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St Mary the Virgin Church, Chatham M.I.s with Index of names at end

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Section A   South & West walls of Church Yard

Section B   South Eastern portion of Church Yard

Section C   North East portion of Church Yard

Section D  Miscellaneous Locations

Section A - South & West walls of Church Yard

South Wall of Churchyard  -   (East to West)  -  (All standing Headstones unless otherwise stated)

1.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF Mrs. MARY FLEMING
WHO DIED THE 29th OF JANUARY 1808
AGED 45 YEARS
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
H. H. M. FLEMING
LATE CAPT. OF H. M. BGDE. OF GUARDS
WHO DIED FROM THE EFFECTS OF FALLING
FROM HIS HORSE WHILE [       ]
FROM PESHAWAR TO [      ]
[    ] FEBRUARY 1852
HE WAS THE ONLY SON OF H. H. FLEMING
MILITARY KNIGHT OF WINDSOR
BELOVED AND REGRETTED BY ALL WHO
KNEW HIM
TO THE MEMORY OF
CAPTAIN HUGH FLEMING
MILITARY KNIGHT [OF WINDSOR]
[ WHO DIED] [ JULY?][1856]

Captain Henry Hugh MacKenzie Fleming was in the army from 1840. He wrote letters to his family describing his life in India and Afghanistan, 1840 – 51. He was in the Sikh War 1848-49, and was present at the Battle of Chillianwala (1849). The letters are contained in 1 volume at the British Library, Mss. Eur. C260
   The Military Knights of Windsor are retired military officers who receive a pension and accommodation at Windsor Castle, and who provide support for the Order of the Garter and for the services of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. They are commanded by a senior retired officer as Governor of the Military Knights of Windsor.

2.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
NATHANIEL STROUGHILL
OF THIS PARISH PLUMBER AND GLAZIER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 12th OF APRIL 1812
AGED 41 YEARS
ALSO ANN DAUGHTER OF
JAMES AND REBECCA YOUNG
WHO DIED IN HER INFANCY
ALSO BARZILLAI STROUGHILL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 25th OF NOVEMBER 1814
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE NAMED
JAMES YOUNG
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 20th OF NOVEMBER 1838
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO REBECCA YOUNG
[WIFE] OF THE ABOVE JAMES YOUNG
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 21st OF MARCH 1846 AGED 75 YEARS

From the Maidstone Journal
   "Died April 11th
(sic) while taking a walk with one of his children, near Fort Pitt, Chatham, 
Mr. Stroughill, of Ordnance Place. He had been for some time past in a bad state of
health . "

3.   Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
BERTRAM GEORGE BURTE[NSHAW ]
OF H.M.S. COMUS WHO DIED ON HIS P[ASSA]GE
HOME FROM CHINA WHERE IT PLEASED GOD
TO PRESERVE HIM THROUGH THE WAR AND
MANY GREAT DANGERS, HE DIED OF DISSENTRY
AT THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE THE 26th OF JANY.
1858 AND WAS BURIED ON SHORE. HE WAS MUCH
RESPECTED AND LAMENTED BY THE SHIP'S COMPANY
TO WHICH HE BELONGED. HE WAS AN AFFECTIONATE
SON AND BROTHER, HIS DISCONSOLATE MOTHER
AND SISTER ARE LEFT TO DEPLORE HIS LOSS
AGED 24 YEARS

H.M.S. Comus was a 14 gun Sloop (from Times reports)

4.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GRACE JANE [WIFE OF]
Mr. JOHN ORREN
WHO DIED 28th FEBRUARY 1847
AGED 41 YEARS
ALSO TWO CHILDREN WHO DIED
IN THEIR INFANCY

 

5.    Headstone Illegible

6.    Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF Mrs. GRACE IRWIN
WIFE OF RICHD. IRWIN WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE MARCH THE [ ] 1812 AGED 31 ? YEARS
ALSO [TWO] OF THEIR CHILDREN
ALEXNDR. GEO. DIED MARCH THE 28th 1806
AGED 2 YEARS AND 3 MONTHS
RICHD. WILLM. DIED JAN. THE [ ] 1809
AGED [ ] MONTHS

Richard Irwin, Block, Mast, Oar and Pump Maker, High Street. (Wright's Directory 1838

7.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN LUCEY OF THIS PARISH
DIED MAY 21st 1804
AGED 53 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
DIED MARCH 13th 1801
AGED 45 ? YEARS
ELIZABETH SMART
GRAND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED OCT. 24th 1800
AGED ONE YEAR
CHARLES LUCEY SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED MARCH 25th 1818 AGED 32 ? YEARS

 

8.   Headstone

TO
THE MEMORY OF
MAY CLARA
DAUGHTER OF
CAPT. TYLER 80th REGT.
AND SOPHIA HIS WIFE
WHO DIED MARCH 31st 1848
AGED 2 YEARS AND 10 MONTHS

 

9.   Headstone   Illegible

10.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MAJOR HENRY REA
OF THE ROYAL MARINES WHO DIED APRIL 9th 1816
AGED 41 YEARS
[IN] HIM THE SERVICE LOST A MOST GALLANT
OFFICER AND HIS FRIENDS A VALUABLE
MEMBER OF SOCIETY
ALSO OF ELIZABETH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AT GREENWICH 19th JANUARY
1837 AGED 64 YEARS
AND THEIR SONS
HENRY WHO DIED AT GREENWICH
17th FEBRUARY 1837 AGED 31 YEARS
AND WILLIAM Mc DONALD
WHO DIED ON THE COAST OF AFRICA
9th NOVEMBER 1833 AGED 23 YEARS

 

11.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr. THOMAS HASTHICK
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 4th DAY
OF OCTOBER 1827 AGED 64 YEARS
"Beneath this stone his ashes rest,
Whose memory fills my aching breast,
He sleeps unconscious of the tears
Which tells my tale of sorrow here"

 

12.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
LOUISA WILKINSON
RELICT OF
COL. W. WILKINSON
10th REGT.
OBIIT 25th SEPTEMBER 1850
AGED 56 YEARS
ALSO
WILLIAM NIVE WIKINSON
SON OF THE ABOVE
OBIIT 1st AUGUST 1834
AEAT 12 YEARS

 

13.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WHITE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 29th OF MAY 1817
AGED 31 YEARS
ALLSO (sic) HARRIOT WHITE
SECOND WIFE OF WILLIAM
WHITE OF THIS PARISH WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY
THE 21st 1825 AGED 28 YEARS
ALSO Mr. WILLIAM WHITE
WHO DIED 20th AUGUST 1845
AGED 56 YEARS

 

14.   Headstone   Illegible

End of the South Wall

 

West Wall of Churchyard  (South to North)

15.   Headstone

TO THE MEMORY
OF
RALPH
THE BELOVED SON OF
RICHARD AND ADELAIDE MEREDITH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
29th JANUARY 1843
AGED 2 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS
"The Lord gave and
the Lord hath taken away"

 

16.   Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
ENSIGN MARK BURROWS
OF THE 15th ROYAL BATTN. WHO DIED
SEPT. 15th 1821 AGED 52 YEARS
LEAVING A DISCONSOLATE WIDOW &
SIX CHILDREN TO LAMENT THEIR LOSS

 

17.   Headstone   Illegible

18.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM PETTS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DEC. 13th 1828
AGED 33 YEARS
HE HAD ISSUE BY ANN HIS WIFE
ONE SON [AND] 3 DAUGHTERS
VIZ. WILLIAM, [ ], ELLEN AND ANN
[ ]

A Cashier: (Consistory Court of Rochester Will)

19.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr. RICHARD ALMOND
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 8th DAY OF JANUARY 1821
AGED 46 YEARS

 

20.   Headstone

IN MEMORY
OF
CATHERINE MATILDA
THE AFFECTIONATE WIFE OF
LIEUT. COL. ELLIS, C.B.
ROYAL MARINES
WHO DIED
(AFTER A FEW HOURS ILLNESS)
THE 22nd DECEMBER 1847
AGED 52 YEARS
"She did him good and no evil
all the days of her life"
ALSO OF
1st LIEUT. S. B. ELLIS, R. M.
THE BELOVED SON OF THE ABOVE WHO
DIED ON THE 18th
PRECEEDING BY FOUR DAYS ONLY THE
MOURNFUL DEMISE OF HIS
MUCH REGRETTED MOTHER
AND OF DISEASE CONTRACTED
ON SERVICE IN SOUTH AMERICA
AGED 22 YEARS

 

21.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr. CHARLES HADDELL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [ ] JULY 1832
AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO
FREDERICK STEPHEN THOMAS
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 15th ?
OF OCTOBER 1845 AGED 4 YEARS
ALSO
FREDERICK JOHN HADDELL
WHO DIED NOV. 19th 1849 AGED 3 YEARS
ALSO
Mrs. ANNE HADDELL
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 13th DECEMBER 1852
AGED 65 YEARS

Ann Haddell, Widow, formerly of the Brook, now of 7 Whittaker Place, New Road, Chatham, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 19th March 1853
   Property she inherited from her father, William Loft, of Stone Street, Gravesend; two freehold houses in Bath Street, Gravesend, (formerly Piper Street), and six leasehold houses in Stone Street, to be sold. Money raised, after expenses, shared between her children, Charles, Loft, John, Mary Ann Thomas, wife of Stephen William Thomas, and Charlotte Haddell. If Mary Ann dies before her mother, then her share to her son Frederick Stephen Thomas.
   Clothes shared equally between daughters. Son in law, Stephen Thomas, Confectioner, formerly of Chatham High Street, and son Charles are joint executors.
   Witnesses: Samuel Adams, Lower Whittaker Place, New Road, Chatham, and William Paine, 16 Lower Whittaker Place, New Road, Chatham.
   Proved 13th April 1853: Stephen William Thomas of New Road, Chatham, "Gentleman" and Charles Haddell of Ordnance Place, Chatham, Carpenter.

Affidavit dated May 1843
   William Paine and Samuel Adams sworn that will is authentic and that they were present when Ann Haddell signed it.
   Value of Goods and Effects under £450

Valuation of property of Ann Haddell of 15 High Street, Ordnance Place, Chatham.

5 houses in Stone Street, Gravesend, two years lease unexpired 
1 house at 15 High Street, Ordnance Place, Chatham. 



Mortgage on house in Ordnance Place 
Interest due 
Sundry bills owing to trades people 
Burial 
Sundry expenses
£220 ?
£100
£400 ?
£175 3s. 9d

£285 8s 3d
 £80
   £4
 £20 16s 9d
    £5 12s
    £2 15s
£113 3s 9d

 

 

 

 

 

Testator died at Ordnance Place
Stephen William Thomas of 3 Lower Whittaker Place.

Haddel and Loft, Furniture Brokers of 4 Military Road, Chatham (1855 Post Office Directory)

22.   Headstone  Illegible

 

23.   Ledger

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr. EDWARD ACWORTH
WHO DIED MARCH 3rd 1822
AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO
ELIZABETH WIFE OF THE
ABOVE WHO DIED DECEMBER THE
9th 1854 AGED 87 YEARS
"For me to live is Christ and to die is gain"

Edward Acworth, of Gillingham, (Parish Register)
Table Beer Brewer ? (Holden's Directory, 1809)

24.   Headstone   Face to wall !

 

25.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mrs HARRIOT NICHOLASS WIFE OF
JAMES NICHOLASS AND DAUGHTER
OF WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH
WHITEHEAD OF THIS PARISH
SADLER, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 3rd OF DEC. 1803 AGED 22 YEARS

 

End of the West Wall

Section B - South Eastern portion of Church Yard, adjoining Dock Road

26.  Headstone


THOMAS ADAMS, DIED 1753
THE RIGHT HAND SIDE WAS OBVIOUSLY INTENDED
FOR SOMEONE ELSE, HIS WIFE ? BUT NEVER USED

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS ADAMS
LATE OF THIS PARISH WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 18th OF SEPT. 1753
AGED 65 YEARS
"In pain I lived, I pain I died,
In hopes with CHRIST for to abide"

Thomas Adams, The Elder, was a Grocer of Chatham, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will, dated 24th February 1753
   To his wife, Arthabella, one third of his properties in Chatham and St. Margaret's, Rochester, or elsewhere, for life.
   She is to pay, when needed one third of cost of repairs. After her death, the properties go to son Thomas and daughter Anne, wife of George Palmer of St. Margaret's, Shipwright, equally shared, they also to pay their share of repairs.
  To son Thomas and sister Anne, each, one of the remaining two thirds of the properties, for ever, on same terms.
   All his ready money, securities, debt, rings, plate, linen, woollen, beds, bedding, household and shop goods, stock in trade,pay and wages in Chatham Dock Yard and other personal estate to wife, son and daughter, equally shared.
   Son Thomas and George Palmer, joint executors.
   Signs with a very shaky hand.
   Witnesses: William Woodcock, William Clark and Thomas Jordan
   Proved 25th September 1753

27.  Headstone


ELIZABETH ADAMSON, WIFE OF JOHN, 
PORTER OF CHATHAM DOCKYARD?, DIED 1783

DEPARTED THIS LIFE 17th APRIL
1783 AGED 26 YEARS
ELIZABETH ADAMSON
WIFE OF JOHN ADAMSON
AND DAUGHTER OF
JAMES BRANAN ESQ.
-----------------Ground Level----------------
[OF ANTIGUA]
[ALSO Mr. JOHN ADAMSON]
[PORTER OF CHATHAM DOCKYARD]
[DIED THE 15th OF JULY 1796 AGED 83 (sic) YEARS]

John Adamson was the Dock Yard Porter,c.1795 salary £30 p.a. (Universal British Directory, c. 1795)
   The bracketed lines are from the KFHS transcription of 1986. The stone is very worn, even below ground. It is very doubtful that Adamson was 83 when he died, if Elizabeth was 26 when she died.

