Thomas Sedden Scholes, Joseph Sedden Scholes and Francis Scholes of Manchester, upon trust, to sell, proceeds to go into Public Funds, from interest an annuity of £40 for life to Maria Swayne of Gerrans, near Tregory, Cornwall, widow of late brother Edward Swayne. His wife to receive rest of income of trust money, for life; after her death, upon trust, to pay George Charles Widdington Curtois and Rowland Latimer Sidney Curtois, two sons of Rowland Curtois, £100 each; to Robert Swayne of Wareham, now of Bridport, £100, if he dies in testator's wife's lifetime, then to his next of kin, as in intestacy rules. To Charles Bartlettof Wareham , Solicitor, £100, same conditions as Robert Swayne. To god daughter, Louisa Pennell daughter of William Pennell, late Storekeeper of Portsmouth Dockyard, £100. Mary Ann wife of Matthew Kennedy, Esq. also gets equal share of trust fund; she, and the Schole brothers are niece and nephews of Bessy Swayne. Wife and Schole nephews are executors.
   Witnesses: B. Holme, New Inn, London and George Hart, Clerk to Messrs. Holme and Co., New Inn
   Proved 11th November 1853 Power reserved to Bessy Swayne, widow

9.   [2]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
NICHOLAS BOGHURST
WHO DIED SEPT. THE 6th 1750
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO SARAH HIS WIFE WHO DIED
OCT. THE 17th 1785 AGED 88 YEARS
MRS. ANN BOGHURST DIED
NOVEMBER 11th 1800 AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO MRS. MARY BOGHURST DIED
FEBRUARY 16th 1801 AGED 70 YEARS
RICHARD BOGHURST ESQ.
OF THIS PARISH
DIED 9th SEPTEMBER 1830
AGED 60 YEARS

Richard Boghurst, of Rochester, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 12th June 1830
   To brother John and friend, George Prentis of Maidstone, Wine Merchant and John Tonge, of Stamford Street, Surrey, Wine Merchant, all his freeholds, upon trust. They are to sell part, proceeds to his personal estate; rents from unsold property to be part of income of personal estate. To be invested in Public Funds; interest from fund to pay annuity of £300 to brother John for life. Also an annuity of £200 for life, to his "esteemed friend", Mary Williams, now living with him, as long as she remains single. If she marries, annuity reduces to £100. An annuity of £50 to friend John Tong of Hastings, Wine Merchant and Catherine, his wife, to pay towards maintenance and education of Mary Ann Williams, his reputed daughter by Mary Williams, until 21 or marriage, (with trustees consent).If she marries trustees are to pay her £500 and half of interest from public funds, for life. After her death, trustees to pay interest as directed by her will, to her husband, for life, and allow her lawful children, if any, equal shares. Until they are 21, the interest for their maintenance and education. Long trust details follows.
   If Mary Ann dies pre 21 without lawful heirs, then trustees to pay towards maintenance and education of Jane Williams, another of his reputed daughters by Mary Williams, until she is 21 or married; then as for her sister. If both daughters die pre 21 with no heirs, then their legacies to brother John's children.
   Trustees are also his executors. This long will is mostly concerned with trust conditions.
   Witnesses: George Drew, Bermondsey Street, John Seely, same place and John N. Day, same place

Codicil dated 2nd September 1830
This is dictated to brother John. Testator wishes him to pay William Barnick of Chatham, £20 annuity for life.
   Also to pay William Boghurst's housekeeper Mary ------ ?, of St. Nicholas, annuity of £20 for life and to pay annuities of £10, for life to Elizabeth Thornton and Sarah Crane.
   Mark of Richard Boghurst
   William Boghurst (mark) and Samuel Newsom (Surgeon) sign each bequest.
   Witnesses: Samuel Newsom and Sarah Hunt.

Affidavit dated 4th May 1831
John Boghurst, Samuel Newsom, Surgeon of Rochester and Sarah Hunt, of Rochester, Spinster, sworn.
   They have examined will and codicil; brother John wrote the codicil; Richard Boghurst was too ill to sign his name. All three confirm documents are original and authentic.
   Proved 14th May 1831 Power reserved to George Prentis and John Tonge.

Ann Boghurst,
of St. Margaret's, Spinster, P. C.C. Will dated 1st April 1800
   Appoints brother, John Boghurst of Strood, Gentleman, nephew John Boghurst of St. Nicholas, Gentleman, and Richard Boghurst, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, executors.
   Leasehold house she lives in, in Rochester High Street, with remainder of lease, to sisters, Rebecca and Mary Boghurst; after they have both died, to nephew John Boghurst. Her half share in woodland called Shawl Hook (14 acres), in Aylesford near the Turnpike Road from Chatham to Maidstone, in her occupation and of nephew Phillip Boghurst, to nephew John Boghurst. Her annuity from the farm at Luton, in Chatham, occupied by Thomas Filmer, to nephew Richard Boghurst, for ever. To niece, Elizabeth Boghurst, £50; to each of executors, £50 for mourning. Residue to sisters Rebecca and Mary, equally.
   Witnesses: J. Nightingale, William Oliver and John Prall
   Proved 10th January 1801

10.   [3]

IN THE VAULT BENEATH
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
JOHN BOGHURST ESQUIRE
WHO DIED OCT. 23rd 1840
AGED 76 YEARS
AND
MARY HIS WIFE
WHO DIED AUG. 23rd 1842
AGED 70 YEARS
This stone has been cut in half and re-laid the wrong way round,
with the bottom half of the inscription at the top!

John Boghurst, of St. Nicholas, Esquire, (58 High Street, Pigot's Directory, 1832; Farmer, Holden's Directory 1809 – 11) P. C.C. Will dated 20th February 1840
   To wife, Mary, good friend John Nightingale of Rochester, Esq., and Samuel Caddel of Rochester, Stationer, household goods, and furniture, (except bedstead and other furniture in room of servant Sarah Crane, which he has log since given to her), upon trust. Wife to have benefit of use; after her death, above goes into residuary estate.
   To John Nightingale and Samuel Caddel, £100 each, real and leasehold estate and personal estate, except that he was entitled to under his brother, Richard's will, upon trust, to sell personal estate, except that left to wife and not in Public Funds, trust details follow.
   Interest and dividends to wife; after her death or remarriage, executors to pay Sarah Crane, £500, if latter dies in his lifetime, then the £500 to her brother, William Crane of Theobalds Street, Kent Road, Surrey, Labourer and her sister Martha wife of Charles Saunders of Mile End Road, Middlesex, City Ticket Porter, in equal shares. To old and faithful servant, John Jarrett, £200; to godson, John Boghurst Spencer, son of friend John Spencer, of the Kent Road, Cornfactor, £300; to Josiah Spencer, £200, to his wife Mary Ann Spencer, £100; to friend, George Acworth of Rochester, Gentleman, £200; to Mary Ann, Jane and Sarah Jarrett, all Spinsters of St. Margaret's, £150; to John Fam of Burham, Labourer £100 and to Sarah his wife, £50; to Samuel Caddel the extra sum of £200, to Hannah, his wife, £200, to their daughter, Mary Ann Caddel, £100; to god daughter, Mary Boghurst Barnick, (daughter of Harriet Longford Barnick of Chatham, widow), £200; to Fanny Rhodes of Rochester, his servant, £100; to Thomas Jarrett the Younger of Strood, Labourer, £50; to Thomas Jarrett the Elder of St. Margaret's, £100; to William Crane, £50; to Martha Saunders £50.
   If any surplus, executors to invest and pay interest to Mary Ann and Jane Williams, reputed daughters of the late Mary Williams by his brother Richard, in equal shares for life. After the death of either, then their share to their child / children, if any. If they die with no children, then another £300 to Samuel Caddel, another £400 to John Jarrett, another £200 each to Mary Ann, Jane and Sarah Jarrett, another £50 to Thomas Jarrett the Elder, another £500 to George Acworth.
   Residue to John Fam, Hannah Caddel, Sarah Crane and Mary Ann Caddel.
   By the will of his late brother Richard, he is entitled to residuary estate subject to legacies. He gives this to his trustees, upon trust, to pay interest to his wife, Mary for life, while she is his widow. After her death or remarriage, upon trust, to pay Harriet Langford Barnick £250, Hannah Caddel, £150, Josiah Spencer £100, Samuel Caddel, £150, Sarah Crane, £300,John Jarrett, £300, Edward Perrin, of Rochester, Mariner, £250, Jane and Sarah Jarrett, £100, shared, Mary Ann Jarrett, £50, Thomas Jarrett the Elder and Younger, £50 each, Fanny Rhodes, £50, John Boghurst Spencer, £150 and Mary Ann Spencer, £100.
   Residue to be shared equally among Hannah and Samuel Caddel, Josiah, John Boghurst and Mary Ann Spencer, John, Mary Ann and Jane Jarrett, Sarah Crane and Edward Perrin.
   Wife Mary and Trustees, executors. Technical trust details follows.
   If any legatee disputes will their legacy will be void.
   Witnesses: Henry Morgan and Charles Etherington, Clerks to Mr G. Acworth, Solicitor, Rochester.
   Proved 28th December 1840

 

END OF THE CROSS AISLE

PART 3
SOUTH NAVE AISLE, FROM EAST TO WEST

11.   [1]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
OF
THE REVD.
ROB. LAMBE WARD B.A.
BORN MARCH 17th 1788
DIED JANUARY 10th 1831
AGED
42 YEARS

Robert Lambe Ward, Clergyman, P.C.C. Will dated 9th January 1831
All to wife Jane
Witnesses: Daniel Fear and Ketturah Town

Affidavit dated 23rd January 1840
   Daniel Fear of Rochester, Gentleman and Jane Ward of 41 Gower Place, Euston Square, widow, sworn, confirm will made in their presence. Widow had not applied earlier because there was no need,. He left no property; she is to file a bill in Chancery to find money due to estate, so needs letters of Administration to proceed.
   Proved 29th January 1840

12.   [2]

TO
THE MEMORY OF
MR. ALEXANDER [SINCLAIR]
LATE BOATS[WAIN] [OF HIS MAJESTY’S]
SHIP [   ]
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 29th
1803 AGED [49] YEARS
LIKEWISE JAMES SON OF
ALEXANDER AND MARY SINCLAIR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON OCTOBER
8th 1787 AGED 3 YEARS AND 4? MONTHS

Alexander Sinclair died in Chatham

13.   [3]

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM DIXON GENT.
(LATE A PURSER IN HIS MAJESTY’S NAVY)
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 10th DAY OF OCT.1764
AGED 44 YEARS
NEAR THIS PLACE ALSO LIETH
THE REMAINS OF
LIEUTENANT WILLIAM MOULDEN
OF THE ROYAL NAVY
WHO DIED 22nd OF DECEMBER 1778
AGED 40 YEARS
ALSO WINIFRED MOULDEN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
JULY 10th 1810 AGED [84] YEARS
LIKEWISE MR. RICHARD HUGHES
FORMERLY OF THE ROYAL NAVY
DEPARTED THIS LIFE FEB. 9th 1792
AGED 55 YEARS

William Dixon, of St. Margaret's , Former Sailor, P. C. C. Will dated 16th August 1764
   To brother John Dixon of Selby, £200; to sister Martha Wood, £50; to cousin Phillip Moore, £20; to cousin William Moore, £50; to friend and neighbour, Joseph Hawkins, Schoolmaster, £50; to friend Thomas Shaw of London, Grocer, £20. To wife Winifred, leasehold property on St. Margaret's Banks, his dwelling house, and all goods and furniture; all other freeholds and leaseholds, £800 and residue of personal estate to Winifred for life; after her death, ¼ to sister Martha, if she is dead, then to her children at 21, equally shared; the other ¾ to brother John, if he is dead, then as above. Wife and Joseph Hawkins executors.
   Witnesses: Robert Russell, Nicholas Hinton and John May
   Proved 22nd October 1764

In the Parish Magazine for November 1919, Reverend Wheatley, Vicar of St. Margaret's, discusses a "mysterious" inscription on a coffin shaped stone in the nave, which is as follows:

W. D. 1764 W. M. 1778 R. H. 1792
"The boisterous winds and Neptune's waves,
Have toss'd us to and fro,
Yet by God's sacred degree,
We harbour here below,
At anchor here we safely lie,
With many of our Fleet,
But once again we must set sail,
Our Admiral Christ to meet"

  Wheatley wondered who the seamen thus commemorated were, and why they were on one stone? He goes on to state that the registers "affords no guide". This is rather odd, because it is not difficult to relate the initials to entries in the burial register, (W. M., William Moulden appears at the start of 1779), did Wheatley actually look? He obviously had not seen the ledger stone covering their burial place, perhaps the ledger stone was covered with matting? Did he find it in the subsequent 28 years he spent as Vicar of the church ? W. M., (William Moulden) married William Dixon's widow. I do not know how R.H. (Richard Hughes) relates to Dixon or Moulden. See the entry for the Mouldens

William Moulden, of St. Margaret's, Lieutenant R. N., P.C.C. Will dated 31st January 1767
   All wages due and whole estate to wife Winifred, who is also executor.
   Witnesses: J. Batten, Robert Comport and Elianor Brioine ?
   Proved 3rd February 1779

Winefred Moulden,
of St. Margaret's, Widow of William, P.C.C. Will dated 13th May 1809
   Wishes to be buried by friend Mr John Batten in the church upon the remains of former husband, William Dixon.
   Funeral not to exceed £70, any surplus to be distributed among poor widows, including her two servants, Frances Everett and Nanny Hider.
   All her stock in 6% Long Annuities to be sold to pay debts and legacies. To Jarvis Dixon, nephew of former husband William Dixon, £20; to Elizabeth Dixon, niece of William Dixon, £5; to friend Joseph Hawkins, of Rochester, £25; to friend, Elizabeth Hawkins, £10 and a ring set with diamonds marked "William Dixon, obit 10th Oct. 1764"; to friend Benjamin Hawkins, son of Joseph and Elizabeth, £20 and a silver mug, marked W.W. ; to Mary, Catherine , Charlotte and Sarah, daughters of Joseph and Elizabeth Hawkins, £5 each; to Catherine Hawkins a ring set with rubies marked "Le don d'un amis"; to Sarah Hawkins, a watch with a gold chased case and metal case marked, "Jno. Smith, London 7913"; to Louisa Jacks, daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Gibson of London, a mourning ring marked "George Logge"; to friend, James Jacks, £10, if his wife Louisa survives him, the £10 to her; to friend Sarah wife of John Simmons, of Rochester, £5 and a watch with tortoise shell case marked " Tho. Thompson, London 10413"; to friend John Simmons, Esq., £20; to Mary, daughter of late brother in law, John Moulden, 5gns.; to cousin Thomas Moulden 2gns.; to cousin Thomas Moulden ,son of Thomas Moulden of London, 2gns.; to cousin Sarah Burton, 2gns. for a ring; to Mary daughter of late Thomas Eddington, 5gns.; to Mrs Herring, wife of a gardener in Chatham, 2gns., if she is dead, then to her husband; to late maid servant Frances Everett, 2gns.; to late maid servant Hannah Obee, 2gns., with a lock of her hair; to maid servant, with her at death, 5 gns., for mourning; to cousin Rebecca Friend 2 gns. All plate and china to Elizabeth Hawkins and Sarah Simmons, equally shared; household linen to Joseph and Elizabeth Hawkins. All other household goods to be sold by Mr Batten. Residue to be sold, proceeds to be divided into three parts, two parts equally between children of late brother in law, John Dixon, not excluding Jarvis and Elizabeth Dixon, remainder to poor of St. Catherine's Almshouse, Rochester, including Susannah Attewell of St. Margaret's.
   Witnesses: John Stokes and Sarah Harvey
   Proved 23rd July 1810

END OF THE SOUTH NAVE AISLE

PART 4
CENTRAL NAVE AISLE

It is very likely that there are more monuments on the floor of the central nave aisle, which has recently been covered, from end to end, by a carpet. I do not know if any inscriptions were recorded before the carpet was laid. It is also likely that the carpet in the Vestry covers further inscriptions. The following inscription has been previously published in Wheatley’s Historical Notes and Smetham’s Rambles Round Churches. Like all previously printed inscriptions, which I have not seen, or which no longer exist, I have re-arranged the layout to what I judge to have been the original design.

Canon Wheatley wrote a long series of historical and topographical notes, of a high standard, in the Parish Magazine, 1916 – 1947. These were brought together by the City of Rochester Society and published under the title, "Historical Notes" in 1992.

14.   [   ]

HERE LIETH INTERRED YE BODY OF
MATTHIAS WOOD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
YE 27th OF JULY 1694
AGED 67 YEARS
AND ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
24th OF OCTOBER 1705
AGED 74 YEARS

Matthias Wood, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 20th May 1694
   "Sick and weak in body". His house in St. Margaret's occupied by John Webb, to wife Elizabeth, for life, as long as she remains his widow. After her death or remarriage, then to servant Alice Hoasman, for life, provided she stays wife's servant; after Alice's death, to Katherine Rogers, alias Wood, who lives with him, (he was brought up by her from infancy), and to her lawful heirs. In default of heirs, then to nephew Richard Wood, son of brother John Wood, for ever. To wife Elizabeth, all leases and leasehold estates, goods, wages, pensions, money and personal estate; she is executor.
   Witnesses: William Pope, Fra. Brooke and Philip Brooke
   Proved 7th August 1694

PART 5
TOWER INTERIOR
NORTH WALL

15.   [1]

IN THE VAULT
BENEATH THIS TABLET
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS
OF LIEUT. COL. WILLIAM HINDE
LATE OF H.M. 65th REGIMENT
WHO AFTER HAVING SPENT A LONG LIFE
ACTIVELY AND FAITHFULLY IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY
DIED IN PEACE WITH ALL
14th FEBRUARY 1838 IN HIS 70th YEAR

William Hinde, of Brompton, Major in the Army, P. C. C. Will dated 10th July 1833
   To wife Sarah, all household goods and furniture; to son William Henry FitzSimon Hinde, his gold watch, chain and seals; to Jonathan Horsfield of Sheffield and his wife Susannah (Hinde's sister) £10 between them; to sister Ann Gallimore of Sheffield, widow and her daughter Ann, living with her, £10; to sister Mary Parkinson, of Sheffield, Widow and youngest daughter Eliza, £10; to Edward and John Parkinson, and Ann wife of Theophilus West, (three other of Mary Parkinson's children) £10 each; to William Hinde Gallimore and Harriet wife of Rawson Allan, (two children of Ann Gallimore), £10 each; to Margaret wife of John Ellison, Bootmaker of Austwick, near Settle and daughter of Joseph Wainwright, a "soldier of my regiment, who received his death wounds by my side in action", £10; to each of his sisters, Hannah Horsfield, Mary Parkinson and Ann Gallimore, an annuity of £26 for life; to Margaret Ellison, an annuity of £5 for life.
   To wife freehold at Warrall near Sheffield, until son William is 21 years old, then to him for ever. If he dies under 21, then to trustees. Residue of real and personal estate to wife and Thomas Hilton Borthamley, of Coleman Street, City of London, Gentleman, upon trust, to receive money and securities, to sell his real estate and as much of personal estate to pay debts and for funeral, etc. Residue to be invested in Government Stocks; wife to receive interest; after her death, upon trust for son. If son dies in lifetime of his wife, without lawful heirs, then to the children of his sisters, and children of Joseph Borthamley, deceased, John Bothamley and Ann Harris, the brothers and sister of his wife, equally divided. Long trust details follow.
   Wife and Thomas Hilton Bothamley are executors.
   Witnesses: W. Payne, Master Attendant, Chatham Dock Yard, John Whitmarsh, Surgeon, Brompton and Valentine Beadon, 1st Lieutenant , Royal Marines, Brompton

Codicil dated 19th August 1833
   He has given sister, Hannah an annuity of £26, to go after her death to her husband for life. He revokes part of will which directs payment of last quarter before her death to her executors. Rest of will confirmed.
   Proved 20th March 1838

16.   [2]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM HENRY HODDER AUG. 21st 1808 2 YEARS AND 10 MONTHS
DIED{ AGED{
AND MARY ANN HODDER MARCH 23rd 1800 1 YEAR AND 6 MONTHS
THEIR AFFLICTED PARENTS CAPT. EDWARD HODDER ROYAL NAVY
AND MARY (LATE TROY) HIS WIFE HAVE CAUSED THIS MONUMENT
TO BE ERECTED AS A SMALL TOKEN OF THEIR AFFECTION
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE ABOVE
CAPT.EDWARD HODDER R.N.
WHO DIED AT JERSEY ON THE 24th JANUARY 1829
AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO OF
MARY RELICT OF THE ABOVE CAPT. EDWARD HODDER
AND ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THE LATE JACOB CAZENEUVE TROY
OF CHATHAM
WHO DIED ON THE 24th OF MAY 1843 IN THE 62nd YEAR OF HER AGE
AND WAS BURIED AT ST. SERVAN NEAR ST. MALO, FRANCE

Mary Hodder, of St. Sevran, France, Widow of Edward, Captain, R.N., P. C. C. Will dated 6th May 1843
   To George Acworth of Rochester, Solicitor and William Smart of Lower Reinham, (sic) Chatham, Esquire, £500 stock in 3% Consols, in trust for grandson, Eugene Pierre Edourd Godfroy. This to be invested in Public Funds until he is 12, then to pay guardian ½ of the interest for benefit of Eugene; if he dies pre 21, the £500 and interest, equally among her children, Edward Mulberry , Mary Anna Maria,William Henry George, Charlotte Amelia and Louisa Harvey Hodder. Residue of stock in 3% funds, divided as above. Residue of property, except jewels and trinkets, to daughters. Mary, William and Charlotte Hodder, executors.
   Witnesses: Henry H. Handcock, Grange Park, Co. Tyrone, Ireland and S. Symonds M.A., Rector of Thilleigh, Cornwall, Minister of English Episcopalian Chapel, St. Sevran.
   Proved 21st August 1843

17.   [3]

NEAR THIS SPOT
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
JEMIMA
RELICT OF THE LATE
LIEUTENANT COLONEL SYMES
SHE MARRIED AFTERWARDS
SIR JOSEPH DE COURCY LAFFON, BART.
AND DIED ON THE 18th DAY OF AUGUST 1835
AGED 64 YEARS
ALSO OF JEMIMA ELDEST DAUGHTER OF
THE SAID LT. COLONEL SYMES AND JEMIMA HIS WIFE
SHE DEPARTED THIS LIFE DECEMBER 27th 1835
AGED 23 YEARS

SOUTH WALL

18.   [4]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ROBERT MORPHETT ESQ.
LATE OF
ST. MARGARET’S BANKS, ROCHESTER
WHO DIED THE 10th DAY OF JANUARY 1828
AGED 83 YEARS
ALSO OF
MRS. SARAH MORPHETT
RELICT OF THE ABOVE ROBERT MORPHETT ESQ.
WHO DIED THE 22nd DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1834
AGED 82 YEARS
ROBERT SON OF ROBERT MORPHETT ESQ.
WHO DIED THE 19th OF OCTOBER 1822 AGED 33 YEARS
THE LAST SURVIVOR OF THIRTEEN CHILDREN
BY ELIZABETH HIS FIRST WIFE
WHO LIES INTERRED IN THE CHURCH OF ST. EDMUND’S
LOMBARD STREET, LONDON

Robert Morphett, of Rochester, Esq. P. C. C. Will dated 22nd March 1824
   Wife, Sarah, Thomas Tribe of Rochester, Coal Merchant, James Henry Henderson of Furnival's Inn, London, Gentleman and Nathaniel Morphett of Bream's Buildings, Chancery Lane, Gentleman, are executors.
To Miss Christian Hufflett, now residing with him, 19gns., to servant Frances Fenn, 10gns., over and above wages due.
   Money and stocks in Public Funds to his male executors, upon trust, dividends paid to wife, for life. After her death, upon trust, to sell residue and pay god daughter, Jane Morphett Mould, daughter of friend Captain Thomas Mould, of Chatham Division of Royal Marines, £100 at 21 or day of marriage; Ann Parkes, daughter of Mr Parkes of Chatham Dock Yard, £100, as above; annuity of £20 for life to "faithful servant. Priscilla Summers, if she is living in his wife's service at time of wife's death. Dividends from £2,000, part of trust fund, to be paid to grandchildren., Harriet, John and Frederick Gordon. After death of Harriet, trustees to pay the £2,000 to her children at 21 or marriage of girls, equally shared.
   Witnesses: Edward Seaton, Surgeon of Rochester and John Homan, Linen Draper of Rochester.

Codicil dated 15th October 1826
   Revokes legacy of £100 in trust for god child Jane Mould. Wife to have household furniture not only in Rochester house, but elsewhere. Rest of will confirmed
   Witnesses: J. Morphett, 3 Great College Street, Camden and William Evenden

Codicil dated 8th January 1828
   Servant Fanny Fenn gets annuity of £10 for life Rest of will confirmed
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis and John Homan
   Proved 26th April 1828. Power reserved to James Henderson

Note in margin dated 22nd May 1868
   The will was not administered by widow. Testator was formerly of Lombard Street and East Grinstead, late of Rochester, and died at St. Margaret's Banks. Administration granted to Harriet Larkin Samson Ramsden, formerly Gardener, wife of John Ramsden, in the will she is Harriet Gordon, grand daughter of testator.

Sarah Morphett,
of Rochester, widow of Robert, P.C.C. Will dated 28th May 1832
   Portrait of 1st husband, Mr Read, hanging in her bedroom, to be rolled up and placed in her coffin.
   Appoints John Gordon, of Peterhouse College, Cambridge, grandson of late husband, Robert Morphett, and Nathaniel Morphett of Bream's Buildings, Chancery Lane, Gentleman, executors.
   To Nathaniel Morphett, £50; to esteemed friend, Mrs Maysty of Highbury Place, 10 gns., for a ring, and to her daughter, Mrs King, 10 gns., for a ring; to Mary Ann King, daughter of Mrs King, the ring "which I wore to the memory of her late great uncle, Richard Holt, Esq".; to Mrs Morphett, wife of Nathaniel, 10 gns., for a ring; to god daughter Sarah Morphett Tribe, daughter of Thomas Tribe, £100; to god daughter Harriet Morphett Parkes, daughter of John Parkes, £100 and £20 to her father; to Miss Christian Hufflett, now living with her, £100, if she is with her at her death, a handsome suit of mourning, bed bolster, two pillows, which were her daughter's, three blankets, two pairs of sheets,two pairs of pillow cases, the tent bedstead with hanging in lower back room, a round table in her bedroom, ½ dozen breakfast cups and saucers, marked R. E. M., silver filigree sugar basket, milk bowl with ladle and purple glass to each, two pictures of "her own drawing" in the parlour, two card racks in the drawing room, of her own making, card table in the parlour. If she wishes to furnish one or two rooms, she should be "comfortably accommodated with other articles". These legacies from her real estate in case personal estate not sufficient.
   Residue to John Gordon and Nathaniel Morphett upon trust, to sell and invest money, which is to be divided into three parts; one part for John Gordon, one for Frederick Gordon, another grandson of Robert Morphett, at 21 years; remainder, in trust, for Harriet Gordon, at 21 or day of marriage.
   Her late husband gave, in trust, an annuity for Priscilla Summers, if she was still in her service, she has since left her service, her conduct has apparently made it impossible to retain her in service, and she "is wholly unworthy" of the legacy, testator wants to prevent annuity being paid!
   Witnesses: John Homan, Draper of Rochester, Larkin Allan, Gentleman of Rochester and William Wildash Mannering, Builder of Chatham

Codicil dated 30th September 1833
   To Rev. George Harker, Vicar of St. Nicholas, 10guineas, as a testimony of her regard. Will confirmed.
   Witnesses: John Homan and William Wildash Mannering
   Proved 26th November 1834

19.   [5]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SIR JOSEPH DE COURCY LAFFON, BART. K.H.
OF OTHAM, KENT
WHO DIED 7th JULY 1848
AGED 68 YEARS

Joseph de Courcy Laffon died in France

PART 6
TOWER ARCH
SOUTH SIDE

20.   [   ]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH
THE AFFECTIONATE AND BELOVED WIFE OF
MR. ROBERT CLEMENTS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 7th JULY 1846 AGED 54 YEARS
"Lo, at your feet ye serious reader, sleeps
a wife whose fall her lonely husband weeps
yet still his grief admits of some release.
In hope she dwells above in endless peace"
ALSO CAROLINE WOOLLEY
SISTER OF THE ABOVE AND SECOND DAUGHTER OF
CAPTAIN ROBERT WOOLLEY AND BETSY HIS WIFE
WHO DIED 30th OF JANUARY 1835 AGED 36 YEARS

Elizabeth Clements, husband Robert was a Tailor of Rochester High Street, he was Mayor of Rochester five times. Other members of the family were builders. They have a large tomb in St. Nicholas Cemetery.

Caroline Woolley, of Highgate, Spinster, P. C. C. Will dated 2nd December 1829
   Her half of house in St. Margaret's, lately occupied by William Lomas, (subject to life interest of her father Robert Woolley) and other real estate, ready money and securities, goods and personal estate, to sister Elizabeth wife of Robert Clements, for ever. Robert and Elizabeth Clements, executors.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Solicitor, Rochester, D. R. Lewis and James Lewis.

Codicil , no date or witnesses.
   To Mary Ann Tattam 4 half guineas given to testator by Mary Ann's grandmother Jane Tattam, and a ring in remembrance of Ann Grover; to Emma Tattam; a watch chain and seals, presented by her uncle; to Marianne lloyd a ring testator received on death of her mother.

Affidavit dated 24th October 1835
   John Grover of Edmonton and John James Tattam, Junior, of the Custom House, sworn that they knew the testator, formerly of Highgate but now of Rochester, for many years, and were well acquainted with her handwriting and signature. They have examined the codicil and have no doubt it is in her hand.
    Proved 11th November 1835

NORTH SIDE

21.   [1]

THE BELLS
OF THIS CHURCH WERE
RESTORED IN 1960 IN MEMORY OF
SYDNEY WILLIAMS WHEATLEY
HON. CANON, M.A., F.S.A., F.K.C.
BORN 30th MAY 1869, DIED 11th MAR. 1951
VICAR OF THIS PARISH
1915 –1947

22.   [2]

ARTHUR RYE FOR MANY YEARS A MEDICAL PRACTIONER
OF THIS PARISH DIED MARCH 13th 1832 AGED 50 YEARS
AMELIA HIS WIFE DIED OCTOBER 12th 1864 AGED 79 YEARS
AMELIA FRIDAY THEIR DAUGHTER DIED APRIL 21st 1865 AGED 51 YEARS
GEORGE RYE, H.E.I.C. WAS LOST OFF THE COAST OF MAURITIUS
1835 AGED 20 YEARS
SARAH ANNE RYE DIED JANUARY 22nd 1852 AGED 35 YEARS
TO THEIR MEMORY THIS IS AFFECTIONATELY PLACED BY THE SURVIVORS
ARTUR BRISLEY RYE AND WILLIAM BRENCHLEY RYE 1865
(See also BRISLEY tomb, north churchyard)

Arthur Rye is buried in the Brisley tomb in the churchyard

PART 7
NORTH NAVE WALL, WEST TO EAST

23.   [1]

IN REMEMBRANCE OF
W. T. KING
TROOPER 1st. LIFE GUARDS
WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN ITALY 5th NOV. 1918
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS AND MEN
OF THE BRITISH MILITARY MISSION ATTACHED TO THE
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ITALIAN ARMY IN THE FIELD

24.   [2]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM MOFFAT ESQ.
OF HARPERTON, ROXBURGHSHIRE
A NATIVE OF THIS PLACE AND FORMERLY
A COMMANDER IN THE H.E.I.C. MARITIME SERVICE
WHO DIED AT KENSINGTON ON THE 14th SEPTEMBER 1850
AGED 76 YEARS
"Behold God is my Salvation I will trust, and not be afraid,
for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he
also is become my Salvation"
"God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten
son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish
but have everlasting life"
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED AS A TRIBUTE OF AFFECTION
BY HIS SON AND DAUGHTER TO THE MEMORY OF A BELOVED PARENT

William Moffat, (Born in St. Margaret's), Proprietor of Lands of Harperton and Highridge, Roxburgh, Former Commander in Naval Service of H.E.I.C., now of Leam Cottage, Kensington. Trust Deed (P.C.C.) dated 5th August 1834.
   Has lately purchased land in Roxburgh, desires to settle this land. To his trustees, Alexander Allan of Roxburgh, his brother in law, Rev. Henry Duke Harrington, his nephew, and Alexander Moffat Allan son of Alexander Allan, also a nephew, the lands and farm of Harperton occupied by George Roberton, and land and farm at Heirigg or Highridge occupied by Andrew Thomson, formerly part of Barony of Edam in Roxburgh. To daughter Elizabeth Margaret Moffat, an annuity of £100 for life, from above lands. These lands to be settled on his son James Douglas Moffat and his male heirs, in default to female heirs., in default then to daughter's male heirs, etc., in default to nephew James Moffat Allan, in default, to nephew William Henry Allan, in default to nephew John Allan, in default to nephew Douglas Allan, in default to testator's nearest heirs. Involved details, with reference to Scottish law follows.
   The above was written by James Hewat, Clerk to John Tod?, Writer to the Signet, at Leam Cottage.
   Witnesses: David Munro, Major 94th Regiment and of Whitehill, Ayrshire and Richard Stonham, Builder, 3 Edwards Terrace, Kensington

Codicil dated 28th August 1841
   Testator now in Edinburgh. Ratifies trust deed. Trustee Rev. Harrington's name had been crossed out on trust deed, now reinstated. Christian name of John Allan should be Henry John.
   Witnesses: David Munro, David Forbes Grant and John Lumsden Smith.