28.  Headstone


JOHN AND JANE ASHDOWNE, BOTH DIED 1763
ONE OF THE STONES FORMERLY IN THICK UNDERGROWTH

IN MEMORY
OF JOHN ASHDOWNE
LATE OF EAST MALLING
WHO DIED THE [ ] [OF] JANY. 1763
AGED 74 ? YEARS
[ALSO] JANE ASHDOWNE
WHO DIED [ ] APRIL 1763
------------Ground Level------------
AGED 78 YEARS

 

29.  Headstone

Rear
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr. GEORGE BAKER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCT. 6th ? 1814
AGED 32 YEARS
ALSO Mr. THOMAS BOYS
WHEELWRIGHT OF THIS PARISH
AND UNCLE TO THE ABOVE, HE DIED
FEBY. 13Th 1815 AGED 88 YEARS
NEAR THIS PLACE THE REMAINS
OF HANNAH [    ] BOYS
[    ] DIED
[APRIL] [    ] 1821 AGED [55] YEARS
ALSO Mr. WILLIAM LANDEN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE DEC. 21st ? 18[    ]
AGED [    ] YEARS

Front
Mostly Illegible

 

30.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr THOMAS BALE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED DECEMBER 5th 1844
AGED 36 YEARS

Thomas Bale was a Music Master of Whittaker's Place, New Road, Chatham (Wright's Directory, 1838)

31.  Ledger on Ground

TO PROTECT THE REMAINS
OF
ELIZABETH ELLEN
THE BELOVED WIFE
OF CAPTAIN WILLIAM BATE
OF THE ROYAL MARINES
DIED 3rd JANUARY 1830
AGED 41 YEARS

 

BELL see HAMILTON

BLOUD see JACKSON

BOLDOCK see SMITH

32.  Headstone

GEORGE
SON OF FRANCIS STEELE
AND ANN BOND
DIED THE 16th OF DECEMBER 1780
AGED 2 YEARS AND 3 MONTHS & 3 DAYS
ALSO FRANCIS GEORGE THEIR SON
DIED THE 30th OF AUGUST 1783
AGED 8 MONTHS AND 2 WEEKS & 5 DAYS
THOMAS [    ] THEIR SON DIED
THE [    ] OF MAY 1788 AGED [    ] MONTHS
ALSO THE ABOVE ANN BOND
WHO DIED THE [ ] OF DECEMBER 1817
IN THE 60th YEAR OF HER AGE
INTERRED AT SUTTON NEAR DARTFORD
"She was an affectionate Wife and
Mother and a Sincere Friend"

 

33.  Fallen Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
REBECCA
WIFE OF Mr. GEORGE BOORMAN
WHO DIED 28th MARCH 1831
AGED 38 YEARS
ALSO TWO OF THEIR CHILDREN
FRANCES AND FREDERICK
WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY

 

34.  Headstone, mostly eroded

ALSO THE ABOVE THOMAS BORER WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 9th OF FEB. 17[    ]
AGED 54 ? YEARS

 

BOWER see HASSELL

BOYS see BAKER

35.  Headstone, Partly in Tree

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr JOHN BRADBURY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 7th OF
[ FEBRUARY] 18[03] AGED 40 YEARS
[ALSO] [    ] CHILDREN [WHO DIED]
[IN THEIR INFANCY} ?

 

BRANAN see ADAMSON

BUCHANAN see WEATHERALL

36.  Headstone

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
MARY ANN WIFE OF
Mr. JAMES BU[DDE]N
WHO DEPARTED [THIS LIF]E
THE 5th DAY OF M[A]R[CH] [18]45
AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
Mr. JAMES [BUDD]EN
OF TH[IS] [PARISH]
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 30th DAY OF MARCH? [18]45
AGED 50 YEARS
[ALSO] MARY ANN DAUGHTER OF
JAMES AND MARY BUDDEN
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 9th DAY OF DECEMBER 1841
IN THE 17th YEAR OF HER AGE
AMELIA MARY BUDDEN
[JULY 1846]
[AGED 2 YEARS]
THOMAS GREGORY BUDDEN
[APRIL 1851]
[AGED 2 YEARS]

James Budden, Victualler of the Canteen, Chatham, Landlord of the Red Lion, Chatham, (Wright's Directory 1838) P.C.C. Will dated 17th June 1845
   To son William a Sargent in the Army, £200 from the sum of £400 in the 3 ½ % Bank Annuities. Rest of the £400, and another £400 in the same stock, to his executors, upon trust. Executors to retain interest during minority of son Thomas, now 19, and to pay it to him until he is 21, then to pay him one of the £400 sums.
   The House he lives in for remainder of lease, stock in trade, furniture, plate, linen, china, etc. to executors, upon trust, to sell for legacies, after usual expences.
   To son James £100
   To executors, £50 to invest in Chatham Savings Bank for grandchild Joseph Smith, son of daughter Elizabeth wife of Josiah Smith, until he is 21, when the £50 and all interest is paid to him. If he dies pre 21, money goes to his siblings equally shared; if he dies with no siblings living, then to testators three sons, James, William and Thomas in equal shares.
   To friend William Hammond of Frindsbury £25 to share among his children, as he thinks fit.
   To friend Mrs Madden of Chatham, sister of William Hammond, £25 to share among her children.
   To his "faithful servants", Joseph Hollings and Bridget ........ ?, who have been with him some time, £10 each, as a token of respect.
   To Paul Goldstone of Rochester, Grocer, one of his executors and trustees, £5 for his trouble.
Residue, ¼ to son William, remaining ¾ to executors for son Thomas, as above. If Thomas dies pre 21, then to sons James and William, equally shared.
   William Hammond and Paul Goldstone, Trustees and Executors
   Witnesses: Charles Stroughill, 7 Coleman Street, London and Nathaniel Stroughill of Frindsbury
   Proved 21st July 1845

37.  Broken Headstone, Top Half Lying on Ground

IN MEMORY OF
DANIEL BUNCE
OF THIS PARISH DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 1st OF SEPTEMBER 17[78]
AGED 35 YEARS
DANIEL SON OF THE ABOVE
DEPARTED THIS LIFE AUG. THE 1st 1792
AGED 26 YEARS
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
[AND] WID. OF Mr WILLIAM WALL ?
[    ]
[    ]

Daniel Bunce, Baker of Chatham, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will (on a Naval printed form) dated 25th August 1778
   Everything to wife Sarey, who is sole executor.
   Witnesses: Christopher Hayes and Francis Datton or Dalton
   Proved 14th September 1778

BURKETT see HOOPER

38.  Headstone


LEFT: HENRY AND ANN BYCRAFT, DIED 1746 & 1747
RIGHT: HENRY AND SUSANNAH HARTLY, DIED 1680 & 1705
THESE STONES HAVE BEEN MOVED FROM THEIR ORIGINAL
POSITION TO FLANK THE MAIN CHURCHYARD PATH

HERE LIETH INTERRED THE BODY OF
HENRY BYCRAFT OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED JULY THE 20th 1746
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO TWO SONS THOS. & HENRY
WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY
ALSO HERE LIES YE BODY OF ANN
WIFE OF HENRY BYCRAFT WHO
DIED FEB. 28th 1747 AGED 74 YEARS

 

39.  Headstone ,Top Half Eroded

ALSO THE ABOVE WILLIAM CARTER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 10th ? 1801
AGED 65? YEARS
LIKEWISE SUSANNAH SECOND WIFE OF
THE SAID WILLIAM CARTER WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE APRIL 18th 1818 AGED 78 YEARS

William Carter, Timber Merchant, P.C.C. Will, dated 26th February 1798
   Wife Susannah is executor. Lands and properties, freehold and leasehold, money, bonds, plate, linen, clothes, furniture, household goods and stock in trade, to wife for ever, on condition that she pays from property rents, £25 per annum for life, to his mother, Hannah Carter of Sittingbourne. If his mother dies before his brother, Charles Carter of Deptford, at Queenhithe, Shipwright, then Charles has the £25 per annum.
   To niece, Elianor York daughter of Thomas York of Warbleton, Sussex, £50 per annum, if she survives her aunt, his wife, Susannah, then all estate to her for life and her male issue, or if none to her female issue, born in wedlock, for ever.
   Witnesses: George Jefferys, W. Whitehead and Edward Jefferys

Affidavit dated 31st July 1801
   Elizabeth Parry of Chatham, Spinster and David Baxter Lewis of Rochester, Gent., sworn that they knew and were well acquainted with William Carter for several years to the time of his death; they have seen him sign his name several times, and are acquainted with his handwriting and are sure the will is authentic.
   Proved 9th August 1801

40.  Headstone


CATLETT FAMILY,1764, 1773, 1774 & 1777 ?
THIS STONE HAS BEEN MOVED FROM IT'S ORIGINAL
POSITION TO FLANK THE MAIN CHURCHYARD PATH

 

ON MAIN PATH AS ABOVE

IN
MEMORY OF
JOHN CHURCHILL CATLETT
DIED DECEMBER 27th 1764
AGED 33 ? YEARS
ELIZ. CATLETT MOTHER OF
THE ABOVE DIED APRIL 3rd 1773
AGED 68 ? YEARS
GEORGE CATLETT, JUN.
DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOV.
30th 1774 AGED 33 YEARS
GEORGE CATLETT, SEN. ? DEPARTED
THIS LIFE AUG. 2nd ? 17[   ] IN THE 77th ?
YEAR OF HIS AGE

 

41.  Chest Tomb, high above pavement

North Side
SUSANNA WIFE OF Mr. JACOB
CAZENEUVE
DIED APRIL 5th 1731 AGED 56 YEARS
MARY HER DAUGHTER, WIFE OF CAPT. THO. TROY
DIED AUGUST 8th 1760 AGED 38 YEARS

 

42.  Ledger


LEFT: TRIBE CHEST TOMB, RIGHT: CAZENEUVE / TROY CHEST TOMB

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY
[WIFE OF] JACOB CAZENEUVE TROY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCTOBER 15th 179[5]
AGED 37 YEARS
ALSO Mr. JACOB CAZENEUVE TROY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE DECEMBER [    ] 179[8]
AGED 48 YEARS
[ ALSO FOUR OF THEIR CHILDREN ?]
SUSANNAH ? [    ]
[FANNY] [DIED] [    ] [APRIL] 1787 AGED 6 ? YEARS
[CAROLINE] [DIED] [    ] [JUNE] 1787 AGED 7 YEARS
[LETITIA] [DIED] [    ] DECEMBER 1789 AGED 8 MONTH

West Side

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
OF WILLIAM
ONLY SON OF
WILLIAM PAGE ESQ.
SURGEON
AND AUGUSTA HIS WIFE
WHO DIED [ ] FEBRUARY [ ]
AGED [ ] MONTHS
RICHARD ACKWORTH
THE BELOVED CHILD OF
AUGUSTUS H.
GILBERT ESQ. R.N.
AND MARY HIS WIFE
WHO DIED JULY
[    ] 1852 AGED 4
YEARS

Jacob Cazeneuve Troy, Distiller and Wine Merchant, P.C.C. Will dated 12th April 1798
   To William Lovell Ruffin of Chatham, Surgeon and Stephen Simson of Deptford, Gentleman all his freeholds, upon trust, to sell. They to invest half of money in Government or other good securities. Dividends to his wife Smart Bradley Troy, for life; after her death, upon trust, to share principal among his children by his first wife, Mary, and by his present wife, at 21.
   The other half, upon trust, to children as above at 21, or day of marriage for girls, if Smart consents., or earlier for their preferment in the world. Until freeholds are sold, trustees to receive rents.
   To wife Smart, household goods, furniture, plate, linen, china, glass.
   To Trustees £20 each for mourning. Residue to them upon trust, to sell and invest proceeds as above. Interest towards maintenance and education of his children. If wife wishes to carry on business of wine and spirit merchant, and distiller, trustees to permit her. Valuation to be made of business and wife to enter a Bond of Obligation to Trustees for sufficient sum; this to be paid to children at 21.
   He is bringing up son John to the business; if he is willing to carry on half of business when he is 23, wife will admit him into partnership and have half profits.
   Son John is to pay value of half the stock goods, etc. If wife wants to quit, she must give six months notice to executors, delivering stock goods to executors. If value less than at testator's death, she to make up difference if any. If at death of wife or her quitting business, executors to deliver stock goods of business to son John, he to pay trustees valuation.
   Legacy to wife in lieu of any further claim on his properties. She within six months of his death, to give release and discharge of all her right title and interest, to his trustees. If she does not accept legacy or does not give the release, and brings a suit for Dower Thirds, or any other part of his real estate, then her legacy is void.
   Executors, during minority of his children can, if interest not sufficient, use some of principal for putting children apprentice as they think fit.
   Certain freeholds properties at Gillingham, which after the death of his first wife, came to sons John, Richard and Thomas, her only sons and co-heirs in gavelkind. Frances, widow of Richard Cook, late of Chatham, Linen Draper, mother of his late wife, who by her will caused certain legacies to be paid to all his children, by Mary. He intends all his children by both wives to be treated equally.
   If one trustees dies the other can, with his wife's consent, appoint a replacement. His trustees are guardians of his children until they are 21, they are also his executors.
   Witnesses: Stephen Hart, John Acworth and William Jefferys, Attorney, Chatham
   Proved 18th April 1799

From The Times,1854, "Augustus H. Gilbert, to Paymaster of St. George, 120"

43.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN CHAPMAN
WATCHMAKER OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 3rd OF DECEMBER 1757
AGED 35? YEARS

John Chapman, Watch Maker of Chatham, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 9th December 1757
   To son John £300 to be put out in interest in best security as possible until he is 21, when the £300 and interest is paid to him. To brother James of Cissel Street, Middlesex, Looking Glass Frame Maker, £5; to brother William of Grub Street, London, Frame Gilder, £5; to brother Henry of Chatham, Watch Maker, £5 at 21; to Ann, Sarah and William Hayler, a gold ring each to the value of 1gn.
   Leasehold properties in Chatham and ready money owing to him, plate, linen, woollen, copper, brass, pewter, household goods, stock in trade, to wife Elizabeth.
   If son John dies pre 21 then the £300 to wife Elizabeth, she is executor. If Elizabeth dies before son John is 21, he requests "trusty friend", Robert [ crease] of Chatham, Tailor, to pay son his legacy at 21.
   Witnesses: Matthew Norris, James Paine and John Austen
   Proved 16th January 1758

44.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
CATHERINE HAYTER
THE BELOVED AND ONLY DAUGHTER
OF
JOSEPH AND MARY CHASE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
FEBRUARY 28th 1848
[    ]

 

45.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH CATHERINE C[HURCH]
WIFE OF ELLIOTT CHURCH
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JULY 23rd 1794 AGED 29 YEARS
[    ]
MARY ANN CHURCH DAU[GHTER]
[    ] AGED 29 YEARS
[    

Elliott Church, a Baker, on the Brook, (Pigot's Directory, 1824)

46.  Headstone

 
COLLEY
AND CROFT, BOTH OF THE NAVY ARMS

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr. JAMES COLLEY
OF THE NAVY ARMS, CHATHAM
WHO DIED JULY 21st 1814
AGED 29 YEARS
ALSO
Mr. CHESMAN CROFT
OF THE NAVY ARMS
WHO DIED MAY 26th 1829
AGED 36 YEARS
ALSO OF
Mrs. ELIZA CROFT
WIFE OF
Mr. CHARLES CHESMAN CROFT
[    ] [AB]OVE
[ ]

James Colley, Victualler of Chatham, P.C.C. Will dated 27th June 1814
   To wife Elizabeth, John Tribe the Younger, Inn Holder and Thomas Groves, Cordwainer, £400 upon trust, to pay the £400 to all his children, Elizabeth, James, Mary and Amelia (all infants under 21)in equal shares at 21. Interest to be used for their maintenance and education, and for eventually for placing them apprentice. In meantime the £400 to be invested in Public Funds. Most of this will concerns trust details.
   Ready money, investments, utensils of trade, household goods, furniture, plate, china, glass etc. and residue (except legacy of £400) to wife Elizabeth, who with John Tribe and Thomas Groves id joint executor
   Witnesses: William Jefferys, Attorney at Law, Chatham and William Nokes, his Clerk
   Proved 23rd January 1815