P.C.C. Will dated 22nd September 1841
   Ratifies trust deed made in 1834. His freehold house in St. Margaret's and other freeholds in Strood and Upper Marine Terrace, Margate, his shares in Rock Life Assurance Co., of Bridge Street, Blackfriars, shares in Metropolitan Loan and Investment Co., of Verulam Buildings, Gray's Inn, shares in City of New York 5% Water Stock, redeemable in 1865, shares in Revisionary Interest Society, of King's Arms Yard, Coleman Street, London, stock in Bank of England, stock in East India Co., (£1,000) and his 3% stock in Great Book of France, to trustees, in trust.
   Trustees to pay Mary Elizabeth Moffat, Spinster and Margaret Harrington, Widow, his sisters, £100 each; to Margaret Harrington, his niece, £500; to Sophia Fisher, niece, £100; to William , Allan, John and Douglas Allan, nephews, £500 each. £500 for his trustees to buy a Government Life Annuity for Rev. James Harrington; £500 to Rev. Henry Harrington. To poor of St. Margaret's over 60 years of age, £50; to poor of Lauder and Edam, over 60, £50; to repair and paint tombs of his mother and relations in St. Margaret's churchyard and brother's at St. Anne Limehouse; son and sister in old churchyard , Camberwell, £50, at discretion of trustees.
   To Alexander Allan Senior, Rev. James Harrington and Rev. Henry Harrington, £500 each for their trouble. He sets aside £1,000 for new buildings at Harperton and Highridge Hall, if trustees think fit. From shares in City of New York Water, interest to sisters Mary Moffat and Margaret Harrington, equally, for life; after their deaths, to the Revs. Harrington, equally; after their deaths to their children.
   Trustees to convey to Captain William Douglas Harrington of Madras Light Cavalry, his nephew, all his shares in Rock Assurance; if he dies before testator, then to his children, in default to testator's heirs. Trustees also to convey to the Allan brothers, his nephews, shares in Metropolitan Loan Co.. His Trustees to hold shares in Revisionary Interest Society; they to pay dividends to Elizabeth Margaret Douglas Moffat, his daughter, now wife of William Money of Bengal Civil Service, for life; after her death, to her children. Stock in Bank of England interest to daughter Elizabeth Money, for life, after her death, as before. East India Stock, (£1,000), to be conveyed to son James, if he dies before testator, then to his heirs. He has good opinion of French State Funds, so trustees to hold all French Stock, until 5th July 1852 and to pay dividends to son James, for life, after his death, to his children.
   Trustees to convey to daughter Elizabeth and her eldest child, freehold house in Rochester, to convey to son James house in Strood and house in Margate, and all furniture, household goods, etc.
   Trustees to hold residue and invest in Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland or real estate in England or Scotland.
   Ratifies settlement made on his marriage with Sarah; annuity given to her on their separation will be void, she being well provided for ; she had "most unjustifiably absconded from my home".
   Will, written by Alexander Crawford, Writer, Lauder
   Witnesses: David Munro, John Lumsden Smith, Book Seller and Stationer, Edinburgh and Alexander Crawford

Codicil dated 18th August 1847
   Nephew Alexander Allan has died, appoints nephews William and Douglas Allan as trustees and executors, along with those already appointed. Trustees to convey to children of late nephew Captain William Harrington and children of Rev. Henry Harrington, his shares in Rock Assurance. Shares in British Colonial Bank and Loan Co. of Moorgate Street, conveyed to nephews William and Douglas Allan.
   Interest on his stock in Great Book of France, conveyed to children of son James and his wife Jeanette.
Witnesses: Alexander Crawford, David Broomfield, Lauder and A. Valence, Chief Magistrate, Lauder
   Proved 5th October 1850 Power reserved to William and Douglas Allan.

25.   [3]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
STEPHEN JENNINGS SWAYNE ESQ., M.D.
DEPUTY INSPECTOR
OF HOSPITALS AND FLEETS
DIED SEPTEMBER 28th 1853
AGED 71 YEARS

26.   [4]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
THE VENERABLE JOHN LAW D.D. ARCHDEACON OF ROCHESTER
WHO UNITING A VIGOROUS UNDERSTANDING
AND A CULTIVATED MIND
TO A KIND, COURTEOUS, AND CHEERFUL DEMEANOUR
AFFORDED
DURING A RESIDENCE OF ALMOST 60 YEARS IN THIS PARISH
THE EDYFYING EXAMPLE
OF A CHRISTIAN MINISTER
STEADILY EMPLOYED IN THE SACRED DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE
EAGER TO EXTEND THE BLESSINGS OF RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION
TO A LARGE AND INCREASING POPULATION
PROMPT AND LIBERAL IN DEEDS OF PRIVATE CHARITY
ACTIVE, ZEALOUS AND DISCREET IN THE SUPPORT
OF ALL PIOUS AND USEFUL INSTITUTIONS
AND NEVER WEARY IN WELL DOING
HE DIED FEBRUARY THE 5th 1827 AGED 87 YEARS
THE INHABITANTS PLACED THIS TABLET
THANKFUL TO GOD FOR SO BRIGHT A PATTERN
OF CHRISTIAN EXCELLENCE
AND DESIROUS THAT IT SHOULD BE HAD
IN LASTING REMEMBRANCE

John Law, D. D., Archdeacon of Rochester, is buried in the Cathedral. P.C.C. Will dated 4th January 1827
   To grand daughter Anna Maria Hussey, formerly Laws and Mary Laws, daughters of his eldest late son Charles, £1,500 Bank 3% Annuities, if grand daughter dies pre 21 and unmarried, then to her mother for life. Much of this will is taken up with Marriage settlements of his daughters, Martha, widow of Henry Dampier (a relation of Dean Dampier), and Stephana wife of Joseph Seymour Briscoe, late of Pond Hill, Bletchingly, many thousands of pounds are involved.
   To son Francis, £1,000; testator's sister has bequeathed to Francis reversion of estate at at Bedgbury, Kent. To daughter Jane, Bank Stock of £3,330 2s 3d and £1,000, and his chariot. To daughter Mary, £1,000 India Stock and £1,000.
   Pictures and books at Bedgbury lately bequeathed "to me by my dear sister, to my son Francis". In case daughter Jane is unmarried at his death, she shall have part of his wine and furniture at Rochester, plate, linen, books, except books at Bedgbury, as she chooses. Remainder divided between sons ---------------- ?, and wine and spirits in cellar. To Miss Marianne Carr late of Rochford, £100; his gold watch and chain to son George. To each of his servants with him at death, for at least three years, except John Aylett, a year's wages and mourning; John Aylett gets £200 and mourning.
   To son Henry, vase presented to him by Clergy of Diocese, if son George is living at Henry's death, then vase to him, if George is dead, vase to be sold.
   Residue of personal estate to sons Henry and George, and grandson John Lucius Dampier, in trust, to sell, proceeds divided between daughters Martha, Jane, Mary and Stephana, and sons, equally.
   Sons Henry and George and grandson John Dampier executors, John in place of his father Henry, who was executor in former will. To each of them, £100 "as a trifling acknowledgement for their trouble".
   Witnesses: Edward Twopenny, Rochester, Gentleman, George Essell, Rochester, Gentleman and J. S. Bullard, Rochester, Gentleman
   Proved 19th February 1827

PART 8
SOUTH NAVE WALL, EAST TO WEST

27.   [1]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS SAUNDERS ESQUIRE
COLLECTOR OF HER MAJESTY’S CUSTOMS
AT THE PORT OF ROCHESTER
AND AFTERWARDS AT GREENOCK
IN SCOTLAND
AT WHICH PLACE HE DIED
AND IS INTERRED IN THE
BURIAL GROUND OF THIS CHURCH
IN THE SAME VAULT ARE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS OF HIS WIFE
CATHERINE SAUNDERS
WHO DIED ALSO AT GREENOCK

Thomas Saunders, Mayor of Rochester in 1825, 27 and 31

28.   [2]

IN FILIAL LOVE AND HONOURED MEMORY OF
CHARLES AND ANN MARIA SAUNDERS
FORMERLY OF THIS PARISH A.D. 1863
"We bless O Lord thy holy name for them thy servants departed this
life in thy faith and fear, beseeching thee to give us grace so to follow
their good examples that with them we may be partakers of thy Heavenly Kingdom"

29.   [3]

I.S.E.
THOMAS MANLY, ARMIGER TERTIUS HAERES
GEORGII MANLY DE LACH PROPE CESTRIA,
ARMIGER CUJUS INTERITUS EGREGIAM PROPTER HUMANITATEM
PIETATE (QUAM IN PUBLICA PACE CONSERVANDA
ADMINISTRAVIT) JUSTITIAM OMNICUM PROBORUM
VERIS PLORATUR LACRIMIS
IN UXORE DUXIT IANA (QUEODE TUMULO CONDITUR)
FILIAM SECUNDAM RICHARDI LEE
DE DELCE SUB CIVITATE ROFFENSI ARMIGERUM
IN FELICI HOC CONJUGIO NATI SUNT QUATUOR LIBERI
QUORAM TRES UNICUM FILIUM ET
BINAS FILIAS PATRIAS VIRTUTES EXCOLENTES
SUPERSITES RELIQUIT
OBIJT 22 DIE MARTII, AETATIS QUAE 63
ANNO DNI:
1690

Thomas Manley, of St. Margaret's, Esquire, P.C.C. Will dated 10th November 1687
   To daughter Jane, £100, to daughter Frances, £400, they to follow example of their "excellent mother and now a St. in Heaven" To Jane an annuity of £60 and an annuity of £27 for Frances. If Jane dies unmarried, £50, part of the £100, to Frances and remaining £50 to son Thomas. If Frances dies before she is married, then £200, part of the £400, to Jane, remaining £200 to son Thomas. If Thomas dies before marriage or without lawful heirs, all his estate in London, as well as Kent, to daughters, for ever. If son settles on his wife, £100 annuity for life, daughters to pay £400 each, to John Manley of the Lach ?, Cheshire.
   £5 to nephew George Willamson; 40s to niece Margaret Daniel; 40s to niece Watson; 40/- to nephew Richard Lee; £5 to niece Frances Conny and £5 to nephew Charles Manley, all to be paid six months after death of son Thomas. If his children all die pre marriage without heirs, then all real estate to nephew John Manley and his male heirs, for ever, paying to niece Jane Prestman £50, nephew George Manley of London, £100 and to his wife, £20, nephew Charles Manley, £40, niece Conny, £40, nephew Lee, £20; niece Watson, £20, nephew George Williamson, £20 within six months of deaths of his children.
   To sister Margaret Manley, £5 for mourning and a ring; to two daughters, £25 for mourning and piece of plate in memory of him. A ring of 15s value to: cousin Mary Brewer, nephew Lee, niece Watson, nephew John Manley and his wife. To godson Thomas 50s, to godson Thomas Morley son of brother George £5. A ring of 16/- value to nephew Charles Manley, nephew and niece Conny; nephew and niece Davies, nephew and niece George Manley, nephew and niece Daniell, niece Prestman.
   To worthy friend Sir Richard Head a ring of 12s (dead); rings of same value to nephew George Williamson, niece Frances Hulse (dead), friend Dr Belcher and brother Conny.
   To two daughters , two silver salvers, two silver noggings, six silver spoons, four silver salt sellars, two feather beds of the best, eight pairs of best flaxen sheets, six dozen best flaxen napkins, three dozen pewter plates, six pewter dishes, equally divided, plus six cane chairs, four tables, two of best callico quilts, two ------- ?, four cushions and two best brass pots, and £60 and £200?
   To poor of Chatham and St. Margaret's, 20s per annum for ever, in wheaten bread, for poor widows, on Christmas and Easter Day, money from rents of Manor of Walderslade, Chatham. Son Thomas executor, he gets residue, provided he is kind and affectionate to his sisters and pays their annuities. Any dispute of will to be settled by the Wardens and Assistants of Rochester Bridge Trust.
   Witnesses: Nannes Combe of London "and well known to Mr Dandell, William Dandell and John Guy
   Proved 21st April 1691

PART 9
NORTH GALLERY, NORTH WALL, EAST TO WEST

30.   [1]

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH SECOND WIFE OF
JOHN WHITE, DISTILLER OF THIS PARISH
AND DAUGHTER OF GEORGE SAYER ESQ.
OF SANDWICH SHE DIED THE 18th OF FEB. 1784
AGED 33 YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE MR. JOHN WHITE WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 11th OF JANUARY 1795
AGED 41 YEARS

John White, of St. Margaret's, Distiller and Wine Merchant, P.C.C. Will dated 18th December 1790
   Wife Mary and good friend, William Holmes of Upper Thames Street, London, Distiller, are executors.
   Leasehold house in St. Margaret's which he lives in, with storehouse, and leasehold storehouses, stables, vaults, yard etc., adjoining house, to wife Mary. To William Holmes, £1,000 from his personal estate upon trust, to invest with consent and approval of wife; to pay her interest for life. After her death, the £1,000 to be transferred to their children. If none living, executor to pay £400 of the £1,000 to Peter Fennell Mann, one of the children of Ann Mann, his wife's sister, at 21 years. Another £400, part of the £1,000, equally between Frances and Peter Wade, children of Captain Wade, late brother of his wife, at 21 years. Remaining £200 of the £1,000, equally between Anna Maria Reynolds and Thomas Reynolds, two of children of late Thomas Reynolds by Elizabeth, also deceased. If the Wades die pre 21 without lawful heirs, then their money goes to Peter Fennell Mann, if he dies pre 21, or in wife's lifetime, without lawful heirs, and both Wades die in wife's lifetime without lawful heirs, then theses legacies to his wife.
   To William Holmes £20 for his trouble. Household goods, furniture, stock in trade, horses, carriages and residue of personal estate, after payment of the £1,000 and debts, to wife Mary.
   Witnesses: Aaron Waddup and John Sparkes, Attorney of Rochester
   Proved 8th January 1795 Power reserved to Mary White.

31.   [2]

NEAR THIS PLACE
LIES THE BODY OF PAUL STIGANT. HE
SERV’D YE CROWN IN QUALITY OF MA. CARPENTER
OF SEVERAL SHIPS AND BUILDERS’ ASSISTANT OF HIS MAJY.
YARD AT CHATHAM AND MA. BUILDER AT PORT MAHON,
HARWICH, AND SHEERNESS. IN WHICH LAST HE
DIED 15th OF OCTOBER 1717 AET 58 UNIVERSALLY LAMENTED
BY HIS SUPERIORS AS AN USEFUL OFFICER, BY HIS
EQUALS AS A WORTHY NEIGHBOUR, BY YE POOR AS A
BOUNTIFUL HOUSEKEEPER, BY HIS OWN FAMILY AS
TENDER HUSBAND AND INDULGENT FATHER. HE MARRIED
MARY DAUGHTER OF ELEXAR. HAMMOND IN
THE COUNTY OF KENT, GENTLEMAN, BY WHOM HE
HAD ISSUE ONE SON AND TWO DAUGHTERS, JOHN
ELIZAth. AND ANN .HIS AFFLICTED WIDOW
RAISED THIS MONUMENT TO HIS MEMORY
ALSO
THE BODY OF CAPTAIN
JOHN STIGANT
HIS SON WHO DIED THE 5th OF MARCH
1719*
AGED 31 YEARS
* 1720, new style

Mary Stigant, of St. Margaret's, Widow, P.C.C. Will dated 8th December 1735
   Her freehold fresh marsh or arable in East Malling and Snodland, called Abbey Meads, late in occupation of Mr George Peckham, now by Mr John May and Nicholas Wray, to "dear loving " grand daughter, Clarina Allen (late Clarina Carrier, spinster), now wife of John Allen of London, Gentleman, for their lives; after their deaths, to the lawful heirs of their bodies. If no children, then to children of her 2nd husband, etc. In default, to Clarina's own right heirs for ever. Her freehold farmland in Birling, called Sharnold's Farm, occupied by Joan Wetlands, to Clarina and James Allen, chargeable with an annuity of £10 to her sister Elizabeth Crayford, for life. After Clarina and James die,to the heirs of their bodies or any later husband. In default, to niece, Anne Garrett, daughter of sister, Elizabeth, for ever. Freehold farm and house in Birling, called Plott's Fram, occupied by John May, to Clarina and James Allen, for life, if no heirs, as above, then to Clarina's own right heirs, for ever. Freehold farm in Borden, occupied by John Standley, also to the Allens, as above.
   Leasehold on St. Margaret's Banks, Rochester, in her own occupation, also to the Allens, for term of lease,after their deaths, to executors for rest of term. She does not want James Allen or his executors, except children by Clarina, to hold any freehold or leasehold. To niece Anne Garrett, £50; to Mrs Elizabeth Bird, wife of [    ] Bird of Lambeth, daughter of John Bryant, a gold ring of 20s value; a gold ring of 20s value to, James Bryant son of John and Joan Bryant; William Stigant son of John Stigant of Portsmouth, three daughters of Robert and Mary Peppitt (both deceased); Thomas Knight of Bird's Green, Kent, Yeoman and Elizabeth, his wife. To nephew Mr John Nash of East Ham and Rebecca, his wife, , and James Sommers of Chatham, Shipwright, £10 each for mourning; John and Rebecca Nash, John Sommers and John Cannon of Deptford also get a gold ring of 20s value.
   Residue , including South Sea Stock, to Clarina Allen, chargeable with debts and usual expenses; she and husband James, executors.
   Witnesses: Richard Striver, John Burgis and Hannah Dummer ("lives next door to Madam Stigant")
   Proved 14th November 1736 (Clarina also known as Clarania)

32.   [3]

TO THE MEMORY OF
CAPT. CHARLES JOHN MOORE MANSFIELD
ROYAL NAVY
WHO DURING A PERIOD OF 40 YEARS ARDUOUS
SERVICE ESTABLISHED THE CHARACTER OF AN HONOURABLE AND GALLANT OFFICER.
IN THE YEAR 1792 HE WAS MADE COMMANDER,
AND SOON AFTERWARDS RAISED TO THE RANK OF
POST CAPTAIN.
WHILST COMMANDING THE ANDROMACHE HE WAS
ATTACKED BY AN ALGERINE FRIGATE UNDER
SPANISH COLORS, WHICH HE CAPTURED AFTER
A LONG AND DESPERATE ENGAGEMENT.
FOR MANY YEARS HE COMMANDED THE MINOTAUR
AND HAD THE HONOUR OF CAPTURING THE
EL NEPTUNO A SPANISH 80-GUN SHIP
IN THE EVER-MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT OF
TRAFALGAR
SOON AFTER THIS PERIOD, WORN DOWN BY FATIGUE
HE RETIRED INTO THE BOSOM OF HIS FAMILY
AND AFTER A LONG AND AFFLICTING ILLNESS
CALMLY RESIGNED HIS SOUL
INTO THE HANDS OF HIS MAKER
ON THE 23rd DAY OF APRIL, 1813, AGED 52 YEARS

Charles John Moore Mansfield, of West Malling, Captain of H.M.S. Minotaur, (one of the Trafalgar Captains) P.C.C. Will dated 27th February 1807
   Mourning for wife, Anna (nee Spong) and children to be paid as soon as convenient. To brother in law, George Jope of St. Aubyn Street, Plymouth Dock, Clerk and James Sykes the Younger of Arundel Street, Strand, 10 guineas each, also to them and sister, [    ] Jope wife of George, 2 gns for a mourning ring.
   To wife, Anna, household goods and furniture, for life, as long as she remains his widow. Money, investments and residue to George Jope and James Sykes, upon trust, to pay wife annuity of £300 for life, while she is his widow, and sums to pay for maintenance of son John Hawkins Hughes Mansfield and daughter Mary, until they are 21 (or marriage of Mary). Trustees to transfer to son sufficient to provide £500 per annum at 21, and sufficient to advance him in business or a profession. When daughter is 21 or married, sufficient funds to provide her with £200 per annum for life; also for a marriage settlement. Rules for succession follow.
   Household goods and furniture after death of wife or her remarriage, and all funds to fall into residuary personal estate, upon trust. Trustees will divide into two equal parts, ½ to son and ½ to daughter as above. If both die pre 21, then be administered according to intestacy rules. Wife to have no more than already provided.
   Wife is guardian of children during minority, or marriage of daughter; if wife dies, trustees will be guardians, if she remarries, trustees will be executors. Trust conditions follow.
   Witnesses: Thomas Whittaker and James Selby

Codicil dated 26th April 1808
   Wife to have further sum of £40 per annum. Daughter to have further sum of £60 per annum.

Second Codicil dated 23rd August 1809
   £1,000 stock in 3% Bank of England Annuities to wife and daughter, equally divided. Wife to have extra £60 per annum, daughter another £40 per annum.
   Witnesses; James Selby and Thomas Selby, Junior
   Proved 18th June 1813

33.   [4]

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS MORSE, GENTLEMAN
LIEUTENANT OF HIS MAJESTY’S SHIP, CULLODEN,
A THIRD RATE MAN OF WAR,
ONLY SON OF JOHN MORSE, GENTLEMAN
AND SUSANNA HIS WIFE,
OF NORTH REPPS IN THE COUNTY OF NORFOLK,
WHO WAS DROWNED AT SHEERNESS 31st AUG. 1751
BY THE BOAT’S BEING OVER SET
AS HE WAS SETTING OUT UPON HIS DUTY
FROM ON BOARD THE CULLODEN FOR CHATHAM,
AGED 29 YEARS.
HIS AFFLICTED MOTHER SETS UP THIS MONUMENT
FOR THE BEST OF SONS,
AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF HIS EARLY MERIT.

34.   [5]

NEAR THIS MONUMENT ARE INTERRED
THOS. WILKINS, LATE OF THIS PARISH, ESQ.
AND MARY HIS WIFE AND THOS., THEIR ELDEST SON
ALSO ROBERT WILKINS ESQ.
(YOUNGEST SON OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED THOS. & MARY)
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 7th OF APRIL 1771
AGED 56 YEARS
AT HIS REQUEST THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED

Thomas Wilkins, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 3rd April 1729
   Desires to be buried in St. Margaret's church as near as possible to son Thomas.
   To only son Robert, all property and freehold estates, for ever, subject to Dower Rights, which wife Mary may claim for life. She gets £100 and annuity of £50 for life, charged on real and personal estate, as long as she is his widow.
   If she remarries the £50 annuity is void; if son Robert dies pre 21, then his legacy to wife, for life.
   To "worthy and esteemed friends" Thomas Fowle of Hampstead, Middlesex, Esq., and Rev. William Dormer of Rochester, £100; to Mrs Mary, kinswoman to Thomas Fowle, now living with him, £50, to be paid to his father.
   To Mary Westall, Thomas Fowle's servant, £5. To his maid servant, with him at his death, £5 for mourning, if widow and son thinks she deserves it. Residue to son; if he is dies pre 21, he should leave all or most of his personal estate to his mother, she being an "indulgent wife and mother". His wife and son to live in his house in "love and amity", as long as they want. They to have use of furniture and household goods as long as they are together.
   Thomas Fowle, Rev. William Dormer and son executors.
   Witnesses: John Morrall, K. Morrall and Robert Weeden

Codicil dated 29th November 1731
   He has given Rev. Dormer £50, now revokes this because he now believes he has good prospects and does not need assistance.
   Witnesses: Thomas Peek and Mary Cooke
   Proved 11th November 1734 Power reserved to Thomas Fowle, Rev. Dormer has since died !

Robert Wilkins, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 18th February 1763
   Desires to be buried in St. Margaret's church as near as possible to his "honoured" father and mother. A "decent" marble monument to be erected near his grave, the name of his late brother Thomas and his parents to be inscribed on it.
   To his cousin Ann Calloway of Fareham, widow, an annuity of £100 for life and to Ann Wilkins of London, widow of late cousin Robert Wilkins of the Post Office, London, Gentleman, an annuity of £100 for life, chargeable upon his real and personal estate. His real estate to use of Mary Wilkins of London, spinster and Isabella the "now" wife of [    ] Terry of St. Paul's Churchyard, London, daughter of late cousin Robert Wikins, equally shared, for ever, chargeable with above annuities and legacies.
   Annuity of £30 to friend Michael Littlewood of St. Margaret's, Shipwright and Eleanor, his wife, for life; annuity of £20 to Sarah Allen of St. Margaret's, widow, for life; annuity of £20 to his maid servant Bridget Bradbury, for life, if still in his service. To Body Spearman of Rotherhithe, Sail Maker, £1,000 part of his stock in 3½% bank annuities of £1,756, upon trust, during minority of godson Robert Spearman, one of Body's sons; the interest to his education and placing him out; if he lives to 21, the £1,000 to be transferred to him; if he dies pre 21 then to Mary Wilkins and Isabella Terry.
   To Body Spearman and his wife Ann, Robert Matson of Nonnington, Yeoman and Susanna, his wife and Mary Seager of Borden, spinster, £10 each for mourning. Residue of money and securities, personal estate and household goods, etc., to Mary Wilkins and Isabella Terry, daughters of late Robert Wilkins, equally shared; they are executors.
   Witnesses: John Ashdown, Foreman of Rochester Bridge, Thomas Harrison, Mason of Rochester Bridge and Thomas Tomlyn.

Codicil dated 17th May 1770
   He has given annuity of £20 to Sarah Allen, (she is actually of St. Nicholas) and Bridget Bradbury annuity of £20
   He now increases this to £30. If Bridget is still with him she gets two sets of mourning, one for Sundays and holidays, one for working days. Rest of will confirmed.
   Witnesses: Henry Jarvis, John Southcott and Thomas Tomlyn
   Proved 16th April 1771

END OF THE NORTH GALLERY

PART 10
SOUTH GALLERY, EAST WALL, NORTH TO SOUTH

35.   [1]

NEAR THIS PLACE
LYES INTERRED THE BODY OF
MARY ALLIN DAUGHTER OF
JOSEPH ALLIN AND HESTER
HIS WIFE WHO WAS BORN IN THIS PARISH
THE 24th OF JUNE 1681 & DYED AT SHEERNESS
THE 6th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1703/4 IN HOPES
OF A JOYFUL RESURRECTION
(See also two brothers in churchyard)

Joseph Allin. The headstone to Allin's two sons is the oldest monument in the churchyard. His daughter is commemorated by the tablet on the wall of the South Gallery.
   Allin was a Shipwright of Deptford when he made his Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will on 20th November 1717
   His wife, Hester was to have rents and profits of properties in Deptford, for term of leases, for life.
   After her death, to his son Joseph and his children for remainder of term. Wife, Hester to receive interest from £300 South Sea Stock, for life. After her death, £100 of the stock to son Joseph, £100 to son Benjamin and the remaining £100 to daughter, Sarah Edge. To the three children of son Joseph, £50 each. To grandchildren, Lewis and Anthony Allin, £20 each and to son Benjamin, £50. Residue of real and personal estate to wife Hester. Sons Joseph and Benjamin, executors.
   Witnesses; John Hothley, Susanna Ward and J. Wheatley
   Proved 26th November 1717

36.  [2]

NEAR THIS LYETH
MRS. L.R. RUSH
DIED JUNE 15th 1782
AGED 41 YEARS

37.   [3]

UNDER THIS PEW LIES THE BODY OF
COREY HENDRES, GENT. WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE YE 18th OF NOVR. 1712 AGED
44 YEARS
ALSO HIS DAUGHTER MARGARET WHO
DIED YE 24th FEBY. 1702* AGED 23 DAYS
AND HIS SON COREY WHO DIED
YE 24th OF DECR. 1705 AGED 5 YEARS
AND 5 MONTHS
LIKEWISE HIS WIFE SUSANNA
WHO DIED YE 8th OF DECEMBR.
1736 AGED 66 YEARS
*1703, new style

Corey Hendras, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, P. C. C. Will dated 28th March 1712
   "Weak in body". Freehold properties in Borden, St. Margaret's and St. Nicholas, to wife Susan for life, she to keep in repair and to pay from rents to his "honoured mother" Mrs Jane Hendras, an annuity of £15. After his mother's death, this annuity to his sister Mrs Ann Vint for life, as long as she remains a widow. After his wife dies, the properties go to his daughter, Susan for ever, subject to the above annuities. If daughter dies without lawful heirs, all properties to his sister, Ann for ever.
   Personal estate to wife and gold watch, she usually wears, and all her other ornaments and jewellery, household goods, ½ of plate and income from residue, money and investments.
  
When daughter marries, residue of personal estate to her, if she dies to his sister. His gold watch, and jewellery his daughter usually wears, to her. To friend John Shales of Chatham, Agent Victualler, his agate handled Cutoe?, and to friend Richard Sheafe of Rochester, his silver hilted sword. Wife is executor. "Worthy friend", Mary Crompe of St. Margaret's, wife of Mr Justice Crompe, and sister Mrs Ann Vint, are overseers of will and guardians of daughter, with his wife.
   Witnesses: Elizabeth Hogg Thomas Whaltott and Richard Sheafe
   Proved 1st December 1712

SOUTH WALL, EAST TO WEST

38.   [4]

NEAR THIS MARBLE
ARE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS
OF
THOMAS TOMLYN OF THIS PARISH ESQ.
AND
ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
SHE DIED JUNE 19th 1781 AGED 64
HE DIED MARCH 10th 1797 AGED 83

Thomas Tomlyn, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, (Attorney), P.C.C. Will dated 23rd June 1790
   Directs that he is to be buried in a "shell" in a leaden coffin (the same as his late wife), inside the church, as close as possible to his "dear and virtuous" wife Elizabeth, who died 19th June 1781 aged 64. His funeral to be as hers, in daylight, without pomp, their coffins enclosed by a brick wall. A stone to be placed over them, or a neat marble mural stone, inscribed with their names, day of death and ages; his body to be kept 8 days before burial.
   His mansion house, he lives in, with the meadow, purchased from Thomas Baker, adjoining his garden wall, with the "temple" or building, erected on it, in St. Margaret's, and all his real estate, to Julius Shepherd the Elder of Faversham, Brewer and William Twopenny the Younger of Rochester, Gentleman, upon trust, to sell mansion and all real estate and to hold proceeds. He has bank stock consolidated in 1764, which pays him £200 per annum; trustees to pay £150 from the £200 to nephew Charles William Este (a Major in the Army) for life. The remaining £50 to his now maid servant, Mary Franks, who lives with him, for life. After the deaths of the latter two legatees, trustees to pay the £200 per annum to Ann wife of Julius Shepherd for life, after her death, to her children. He discharges nephew Charles Este from debts owed to him. To William James West, son of late nephew, Thomas Tomlyn West, £200; to Thomas Tomlyn West, grandson of said late nephew, £600 stock at 21 years; interest, in meantime, for his maintenance and education. Executors can raise no more than £50 from the £600 stock to place the latter apprentice. If latter dies pre 21, the £600 goes into personal estate.
   To servant Mary Franks, £20 for mourning, his field bedsteddle, bed, bedding and furniture, two pairs of best sheets, two pillow coats, metal watch and all body linen, this for her "care and tenderness towards my late dear wife, her vigilance and strict attendance on me in my infirmities and frequent illness; fidelity and management of my family and household for many years".
   To gardener William Brown and coachman James Titmas (a weekly servant), £50 each in addition to wages, if still in his service; to each of his male and female servants, at time of his death, £5, in addition to wages;.
   To the Mayor, Aldermen and Recorder of Rochester, £1,100, part of Capital Stock, upon trust, to take annual interest to pay 12 poor alms women in the "Spytell of St. Catherine in the suburbs of Eastgate, ordained by Symon Potyn, (long since deceased)". If this stock is redeemed by Parliament, the trustees are to lay out the £1,100 and continue to use the interest, as above. He appoints Wardens of Rochester Bridge, overseers of the trust.
   To Julius Shepherd and William West, £50 to give to the most deserving poor of St. Margaret's who do not live in the workhouse or receive alms, in amounts of £10 in coals and provisions, etc.
   To Mrs Mary Holt daughter of late friend, William Rivet, Esq., now wife of William Holt, Esq., £1,000 bank annuities; to Richard Thomas Wood, "a friendless boy, who now lives with me", £500 bank annuities at 21 years, meantime the interest for his maintenance and education ; he is to be placed in an apprenticeship. Executors to raise from the £500 annuities, sum not exceeding £30 for placing him out apprentice. If he dies pre 21, then the £500 or remaining sum, to the personal residue. Executors to deliver the picture of his "late esteemed friend" Sir Charles Smyth, Bart., to Sir William Smyth of Hill Hall, Essex, or other of the family residing there.
   Residue of personal estate, after usual expenses, to children of Julius and Ann Shepherd, equally.
   Witnesses: Samuel Durham of St. Margaret's, B. Irish of St. Margaret's and Alexander Pearce of Rochester, Victualler.

Codicil dated 29th July 1793
   Has lately bought leasehold property in two dwellings, near his mansion on St. Margaret's Banks, from executors of William Fuin, late Alderman; these go to Mary Franks, for life. After her death, to executors, upon trust, to sell under same conditions in will.
   £1,200 to Mayor, Aldermen and Recorder of Rochester, to within twelve months after his death, build twelve rooms or cottages for twelve poor women of St. Catherine's Hospital, on part of Little Meadow, belonging to Hospital, now occupied by him, below and on north side of of Ground Mill and cottage occupied by Nathaniel Stedman, Miller, (which he wishes to be continued to him ); Alderman Samuel Nicholson has drawn up plans for his approval.
   To Richard Thomas Wood, an extra £40 to place him apprentice at 14 or 15 years; to Elizabeth Middleton of Maidstone, widow, £50; to gardener William Brown and coachman James Titmas, if still with him, £50 extra each; to maid servants, Mary Asps ? and Sarah Norwood and man servant, Abraham Vinton, if still with him, £25 extra each.
   Witnesses: Mary Mugridge, J. H. Allen, Minor Canon, Rochester and John Forwood

Codicil dated 8th November 1794
   He had given Mary Holt £1,000 bank annuities; since he made will, her husband, William, is "greatly embarrassed and encumbered in the affairs of his late brother, Henry Holt, and thereby also in his own affairs". He now revokes this legacy, and gives to £1,000 to executors in trust, to pay Mary Holt the annual interest for life, not to be liable to any of her husband's debts. After her death, the £1,000 to her children equally.
   To Richard Thomas Wood £20 extra to be added to the £40 for his board, washing and mending during the first four years of his apprenticeship, which testator has engaged to find for him at £15 per annum; if one or more years expired at testator's death, then the £15 for remaining years; any residue to personal estate.
   To Mary Franks, all household linen; to each of maid servants £8 for mourning, to men servants £5 for mourning.
   Witnesses: J. Smerden, Clerk to Mr Simmons and John Forwod
   Proved 31st March 1797

39.   [5]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN BAYNARD ESQ.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 9th OF JULY 1792
AGED 88 YEARS

HE LEFT TO HIS RELATIVES AND FRIENDS
ALSO SEVERAL CONSIDERABLE ESTATES
TO BETHLEM HOSPITAL
THE MARINE SOCIETY
THE SOCIETY FOR THE RELIEF OF SMALL DEBTORS 
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OF ST. MARGARET’S PARISH 
AND THE POOR OF IT WHO DO NOT RECEIVE ALMS

£20,000

  1,000
  1,000
1,000
300
  100

ALSO MISS ELIZABETH BAYNARD
SISTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED THE 4th OF NOVR. 1797 AGED 87 YEARS

John Baynard, of Rochester, Esquire, Formerly of the Navy Office, P. C.C. Will dated 10th April 1788
   All his property in Upper Heyford and Glasthorpe, Northamptonshire, and in Hendon, Middlesex, to sister Elizabeth Baynard, for life; she must not pull down and rebuild properties or plough ancient pastures. After her death, "as the employment in which I acquired the principle part of my fortune was obtained by means of the Haddock family, without any the least pecuniary consideration", the property in Northants to William Duffin, Esq., grandson of Richard Haddock, Esq., formerly Comptroller of the Navy, for ever.
   To George Marsh, Esq., Clerk of the Acts of H.M. Navy, after death of Baynard's sister, properties in Hendon, for life, after his death, to William Duffin and Rev. Mr Bathurst, Minor Canon of Rochester Cathedral, in trust, for life of George Marsh, Marsh is to receive rents, for life. After his death, to William Marsh, George Marsh's younger son, for life. Again to be held by trustees, Marsh to receive rents, for life. After his death, to his first son, in default to male children in succession. In default of male heirs then to children of James Morrison, Deputy Master of the Mint, by Margaret, his late wife, niece of George Marsh. Lands and houses in St. Margaret's to his sister Elizabeth Baynard, for life; after her death, to the only daughter of late Admiral Nicholas Haddock; detailed conditions follow.
   To William Pemble of Cobham, £500; to Rachel, his wife, daughter of Jarvis Maplesden, £1,250; to two sisters of Rachel, £1,000 each; to children of Rachel's late sister Mary, £1,000 equally divided, the latter paid to Francis Hartridge, their father. To Matilda Hodsoll daughter of Edward Hodsoll, Banker in the Strand, £1,500; to Charles Hodsoll of South Ash, £500; to Hester Hodsoll, widow of William Hodsoll, late of South Ash, £200; to Solomon Hughes, Attorney of Devizes, £300; ; to William Hughes, his eldest son, £200; to Thomas Hughes, his grandson, £100; to Mrs Elliott, widow of William Elliott, Engraver, £500; to children of John Elliott, late brother of William, £300, equally shared; the latter paid to Mrs Elliott, their aunt. To Eunice Anderson, £200; to Robert Childs, brother of Eunice Anderson, a Shipwright, now or late of Deptford Yard, £100; to Mrs Keatimg, wife of William Cooper Keating and daughter of the late Dr Ayerst, Prebendary of Canterbury, £200; to Catherine Baynard, formerly Catherine Mathews, £100. To John Townsend, late of Five Fields Row, Chelsea, son of General Townsend, who commanded at Minorca for a short time, £100; to Charles Haddock, son of Admiral Haddock, £1,000, and to his sister £500; to Rev. Bathurst, £1,000; to Martha Smith and Mary Mead, daughters of Mary Mead, and grand daughters of Mrs Elizabeth Howard, who was sister to Commissioner Passenger, of the Victualling Office, £100; to Thomas Faunce formerly "my school fellow at Mr Thornton's", £100; to Mrs Mary Couthard, widow of James Couthard of Lincoln's Inn, £100; to Sarah Sheafe, daughter of Richard Sheafe, Attorney, £100. To each of the three women servants in his house at Rochester, in his and his sister's service at his death, £20, in addition to wages owed; to Jane Smith, late head servant to Edward Hodsoll, £10. £1,000 to the poor of St. Margaret's, (in which parish he was born), who do not receive alms, as executors think fit, with help of minister and churchwardens. To trustee William Duffin, £500; to executor George Marsh, £500.
   His sister is to have custody of title deeds of estate for life. Residue of real and personal estate to his sister, she and George Marsh, executors.
   If his sister dies in his lifetime or soon after, residue to Rachel Pemble and George Marsh, equally, and Rachel is executor in sister's place. Executors are to pay additional £25 to all £1,000 legacies, and increase other legacies in same proportion.
   Witnesses: Thomas Graham, James Graham and John Johnson, Lincoln's Inn

Codicil dated 21st April 1790
Richard Pemble gets additional £200; George Marsh, £500 extra, as does daughter of Admiral Haddock and William Duffin (if latter accepts the trusts in the will ) Rev. Bathurst's legacy is also conditional on him accepting trust. Martha Smith and Mary Mead get £100 extra. The 3rd and 4th sons of Solomon Hughes of Devizes, if there are such sons, get £100 each; John Hodsoll and James Sheldon, Clerks to Edward Hodsoll, Banker, £200 each; to the President and Treasurer of the Bethlem Hospital, Moorfields, £1,000 for the support of insane incurable patients, on condition that they will admit one patient (if needed) from St. Margaret's parish and parish of Shorne, upon recommendation of his executors, or churchwardens of Shorne; St. Margaret's to have preference.
   Witnesses: Thomas Graham, Lincoln's Inn, Henry Todd, Clerk to Messrs. Hodsoll and Michael, Bankers, Strand and Elizabeth Cooper, Servant to Mr Hodsoll

Codicil dated 5th March 1792
Confirms will and 1st codicil except:
   Revokes legacy of £1,500 to Matilda Hodsoll daughter of Edward, and all other of her legacies. £200 extra to William Hughes, son of Solomon, Thomas Marsh Hughes, son of Solomon. To Sarah Hughes daughter of Solomon, £200.
   William Pemble gets £500 extra; Thomas Hodsoll of Riverhead and his brother James of Sundrish (sic) Sundridge?, get £500 each. Thomas Elliott, his next door neighbour and tenant gets £100; Charles and Robert Hughes 3rd and 4th sons of Solomon Hughes, £100 each, extra.
   To the Treasurer of the Corporation called The Marine Society, London, £1,000; to the Treasurer of the society for the discharge and relief of persons imprisoned for small debts, The Chartered House Society, in Craven Street, Strand, £1,000, for the sole use and purposes of the society. To the Minister and Churchwardens of St. Margaret's, £300 for, with consent of executors, the Sunday School; all these legacies from his personal estate.
  Witnesses: Thomas Graham, Robert Hill and John Tinniswood, Lincoln's Inn
   Proved 20th July 1792
Baynard lived at Restoration House; he assisted John Thorpe with Registrum Roffenses.

40.   [6]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
CAPTAIN FRANCIS PERCY
(A DESCENDANT OF THE NOBLE AND
ANCIENT FAMILY OF ALNWICK CASTLE
IN NORTHUMBERLAND) WHO SERVED 47 YEARS
IN THE ROYAL NAVY
IN THE YEAR 1700 HE WAS BLOWN UP IN THE CARLISLE
AND WAS PROVIDENTIALLY ONE OF THE SEVEN THAT WERE SAVED
OUT OF 200 MEN
IN 1704 HE WAS DANGEROUSLY WOUNDED IN THE
ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN THE ENGLISH AND FRENCH FLEETS IN
THE MEDITERRANEAN
IN 1707 HE WAS CAST AWAY ON THE ROCKS OF SCILLY
WITH SIR CLOUDSLEY SHOVEL AND MIRACULOUSLY PRESERVED
HE WAS AT YE BURNING OF THE YE FRENCH AND SPANISH FLEETS AT
VIGO HE WAS AT THE TAKING OF GIBRALTER WHERE HE
BOARDED AND BURNT A 28 GUN SHIP HE WAS LIKEWISE AT
THE SIEGE OF COPENHAGEN, MALTA, GUARDA FORT, BARCELONA
OSTEND, TOULON: IN ALL WHICH ACTIONS HE AQUITTED
HIMSELF WITH BRAVERY AND HONOUR
WORN OUT IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY AND LONG AFFLICTED
WITH THE GOUT AND STONE HE NOW RESTETH IN PEACE
THE BEST REWARD OF ALL HIS LABOURS
HE DIED FEBRUARY 16th 1741/2 AGED 67

Francis Percy, of St. Margaret's, Esq., P.C.C. Will dated 18th September 1741
   To son Robert, £1,000, (part of his old South Sea Annuities), upon trust, for life of wife Sarah, to invest as she approves; she to receive interest for life. After her death, to son Robert, for ever.
   Sarah to live in his house in St. Margaret's, and have use of household goods, she paying son Robert £2 per annum, for rent and goods, as long as she lives there. To sister Ann Crispe, £10; to sister, Elizabeth Perkins, £10; to his wife's niece,
   Margaret Dunning, £5. To his maid servant, Anna Maria Hosier, £5 to buy mourning; to his "boy", Thomas Clerk, his old clothes, if they are with him at his death;to ten poor widows of St. Margaret's , who don't receive alms, £5.
   Residue of real and personal estate to son Robert for ever, he and mother executors.
   Witnesses: John Sparks, J. Hill and Anna Maria Hosier
   Proved 26th February 1741 (1742)

41.   [7]

FRANCISCUS HEAD
ARMIGER
RICHARDI HEAD, BARONETTI
FILIUS NATU MAXIMUS
VIR, CANDORE MORUM ENGEII ACUMINE
JURIS PRUDENTIAE PERITIA, AC PIETATAS
STUDIO CELEBRIS
QUOD MORTALE HABEBAT HIC RECONDIDIT
NATUS IN URBE HAC ROFFENSI ANNO 1641
RENATUS DECIMO SEXTO OCTOBRIS ANNO 1678
TEMPORIS JAM EXORS AETERNITATE
FRUITUR
TOT VIRTUTIBUS ORBATA CONJUX
GEORGII EUTII EQUITIS AURATI
FILIA UNICA
MONUMENTUM HOC
IN MEMORIS (DUM VIVERET) MUTUI MEMORIAM
MOESTA POSUIT

Francis Head, of the Middle Temple, P. C. C. Will dated 12th June 1674
   His house in St. Margaret's to wife Sarah, for life, provided she lives there for at least three months each year, unless she is ill; after her death, if the Church of England continues as now constituted, his house to the Bishops of Rochester, for their use. Upon condition that Bishop preaches, once a year at St. Margaret's and St. Nicholas, "not so much in remembrance of me, as poor and unworthy benefactor of the See of Rochester, as for judgement to others, who are more able to be more ready to do good to the Protestant Church of England, and to those belonging thereto" (The house continues as the home of the Bishops).
   To children, Sarah and Elizabeth, £2,000 each at 21 or marriage; to executors lease of Rectory of St. Margaret's, leased from the Dean and Chapter; executors to give daughters security for the £2,000 legacies, wishes payment of legacies made by the Bishop of Rochester. To wife all arrears of rent due at his death; to son Francis all books in his house and at Middle Temple, other than those his wife owned before marriage, and books given her since, which she can keep, all ------- ? and hangings in dining room. Also to wife, plate, rings, gold watch, cabinet and linen, household stuff, during widowhood. If she remarries, above divided into three, one part to wife, one part to son Francis, one part to daughters.
   To children of late brother, Henry, and Elizabeth Faunce, daughter of late sister, £20 each at 21 or marriage; to godson Francis Vallence [£5 ] for putting him out apprentice, at 15; to poor of St. Margaret's and St. Nicholas, £5, to be distributed on day of funeral. Wife and brother M------ ? Head executors, implores them to educate children and see that they have good marriages.
   Witnesses: John Wyvell and John Rhodes
   Proved 1st April 1675

42.   [8]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF MRS. CHARLOTTE COX
DAUGHTER OF THE REVD. HADLEY COX
LATE ARCHDEACON OF BEDFORD
WHO HAVING FULFILLED THE DUTIES OF A DAUGHTER
SISTER AND FRIEND
WITH THE UTMOST STRICTNESS AND PROPRIETY
AND UNDERGONE A SERVERE AND PAINFUL ILLNESS
WITH TRUE CHRISTIAN PATIENCE AND RESIGNATION
WAS RELEASED FROM HER EXTREME SUFFERINGS
13th AUGUST 1798
AGED 42
TO WHOSE PIOUS MEMORY IS ERECTED THIS MONUMENT
OF SISTERLY AFFECTION
AND ESTEEM
HERE ALSO ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
HER BELOVED SISTER MRS. JEMIMA COX
WHO DIED 24th AUGUST 1817 AGED 51 YEARS
"Alike on Earth, the Christian Path they trod
Together now their spirits dwell with God"

Jemima Cox, of St. Margaret's, Spinster, P.C. C. Will dated 9th October 1810
   Appoints cousin Rev. William Parslow of Yardly near Buntingford, Herts., executor; he gets all her household goods except grand father Cox's miniature picture, set in gold, which goes to John Halden, Esq., of Colchester. If Halden is dead, then to Charlotte Jane Skinner widow of William North Skinner, Esq., she also gets all her books, any she does not want, to Charlotte Elizabeth Unwin wife of William Unwin, Esq.
   If her "old and faithful servant" Ann Williams?, is living at testator's death, she gets £100, "thinking her truly deserving of such reward for her long and invariably affectionate and honest service to my dear parents and their descendants".
   Her clothes divided between Ann Williams? and Betty Adams her house maid, who also gets 5 guineas; any cook with her at her death, is to have 2 gns. in addition to wages due. Betty Adams is recommended to Mr and Mrs Parslow, "as meriting their notice and kind assistance in any way they may be best able to serve her, having a just opinion of her honest integrity in every respect". To Mrs Watchurst, late Mrs Sayer?, a ring value two gns., and the same to Mrs Rebecca Harwood of St. Margaret's, set with hair. Also any trinket, her "dear relations may not want", as a keepsake to each of them. To poor of the parish, £10, Mr Parslow to pay this to Rev. Grifffiths or vicar at the time.
   Income of residue of personal estate, ¼ to William Parslow, ½ to second cousin Charlotte Jane Skinner, ¼ to second cousin Charlotte Elizabeth Unwin.
   Her burial to be managed by Mr Sidden; she is to be buried in same vault as her beloved sister, if she dies at Rochester.
   Any favourite animals she may leave, she trusts her friends will place them where they will be humanely treated.
   She prays for blessings on all her relations and friends, servants and acquaintances.
   Witnesses: H. B. Harrison, Rector of Bugbrook, Northants., and John Bishop, Rector of Cold Higham

Codicil dated 21st August 1817
    She has left ¼ of income from residue of personal estate, to Charlotte Unwin, this is to be paid for life, free from any control or debts of her husband; she must not assign this legacy to any one else; after her death the principle to her children. Her servant Ann Williams?, has died, so she gives the £100 to Betty Adams, and the small tent bed she sleeps in, with furniture of bed and the bureau in front upper room of house, separate from the bookcase, and small looking glass. Rest of will confirmed.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Rochester and John Thornly?, Rochester.
   Proved 5th September 1817

43.   [9]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
LIEUT. COLONEL NATHANIEL COLE
OF THE ROYAL MARINES
WHO FAITHFULLY SERVED HIS COUNTRY UPWARDS OF FORTY YEARS
DURING WHICH TIME
HE HAD THE HONOUR OF SHARING IN THE GLORIOUS NAVAL VICTORIES
OFF GROIX, 23rd JUNE, 1795
TRAFALGAR, 21st OCTOBER, 1805
L’ORIENT, 22nd MAY, 1812
AND IN VARIOUS MINOR IMPORTANT ACTIONS AT SEA
ALSO AT THE BATTLES OF BLADENSBURGH, BALTIMORE
AND THE TAKING OF WASHINGTON IN AMERICA
AFTER ENDURING A LONG ILLNESS WITH CHRISTIAN PATIENCE
HE DIED AT ROCHESTER, BELOVED AND LAMENTED
ON THE 12th DAY JUNE 1837 AGED 59 YEARS

Nathaniel Cole, Major Chatham Division, Royal Marines, P. C. C. Will dated 21st October 1836
   Appoints John Lintoll Senior of Horsham, brother Major Richard Cole, late 81st Regiment of Foot, Thomas Sidden Sholt, Banker of Manchester and wife Betsy, as trustees. Wife to be sole trustee for life, as long as she remains his widow. To trustee, all money and properties, these can be sold and invested in Public Funds after wife's death. She to have interest payments and his cellar of wines; she can give his brother any of his clothes and she can sell furniture.
   After her death, interest to brother for life; after his death, to education of children of nephew, Ensign Richard Cole, 6th Regiment of Foot; if he has no children, then to education of late sister, Mrs Lintoll's grandchildren from 7 years of age, until then the interest is compounded. If he dies on full pay he wishes to be buried with military honours, six pall bearers, with scarfs and hatbands and gloves, which, after funeral are to be delivered to Quarter Master of Royal Marines to be worn at Corps funerals. Trustee/s to erect tablet to his and his wife's memory where he is interred; tomb to be kept in good order; and father's tomb in Wareham churchyard to be kept in good repair. If he is not buried in sister's (Miss Cole) vault in St. Margaret's churchyard, , it shall be kept in good repair.
   Witnesses: Charles Thomas, John Girley and John Siddle

Codicil dated 25th April 1837, at Nile Terrace, Rochester
   He is now a Lt. Colonel in the Portsmouth Division, R.M. Revokes the giving of scarfs and hatbands to funeral party; he leaves this to wife's discretion.
   Witnesses: Thomas Bottle and Maria Cole
   Proved 14th September 1837 Betsy Cole is described as Bessy Cole. Testator was formerly of Wareham

44.   [10]

Brass plaque, loose on floor
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GENERAL G. W. BINGHAM, C.B., D.L.
FOR THE COUNTY OF KENT, OF THE VINES, ROCHESTER
BORN JUNE 21st 1817, DIED AT NICE, MARCH 25th 1899
ALSO OF SOPHIA, WIFE OF THE ABOVE
BORN MAY 2nd 1818, DIED DECEMBER 3rd 1881
"Their children shall rise up and call them blessed"

(Both buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery)

END OF THE SOUTH GALLERY

MISCELLANEOUS

45.   [  ]

Ledger from Thorpe's Registrum Roffenses 1769 (Not Seen)

HERE LYETH INTERRED THE BODY OF
CAPT. THOMAS CLARKE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 9th OF JULY 1673
BEING AGED 61 YEARS
WHO HAD ISSUE ONE SON
AND THREE DAUGHTERS

46.   [  ]

Brass (Palimpsest) formerly fixed on same Ledger as Ewer, now in Frame

COD THOMS DICT FAC JACET HIC NECE VICTUS
VICARIUS GRATUS HUIC ECCLIEQUE BEATA ECCLESI
XPI MULTUQUE PROSUIT ISTI ET CAPANILI SUCCURIT
TEMPORE VILI ANNO MILLEUS QUAL C I DENQUE QUINO
NOVEMBRIS MENSA SATUM NECE VERE OBIIT HIS T. C. FIBI
SEQUE IHU MISERERE O SAC ANDREA FIBI PETR AB HOSTE TPHENA
PRO CUNCTIS MERITIS ILLI SIT VITA PERENNIS

47.   [  ]

Ledger from Thorpe

HERE LYETH INTERRED
THE BODY OF
JAMES EWER
SECOND SON OF MR. THOMAS EWER ESQ.
OF BUSHEY HALL IN THE COUNTY OF HERTFORD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST THE 3rd 1708
AGED [   ] YEARS

48.   [  ]

Ledger also from Thorpe

HIC JACET
MELIOREM EXPECTANS VITAM
DESIDERATISSIMUS DOMINUS
DAVID JONES
QUI IN SUPERIORES VENERATIONE
SUMMA
IN AMICOS FIDE PERSPECTA
IN EGENOS CHARITATE PIA IN
UNIVERSO DEMUM PERITIA MEDICA
CLARABAT VIVENS
IDEM
DECIMO SEPTIMO MAII ANO DNI
1683 AETATIS SUAE QUINQUAGESIMO
NONO RELIQUIT TERROS

David Jones, of St. Margaret, Gentleman, P. C. C. Will dated 15th May 1683
   To wife Elizabeth, all gold and jewels she has, and furniture of his chamber, bed and hangings, etc. His eldest daughter Dorothy Jones is executor. If she dies before youngest daughter Elizabeth is 20, then good friend Christian Hugesson of Faversham, widow is executor; if she dies before Elizabeth is 20, then Martha Woodward of St. Margaret, spinster is executor, if she stays unmarried until Elizabeth is 20. His worthy friend, Thomas Manley of St. Margaret's, is overseer and advisor to executor; he gets £4 and 40/- per annum, as long as he advises executor, until Elizabeth is 20.
   To daughter Dorothy, ½ of the lease of Rose Court, Isle of Grain, leased from Wardens of Rochester Bridge, for ever.
   If she dies before 20 without lawful heirs, then to daughter Elizabeth at 20 or has a child, for ever, if she dies without heir, then to Sarah Dyer of Faversham, spinster, daughter of John and Elizabeth Dyer, for ever. To daughter Dorothy, £2,000 and reversion of house in Milkehouse Street, in Cranbrook, and attached lands, for ever. To daughter Elizabeth, £1,000 and 50 broad pieces of gold and ½ his plate. If Dorothy marries before Elizabeth is 20, her husband is to give security for payment of her legacies to Elizabeth. If either daughter die unmarried, survivor to pay Sarah Dyer £300. If either die pre 20, without heirs, survivor is heir and gets all real and personal estate. If both daughters die unmarried and pre 20, then all to Sarah Dyer, for ever. Dorothy to allow Martha Woodward "her diet" and pay her £10 a year for 2 years after his death, if Martha is still unmarried. To Martha, £6, for mourning; to Sarah Dyer, £20; to Christian Hugesson, a double guinea to buy a ring to wear in remembrance of him.
   Mr Robert Cunney?, of Rochester "pretends affection" for Dorothy, if she marries him, she is to have no benefit of his will, and sister Elizabeth gets her share; if Elizabeth is dead, then to Sarah Dyer, for ever. Any dispute arising from will to be settled by Thomas Manley.
   Witnesses: G. D. Lanne, Elizabeth Franklyn and W. Allen
   Proved 18th June 1683

49.   [  ]

Brass plaque set in floor by stone pulpit in the nave

OF YOURE CHARITY PRAY FOR THE SOULE OF SYR
JAMES ROBERTS PRIEST WHICH DECEASED THE XXIII
DAY OF SEPTEMBER ANO DO MDXL ON WHOSE
SOULE & ALL XTN SOULES JHU HAVE MERCY AMEN

50.   [  ]

Well known brass of THOMAS CODD set on the north wall of the chancel arch

Translated from the Latin
HERE LIES A VICTIM OF DEATH, HE WHO WAS ONCE
CALLED THE REVEREND THOMAS CODD, THE BELOVED
AND PIOUS VICAR OF THIS CHURCH; FOR HE RENDERED
GREAT SERVICE TO THIS CHURCH OF CHRIST, AND HE
REPAIRED THE BELFRY WHEN IN A BAD STATE (OR IN
THE WORST TIMES). THIS T.C. DIED IN THE YEAR
1465, IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, ON THE
ANNIVERSARY OF SATURNIUS (NOV. 29th). BUT DO
THOU, OH JESUS, HAVE MERCY ON HIM! O HOLY
ANDREW! BRING HIS TROPHIES FROM HIS (SPIRITUAL)
ENEMY. MAY ETERNAL LIFE BE THE REWARD OF HIS
HOLY WORKS

Will of Rev. Thomas Codd.  Dated 31st august 1465
   He desires to be buried in the church before the crucifix in the nave. He bequeaths 20s to paint the rood with figures of St Mary and St John the evangelist, and a wax taper to burn before the rood. He bequeaths 5s to the lights of the Holy Trinity and All Saints. Also 5s to the lights of St Michael the arch angel. A cow with a "white face" for the lights of St Christopher, St John the Baptist and St Katherine.
   20s for a marble stone over his grave to be engraved with the date of his death. 20s to his sister, Margaret Codd.
   Executors: Master Stangs, vicar of St Nicholas and Sir* John Pertrech, warden of Bredgar chantry.
   * "Sir" was a title used for a priest

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Monumental Inscriptions of St Margaret's Church, St Margaret's Street, Rochester
                                                                 
 - recorded by D. E. Williams 2008

Section B   Larger Monuments around the Church


St Margaret's Church from the South East

PART 6
LARGER MONUMENTS - NORTH SIDE OF CHURCH

51.   [1]


MOFFAT AND DOUGLAS TOMB
SINCE THIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN, THE RIGHT HAND CURBSTONE HAS FALLEN, 
THE ONE ON THE LEFT IS ABOUT TO FOLLOW IT, IF NO EFFORT IS MADE TO REPAIR IT, 
IT MAY SHARE THE FATE OF THE NIGHTINGALE MONUMENT,

Classical Chest Tomb
North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF ROBERT DOUGLAS ESQUIRE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 28th OF MARCH 1783
AGED 73 YEARS
AND OF MARY DOUGLAS HIS WIDOW
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 2nd OF NOVR. 1801
AGED 86 YEARS
South Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIDOW OF JAMES MOFFAT ESQUIRE,
DECEASED AT CALCUTTA IN THE EAST INDIES,
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 11th OF MAY 1803
IN THE 63rd YEAR OF HER AGE
AND OF MARY ELIZABETH MOFFAT
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO WAS BORN
SEPTEMBER 13th ? 1770 AND DIED DECEMBER 9th 1867
AGED 97 YEARS

Robert Douglas, Captain in Chatham Division of Royal Marines, P. C. C. Will dated 15th June 1780
   He is embarked on H.M.S. "Inflexible". To friend and Agent Charles Cox of Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, his pay arrears, prize money, short allowance money and all monies, upon trust, to pay Christopher Yeats of [    ], all arrears of annuity.
   Charles Cox to give his wife, Mary Douglas, of Rochester, an account of all funds.
   Witnesses: Griffith Williams and James Wingrove
   Proved 12th August 1783

Mary Elizabeth Moffat, of Star Lane, Fund Holder (1861 Census) (See Interior)

52.   [2]


Classical Chest Tomb, east of No. 1
North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM
SON OF
ROBERT AND ANN GEORGE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JUNE 11th 1832 AGED 23 YEARS
ALSO RICHARD BURCHAM GEORGE
YOUNGEST SON OF THE ABOVE
ROBERT AND ANN GEORGE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 12th 1842 AGED 23 YEARS
ALSO EMMA GOTTO YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
ROBERT AND ANN GEORGE
AND WIFE OF MR. EDWARD GOTTO OF ROCHESTER
WHO DIED ON THE 3rd OF FEBRUARY 1844 AGED 21 YEARS
15 MONTHS AFTER HER MARRIAGE AND A FEW HOURS
AFTER HAVING GIVEN BIRTH TO HER DAUGHTER
South Side
IN MEMORY OF
MR. ROBERT GEORGE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 19th SEPTEMBER 1841
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO ANN THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 11th SEPTEMBER 1848
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO OF GEORGE E. ELY M.D.
BORN OCTOBER 30th 1813 DIED
OCTOBER 16th 1855 AGED 42

Robert George the Elder, of Chatham, Porter Merchant, P. C. C. Will dated 19th February 1840
   To daughter Sarah Sandwell George, brother in law Richard Hopper Shrewsbury and son in law Robert Thomas Parnell, his freeholds and leaseholds, shares in property, household goods and furniture, money, stocks, etc., upon trust, to permit wife Ann use of household goods, etc., for life, as long as she is his widow. Trustees can sell estate other than real and securities. They can from time to time sell part of trust estate. Proceeds invested in Government Funds, etc. Wife to have annual income from rents and dividends. To each of his unmarried daughters, annuities of £25, if only three, £30 each, if only one £40, for life. After death or remarriage of wife, and deaths or marriage of daughters, the residue of trust estate divided equally among his children and to children of those who are dead, at 21 or marriage, if girls.
   Witnesses: George Acworth, Solicitor, Rochester and Alfred Morgan his Clerk.

Codicil dated 14th September 1841
   Revokes son Robert's share in residuary personal estate, because he has already given him larger amount. Gives him 19 gns., as sign of affection, to be deducted from sums owed. To grandson, Robert George Parnell, his silver watch and 19 gns., The portion of his daughter Elizabeth Slatterie to be retained by trustees, they to pay her the interest; after her death, the principle to her children equally. If she has no children or they die pre 21, that share divided among his children. Rest of will confirmed
   Witnesses: S. J. Ely, Chatham and George Acworth, Rochester
   Proved 21st October 1841

Richard Burchem George,
of Chatham, Architect and Surveyor, P. C. C. Will dated 7th April 1842
   To mother Ann, his real and personal estate. If she dies in his lifetime, then to his sisters Sarah, Eliza, Matilda and Emma George. Sister Sarah, and brothers Edward George of Sandgate, M. D. and Robert George of Rochester, Wine Merchant are executors.
   Witnesses: Robert Weston, Clerk to Mr Richard George and G. Ketchley Essell, Solicitor, Rochester
   Proved 9th June 1842

Ann George,
of Chatham, Widow of Robert, P. C. C. Will dated 8th September 1848
   To daughter Elizabeth Smith Hollen, widow, if she is a widow at testator's death, the items listed below. If she is married, the following to be divided equally among her children related to her "by blood". Son Robert is executor.
   Witnesses: Charlotte Baker and Alice Fassridge
   One fender, fire irons, two brass ---- ?, chiffonier and eight chairs , ------ ? table, couch, carpet, all in drawing room.
   Carpet in back chamber, chest of drawers, looking glass, mahogany wash stand and china, painted ------ ?, bolster, four pillows, feather bed, hall lamp, parlour lamp, dining table, large easy chair, stair carpet, iron kettle, meat screen, ----- ? in the kitchen, cheese dish, soup tureen, (tulip pattern), seven dish rovers, copper -------- ?, scuttle, -------- ?, two brass candle sticks, tulip pattern plate, rods to stair carpet.

Affidavit dated 28th November 1851
   Alice Fassridge of 2 Highbury Villas, Islington, sworn that she and Charlotte Baker were present when testator signed will. The list of goods was written by the testator in their presence.
   Proved 18th April 1853

53.   [3]


THE PATTEN TOMB, A FITTING MONUMENT
FOR A STONEMASON

Large classical pedestal surmounted by a large urn
West Side
IN MEMORY OF
MR. RICHARD PATTEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [OCTOBER] [ ]
176[1] AGED 63? YEARS
[    ]
RICHARD PATTEN WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE [   ] OCT. 1810 AGED 66 YEARS
North Side
IN MEMORY OF MR. FRANCIS SMITH PATTEN
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 14th
1783 AGED 44 YEARS
SUSANNA WIFE OF THE ABOVE, (LATE WIFE OF
MR. JOHN IRWIN OF CHATHAM)
DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 11th 1798 AGED 55 YEARS
SUSANNA THEIR DAUGHTER DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JULY 9th 1775 AGED 8 YEARS
OF SURVIVING ISSUE ONE SON AND ONE DAUGHTER
FRANCIS AND ANN
SUSANNA PATTEN GRANDDAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 31st 1797
AGED 11 MONTHS AND 10 DAYS
ALSO JOHN SON OF EDWARD AND ANN IRWIN
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANY. 6th 1797 AGED 1 YEAR AND 3 MONTHS
ALSO MRS. ANN IRWIN
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH 3rd 1833 AGED 67 YEARS
East Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
FRANCES WIFE OF MR. FRANCIS PATTEN
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
APRIL 16th 1819 AGED 46 YEARS
ALSO RICHARD HUGGET GRANDSON OF
THE ABOVE WHO DIED DECEMBER 20th 1830
AGED 2 YEARS AND 2 MONTHS
SUSANNA MARY EMMA SISTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED IN HER INFANCY
RICHARD HUGGET BROTHER OF THE ABOVE
DIED 21st OCTOBER 1855 AGED 50 YEARS

Richard Patten, died 1761, unfortunately there is only an Administration and no Will.

Francis Smith Patten
was a Stone Mason, Freeman of Rochester in 1761. Partner of Thomas Brisley. (Holden's Directory 1809 and Pigot's Directory 1823)

Richard Patten,
died 1810, a Pawnbroker ?, (Holden's Directory 1809)

John Irwin,
ran a Blockmakers, Coal Merchants and Wharfinger Company (Rochester Directories, 1784, 1805 and 1809)

54.   [4]

Image removed.
THE NIGHTIGALE TOMB, FROM THE NORTH, IN 1991, INTACT, EXCEPT FOR THE PANEL
 ON THE SOUTH SIDE, WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITH LITTLE EFFORT.