CROFT see COLLEY

47.  Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
JOHN LLOYD CUNNINHAM
WHO DIED 10th AUGUST 1832
AGED 21 YEARS
ALSO
WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM
WHO DIED 21st M[ARC]H 1837
IN MEMORY OF
SALLY DADD SUDDENLY
DIED ON HER FATHER'S BIRTHDAY
20th ? MARCH 1801
AGED 18 YEARS
"Reader take [Warning ]?,
Gone in a moment"
WILL. BUTLER WALTER
DIED NOV. 3rd ? 1822 AGED 32 YEARS
SARAH DADD WIFE OF
WILLIAM DADD
DIED THE 26th APRIL 1825
AGED 72 YEARS

Rear
ALSO
WILLIAM DADD
WHO DIED 10th NOVEMBER 1830
AGED 75 YEARS

 

48.  Headstone


JOHN AND SAPENTIA DAFFORNE, BOTH DIED 1737

Front

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
JOHN DAFFORNE
LATE OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE JANUARY YE 11th 1736-7
AGED 70 YEARS
------(Ground Level)------
ALSO THE BODY OF SAPIENTIA
DAFFORNE THE WIFE OF JOHN
DAFFORNE WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE MAY YE 7th 1737
AGED 68 YEARS

Rear
ALSO THE BODY OF
BENJAMIN DAFFORNE
OF THIS PARISH WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[    ] OF JULY 1741
AGED 28 YEARS

John Dafforne, a Shipwright, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 12th May 1732
   To daughter Sapentia, a large bible and model of a 4th rate ship; after her death, the model goes to her sister Ann, who also gets a counterpain; after Ann's death, the model goes to her sister, Martha; after her death, to daughter, Mary.
   To son James, a half model of a boat; to son Benjamin, all his clothes, all his tools, great and small, his ....... ? drawings and "papers of dementions (sic) for making masts and yards", his drafts and draft books for boats and ships.
   Son James can take copy of anything he requests from the books, drafts of "dementions" (sic). He must return them to Benjamin in "a small time".
   To wife Sapentia, all pay and wages due from His Majesty's Dock Yard, money, land, property, goods and chattels; after his wife dies, residue equally divided between sons and daughters, James, Benjamin, Sapentia, Ann, Martha, Mary and Rebeckah.
   Daughters Sapentia and Ann are executors.
   Witnesses: John Parrett ?, John Chambers and John Orton

Benjamin Dafforne, a Shipwright, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 4th August 1740
   To brother Joseph of Chatham, Sawyer, his best suit of clothes, hat and wig. To brother James, of Chatham, Shipwright, all his drawing books, draughts and shipwright tools. To nephew, William Dafforne, son of brother, Joseph, 35. To nephew James Dafforne, son of brother James, £5. To sister, Martha, £5. To nephew Daniel Taylor, son of Daniel Taylor of Greenwich, £10. To nephew John Taylor, son of Daniel Taylor, £5. To sister, Rebecca, £7. Residue of money, wages due to him and his servants,plate, rings, household goods, clothes, profits and interests of the remaining part of his servants apprenticeships, to sisters Sapentia and Ann, who are his executors.
   Witnesses: Robert Joye and Stephen Duer.
   Proved August 1741

One of the witnesses of Benjamin's will is Stephen Duer. There seems to be two Stephen Duers at this time, one a School Teacher, the other a Shipwright, so I can not be certain which one was the witness. However, it was in Duer's School in Globe Lane that, in 1770, a Particular Baptist Meeting House was set up by, among others, James and John Dafforne. In 1775 they were also involved in the Baptist Meeting at the house of George Baldock in Luton. In 1785, John Dafforne was a founder member of the Baptist Chapel in Clover Street

49.  Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
JAMES DAFFORNE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE
[    ] FEBRUARY 1779
AGED 77 ? YEARS
ALSO MARGARET HIS WIFE
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 23rd OF
JUNE 1781
AGED 74 ? YEARS
Mrs. MARGARET JARRITT
-------------(Ground Level)------------
THEIR DAUGHTER WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE 2nd JAN. 1785 AGED 38 YEARS

 

50.  Headstone


SAPENTIA DAFFORNE, DAUGHTER OF JOHN & SAPENTIA, DIED 1746

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
SAPIENTIA DAFFORNE
THE DAUGHTER OF
JOHN & SAPIENTIA DAFFORNE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCT: 11th 1746
AGED 55 YEARS

 

DAWES see HOOPER

51.  Ledger

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
HENRY WILLIAM DICKERSON SON [OF]
SAMUEL HENRY & SARAH DICKERSON
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED ON THE 7th OF
DECEMBER 1818 AGED 16 YEARS
ALSO EDWARD SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED [    ] 1838 ?
AGED 27 YEARS
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
SAMUEL HENRY DICKERSON ESQ.
WHO DIED 19th [JUNE] 18[4]8
AGED [84] [YEARS]
[ ]

Samuel Henry Dickerson, a Sail-maker ? c.1820, (On Relief Committee for 1820 Fire at Chatham)P.C.C. Will dated 8th June 1843, described as" Gentleman".
   Appoints wife Sarah and daughter Harriett, son in law, John Whittle and son Frederick, joint executors.
   To wife £100, also "her paraphenalia" and all clothes belonging to him, wines, spirits, liquors and other consumables.
   Also to her, for life, plate, linen, china, glass, books, pictures, furniture, but without liability for repairs or replacement. After her death, to his four children, Harriett, Charlotte Elizabeth, Lydia Dunsterville and Frederick, equally.
   To grandson, Richard Lawrence William Moore Maydwell, son of late daughter Emily and Henry Lawrence Maydwell, 10 guineas as a small token of affection for him, so he may buy a ring or other memento of his grandfather.
   He is not getting what would have been his mother's share of the estate because, the testator settled a sum of money on his daughter at her marriage, together with money settled by her husband, he is well provided for.
   His house in Gibraltar Place, Chatham, in which John Whittle and his wife Sarah reside, except the "attic used with and as part of the dwelling house in which I reside", to daughter Sarah Whittle, for ever. The house in Gibraltar Place, in which he resides, including the attic, to his wife for life; after her death, to his children, equally shared.
   Residue of personal estate and effects to Trustees, upon trust; they to convert into cash to invest in British stocks and funds. From this an annuity of £65 to daughter Sarah Whittle, and annuities of £50 to each of his other children.
   Long and detailed trust conditions follow with "bleed through" obscuring text.
   Witnesses: G. E. Nash, Vicar of Allhallows, Hoo and Walter Hills, Solicitor, Chatham.

Affidavit dated 1st August 1848
   Rev. George Edward Nash of Chatham, Clerk, (Clergyman), sworn to the fact that he has examined the will, and was present, with Walter Hills, when an interlined section was inserted, before the testator signed the will.
   Proved 15th August 1848

Sarah Dickerson, Widow of Gibraltar Place, P.C.C. Will dated 2nd July 1850
   To grandson, Richard Lawrence William Moore Maydwell, 10 guineas for a ring or other memento of her and as a small token of her affection; considering him amply provided for by the marriage settlement of his parents "and otherwise".
   Residue of personal estate to daughters, Sarah Whittle, wife of John, of Her Majesty's Dock Yard, Chatham, Gentleman,; Harriett, Charlotte Elizabeth, Lydia Dunsterville and son Frederick in equal shares.
   Harriett and John Whittle, joint executors.
   Witnesses: H. James, Captain, Royal Marines, Ordnance Terrace, Chatham and Richard Webb, Captain, Royal Marines, Rome Place, Chatham.
   Proved 9th January 1854. Power reserved to Harriett Dickerson

52.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
CAPTAIN
JOHN DUPORT
63rd REGIMENT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 27th OF JANUARY 1829
AGED 36 YEARS

 

53.  Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
[    ] JOHN EASTREY
OF THIS PARISH HE DEPARTED THIS
LIFE THE 23rd DAY OF MAY 1764
AGED 42 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
JOHN EASTREY DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[    ] OF MAY 1765 AGED [   ]4 YEARS

John Eastrey, Victualler, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 3rd May 1764
   He is "sick and weak in body". To sister Mary, wife of Thomas Landen, Shipwright of Chatham, £10. To Thomas Landen, her son £10. Residue of money and estate to his wife Elizabeth, for ever; she is sole executor.
   Witnesses:William Fry, Robert Taylor and Richard Joy.

EDWARDS see TROTT

54.  Headstone


EDWARD AND JANE EFFREY, DIED 1777 & 1773

IN MEMORY OF
Mr. EDWARD EFFREY
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE 24th OF MARCH 1777
IN THE 77th YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO Mrs. JANE EFFREY
HIS WIFE WHO DIED [    ] NOV. 1773
AGED 68 YEARS

Edward Effrey, Victualler, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 12th November 1776
   Freehold, leasehold and personal estate, ready money, securities, plate, linen, woollen, household goods, rings, jewels, etc., to daughter, Sarah, wife of William Harman, Lieutenant in His Majesty's Marines, for ever. Sarah is sole executor.
   Witnesses: William Hutchings and George Taylor, Attorney at Chatham.
   Proved 25th May 1777 (Edward Effrey, a Widower married Jane Crickett at Chatham in 1745)

55.  Headstone


NICHOLAS FARR AND HIS DAUGHTER MARGARET SPARKS, DIED 1771 & 1773

IN MEMORY OF
NICHOLAS FARR
LATE QUARTERMAN OF HIS
MAJESTY'S YARD, CHATHAM
DIED THE 5th OF MARCH 1771
AGED 86 YEARS
ALSO MARGARETT SPARKES
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE DIED THE 23rd
OF OCTOBER 1773 AGED 63 YEARS

Nicholas Farr, Quarterman Shipwright, Archdeaconry Court of Roichester Will dated 26th December 1768
   He is "sick and weak in body". To grandson, William Farr, £10 at 21. To grand daughters, Mary, Elizabeth and Rose Farr, £5 each. To his only surviving daughter, Margaret Sparks, widow, four leasehold houses on Smithfield Bank in Chatham, occupied by himself, Mrs Ann Gardiner, Mr William Johnson and Mr Edward Smith. Residue of estate also to Margaret, who is sole executor.
   Witnesses: James Bowen, John Bridgman and William Fry

56.  Ledger, close to the ground

HERE LIETH INTERRED THE BODY OF
Mr. JOHN FAWLER, SURGEON
LATE OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 11th OF FEBRUARY 1726
IN THE 56th YEAR OF HIS AGE
JOHN FAWLER ESQ.
LATE CAPTAIN IN THE ROYAL NAVY
WHO DIED [    ] JULY 1766
AGED [    ] YEARS
ANN GREEN OF STROOD
[WHO] DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY THE [     ]
1786 AGED 78 ? YEARS

John Fawler, Surgeon, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 1st November 1692
   He is "sick and weak". To son John, £5, on his return from sea. To daughter, Elizabeth, £5. To wife Sarah, all monies owing to him, either on bond, or otherwise; all ready money, beds, linen, woollen, etc., Sarah, sole executor.
   Witnesses: William Glover, Ann Glover ? And Walter Seger ?

John Fawler, Surgeon, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 22nd September 1719
   To wife Mary, his real and personal estate for ever; she is also sole executor.
   Witnesses: Ann Glover ?, Mary Dalby and James Fearne

Mary Fawler
, Widow, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 17th June 1749
   "Sick and weak" To her "loving friend" Mrs Sarah Rice, wife of Newland Rice, of Chatham, Gentleman, her wrought bed, bedstead, feather bed. To Mr Daniel Furzer of Chatham, Gentleman, her "great easie chair". To Mr Charles Couchman, £5, to be paid out of a debt owed to her by Mr Richard Haley of Chatham. Remainder of the debt to be divided between Mrs Sarah Rice and her executors, equally.
   Mrs Martha Miller, wife of Mr Edward Miller of St. Margaret's, Rochester, is sole executor.
   Witnesses: Newland Rice, Thomas Richards and (mark of) Sarah Ould

57.  Headstone


SARAH FIELD, FORMER WIFE OF REDMAN REED, DIED 1761
SEE REED MONUMENT

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
SARAH FIELD WIFE OF
THOS. FIELD, GENT. LATE
WIFE OF REDMAN REED
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER THE [ ] 1761 AGED 69 ?
YEARS

Thomas Field, Gentleman, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 13th May 1763
   "Not well in bodily health" . His freehold houses and land in Gillingham to brother John Field for ever. To daughter in law (i.e. step daughter), Sarah wife of John James of Deal, Clerk, £20. To "daughter in law", Mary wife of Samuel How of Chatham, Ship Carpenter, £10. The latter legacy is not intended to discharge debt owed to him by Samuel How. To Samuel and Thomas Field How, sons of Mary, £10 each, (to be paid to mother).
   To "daughter in law" Elizabeth wife of [ ] Robinson, £10. To "daughter in law" Rebecca Reed, Spinster, who lives with him, £20. To "daughter in law" Martha wife of John Henniker, £10, the latter legacy not intended to discharge any debt owed him by Henniker. To "daughter in law" Esther, wife of Edward Reed,, £10. To above daughters in law, "all his late wife's, and their mother's wearing apparel", shared equally.
   To nieces Elizabeth and Ann Field, daughters of late brother William, £100 each. To "niece" Mary How, £100. Money owed by Samuel How to be deducted from this legacy. To brother John, £100, in trust, for niece Frances wife of [ ]
   Chapman and her children, at time his brother thinks fit. To nephew Robert Gray any money he owes at time of testators death. To [ ] Gray, son of Robert Gray, £80 at 21 years.
   Residue to brother John for life, after his death, shared among his four nieces, Elizabeth Field, Mary How, Ann Field and Frances Chapman, equally. Brother John is executor.
   Witnesses: William Guy, John Duddy and William Twopenny
   Proved 21st July 1763

Reed
In 1978 the writer excavated a stoneware tankard on the present site of the Debenham's Store. It was dated c. 1740 and was from the Mitre Inn in Chatham. It was embossed with a moulded mitre and was inscribed Redman Reed, however the Redman Reed on the, now destroyed, headstone was a shipwright at the time the will was written. The will is dated a long time before his death, and I assume he was by then the Inn Keeper. 
   His widow, Sarah, remarried to Thomas Field, and has her own headstone in the same section. (See Thomas Field's Will)

FIELD see TUSON

58.  Headstone

[    ]
[WILLIAM FRIEND] LATE MATE ?
[OF HIS MAJESTY'S] SHIP DEVONSHIRE
[WHO DIED] APRIL 29th 1749 AGED 60 ? YEARS
ALSO [    ] CHILDREN WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY
ALSO ELIZ. SMITH WIFE OF JAMES SMITH
[WHO] DIED MAY 13th 1775 AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO TWO CHILDREN RICHARD AND SARAH

 

GIBERT see CAZENEUVE

GORDON see TROTT

59.  Headstone


CHARLES GREEN, DIED 1752

IN MEMORY OF
CHARLES GREEN
LATE MASTER COOPER OF
HIS MAJESTY'S VICTUALLING
OFFICE IN CHATHAM WHO DIED
YE 11th FEB. 1752 AGED 82

 

60.  Tablet on brick wall south west entrance to churchyard, upper part missing.

ALSO WILLIAM GUY
WHO DIED OCTOBER 4th 1844
AGED 11 MONTHS

 

61.  Headstone

Front
[IN MEMORY OF]
JOHN HACK JUNR.
DIED YE 29th JUNE 1747
AGED 22 YEARS
ALSO THE BODY OF
Mr. JOHN MUDDLE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JUNE [    ]
1779 AGED 28 YEARS