THE SAME TOMB, FROM THE SOUTH, IN 2012

Classical Chest Tomb, near western wall, in ruins
Detached end panel
MR.
THOMAS NIGHTINGALE
DIED THE [   ] OF JUNE 179[5]
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO
MARY NIGHTINGALE
SISTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED
THE 28th OF OCTOBER 1809
AGED 80? YEARS
SOPHIA M[ATTHEWS?]
[     ]

(Fragment of side panel)
ALSO OF
ALICIA DAUGHTER [OF]
JOHN & CATHERINE
NIGHTINGALE
WHO DIED
THE 27th OF JANUARY 17[95]
AGED 10 YEARS
ALSO OF THOMAS [NIGHTINGALE]
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED
THE 24th OF DECEMBER [1799]
AGED 11 YEARS
(Fragment of side panel)
IN MEMORY OF
[JO]HN NIGHTINGALE
[DIED ON] 18th OF DECEMBER 1814 AGED 62 YEARS
[CATH]ERINE NIGHTINGALE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED ON 10th [OCTOBER] [1832] AGED [7]5 YEARS

(Side panel, originally North side)
IN THIS VAULT
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
MR. AARON WADDUP
WHO DIED THE 13th OF APRIL 1813 AGED 88 YEARS
ALSO OF MARY HIS WIFE
WHO DIED THE 8th OF OCTOBER 1791 AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO OF WILLIAM THEIR SON
WHO DIED THE 21st? DAY OF OCTOBER 1803 AGED 40 YEARS
ALSO OF WILLIAM BOYS
WHO DIED THE 31st OF MARCH 1831 AGED 32 YEARS
[   ] BOYS [SON?] OF THE ABOVE
[   ] YEARS AND 5 MONTHS

John Nightingale, Collector of Customs, (Bailey's Directory 1784; Universal British Directory 1795; Patent Office, Deputy Comptroller; Receiver of Greenwich Hospital and Russian Duties; Agent to Dover, Rye and Ramsgate Harbours, (Universal British Directory 1795). P.C.C. Will dated 21st October 1796
   Real estate and money in Public Funds and other securities, household goods and personal estate to wife Catherine, Aaron Waddup of Rochester, Gentleman, William Waddup of Rochester, Gentleman and John Stunt of Devereaux Court, Strand, Shoe Maker, upon trust. They to permit wife to reside in house he occupies in Rochester High Street, with such household goods as she chooses, for life, if she continues his widow. Residue of freehold and leasehold to be sold; debts called in and to sell residue of household goods and furniture. Interest and dividends to wife for life, as above. After her death or marriage, then to his children, for ever at 21, in equal shares. If all children are not 21 at wife's death, then interest to their maintenance and education. Trustees are also executors.
   Witnesses: John Snatt, Richard Tanner and George Chiffey

Codicil dated 4th December 1798
   Revokes appointment of William Waddup as executor. Rest of will stands. Aaron Waddup now of Strood.
Witnesses: John Snatt, Kitty Lester and Elizabeth Eppy

Codicil dated 27th November 1804
   If daughter Elizabeth Nightingale and son John die pre 21, all his freehold real and personal estate to wife Catherine, for ever.
   Witnesses: Edward Tanner, S. Bridge and Kitty Lester
   Proved 23rd February 1815 (Aaron Waddup has since died)

Thomas Nightingale, Receiver of the Lights and Trinity Duties, (Universal British Directory 1795)

Aaron Waddup,
of Chatham, Gentleman, Draper and Salesman in 1784 (Bailey's Directory), Freeman of Rochester 1775 P.C.C. Will dated 28th October 1803.
   All estate shared equally between daughters Catherine Nightingale, wife of John Nightingale, of Rochester, Gentleman and Frances Stunt wife of John Stunt of Devereaux Court, Strand, Cordwainer, for ever.
   Daughters are executors.
   Witnesses; John Prall and Thomas Church
   Proved 28th April

William Boys,
of Rochester, Chemist and Druggist, P.C.C. Will dated 30th September 1830
   Ready money, securities, stock in Public Funds, household goods and furniture, stock in trade, personal estate to wife Elizabeth. John Nightingale of Rochester, Gentleman and wife Elizabeth executors.
   Witnesses: George Liddon and Catherine Nightingale
   Proved 23rd May 1831

55.   [5]


IMMEDIATELY NORTH OF THE NAVE
TOMB OF BRISLEY FAMILY AND DR. RYE

Large, low, dark ledger close to north wall of church
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
ABIGAIL RELICT OF THOMAS BRISLEY
OF CHALLOCK
WHO DIED 23rd APRIL 1813 AGED 84 YEARS
AND OF THOMAS BRISLEY
OF ROCHESTER SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED [1823 AGED 70 YEARS]
ALSO OF SARAH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED 10th OF NOV. 1832 AGED 77 YEARS
THOMAS BRISLEY SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 11th JUNE 1829 AGED 30 YEARS
JOHN PIERCE RYE DIED [ ] SEPTEMBER
1821 AGED 9 MONTHS
ARTHUR RYE, SURGEON
DIED 13th MARCH 1832 AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO HENRY PIERCE BRISLEY SON OF
WILLIAM AND ANN BRISLEY WHO DIED
[    ] MARCH 1836 AGED [3] YEARS & 3 MONTHS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM BRISLEY
WHO DIED 4th JULY 1853 AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO ANN THE BELOVED WIFE OF
MR. SAMUEL ANDREWS
OF HERTFORD AND RELICT OF THE ABOVE
DIED 3rd MAY 1861 AGED 61 YEARS
AMELIA RELICT OF THE ABOVE ARTHUR RYE
DIED 12th OCTOBER 1864 AGED 79 YEARS

Thomas Brisley, of Chatham, Stone Mason, Freeman of Rochester, 1795 P. C. C. Will dated 19th May 1820
   To son William of Gravesend, Stone Mason, his interest in Stone Mason business in partnership with Francis Patten, in Rochester and Chatham. Use and occupation of wharf and storehouse behind his house. Son William to pay brothers, John Pierce Brisley, of Stroud, Glos., Bookseller and Thomas Brisley of London, Chemist, full valuation of father's share of business. If he can not pay full cost, then he must pay interest on outstanding sum.
   To wife Sarah, £100; to children, Amelia, wife of Arthur Rye, Surgeon of Rochester, John Pierce, William and Thomas Brisley, £50 each for mourning. Rest of money and securities, (not real or government securities) executors to call in together with money from personal estate, invest in real or government securities. To wife Sarah, rents of all freeholds and leaseholds, and a reasonable rent from son William , if she requires it. Dividends of money in Public Funds or other securities, for life; household goods and furniture, etc. She to keep properties in good repair. To his three sons, freehold property on St. Margaret's Banks, occupied by Mr Elisha Naylor, Solicitor, and leasehold field, behind this property, and fronting New Road, in his own occupation, upon trust. Sons can sell (with consent of sister, Amelia), proceeds to be invested as above. Rents of property and field or interest from proceeds of sale, to be paid to Amelia, for life. If she dies in lifetime of her husband, then he gets the income, for life. After his death, to their children at 21, if under 21, then rents and interest for maintenance and education.
   After death of wife, Sarah, leaseholds fronting Chatham Street, and Freshwater Alley, in St. Margaret's, in occupation of William Wilson, William Stanger, Henry Overhead, Edmund Watson, Leonard Miller and Thomas Seager, to son John Pierce, for remainder of term. House in Chatham, where he lives, and six houses, storehouse and wharf behind the house, occupied by himself and William Smith, James Knight, George Nicholson, Thomas Watkins, James Colley and William Gooding, to son William, for remainder of term.
   Freehold house and two pieces of land at Tunstall, occupied by William Swinyard, purchased from Rev. Bland, to son Thomas, after brother William's death, for ever. Also to Thomas, six leasehold houses and stable fronting Chatham Street, and "up an alley" opposite his house, occupied by himself and partner, Elizabeth Edwards, Elizabeth Parr, Garrett Syburn, James Reid, James Davies and Joseph Turtle for remainder of term.
   Stocks and securities he has, or may be purchased by trustees, household goods, furniture and residue, to his children shared equally.
   Wife and sons executors.
   Witnesses: J. Stephens, John Olive and M.S. Stephens

Codicil dated 20th June 1821
   He had bequeathed to wife, £100 and £50 each to his children, this is now revoked. Rest stands.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, George W. Lewis and Henry Lewis.
   Proved 4th October 1823

William Brisley, of Rochester, Stone Mason, Freeman of Rochester 1816 P. C. C. Will dated 28th September 1844
   To wife Ann all furniture and household goods, including pictures, prints and wines, and personal effects in house.
   To wife and friend William Wildash of Rochester, Stationer, his own leasehold house in that part of Chatham which is in the Liberties of the City of Rochester, (Chatham Intra). The lease is dated 26th April 1827, granted to the executors of Thomas Brisley, his late father, by the Patron, Governors and Brethren of St. Bartholomew's Hospital .Nine houses occupied by Dunn and others near St. Margaret's Banks, adjoining stone mason's yard in his occupation, with stables, and workshop in his occupation, also on the above lease; one sixth part of four houses and stone mason's yard on west side , formerly occupied by Francis Patten and Thomas Brisley, John Hider, Richard Colegate, James Dell and James Wilkinson, held by lease dated 1st April 1835, from above hospital, to William Tapley, [    ] Burford and himself, to wife Ann and William Wildash for remainder of term, upon trust. They to obtain new lease and insure property. Wife to have rents for life and for maintenance and education of children. After her death, property equally shared between children.
   All stock in trade, horses, carts, trucks and implements of stone mason, to trustees; if they think it beneficial, to carry on trade until eldest son is 21, or they can sell instead. If they carry on business, then as each son is 21, he shall have option to purchase business and stock in trade; if value is disputed son and trustees can appoint one neutral person each to value business.
   If business is sold, money to be invested in Public Funds, and income used for benefit of children, until youngest is 21.
   After his wife's death, the principle to be transferred to children, equally.
   To trustees his investments in the Bank of England, ready money, securities, money in other banks, all his property and residue, to invest in Public Funds. Wife to have the income, for herself and children. Wife and Wildash are executors and guardians of children.
   Witnesses: William Stephenson, Surgeon, Boley Hill, Rochester and John Bartlett, Oil Man of Chatham Intra.

Codicil dated 25th September 1851
   He had left certain leaseholds and personal estate and given powers to his wife and William Wildash, as trustees, executors and guardians. Now revokes this, so wife is sole executor, trustee and guardian. Rest of will stands.
   Witnesses: Thomas Patten Attorney and Notary of Rochester and Thomas Henry Patten Clerk to Mr Patten.
Proved 28th April 1854

William Brisley was a freeman of Rochester, 1816; he was a Magistrate and, in 1839, Mayor of Rochester. Two of his monuments are in Rochester Cathedral, William Burke, 1836 and James Forbes, 1837, the latter includes a very well carved profile portrait medallion.

56.   [6]

Large dark ledger on high base, close to north gate
ELIZABETH PORTLOCK
[THE BELOVED WIFE OF]
NATHANIEL PORTLOCK
CAPTAIN IN THE ROYAL NAVY
[1843 AGED 83 YEARS]
[    ]
JOHN [ ? ]
[    ]
HENRY POWNEY PORTLOCK
[    ]
NATHANIEL FERGUSON [SON OF?]
NATHANIEL JAMES PORTLOCK
[    ]

Elizabeth Portlock, of Guildford Street, London, widow of late Nathaniel Portlock, Captain, R.N., P.C.C. Will dated 6th August 1831. (Nathaniel Portlock was buried at Greenwich.)
   To be buried without expense or ostentation. To son in law Brown Collison of Fleet Street, and son Joseph Ellison Portlock, Captain in H.M. Royal Regiment of Engineers, £2,550, 3% annuities in Bank of England and a deed poll or insurance policy of the Rock Assurance Soc., for £500, upon trust.
   Interest on one third of the £2,550, to daughter Eliza wife of Brown Collison, for life; after her death, Brown Collison to have interest for life. After his death, principle and interest shared among her other children at 21, or marriage, if girls.
   One third, as in agreement in settlement made on marriage of son Joseph and Julia, dated 19th February 1831, concerning £975 and £850 Consolidated 3% Bank Annuities. The remaining third and sum of £500 in the policy, payable after her death, upon trust, to be invested in Public Funds.
   Brown Collison and Joseph shall pay interest of remaining third to daughter Mary Campbell Dadson wife of William Dadson, for life. After her death, trustees to transfer the third, equally among all her children at 21 or marriage if girls. If none survive, upon trust, to those entitled under intestacy laws, if Mary Dadson dies intestate.
   Trustees can use interest towards maintenance and education of grandchildren.
   Residue to Joseph; he and Brown Collison trustees and executors.
   Witnesses: Richard White, 14 Essex Street and Edward Thornson, his Clerk.

Codicil dated 9th May 1839
   To daughter of late Captain David Gilmour, Rosa Jessy and Jessy Augusta, £100 equally divided, left in trust to executors to be paid as they think fit most advantageous at 21 or marriage, or death of their mother. On no account to be paid for benefit of their maternal relations, the Deans.
   Witnesses: Edward Seaton, Surgeon, Rochester and Mary Campbell Dadson, Rochester, on 29th May 1839

Affidavit (after the Act)? 24th November 1843
   Edward Seaton, Surgeon of Rochester, formerly of Great Ormond Street, sworn that testator signed codicil in his presence and that of Mary Dadson, and that both witnessed will together. The phrase "observe I mean this bequest to be free of legacy duty, Elizabeth Portlock" part of the codicil, was not there when they witnessed the codicil.
   Proved 30th November 1843 Power reserved to Joseph Portlock

William Dadson, of St. Nicholas, Gentleman, (Artist and Drawing Master), P. C. C. Will dated 5th March 1852. (Probably buried in the Portlock tomb)
   After expenses and mourning for family, from personal estate, to wife Mary Campbell Dadson, all household furniture, household goods, including spirits and viands, and £20. To wife and eldest son, William Frederic Portlock Dadson, his freehold and leasehold properties, money, stocks, policies, etc., and personal estate, upon trust, to sell, they can keep securities in bank. From proceeds, to pay from interest and dividends, his sister, Kitty Maria Dadson an annuity of £50 for life. After her death, an annuity of £25 to his brother Charles Dadson, for life. An annuity of £30 to his son William, during his wife's lifetime or for William's, which ever is shorter. To younger son, Joseph Nathaniel Portlock Dadson, an annuity of £30 for life or to mother's death, as above. To daughter Elizabeth Marian Collison Dadson, an annuity of £30, as above. Wife to have income from estate for life for support and education of daughter Elizabeth. After wife's death, trust estate to his children in equal shares. Trustees can spend some capital to complete the education of son Joseph, who is at the Royal Artillery Academy, Woolwich; this not to exceed £600. At death of his wife, the £600 to be brought into "hotchpot"on division of estate. His wife has a life insurance policy of £600, payable to daughter Elizabeth. Trustees to bring equal sum into "hotchpot" to equalise childrens' share. All mortgages and trust estate vested in him to wife and son William, upon trust, detailed conditions follow. Trustees are also executors.
   Witnesses: George Acworth, Solicitor, Rochester and Alfred Morgan, his Clerk
   Proved 30th June 1853 Power reserved to William Dadson

PART 7
MONUMENTS EAST OF THE CHURCH

57.   [1]


EAST OF CHANCEL
LEFT TO RIGHT: ON WALL, BEST AND SOUTHERDEN; SQUARE CHEST BELOW BEST,
 BURN AND TORKINGTON; CORNWELL AND EASON; MANLEY; BELSON.

Classical Chest Tomb on a high base
North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE BELSON ESQ.
OF ROCHESTER WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 19th OF APRIL 1853
IN THE 92nd YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO
JULIANA ELEANOR WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON THE [   ] [OF FEBRUARY 1855]
AGED [88] YEARS

George Belson, Captain, (Pigot's Directory 1838) of Nile Terrace, P.C.C. Will dated 30th April 1850
   To wife Julianna Eleanor, £200 and household goods and furniture, clothes, pictures, books, wine and spirits, also £1,000 Bank 3% Consolidated Annuities. To eldest son John George, £8,000 same annuities, £8,000 of the same to youngest son Frederick. To grandchildren, William Eveleigh , Frederic Charles, Henry George and Ann Maria Belson, £2,000 of same annuities, at 21 years. To god son Beckeley George Albert Belson, eldest child of Frederick, £100.
   Residue of personal estate to wife and son George, upon trust, the annual interest to wife for life; after her death, equally shared between sons, they and wife executors.
   Witnesses: George Essell, Solicitor, Rochester and George ---?---- Shirley
   Proved 20th June 1853

58.   [2]


EAST AND NORTH OF CHANCEL
LEFT TO RIGHT: MANLEY, PATTEN AND BELSON,
PORTLOCK ON EXTREME RIGHT

Large classical Chest Tomb surmounted by casket
North Side of casket
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS MANLEY ESQ.
MANY YEARS A PRINCIPAL (CLERK)
OF THE CHEQUE (AT)
CHATHAM DOCKYARD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
(UNIVERSALLY ESTEEMED) AND DEEPLY (REGRETED)
ON THE 14th DAY OF JUNE 1802
AGED 56? YEARS

North Side of Chest Tomb, East End
ELIZABETH
AUNT? TO THE ABOVE
THOMAS MANLEY ESQ.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 1st? OF APRIL 1804
AGED [ ? ]3 YEARS

West End
MARY
ANN MANLEY
GRANDDAUGHTER OF
JOHN AND ELIZABETH
MANLEY
DIED SEPT. 12th 1817
AGED 37 YEARS

South Side of Chest Tomb
IN MEMORY OF
SARAH SECOND WIFE OF
MR. [WILLIAM] MANLEY
[DIED FEBRUARY 1770]
[ELIZABETH MANLEY, DIED MARCH 1754]
[WILLIAM MANLEY DIED AUGUST 1779]

East End of Chest Tomb
IN
THIS VAULT ARE
DEPOSITED THE REMAINS
OF TWO SONS AND FOUR
DAUGHTERS OF JOHN AND
ELIZABETH MANLEY
DIED IN THEIR INFANCY
ALSO THOMAS THEIR SON
AGED 2 MONTHS

Thomas Manley, of Chatham, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 26th June 1784.
   To brother William Manley and sister Elizabeth Shuter, £200 Bank Stock in 3% Consolidated, each. To brothers Edward and John, £300 in above stock, each. To children of brother John, and sister Elizabeth, living at his death, £600 in same stock, equally shared. To Josiah Evans, his wife Jane and their children, £100 in same stock, equally shared. To wife Susannah, 1s. After payment of debts, etc., residue of money and personal estate, to Mary Ann Hine daughter of James Taylor Hine, Silversmith of St. Luke's, Middlesex, for ever. Josiah Evans of St. Margaret's, Sail Maker, executor
   Witnesses: William Grant and John Sommerton
   Proved 16th June 1802

59.   [3]


EAST OF CHANCEL  CREST ON CORNWELL TOMB

Classical Chest Tomb, surmounted by a dark ledger, with an armorial crest
HERE LIES THE BODY OF
MR. THOMAS CORNWELL
OF WOOLWICH IN THE COUNTY OF KENT
WHO DIED THE 11th DAY OF MARCH
1752 AGED 64 YEARS
ALSO MR. ROBERT EASON
DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY 23rd 1766
AGED 84 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH EASON DAUGHTER
OF ROBERT AND ELIZABETH EASON
DIED 12th JANUARY 1800
AGED 86 YEARS
ALSO JOHN EASON BROTHER OF THE
ABOVE ELIZABETH DIED THE 24th JULY
1801 AGED 82 YEARS

Thomas Cornwell, of Woolwich, Gentleman, P. C. C. Will dated 29th February 1752
   "Sick and weak". His body to be buried in St. Margaret's Churchyard, "in a vault to be erected in the churchyard of the said parish of St. Margaret and an handsome tomb to be erected over the vault, with a black marble stone on the top".
   Mr John Bryant of Woolwich to make his coffin, and that £80 is spent on the tomb and funeral, from his personal estate.
   To cousin, Thomas Gravett of Bickenden?, Kent, House Carpenter, and "loving friend", William Peek of Woolwich, Shipwright, are executors. They have £100 each, in addition to their expenses. His freeholds in Kent and other counties and copyhold in Bow, Middlesex and leaseholds in Old Change, City of London and Fulham, to executors upon trust.
   They to receive rents ; they may sell his properties and divided proceeds among Thomas Gravett, Thomas Cornhill and John Eason, and all his first cousins by his father and mother, in equal shares. To his executors, money in bank annuities, Imperial Loan Lottery, mortgages and personal estate, upon trust, to sell, proceeds upon trust, divided as above.
   Witnesses: Thomas Coxwith, J. Bailey and J. Barnard, Attorney of Woolwich
   Proved 12th March 1752

John Eason, of Chatham, Shipwright, P. C. C. Will dated 18th April 1801
   To good friend James Coveney of Brompton, Shipwright, £10; residue of estate, including house and household goods, money and investments to his "relation" John Day, son of John Johnson Day and Maria Ann Day, deceased, for ever.
   James Coveney executor.
   Witnesses: John Cole, William Penrose ?and John Summerton.
   Proved 29th July 1801

Elizabeth Eason,
of Chatham, Spinster, P.C. C. Will dated 6th April 1798
   Brother John of Chatham, Shipwright is executor. If Mary Charlton, her sister, of New -------- ?, East Mausluity?, is living at her death, she may claim £10, if executor is agreeable, this to no other person but to Elizabeth Eason?
   To nephew John Day Baker, £5; to niece, Maria Charlton Day, Spinster £5; to Mrs Ann Eason, 1 guinea.
   Witnesses: Sarah Godfrey and William Clarle
   Proved 20th March 1800

60.   [4]

Large square classical pedestal
East Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MAJOR JOHN BURN R.M. [SON OF]
GENERAL BURN [    ]
[   ] SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY DIED 13th OCTOBER 1820
AETAT 45
SARAH JEMIMA HIS DAUGHTER WHO DIED 6th JAN.
1815 AETAT 3 YEARS
ANN? WIDOW OF THE ABOVE MAJOR JOHN BURN
BORN 18th JULY 1772
DIED 11th JUNE 1839
South Side
CAPT. ROBERT TORKINGTON
rest of this side eroded

Robert Torkington, Captain, R.M., is not buried here. His wife Christiana, General Burn's daughter was buried here in 1794, and their daughter, also Christiana, in 1795. The Torkingtons were married at St. Margaret's in 1789.

61.   [5]


Oval tablet close to above, on east wall of church
SARAH SECOND WIFE OF
MAJOR GENERAL [ANDREW] BURN
DIED AT BLACKHEATH ON THE [   ] JULY 18[28]
AGED 64 YEARS
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY HER CHILDREN IN
MEMORY OF THE AFFECTION AND[   ]
WITH WHICH THEY CHERISH THE MEMORY
OF THEIR BELOVED PARENT.
GEORGE BURN B.A. YOUNGEST SON OF THE
LATE MAJOR GENERAL BURN
DIED 17th OCTOBER 1826 AGED 25 YEARS
HIS NAME IS INSCRIBED HERE BY HIS BROTHERS
AND SISTERS TO RECORD THE VIRTUES OF ONE WHO
BY THE GRACE OF GOD PROMISED MUCH USE
FULNESS IN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST WHEN
PREPARING FOR HOLY ORDERS IT PLEAS
ED GOD TO REMOVE HIM BY DEATH
TO A BETTER WORLD

Andrew Burn, of Gillingham, Major General, Royal Marines. Burn's inscription was found on the Internet, contained in a biography, based on his Memoirs, (1814), which are mostly of a religious nature. On the chancel wall close to the monument of Burn's second wife, is the "ghost" of an oval monument. This monument which was in place in 1985 but which is now missing, is probably Burn's monument.
   P. C. C. Will dated 10th September 1814
   To wife Sarah, all real and personal estate, £300 Consolidated 3% Annuities in his and wife's name and £100 of same stock in names of him, wife and son Andrew. Sarah is executor.
   There are sums in Public Funds in names Rev. Rowland Hill, Mr William Shrubsole and his own, executors of the will of the late John Simmons, to which he renounces all claims, and makes his interest over to the other executors.
   Witnesses: John Handfield and Andrew Burn
   Proved 27th October 1814

PART 8
LARGER MONUMENTS SOUTH OF THE CHURCH

62.   [1]


BY PATH TO MAIN ENTRANCE
THE DERELICT REMAINS OF THE MONUMENT TO CAPTAIN BAKER, R. N.,
AND HIS BROTHER, MIDSHIPMAN CHARLES BAKER.

Broken Panel from destroyed Chest Tomb on red brick vault, rising from path
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
TWO BROTHERS
CAPTAIN [H. E.] R. BAKER, R.N.
[WHO DIED AUGUST [      ] ] 1820 AGED [56] YEARS
AND
C. A. F. BAKER
[LATE] MIDSHIPMAN ON H. M.S. ARROGANT
[THE LATE] ADM. [JOHN ] HARVEY, CAPTAIN
[WHO DIED] MARCH 17th 17[91] AGED 24 YEARS

Henry Edward Reginald Baker, of 28 Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square, Westminster,Captain, Royal Navy, P. C. C. Will dated 11th July 1820
   Revokes former wills except part of will dated 1st May 1817 bequeathing to St. Marylebone Institution for educating some boys and girls, £100. Executors to pay this to the Society (founded 1750) for clothing, maintaining and educating poor children of Marylebone; this out of his personal estate. His two friends Rev. John Wolvey Astley, Rector of Queenington, near Fairford, Glos., and George Acklom, of Hull, Captain, R.N. Are executors.
   Stock in Long Annuities in Bank of England to be sold to pay the above £100. Any deficiency made up by selling part of his 3% Consols. To each of his executors £50 each, plus extra £50 each for their trouble. If either of both decline to act, the £50 extra to, (via friends and patrons, the Marquis and Marchioness of Salisbury and Stephen Andesoif of 34 Cirencester Place, Portland Place) Ann Andesoif wife of Stephen and Isabella Strode of Kensington Palace; also £50 to Charlotte Pierrepoint of Gloucester; £25 each to, Rear Admiral Contters ?, , Rev. Thomas Contters and William Wood Page, all of Woodbridge. To Susannah Handyman of Penny Street, Portsmouth and her daughter Caroline, Captain John Broughton, R.N., and Mary his wife, of Eversley Cottage, Hants., Captain Anselm John Griffith and his wife Ann, Captain Thomas Stiles and his wife, Captain John Francis Staples and his wife, Captain John Fyffe, Captain William Standray ? Torkinson and Captain James Noble, all of R. N. and Captain John Wilson Rathbone, K.C.B., 10guines a each, as a mark of respect and esteem.
   To professional friends Rear Admiral Sir Jonas Rowley, K.C.B., B, Hothman , K.C.B., Captain Charles Grant, C.B., John Chambers White, James Veitch, James Mc Farlane, William Henry Dickson and Christopher West, all Captains or Commanders in the R.N.; TP George Daysh?, Lt. Francis Stipine?, of ------ ?, Loddon, Nasbeth -------?, Richard Williams, "my shipmate in the "Jupiter""; Francis Dance Lonyes ?, "my shipmate in the "Ulysses" and "Dannomarke", Lt. William Selby and George B. Harrison, Purser of HMS "Minden", 5 guineas each. To old friend Catherine Plaggenborg, for her sole use and not of her husband John, £20, to her sister Rose Woodward, £20, to her husband Richard Woodward, £15, the £100 debt outstanding from the latter is cancelled, the bond to be destroyed.
   To Lt. Plaggenborg, R.N., £15, to his sisters Catherine and Martha, £10 each; to his cousin Richard Woodward, £10. Annuities from his £1,000 East India Stock in East India House, in Leadenhall Street and from the 1750, 4% Consols in Bank of England. (The East India Stock in trust); to Caroline Astley, living with Charlotte Pierrepoint, £125 for life; to Cordelia Astley of 57 Baker Street, Portman Square, £25 for life; to Miss M. Jackson of the Convent, Hammersmith, well known to Caroline Astley, "and a pensioner of mine through my said friend, Caroline Astley", £25 for life; to good friend, Rev. Astley's children, to "my favourite Edward Astley, five sixteenths of the balance; to godson, Henry Astley, three sixteenths of the balance; to companion, John Astley, eldest son, two sixteenths, making up ten sixteenths; the remainder to be equally shared among, Christian, Mary, Ann, Eliza, William, Margaret, Frederick, Richard and the infant Astley at 21 years. Until then the interest to the Rev. Astley. £85 due on his shares in the Portsmouth and Arun Navigation Concern to be deducted from the general balance. Rent due for his apartment if he dies before Lady Day 1821 paid to Mrs Plaggenborg up to that day. The above shares to Rev. Astley, also his silver tureen in possession of Marquis of Salisbury at Hatfield House, silver waiter in possession of Stephen Adesoif and all plate, pictures, table, bed linen, books and household goods.
   Interest from East India Stock to Rev. Astley for life; after latter's death and of his daughters the £1,000 stock divided among Astley's children at 21 from the interest, £50 to George Acklom. If testator dies in London, to be buried by John Smith, Undertaker of John Street, Great Portland Street, in same grave as brother Charles Augustus Frederick in St. Margaret's Churchyard, near east end of church at the entrance, by the gate near the road. Desires a double brick casement and a plain tombstone and "guard of iron railings" with the following inscription:

   Sacred to the Memory of Two Brothers
Captain Henry Edward Reginald Baker of the Royal Navy
(date and age)
Charles Augustus Frederick Baker
late Midshipman of His Majesty's Ship "Arrogant"
the late Admiral Harvey, Captain
who died March ye 17th 1791 aged 24 years

   (N.B. The inscription does not adhere strictly to the above)
   To his esteemed friend, late Captain and Admiral Sir Charles Tyler K.C.B, 10guines as a mark of respect. He recommends his "young friend Lt. Edward Plaggenborg, R.N., for his great attention to me during my illness, to the notice and protection of my friend Rear Admiral Sir Henry Hotham, K.C.B., as well as my many friends named in my will"
   Witnesses: E. Richardson, Senior, ----------- ?, Golden Square and E. Richardson, Junior, same place

Codicil dated 11th July 1820, not signed or witnessed.
   To Captain George Acklom, his chronometer, no. 290, in possession of the successor to Hatton, St. Michael's Alley, Cornhill; to Captain Henry Dickson, telescope, charts, swords and epaulettes; to Lt. Richard Williams, his sextant, small chest of drawers and bookcase in bedroom; to Lt. Francis Daniel Lanzur, wash hand stand with drawers and small chest of drawers and bookcase in drawing room; to Lt. Edward Plaggenborg, six pairs of fine cot sheets, three large East India table cloths, feather bed and mosquito Malta net for the cot; to friend Stephen Adesoif, a diamond pin presented to him in 1807, six dozen port wine; to Ann Adesoif, his wife, silver cream jug and silver salt spoons, as a mark of respect to her mother, Mrs Burkoll, plus gold seal with an -------- ?, and motto "may it watch over you".
   To Catherine Plaggenborg, furniture as she may choose; to her sister Rose Woodward, feather bed and table she al;ready has. To the Marquis of Salisbury, ¼ cask of Madeira wine, in charge of Mr Harrison , Purser of the "Minden", he requests the Marquis to give to Mrs Penrose, widow of Dr. James Penrose of Hatfield, 13 bottles, to make up to 4 dozen sent him a short time before his death. The other ¼ cask to Rev. Astley on board the "Minden", and wine in his house. To friend Captain Anselm Griffith, his Edinburgh Quarterly Reviews; to friend Ann Bennet, widow, two gold seals, a representation of Lord Nelson telegraphing the Fleet on October 21st , small seal engraved "Reginald"; to Lt. Charles Ross his uncle, Captain William Bennett's seal, which was presented to testator by Bennett's widow. To executors, a set of --------------- ? Charts belonging to Lt. Charles Ross, the skeleton barometer and telescope belonging to Captain John Simpson.

Affidavit, concerning Codicil, dated 14th August 1820
   Septimus Miles of Ludgate Street, Watch Maker and Charles Frederick Londonsack, of James Street, Adelphi, Navy Agent, are sworn that they knew testator well and were familiar with his handwriting and signature, and confirm codicil to be authentic.
   Proved 16th August 1820

63.   [2]

Large ledger on brick base, south of No. 1
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY ANN HICKS
WIDOW OF THE LATE
GEORGE HICKS ESQ.
FORMERLY OF THIS PARISH
SHE DIED 27th SEPTEMBER 1850
AGED 81
ALSO OF HER SISTER
MISS CHARLOTTE FENNELL
WHO DIED 29th DEC. 1867
AGED 84

64.   [3]

Limestone Ledger on Limestone base, west of above
Mostly illegible
JAMES YEO ESQUIRE
[JANUARY 1829]
[AGED 70 YEARS]
[   ]
[   ] YEO [   ]

James Yeo, P.C.C. Will dated 29th October 1823.
   To Mrs Rebecca Harwood of St. Margaret's, Mrs Elizabeth Conyers of College Green, Miss Elizabeth Conyers, her daughter, Major General James Moore and to Mr John Dyke of Arundel Street, Strand, Gentleman, 5 guineas each for a ring, broach or other token, which they may wear in memory of his regard for them. To John Dyke, as a further token of regard, his watch by Arnold and numbered 1934. To dear Mary Harwood Yeo, General Moore and John Dyke, rest and residue, upon trust, to share among his children, Mary Harwood Yeo and Jane Yeo. Daughter Mary, General Moore and J. Dyke, executors.
   Witnesses; C. Hibbard, Clerk to Mr Dyke and James Fricker servant of Mr Yeo.
   Proved 23rd April 1851 Administration to Miss Elizabeth Conyers, sole executor of Mary Harwood Yeo, deceased; John Dyke only surviving executor having renounced; Jane Yeo the other daughter has also died.

65.   [4]


CLOSE TO MAIN ENTRANCE ON THE SOUTH   RYBOT TOMB

Low Limestone Ledger, from destroyed Chest Tomb on brick vault, west of above
Almost illegible
The name RYBOT occurs several times
[FRANCIS RYBOT, AUGUST 1776]
[ELIZABETH RYBOT, JANUARY 1809 AGED 81 YEARS]

Francis Rybot, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 7th May 1773
   All real and personal estate to wife Elizabeth for ever; she is executor.
   Witnesses: E. Dyne, Jos. Hawkins and W. S. Ruffin
   Proved 27th August 1776

Elizabeth Rybot, of St. Margaret's Widow, P.C.C. Will dated 12th July 1783.
   Appoints Henry Lark of Essex Street, Strand, Navy Agent and Elizabeth Barton wife of John Barton, Carpenter, R. N., executors. To Henry Lark and Elizabeth Portal of Shacklenwell (sic), Clerkenwell ?, Spinster, £20 annuity, part of , Consolidated Long Annuity (80 years), in her name in Bank of England, in trust, to pay to Mary Portal wife of Joseph Portal of Great St. Helen's, Bishopsgate Street, Linen Draper, for life; after her death, to her son William Anderson Portal; £10 annuity to Henry Lark and Elizabeth Portal, upon trust, to pay Mary Elizabeth Borthand, widow, for life; after her death, to William Portal. To Joseph Portal £5 annuity, another part of above annuity; to Elizabeth Portal, £2 10s annuity, as above. To Sarah Burton of Brompton, Chatham, widow, 20 guineas as a token of friendship. To Henry Lark, 10 guineas for his trouble. Residue of personal estate and monies to Elizabeth Barton
   Witnesses: Richard Heacock, Lt. , R.N. and William Cluff*, Gentleman, both of Rochester
   Proved 4th March 1809 Power reserved to Elizabeth Barton
   (*See Interior)
(Francis Rybot, of St. Martin in the Fields, widower, married Elizabeth Dupre, widow, at St. Margaret's in 1769)

66.   [5]


ANGLE OF TOWER, SOUTH SIDE   HILLIER AND WINTOUR TOMB

Large ledger on brick vault, south west angle of tower
HERE LIES THE BODY
OF
MR. WILLIAM HILLIER
FORMERLY A PURSER
IN THE ROYAL NAVY
AND LATTERLY
CLERK OF THE CHEQUE
IN THE VICTUALLING
DEPARTMENT
AT CHATHAM
DIED OCTOBER 30th 1846
AGED 84 YEARS
ALSO OF
LOUISA WINTOUR
WIDOW OF THE LATE
GEORGE STEPHENSON WINTOUR
(COMMANDER IN THE ROYAL NAVY)
AND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED SEPTEMBER 8th 1858
AGED 70 YEARS

67.   [6]


NICHOLSON FAMILY TOMB

Classical Chest Tomb, short distance south of Nos. 1 - 4
Top ledger
IN MEMORY OF
ISABELLA
WIFE OF
WILLIAM NICHOLSON ESQUIRE
HAVING GLORIFIED HER GOD
AND SHEWN HER FAITH IN HER REDEEMER
BY A LIFE OF HOLINESS
A SINCERE CHRISTIAN
A DEVOTED WIFE
AND AN
AFFECTIONATE AND WATCHFUL MOTHER
SHE DIED ON ALL SAINTS DAY
THE 1st OF NOVEMBER 1838
AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM NICHOLSON ESQUIRE
WHO DIED ON THE 17th OF FEBRUARY 1852
AGED 88 YEARS
"The hoary head is a Crown of Glory if it be
found in the way of Righteousness"
Proverbs

North Side
FRANCES NICHOLSON
DIED 18th NOVEMBER 1853
AGED 50 YEARS
GEORGE STEWART NICHOLSON
DIED 28th OCTOBER 1857
AGED 57 YEARS

South Side
JANE NICHOLSON
DIED [25th DECE]MBER 1825
AGED[36] YEARS
[CAROLINE] NICHLSON
DIED [   ] JUNE 1837
AGED [32] YEARS
[SARAH] NICHOLSON
[1806]
[AGED 32 YEARS]

East Side
ELIZABETH
DAUGHTER OF
ROBERT JOHN AND
ISABELLA SAUNDERS
DIED [   ]
AGED 16 YEARS
PHILLIPS HENRY
SON OF
ROBERT JOHN AND
ISABELLA SAUNDERS
DIED 18th AUGUST 1852
AGED 21 YEARS

William Nicholson, of Rochester, Esquire, (Builder), P.C.C. Will dated 15th December 1838
   To son William, two farms called Court Lodge and Gore Farms, in Hoo, purchased from William White, now occupied by son William, for ever. To son George, a farm called Cockham Farm, partly occupied by son William and partly by testator, and Cockham Wood, all in Hoo, for ever; also to George, £2,800.
   To daughter Catherine, furniture and household goods to value of £600, as she chooses for furnishing leasehold house in Nile Terrace, formerly occupied by Rev. Alex. Browne, now by Miss Fleet, to be held by Catherine upon trust.
   Residue of furniture, household goods, including wines, spirits, pictures, books etc., (except money and securities in his house); carriages and horses, to be valued by executors and equally shared among his two sons; they can select any engravings, scientific, engineering and architectural books and fine art books as part of their share. An equal part to daughters Catherine and Sarah, Isabella, wife of Robert Saunders, Mary wife of Rev. George Davies and Elizabeth wife of Captain Charles Phillips, R.N. One equal part divided between Jane Isabella, Marianne, Henry, Elizabeth and Ann Ellicombe, children of his late daughter Anne.
   To daughter Catherine, house in Nile Terrace, occupied by Miss Fleet, and garden grounds on west side, separated from rest of garden, 30 feet wide abutting to the south, and to New Road to the north, for remainder of term, upon trust. As long as any of his daughters remain unmarried, they can use property and contents, rent free.
   Residue of real and leaseholds and personal estate, to sons William and George and daughter Catherine, upon trust, to sell and invest proceeds in Public Funds. They to stand possessed of £8,000 in the new 3½% Bank Annuities, part of a trust fund, upon trust; interest to Catherine; if she marries and leaves a widower, then interest to him while he is a widower. After they have both died, in trust, for their children until they are 21. Complicated trust conditions follow.
   £4,000, of like investment, in trust, for daughter Frances. Annuity of £100 to Rev. Henry Ellicombe until all his children are 21 or when last one dies, if they all die, pre 21. Dividends of the £8,000 to be paid to each of the Ellicombe children equally at 21; if all do died pre 21, then into residue. From residue, a ninth in trust for sons William and George, daughters Catherine, Isabella and Mary. Long and involved trust details follow.
    To sons and daughter Catherine, rights in his freehold estates, vested in trustees or mortgagees, to their use, for ever. Sons are executors.
   Witnesses: Edward Twopenny, Solicitor, Rochester and Thomas Butt, Butler to Mr Nicholson

Codicil dated 25th April 1844
   He had left residuary real and leasehold and personal estates to sons and daughter Catherine in trust, to sell. He has ordained trusts in 3½% annuities; in case there is not enough money as bequeathed, his trustees and executors should purchase from the residuary personal estate, as much as is needed to make up shortfall.
   Part of estate to be sold is his now dwelling, son William to have right of pre-emption, freehold as well as leasehold (leased from Governors of Christ's Hospital), for £3,000, the £,3000 upon trust.
   To son William picture painted by Canson in drawing room, two pictures , a Greek Lady and Greek Peasant in dining room. To son George, a picture by Bassano in drawing room; to daughter Catherine, a picture by Salvator Rosa in drawing room; picture painted by Captain Baron of late dear daughter, Caroline. To daughter Isabella; a painting by Conderlyn?, in drawing room. To daughter Mary, two paintings over side board in dining room. To daughter Elizabeth, widow of Captain Phillips, all oil or watercolour paintings in library. To daughter Sarah, a landscape either by Ruysdael or Rambouts in drawing room. To daughter Frances, picture by Woverman in drawing room and a Morland in dining room. In event of son William buying his house,he is to have large Fuseli in the hall. Rest of will confirmed
   Witnesses: Richard Harrisom Voakes, Schoolmaster and Joseph Hutchinson Servant to Mr Nicholson

Codicil dated 19th May 1845
   He had bequeathed share of residuary estate to sons William, and George and daughter Catherine, and grand daughter Jane Ellicombe; now revokes this. Jane is to receive principle; trustees to hold all monies, and share Jane would have had, interest and dividends to Jane for life. After her death, trustees to pay her husband and children, if any, or her siblings, or as Jane directs by her will. In default, then as laid out by the laws of intestacy. Rest of will confirmed
   Witnesses: David Foster, Hair Dresser, Strood and Joseph Hutchinson

Codicil dated 8th September 1845
   He had given to late daughter Sarah money in 3¼% bank annuities and public funds, and part of residue; she died on 30th August 1845, so bequest now void. To son William an extra £2,000, in 3¼% bank annuities. To daughter Isabella, an extra £2,000 in same stock. To children of late daughter Ann Ellicombe, an extra £2,000 in same stock. Residue of bequest to Sarah added to general residue and distributed as laid out in will. Rest of will conformed
   Witnesses: Thomas Dove, Carpenter and Joseph Hutchinson.

Codicil dated 1st October 1845
   Had bequeathed to daughter Catherine share of estate, and sons to pay her interest and annuities as for daughters Isabella and Frances. He now desires these shares paid to them entirely for their own use and not subject to any limitation.
   Witnesses: Thomas Dove and Joseph Hutchinson

Affidavit dated 18th March 1852
   Joseph Hutchinson sworn concerning 3rd codicil; he confirms it was signed by testator in his presence and that he and Thomas Dove immediately signed as witnesses together.
   Proved 24th March 1852

Caroline Nicholson
, Spinster, P.C.C. Will dated 10th April 1837
   All her money in the Funds equally divided between unmarried brothers and sisters. Brothers William and George are executors.
Witnesses: Elizabeth Maudslay and Susan Tomlin

Codicil, same day, not witnessed.
   Those most dear to her to have one or more of her books as mementos; Wordsworth's Poems and Coleridge's Friend to Catherine; Mrs Homan's Poems to to Isabella; Walton's Lives to Mary; Chevallier's Translations and Perry's Reliques to Elizabeth; Abercrombie's Works and Burnet's On Painting to William; Bifron's Poems and Leighton's On St. Peter to Sarah; Holy Bible, Newman's and Rose's works to Fanny; the Theological Library to William Stewart Nicholson ; Cicero, The Christian Years and Hele's Offices to Henry Robert Saunders; Hooker's Works to George; Her watch to any of unmarried sisters who may prefer it, or at their discretion to any married sister; her topaz sevigue?, to Catherine; her Waterloo Cross to George; remaining ornaments, one of most valuable to each married sister, they having no share in her small bequest of money; to Mrs Williams, the pearl ring, "she gave me on her marriage". Residue to unmarried sisters, requests slight remembrance of her to each of the Ellicombes and dear friends, Emma and Fanny Foss .

Affidavit dated 3rd July 1837
   William Nicholson of St. Margaret's, Esquire, (father of testator) and Elizabeth Maudslay of Broom Hill, Speldhurst, Spinster, sworn that they knew deceased well and confirm that codicil was in her hand and that the signature was authentic.
   Proved 15th July 1837

Phillips Henry Saunders was in the Royal Navy, (Times, Death Notices) , Robert John Saunders of Lewisham, Esquire, married Isabella Nicholson at St. Margaret's in 1817

68.   [7]


SMITH TOMB (KING'S SCHOOLBOY)

Classical Chest Tomb, south west of above
North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE SMITH
LATE OF THE KING’S SCHOOL IN THIS CITY AND ELDEST
SON OF GEORGE SMITH ESQ. OF FAVERSHAM
WHO AFTER AN ILLNESS OF ONLY TWO HOURS
DEPARTED THIS LIFE (THE SECOND DAY OF JUNE 1813)
IN THE [15th ] [YEAR OF HIS AGE]

South Side
TO MARK
THE [   ] AND RESPECT FOR
[THEIR] BELOVED COMPANION
[THIS MONUMENT?] WAS ERECTED BY
[   ] SCHOOL FELLOWS

West Side
IHS
SALTEM?
DONIS?

East Side
E[   ] I
[   ] A X [   ]
[   ] NTRE?

69.   [8]


MILTON AND HIGGINS TOMB

Classical Chest Tomb, south east of above
North Side
IN
MEMORY OF THOMAS MILTON OF CHATHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 22nd JANUARY 1816
AGED 61 YEARS
ALSO MRS. ELEANOR MILTON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 11th OF MARCH 1840
AGED 83 YEARS

West Side
IN
MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN HIGGINS
WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE THE 29th OF
DECEMBER 1797
AGED 71 YEARS

Thomas Milton, of Chatham, Builder, P.C.C. Will dated 15th January 1816.
   Clothes, liquor, provisions to wife Eleanor. Real and personal estate, money, investments, stock in trade, goods, etc., to William Nicholson of St. Margaret's, Builder, George Osborne of Chatham, Linen Draper and Archibald Charles Windeyer of Chatham, Baker, upon trust. They to permit wife to have use of furniture and goods for life, as long as she remains his widow. After her death or remarriage, they to sell. Trustees to carry on building and brick making business for seven years after his death and to use his property and lands , including quay in Upchurch and Rainham, and to dig brickearth to make bricks and tiles. Any property they don't use to be sold and go into personal estate, upon trust. After seven years trustees can discontinue business and sell stock and effects, proceeds to personal estate. Trustees to have £50 each and £15 for mourning, as a token of appreciation for their kindness in acting for him. After seven years they can convey 37 acres called Wood's Farm in Upchurch and Rainham to his son Jesse, for ever. All his other property, land and quay, except Wood's Farm, to son John William, for ever. Trustees to pay his wife an annuity of £300 for life, while she is his widow, if she remarries, this reduces to £100.They are to pay his children, Jesse, John, Hannah wife of Richard Wilson, Ann wife of William Roberts, Rebecca, Louisa and Emma, annuities of £30 each for seven years after his death. An annuity of £20 for seven years after his death, to son in law Thomas Sumpter for maintenance of of his children by late daughter Eleanor. Annuities for his unmarried daughters to be paid to his wife. To children of his late daughter Eleanor, £100 each. Seven years after his death, trustees to pay residue of personal estate as follows: one eleventh to son Jesse, two elevenths to daughters, Hannah, Ann, Rebecca and Louisa, remaining proportion to Emma.
   Trustees are also executors.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Rochester, George Cresy, Chatham and Ann Weeks

Codicil dated 21st January 1816
   Has made no provision for son Thomas, now gives him £1,000 from personal estate, seven years after his death. Rest of will stands.
   Witnesses; D. B. Lewis, Charles Thompson and Ann Weeks
   Proved 3rd April 1816

70.   [9]

Side panel from a chest tomb, face down on base of a ruined monument
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF RICHARD WINCH ESQ.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 1st 1856
AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO
OF THE ABOVE NAMED RICHARD WINCH ESQ.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 6th 1868
IN THE 78th YEAR OF HIS AGE

Richard Winch, was a Distiller, of St. Margaret's Banks,; Mayor of Rochester in 1840 and 1847

71.   [10]

Side panel from a chest tomb lying face down, next to above
THOMAS WILLIAM HORN
ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH HORN
[WHO DIED] [   ] NOVEMBER 1856
AGED 58 YEARS

Thomas William Horn, of 16 Burton Crescent, St. Pancras, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 5th December 1855
   To wife Harriott, household furniture and goods, including musical instruments, money and securities. She is executor and guardian of children, Thomas William, Harriott, Elizabeth, Mary, William Charles, Caroline, Emma and Ellen. Witnesses: James Edward Horn and Ann Horn

Affidavit dated 2nd December 1856
   James Edward Horn of West India Dock Road, Limehouse, Sail Maker, sworn. He is one of witnesses of above will, the testator was formerly of Greenwich), he confirms he was present when will was signed.
   Proved 29th December 1856

72.   [11]

Low ledger, close to No. 7
IN
AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE OF
A BELOVED HUSBAND
ISAAC VERRIER
WHO DIED 14th MARCH 1876
AGED 61 YEARS
"Jesus said unto her I am the
resurrection and the life he that
believeth in me though he were dead
yet shall he live"
ALSO
SIMON PRITCHARD VERRIER
BROTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO PERISHED BY SHIPWRECK
DECEMBER 1833 AGED 25 YEARS
"Thy way is in the sea and thy
path in the great waters and thy
footsteps are not known"
ALSO
ANN VERRIER
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
ISAAC VERRIER
WHO DIED 29th MAY 1896
AGED 85 YEARS
"The Lord is my strength and my redeemer"

Isaac Verrier was a Butcher of Rochester High Street, (Post Office Directory 1851, etc.)

73.   [12]

Low lying dark ledger, close to tree in south east corner, very eroded
IN MEMORY OF
SAMUEL SIDDEN
OF STAR HILL, ROCHESTER
[AUGUST 1841, AGED 78 YEARS]
ALSO MARY HIS WIFE
[AUGUST 1838, AGED 81 YEARS]
JOHN LAMPHORN SON OF
SAMUEL AND MARY SIDDEN
WHO DIED 12th? JANUARY [1818]
AGED 21 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF
MR. JAMES ABBOTT LLOYD
[2 in registers]
[FEBRUARY 1843]            [AUGUST 1864]
[AGED 90]                        [AGED 71]
[                                           ]
[                                           ]
SAMUEL? [SIDDEN]
SAMUEL AND MARY SIDDEN
[   ]
[   ]
HENRY AND JOHN?
[JANUARY 1832] [NOVEMBER 1831]
[ AGED 2 YEARS] [AGED 5 YEARS]
ALSO
THOMAS SIDDEN
[DECEMBER 1873]
[AGED 78 YEARS]
[   ]

The Sidden brothers were builders and played a major part in the re-building of St. Margaret's. Samuel Sidden, Senior and Junior, were Councillors of Rochester (Wright's Directory 1838); in the same year, Thomas Sidden was Treasurer to the Corporation. Samuel Sidden was Mayor in 1826, 1838 and 1849. Samuel Sidden Senior was a Freeman of Rochester in 1784, Samuel Junior in 1812 and Thomas in 1816

James Abbott Lloyd was a Rope Merchant, Freeman of Rochester in 1817

PART 9
STONES LAID TO FORM PATH FROM NORTH GATE TO THE SOUTH GATE 
     (ANTI-CLOCKWISE )

74.   [1]


PATH FROM NORTH GATE  THOMAS COLCHESTER

Large ledger
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. THOMAS COLCHESTER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 11th OF
NOVEMBER 1806 AGED 47 YEARS

Thomas Colchester, of Chatham, Leather Cutter and Currier, P. C. C. Will dated 10th November 1806
   To sister Sarah Colchester and Mary Roots (his wife's niece) who both live with him, £50 each. He ratifies deed of 28th July 1797, between himself, his wife, Ann , Francis Dollman of St. James Street, Westminster, Gentleman and Leighton Powell Sabery of Savage Gardens, Great Tower Hill, City of London, Gentleman, which is a settlement of personal property, to which he became entitled in right of his wife, made after their marriage.
   Gives to friends Francis Dollman and Thomas Morson of Chatham, Gentleman, all his freehold and leasehold property, and stock in trade, money, investments, upon trust. Within twelve months of his death, trustees to sell and invest proceeds in Public Funds. Income from this to wife for life; she to bring up and educate their children, Ann, Jane, Thomas and Eliza. After wife's death, principle shared equally among children at 21, in meantime interest for their maintenance and education. Trustees can, with consent of wife, or if she is dead, at their own authority, use money for the advancement or marriage of children, etc. Wife, Francis Dollman and Thomas Morson are executors.
   Witnesses: John White, M. D., George Conquest, M. D. and G. Roots.
   Proved 6th December 1806


75.   [2]

Large ledger
JAMES SON OF
SUSANNAH AND JACOB BOWMER
[OCTOBER 1830 AGED 27 YEARS]
ALSO OF JACOB BOWMER WHO DIED
28th JULY 18[52] AGED 72 YEARS
WILLIAM BOWMER DIED MARCH 29th
1832 AGED 7 YEARS AND 5 MONTHS
ALSO MARY ANN WIFE OF
MR. JOHN WICKHAM AND SISTER OF
THE ABOVE WHO DIED MARCH 29th? 1835
[IN THE 22nd YEAR] OF HER AGE
ELIZABETH [HARL]ING BOWMER
SISTER OF [THE ABOVE?] DIED MARCH 24th
1839 [AGED 9 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS]

James Bowmer, of St. Margaret's, P.C.C Will dated 15th February 1811
   To Elizabeth Webb, daughter of Thomas and Sophia Webb of Rochester, wages due to him from his service on board the said (sic) ship, or any other vessel and furniture, watch, clothes. Elizabeth Webb is executor; she also gets residue of real and personal estate.
   Witnesses: Robert Sibbold and Henry Webb
   Proved 7th April 1832

76.   [3]

Large ledger
BENEATH THIS STONE
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
ANN WIFE OF JAMES SMITH
WHO DIED THE 8th OF OCTOBER 1827
IN THE 26th YEAR OF HER AGE
MARY ANN
ONLY DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED 8th APRIL 1845 AGED 21 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
JAMES SMITH
[34] YEARS CLERK OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 17th FEBRUARY 1848
AGED 65 YEARS

77.   [3b]

Above this stone on west face of tower, stone tablet
on which the following is only just discernible
JAMES SMITH
THIRTY FOUR YEARS

James Smith, Parish Clerk, was an Ornamental Painter (Wright's Directory 1838)

78.   [4]

Small stone
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ISAAC
SON OF
ISAAC & FANNY PHILLIPS
WHO DIED AUGUST 6th? 1854
AGED [24] YEARS

Isaac Phillips, Senior, Green Grocer in the High Street, (Post Office Directory 1851)

79.   [5]

Large ledger
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
M[AR]GARET
[DAUGH]TE[R] [OF]
WILLIAM SAWYERS ESQ.
COLLECTOR OF HER MAJESTY’S CUSTOMS
AT ROCHESTER
WHO DIED ON THE 27th JANUARY 184[3]
AGED 23 YEARS
ALSO SARAH ANN [HIS? DAUG]HTER
WHO DIED ON THE [ ] 1845
AGED 15 [YEARS]

FOOTSTONES ON THE PATH

80.   [

North of SMITH
W.S.
18[   ]
E.S.
1826

South of SMITH
T.A.S.
1835
T.-S.
1838

West of Tower
M. L.                  [MARY LEITH]
1789                                              
J. L. 1816             [JOHN LEITH]

West of HILLIER
S.D 1835 [SUSAN DALTON, OCTOBER 1835, AGED 6 MONTHS]
A.D. 1837 [ANN DALTON, APRIL 1837, AGED 7 MONTHS]
E.D. 1840 [ELIZABETH DALTON, JANUARY 1840, AGED 10 MONTHS]

MISCELLANEOUS

81.   [1]

Tablet on east wall of chancel
HERE
LIETH THE BODY OF
MERCY BEST OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED DECEMBER THE [ ] 1728?
IN THE 80th? YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO THE BODY OF MARY HER DAUGHTER
LATE WIFE OF THOMAS SOUTHERDEN OF
THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE
20th DAY OF APRIL 1743 AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO TWO OF THEIR CHILDREN AND
TWO GRANDCHILDREN
HERE [ALSO LIES THE BODY OF?]
THOMAS [SOUTHERDEN?]
DIED THE [ ] [OF] [APRIL/MARCH 1756]
ALSO ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF
THOMAS SOUTHERDEN DIED [ ]
SEPTEMBER 1765? AGED 29? YEARS
ALSO FOUR OF [    ]
[    ]

82.   [2]

Detached tablet lying on ground at east end of chancel
THIS BURIAL GROUND
WAS ENCLOSED AND
CONSECRATED A.D. 1834
WM. HY. DRAGE, VICAR
LARKIN ALLAN
CHURCHWARDENS
JOHN HOMAN
This must refer to the southern half of the south part of the churchyard

83.   [3]

Fragment of stone buried in front of No. 102, west wall of churchyard
OF
[V]ASLER
[MAR]Y? VASLER

84.   [4]

Small stone found in Vicarage forecourt in 1923, whereabouts not known
HERE LIETH BURIED
THE BODY OF MR. [JO]HN WAVLER* THE YOUNGER
CITIZEN AND GOLDSMITH OF LONDON
WHO DECEASED THIS LIFE
THE 8th OF JUNE 1632
AETATE SUA 33
*(Actually JOHN WALLER, see Historical Notes, p.48)

John Waller, Citizen and Goldsmith of London. (I am assuming that if the stone found at the vicarage came from the church, it would have been inside. The registers start several years after Waller's death so it can not be verified that he was buried here.) P.C.C. Will dated 28th May 1632
   To be buried where his father thinks fit. His plate, rings and other goods in his shop to be sold; from proceeds, to his mother £10, to sister Elizabeth Waller, £130, to aunt Mary Grovenor?, £6, to uncle Michael Grovenor, £7; to godson Michael Grovenor, £5, which is owed to testator by his father; to Widow Anne Saurkey?, wife of William, a ring with a death's head in it, value 20s; to Ann and Rebecca Saurkey daughters of William and Anne, 5s each. Residue to father, who is executor.
   Witnesses: Michael Grovenor and John Wauler
   Proved 16th June 1632

PART 10
INSCRIPTIONS RECORDED PREVIOUSLY AND NOT FOUND BY THE PRESENT TRANSCRIBER

85.   [1]

GEORGE BAUCKHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AT SUNDERLAND (sic)*
ON THE 25th OF DECEMBER [1868]
IN THE 28th YEAR OF HIS LIFE
* Buried on the 31st of December

86.   [2]

BLAKE BUCKMASTER
LATE GUNNER OF H.M.S. UNION
DIED THE 5th DAY OF NOVEMBER 1793
AGED 41
HE WAS A LOYAL AND HARDY VETERAN
IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY
AN HONEST AND GRATEFUL MAN
RESPECTED IN LIFE AND IN DEATH
MUCH REGRETTED BY THOSE WHO KNEW HIS MERIT
ALSO DEBORAH O’BRIEN BRANDER
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 1st OF APRIL 1837

Blake Buckmaster, Gunner of H.M.S. Arrogant, at Spithead, P. C. C. Will dated 28th June 1790
   To wife Deborah, residing at Rochester, all wages, money, real and personal estate; she is executor.
   Witnesses: John Harvey, Captain, John Wilson, Master and ------ ? Stevens, ------ ?
   Proved 28th December 1793
(See Midshipman Baker's inscription in Churchyard and Deborah O' Brien's will)

Deborah O' Brien, former wife of Blake Buckmaster, formerly of Deptford, now of Union Street, Rochester, and presently "on visit in London". P.C.C. Will dated 7th August 1833
   Funeral not to take place until 8 days after death. To executors all her annuity of £16 dating from 5th January 1830, and money and stock in Bank of England and all her real and personal estate, upon trust, to sell; proceeds to pay legacies.
   To sister Jane Brander of Aberdeen, widow of Alexander, £100; to Andrew Blake Bout of Frindsbury, Painter, £10; to executors £10 each; to friend Mrs Elizabeth Williams of Lower Chapman Street, St. George, Middlesex, widow, £10; to each of her sisters, Mary Fullaw and Maria Porois, £5 each; to friend Archibald Gray, Senior of Loving Ebroads Lane, Deptford, £5. If she continues to live in Rochester until her death, to friend John Dorrett of Rochester, ----------- ?, £5. Any residue upon trust, in equal shares between themselves (executors ?) and Andrew Bout, Elizabeth Williams, Mary Fullaw and Maria Porois, in case latter three women die in testator's lifetime, their legacies to Thomas Williams. Appoints friend Mr William Stevens late of 2 Adelphi Terrace, Strand and Mr Thomas Williams , 4 Lower Chapman Street, St. George's, Gentleman, executors
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: Aborn Baker, Jane Street, St. George's East, and James Palmer, 2 Lower Chapman Street, St. George's East.
   Proved 4th May 1837 Power reserved to William Stevens

87.   [3]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
MAJOR GENERAL ANDREW BURN
BORN SEPTEMBER 8th 1742 AT DUNDEE IN FIFESHIRE
DIED SEPTEMBER 18th 1814 AT GILLINGHAM IN THIS COUNTY
FIFTY-THREE YEARS HE SERVED HIS KING AND COUNTRY
AS A BRAVE AND HONOURABLE OFFICER
IN THE CORPS OF THE ROYAL MARINES
FORTY-THREE YEARS HE SERVED HIS GOD
AS A FAITHFUL SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST
CONSISTENT AND CONSCIENTIOUS
IN THE DISCHARGE OF EVERY PERSONAL AND RELATIVE DUTY

88.   [4]

JOANNA DEBOIS
AGED 10 YEARS
DAUGHTER OF M. DEBOIS OF LONDON
ONE OF THE FOURTEEN YOUNG PERSONS WHO
WITH THE BOATMAN, WERE BY A
MYSTERIOUS PROVIDENCE DROWNED AT
ROCHESTER BRIDGE
13th SEPTEMBER 1816

Joanna Debois was a pupil at the school in Clover Street, Chatham, run by Mrs Maria Mills. The boat was returning from a trip to Wouldham, where a tea party was held to celebrate the 21st birthday of Mrs Mills brother, Thomas Gilbert.
   All the party were drowned, Mr and Mrs Mills, Mr Gilbert and his sister Eliza, the Mills young daughter, the boatman, Thomas Lear, and five more of Mrs Mills pupils, all girls, aged between 6 and 11. The boat capsized after striking a piece of timber which had been negligently left across one of the arches, following repairs.

89.   [5]

PHILLIP
SON OF THOMAS [EVANS]
BORN 20th DECEMBER 1812
DIED 2nd SEPTEMBER 1823

90.   [6]

BENEATH THIS STONE
LIE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
EDWARD FINCH
AGED 38 YEARS
AND HIS THREE SONS
WILLIAM AGED 14
JOHN AGED 10
RICHARD AGED 7
WHO WERE DROWNED JUNE 21st 1812
NEARLY OPPOSITE THIS PLACE
A SQUALL OF WIND HAVING UPSET THE BOAT
LEFT BEHIND HIM TO DEPLORE HIS LOSS
A DISCONSOLATE WIDOW AND FOUR CHILDREN
THIS STONE IS ERECTED BY HIS FRIENDS
AS A TRIBUTE OF RESPECT TO
THE MEMORY OF A MAN OF STRICT INTEGRITY
WHOSE WILLINGNESS TO SERVE MANKIND
WILL EVER BE REMEMBERED
"True genuine virtues, Ned possess’d
A ready hand, a glowing breast
A foe to hypocritic feud
His only creed was doing good"
ALSO THE REMAINS OF ANN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
EDWARD FINCH
WHO DIED AUGUST 6th 1812
BROKEN HEARTED, ONLY SURVIVING 6 WEEKS
AFTER THE DREADFUL CATASTROPHE
"The poor widow knew his honest heart
Bow’d and followed his celestial part
To meet their Saviour in the realms above
The seat of happiness, of peace, and love"

From the Maidstone Journal 23rd June 1812
   "ACCIDENTS – Sunday morning the following unfortunate accident happened on the Medway; as Mr Edward Finch, landlord of the "Postboys" public house, Rochester, with his three sons, were proceeding up the river for Whorn's Place, in a Peterboat --- a sudden squall of wind came on and overset the same, when melancholy to relate they were all drowned --- one of his sons swam within ten rods of the shore before his strength failed him and he sunk; another's body, which being the only one taken out, was found under the deck of the boat; Mr Finch's large knife was also found in the boat, which it is supposed he had taken out to cut away the main sheet, but alas! too late to effectuate the purpose."
(The same page has a report of a violent thunderstorm in the Maidstone area on the same morning).

91.   [7]

[WILLIAM SON OF]?
MR. WILLIAM HOMAN
OF THIS PARISH
DIED [JUNE 1815]?
[AGED 3 YEARS]?

92.   [8]

ALSO
[SARAH ANN] HUTCHISON
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 16th APRIL 1827
[AGED 51 YEARS]

93.   [9]

RICHARD LANGLEY
WHO DIED 15th MARCH [   ]
[   ]
AND CHARLES LANGLEY
[MAY 1849]?
[AGED 1 MONTH]

94.   [10]

MR. ROBERT SMALLMAN
LATE OF THE PARISH OF FARNINGHAM
WHO DIED 4th NOVEMBER 1822
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO
MARY SMALLMAN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 8th FEBRUARY 1828
AGED 71 YEARS
ALSO
JOHN CONEY
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED [ ] AUGUST 1832
AGED 20 YEARS

Robert Smallman, of Farningham, P.C.C. Will dated 12th February 1813.
   His freeholds in Farningham and Eynsford and elsewhere, to wife Mary, for life, provided she does not sell, or mortgage, or dispose of. After her death, to his 7 children, Robert, Elizabeth Killick, Richard, Mary Tookey, William, Susannah Coney and James, equally, for ever. To wife Mary, use of household goods and furniture, for life; after her death, to his children, in portions to be decided; if not decided, then in equal shares. Interest of money, use of goods and personal estate to wife for life, after her death, to children, equally.
   John Lee of Barking, Baker and son Richard, executors, £5 to each of them.
   Witnesses: Thomas Walker, John Walcote and James Kingsland
   Proved 24th July 1823

95.   [11]

ELIZABETH
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF
EDWARD AND ELIZABETH TWOPENNY
DIED 28th APRIL 1838

A prominent family of Lawyers in the 18th and early 19th century

96.   [12]

MR. THOMAS WATHERSTONE
[LATE] SURGEON OF THE CHATHAM DIVISION
OF THE ROYAL MARINES
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE
9th DAY OF DECEMBER 181[4]
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO
JOHN GEORGE BRYANT WATHERSTONE
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO WAS DROWNED WHILST
BATHING NEAR MAIDSTONE
15th JULY 1830
AGED 16 YEARS

Maidstone Gazette, 20th July 1830
"........ On Thursday another inquest was held before the same Coroner, on the body of John Weatherstone (sic), an apprentice to Mr Saunders, a surgeon, in Maidstone, who was drowned while bathing in the river. On Wednesday morning the deceased had gone into a deep part of the river, above the locks; and soon afterwards a cry of help was heard by two or three young gentlemen who were swimming a few yards distant from the place whence the cry proceeded. One of these gentlemen (an apprentice to Mr Prance the surgeon) immediately swam to the spot, and arrived just as the deceased, who had made some ineffectual struggles to keep himself above the surface, sunk to rise no more. The gentleman, however, made several attempts, by plunging into the water, to rescue the deceased; but his generous ardour unfortunately proved unavailing. Drags were immediately procured; and the body was discovered. The Jury brought in a verdict of "Accidentally drowned""

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Monumental Inscriptions of St Margaret's Church, St Margaret's Street, Rochester
                                                                     
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Section C    Western boundary wall (Backfields wall)


St Margaret's Church from South West with gravestone along westeren boundary wall

PART I
WESTERN BOUNDARY WALL (BACKFIELDS WALL)

NOS. 1 – 127 (FROM THE NORTH)

97.   [1]

IN MEMORY
OF MR. JAMES TROWTEN
LATE GUNNER OF HIS MAJESTY’S SHIP
(AGAMEMNON) WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE THE 18th OF MARCH 1790
AGED 66 YEARS

98.   [2]

IN MEMORY OF
MR. STEPHEN SPONG
OF THIS PARISH, YEOMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 17th? OF
FEBRUARY 1794 AGED 28 YEARS
ALSO OF
CATHERINE WIFE OF THE ABOVE
STEPHEN SPONG WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 11th OF SEPTEMBER 1794
AGED 32 YEARS
ALSO STEPHEN THE IR SON WHO
DIED IN HIS INFANCY
HERE LIES ALSO CAROLINE ANN
[DIED SEPTEMBER 1814, INFANT]

Stephen Spong, of St. Margaret's, Yeoman Farmer, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 3rd February 1794
   Appoints brother John Spong of Mill Hall, Aylesford, Gentleman, executor, he is also guardian of children, together with testator's wife, Catherine.
   ¼ of his share of farm called Cookham Hill Farm, late occupied by his father William, now occupied by his brother Daniel, and all other properties to John Spong, for ever, upon trust. He can when he thinks fit, sell Cookham Hill, either entire or in parts. Money upon trust, to invest at interest in Public Funds, bond or mortgage, to pay interest to wife Catherine, for life, as long as she is his widow. After her death or remarriage, upon trust, money shared equally among his children at 21 or day of marriage, if girls; in meantime trustee to use interest for maintenance and education of children. If all children die pre 21, then fund shared equally between William, Ambrose and Daniel Spong, provided until sale is made, trustee to receive rents, etc., and pay those persons entitled by his will.
   Also to John Spong, all his goods, chattels, corn, cattle, husbandry tackle, money securities, leases and personal estate, upon trust, to carry on farming and grazing business, or such part as trustee thinks fit, until youngest child is 21. Profits to wife and family, as long as she is his widow; she can live in house under same conditions; they to assist in business as far as they can. When youngest child is 21, business to be sold and money invested in Government or other good securities for benefit of widow and children. If widow dies or remarries, and children die under 21, unmarried, then estate in proportions already stated, provided trustee thinks fit, to part with some of the business and pay debts. All his trust personal estate and money from it to John Spong, upon trust, for benefit of widow and children, if they all die then as above. If wife marries again during time the trust business carries on, she to have no further benefit in the business income and no longer dwell in the house; in such case he gives her £500,from his personal estate. Within two years she shall deliver to John Spong all his trust personal estate which is in her hands.
   Witnesses:Mary Spong, Senior, Ambrose Spong and E. J. Twopenny
   Proved 19th December 1794. Goods and chattels and credits value under £1,000.