Rear
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY MUNN LANDEN
DAUGHTER OF
NATH. & MARY NOBLE WALL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE DEC. [    ]
1851 AGED 24 YEARS
ALSO HER INFANT SON AGED 5 [MONTHS?]
ALSO [    ]

John Muddle was the son of Edward Muddle, Watch and Clockmaker. Edward Muddle changed the formerly square faced clock on the Corn Exchange, Rochester to the present circular form. John Hack was probably his uncle and Mary Landen a descendant of John Muddle's sister Mary, (see Muddle Family Internet site)

Nathaniel Wall was a Wheelwright (Wright's Directory, 1838; Bagshaw's Directory, 1847 )

62.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
Mr. RICHARD HAMILTON WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE [    ] APRIL 1777
AGED 74 ? YEARS
ALSO FOUR SONS
RICHARD DIED JANUARY [    ] 1745 AGED [ ] MONTHS
THOMAS DIED FEBRUARY [    ] 1748 AGED [ ] [MONTHS ?]
THOMAS DIED MARCH [     ] 1755 AGED [ ] YEARS
AND 4 ? MONTHS
EDWARD ? DIED 9th DECEMBER 1763
AGED 3 YEARS
MARY HAMILTON WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH 31st 1790
AGED 70 YEARS
Mr. JOHN BELL
MANY YEARS GUNNER OF HIS MA
JESTY'S SHIP BRITANNIA DIED
--------------------Ground Level-----------------
[ ] MARCH 1815 AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF JOHN BELL & DAUGHTER OF
RICHD. & MARY HAMILTON DIED 4th ? MARCH
1820 AGED 82 YEARS

Richard Hamilton, Boatswain of H.M.S. Greenwich, later of H.M.S. Formidable, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will, on Naval form, dated 20th December 1736
   All his pay to his wife, Mary of Cork, Ireland; she is sole executor.
   Witnesses: John Cornewall and Charles Catford
   Proved 13th May 1777 (late of H.M.S. Formidable)

63.  Detached side panel from a chest tomb, very worn and broken in three pieces

HERE LIETH THE BODIES OF
CHARLES HAMLEY AND
SUSANNA HIS WIFE OF THIS PARISH
HE DIED 14th ? [DEC] 174[5] AGED [76] YEARS
SHE DIED 4th ? JULY [1746]
AGED [    ] YEARS

Charles Hamley. A document in the Navy Board Records, (ADM 106/918/4) of 1740, names Charles Hamley as a Caulker at Chatham. Charles is mentioned in his father's will of 1718 (Archdeaconry Court of Rochester). His father, Thomas, was a Caulker, also of Chatham, where Charles was born in 1669

64.  Headstone


LEFT: HENRY AND ANN BYCRAFT, DIED 1746 & 1747
RIGHT: HENRY AND SUSANNAH HARTLY, DIED 1680 & 1705

THESE STONES HAVE BEEN MOVED FROM THEIR ORIGINAL
POSITION TO FLANK THE MAIN CHURCHYARD PATH

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
HENRY HARTLY WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 5th ? DAY OF NOV.
1680 AGED 56 YEARS
SUSANNA HIS WIFE WHO DE
PARTED THIS LIFE THE 17th OF
AUGT. 1705 AGED 82 YEARS
AND ALSO OF HENRY AND
SUSANNA THEIR SON AND
DAUGHTER WHO [ DIED]
[IN THEIR INFANCY ?]

 

65.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN HASSELL
WHO DIED THE 23rd OF JUNE 1749
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO JOHN SON OF THE ABOVE [    ]
AGED 6 YEARS
Mrs. ELIZABETH BOWER
    ] 1786 AGED 66 YEARS
Mr. [DANIEL] BOWER
[JANUARY] 1794 AGED 81 YEARS

John Hassell , Yeoman Farmer, Consistory Court of Rochester Will (but proved in the P.C.C.) dated 13th June 1749
   "Sick and weak" To sons William and Matthew and daughters, Maria and Sarah, £20 each to buy them clothes and put them out to "sound business". To son James, £20. To wife Anne, sole executor, his goods, stock, ready money, household goods, plate, bills, bonds etc.
   Witnesses: Daniel and Elizabeth Bower (both on headstone)
   Proved 29th June 1749 and December 6th 1752 (in P.C.C.)

66.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr. WILLIAM HAYLER
WHO DIED 12th OCTOBER 1748
AGED 30 YEARS
ALSO FIVE ? OF HIS CHILDREN
ELIZABETH THE WIFE
OF
Mr. WILLIAM HAYLER
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE [    ] OF NOVEMBER 1826
AGED 87 YEARS
ALSO
[   ]
[   ]
Mr. WILLIAM HAYLER
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
[   ]

William Hayler, Clock Smith, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 3rd August 1748
   "Sick and weak" To son William, £100; to daughters Anne and Sarah, £80 each at 21.These legacies to be paid to Thomas Howell of Chatham, Shipwright and Robert Fowler, of Chatham, Tailor, upon trust; they are to invest money in Government Stocks or other securities. Interest towards maintenance and education of children during minorities. Residue, money, plate, household goods, stock in trade, personal estate, to wife Elizabeth; she, Thomas Howell and Robert Fowler, joint executors. Howell and Fowler to be Guardians of his children while minors.
   Witnesses: Michael Fitchett and Thomas Johnson

William Hayler, died 1826 was a Watchmaker, (Pigot's Directory 1824). This headstone dates from around 1826 and probably replaced an earlier one from 1748. (See also John Chapman No. 43)

67.  Headstone


THOMAS HICKES, DIED 1763 AND HIS DAUGHTER ANN LOWEN, DIED 1799

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS HICKES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY [    ]
1763 AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO ANN WIFE OF
Mr. JOHN LOWEN AND DAUGHTER OF
THE ABOVE DIED [    ] FEBRUARY
THE 13th 1799 AGED 58 YEARS

Thomas Hickes , Caulker of Woolwich, in 1743. Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will, on Naval form, dated 6th June 1743
   He was "now entered into His Majesty's service as a Caulker at Port Mahon"
   All his estate to wife Ann, who is sole executor.
   Witnesses: Susanna Vivian, Ann Vivian and J. Barnard, Attorney at Woolwich.

Port Mahon, capital of Minorca, which was a British possession for most of the 18th century. Ann Hicks married John Lowen at Chatham in 1764, she was probably the Ann baptised at Deptford in 1741, which is close to Woolwich. The probate note records his wife, Ann, as "of Queen Street, Chatham".

John Lowen was probably the "late Foreman of Caulkers, Chatham Dockyard ", and of Rochester . (P.C.C. Will)

HIGGINS see JACKSON

68.  Headstone, top half broken off

WILL. HODGES OF [THIS]
PARISH WHO DIED 30th JUNE [    ]
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 8th NOV. 1796 AGED 43 Y[EARS]
ALSO WILLIAM SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 4th FEB. 1789 AGED 4 M[ONTHS]
ALSO FRANCES HOWELL
MOTHER OF THE ABOVE Mr. W[ILL.]
[HO]DGES WHO DIED 5th FEB. 17[    ]
AGED 56 YEARS

 

69.  Chest tomb, Ledger on high brick base


HOOPERS, BURKETTS, SPENCERS, MANLEY AND DAWES,
1703, 1727, 1741, 1781, 1784,1797, 1818, 1835 AND 1830

IN MEMORY OF
[JOSH]UA HOOPER WHO DEPART[ED] [THIS LIFE]
[THE] 6th ? OF AUGUST 1703 AGED 60 [YEARS]
[ALSO] MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE DEPARTED THIS
[LIFE] THE 12th OF SEPT. 1727 AGED 70 YEARS
[JOH]N ? HOOPER SON OF THE ABOVE DEPARTED
[THIS LIFE] THE 24th OF AUGUST 1741 AGED 70 YEARS
[SAR]AH BURKETT DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[TH]E 19th OF APRIL 1781 AGED 79 YEARS
[CHAR]LOTTE SPENCER DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[TH]E 17th OF JANUARY 1784 AGED 21 YEARS
[HE]NRY SPENCER DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE
[ ] OF SEPTEMBER 1784 AGED 60 YEARS
[AN]THONY MANLEY LATE FIRST ASSISTANT OF
[HIS] MAJESTY'S DOCKYARD, CHATHAM DEPARTED
[THIS] LIFE THE 16th OF MAY 1797 AGED 47 YEARS
[TH]OMAS BURKETT DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[THE] 19th OF AUGUST 1797 AGED 70 YEARS
[SAR]AH SPENCER DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[THE] 28th ? OF AUGUST 1818 AGED 88 YEARS
IN THIS VAULT
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
[WILL]IAM SPENCER ESQ. WHO DEPARTED THIS
[LIF]E THE 2nd OF MARCH 1835 AGED 66 YEARS
[AN]D ALSO OF HIS DAUGHTER
SARAH AMELIA
[    ] WIFE OF THE REV. H. J. DAWES
[WHO DEPARTED] THIS LIFE THE 7th OF APRIL 1830
[AGED] 34 YEARS

Thomas Burkett, Shipwright of Brompton, Consistory Court of Rochester Will and Codicil, dated 6th July 1784 and 14th September 1796
   To brother in law, Henry Spencer, £10 for mourning; to sister Sarah Spencer, 5 guinea piece and £10 for mourning to nephews, Henry, Thomas and William Spencer and nieces, Sarah, Mary and Amelia Spencer, £10 each for mourning; to nephews, Henry, Thomas and William Spencer, to be drawn by lot, his gold watch and gold seal, with his coat of arms engraved on a cornelian, and steel seal with his cipher and crest engraved on it, with steel chain (unless one of nephews wants it and will pay value to his brothers, with their consent).
   To niece Sarah Spencer, a small hooped diamond ring with 3 diamonds; to niece Mary Spencer, a mourning diamond ring with 3 diamonds; to niece Amelia Spencer, a rose shaped diamond ring with 11 diamonds; to nephews Henry, Thomas and William and nieces Sarah, Mary and Amelia Spencer, equally shared, by lot, all his plate, i.e. a quart silver tankard with his engraved crest; a quart silver tankard marked V , a pint silver mug, "belly shaped", marked on the W E bottom, R , a strait pint silver mug without a mark; a pint silver mug "belly shaped" marked on the bottom P M; a silver I E tea pot marked on the bottom S B; a silver stand for the tea pot without a mark; a pint silver pint cup marked M ; on the I H side; a pint silver porringer marked under the handle T B; a pint silver porringer marked on top of handle, B ; a pair of L M silver salt sellars, marked on the bottom, P R ; a silver pepper box, unmarked; a very large silver spoon marked with a wheat sheaf; half a dozen silver table spoons marked with a dove and padlock; a silver table spoon marked M B; a silver T B table spoon marked with coat of arms with 4 shells and a griffin crest; silver marrow spoon, unmarked; half dozen tea spoons marked with a wheat sheaf; half a dozen silver tea spoons marked T B; pair of silver tea tongs (for sugar); small 2 handled cup, embossed, marked E ; a small silver handled cup marked on bottom M C; small silver handled cup R C marked on handle E B; silver milk pot marked under one of feet, S D; silver punch ladle, marked with his cipher on back; small silver box composed of "Foreign Pieces".
   To sister Sarah Spencer, for ever, his 6 freeholds in West Court Street, Brompton, occupied by himself, brother in law Henry Spencer, the widow Stone, with his 2 nieces, Sarah and Mary Spencer, the widow Hereton, Mr William Elvy, Shoemaker and Mr John Towers, Clerk in Chatham Dockyard.
   After her death, equally divided between his Spencer nephews and nieces, for ever.
   Also to sister Sarah Spencer, his large garden and small garden adjoining and above it, occupied by himself, and large garden adjoining it below, in occupation of widow Larkin, held on lease for 90 years, 34 unexpired, behind the gardens of his properties, for life. After her death, if before end of lease, equally divided between his Spencer nephews and nieces. To sister Sarah Spencer, household furniture, beds, bedding, residue... money, securities, jewels, books, china, clothes, etc., to Spencer nephews and nieces. Sister Sarah and niece Sarah, joint executors.
   Witnesses: John Chambers, Richard Woodriff and John Sanders

Codicil
   Niece Mary Spencer has married Mr Anthony Manley, Builder's First Assistant, Chatham Dockyard, and niece Amelia Spencer has married Mr William Drawbridge, Clerk in Chatham Dockyard, since will was made. Niece Sarah is still a Spinster with "no view" of her being married, she is not provided for. Everything he has given to her mother Sarah, he now gives to her, for life. After her death to be divided as in stated in will. If niece Sarah marries, then estate to be immediately divided as above.
   Witnesses: John Jefferys and John Tracy

From the Maidstone Journal:
  
"On Tuesday, at Rochester. Mrs. Dawes, wife of the Rev. Mr. Dawes, Chaplain to the Convicts at Chatham, aged 34"

Henry Spencer married Sarah Burkett at Chatham in 1750. In the 1790's William Spencer was 4th Clerk to the Store Keeper at Chatham Dockyard (Universal British Directory)

John Manley was, in c. 1793, 2nd Assistant to the Master Shipwright at Chatham Dockyard at £100 per annum. (Universal British Directory) See also Thomas Burkett's will

HOWELL see HODGES

70.  Headstone

[IN]
[MEMORY]
OF Mr. HENRY HUBBARD
WHO DIED AT SEA FEB. [    ] 1759
AGED 44 ? YEARS
ALSO HERE LIES INTERRED YE BODIES OF
HENRIETTA AND HENRY HUBBARD
CHILDREN OF HENRY AND HANNAH HUBBARD
HENRIETTA DIED OCT. 3rd 1755 AG: 2 YER [ ] MON
HENRY DIED AP: 9th 1758 AG: 2 YER 4 MON

Henry Hubbard, Carpenter of H.M.S. Deal Castle, P.C.C. Will dated 17th September 1746
   To wife Hannah, his wages due and all his estate, she is also sole executor.
   Witnesses: Quin ? Marsh and John Sutherland
   Proved 28th March 1759

71.  Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
MARY WIFE OF ABEL HUBBARD
WHO DIED MAY 1st 1750 AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO ABEL HUBBARD DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 5th OF SEPTEMBER 1756
AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO JOAN GOUGH WHO DIED
MARCH 7th 1760 AGED 75 YEARS
ALSO Mr. ABEL HUBBARD WHO
DIED MAY 5th 1825 AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO SARAH HIS WIFE WHO DIED
NOVEMBER 3rd 1828 AGED 77 YEARS

Abel Hubbard, Superannuated Foreman of Sail Makers at Chatham Dockyard, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 18th May 1824
   All his estate to wife Sarah. She and friend Thomas Wells of Chatham, Carpenter are joint executors.
   Witnesses: Humphrey Wickham, {Attorney ?] Chatham and William Crandell, Linen Draper, Chatham.
   Proved 30th May 1825

Sarah Hubbard, widow, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 29th February 1828
   To "good friend" Thomas Wells of Chatham, Builder, all money and personal estate, upon trust, to pay legacies of £50 each to, her brother Thomas Jackson; nephews, John and William Jackson, sons of late brother John; nephews and nieces, Thomas, George, John, Sarah and Elizabeth Jackson, children of her brother Thomas, and to old servant, Sarah Dunstall.
   To each of children of late nephew George Jackson, formerly of Gravesend, Victualler, £50; those under 21 to have money invested in Savings Bank or Public Funds.
   To James Rayner of Sheerness, Shipwright, £50; if he dies in testator's lifetime, then shared among his children.
   Residue to Thomas Wells, who is sole executor; if he dies in testator's lifetime, then his son Thomas will be executor.
   Signs with a mark.
   Witnesses: Samuel Dunk, Tailor and Army Clothier, Hammond Place, Chatham and William Crandell, Linen Draper, High Street, Chatham.
   Proved 18th November 1828. Value of personal estate not more than £3,000

72.  Headstone

MARY
THE RELICT OF
WILLIAM HUCKLE, SURGEON
WAS INTERRED DEC. 8th 1745 AGED 77
ALSO OF MARY
HER DAUGHTER AND WIFE OF
THOMAS WESTON, SURGEON
ON MARCH 10th 1767 AGED 67

 

73.  Headstone


GRACE HUMPHREYS, DIED 1747
MOVED TO MAIN PATH FROM ORIGINAL POSITION

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
[GRACE] DAUGHTER OF
GEORGE & MARY HUMPHREYS
LATE OF SEVENHAMPTON
IN THE PARISH OF HIGHWORTH
IN THE COUNTY OF WILTS.
WHO DIED [ ] OCT. 1747
AGED 26 YEARS

 

HUNTER see PAINE

74.  Chest Tomb, On Stone Base, Very Eroded

75.  Ledger

[    ]
[    ]
[MA]STER SHIPW[RIGHT] [OF]
[HIS] [MAJES]TY'S YARD, CHATHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[   ] 2nd ? JUNE [   ]
[AGE]D [ ] Y[EARS]

North Side
HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
[   ] HURD ? [    ] [MAST]ER JOINER OF [HIS]
[MAJESTY'S] YARD AT CHATH[AM] [W]HO [   ]
[   ] TEND ? FOREMAN [ ]

 

INGRAM see SMITH

76.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mrs. ELIZ. IRONS WIFE OF Mr. HENRY IRONS
WHO DIED SUDDENLY MARCH 11th 1812
AGED 56 YEARS
"Reader be wise, this tomb survey.
The solemn[ ] wait
[    ]"

 

77.  Eroded Headstone, split vertically, partly in tree

IN MEMORY
OF WILLIAM [ ]
[    ]
[    ]
MARY WIFE OF GEORGE JACKSON
[    ] MARCH THE 13th 178[ ]
AGED [  ]4 YEARS
[   ] ABOVE GEORGE JACKSON
[    ] 22nd OF MAY ? [1790]
[    ]70 YEARS
[    ] MARY [    ]
[   ]
[RIC]HARD HENRY [ ]
[   ] OF APRIL 18[    ]
AGED 75 YEARS
NATHANIEL BLOUD
[    ] THE 12th OF JUNE 18[52]
AGED 68 ? YEARS
[ALSO] Mrs. ELIZABETH [BLOUD]
[DECEMBER 1853]
[AGED] [68] [YEARS]

Nathaniel Bloud, Gentleman, Waterloo Place, Chatham, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will, dated 25th November 1851.
   Executors to invest £500, which is in the hands of John Kains of Chatham, Captain, R.N. Harriet, wife of Archibald William Pringle of Princess Terrace, Albert Row, Regent's Park and Elizabeth Pringle, their daughter, in purchase of 3% Consolidated Bank Annuities. To be paid to Elizabeth Pringle at 21 years, dividends, in meantime, for her benefit. If she dies under 21, then to Harriet Pringle, her mother.
   To Mr W. Hales, brother of Harriet Pringle, £50; to Archibald W. Pringle, £50; to his wife, Harriet, £50.
   To Susan Gater and Mrs Anna Le Claminant, wife of John Le Claminant, cousins of W. Hales, 19guineas each. Residue and Real and Personal Estate, to wife Elizabeth for ever, she and John Kains, joint executors.
   Witnesses: John Hills, 40 Waterloo Place and George Furrell, Clerk to Messrs Essell ans Hayward, Solicitors, Rochester

Elizabeth Bloud, Widow of 41 Waterloo Place, P.C.C. Will dated 2nd December 1852
   To Mrs Elizabeth Jackson, widow of her late brother, James, £50; to Mrs Kezia Jackson, widow of her late brother, John, £50; to Mrs Mary Palmer of Chatham, widow of late Thomas Palmer, Master Mariner, 19 gns.
   To friend John Kains of Chatham, Captain R.N., and her nephew, John Jackson of Newington, near Sittingbourne, £50 each. Her clothes equally divided between nieces Mary Elizabeth Jackson, daughter of late brother James, and Kezia Jackson, daughter of late brother John. Real Estate and Residue of Personal Estate, equally divided between nieces and nephews, sons and daughters of her two late brothers.
   John Kains and John Jackson, joint executors.
   Witnesses: John Hills, 40 Waterloo Place and George Furrell, Clerk to Messrs Essell and Hayward, Solicitors, Rochester

78.  Headstone

ELIZABETH
JACKSON WIFE OF JOHN JACKSON
DIED THE 2nd OF MAY 1797
AGED 44 YEARS
ALSO 7 CHILDREN DIED IN THEIR INFANCY
ALSO THE ABOVE JOHN JACKSON
DIED THE 24th OF JANUARY 1810
AGED 55 YEARS
ALSO MARY HIGGINS DIED THE 6th
APRIL 1807 AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH JACKSON
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE DIED THE 20th ? OF
DECEMBER 1847 AGED 59 ? YEARS

John Jackson, Grocer of Brompton, Pigot's Directory, 1809; P.C.C. Will dated 10th January 1810
   To daughter Mary, four freehold houses, two on north side of West Court Street in Brompton, in his occupation and William Muzree; the other two on the south side of the same street, occupied by John Christopher and Mary Jerome, for ever.
   To daughter Elizabeth, his nine freehold houses in or near West Court Street, two on south side, occupied by Stephen Dunlop and John Prall; the other six, on the north side occupied by Richard Tress, George Swan, Susannah Cook, William Kain, James Bennett, James Gould and James Ward, for ever.
   To above two daughters all other freeholds equally shared, for ever. To daughter Mary, fixtures in his house; to Elizabeth £100.
   All Residue to above daughters, equally shared; they are joint executors.
   Witnesses: William Jefferys, Attorney at Law, Chatham, William Jefferys, Junr. And William Nokes, his Clerks.
   Proved 7th February 1810

JACKSON see OULSON

79.  Headstone


JAMES JARMON, DIED 1751

IN MEMORY OF
JAMES JARMON
WHO DIED 29th SEPT. 1751
AGED 59 YEARS

James Jarmon, Shipwright , P.C.C. Will dated 6th June 1751
   To cousin John Clements of Bishopsgate Street, London, Tallow Chandler, £100 and his family tankard. To cousin John Higgins, Shipwright of Portsmouth Yard, and his sister Mary Pierce, £50 each. To four children of cousin Nightingale ------ ? £10 each.
   To cousin James Jarmon, son of Gregory Jarmon, Shipwright in Chatham Yard, £10. To two daughters of Mr Henry Sheafe, Ann and Sarah, £20 each. To Mr Henry Sheafe's two sisters, Frances and Sarah Sheafe, of Rochester, Gentlewomen, £20 each. To Edward Reed, son of Edward Reed, "where I now board", £30. To Richard Mills, son of Robert Mills, Shipwright in Chatham Yard, £30. To Elizabeth Barnes wife of Henry Barnes, Silversmith, but now Labourer in Chatham Yard, £5. To Mary Petty, widow of Francis Petty, £5. To William Warren, Yeoman of Cliffe, and his daughters, Mary Carr, Ann and Eleanor Smith, and son James Warren,£5 each.
   £5 in bread to poor widows not receiving alms from this parish. To his friends Richard Banks Barber and Richard Demetrius, Shipwrights, 1 guinea to buy a gold ring. The legacies from his personal estate; legatees under 17 at time of his death, will have legacies paid to their parents.
   His freehold in Chatham, occupied by William Shaw, Gunner of the "Newark", man of war, and all other freeholds to Mary Estery, who lives with him as his "servant", for life; after her death, to cousin John Clements for ever. Residue to Mary Estery for ever, she is sole executor.
   Witnesses: Robert Mills, Arthur Plhill and Beresford Maplesden
   Proved 8th October 1751

JARRITT see DAFFORNE

JEFFERYS see TUSON

80.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr. JOHN JENNINGS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[    ] DECEMBER 1804 AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO Mrs. ELIZABETH JENNINGS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE [    ] JULY 1806
AGED 6[  ] YEARS
ALSO TWO OF THEIR CHILDREN
AND FOUR GRAND CHILDREN
WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY

John Jennings was a Shipwright, died Intestate, value under £100

81.  Headstone


JOHN KING, DIED 1745
MOVED FROM ORIGINAL POSITION TO MAIN PATH

HERE LIES THE BODY OF
JOHN KING
LATE MASTER HOUSE
CARPENTER OF HIS
MAJESTY'S YARD AT
SHEERNESS HE DIED
THE 29th OF NOVEMBER
1745 IN THE 55th YEAR
OF HIS AGE

 

LANDEN see HACK

82.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH WIFE OF JOHN LANE
OF THIS PARISH [WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE]
THE [    ] DAY OF JUNE 178[3] AGED [41] YEARS
[Eroded Verses]

 

83.  Headstone, next to above, Eroded, if Cenotaphic probably a Lane ?

[    ]
[    ]
[ LANE ? ]
DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 4th ? DAY OF NOV. 1812
IN THE HOSPITAL AT MAHON IN THE
32nd ? YEAR OF HIS AGE

 

84.  Headstone


FOREGROUND: THE RUIN OF DR. THOMAS SMITH'S TOMB 1722
BACKGROUND: THE LLOYD TOMB, AFTER IVY REMOVAL,
WITH FRAGMENTS OF DESTROYED SARCOPHAGUS ON TOP

[SACRED]
TO THE MEMORY OF
LIEUT. GEORGE LLOYD
OF THE ROYAL [MARINES?]
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE [    ] DAY OF [    ]
AGED 46 YEARS
[    ]
[ALSO] HIS TWO SONS
GEORGE SAMUEL BURTON
[    ]
GEORGE BURTON MOORE
AGED 8 MONTHS
[    ]

85.  Classical Sarcophahus on Rusticated Base, over six feet high 
               (Badly Damaged by "Remedial" Work in March 2012)


GEORGE AND MARY LLOYD, DIED 1848 & 1826
PHOTOGRAPHED IN 2010. I WAS SHOCKED TO FIND THAT THE SACOPHAGUS 
WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED FOLLOWING CLEARANCE OF THE IVY IN 2012

South Side

THIS MONUMENT
IS ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY WIFE OF
Mr. GEORGE LLOYD
WHO DIED 18th NOVEMBER 1826
AGED 38 YEARS
"Life how Short, Eternity how Long"

North Side
GEORGE [LLOYD]
[    ]
[    ]
[    ] [JANUARY] 1848 AGED [59] YEARS

George Lloyd may be the R.N. Captain, overseer of the convict hulk "Dolphin", which capsized in 1829. Lloyd's actions saved most of the convicts from drowning (Times). He died at Lewisham (Parish Register)

LOGIE see MORRIS

LONDE see BAKER

86.  Headstone


JOHN AND SUSAN LONG, DIED 1726 AND 1724 ?
COMPARE THE SKULL TO THAT ON WEEDEN'S STONE

HERE ALSO
LYETH YE BODY THE BODY OF
OF SUSAN YE WIFE JOHN LONG
OF JOHN LONG HOUSE CARPENTER
HOUSE CARPENTER OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED MAY WHO DIED THE
24th 1724 ? AGED [    ] OF MARCH
72 YEARS 1726 AGED [7]5 ?
ALSO TWO OF HIS SISTERS
MARY & JANE

 

87.  Headstone


WILLIAM LONG, DIED 1750, AND HIS MOTHER, ELIZABETH DIED 1755

IN MEMORY OF
WILL. SON OF WILL. AND
ELIZ. LONG
WHO DIED 28th ? OF JAN. 1750
AGED 39 YEARS
ELIZABETH LONG
WHO DIED THE 7th ? DECEMBER 1754
AGED 73 YEARS

William Long, Yeoman Farmer of Sharsted (Register),Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 19th January 1749 (50)
   He is "weak in body". To cousin Mrs Mary Landen ?, £10. All his property real and personal, including horses, cows, corn and husbandry tackle, to mother Elizabeth, for ever.
   Witnesses: B. Moorcock, John Lowdell and Thomas Johnson

Elizabeth Long, Widow and Farmer, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 2nd June 1753
   She is "weak and infirm in body". Half of her Manors at Sharsted and Lydsing, and at Seddington (Settington), four parcels of land once belonging to the "late dissolved Monastery of Leeds", two acres of rough ground in Lydsing, late in tenure of her late son William and herself held on 21 year lease from the Dean and Chapter of Rochester; three acres of land at Pensiux in Hartlip; one acre of woodland at Pewsill ? Hill; forty acres of wood in Chatham, Gillingham and Boxley, also leased from the Dean and Chapter, to daughter Elizabeth Moorecock. The other half to daughter Elizabeth, in trust, to permit daughter Mary, wife of John Boghurst to take profits. After Mary's death, Elizabeth will transfer this half to Mary's children, as shall be living, equally. If no children, then this half shared by daughters Elizabeth, and Rebecca and Frances Long, equally. If Mary becomes a widow, then the half share to her. The lease to be kept up by Elizabeth, charges shared with Mary.
   Three quarters of woodland of 320 acres, on lease, as above, to daughters, Rebecca and Frances, equally.
   Her interest in land, formerly the site of a cottage, and a Smith's forge, barn, stables, garden, orchard, with meadow of 14 acres, in Chatham and Gilling, occupied by ----- ? Green, and since by ----- ? Cliffords. Also eighteen acres at Lydsing in her occupation to Elizabeth Moorecock, for ever. Four fifths of house, barn, stables, etc. and 14 acres of land at Capstone, Chatham, occupied by Richard Strood, to daughter Frances Long, for ever.
   House and slaughter house, shop, outhouse and garden, etc. in Gillingham, now empty, late the estate of Thomas Hodges, to daughter Rebecca Long, for ever.
   The legacies given to Mary, Frances and Rebecca by their late father's will, with interest at 4% to be paid out of her personal estate. She releases daughters from sums due for board, lodging and education. Residue of ready money, household and farm goods, and personal estate to Rebecca and Frances, equally, they are also executors.
   Witnesses: Thomas Martain, John Lowdell and William Gates
   Proved January 9th 1755

LOWEN see HICKS

MANLEY see HOOPER

88.  Headstone, badly eroded

[    ] MARSHALL
[    ] [    ] [MAR]SHAL[L]
JOSIAH DANIEL
MARSHALL
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE
BORN JAN. 8th DIED MAY 18th [    ]
[   ]

 

89.  Stone Chest Tomb, Thick Dark Top


CHEST TOMB OF WALSINGHAM AND SUSANNAH MASTERS, DIED 1790 & 1780
SOUTH EAST SECTION IN 2010 BEFORE CLEARANCE OF SYCAMORES, ETC.