99.   [3]


SPONG AND STARKE HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM SON OF
WILLIAM & MARY SPONG
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED THE 19th OF
MARCH 1756 AGED 9? MONTHS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF THEIR DAUGHTER WHO
DIED THE 2nd OF MAY 1770 AGED 1? MONTH
NEAR THIS STONE LIES THE BODY OF
JOHN STARKE DIED THE [    ] OF DECEMBER
1766 AGED 58? YEARS

William Spong, of St. Margaret's, Yeoman Farmer, P. C. C. Will dated 10th March 1783.
   To wife Mary, annuity of £50, chargeable on his farm, called Cookham Hill Farm, where he resides, for life, as long as she remains his widow. This annuity is paid in lieu of Dower Rights, she to sign release of such rights and have no further claim on estate. If she refuses, then annuity and other bequests are void.
   To wife, bed bed-stead and furniture in his chamber, two pairs sheets, two pillow cases, two table cloths, mahogany table, silver tankard, six tea spoons, pair silver tea tongs, four table spoons marked J. S., new silver milk pot and set of tea china, which she may choose.
   To son William, lease on farm called Maplehurst in Staplehurst and household goods, farming utensils, husbandry tackle, live and dead stock, chattels and effects on the farm; he to pay executors valuation of bequest, appraised by two independent persons.
   To son Ambrose, lease of Borstal Court Lodge in St. Margaret's, and household goods, farming utensils, husbandry tackle, live and dead stock, he to pay executors, as above.
   To sons, Stephen and Daniel, use of Cookham Hill Farm, for as long as they choose; they to pay £60 rent per annum and annuity of £50 to their mother. They to have contents (except silver plate), of farm, valued as above. They to permit their mother to live in farm house and to provide board and lodging and use of household goods, rent free.
   If she chooses to leave the house, he gives an extra annuity of £10 from Cookham Hill Farm, during her life, as his widow. To daughter Elizabeth wife of Robert Haven, £100, and to her children, £300, to be paid to them after the death of their parents, equally divided.
   If all children die, then the £300 to daughter Elizabeth. To daughters, Mary, Anna and Martha Spong, £400 each. To friend Richard Boghurst, of St. Margaret's, and son John Spong, all his houses, farms, etc., in Chart next Sutton Valence and Sutton  Valence,occupied by William Ellis, Stephen Bills and [    ] Thorpe, upon trust. Within three years after his death, or sooner, if convenient, to sell, and from proceeds to pay daughters, Elizabeth Haven, Mary, Anna and Martha Spong, and children of Elizabeth Haven, their legacies. Until then the interest on the amounts to be paid to them at 5%, the interest of the children to be paid to the parents, this from his real and personal estate. If insufficient, four sons to make up difference. Any surplus in trustees hands to be paid equally divided among his four sons.
   To fours sons, his farm at Cookham Hill in his occupation, for ever, as tenants in common, subject to annuity of £50 and £10 to their mother. To all his children, the silver plate (not already disposed of) shared equally.
   Residue (after expenses) to four sons, equally shared. Richard Boghurst and John Spong executors, they to oversee management of Cookham Hill Farm until Stephen and Daniel are of age.
   Witnesses: E. Starke, Robert Newbury and William Roffe

Codicil dated 27th March 1787
   He had appointed Richard Boghurst and son John executors, now revokes this as far as Richard Boghurst is concerned. Sons John, William and Ambrose are now executors. Rest if will confirmed.
   Witnesses; Nicholas Topley and William Roffe
   Proved 15th June 1787

100.   [4]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF SEVEN CHILDREN OF
AMBROSE AND CATHERINE SPONG
CHARLES SPONG WHO DIED ON THE [ ] OF
MAY 1807 AGED 15? MONTHS
CHARLES LARKIN SPONG WHO DIED THE 9th OF
DECEMBER 1814 AGED 2 YEARS AND 1? MONTH
[   ] MARY SPONG WHO DIED
ON THE [   ] 1814 AGED 10 WEEKS
AND EDWARD SPONG WHO DIED THE [   ] OF
JANUARY 1815 AGED 4 YEARS AND 5? MONTHS
ALSO CHARLES EDMUND SPONG WHO
DIED THE 11th? OF JANUARY 1818 AGED 7 WEEKS
ANNE SPONG
WHO DIED NOVEMBER [   ] 1831 AGED 23 YEARS
THE REV. JOHN FULLER SPONG B.A.
DIED OCTOBER 13th 1844 AGED TWENTY FIVE

101.   [5]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. ALICE COPPER WIFE OF
MR. JOHN COPPER OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [   ] [JANUARY] 1811
AGED [56] YEARS
ALSO [   ] OF THEIR CHILDREN
[   ]
[ALSO OF THE ABOVE?] JOHN COPPER
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE] [MARCH 1817]
[AGED 72 YEARS]

John Copper, probably the Maltster in Holden's Directory for 1809-11?

102.   [6]

MR. JOHN BATTEN
DEPARTED THIS LIFE 19th DEC. 1775
AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO THREE SONS DIED INFANTS
MRS. LAETITIA WADDUP
DIED THE 6th OF MARCH 1794
ALSO MRS. LAETITIA BATTEN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE JOHN BATTEN
DEPARTED THIS LIFE APRIL 21st 1802
AGED 71 YEARS

John Batten, of St. Margaret's, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 16th June 1770
   Wife Letitia and brother Edward Batten of Rotherhithe, Carver, executors and guardians of his children. All his property, money, securities, goods, stock in trade and personal estate to wife for life, as long as she remains his widow. After her death, estate shared equally between his children. Widow to bring up and educate children. If she remarries she will only be entitled to an equal share, and will be entitled to sums of money needed for children.
   Witnesses: Mary Cooke, Richard Cooke and George Taylor.
   Proved 27th December 1775

Monition (or summons) from P. C.C. Court, dated 28th February 1792
   Batten's will should not have been proved in the Rochester Court but in the P. C.C. Court because his property was in more than one diocese. The will remains in the Rochester Court.

Letitia Batten, Widow of John, P.C.C. Will dated 1st January 1800
   Appoints sons John and Edward executors. To son in law, William Waddup, £50. Residue of personal estate, as follows, third to son John, third to son Edward, remaining third to John and Edward, upon trust, to pay to grandson, Sisley Waddup, only son of late daughter Letitia Waddup at 21 years. If he dies under 21, with no lawful heirs, then William Waddup is to receive interest from the third for life. After his death, to sons John and Edward in equal shares. During minority of Sisley, trustees to use interest for his maintenance and education; if he dies leaving lawful heirs, then the third to that child/children at 21 years, the interest used as above during their minority.
   Witnesses: Robert Slaney and John Nicholson
   Proved 24th May 1802

103.   [7]

IN MEMORY OF
ANN WIFE OF
MR. JOHN BATTEN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 6th DAY
OF JANUARY 1795 AGED 30 YEARS
ALSO TWO OF THEIR CHILDREN
ALSO TWO CHILDREN OF
JOHN AND SARAH BATTEN
WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY
ALSO IN MEMORY OF THE ABOVE
MR. JOHN BATTEN
WHO DIED VERY SUDDENLY ON THE 20th DAY OF
NOVEMBER 1815 AGED 54 YEARS
ALSO OF SARAH HIS SECOND WIFE
AGED 42 YEARS WHO IN SORROW AND TRAVAIL
TOGETHER WITH THE INFANT DIED IN A FEW
HOURS AFTERWARDS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
JOHN AND SARAH BATTEN

John Batten, of St. Margaret's, Cabinet Maker, Undertaker, Upholsterer, Auctioneer, Mayor of Rochester, 1811. P.C.C. Will dated 5th April 1812
   House occupied by Captain Brown to wife Sarah for life, she keeping it in good repair. Other freeholds and leaseholds in St. Margaret's or St. Nicholas or elsewhere, stock in trade, household goods and personal estate, to brother Edward Batten and brother in law William Nicholson upon trust, they to retain stock in trade and part of personal estate to carry on the business for benefit of wife, for her life, as long as she remains his widow; this is to enable her to support herself and children.
   His freeholds and leaseholds to be sold by trustees, also stock in trade and personal estate not retained.
   Proceeds, upon trust, to be invested in public or private funds; the interest for his wife as long as she is his widow. After her death to children, viz. Ann wife of William Curry Hillier, Purser, R.N.; Catherine wife of Richard Maddock of Rosemary Lane, London, Timber Merchant; Sarah, John, William, Letetia and Samuel Batten, in equal shares, at 21.
   Daughters at 21 or day of marriage, if they marry with consent and approval of trustees. Interest to their maintenance and education until 21.
   After death of wife trustees to sell house occupied by Captain Brown in St. Nicholas. If son John who is now apprentice to his father, wishes to continue business when apprenticeship expires, trustees to allow him one half of profits, the other half to his mother or executors, until his younger siblings become entitled to their shares. Trustees to have access to accounts. They can put other sons out apprentice to any profession or trade, as they think proper.
   When son John is 21, and has completed apprenticeship, and wants to be admitted to business, he should pay trustees interest for half of , as valued by an independent person, stock in trade and effects.
   Witnesses: Ann Webb, Servant to Mr Batten, John Dudlow of West Malling, Solicitor.
   Proved 22nd January 1816
(N.B. Sarah Batten died same day as her husband)

104.   [8]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
OF
MEYRICK B. SPARROW ESQ. R.N.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANUARY 21st 1848
AGED 56 YEARS

Meyrick Bodyclen Sparrow, of Maidstone Road, Esquire, P. C. C. Will dated 19th October 1846.
   His remains to be buried in churchyard of parish he dies in, funeral not to be ostentatious. To John Cooper of Chatham, Schoolmaster, his two freehold houses called Menai Place, formerly Custom House, in Beaumaris, Anglesey, and two pews in gallery of Beaumaris church, for ever. To Sarah Ann Poletti, daughter of Sarah Poletti, deceased, now residing with him, all other real and personal estate; executor to pay interest from this estate to Sarah until she is 21. If she dies pre 21, then to John Cooper, who is executor.
   Witnesses: M. S. Stephens, Solicitor, Chatham and J. Taffs, his Clerk
   Proved 25th February 1848

105.   [9]

IN
MEMORY OF
MR. JAMES SHERWOOD
OF CHATHAM, HOUSE CARPENTER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE [ ] DAY
OF JULY 1803 AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO ROBERT HALLEY
OF CHATHAM, TAYLOR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 26th DAY
OF JULY 1807 AGED 47 YEARS

James Sherwood, of Chatham, House Carpenter, P.C.C. Will dated 18th September 1801
   To friend John Stephens of Chatham, Gentleman and niece Ann Emery wife of Robert Emery of Chatham, Tailor, are his trustees and executors. All his leasehold houses in or near Best Street, Dick (sic), Richard Street?, and Fullalove Alley in Chatham, upon trust, to sell. Also to sell stock in trade, personal estate (except bequests); from money raised, to pay annuity of £10 to Mrs Elizabeth Cabbell, now living with him, for life. Residue of interest and dividends to niece Ann Emery, after her death (in lifetime of husband), then to him, after his death, executors to sell or transfer funds as niece Ann Emery bequeaths in her will. To Ann Emery, his ½ share of six houses in or near Cage Lane, Gillingham, for ever; also to her, all household goods and furniture, etc., and gold watch. To Robert Emery all his clothes. To nephew Thomas Leadbetter of Chatham , Carpenter, £50 and a suit of mourning. To Miss Cabbell daughter of John Cabbell of Maidstone, Victualler, £20. To John Stephens, £21 and suit of mourning, for his trouble.
   Witnesses: John Lowen, Thomas Howden and John Howden
   Proved 18th April 1804

106.   [10]

[    ]
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
ROBERT WARD
WHO DIED THE [   ] DAY OF FEBRUARY [1802]
AGED 50 YEARS
[   ]
ALSO THE ABOVE ROBERT WARD
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE]
THE 27th [DAY OF SEPTEMBER] 1829
[AGED 88 YEARS]



St Margaret's Church, gravestones placed along boundary wall West of Tower

107.   [11]

SACRED
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
CATHERINE ELIZABETH SEYMOUR
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 29th ? DAY OF OCTOBER 1840
AGED 4 YEARS AND 6 WEEKS

108.   [12]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. HENRY FREDERICK
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE 3rd OF NOVEMBER 1830
AGED 35 YEARS

109.   [13]


ROSINGROVE AND WELLS HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
ROBERT ROSINGROVE
SHIPWRIGHT WHO DIED 11th JULY 1776
AGED 47 YEARS
"When God cut off the thread of life
I am glad Death [    ]"
ALSO MR. ROBERT WELLS
OF CHATHAM WHO DIED 7th OF
NOVEMBER 1804 AGED 52? YEARS
ALSO SARAH WELLS DIED NOVEMBER [   ] 1801 AGED [    ] MONTHS

Robert Rosingrove, of St. Margaret's, Shipwright, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 7th July 1775
   To wife Sarah, ready money, securities, debts, credits, rings, plate, linen, woollen, beds, bedding,etc., and residue.
   Wife is executor
   Witnesses: John Stimson and William [obscure]
   Proved 22nd July 1776

Robert Wells of Chatham, Carpenter, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 29th October 1804
   His houses and lands, and all real estate, goods, chattels and personal estate, to wife Sarah, for life. After her death, equally shared between sons Robert Handell Wells and Thomas. Wife and sons executors.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Richard Whitehead and Edward Langley

Codicil dated 29th October 1804
   To wife, from personal estate £50; to Robert Wells Webb, son of Susanna Webb of Rochester, £50 at 21, to carry no interest in meantime. Authorizes sons, if they think fit, to use any part of the £50 to put Robert Webb apprentice, during his minority. Rest of will confirmed.
   Witnesses; as above
   Proved 7th May 1805
   Power reserved to Robert Wells and Sarah Wells. Value of goods under £200. £2 fee paid

110.   [14]

Illegible
Inscription on rear

111.   [15]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN STEDMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 2nd DAY OF FEBRUARY 18[46]
IN THE 39th YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO ELIZ[ABETH]
[   ]

The Stedman family were prominent in this area in the 19th century, and into the 20th century. They were Millers, running several windmills. Later generations were Lawyers, and also held the office of Coroner

112.   [16]


ADAMS HEADSTONE

[IN MEMORY OF]
MARY WIFE OF JAMES ADAMS
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 14th? OF NOVEMBER
1778 AGED 48? YEARS
ALSO REYNOLD THEIR SON
WHO DIED IN HIS INFANCY
ALSO THE ABOVE
JAMES ADAMS
LATE OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 9th OF JANUARY 1794?
AGED 69 YEARS

James Adams, of Brompton, Gentleman, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 21st September 1792
   Household goods, china, linen, etc. to wife, Martha, for ever. Also use of plate, for life; after her death, to daughter Ann Colchester, for ever; also to Ann, his gold rings, pair of silver salts and silver watch.
   To Ivett Pankhurst of Sheerness, Shipwright, £5. All his clothes shared between Richard Fryland of Chatham, Fisherman, Francis Woodger, also a Fisherman of Chatham and George Roots of St. Margaret's.
Francis Dollman of St. Jame's St., London, Hatter and Hosier, Thomas Colchester of Chatham, Currier and Ivett Pankhurst, are executors. To them, in trust, £3,300 of Bank Stock, part of his 3% Consolidated Bank Annuities. They to pay dividends to his wife for life. After her death they are to transfer the stock and interest due to daughter Ann Colchester, wife of Thomas Colchester. She also gets residue of estate. Trust details follow.
   Witnesses: William Tapley, John Pix and John Lock
   Proved 27th January 1794

113.   [17]

IHS
"In Solo Deo Salus"
EMBRACED
IN THE COLD ARMS OF HER MOTHER EARTH
ELIZABETH
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
WILLIAM HUGH SCRIMES
[OF THIS PA]RISH
[DIED JULY 1849]
[AGED 55 YEARS]

W. H. Scrimes was one of the City's Coal Meters in the mid 19th century

114.   [18]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. STEPHEN DADD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [   ] [ JANUARY] 1816
AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO
MR. STEPHEN DADD
[SON] OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
[    ] [APRIL 1823]
[AGED 23 YEARS]

115.   [19]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
NATHANIEL LINCOLN ESQ.
OF FORT PITT
WHO DIED 5th OF MARCH 1842
AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO
SARAH LINCOLN
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 5th NOVEMBER 1843
AGED 60 YEARS

Nathaniel Lincoln, was a Clerk at Fort Pitt

116.   [20]

Rear of stone, front facing wall, carving at top
MR. WILLIAM HUGHES
WHO DIED APRIL THE 28th 1792
IN THE 70th? YEAR OF HIS AGE
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
MR. WILLIAMS HUGHES
WHO DIED MAY 14th 1786
AGED 60? YEARS
Front, facing wall
IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS ROBSON
(LATE GUNNER IN THE NAVY)
WHO DIED ON THE 2[   ] FEB. 1755
AGED [    ] YEARS

William and Elizabeth Hughes died at Chatham

The Burial Register records Thomas Robinson, buried on 2nd March 1755

117.   [21]

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM THE SON OF
JOHN & ANN BAMFORD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH 5th 1799
AGED 5 MONTHS
ALSO WILLIAM THE
2nd SON [   ]
[   ]
AGED 1 YEAR AND 6 MONTHS

James Bamford, of Rochester, Supervisor of Excise, P.C.C. Will dated 26th September 1814
   To wife, Ann, dividends of 31,100 Navy 5% Annuities for life. After her death, £600 (part of the above stock) to daughter Hannah Bamford. £500 (rest of stock) shared equally between children of his daughter Elizabeth Henderson widow of John Henderson. Also to her the interest of the £1,100 for life. After her death the principle shared equally among her children; if no children surviving, then the £1,100 to daughter Hannah; if she is dead, then to her next of kin.
   Also to daughter Hannah, £900 Navy 5% Annuities. Household furniture and goods to wife Ann for life. After her death, shared equally between the two daughters, Elizabeth to have best bed. Residue to wife, she and Hannah are executors. Executor, after wife's death, can from the £500 Navy 5% Annuities, raise and advance £200 for the advancement of grandson John Henderson, and £100 for grand daughter Ann Maria Henderson. Dividends of their shares of legacies to their maintenance and education.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis and J. Bramley
   Proved 23rd January 1815

118.   [22]

Illegible

119.   [23]


HOLLIDAY HEADSTONE

Front
IN MEMORY OF
MRS. MARY HOLLIDAY
[ DIED JANUARY 1783]
MR. WILLIAM HOLLIDAY
[DIED JULY 1803]
[AGED 83 YEARS]
Rear
IN MEMORY OF
MRS. MARY BENNESS DAUGHTER
OF WILLIAM AND MARY HOLLIDAY
WHO DIED 6th APRIL 1827
AGED 65 YEARS
Too close to wall to read further

William Howard Benness, Gentleman of Chatham, former Stay Maker of Rochester High Street, P.C.C. Will dated 18th February 1820
   To wife Mary ready money, household goods, furniture etc. which she owned before their marriage; his freehold house in Priest Dale, Ordnance Place, Chatham, his leasehold in Rochester High Street, where he once carried on business, now occupied by Widow Jones, and £1,200 5% Bank Annuities, part of his stock in Bank of England. She also gets rest of household contents for life or widowhood, she to keep house in repair.
   To brother in law and sister, Thomas Childs of Gosport, Mariner and Mary, the interest of £1,000 Bank Annuities for life. To Elizabeth Benness of Chatham, widow of late brother, John, the interest of £600 5% Bank Annuities, after her death, this goes to her children, equally divided. For mourning to each of children of Thomas Childs, late brother John and Alexander Lowrey of Rochester, Caulker and Em his wife and of late brother Joseph, 19guineas each. To James Dilmitt of Rochester, Tailor, 19 gns. To Alexander Lowrey and William Barnaby of Chatham, Shipwright, (his executors) freehold and leaseholds, money, investments household goods and furniture upon trust, to sell, proceeds to children of late brother Joseph, Mary, William Howard and Eleanor, and children of Alexander Lowrey, and Em, Francis, William and George, in equal shares.
   Wife, Alexander Lowrey and William Barnaby, executors.
   Witnesses: J. Stephens, J.C. Stephens and M.S. Stephens Proved 17th September 1823

120.   [24]

MR.
JOHN SNATT
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 31st MARCH
1776 AGED 40 YEARS
ALSO THREE OF HIS CHILDREN
SAMUEL SNATT SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED THE 15th OF OCT. 1783 AGED 12 YEARS
FRANCES WIFE OF
MR. JOHN SNATT
ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE NAMED
DIED THE 16th OF JANUARY 1806
AGED 46 YEARS

John Snatt, of Rochester, Butcher, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 17th June 1767
   To wife Mary his marshland of 5 acres in or near Rochester, until birth of child or children, "of which she is now encient". After delivery, Mary has ½ of marshland, for life; child or children the other ½, equally shared. If only one child, then to their lawful heirs. After wife's death, her ½ share to any living children, equally shared. If their child/children, die with no lawful heirs, then to his own right heirs, for ever. If there is no child born or they die in Mary's lifetime, then to Mary for ever. Residue, ½ to wife, ½ to child/children then living, if none born alive, or they die as above, then all to wife; she is executor.
   Witnesses: Samuel Gouge ?, ------- ? Williams and W. Patten
   Proved 24th April 1776

121.   [25]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. HENRY PARRETT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [ ] 1832
AGED 5[5] YEARS
ALSO OF
MRS. BATEMAN ROBSON PARRETT
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [   ] JANUARY 182[6]
AGED 62 YEARS
AND OF THEIR DAUGHTER
MARILLION FRENCH? PARRETT
WHO LIES INTERRED IN THE ADJOINING GRAVE
MR. H. PARRETT LEFT ISSUE

Henry and Bateman Parrett died in Chatham.

122.   [26]

Illegible

123.   [27]

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
JOHN BULLARD
BORN 26th NOVEMBER 1799
DIED 8th AUGUST 1859
JOHN
SECOND SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED 2nd DEC. 1847
AGED 11 YEARS
SARAH
WIFE OF JOHN BULLARD
BORN 19th FEBRUARY 1804
DIED 16th MARCH 1879

124.   [28]

IN MEMORY
OF MRS. ELIZABETH
WIFE OF MR. ANTHY. BLACKMORE
DEPARTED THIS LIFE 15th OCTOBER 1795
IN THE 50th YEAR OF HER AGE
[ALSO] OF FIVE OF HER INFANT CHILDREN
ALSO OF HER FIRST BORN [ANTHONY] WHO WAS
20 YEARS MASTER SHIPBUILDER AT CALCUTTA
RETURNED HOME AND DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[   ] APRIL 1817 IN THE [47th ] YEAR OF HIS AGE
[ALSO] MRS. SUSANNAH SECOND WIFE
OF THE ABOVE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[   ] APRIL 1825 IN THE 70th YEAR OF HER AGE
[   ]

Anthony Blackmore, of Troy Town, Shipwright and Shop Keeper, Freeman of Rochester. P.C.C. Will dated May 1830.
   To his 4 daughters, Grace Gibbs, Elizabeth Canham, Sarah Dowett ? And Mary Ann Rossiter, £150 in Bank of England, all ready money, pay owed and money from Club, of which he has been a member for many years. To nephew William Lester, £5 to see his grave opened and restored, (where his wife and son are buried). Lester, who is one of executors to have £3 for his trouble.
   To Grace Gibbs, the pictures over the mantle, the ------ ? and sailor in fore room. To Elizabeth Canham, gilt framed looking glass and gilt framed picture. To Sarah Dowett, the large dining table and tea tray. Roger Blackmore, William Lester and William Canham are executors. Reside to Mary Ann Rossiter, for her children, except books and bookcase, which is to be shared equally between his daughters Grace and Elizabeth.

Affidavit dated 31st May 1830
   Robert Dowett of Troy Town, Shipwright, George Fidler of Troy Town, Grocer and Richard Rowe of Chatham, Shipwright are sworn. Dowsett says Blackmore died on 5th May 1830; the same day he searched for his will, which he found in a cupboard, he did not find any other related papers. Fidler and Rowe said they knew Blackmore well, and were familiar with his hand and signature. They agree the will is in Blackmore's hand.
   Proved 5th June 1830 Power reserved to William Canham

125.   [29]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. WILLIAM MIDDLETON
[   ] [   ] [JULY] [1801]
[   ]
MRS. ANN MIDDLETON
[ HANNAH? DECEMBER 1823 AGED 80 YEARS]

126.   [30]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN READ
WHO DIED [FEBRUARY [ ] 1814]
[AGED 67 YEARS]
MRS. JANE READ
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED [   ]
IN THE [   ] YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO REBECCA WIFE OF
WILLIAM [    ]

John Read, Tailor and Draper

127.   [31]

Illegible

128.   [32]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HENRY CHURCH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 23rd OF JANUARY 1853
AGED 36 YEARS
ALSO
MARIA CHURCH
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 10th 1857
AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO
[   ] CHURCH
[   

129.   [33]

Front
IN
MEMORY OF REBECCA WIFE OF
ANTHONY BROMFIELD WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 4th OCT. 1785 AGED [ ]6 YEARS
[ALSO] FOUR OF THEIR CHILDREN
RICHARD THE 20th JUNE 1783 AGED 7 WEEKS
WILLIAM THE 20th MAY 1784 AGED 15? YEARS
ANN DIED 8th JUNE 1784 AGED 6 YEARS
AND 9 MONTHS
FRANCES DIED [   ] 1800 AGED 31 YEARS
AND 2 MONTHS
Rear
IN
MEMORY OF
JAMES [   ]
SON OF
RICHARD AND MARY ANN ELLIS
WHO DIED [   ] AGED 11 YEARS
MARTHA BROOMFIELD
Too close to wall to read further

130.   [34]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY AMELIA
WIFE OF RICHARD BROOMFIELD
DIED NOV. 7th 1852 AGED 25 YEARS
ALSO ARTHUR THEIR SON DIED JUNE [ ] 1852
AGED 4 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH [ WIFE OF? ]
WILLIAM BROOMFIELD
DIED JAN. 17th 187[7] [    ]
THOMAS BROOMFIELD
[   ]
HENRY BROOMFIELD

Richard Broomfield, Shipwright at Northfleet in 1851 Census.

131.   [35]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN HOUNSELL ESQ.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 5th OF FEBRUARY 1831
AGED 83 YEARS
MR. ALFRED HOUNSELL MARSH
DIED OCTOBER 6th 1824
AGED 23 YEARS
MR. FREDERICK WILLIAM MARSH
DIED FEBRUARY 15th 1834
AGED [24] YEARS
MRS. PHOEBE FENNER RELICT OF THE LATE
J.? L. FENNER, SURGEON, PENTONVILLE
[DAUGHTER OF THE?] ABOVE
[DIED SEPTEMBER 1842]
[AGED 65 YEARS]

John Hounsell, late of Abbotsbury, now of Chatham, Gentleman, P.C.C. Will dated 3rd September 1825
   Residue of estate, after setting aside £111, divided into four equal parts. £37, part of the £111, to daughter Phoebe Fenner, wife of John Ludd Fenner, late of Abbotsbury, Surgeon, if she has died then to her husband. £37, another part of £111, to daughter Elizabeth Marsh, wife of William Marsh of Chatham, Gentleman, if she has died, then to her husband.£37 rest of the £111 to William Marsh.
   ¼ of personal estate to William Marsh, in trust, for grandchildren, Emma Julia and Frederick William Marsh at 21. ¼ to William Marsh and John Fenner, upon trust, for children of late daughter Hannah Edwards, one of whom, Henry Edwards will have £37 at 21. Interest for maintenance and education of children. Executors can use whole or part of principle for advancement of children during minority. ¼ of estate to Phoebe Fenner, if she is dead, to her husband, ¼ to Elizabeth Marsh, if she is dead then as above, ¼ to William Marsh, upon trust, to be shared equally between Emma and Frederick Marsh, children of late daughter Emily at 21. Interest in meantime for their benefit, as above. If they died pre 21 without heirs, then the ¼ to Elizabeth Marsh, if she dies in testator's lifetime, then to her husband. William Marsh and John Fenner executors.
   Witnesses: D. B. Lewis, Attorney of Rochester and D. R. Lewis his Clerk
   Proved 13th April 1831

132.   [36]

Illegible

133.   [37]

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
MR. JAMES POLLARD
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[    ] OF DECEMBER 1817 AGED 22 YEARS
[    ]
SARAH ANN POLLARD
[ WHO DIED DECEMBER 1821, AN INFANT]
MRS. JANE POLLARD
WHO DIED 6th OF JULY 1833 AGED 44 YEARS

James Pollard, Blacksmith of St. Margaret's Bank (Pigot's Directory 1838)

134.   [38]


HODGSON HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF ANN THE WIFE OF
JOHN HODGSON WHO DIED 21st
[DAY OF?] JULY 177[3] AGED 38? YEARS
"She was
A Virtuous and Loving Wife
An Indulgent and tender Mother
A Sincere Friend
And a Good Christian"

135.   [39]

[   ]
JOHN WILLIAM HUNT
[ ] SON OF THE LATE
JOHN HUNT [ OF THIS PARISH?]
[   ]

136.   [40]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. EDWARD BURRELL
WHO DIED 17th JUNE 1832
AGED [54] YEARS
[   ]
MARY ANN [WIFE OF?]
MR. JOHN SEAGER OF LONDON
AND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
JANUARY 18th 1850 AGED 36 YEARS

Edward Burrell, of Troy Town, Dredgerman, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 12th January 1832
   His freehold houses in Troy Town, household furniture and goods, vessels, boats, oars, tackle etc., ready money, investments and residue to wife Elizabeth, for ever; she is executor.
   He signs with a mark.
   Witnesses: Henry Church, Thomas Bassuck and Thomas Gray

137.   [41]

IN MEMORY OF
[MARY?] BAXTER LEWIS
[   ]
[DIED?] [   ] DECEMBER 1799
[   ]
REV. WILLIAM LEWIS
WHO DIED THE [   ] DAY OF NOVEMBER 18[ ]
[    ]
ELIZABETH BAKER LEWIS
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED THE
26th OF MARCH 1885 IN HER 77th YEAR

 

138.   [42]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE BOWEN HERBERT
SECOND DAUGHTER OF
GEORGE FLOWER HERBERT ESQ.
COMMANDER OF THE ROYAL NAVY
WHO DIED IN THIS PARISH
ON THE 16th DAY OF JANUARY 1838
AGED 12YEARS

In 1838, Captain Herbert was living at Restoration House (Pigot's Directory)

139.   [43]

Rear of stone, front facing wall, carving at top
IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM DEAN
WHO DIED 14th MARCH 1832
AGED 32 YEARS
[   ]
ELLEN SUSANNAH DEAN
DIED 8th? APRIL 1836 AGED 4 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM DEAN
DIED 15th APRIL 1869 AGED 68 YEARS
Front
IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH WIFE OF
THOMAS TOMLIN OF THIS PARISH
[JUNE 1781]

140.   [44]

[IN MEMORY OF]
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
WILLIAM THOMPSON
WHO DIED 30th? APRIL 1775
AGED 67? YEARS
WILLIAM THOMPSON
WHO DIED 28th? AUGUST 1784
AGED 68? YEARS

William Thompson, he may be the Joiner, master of John Batten in 1740?

141.   [45]

IN MEMORY OF SARAH
WIFE OF JOHN WELLER
DIED THE 26th OF JAN. 1777
AGED 64 YEARS
ALSO JOHN WELLER DEPARTED
THIS LIFE JAN. 4th 1779
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO MR. JOHN WELLER
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
[   ]

John Weller, of St. Margaret's, Gardener, P.C.C. Will dated 20th September 1788.
   Wife Ann is executor. After her death, friend Thomas Johnson of St. Nicholas, Gardener is executor. To servant Edward Carter, £50, if he is still in service of his wife, one year after testator's death, or if wife dies, he continues gardening business, also to Carter, a suit of mourning. Residue of money, personal and leasehold, to wife for life; after her death, £200 to Lettice Vaughan widow and Jane Walkins, widow, his two sisters in law, equally shared; to brother Henry Weller, £20; to sister Ann wife of [     ] Gutteridge, £20. After death of wife, the residue to children of brother Henry, Ann Ladd and Esther Ladd, two children of late sister Elizabeth Ladd, wife of John Samuel Ladd; Ann and Maria Gutteridge , children of sister Ann. At 21 or marriage for girls. Wife can sell any of his personal estate.
   Witnesses: William Twopenny Junior and D. B. Lewis
   Proved 11th November 1811 not administered by Ann Weller, deceased; granted to John Weller, son of Henry Weller; Thomas Johnson the other executor, died in lifetime of Ann.