North Side

ANN WIFE OF WALSINGHAM MASTERS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY [    ] 1780
AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE WALSINGHAM MASTERS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY [    ] 1790
AGED 73 YEARS

Walsingham Masters was a Cordwainer. In his P.C.C. Will, dated 19th October 1789, he is described as a "Gentleman"
   Walsingham Masters and Ann Walton married at Chatham in 1742.
   To Walsingham Masters son of nephew George, three houses in Brompton, Gillingham, occupied by Samuel Pix, John Vinall and Christie Ewart, for ever.
   To Walsingham Masters, son of late nephew Edward, three houses in or near Chatham High Street, occupied by William Jordan, James Taylor and Lawrence Green; and two houses in East Luton in Chatham, occupied by William Lester and Thomas Sutton; also his half share of house in Cross Street, Chatham, occupied by Benjamin Haylor, for ever.
   To nephew George Masters leasehold houses on the Brook, Chatham, (otherwise Smithfield Bank), occupied by George Masters, John French, John Fearne, Thomas Burton, Martin Ward, Willis Brook and Peter Burton, for the term of years left, subject to payment of charges, etc.
   To grand daughter Ann Prior two houses on the Brook, occupied by himself and Margaret Masters widow of late nephew Edward, for remainder of leases. To grandson John Walton, other houses on the Brook, occupied by William Ashdown, Richard Dent and Mary Stubbs, for rest of term. Also to Ann, £20, to her daughter Charlotte, £10.
   To John Walton, £20. To sister in law, Ann Masters widow of brother Edward, £10. To Moll wife of Joseph Mellin, £10. To nephew George Masters, son of late brother George, £20.To Walsingham, James Morgan, John Stead, William, Elizabeth and Ann Masters, children of nephew George, £10 each. To Margaret, widow of Edward Masters, £20. To John Edward, James, Walsingham and William Masters, children of Margaret, £10 each. To Walsingham son of nephew George Masters, his watch and all his clothes. Residue to nephew George and grand daughter Ann Prior, equally.
   Nephew George Masters and Richard Phillips of Brompton, Carpenter are executors.
   Witnesses: Richard Dent, James Read, Attorney of Chatham and William Jefferys.
   Proved 25th February 1790

90.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HENRY MONTGOMERIE
SON OF
CAPTAIN W. MATHIAS 62nd REGT.
WHO DIED AT CHATHAM
ON THE 19th OF DECEMBER 1843
AGED ONE AND SEVEN
MONTHS

 

91.  Headstone

[SACRED]
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
JOHN McCRUMMEN
OF THE [    ]
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE [ ] DAY OF [ ] 18[39]
AGED [4]6 YEARS
THIS STONE WAS ERECTED BY
HIS BROTHER OFFICERS

 

92.  Headstone


PHILIP MEAD, DIED 1748

HERE LIETH INTERRED YE BODY OF
PHILIP MEAD OF YS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 3rd OF APRIL 1748 AGED 63 ?
ALSO THE REMAINS OF HIS FATHER
ALSO HERE 2 BROTHERS & 4 SISTERS

 

93.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF ANDREW MITCHELL
M.D.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCTOBER 31st ? 1800
AGED 44 ? YEARS

Andrew Mitchell was "Physician of the Staff" (Army). (Parish Register)

94.  Headstone


JOHN MONK, DIED 1752, JOHN JNR. DIED 1777 AND BRIDGET DIED 1783

IN MEMORY OF JAMES MONK
OF THIS PARISH HE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[    ] 1752 AGED 44 ? YEARS
ALSO JOHN MONK, JOINER, SON OF
[JAMES ?] MONK DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOVEMBER
[    ] 1777 AGED 45 YEARS
[ALSO] BRIDGET MONK WIFE OF THE ABOVE
JAMES MONK WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [JANUARY]
[    ] 1783 AGED 73 YEARS

John Monk, Joiner, (as on stone), P.C.C. Will dated 6th November 1777
   He is "somewhat indisposed" To mother Bridget, for life, all his estate. She is to make use of it as she and his sister, Ann Deane, shall agree. After death of his mother, then to his sister Ann for life, then to her children, John Marlow and Maria Julianna Deane, for ever.
   Mother and sister executors.
   Witnesses: Mark of Solomon Andrews and John Sommerton
   Proved 5th December 1777

He was probably the John Monk who made, together with another, a model of Chatham Dockyard, in c. 1772, now in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

95.  Headstone

[SACRED]
TO THE M[EMORY OF]
Mrs. CHRISTIAN [MORRIS]
WIDOW OF
CAPTN. JOHN MORRIS
LATE 1st ROYAL VETERAN B[ATT.]
WHO DIED 9th APRIL 18[   ]
AGED 66 YEARS
[THI]S STO[NE] [E]RECTED BY HER DA[UGHTER]
S[USAN] THE WIFE OF
LIEUT. J. C. LOGIE
OF THE ROYAL MARINES

 

MUDDLE see HACK

96.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr GEORGE NORTH
OF THIS PARISH
LATE SHIPWRIGHT [    ]
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [    ] [JANUARY 1836]
AGED [80] YEARS
[ALSO] ELIZABETH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
[    ]
[    ]

George North, Superannuated Shipwright of Chatham Dockyard, P.C.C. Will dated 7th February 1833
   To son George John, now of Plymouth, Carpenter in H.M. Royal Navy and Thomas Victualler of Chatham, Plumber and Glazier, his money in the 3 ½ % Consolidated Annuities in the Bank of England; also money in other Public Funds; and interest and money in the Chatham Savings Bank, upon trust, to be shared equally between son George and daughters, Maria, wife of John Ferguson of Chatham, Dyer, and Mary wife of Thomas Sawyer of the Coast Blockade Service at
   [    ] in Kent. To son George, his clock bureau, clothes and his chest. Residue, household furniture, goods, chattels etc. to his wife
   Son George and Thomas Vinall executors.
   Witnesses: Benjamin Briggs and Jane Victualler

Affidavit dated 13th January 1835
   George Ferguson of Chatham, Shoemaker, sworn that he was well acquainted with George North for some time, and had often seen him write. He has examined the will and confirms that the signature is authentic.
   Proved 14th January 1836 Power reserved to Thomas Victualler

97.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SAMUEL GEORGE JAGO
NORTHCOTE R.N.
ASSISTANT MASTER ATTENDANT
OF CHATHAM DOCKYARD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 21st OF MARCH 1848
IN THE 44th ? YEAR OF HIS AGE

Samuel George Jago Northcote, Master, Royal Navy, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 19th October 1840
   All his property to wife, Elizabeth and property left to him by his father, Samuel Northcote and by his grandmother Elizabeth Lake. The interest of this property was enjoyed by his mother Anne during her life. Property left by his father, all books, clothes, gold watch, chains and seals; one half of this property to son Samuel George Jago Northcote; the other half between his two daughters, Anne Amelia, his youngest is since dead.
   His grand mother Elizabeth Lake's will stated that her property be equally divided, at death of his mother, Anne, between Elizabeth Lake Randle and Samuel George Jago Northcote.
   Appoints Benjamin Holland Bunce, Lieutenant, R.N., and Benjamin Bunce, Captain, R.M., father and brother of his wife Elizabeth, executors.
   Witnesses: P.B.W. Northcote and Robert J. Otway
   Proved 11th December 1848 Admin to Benjamin Holland Bunce (now Commander R.N.of Plymouth), the surviving executor
   Value not more than £200

98.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN OULSON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 7th ? OF JUNE 1831
AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO
SAMUEL JACKSON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 7th DAY OF JULY 1831
AGED [85] YEARS
ALSO
MARY ELIZABETH YATES
(Paving level here)

 

PAGE see CAZENEUVE

99.  Headstone


LEFT: WILLIAM PAINE , CARPENTER OF H.M.S. DUKE, DIED 1748
RIGHT: PETER RISKILLEY, GUNNER OF H.M.S. ROYAL SOVEREIGN, DIED 1756

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM PAINE LATE
CARPENTER OF HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP DUKE
WHO DIED THE 13th OCTOBER 1748
AGED 58 YEARS
ALSO TWO OF HIS CHILDREN
JOHN AND SANDERTON
LIKEWISE SARAH ANN PAINE
HIS WIFE WHO DIED THE 21st MAY 1756
----------------------Ground Level------------------
AGED 58 YEARS
ALSO Mrs. LETETIA HUNTER WHO
DIED 17th NOVEMBER 1804 AGED 48 YEARS

William Paine, Carpenter of H.M.S. "Duke", (as on stone), P.C.C. Will dated 1st June 1740
   All his estate, including wages and pay to his wife, Sarah Ann, except to his sons William and Ralph, 350 each after his wife's death. If his wife remarries, she is to pay £100, i.e. £50 each to above sons, and all monies disbursed in the time of their apprenticeships, during the seven years they are bound for all such sums. Wife is sole executor.
   Witnesses: Martin Salter and Ales Baldock ?

Codicil
   There is one silver tankard value £7 and 8 silver spoons, which, after the death of his wife are to be equally divided between his sons.
   Witnesses: Martin Salter and Ales Baldock ?
   Proved 16th November 1748

PAINE see RISKELLEY

100.  Headstone, mostly eroded

JAMES PARFITT
LAT[E] [SE]RGEANT['S] M[ESS ?] [M]ASTER OF THE
CH[ATHAM] [DIVISION] OF [THE] ROYAL MARINES
WHO [DIED THE] [ ] DAY OF MAY 1828
[ AGED 38] YEARS

 

101.  Headstone


THOMAS AND ELIZABETH PARLBY, DIED 1785 & 1771

IN MEMORY OF
[ELIZABETH] THE WIFE OF
THOMAS PARLBY OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 23rd ? OF MARCH 1771
IN THE [2]6th ? YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO THE ABOVE THOMAS PARLBY
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 9th OF FEB. 1785
AGED 57 ? YEARS

Thomas Parlby, Victualler, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 28th January 1785
   To wife Mary, for life, if she continues his widow, an annuity of £30. If she remarries, then an annuity of £20
   The annuities chargeable to all his real and personal estate. The annuity to paid in her house if she remains his widow.
   His estate, chargeable with the above annuities, to friend John Benifold of Chatham, Cabinet Maker and George Greenfield of Chatham, Bricklayer, upon trust, to pay annuities and to pay from remainder, to the maintenance and clothing of his son George, during his apprenticeship. Residue invested in Public Funds, in names of trustees, for benefit of George, upon trust. Trustees to pay George at 23 years. If George dies pre 23, unmarried, and wife Mary is living and his widow, then upon trust, to his wife, for life, as long as she remains his widow. If she dies or remarries, estate shared equally between the children of his brother John; the children of his sister Ann, wife of James Leveson and children of his three other sisters, who are married women, and whose names he cannot recollect, for ever.
   Wife Mary, John Leveson and George Greenfield are executors.
   Witnesses: John Rowe, E. J. Twopenny and E. Haite, Junr.
   Proved 22nd February 1785

102.  Headstone


RIGHT: THOMAS AND FRANCES POTTEN, DIED 1731 & 1750
LEFT: THOMAS WILLARD, DIED 1746

IN SURE HOPES
OF RESURRECTION TO ETERNAL
LIFE
HERE LYES INTERRED THE
BODY OF THOMAS POTT[EN]
SHIPWRIGHT WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE OCT. THE 22nd 17[31]
AGED 75 ? YEARS
"Farewell my Brethren until
The Last Trumpet Sound"
HERE LIES FRANCES HIS
WIFE DIED AUGUST YE 19th
1750 AGED 82 YEARS

Thomas Potten, Shipwright, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 24th April 1731
   "Aged and weak in body". His two houses in Chatham in his occupation and of Isaac Meers to his wife, Frances, as long as she remains his widow; she to keep in good repair.
   After her death or remarriage, his house to his kinswoman, Elizabeth Potten, daughter of his sister in law, Frances Potten, widow, for ever.
   After his wife's death his other house, in occupation of Isaac Meers, which adjoins the "Three Cups" (this was on the Brook), to kinswoman, Alice Potten, the other daughter of Frances Potten, for ever.
   To sister in law, Frances Potten, £50; if she is dead, then to her two daughters, equally shared. They also get £50 each.
   To friend Richard Stone of Chatham, Baker, who is his executor, £10 for his trouble. To kinsman, Richard Potten, Shipwright, all his clothes. Money, pay, rings, plate, bedding, pewter, brass, copper, household goods and personal estate and residue to wife; she and Richard Stone, joint executors.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: Robert Woodriff, Edward Golborne and Thomas Johnson
   Proved 4th November 1731

103.  Rear of an eroded early 18th century Headstone

TO THE MEMORY
OF Mrs. HANNAH
PRATTEN WIFE OF
Mr. JAMES PRATTEN
WHO DIED JULY 27th ? 1812
AGED 85 YEARS

James Pratten, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 20th June 1785, no occupation recorded
   To son James, a silver table spoon, to daughter Mary Darch ?, a silver table spoon. Residue to wife Hannah; she to receive debts due.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: Thomas Pittard and Thomas Nutter
   Proved 1787 Value £20

104.  Headstone (From a photograph taken c. 1980. Only one small fragment of this fine stone survives!)


REDMAN REED, DIED 1746
PHOTOGRAPHED C. 1980. THIS STONE HAS SINCE BEEN 
DESTROYED, ONLY A FRAGMENT REMAINS

HERE LYETH INTERR'D YE BODY
OF REDMAN REED
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 21st OF FEBRUARY 1745
AGED 56 YEARS
[ALSO] FIVE CHILDREN DIED
IN THEIR INFANCY

Redman Reed, Shipwright, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will, on Naval Form, dated 5 March 1713 (14)
   All his estate to brother Edward Reed of Chatham, Shipwright.
   Witnesses: Henry Laban, John Boaks and John Thomson, in Deptford
   Proved 13th March 1745 (46). Administration granted to wife, Sarah; brother Edward having renounced executorship

REED see FIELD

105.  Headstone


SAMUELL RICH, DIED 1716 ?, AND ELIZABETH, HIS WIFE DIED ?
MOVED FROM ORIGINAL POSITION TO MAIN PATH

HERE
LIETH THE BODY OF
SAMUELL RICH SON OF
RICH. RICH OF LONDON ? GENT. ?
[    ] END ? M[    ]
[    ] SARGANT DECEMBER [1716]
WHO WAS [    ]EEUTED ? FOR [    ]N
[F]A[CT ] AGED 47? YEARS LEFT
ISSUE ONE SON & ONE DAUGHTER
ELIZABETH WIFE OF
SAMUELL RICH
WHO DIED 17th MARCH 17[    ]
AGED 69 YEARS

Samuell Rich
The inscription on this stone presents a puzzle,it is awkwardly laid out and half is illegible. I did find a Samuell Rich in the Burial Registers for December 1716 but have not found Elizabeth Rich. Elizabeth Smith married a Samuell Rich at Chatham in July 1710. The stone appears later than 1716. It remains unresolved

106.  Headstone


LEFT: WILLIAM PAINE , CARPENTER OF H.M.S. DUKE, DIED 1748
RIGHT: PETER RISKILLEY, GUNNER OF H.M.S. ROYAL SOVEREIGN, DIED 1756

IN MEMORY OF
PETER RISKELLEY
LATE GUNNER OF HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP
ROYAL SOVEREIGN
WHO DIED THE 27th OF DEC. 1756
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO Mrs. LETITIA PAINE WIFE OF
WM. PAINE ASSISTANT BUILDER OF HIS
------------------- Ground Level-------------------
MAJ. YARD AT CHATHAM DEPARTED THIS
LIFE [    ] MARCH 1781 AGED 51 YEARS

Peter Riskilley, Gunner of H.M. Ship "Royal Sovereign", Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 22nd December 1753
   To son William, £? [tear in paper], rings, buckles, all his clothes and furniture in his cabin on the "Royal Sovereign". Residue of household goods, money, investments and personal estate to daughter Letitia, for ever. Letitia is also sole executor.
   Witnesses: William Mantell, Thomas Johnson and Christopher Hagedott ?
   Proved 22nd January 1757.