142.   [46]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
EDWARD SON OF
GEORGE HENRY & MARY ANN ALLEN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 12th DAY OF DECEMBER 1844
IN THE 10th YEAR OF HIS AGE
GEORGE HENRY ALLEN
[DIED MAY 1854]

G.H. Allen, Timber Dealer, John Street, (Pigot's Directory 1838)

143.   [47]

Front
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE WARD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 14th? OF NOVEMBER 1829
AGED 54 YEARS
[   ]
ALSO MARY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 5th APRIL 1878
AGED 89 YEARS
Rear
IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
WILLIAM CONINGSBY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE [   ] OF [SEPTEMBER] 1838
AGED 21 YEARS

144.   [48]

Illegible

145.   [49]

Illegible

 

 


THE WEST WALL, LOOKING NORTH
THE RIVER MEDWAY AND ROCHESTER BRIDGE IN THE DISTANCE

146.   [50]

IN
MEMORY OF
MR. HENRY WILLIAMS
WHO DIED 20th OF NOVEMBER
1813 AGED 38 YEARS
MRS. ABIGAIL WILLIAMS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE DIED JUNE
[   ] [1828] AGED 52 YEARS

Abigail Williams, of Chatham, Widow, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 30th March 1827.
   Ready money, securities, goods, effects and personal estate to son Henry at 21. In meantime executors to invest part of personal estate in Public Funds and pay interest for support and education of Henry, and for "putting him out in life". In case Henry dies pre 21, then personal estate not invested to her sisters Sarah Bean, Mercy Ware and Elizabeth Clemmons, in equal shares. If any die in lifetime of son and before entitlement by this will, then to her children. Richard Whitehead of Chatham, Gentleman and son Henry are executors.
   Signs with mark
   Witnesses; George Acworth, Solicitor, Chatham and John J. Spiller, his Clerk
   Proved 10th July 1828 Power reserved to Henry Williams. Value of goods under £800

147.   [51]

Illegible

148.   [52]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
THOMAS SCOTT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[JUNE] [   ] 1834
[AGED 59 YEARS]
THOMAS SCOTT
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE]
[AUGUST 1846]
[AGED 74 YEARS]

Thomas Scott, Surveyor of 6 Upper Clarence Terrace, (Pigot's Directory 1838)

149.   [53]

IN
MEMORY OF
JANE MERCER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 9th DAY OF JUNE 1844
AGED 29 YEARS

Jane Mercer, Sausage Maker?, at home of William Baker, a Butcher in King Street, 1841 (Census)

150.   [54]

TO THE MEMORY OF
ANN SPENCE WIFE OF
JOHN SPENCE WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE DECEMBER THE 14th 1817
AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO MR. JOHN SPENCE
WHO DIED MAY 27th 1829
AGED 69 YEARS

John Spence, of St. Margaret's, Rigger, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 2nd May 1829
   Rachel Handyman to receive money due to him from the Penny Death Club Mourners Society; she to manage his funeral, which should be as plain as possible.
   She to have any surplus from the above money.
   All his invested funds to James Mowat, Senior and Mary Mowat, his wife, and all household goods and furniture. James Mowat (Junior?), is executor. Clothes and watch to nephew John Matches.
   Witnesses: George Jackson and Charles Casse
   Proved 11th June 1829; James Mowat the Younger, Shipwright, of Prospect Row, Chatham. Value of goods under £300

151.   [55]

IN MEMORY
OF
HANNAH WIFE OF
THOMAS LIGHT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 30th DAY OF APRIL 1849
IN THE 78th YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO THE ABOVE
THOMAS LIGHT
[DIED AUGUST 1851]
[AGED 79 YEARS]

152.   [56]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. ANN GAMON
[WHO DIED [    ] MAY 1835]
[AGED 38 YEARS]
MR. WILLIAM [JU]PP GAMON
[DIED AUGUST 1852]
[AGED 19 YEARS]

153.   [57]

IN
MEMORY OF
MRS. MARTHA KYBETT
WIFE OF
MR. THOMAS KYBETT
WHO DIED 24th AUGUST 1846
AGED 32 YEARS
[ALSO] NINE CHILDREN WHO DIED
IN THEIR INFANCY
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
MR. THOMAS KYBETT
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 30th AUGUST 1847
AGED 35 YEARS

Thomas Kybett, of 16 High Street, Chatham, Tailor P.C.C. Will dated 17th August 1847
   His furniture and household goods, money, securities and stock in trade, to brother John Kybett of Chatham, Painter and James Vine of Rochester, Yeoman, upon trust, to sell personal estate to the advantage of his four children.
   Witnesses: Alexander Foster, Chemist, 17 High Street, Chatham and John Comport, Solicitor, Rochester
   Proved 21st June 1848

154.   [58]

Mostly below ground level
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH SOPHIA
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JOHN HORTON
[DIED JULY/AUGUST 1869 AGED 59 YEARS]
ALSO CLARA
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED NOV. 21st? 1857
AGED 7 YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
JOHN HORTON
[    ] JUNE [    ]

John Horton was a Master Mariner living in Union Street, (Post Office Directory, 1859 and Census 1851-1871). His name is probably on the stone but deeply buried.

155.   [59]

Front
IN MEMORY
OF
LUKE PEARSON
WHO DIED 7th MARCH 1844
AGED 42 YEARS
ALSO FANNY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
LUKE PEARSON
WHO DIED MARCH 20th 1875
AGED 75 YEARS
ALSO CAROLINE SOPHIA
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCT. 17th 1894
AGED 59 YEARS
Rear
IN MEMORY
OF
THOMAS PEARSON
AGED 22 YEARS
AND
JOSEPH PEARSON
AGED 15 YEARS
WHO WERE ACCIDENTALLY DROWNED
UNDER ROCHESTER BRIDGE
23rd SEPTEMBER 1828
Verse and further inscriptions too far down
and close to wall to read

Luke Pearson, Fisherman of City Row, Common (1841 Census), Fanny, Fruiterer in the High Street (1851 Census)
An account of the deaths of the Pearson brothers appears in the Maidstone Journal, Tuesday 7th October 1828. "MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. ------------On Tuesday the 23rd ult a barge belonging to Mr Pearson, Rochester, was sailing up the river to pass through the bridge, heavily laden with ballast, managed by a man named Cameron, and two sons of Mr Pearson, one aged about 22 years, and the other 14 (sic), when, by some means, veering about, it struck against one of the starlings of the middle arch, and almost instantly sunk. The two brothers were unfortunately drowned before assistance could be procured; but Cameron saved himself by hanging to an iron ring which was fixed in the pier of the arch.
   On Tuesday evening, a sermon was preached at the City Chapel, Rochester, by the Rev. J, Slaterie, to improve the death of the two young men,. A large congregation assembled on the occasion, among whom were many seamen and bargemen. The bodies of the young men have been found; one was picked up on Monday, the other on Thursday"

156.   [60]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. RICHARD MILES
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE 8th OF MARCH 1836
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO
MRS. MARY MILES
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 6th OF MARCH 1850
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO
MR. WALTER DAY
GRANDSON? OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 10th OF JANUARY 1857
[AGED 22 YEARS]

157.   [61]

Illegible

158.   [62]

Illegible

159.   [63]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLAM HALLEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 25th?
OF AUGUST 1793 AGED 64? YEARS
ALSO SUSANNAH HALLEY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 27th OF JUNE 1819
AGED 88 YEARS

William Halley, the Victualler, Freeman in 1773?

160.   [64]

IN
MEMORY OF MR. JOHN BURTON ESQ.
CLERK OF THE SURVEY IN HIS MAJESTY’S
DOCKYARD, CHATHAM WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[THE [ ] OF MAY 1806 AGED 61 YEARS]
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[ THE [ ] OF APRIL 1822 AGED 72 YEARS]

John Burton, had been Clerk to the Rope Yard at Chatham (Universal British Directory 1794) He died in Chatham. Wife Sarah who died at Deal, was daughter of Thomas Moulden, Gunner of the Victory, they married at St. Margaret's in 1769

161.   [65


FORWOOD HEADSTONE

Front
[IN MEMORY OF]
MR. RICHARD FORWOOD
LATE MASTER JOINER OF HIS MAJESTY’S YARD
DEPTFORD DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE [ ]
FEBRUARY 1780 IN THE 47th? YEAR OF HIS AGE
SARAH WIFE OF RICHARD FORWOOD
[DIED NOVEMBER 1761]
Rear
[ALSO?]
JOHN FORWOOD
WHO DIED JANY. 29th 1811 AGED 69 YEARS
CATHERINE WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED JANY. 28th 1820 AGED 73 YEARS
HARRIOT ELIZABETH FORWOOD
DIED NOVEMBER 22nd 1822 AGED 23 YEARS
THE ONLY CHILD OF
RICHARD AND ELIZABETH FORWOOD
ELIZABETH
WIFE OF RICHARD FORWOOD
DIED MARCH [ ] 1828? AGED 55 YEARS
Rest too far down and close to wall

Richard Forwood died at Deptford; he married Sarah Moulden at St. Margaret's in 1757.Sarah was a minor, married with consent of her father, William, (see Interior); she died at Sheerness.

162.   [66]

Illegible

163.   [67]


HEADSTONE OF THOMAS MOULDEN, GUNNER OF HMS VICTORY

IN MEMORY OF MARGARET WIFE OF
THOMAS MOULDEN OF THIS PARISH
[WHO] DIED 4th OF [JULY] [1775]
ALSO OF THOMAS MOULDEN [OF THIS PARISH]
LATE GUNNER OF HIS MAJESTY’S SHIP
VICTORY WHO HAD BEEN [A] GUNNER IN
THE ROYAL NAVY 46? YEARS HE DIED
THE 16th NOV. 1775 AGED 74 YEARS

Thomas Moulden, of St. Margaret's, Mariner on H.M.S. "Victory", P.C.C. Will dated 14th November 1775.
   Two houses at Lark Hill in St. Margaret's, occupied by Robert Baker and Richard Burnett, and yearly rent of 12s from piece of land where two houses now built, occupied by Edward Frish and Glover Mungum, adjoining first two houses, to daughter Margaret Friend wife of William Friend of Strood, Sail Maker, for ever.
   House on Lark Hill in his occupation, to daughter Sarah Burton wife of John Burton of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, for ever. One half of his two house in St. Nicholas, in occupation of his son Thomas, leased from the Dean and Chapter of Rochester, to son Thomas. The other half to his grandchildren, William, Susannah and Ann Slaughter. To Margaret Friend, a silver pint mug, looking glass in best parlour of his house and all furniture of chamber he lies in. To Sarah Burton, silver salver, clock, bedstead and hangings in best chamber, oval mahogany table and all chairs in best parlour, large looking [glass] in second parlour. To son Thomas, his desk, round mahogany table (made at Providence), spice box. Ready money and investments, residue of household goods, personal estate, as follows, ¼ to daughters Margaret and Sarah, son Thomas, grandchildren, William, Susannah and Ann Slaughter.
   Son Thomas, William Friend and John Burton are executors.
   Witnesses: Winifred Moulden, Robert Bengo and John Sparks, Attorney, Rochester
   Proved 29th November 1775
(See Interior)

164.   [68]

[
MARY MAYOR



HANNAH MAYOR

]
ANN OLIVER
[BURIED OCT.18th 1815]
[AGED 73 YEARS]
]
ELIZABETH [           ]

165.   [69]

IN MEMORY
OF
THOMAS TILLMAN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 18th DAY OF DECEMBER [1805]
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO OF
MARY TILLMAN
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 20th DAY OF DECEMBER 1852
IN THE 91st YEAR OF HER AGE

Thomas Tillman, Fisherman and Dredgerman, Freeman of Rochester, 1781

166.   [70]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ANN WILLIAMS WIFE OF
RICHARD WILLIAMS
OF THE QUARTIN. DEPARTMENT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 27th OF AUGUST 1832
AGED 62
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
RICHARD WILLIAMS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 24th OF MAY 1843
AGED 72

167.   [71]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN BRICE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE 21st OF MARCH 1812
AGED 32 YEARS
ALSO JOHN BRICE
SON OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
AUGUST 11th 1826 AGED 17 YEARS

168.   [72]

Illegible

169.   [73]

SA[CRED]
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN BRADLEY SEN.
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 11th OF MAY 1799
ALSO MARY BRADLEY
HIS WIFE
WHO DIED ON THE 24th OF JULY [1819]
AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO
ELIZABETH [    ]

John Bradley, died 1799, Victualler? Freeman in 1771

170.   [74]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE CURLING WHO DIED
THE [   ] DAY OF [JANUARY] 1812
AGED [46] YEARS
CHARLES CURLING
[   ]
ELIZABETH [ ]
[   ]
REBECCA CURLING
[MAY] [   ] 1849]
[AGED 79 YEARS]

George and Rebecca Curling apparently died in Canterbury

171.   [75]

IN MEMORY
OF
JOHN TUMBRIDGE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 6th 1870
AGED 81 YEARS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF
MARY TUMBRIDGE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 20th 1849
AGED 59 YEARS

John Tumbridge was a Land and House Proprietor, (1861 Census); Mary died in Bloomsbury

172.   [76]

TO
THE MEMORY OF
JOHN SIBURN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 1st OF MAY 1833
AGED 81 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 9th OF SEPTEMBER 1842
AGED 78 YEARS

Letty Siburn, of Rochester, Widow, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 12th September 1836
   Desires to be buried in St. Margaret's churchyard.
   To Letty Addison wife of John Addison, Stone Mason, £100; to Elizabeth Bullard of Rochester, widow, £150; to Ann Smith of Chatham, widow, £50; to Mary Drew wife of Charles Drew of Chatham, Labourer, £50; to David Tathwels?, Private, 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade, £50; to Sarah Barnes wife of George Barnes, now or late of Calcutta, 19 guineas; to Mary Siburn widow of John Siburn of Chatham, Labourer, £5; to Letty Smith daughter of Ann Smith, £10.
   If Letty Smith dies in testator's lifetime, then the £10 shared equally between Ann Smith and Mary Drew.
   To Elizabeth Letitia Mallory, wife of Henry Mallory,£10; to Charlotte Blackman wife of Henry Blackman, £10; to Ann Bullard, of Rochester, Spinster, £10; to Thomas Brooke? Bullard of Chatham, £10; to Susan Wickenden, of Rochester, Spinster £5. Residue to John Simson Bullard of Rochester, Gentleman, he is also executor
   Signs with mark
   Witnesses: Samuel Nicholson,of Rochester, Gentleman and William Gould of Rochester, Boot Maker
   Proved 7th September 1842 Value of goods under £600

173.   [77]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
[   ]
MR. JOHN POPE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[   ]
[   ]

174.   [78]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM KING
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 28th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1834
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO
CHARLOTTE? [KING?]

175.   [79]

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
JARRETT SIBURNE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT. 10th 1818
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO LETTY SIBURNE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED [SEPTEMBER] [ ] 1842
AGED 90 YEARS

176.   [80]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE SON OF
RICHARD AND JANE MAPLESDEN
OF GRAVEL WALK, TROY TOWN, ROCHESTER
WHO DIED 3rd DECEMBER 1848
AGED 5 YEARS
ALSO THOMAS SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 14th DECEMBER 1852
AGED 13 MONTHS
ALSO EDWARD SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 12th SEPTEMBER 1854
AGED 8 MONTHS

Richard Maplesden was a Baker (Bagshaw's Directory, 1847, 1851 Census)

177.   [81]


HIDER HEADSTONE, IS THIS FIGURE SUPPOSED TO SYMBOLISE
 ELIZABETH HIDER, WHO DIED AGED 18?

[TO] THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH HIDER THE DAUGHTER OF
THOMAS AND MARY HIDER
[WHO DIED [   ] JUNE 1803]
[AGED 17 YEARS]

Elizabeth Hider died in Gillingham, her father is probably Thomas Hider, Mariner?,same man who had the "Nag's Head" Inn in 1823? (Pigot's Directory). of St. Margaret's whose P.C.C. Will is dated 3rd February 1827.
   To nephew James Culvett, Mariner of Chatham, his vessel or smack named "George and Mary", of the Port of Rochester, and materials belonging to it. To brother James Hider, Mariner, of St. Margaret's, all his clothes. To nephew Herbert Nicholas Crisp, son of Nicholas Crisp of St. Margaret's his gold watch with chain and seals. All his estate , freehold and leasehold, to be sold; proceeds to be added to his other funds, including in the Rochester Oyster Fishery. The whole divided as follows: ¼ each to brother James, sister Elizabeth Culvett, widow, now living with him; ¼ each to James and Thomas Crisp Mariners, both of Deal, brothers of his late wife. In case Thomas Crisp, who is now seriously ill, should die before testator, then his share to his widow, Sarah. Nicholas Crisp, Gentleman, and John Bullard, Gentleman , both of St. Margaret's, executors; £10 to John Bullard for his troubles.
   Witnesses: William Ring, Snr., Samuel Tassell and John Jacob Winterton
   Proved 26th May 1827

178.   [82]


FRESHWATER HEADSTONE
THE WINGED FIGURE HAS A CURIOUSLY OVERSIZED HEAD !

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
CHARLES FRESHWATER
[WHO DIED [   ] JUNE 1757]
AGED 45? YEARS
ELIZABETH THEIR DAUGHTER
DIED [   ] NOV. 1742

Elizabeth Freshwater died at Chatham

179.   [83]


BROMLEY HEADSTONE  "GOOD SAMARITAN"

[IN MEMORY OF]
CATHERINE WIFE OF WILL. BROMLEY
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE [   ] FEB. 1777
AGED 33 YEARS
ALSO SIX CHILDREN
WILL. BROMLEY DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[   ] JUNE 1781 AGED 41 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM GERRARD BROMLEY DIED
THE 30th OF JANUARY 180[7] AGED [36] YEARS

William Bromley, House Carpenter? Freeman in 1763

180.   [84]


FISHER HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZ. WIFE OF WILL. FISHER
SHE DIED DECEMBER THE 8th 1770
AGED 28 YEARS

181.   [85]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. WILLIAM HORE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 13th? APRIL 1815
AGED 32 YEARS

William Hore, of Chatham, Victualler, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 9th March 1815
   To Thomas Hardiman of Chatham, Mariner and Benjamin Huggett of Chatham, Victualler, his piece of land, (part of a field) lately occupied by John Stephens, called Priest's Dale or Slickets, now laid out for building, in Chatham, on the N.W. side of a street intended to be called Fort Pitt Street. This was purchased from John Stephens. Also a house built on the same plot, occupied by Matthew Pantin, in trust for his son William, until he is 21. If he dies pre 21, then to his daughters, Ann and Sarah Hore , when youngest is 21. In the meantime the rents used for maintenance and education of children. Wife to have privilege of carrying on business, if she wants to. She to have use of household furniture and goods until youngest child is 21, as long as she remains his widow; when youngest child is 21, she to keep household goods, etc. After her death or remarriage, the household goods to be sold; half of proceeds to wife (if living), half to daughters. If she is dead, the whole to the daughters at 21 or marriage. Until then money invested in Public Funds, interest for support and education of daughters. Executors to make inventory of goods; if wife remarries, she may purchase them. Stock in trade and residue to wife, subject to payment of debts.
   Witnesses: William Holl Marshall, Chatham, J. Salmon, Rochester and George Acworth, Chatham
   Proved 2nd June 1815 Value of goods and chattels under £600

182.   [86]

Illegible

183.   [87]

MR. JOHN PULMAN
WHO DIED THE 7th OF SEPT. 1738
AGED 29? YEARS

John Pulman may be the Yeoman Farmer, Freeman of Rochester, 1730. The stone seems to be a ledger, from a destroyed tomb.

184.   [88]


IN
MEMORY OF
JOHN SALMON
WHO DIED 7th APRIL 1827
AGED 45 YEARS

John Salmon, of Rochester, Labourer, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 14th March 1827.
   His freehold and personal estate to be sold, proceeds, after expenses, equally shared by brother Samuel and sister, Ann Vertue wife of Simon Vertue, of Woodbridge, Suffolk. Mr Henry Crossman of Chatham, Hoyman and Gardiner Cutmore, Gentleman of Chatham, executors.
   Witnesses: John Stubbins and John Kelly
   Proved 16th April 1827 Value of goods under £100

185.   [89]


LITTLEWOOD HEADSTONE

IN MEMORY OF MICHAEL LITTLEWOOD
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY
THE [   ] 177[7] AGED [   ] YEARS
ELEANOR [THE WIFE OF THE ABOVE}
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE] [   ] OF APRIL 1781 AGED [   ] YEARS

Michael Littlewood, of St. Margaret's, Shipwright, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 14th January 1766.
   All his ready money, securities, debt, pay and wages, bounty or pension from service in H.M. Dockyard, Chatham, household goods and personal estate to wife Eleanor, for ever. His freehold houses and land to wife for life; after her death, to friend John May of Snodland, Gentleman, for ever, upon trust, to sell for best price, from proceeds to pay, one third to daughter Sarah Littlewood, one third to daughter Elizabeth Littlewood, remaining third to be retained for use of grandson Michael Goudie, from time to time, during minority.
   Wife and John May executors.
   Witnesses: T. Cransdale, F. Southcott and George Pankhurst
   Proved 1782

186.   [90]

IN
MEMORY OF
ANN
WIFE OF
JOHN GARRISH
OBT. MAY 2nd 1832
AGED 38 YEARS
ALSO
CATHERINE
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 10th 1832
AET. 4 MONTHS

John Garrish was a Tailor, he is probably on this stone but it is rather deeply buried.

187.   [91]

MRS. ELIZA COLLINS
WIDOW OF
MAJOR WILLIAM COLLINS
ASSISTANT ADJUDENT GENERAL
OF THE ROYAL MARINES
[DIED JUNE 1837]
[AGED 56 YEARS]

188.   [92]

IN
MEMORY OF
JOHN WRIGHT
LATE OF CHATHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE [   ] [FEBRUARY] 180[2]
AGED [51] YEARS

189.   [93]

Southern half
MRS. ELEANOR WIFE OF
MR. HENRY COWEE?
OF ROCHESTER
AND DAUGHTER OF
MR. THOMAS WOOLSEY
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 5th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1818
AGED 30 YEARS
MRS. ELEANOR WIFE OF
MR. THOMAS WOOLSEY
DIED THE 18th DAY OF FEB. 1826
AGED 76 YEARS
Northern half
MRS. SARAH BODENT
WHO DIED THE 11th DAY OF
SEPTEMBER 1808
AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO THE AFORESAID
MR. THOMAS WOOLSEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 29th DAY OF SEPTEMBER
1841
AGED 94 YEARS
ELIZABETH WOOLSEY
DIED THE 3rd DAY OF MARCH
[   ]

Henry Cowee, Linen Draper in the High Street, (Holden's Directory 1809-11) Freeman of Rochester 1807

190.   [94]

IN MEMORY
OF
ROBERT LAW
SON OF
WILLIAM AND ANN FERGUSON
[WHO DIED] THE 27th OF SEPTEMBER 1834
IN THE PARISH OF ST. GEORGES
SOUTHWARK, LONDON
AGED 4 YEARS
ALSO ANN
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
(WHO DIED THE 10th OF OCTOBER 1847)
(AGED 10 YEARS)

191.   [95]

THOMAS TUFF
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 8th DAY OF NOVEMBER 1841
AGED 55 YEARS
ALSO OF
MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 28th DAY OF APRIL 1872
IN HER 80th YEAR

The Tuffs were Brick Makers and Farmers at Borstal

192.   [96]

IN
MEMORY OF
GEORGE NOAKES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 18th DAY OF MARCH 1821
AGED 42 YEARS
ALSO OF MARY ANN HIS WIFE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE [   ] [DAY] [OF] [ OCTOBER] 1820
[AGED 40 YEARS]
(ALSO)
(ALFRED NOAKES GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE)
(DIED 1st MAY 1842)
(AGED 1 YEAR)
(ALSO)
MARY (ANN NOAKES)
(DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE)
Rear
IN
MEMORY OF ANN [   ] NOAKES
[SISTER?] OF
HENRY NOAKES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 30th DAY OF AUGUST 1854
AGED 24 YEARS
ALSO
HENRY NOAKES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 9th DAY OF DECEMBER 1883
AGED 74? YEARS

193.   [97]

(MRS. HARRIETT USBORNE)
(DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH DICKESON)
(OF THIS PARISH)
(WHO DIED THE 14th MARCH 1821)
(AGED 25 YEARS)

194.   [98]

(MR. RICHARD DICKESON)
(WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE)
(31st MARCH 1829)
(AGED 41 YEARS)

195.   [99]

IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
GEORGE JAMES
HOBART
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANY. 10th 1855
AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO
MARY ANN
BELOVED WIFE OF THE
THE (sic) ABOVE WHO DIED
OCTR. 18th 1[885]
[AGED 78 YEARS]

The Hobarts were Licensees of the "Don Cossack" Inn in the Delce, also Painters and Glaziers (1851 and 1859 Post Office Directories)


St Margaret's Church gravestones along western boundary wall at southern end

196.   [100]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH WIFE OF
MR. WILLIAM JENNINGS
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 9th OF MARCH 1830
AGED 58 YEARS
LEAVING ISSUE
3 SONS AND 3 DAUGHTERS
TEN DIED IN THEIR INFANCY
"Reader, prepare
to met thy God"

197.   [101]

Front
IN MEMORY OF ROBERT
AND ELIZABETH PETMAN
SON AND DAUGHTER OF
JOHN AND CHRISTIAN PETMAN
ROBERT DIED APRIL 25th 17[70]
AGED 1? YEAR AND [   ] MONTHS
ELIZABETH DIED MAY THE [ ] [1780]
AGED 5? YEARS AND 1 MONTH
ELIZABETH PETMAN
WIFE OF THE LATE PETER PETMAN
WHO DIED [   ] NOV. 1789 AGED 40? YEARS
Rear
IN MEMORY OF
MR. STEPHEN PETMAN, LATE CARPENTER
OF HIS MAJESTY’S SHIP NEPTUNE? WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE FEBRUARY [ ] 1782
AGED 49 YEARS

Stephen Petman, of Chatham, Carpenter of H.M Sloop "Swift" P.C.C. Will dated 12th January 1756
   To wife Susanna, all his pay and 200 guineas prize money, ---- ? allowance money, household goods and personal estate and residue. Wife is executor.
   Witnesses: John Perriman, William Dixon* and Stephen Duer
   Proved 8th June 1782
(*See Interior)

198.   [102]

MR. JAMES RE[AV]ELY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 17th APRIL 1780
AGED 57?YEARS
[   ]
ELIZABETH DEAN
THE WIFE OF RICHARD
[JANUARY or FEBRUARY 1758]

James Reaveley, of Chatham, Mariner, P.C.C. Will dated 17th February 1780
   He is entitled by will of late brother George of Gray's Inn, Gentleman, dated 30th November 1779, the sum of £500. This is to be paid one year after brother's decease and also to an equal share of his brother's residuary personal estate, with his two sisters, Ann Humphreys and Elizabeth Reaveley. The £500 and other entitlement, will go together with his real and personal estate. to Elizabeth, wife of David Humphreys of Barnard's Inn, Gentleman and Mary Loftes, widow, a gold ring, of one guinea value each. All his real estate, ready money, securities, household goods, rings, jewels and residue of personal estate, to wife Elizabeth, who is executor.
   Witnesses: Aaron Anderson, John Baker and R. Bristow
   Proved 29th April 1780

199.   [103]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. RICHARD BURNETT
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 22nd OF FEBRUARY 1832
AGED 32 YEARS
ALSO OF MARY ANN COLLEY
RELICT OF THE ABOVE
AND SECOND WIFE OF
JOHN COLLEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 23rd 1871
AGED 72 YEARS
"O Lord teach us to number our days
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom"

200.   [104]

IN
MEMORY OF
MARY EDMUNDS
WHO DIED 13th SEPTEMBER 1857
AGED 44YEARS

201.   [105]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HARRY EDWARD FENNEMORE
WHO DIED 20th AUGUST 1837
AGED 5 MONTHS
"Suffer little children to come unto me
for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven"

202.   [106]

TO THE MEMORY
OF
WILLIAM DAVIES SMITH
(CAPTAIN IN THE CORPS OF ROYAL ENGINEERS)
(SON OF THE LATE CHARLES SMITH)
(CAPTAIN ROYAL ARTILLERY)

203.   [107]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
PHILLIP ARMES
LAY CLERK
OF ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 18th DAY OF APRIL 1863
AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
PHILLIP ARMES
WHO DIED 31st DECEMBER 1882
AGED 67 YEARS

204.   [108]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ROBERT HOBART HETT M.D.
WHO DIED (27th AUGUST 1827)
(AGED 37 YEARS)

205.   [109]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
LIEUT. HENRY TOMKINSON
(21st LIGHT DRAGOONS)
(SON OF JOHN TOMPKINSON ESQ.)
(OF KNYPERSLEY? IN THE COUNTY OF STAFFORD)
(WHO DIED 29th MARCH 1827)
(AGED 39 YEARS)

206.   [110]

(MARY WIFE OF MR. WILLIAM MARTIN)
(AND DAUGHTER OF MR. WILLIAM LIPTON)
(WHO DIED 20th JUNE 1821
(ALSO)
(    )
(SON OF THE ABOVE MR. WILLIAM MARTIN)
(   )
(ALSO)
(MARY MARTIN)

207.   [111]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
ALEXANDER BROADFOOT M.D.
DEPUTY? INSPECTOR OF HOSPITALS
[ ] INSPECTOR OF HOSPITALS
AT GIBRALTER
AND
[    ]
[    ]
[DIED] [ ] OCTOBER [1837]
AGED [56] YEAR

208.   [112]

MR. WILLIAM THOMAS WRIGHT
(LATE OF IPPLEPEN? DEVON)
(WHO DIED THE 24th OF MAY 1830)
(AGED 73 YEARS)
(ALSO OF)
(LYDIA WIFE OF MR. WILLIAM THOMAS WRIGHT)
(OF THE NAVY PAY OFFICE, CHATHAM)
[ DIED] [   ] [NOVEMBER] [1833]
[AGED 39 YEARS]

209.   [113]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
MR. ROBERT HOMAN
WHO DIED THE 1st OF OCTOBER 1851
AGED 30 YEARS
[   ]
ALSO OF
ROBERT JOHN HOMAN
(SON OF THE] ABOVE)
(WHO DIED THE 11th NOVEMBER) [1850]
(AGED 17 MONTHS)

Homan Drapers in Rochester

210.   [114]


HEADSTONE TO JOHN BRADLEY, BUTCHER AND HIS NIECE, MARY THACKRAY, 
WHO KILLED HERSELF IN A VERY GRUESOME MANNER.

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN BRADLEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 27th OF SEPTEMBER 1823
AGED 40 YEARS
ALSO MARY THACKRAY, NIECE OF
THE ABOVE WHO DIED 13th NOVEMBER (sic)* 1841
AGED 31 YEARS

John Bradley, of King Street, Troy Town, Butcher P.C.C. Will dated 8th October 1820.
   To Hannah Chaytors wife of Henry Chaytors of Leeds (Kent), Farmer, now residing with testator, his freehold house he resides in and has his business, in King Street, for ever. Also to Hannah, his fell mongers yard and buildings in Delce Lane in his own occupation, leased from Morden College, subject to terms of lease. Residue to Hannah Chaytors, all independent of her husband, she is also executor.
   He makes a mark, being too ill to sign his name.
   Witnesses: Thomas Miller, Troy Town, Victualler, J. Pope, Troy Town, Labourer, Chatham Dock Yard and M. Stephens, Clerk to Mr J. Stephens, Attorney, Chatham.
   Proved 24th October 1823

Mary Thackray took her own life on the 3rd of December; her gruesome death was reported in full in The Times, December 8th 1841. She disembowelled herself with a razor, cutting into her intestines, which meant that death was the only outcome.
   This unhappy event occurred at the house, in Upper Clarence Place, of her aunt, Mrs Hooper, wife of John Hooper, Stone Mason. Making his rounds, nearby, milkman, Mr John Gooderham, was called in to force open her locked bedroom door, and Rochester surgeon, Mr Samuel Newson attended. She died about four hours after inflicting the wound, having remained conscious all that time.
   The inquest was held at the "Royal George" by the Coroner for Kent, Mr R. Hind. Evidence from Mr Newson showed that Mary had been, two months previously, "in a state of insanity", and that he had warned the Hoopers that she may harm herself or those around her. He was sure Mary was insane when she injured herself; the jury returned a verdict that she killed herself while in a state of insanity.
   The puzzling thing about the inscription is that the date of death is utterly wrong, i.e., the 13th November? Could it have been a deliberate mistake, in order to confuse the identity of the person in the grave and the suicide? There is only one Mary Thackray in the burial register for 1841, aged 32, from Upper Clarence Terrace, buried 10th December 1841.

211.   [115]

JOHN BRAIN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 23rd NOVEMBER 1822
AGED 45 YEARS

212.   [116]

(THE REV. J.J. JONES)
(WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE)
(ON THE 11th DAY OF APRIL 1809)
(IN THE 33rd YEAR OF HIS AGE)
(ALSO)
(THE REVD. JAMES JONES)
(DIED 4th JULY 1819)
[AGED 74]

Rev. John Jones, of Minor Canon Row, Rochester, Rector of Kingsdown , P.C.C. Will dated 12th June 1819
   Wishes to be buried as close to his wife, as possible, funeral not to be expensive. His house in the High Street, occupied by Richard Sayer, to be sold. £300 to be deducted, sum already lent to son John Edward Jones, Major, Royal Artillery, this to be equally divided among his three daughters; remainder to be divided equally between son and daughters. The bond he has on Chalk Turnpike Road for £1,800, subject to payment of annuity of £7 16s to Ann Davison, living with Mr Field of Sheerness, equally divided between his daughters, also to them the stock in the Navy 5% and stock in the 3%, after payment of expenses. All household furniture and goods to daughter Elizabeth Jones, the watch he wears to daughter Sophia Browne, his few books, after daughter Elizabeth has chosen some for herself, to son and sons in law Rev. John Griffiths and Rev. Samuel Browne, son and sons in law, executors.
   Residue equally shared between daughters.
   Witnesses; Edward Twopenny, Rochester, J. S. Bullard, Rochester and George Skinner
   Proved 6th September 1819

213.   [117]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH GRIFFITHS WIDOW
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AT THE AGE OF 72
YEARS ON THE 8th DAY OF APRIL 1805
IN THE SAME GRAVE ARE DEPOSITED
THE REMAINS OF HER GRANDSON
THOMAS ROE GRIFFITHS
WHO FINISHED HIS SHORT BUT PAINFUL
PILGRIMAGE ON THE 19th DAY OF SEPT. 1806
ALSO OF SUSANNA GRIFFITHS
IN HER 15th YEAR
DIED SEPTEMBER 28th 1825

Thomas Roe Griffiths was the son of the Vicar of St. Margaret's.

214.   [118]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
(JAMES DAVIS)
(WHO DIED 11th NOVEMBER 1819)
(AGED )
ALSO (REBECCA HIS WIFE)
(WHO DIED [NOVEMBER] [1827]
(AGED) [75] (YEARS)
ALSO SARAH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 11th ? OCTOBER [ ]
AGED 8? MONTHS

215.   [119]

Illegible

216.   [120]

IN MEMORY
OF
HENRIETTA MARIA MARTIN
DAUGHTER OF
JOHN AND HENRIETTA MARTIN
WHO DIED 3rd SEPTEMBER 1842
AGED 2 YEARS AND 9 MONTHS
ALSO OF HERBERT JAMES
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 14th SEPTEMBER 1842
AGED 6 YEARS

John Martin was a Clerk in the Admiralty, living in Union Street

217.   [121]


DR. YOUNGE HEADSTONE

(IN MEMORY OF
ALEXANDER YOUNGE M.D.
SURGEON IN THE ROYAL NAVY
WHO HAD COMPLETED IN A.D. 1805
FAITHFUL MARITIME SERVICE
WITHOUT EXAMPLE OF 45 YEARS
HE HAD PERFORMED HIS DUTIES IN
MANY NAVAL ENGAGEMENTS
CHIEFLY AT THE CAPTURE IN A.D. 1780
OF THE SPANISH ADMIRAL LANGORA BY ADMIRAL RODNEY
AND IN HIS BRILLIANT VICTORY IN A.D 1782
WON OVER THE COMTE DE GRASSE
AT THIS TIME HE WAS SURGEON ON H.M. SHIP LONDON
AND AFTERWARDS ON THE ROYAL SOVEREIGN
IN THE FAMOUS BATTLE OF THE 1st JUNE 1794
HE WAS A MAN ENDOWED WITH MANY AND
CONSPICUOUS VIRTUES AND WAS GREATLY HONOURED
ON THE 28th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1821 HE WAS THEN
SUDDENLY PROSTRATED FROM HAEMORRHAGE OF THE LUNGS
FROM WHICH GREATLY MOURNED HE DIED AGED 83
ALSO OF AMELIA YOUNGE)

The inscription is in Latin; the transcription was made by Rev. Warne in 1877. Canon Wheatley failed to find this stone in the 1930's (Historical Notes); this is rather puzzling because, although worn, it is readily recognisable today. Warne did not continue the inscription after Amelia Younge, which is now buried.

218.   [122]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN STROUD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY THE [ ] [1826]
IN THE [57th] YEARS OF HIS AGE
ALSO
JOHN STROUD SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED IN HIS INFANCY
ALSO
WILLIAM STROUD SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCTOBER [ ] [1820]
[IN THE 13th YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO
MARY [STROUD]
[JANUARY 1847]
JOHN STROUD [   ]

John Stroud, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, described in the Books of the Bank of England, as "of Chatham, Rope Maker"; there is also John Stroud, Grocer of Rochester, Freeman in 1808 ? P.C.C. Will dated 23rd April 1821.
   His properties to his wife, Mary, for ever. Household goods, furniture, money, securities and personal estate to wife.
   She is his executor.
   Witnesses: Thomas Day, Chatham, James Pearce, Chatham and J. Moulden, Troy Town

Codicil dated 1st April 1826
   Had left all property to wife; now charges properties with annuity of £20 to his mother, Elizabeth, for life. His mother, after his death, should not live with his wife, or she will not get annuity.
   Witnesses: Jane Bushell and William Lott
   Proved 12th August 1826

Mary Stroud,
of St. Margaret's, Widow of John P.C.C. Will dated 8th October 1841.
   Her leasehold house on St. Margaret's Banks to Caroline Spikesman of Wouldham, Spinster, for life. After her death, to Elizabeth Turner wife of Thomas Turner of Wouldham, for term of lease. Ready money, household goods and furniture, clothes, funds in Bank of England, to Caroline Spikesman. £600 in new 3½% bank annuities, part of £2,200 in that stock, also to Caroline Spikesman. To executors and trustees, £1,000 of same stock, in trust, for benefit of children of Thomas Stroud of Ramsgate, Mariner, equally at 21, interest paid to father during minorities, for maintenance and education. Executors to take this on if Thomas Stroud dies during minorities.
   £100 of same stock to Henry Jeffery Longcluse son of Henry Longcluse, of Brompton, Pastry Cook; £100 same stock to Louisa Coley wife of Thomas Coley of Liquor Pond Street, Gray's Inn, Compositor (late Louisa Guess, Spinster). To servant Jane Tiltman?, or female servant with her at death, £100 same stock. To esteemed friend, Rev, Daniel Francis Warner of Minor Canon Row, £50, as acknowledgement of spiritual attention he has bestowed on her. To executors and trustees, £25 each for their trouble. Residue to Larkin Allan of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, John Griffiths, M.A., of Wadham College, Oxford and Larkin Allan, executors and trustees.
   Witnesses: Thomas Patten, Notary Public, Rochester and Thomas Patten, Clerk to Thomas Patten

Codicil dated 7th September 1844
   To nephew Thomas Stroud of Ramsgate, money in Savings Bank at Chatham; if he dies before legacy is paid, then to his present wife, (whose Christian name she does not know),. Rest of will confirmed.
   Witnesses: as for will
   Proved 17th April 1847 Power reserved to Rev. John Griffiths

219.   [123]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. WILLIAM BURNETT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 7th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1829
AGED 53 YEARS
ALSO OF
MRS. SOPHIA BURNETT
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
(ON THE 13th DAY OF AUGUST) [1848]
[AGED 74 YEARS]

220.   [124]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THE CHILDREN OF
JOHN AND JANE BUNYAR
OF THE PARISH OF MAIDSTONE
JANE DIED MAY 13th 1819
AGED 6 YEARS & 9 MONTHS
ALSO THOMAS DIED FEB. 2nd 1821
AGED 9 WEEKS
ALSO ROBERT DIED JUNE 30th 1823
AGED 4 YEARS
ALSO EDWARD DIED AUGUST 7th 1825
AGED 3 WEEKS
ALSO HARRIETT DIED AUGUST 1st 1838
AGED 14 YEARS
(ALSO ELIZABETH THEIR LAST SURVIVING DAUGHTER)
(DIED MAY 1st 1839)

John Bunyar, Coal Merchant of Stone Street, Maidstone (Pigot's Directory 1838)

221.   [125]

Front
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN SON OF
MR. JOHN AND ANN LANGLEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 13th? 180[3]
AGED 9 MONTHS
ALSO ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 17th OF MAY 180[4]
AGED 8 YEARS
ALSO MARY ANN WIFE OF
CAPTAIN ALFRED BURTON
OF THE CHATHAM DIVISION ROYAL MARINES
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[JANUARY 1854]
[   ]
ALSO EDWARD SON OF THE ABOVE
[   ]
THOMAS [    ]

Rear
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN LANGLEY
WHO DIED THE [   ] OF NOVEMBER 1848
AGED 80 YEARS
MRS. ANN LANGLEY WIFE OF
THE ABOVE WHO DIED 28th? OF JANUARY 1853
AGED 81 YEARS

John Langley, of Troy Town. Bricklayer, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 18th March 1845
   To wife Ann use of household goods and furniture, for life. After her death, to daughter Louisa wife of Andrew Dickson. Six leasehold houses (five in front, one in back), in John Street, occupied by Samuel Sinnocks, Elizabeth Mowatt, William Austin, Edmund Bennett, James Flinn and himself, to wife life or for term of leases. After her death, the two southernmost, no. 4 and 5 occupied by Edmund Bennett and James Flinn, and use of well behind the six houses, and way and passage to the well, to daughter Louisa, subject to right of way of the other tenants over the premises. After wife's death the remaining leaseholds and right of way, as follows, third to son William, third to son Henry, third to daughter Maria, wife of Walter Clarke of Manchester, Gentleman.
    Residue of money, securities, goods, personal estate to wife. Son in law Walter Clarke and daughter Louisa executors.
   Witnesses: Charles Dorrett and W. Dorrett, Clerks to Messrs. Lewis and Son, Solicitors, Rochester

Codicil dated 18th March 1845
   Concerning bequest to daughter Louisa, after death of wife, Louisa to have full benefit, not subject to any control or interest of her present of future husband. Rest of will confirmed.
   Same witnesses. Value of goods etc., under £450

Affidavit dated 11th December 1849
   Charles Dorrett sworn as to the authenticity of will.

222.   [126]

IN
MEMORY OF
ANN BROOKE WHO DIED THE
20th OF AUGUST 1805 AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO OF
PLEASANT RELICT OF THE LATE
LIEUT. THOMAS WINTER R.M.
WHO DIED 27th FEBRUARY 1846
AGED 84
ALSO MARY ANNE WINTER
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
24th JANUARY 1852 AGED 66 YEARS
THOMAS SON OF CHARLES AND
ANN YOUNG DIED 4th SEPT. 1803

Mary Ann Winter, Annuitant and Fund Holder, of St. Margaret's Banks (1851 Census)

223.   [127]

IN MEMORY
OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
MR. T[HU]RTLE VAIL OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 28th MAY 1817
AGED 45 YEARS
MR. T[HU]RTLE VAIL
WHO DIED THE 14th OF AUGUST 1846
AGED76 YEARS

Thurtle Vail died at the Chatham Union poor House (Registers)

END OF THE WEST WALL

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M.I.s of Section D - St Margaret's Church, Rochester recorded by D. E. Williams


St Margaret's Church, Rochester M.I.s with Index of names from gravestones

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Monumental Inscriptions of St Margaret's Church, St Margaret's Street, Rochester
                                                                
 - recorded by D. E. Williams 2008

Section D     Southern boundary wall (Vange Mews), Eastern Boundary Wall
       (St Margaret's Street, from the south. North of Lych Gate. Ledgers & headstones forming
       a retaining wall south of the church. Cut down ledges forming steps on south side of church. 

PART 2
SOUTHERN BOUNDARY WALL (VANGE MEWS) NOS. 1 – 14 (FROM THE WEST)


St Margaret's Church gravestones along southern wall from the east

224.   [1]

[   ]
JOSEPH GOBBETT
[WHO DIED] 13th [DECEMBER 1814]
AGED [18] YEARS
JAMES GOBBETT
[FATHER OF THE ABOVE DIED] [   ] APRIL 1826
AGED 67 YEARS
ALSO MR. CHARLES GOBBETT
[SON OF THE ABOVE DIED 1st ? JA]NUARY 1831
AGED 30 YEARS
ALSO CHARLES HIS SON
WHO DIED DECEMBER 26th 1830
[AGED 3 MONTHS]
ALSO ANN THE WIFE OF THE ABOVE
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE] [ ] MARCH [1851]
IN THE 95th YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO MARTHA WILKINS
[MAY 1867]

225.   [2]

Illegible

226.   [3]

Facing the wall
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
LIEUT. WILLIAM NARRACOTT R.N.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 29th OF AUGUST 1839
AGED 53 YEARS

227.   [4]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY WIFE OF
MR. WILLIAM HALL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 25th OF JUNE 1824
AGED 85 YEARS
ALSO MR. JOHN HALL
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 27th OF JULY 1836
IN THE 32nd? YEAR OF HIS LIFE
ALSO ANN WIFE OF
MR. WILLIAM HALL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE [    ] OF OCTOBER 18[ ]
AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM HALL
[    ]
WILLIAM AND MARY HALL

228.   [5]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
FRANCES
THE BELOVED WIFE OF
MR. GEORGE ROOTS
OF THE PARISH OF CHATHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 2nd OF DECEMBER 1856
AGED 43? YEARS
[   ]

George Roots, Brick Merchant of 1 Brougham Place, Chatham (1851 Census)

229.   [6]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. SARAH JURY
WHO DIED 27th APRIL 1847
AGED 75 YEARS
WIDOW OF THE LATE
MR. WALTER JURY OF MAIDSTONE
ALSO OF MARY THE WIFE OF
MR. WILLIAM PAINE
WHO DIED 14th DECEMBER 1850
AGED 53 YEARS
DAUGHTER OF THE LATE
MR. W(ALTER AND SARAH JURY)
(ALSO MR.WILLIAM PAYNE)
(WHO DIED 24th NOV. 1856)
(AGED 59 YEARS)

Sarah Jury, Independent, was living with William and Mary Paine in Tonbridge, in 1841 (Census)

William Paine, an Excise Man of Tonbridge, in 1841 (Census)

230.   [7]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN CORRALL
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 20th OF DECEMBER [1806]
AGED 45? YEARS

John Corrall, of St. Margaret's, Painter and Gilder, Freeman of Rochester 1802 Consistory Court of Rochester Will, dated 14th December 1806
   Appoints William Blenkinsop, Plumber of Rochester, John Hill of Strood and wife Rebecca, executors. To daughter Rebecca Mary Corrall, £300 from his business at 21; also £300 as above to son Charles Prow Corrall, at 21. If either die pre 21, their share to survivor; if both die then to wife. Stock in trade and residue to wife. Children to be brought up and educated from profits of business, until they are 21, provided they assist mother in business.
   Witnesses: Elias Bradbury, James Wilson and Thomas Day
   Proved 1st October 1807. Value of goods under £300
   Widow Rebecca carried on a China, Earthenware and Glass business on St. Margaret's Banks, ( Pigot's Directory 1823); in the same year, son Charles is a Carver and Gilder.

231.   [8]

Front
[   ]
MARY ANN KIDWELL
DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND ANN KIDWELL
WHO DIED ON THE 1st? APRIL 1806
AGED 16 YEARS
ALSO JOHN SON OF
JOHN AND ANN KIDWELL
[WHO DIED ON ]
AGED 4 MONTHS
ALSO GEORGE CHARLES SON OF
ROBERT AND [REBECCA] KIDWELL
WHO DIED 16th MAY 1844 AGED 21 YEARS
WILLIAM GEORGE BROTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED IN HIS INFANCY
ALSO ELIZABETH ANN KIDWELL
SISTER? OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED THE 29th OCT.
1850 AGED 29 YEARS

Rear
IN
MEMORY OF
MR. JOHN KIDWELL
WHO DIED THE 20th MARCH 1810
AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO ANN KIDWELL
WIFE OF THE ABOVE DIED THE [   ]
NOVEMBER 1831 AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO REBECCA WIFE OF ROBERT KIDWELL
WHO DIED 30th OF MARCH 1845 AGED 48 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH THE WIFE OF
Rest too low and close to wall to read

John Kidwell, died 1810 was a Cabinet Maker, freeman of Rochester in 1802

Robert Kidwell was an Auctioneer, Cabinet Maker and Furniture Broker of Eastgate (Pigot's Directory 1832, 1838)
The Clock Tower at the top of Star Hill is a memorial to a 20th century John Kidwell.

232.   [9]

Illegible

233.   [10]

IN
MEMORY OF MR. THOMAS [WALKINS] OF
THIS PARISH LATE OF CH[ATHAM?]
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE [ ] MARCH
1802 AGED 47 YEARS
ALSO MRS. MARY BARTHOLOMEW
WIFE OF
MR. WILLIAM BARTHOLOMEW
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER [   ] 1831 AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH [   ]
[   ]
ALSO THE ABOVE WILLM. BARTHOLOMEW
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[JULY 1848]

William Bartholmew, Carpenter, Builder and Undertaker of Delce Lane; Founder of Bartholomew's Free Chapel (Pigot's Directories, 1832, 1838, etc.)

234.   [11]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. MARY ELIZABETH BROOKS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 1st OF MAY 1831
AGED 41 YEARS
ALSO
MR. JOHN BROOKS
OF THIS PARISH
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 26th OF JUNE 1852
AGED 68 YEARS

John Brooks, probably the Printer and Book Binder of Troy Town, Church Warden in 1822–26? (Pigot's Directory 1838)

235.   [12]

Illegible

236.   [13]

HERE
RESTS IN HOPE OF A JOYFUL RESURRECTION
TO ETERNAL LIFE THE REMAINS OF
MARY NORRIS WIFE OF WILLIAM NORRIS
(OF CHATHAM) WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 5th OF DECEMBER 1804
AGED 63 YEARS
"Afflictions sore
long time I bore
Physicians were in vain
Till God did please
Me to release
and ease me of my pain"

237.   [14]

[   ]
[JEMIMA?] ALEXANDER
[   ]
JOHN ALEXANDER
[    ]
[    ]
[    ]
MRS. SARAH TREGO
MOTHER OF THE ABOVE
THOMAS ALEXANDER
[NOVEMBER or DECEMBER 1850]
[AGED 76 YEARS]

END OF THE SOUTHERN WALL

PART 3
EASTERN BOUNDARY WALL (ST. MARGARET’S STREET) (NOS. 1 – 17 FROM THE SOUTH)


EAST WALL, LOOKING NORTH

238.   [1]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. ANN HALL
WIFE OF
MR. WILLIAM HALL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 15th DAY OF OCTOBER [1814]
IN THE 31st YEAR OF HER AGE
HENRY HALL
SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED THE 21st OF MARCH [1816]
IN THE 4th? YEAR OF HIS AGE
WILLIAM [HALL?]
[   ]

239.   [2]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF MRS. ELIZABETH
WIFE OF MR. REUBEN FLETCHER
WHO DIED AUGUST 5th 1813
AGED 38 YEARS
ALSO CATHERINE DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
[DIED AUGUST [   ] 1820]
AGED [   ] YEARS
ALSO THOMAS SON OF THE ABOVE
[REUBEN AND ELIZABETH]
[   ]

240.   [3]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
OF
JANE WIFE OF
MR. CHARLES HOMAN
OF LONDON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 13th OF SEPTEMBER 1846
AGED 29 YEARS

241.   [4]

Facing the wall
[   ] ELIZA ANN DAUGHTER OF
[WILLIAM] FRANCIS AND CAROLINE ESTHER HARRISON
[WHO DEPARTED] THIS LIFE OCTOBER 26th 1854 AGED 22 YEARS
[ALSO] OF FRANCIS CRIST HARRISON
DIED JANUARY 15th 1865 AGED 36 YEARS
Panel from a Chest Tomb?

242.   [5]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MR. THOMAS HORN
WHO DIED THE [   ] AUGUST 1821
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE [   ] OF NOVEMBER?
1826
AGED 72 YEARS
LEFT TWO SONS
WILLIAM AND JAMES

Thomas Horn, died 1821, a Miller, Freeman of Rochester 1772?

243.   [6]

Front
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY HARRIOT
WIFE OF
CHARLES LANE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 31st DAY OF OCTOBER 1834
AGED 64 YEARS
"Grateful she lived with honour, died in Peace
in hope of Heavenly Joys which never cease"
ALSO THE ABOVE
CHARLES LANE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 21st DAY OF JANUARY 1843
AGED 80 YEARS
"Tho’ plain in manner, rich he was in mind
Religious, quiet, honest, meek and kind"

Rear
IN
MEMORY OF
MR. THOMAS LANE
BORN JULY 23rd 1795 DIED NOV. 25th 1856
AGED 61 YEARS
ALSO CHILDREN OF
THOMAS AND JANE LANE
JOHN WILLIAM
BORN SEP. 13th 1833 DIED JULY 11th 1852?
AGED 19 YEARS
THOMAS
BORN MAY 1st 1830 DIED JULY 9th 1858
AGED 28 YEARS
JANE MARY
BORN AUG. 31st 1833 DIED JULY 13th 1893
AGED 59 YEARS

Thomas Lane, Gun Maker, Freeman of Rochester, 1818

244.   [7]

IN
MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH BINGHAM
WHO DIED 7th NOVR. 1856
AGED 84 YEARS

245.   [8]

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM GUTTERIDGE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
21st JULY 1795? AGED [   ] YEARS
ALSO CHARLES GUTTERIDGE
HIS BROTHER WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE 15th MAY 179[8]
AGED [   ] YEARS
WILLIAM GUTTERIDGE
[FATHER?] OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
16th MARCH 1810 AGED [58] YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF
THE ABOVE [   ]
[MAY 1847]
JOHN ANDREW
[   ]

William Gutteridge was a Baker, a Freeman in 1786

246.   [9]

[SACRED]
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
EDWARD CRESY GENT.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[JANUARY] [   ] 1812 AGED [7]0 YEARS
ALSO MRS. SARAH JOHNSON
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
APRIL 16th 1827 AGED 51 YEARS
ALSO MARY ANN HARDWIDGE
WHO DIED [   ] OCTOBER 1839?
AGED 38 YEARS
ALSO MRS. ELIZABETH HARDWIDGE
MOTHER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
[   ] JULY 1841? AGED 69 YEARS
EDWARD CRESY GENT.
[AUGUST 1841]
[AGED 55 YEARS]

Edward Cresy, of St. Margaret's, Gentleman, P. C.C. Will dated 1st August 1807
   To son George of Chatham, £100 in 5% annuities; to daughter Mary Doughty, £130 in 5% annuities; to daughter Elizabeth Hardwidge, £300 in 5% annuities; to daughter Sarah Ann Cresy, £350 in 5% annuities.
   Residue of money in funds to son Edward, other money not already given, household goods, furniture and effects, equally between son Edward and daughters Elizabeth and Sarah Ann. To grand daughter Mary Ann Hardwidge, £100 in 5% annuities, this to remain with executors, interest to be paid to Elizabeth Hardwidge, until she is 21, or earlier at discretion of executors. £10 for executor Henry Doughty for mourning, allowed in his wife's £130. Son Edward and Henry Doughty of Camberwell, Plumber and Glazier, executors.
   Witnesses: William Dunstall and Thomas Fielder
   Proved 17th January 1809

Edward Cresy, of Victoria Place, Rochester, Gentleman, P. C. C. Will dated 9th January 1838
   To natural daughter, Mary Ann Cresy Clarke, spinster, commonly called Mary Ann Cresy, living with him. His freehold house in Minster, Sheppey, abutting the High Road, called Minster Lane, formerly occupied by Rev. Turmine?, now of [      ], for ever.
   To good friend George Woods of Ordnance Terrace, Chatham, Gentleman, his stock in 3½% bank annuities or other public funds, upon trust, to sell and pay Mary Ann Cresy Clarke. Household goods, etc., in his house to be sold, proceeds and money, etc., to daughter Mary Ann and his sister Elizabeth Hardwidge and her daughter Mary Ann, equally shared.
   Witnesses: A. Martin, M. D., Rochester and S. Stephens, Solicitor, Chatham

Codicil dated 26th July 1841
   He had left furniture and household goods to daughter Mary Ann, sister Elizabeth and her daughter. His sister and her daughter are now both dead. His daughter has married George Lee Brabley, Master in the R.N., he now revokes bequest and all goes to his daughter.
   Witnesses: J. Knewstub, Gentleman, Office of Ordnance, Chatham and J. E. Marks, Gentleman, Clover Street, Chatham

Affidavit dated 20th September 1841
   Dr. Adam Martin sworn, he was present when testator signed will
   Proved 22nd September 1841

NORTH OF LYCH GATE

247.   [10]

WILLIAM LOWRY
[SEPTEMBER 1787?]
[   ]
AMELIA LOWRY
WHO DIED OCTOBER THE 26th 1830
AGED 7[5] YEARS
[   ]
[   ]
[ALEXANDER] LOWRY
WHO DIED DECEMBER [   ] 1833
AGED 82 YEARS

Alexander Lowry, was a Grocer (Universal British Directory 1794), Freeman of Rochester in 1789

248.   [11]

TO
THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH BENNESS WIFE OF
WILLIAM BENNESS
WHO EXCHANGED THIS EARTHLY FOR A HEAVENLY
MANSION THE 30th DAY OF MARCH 1806
IN THE 53rd YEAR OF HER AGE
"Be ye not slothful but followers of them
who through faith and patience inherit
[   ] promises"

249.   [12]


EAST OF CHANCEL
ALL THAT REMAINS OF LEAKE HEADSTONE

Fragment of headstone
HENRY LEA[KE]
MASTER CAULKER OF [CHATHAM?]
DOCK WHO DEPART[ED] [THIS LIFE]
APRIL 7th? 1735 AGED 7[  ]?
AS ALSO THE BODY OF A[   ]
WIFE WHO DIED OCTR. [   ]
[   ] N [   ]

Henry Leake, died at Chatham

250.   [13]

Footstone
W.M. 1824
H.M.M. 1835
J.M 1856? 
M.M.M 1859
  [WILLIAM MILLER]
  [HANNAH MEAD MILLER]
 [JOHN MILLER]
 [MARGARET MILLER]

251.   [14]


PANELS FROM DESTROYED CHEST TOMBS
LEFT TO RIGHT: HARLING; GIBSON AND SIMMONS

IN MEMORY OF JANE DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND SARAH SIMMONS
WHO DIED 2nd DAY OF APRIL 1833
Panel from a Chest Tomb?

John Simmons, father of Jane, was probably the Attorney, of Boley Hill

252.   [15]

DEPOSITED ON THIS SPOT
THE REMAINS OF
MR. CRASWELL GIBSON
WHO DIED MARCH 7th 1810 AGED 40 YEARS
HE MARRIED SOPHIA THE ELDEST
DAUGHTER OF THE LATE
MR. JOHN MATTHEWS
ALSO AN INFANT DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
ALSO SOPHIA WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
MR. CRASWELL GIBSON
WHO DIED JANUARY 17th? 1830
[AGED 58 YEARS]
Panel from a Chest Tomb?

Craswell Gibson, probably the Grocer and Tea Dealer of White Chapel (Kent's London Directory 1794) He died at West Malling.

Sophia Gibson, of St. Margaret's Bank, Widow, P.C.C. Will dated 16th August 1829
   To sister Katherine Matthews of St. Margaret's Bank, all her funds in the Bank of England and legacies left to her by the late Thomas Dance of Stoke Newington at the death of his widow Mary Dance; also household furniture and goods, freehold and personal estate. Brother Joseph Matthews of the Long Room Custom House, London and sister Katherine executors.
   Witnesses: Arthur Rye, Surgeon, Rochester, Mary Muir of Hammersmith and Elizabeth Green, Rochester.
   Proved 8th April 1830 Power reserved to Joseph Matthews

John Matthews, probably the Coal Merchant (Bailey's Directory 1784), Mayor of Rochester, 1789 and 1792

253.   [16]

IN MEMORY OF
MR. THOMAS HARLING OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE [   ] OF APRIL 1757 AGED 52? YEARS
ALSO JOHN SON OF THOMAS AND SARAH HARLING
WHO DIED THE 8th OF JULY 1770 AGED 40 YEARS
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE THOMAS HARLING
WHO DIED THE 4th? OF AUGUST 1794? AGED 60? YEARS
ALSO MRS. HANNAH PAYNE SISTER OF THE ABOVE
SARAH WHO DIED THE 21st OF OCTOBER 180[8]
AGED 69? YEARS
Panel from a Chest Tomb?

Thomas Harling, ancestor of Thomas Harling, Brewer, who died in 1828?

254.   [17]


EAST WALL CLOSE TO NORTH GATE
THE ALLIN BROTHERS' HEADSTONE, THE OLDEST SURVIVING
MONUMENT IN THE CHURCHYARD, 1680

HERE
LYETH THE
BODYS OF WILL.
AND JOSEPH AL[LIN]
WHO DEPAR[TED THIS]
LIFE ON YE [   ] [MARCH 1679]*
AND [   ]
Y[   ]
* Date "old style", actually 1680

THE END OF THE EASTERN WALL

PART 4
LEDGERS & HEADSTONES FORMING A RETAINING WALL SOUTH OF THE CHURCH
   (NOS. 1 – 11 FROM THE EAST, 1 – 7 ARE LEDGER STONES)


St Margaret's Church gravestones forming retaining wall, south of church

255.   [1]

Illegible

256.   [2]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
(WILLIA)M CLARKE ESQ’
(LA)TE CAPTAIN (OF THE)
(1st) ROYAL (REGIMENT)
(IN) WHICH (CORPS HE WAS WOUNDED)
(AT SALAMANCA, ST. SEBASTIAN AND WATERLOO)
(WHO DIED THE 21st OF NOVEMBER 1840)

The missing details were found in Canon Wheatley's notes.

257.   [3]

Illegible

258.   [4]

SACRED TO THE REMAINS OF
MRS. ALICIA CAMERON WIDOW OF THE LATE
BRIGADIER GENERAL DUNCAN CAMERON
WHO DIED IN MARTINIQUE OCT. 2nd 1798
[   ] MARRIED IN THIS CHURCH IN THE YEAR [1765]
[   ] LIVED IN THE PRAC[   ]OF EVERY
[   ] FOR SEVEN AND THIRTY YEARS
[   ]
[   ] DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE [   ] [MAY] 181[2]
AGED 66 YEARS

In 1798 Martinique was seized by Britain from the French and held until 1802 (the year of the short lived Peace Treaty of Amien)

259.   [5]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
MRS. ELIZABETH BREWER
WIFE OF
MR. ISAAC BREWER
WHO DIED 15th SEPTEMBER 1841
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO MARY ANN
SECOND WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 27th? DECEMBER [1842]
[AGED 39 YEARS]

Isaac Brewer, Dredgerman of Chatham?, (1841 Census), Freeman of Rochester, 1798

260.   [6]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELLEN WIFE OF
RICHARD ROBERTS
LATE OF DENHAM, BUCKS.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 21st? DAY OF APRIL 1833
AGED 79 YEARS

261.   [7]

IN MEMORY OF
SARAH ANN FARQUHAR
WIFE OF
ROBERT FARQUHAR ESQ.
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 7th 182[8]
AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO
[ROBERT] FARQUHAR
[JULY 1840]
[AGED 81 YEARS]

Robert Farquhar, of Nile Terrace, Purser, R.N.,  P.C.C. Will dated 18th July 1839
   To brother Rear Admiral Sir Arthur Farquhar, K.C.B., nephew Arthur Farquhar, Writer to the Signet in Edinburgh and cousin Curtis Reid, of 3 Savoy Street, Strand, a Director of the Thames Plate Glass Co., all his properties, including six shares in latter company, in trust for the widow and children of his late brother Major General William Farquhar of the Madras Engineers; the shares not to be sold until youngest child is 21. Residue of property to be sold and money placed in Public Funds; when youngest child is 21, the whole to be sold and proceeds equally divided. His trustees are his executors.
   Witnesses; R. G. Curtois and Mary Curtois

Affidavit dated 22nd July 1840
   Rev. Rowland Grove Curtois of Rochester, sworn, that testator signed will in his presence and that of his wife Mary Curtois.
   Proved 23rd July 1840 Power reserved to nephew Arthur Farquhar

262.   [8]

Illegible

263.   [9]

Illegible

264.   [10]

Illegible

265.   [11]

Front
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
LOUISA PENELOPE
DAUGHTER OF
JOHN & ELIZABETH WOOLNOUGH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [JANUARY 1845]
IN THE 21st YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO OF
ELIZABETH WOOLNOUGH
SISTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANUARY 1845 IN THE [22nd] YEAR OF HER AGE
[   ]

Rear
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELLEN DAUGHTER OF
JOHN & ELIZABETH WOOLNOUGH
[NOVEMBER 1845 AGED19 YEARS]

John Woolnough, the father, was a Veterinary Surgeon of Star Hill (Pigot's Directory 1838)

PART 5
CUT DOWN LEDGERS FORMING STEPS ON SOUTH SIDE OF CHURCH
   NOS. 1 – 7 (FROM THE NORTH)


OPPOSITE MAIN ENTRANCE
STEPS TO SOUTHERN CHURCHYARD, AN EXAMPLE OF MUNICIPAL
VANDALISM? MADE FROM CUT DOWN LEDGER STONES !

266.   [1]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MRS. JANE WALKER

267.   [2]

MEMORIAE SACRA
MR. THOMAS ETHERINGTON
OF SAINT NICHOLAS, ROCHESTER
DIED 23rd FEBRUARY 1807 AGED 43

Thomas Etherington, Stationer, Freeman of Rochester, 1794. The Etherington family were Booksellers and Stationers in Rochester and Chatham, (Holden's Directory, 1805, 1809 and Pigot's Directory 1838, etc.). His widow married Daniel Spong of Cookham Hill Farm at Borstal. The family paid a fee of 4 guineas for a brick lined grave but built a vault (fee 10 gns.) The difference was outstanding at the time of the burial.

268.   [3]

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOMAS LAWS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 8th OCT. 1818
AGED 50 YEARS

Thomas Law(e)s, of Rochester, Inn Keeper ("George"), Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 29th September 1818.
   His freehold on corner of Love Lane (one of his six freeholds in Love Lane), and his other freeholds adjoining to son William, for ever. Two freeholds adjoining each other in Love Lane, (part of the six), to wife Margaret, until son Thomas is 21, then to him, for ever. Two other freeholds in Love Lane, "up the court", adjoining the other houses to wife until son John is 21, then to him, for ever. All his leaseholds on the Common and house in the High Street, in occupation of Alice Bristow, and others to George Munn of Chatham, Victualler, Robert Penn of Rochester, Ironmonger and wife Margaret, upon trust; wife to receive rents of leaseholds for life, she to maintain and educate children. Also to trustees, all household goods, funds, stock in trade in the "George", and his interest and license in the inn, to allow wife to live there and have use of furniture, etc., to sell stock in trade and carry on business for life. After her death, trustees to sell all leaseholds for term left, furniture, household goods and stock; proceeds equally shared among his children. To trustees his funds in Messrs. Day, Hulkes and Co., of Rochester Bank, to invest in Public Funds and pay interest of £1,000 to wife for life. Remainder of principle equally shared among children, as follows, at 21 years, £1,000 to William, £1,500 and £200 to Thomas, £1,500 and £200 to John, £500 to Sarah at 21 or marriage, when she gets interest of £1,000 for life. After her death the £1,000 transferred to her children, if she dies with none, the £1,000 goes into personal estate. Interest from above sums for benefit of daughter Sarah and wife until children are 21. Trustees are also executors.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: John Prall, Attorney of Rochester, Richard Prall and John Bone
   Proved 5th June 1819

269.   [4]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
HENRY BOSNELL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 14th AUGUST 1833
AGED 22 YEARS
ALSO THOMAS BOSNELL
[ APRIL / MARCH 1834]
[AGED 56 YEARS]

Thomas Bosnell, of Union Street, Troy Town, Licensed Victualler of Beer, (the Cock Inn, on St. Margaret's Banks, Pigot's Directory,1823) Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 6th January 1833
   His 2 freehold houses in Union Street and 6 freehold houses in Cottage Place, Union Street, to wife Fanny, for life.
   After her death, equally divided between son Henry and daughter Sarah Ann Bosnell, and their heirs for ever.
   His share of barge "Mary" of Rochester to wife, for life, after her death to son Henry* for his own use.
   Household furniture and goods, money and residue to wife for life; after her death, equally between son and daughter, for ever.
   Wife Fanny and Thomas Patten, Attorney of Rochester, executors
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: Samuel Newson, Surgeon, Rochester, R. Patten, Clark to Mr Patten, Attorney and Henry Beare, of Troy Town, Tailor
   Proved 16th July 1834 Power reserved to Thomas Patten
   Value of goods and chattels under £200
   Bosnell died 27th February 1834
   *Son Henry died October 1833

270.   [5]

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE WIFE OF [A]BEL GOULD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 5th OF OCTOBER
1813 AGED [58] YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE MR. ABEL GOULD WHO DEPARTED
[THIS LIFE ON THE [   ] OF FEBRUARY1821]
[AGED 63 YEARS]

Abel Gould, was Agent for the Hope Insurance Co., (Holden's Directory 1809), Churchwarden in 1811

271.   [6]

IN MEMORY OF
MARY MARTIN INFANT DAUGHTER OF
ADAM AND ADELAIDE MARY MARTIN
WHO DIED 14th SEPTEMBER 1832 AGED 1 YEARS
ALSO JAMES HARKER MARTIN SON OF
THE ABOVE WHO DIED 15th MAY 1843 AGED 5 DAYS

Adam Martin was a prominent Rochester Surgeon

272.   [7]

IN MEMORY OF
MARY ANN WIFE OF
WILLIAM PARKINSON ESQ.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 10th DAY OF APRIL 183[3]
AGED 26 YEARS

END OF THE STEPS

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