   This will presents a puzzle; he refers to his daughter Letitia as Letitia Riskelley" and the probate note refers to her as "Letitia Riskelley, Spinster", yet Letitia Riskilley married William Paine at Chatham in 1750 ? The Paine / Riskilley headstones are side by side. (See Paine will above)

107.  Headstone

SACRED TO THE MEMORY
OF
RICHARD SHOLL ESQ. R.N.
[    ]

 

108.  Headstone

Front

IN MEMORY OF
Mr. THOMAS SKINNER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 19th OF FEBRUARY 1792
AGED 57 ? YEARS
NEAR THIS PLACE ELIZABETH HIS [WIFE ?]
[WHO] DIED THE [    ] JANUARY 1776 [   ]
[    ]

Rear
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr. JOHN SKINNER
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 30th 1847
AGED 79 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH GREGORY SKINNER
WHO DIED AUGUST [    ] 1846 AGED 80 YEARS
ALSO
JOHN SKINNER OF THIS PARISH
GRANDSON ? OF THE ABOVE
[    ]

John Skinner may have been the Grocer in Holden's Directory in 1809

109.  Fallen Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELEANOR SARAH DAUGHTER OF
WILLIAM AND ELEANOR SMITH
WHO DIED 21st JANUARY 1829
AGED 2 YEARS
CHAS. SMITH DIED 30th MARCH 1832
AGED 3 YEARS & 7 MONTHS
ROBT. W. INGRAM DIED 9th APRIL 1832
IN THE 20th YEAR OF HIS AGE
WILLIAM SMITH DIED 10th JANUARY
1837 IN THE 17th YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO ELEANOR WIFE OF
Mr. WILLIAM SMITH
WHO DIED 21st [ ] 1845 AGED 52 YEARS
"Afflictions sore, long time I bore,
Physicians were in vain,
Till God did please to give me ease,
And free me from my pain"

 

110.  Headstone


THOMAS SMITH, DIED 1761, SON JOHN, DIED 1776 AND SARAH BOLDOCK, DIED 1800

[IN MEMORY OF]
Mr. THOMAS SMITH
DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCTOBER THE 16th ?
1761 AGED 77 YEARS
JOHN SMITH SON OF THE
ABOVE DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCTOBER
THE 14th 1776 AGED 54 YEARS
ALSO SARAH BOLDOCK LATE OF
LUTON IN THIS PARISH DIED
---------------Ground Level---------------
THE 2nd OF DEC. 1800 AGED 68 YEARS

Thomas Smith was of Luton, the eastern part of Chatham. (Parish Register)

111.  Derelict Chest Tomb, Ledger fallen onto ground


FOREGROUND: THE RUIN OF DR. THOMAS SMITH'S TOMB 1722
BACKGROUND: THE LLOYD TOMB, AFTER IVY REMOVAL,
WITH FRAGMENTS OF DESTROYED SARCOPHAGUS ON TOP

HIC REQUISCAT
[    ]
THOMAS SMITH
MEDICINAE DOCTORIS
NATU[ ] CHATHAM
[    ]DUCAE[    ] OXONAE
OBIIT 31st AUG.
A.D. 1722
AETATIS SUAE 55

Thomas Smith, Physician of Maidstone, P.C.C. Will dated 14th August 1722
   "My body I commit to the earth to be deposited in the vault in Chatham Church yard where my relations lye"
   To his wife, Deborah, all plate marked with her and his name, and plate which came to them by the death of her Aunt Bradford. He also leaves her plate which she brought with her at their marriage.
   Two gold watches, one a striking one, the other she had before their marriage; all household goods and bedding which she brought with her or inherited from her Aunt Bradford; all the pictures of her family and inlaid tables, new chairs in the great parlour, except the great easy chair and cushions of India Stuff.; biggest table in the best parlour, corner cupboard and couch cushions, and corner cupboard in the study parlour. White bed with blankets, curtains, chairs and chest of drawers in same room. Two looking glasses with black frames and another feather bed as she shall choose.
   One third of his brewing utensils and tubs in the wash house and cellar, with free use of them in the house for 6 months after his death, if she continues living there.
   He has sold to the government houses in Chatham which were settled on his wife; in lieu of this property, he made over to her a farm at Smarden called "Newenden", occupied by Samuel Riddle, and a house in Chatham, adjoining the house of Andrew Hawes, Esq.. The farm and house will go to his daughters, Elizabeth Thomas and Martha Smith. He has sold to William Skinner, a small house in Chatham for £100, "being a very great price"; this house was also settled on his wife; so that his wife does not lose out, his executors will raise £600 from his South Sea Stock and farm at Teynham. They are to buy land or Government Securities, as his wife wishes, in trust. The annual interest and proceeds to his wife, for life. After her death to daughter Deborah Smith for life, after her death, to her children, for ever. If no children to daughters Elizabeth Thomas and Martha Smith for ever.
   He charges farm at Teynham and personal estate to raise £600, £500 for the houses sold to the government, and £100 for Skinner's house. His wife to release her rights to farm at Smarden and house in Chatham adjoining Mr Hawe's.
   To his two daughters his farm and lands at Teynham charged with raising any shortfall from his personal estate of the £600. To daughter Deborah all pictures except that of Sir Edward Kelly and other heads next the parlour door; 20 of his books as she likes, and the spinnet.
   To the poor of Maidstone £10 and to poor of Chatham, "where I received my first birth" £5.
   To "worthy good friend" Rev. Samuel Weller £10. To his man servant who is with him at his death, a suite of his clothes as executor thinks fit. All other goods and personal estate to his daughters, who are his executors. He hopes "they will manage all things with that temper as to give no occasion of disquiet or uneasiness to themselves or any other". He hopes money in South Sea Stock and farm in Teynham, in occupation of John Austen (to be sold by executors), will be sufficient for all legacies. He wishes his body "may have a quiet burial without that noise and confusion that usually attends such ceremonies and only accompanied with some few of my friends, and may be deposited in the vault in Chatham Churchyard . Where my relations lye, with this or the like inscription in Latin, "Here Resteth in Hope until the Promised Resurrection, the Body of Thomas Smith, Doctor in Physick, who was Born at Chatham and Educated at Oxford".
   Witnesses: Samuel Weller, J, Fuller and John Blunt
   Proved 10th September 1722 (daughter Elizabeth is wife of Richard Thomas)

SMITH see FRIEND

SPARKES see FARR

SPENCER see HOOPER

112.  Headstone


JOHN STEPHENS, DIED 1774

[IN MEMORY OF]
Mr. JOHN STEPHENS
[WHO] DIED [10th or 16th?]  SEPT.1774
AGED 66 YEARS
---------------Ground Level---------------
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE DIED
AUGUST 11th 1785 AGED 73 YEARS

 

113.  Headstone

IN MEMORY
OF
ANN SUTHERLAND
WHO DIED 21st MARCH 1839
AGED 21 YEARS
"Although Absent, Dear to Memory"
ERECTED BY HER FATHER AND MOTHER
W.S.D

 

114.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
ROBERT TERRY
DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE [   ] OF DECEMBER 17[80]
AGED 83 ? YEARS

Robert Terry, no occupation recorded, Royal Navy ? P.C.C. Will dated 4th January 1779
   "My body to the earth or sea"
   To daughter Elizabeth Turner, or Samuel Turner, her husband, £30. To four grandchildren, Rebecca Hooper, Richard, Samuel and Sarah Turner, £25 each. To Richard Turner silver pint mug. To Elizabeth Clivespan, Robert Auswell, Anne Auswell and Sarah More, 1 guinea each; if any die their legacy to his great grandchildren. Desires a sermon to be preached at his funeral from 2nd Chapter of Jonah, 6th and 7th verses. Samuel Turner and Richard Turner executors, residue to them.
   Witnesses: William Langham and Edward Orames
   Proved 19th December 1780 Power reserved to Samuel Turner the Elder

115.  Ledger on red brick base


JOHN AND SARAH TESTER, DIED 1850 AND 1841
PHOTOGRAPHED IN 2010 BEFORE REMOVAL OF UNDERGROWTH

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mrs. SARAH TESTER WIFE OF
Mr. JOHN TESTER
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 10th SEPTEMBER
1841
AGED 60 YEARS
ALSO
Mr. JOHN TESTER YEOMAN OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 3rd JANUARY 1850 AGED 67 YEARS

John Tester "alias Benster", Farmer, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 5th June 1848
   To son John of Chatham, Victualler and son in law Stephen William Friar of Chatham, Pawn Broker, two freehold houses in Fort Pitt Street, Ordnance Place, Chatham, purchased from Alexander Frederick Gardiner, in trust, during life of daughter Elizabeth wife of Stephen Bishop. She to received rents and profits; trustees to have 1/- in the £ for their troubles. After Elizabeth's death, the two houses to her son and daughter, John and Sarah, equally, for ever.
   To daughter Ann wife of George Rule, four freehold houses in Chatham High Street, near the public house called the "Malt Shovel", purchased from Edward Shrewsbury, for life; after her death, the houses to her children, equally at 21.
   To son John six freehold houses at the back of Fort Pitt Street, called Mill Street, purchased from Thomas Potter. Also his two freehold houses at the back of the "Red Lion" in Chatham, purchased from Thomas Farley, for life; after his death to his children, equally at 21.
   To daughter Sarah Friar two freehold houses in Fair Row, Chatham, purchased from [ ] Willis; also two freehold houses in Coleman Street, Chatham, purchased from William Beadle, for life; after her death to her children equally at 21.
   To son William, two freehold houses in Exmouth Terrace, Gillingham, now let by him on lease to ........ ? Watt, for life; after his death to his children at 21.
   To daughter Mary Ann wife of Robert Smith, three freehold houses in Cross Street, Chatham, purchased from [    ] Day; and his six leasehold houses in Fort Pitt Row, Chatham, purchased from William Beadle, for life; after her death, all nine properties to her children at 21, the leaseholds for remainder of term.
   To son Thomas, four freehold houses in New Brompton, Gillingham, fronting road from Brompton to Canterbury Road and nearly opposite Britton Farm, purchased from David Harding and remaining trustee of William Luff, deceased, for life; after his death to his children at 21.
   If any of his children die before 21 then their legacy to son John and Stephen Friar, upon trust, to sell. Trustees to hold proceeds in trust for his other children, then living, in equal shares.
   Ready money and securities in Public Funds, household goods, live and dead stock, implements and rights of farm he holds, and residue to all his children (except Elizabeth Bishop) equally, for ever.
   Signs John Tester otherwise John Benster
   Witnesses: M.S. Stephens, Solicitor, Chatham and J. Taffs, his Clerk.
   Note added: Testator wishes Mr Matthew Spray Stephens of Gibraltar Place, Chatham, Solicitor, be engaged in proving of will.
   Proved 5th February 1850

Affidavit
   M.S. Stephens sworn as to authenticity of will
   Inventory of Personal Estate 2nd February 1850  £970 15s 0d

116.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY THOMAS
WIFE OF
Mr. JAMES THOMAS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY [    ]
1846 AGED 52 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
Mr. JAMES THOMAS
LATE CARPENTER IN THE R.N.
WHO DIED JANUARY [    ] 1850
AGED 69 YEARS

 

117.  Headstone

[IN MEMORY OF]
Mr. GEORGE TILBY
WHO DIED THE [31st] OCTOBER 1773
AGED [    ] YEARS
ALSO ANN HIS WIFE DIED THE
[    ] MAY 1779 AGED 60 (or 69) YEARS
ALSO ONE DAUGHTER

George Tilby, Victualler, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 18th November 1769
   All his estate including money, securities, rings, jewels, stock in trade, liquors, pewter, brass, beds, etc. to wife Ann for ever, she is executor.
   Witnesses: James Bell, William Wilson and Richard Bristow
   Proved 1st November 1773

Ann Tilby,
Widow, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 19th August 1778
   To good friend Richard Brown of Chatham, Mariner, an Officer in the Customs, Rochester, and James Bell of Chatham, Fisherman and Dredgerman, all her real and personal estate, upon trust. They to make two copies of an inventory of her effects. They to sell effects for best price and invest money in Public Funds. £20 of this money to grandson John Draper, son of John and Mary Draper (her daughter). Interest towards support of grandson until he is 21, when he gets the £20. If he dies pre 21 the £20 goes into residue. £21 to Mrs Ann Stanley of Castle Street, near Oxford Road, London, Spinster, to buy a ring as a small token for the "great civilities I have received from her ". If she is dead the £21 goes to residue, upon further trust, to pay niece Ann Williams, Spinster, who lives with her, £10 and such of her clothes as trustees think fit. To niece Margaret wife of Samuel Hullock of Trigg Lane, Lighterman, £5, and to her mother Ann Armstrong of St. Catherine's Court, Widow, £5
   Her son George Morston went "abroad beyond sea about five years ago and has not been heard of since, so that I cannot tell whether he be living or dead". Trustees to invest residue in Public Funds; if son George returns to England within 10 years after her death, trustees to transfer funds to him, for ever. If he dies not return, the funds to his daughter, Jane Morston for ever. If Jane dies within the 10 years then to testators own right heirs.
   To Richard Brown £5, a silver watch, pair of gold buckles and a mourning ring. To James Bell £5 and mourning ring. The rings to be of 1 gn. value each. The £5 a small acknowledgement for their trouble; they are executors.
   Witnesses: John Knott and Richard Bristow
   Proved 1st December 1779 Personal estate less than £300

118.  Headstone


SUSANNAH TRATTLES, DIED 1744, GEORGE TRATTLES,
AND WILLIAM TRATTLES, BOTH DIED 1762

IN MEMORY OF
SUSANNAH TRATTLES
OF THIS PARISH SHE DIED THE 15th OF
APRIL 1744 AGED 60 ? YEARS
ALSO GEORGE TRATTLES HER
SON DIED THE 4th ? OF APRIL 1762
AGED 40 YEARS
AND ALSO WILLIAM TRATTLES
HER SON DIED THE 19th OF SEPTEMBER 1762
AGED 53 YEARS

William Trattles, Caulker, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 11th May 1751
   To sister Elizabeth Langman £20; to sister Eleanor Jones, £20; to sister Sarah Whitehead £20, his 2nd best feather bed and bolster, blanket, quilt, two pillows, four pairs of sheets, twelve towels, twelve napkins, pair brass candlesticks, copper warming pan, one copper tea kettle, one copper coffee pot, brass mortar and pestle, and gold ring.
   To kinsman John George Jones, £50 and two gold rings, silver watch, large silver spoon, silver pap spoon and three silver tea spoons, to be deposited in the hands of his "trusty friend" John Ladson of Chatham, Caulker, until Jones is 21.
   To John Ladson a mourning ring. Residue to his brother (George), "who I will to cause a headstone to be erected on my grave". Brother George, Caulker is executor
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: William Elvy and Nathaniel Franklin

119.  Chest Tomb, Only Surviving Inscription on Ledger, sides eroded, high above pavement
                                 (There are faint traces of an inscription on the north side)


LEFT: TRIBE CHEST TOMB, RIGHT: CAZENEUVE / TROY CHEST TOMB

[ALSO?] WILLIAM SON OF
JOHN AND MARY TRIBE
ASSISTANT SURGEON IN HIS
MAJESTY'S FORCES AND GREATLY ESTEEMED
FOR THE JUDGEMENT AND HUMANITY
WHICH HE DISPLAYED IN THE EXECUTION
OF HIS PROFESSION. HE WAS UNFORTUNATELY
DROWNED WHILE BATHING AT KINSALE
IN IRELAND THE 17th OF SEPTEMBER
1810 IN THE 24th ? YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO THE FOLLOWING [SEVEN] CHILDREN
MARY, SARAH, ELIZABETH,
HANNAH, ROBERT, MARY ANN
AND CHARLOTTE
ALSO MARY GRACE TRIBE
DAUGHTER OF THOS. & MARY TRIBE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JAN. 15th 18[19]
AGED 8 MONTHS

John Tribe kept the Mitre Inn, Wine and Spirit Merchant (Holden's Directory 1809); P.C.C. Will dated 19th November 1817)
   In an indenture dated 25th March 1806, between John Tribe, and his son John Tribe, a partnership was created as Inn Holders or Tavern Keepers, and Wine and Spirit Merchants, commencing 25th December last for term of 21 years. They now have the Mitre Tavern and Clarence Hotel in Chatham High Street, where they now reside; they have recently purchased the freehold. If either party dies during the 21 year period, then their widow can (unless by will otherwise decided) if so desired come into partnership with the survivor for remainder of the term; must give notice of this within one month of the death and enter business within twenty days.
   His will is that wife Mary with son Edward of Marden, Surgeon and Apothecary and Charles Townson of Chatham, Bookseller and Stationer are his executors; they should continue business with son John for remainder of term. To his executors all his freehold and leasehold properties for term of leases.
   To executors, stock in trade, household goods, furniture, plate, etc. in the Mitre and Clarence Hotel, in trust. After 21 year term is up, they to sell, proceeds upon trust, with residue.
   Wife to have annuity of £200 for life. Has advanced sums of money to his son John, now gives him £50 for mourning as a token of his affection for him.
   John, Joseph, Nathaniel, Mary, Ann, Edward and William Tribe, children of son John, £100 each. To son Benjamin £160; to son Thomas £750; to son Joseph £1,100 to place them on an equal footing with son Edward.
   His cousin William Tribe of New Road, Kent Street and London, is indebted to him in £60 and interest; he gives and forgives him this debt; and gives him an annuity of £20 for life.
   To Aunt [     ] Round of [     ] annuity of £20 for life. To brother in law Robert Morgan of Chatham, Hairdresser, Elizabeth Colley of Chatham, Widow, and Mary, formerly Colley, wife of Samuel George Kemp of Chatham,. Gentleman, £20 each for mourning.
   To Charles Townson £30 as mark of respect and esteem. Residue to wife, son Edward and Charles Townson, they to convert parts not consisting of money into cash, upon trust, to pay legacies.
   Witnesses: William Jefferys, Attorney of Chatham, William Nokes and William Ribkin ?, his Clerks
   Proved 17th April 1817

Thomas Tribe was a Coal Merchant in Rochester as well as at Chatham (Pigot's Directory 1824)

120.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
DIANA [THE WIFE OF]
Mr. JOHN TROTT
WHO DIED ON THE 9th OF MAY 1827
AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE NAMED
Mr. JOHN TROTT
WHO DIED ON THE 19th ? OF FEBRUARY 1837
AGED [63] YEARS
ANN ELIZABETH TROTT EDWARDS
[    ] 1848 ? AGED 3 YEARS
THOMAS JOHN TROTT EDWARDS
[    ] 1831 AGED 1 YEAR
SUSANNAH GORDON
[    ]
[    ] 31st REGT.
[    ] 1830 or 39 ?
[    ]

 

TROY see CAZENEUVE

121.  Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
WILLIAM TUSON
WHO DIED 15th JANUARY 1748
AGED 70 YEARS
ALSO TWO OF HIS CHILDREN
JEREMIAH AND MARY
ELIZABETH WIFE OF [ WILLIAM TUSON]
DIED 28th DECEMBER 1754 AGED [    ]
AUGUSTINE TUSON
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE DIED [SEPTEMBER] [    ]
1803 AGED 73 YEARS
JANE TUSON DAUGHTER [OF]
AUGUSTINE TUSON DIED JAN. 18th [1807]
AGED 51 YEARS
ALSO
Mr. STEPHEN JEFFERYS
DIED JUNE 21st 1815 AGED 56 YEARS
GEORGE CHAMBERS
BORN 27th OCTOBER 1785 DIED IN PHIL[ADELPHIA],
NORTH AMERICA IN THE YEAR 1819 ?
MARY WIFE OF STEPHEN JEFFERYS
BORN 21st JULY 1758 DIED 17th FEB. 1827
Mr. WILLIAM FIELD
BORN 24th AUGUST 1792 DIED 10th MARCH 1832
HELEN MARY FIELD
RELICT OF THE ABOVE WILLIAM FIELD AND
WIDOW OF GEORGE CHAMBERS BORN 9th
JUNE 1787 DIED IN NEW YORK, NORTH AMERICA 14th JUNE 184[ ]

This headstone dates from the 19th century, probably replacing an earlier one
William Tuson,
Shipwright, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 20th February 1738
   To wife Elizabeth house in Chatham occupied by his son William, for her life, and all his freeholds and leasehold or copyholds and personal estate. Also to wife, money, plate, beds, pewter, brass and household goods; she is executor.
   Witnesses: Edward Kennett, Michael Littlewood and Willam Brown
   Proved 12th May 1749

Augustine Tuson, Shipwright, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 30th July 1800
   To daughter Jane now living with him, a freehold house fronting King Street in Chatham, occupied by Mr Thomas Knock, for ever.
   To daughter Poly Jefferys, wife of Stephen of Chatham, Labourer, a freehold house behind the above house, occupied by Mrs [    ] Dadd, widow, for ever; also to Polly, £150.
    Household goods, furniture etc. to two daughters, above, equally.
   To sister Martha Tuson of Chatham, Spinster, £10
   To grand daughter Helena Jefferys, daughter of Stephen and Polly, £10
   To brother Vernon of Limehouse, Fisherman, £5
   To daughter Jane the emoluments and proceeds from the wages of his apprentices he has at time of his death, and his and his apprentices' wages due from H.M. Dockyard, and ready money, investments , money due on bond and residue.
   Jane, Charles Townsend of the Brook, Book Seller and Polly Jefferys, executors.
   Witnesses: Thomas Pettafor, Joanna Stephens and J. Stephens
   20th September 1803 Charles Townsend has since died. Value of personal estate not more than £300
   Proved 22nd September 1803
   Notes that testator died 3rd September

William Field, of St. Nicholas, Rochester, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 6th September 1828
   To wife Helena Mary Field all his real and personal estate, she is sole executor.
   Witnesses: John R. Usborne, Thomas Jude and William Dadd

Stephen Jefferys, Gentleman, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 20th June 1815
   To wife Mary, all his estate, she is sole executor.
   Witnesses: Elisha Naylor of Rochester, John Peckitt and Abel Hubbard of Chatham

122.  Large Marble Chest Tomb in a prominent position, decorated with swags, putti and skulls.

123.  Ledger


TYHURST / WILDISH TOMB

UNDER THIS STONE
ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS
OF Mr. JOHN TYHURST & REBECCA HIS WIFE
THEY DEPARTED THIS LIFE
HE ON YE [ ] OF SEPT. 1676 AGED [   ]0
SHE ON YE 27th MARCH 1690
HAVING HAD FIVE SONS & SIX DAUGHTERS
HERE ALSO RESTETH THE BODY OF
Mr. JOHN TYHURST
WHO IS THE ONLY SURVIVING SON
OF JOHN AND REBECCA
HE DIED MAY [    ] 1753 AGED 77
THE FORMER NAMES UPON THE STONE
OF JOHN & REBECCA
BEING BY TIME ALMOST OBLITERATED
REBECCA WIFE OF ISAAC
WILDISH
[    ] AND TO HER FAMILY
AND IN REVERENCE TO THE MEMORY
OF HER BELOVED FATHER
THE ABOVE Mr. JOHN TYHURST
CAUSED THIS MONUMENT TO BE ERECTED
[ MARY WIFE OF] Mr. JOHN TYHURST
[ SHE DIED?] [ FEBRUARY][    ] [17]60 AGED [    ] YEARS
REBECCA
WIFE OF ISAAC WILDISH ESQ.
DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND MARY TYHURST
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 19th DAY OF MAY 1774
AGED 53 ? YEARS
[    ] DAUGHTER
REBECCA

North Side
IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF ISAAC [AND]
REBECCA WELDISH WHO DIED
THE [    ] AUGUST 1758
AGED 4 YEARS
ALSO JOHN THEIR SON DIED 1759 AGED 3 YEARS

South Side
Illegible

John Tyhurst, died 1676, Brewer, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 4th September 1653 ?
   To cousins Thomas, William, Rebekah and Susannah Hutson, 10/-, in meantime to their father John or mother Cecily, (they being minors). To cousin Ann Skinner 10/-, to her father William or mother Elizabeth, as above.
   To daughter Rebekah Boghurst 40/-; to daughters Elizabeth and Mary Tyhurst £150 each at 21 or day of marriage. To son John £200 at 21. If any die the executor to use legacy for better education and upbringing of his children. Residue of personal estate to wife Rebekah who is executor. Appoints "loving friend" Mr Thomas Severne; his father in law, Mr Thomas Mitchell, Mr Bobert Sliter, Overseers. To each of his overseers "as a token of his love" 40/-
   Witnesses: George Spilsbery and John Roseneller ?

Rebecca Tyhurst, died 1690, died intestate, Administration in Consistory Court of Rochester

John Tyhurst, died 1753, Brewer, P.C.C. Will dated 31st July 1749
   Several properties settled before his present marriage to Mary shall go as agreed in the settlement.
   To wife Mary all household goods, for life or widowhood. After her death or remarriage, then to daughter Rebecca.
   To daughter Elizabeth Davies £710, daughter Rebecca to pay this from stock or money he has in Public Funds. To kinsman Edward Edwards, £10; to kinswoman Elizabeth Penn, £10; to kinsman John Cooke, £10.
   All his freehold and leaseholds in Chatham, High Halstow, Cooling, Bredhurst, St. Nicholas, Rochester, St. Margaret's Rochester and Hoo, and all others to daughter Rebecca.
   Residue, money, stocks, South Sea Stock, annuities, money in Public Funds, rings, jewels, diamonds, stock in brewery trade, utensils of brewery, horses, cattle and personal estate to daughter Rebecca.
   Witnesses: Susan Cooke, John Gouldsmith and Thomas Johnson
   Proved 6th June 1753

Mary Tyhurst, Widow, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 1st October 1757
   To son in law and daughter William Daines and Elizabeth, £50 each; to their daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, £20.
    To son in law and daughter Isaac and Rebecca Wildish, £50 each; to their son and daughter, John and Elizabeth, £20 each.
   Residue to daughter Rebecca Wildish, for ever, she is executor.
   Witnesses: Elizabeth Jackson ? And Thomas Mills
   Proved 22nd February 1760

Isaac Wildish was a Member of the Corporation of Rochester 1757; a Warden of Rochester Bridge, 1757 – 1782; and a J.P. for Kent. He is not buried at Chatham, (oddly there is an Isaac Wildash buried at Rainham in May 1791); he may be buried at East Malling, home of the Twisdens, daughter Rebecca Twisden has a monument there.
P.C.C. Will dated 15th November 1791
   Gives "Yew Tree House" in Rainham St., Rainham and new built house and barn in Moor St. Rainham and all property in Rainham, and Upchurch to son in law Leonard Bartholomew of Addington, Esquire, for ever. £15,000 stock part of his capital 4% Consolidated Bank Annuities with dividends due to daughter Frances Bartholomew. £2,500 3% stock Bank Annuities to Mary Murton and Fances Murton, daughters of Richard Murton and Mary his wife and testator's niece, equally shared.
   Residue to daughter Dame Rebecca Twisden, for ever, she is executor.
   Witnesses: John Irwin, Richard Irwin and Thomas Tomlyn
   Proved 24th September 1792

124.  Headstone, top half eroded

1794 ? [    ]
ALSO THE ABOVE Mr. THOMAS WALL
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE [ ] APRIL 1809
AGED 84 YEARS

 

WALL see HACK

125.  Classical Chest Tomb, Inscription on Ledger, Once Railed


WALTER TOMB

TO THE MEMORY
OF WILLIAM WALTER ESQ.,
LATE OF THIS PARISH
AND ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'S JUSTICES OF THE PEACE FOR THIS COUNTY
A MOST ACTIVE, PUBLICK SPIRITED , UPRIGHT MAGISTRATE
HAVING NOBLY DISPOS'D HIMSELF
BY SOUND JUDGEMENT, SINCERE INTENTION
AND A TRUE CHRISTIAN FAITH
TO DO ALL THINGS TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND THE GOOD OF MANKIND
HONORABLE AND ZEALOUS IN HIS ENDEAVOURS
TO PROMOTE CHARITY AND ALL RELIGIOUS VIRTUES IN OTHERS
BOTH BY HIS EXAMPLE AND AUTHORITY
HE DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 30th OF APRIL 1745 AGED 60 ? YEARS
AND LIES INTERRED UNDER THIS STONE
NEAR THE REMAINS OF REBECCA HIS WIFE
DAUGHTER OF THOMAS SWANTON ESQ.,
(LATE COMPTROLLER OF THE NAVY}
WHO DYED 4th OF JUNE 1726 AGED 28 YEARS
HERE ALSO ARE DEPOSITED THE BODIES
OF GABRIEL WALTER ESQ.,
ONE OF THE JUSTICES OF THE PEACE FOR THIS COUNTY
AND OF ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
PARENTS OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED WILLIAM WALTER
HE DYED THE 5th ? OF MARCH 1716 / 17 AGED 67 YEARS
SHE THE 5th ? OF FEBRUARY 1736 / 37 AGED 80 YEARS

Gabriel Walter, Esquire, P.C.C.C Will dated 8th November 1716
   Wife Elizabeth to have for life his four annuities of £25 from H.M. Exchequer for 99 years, starting 25th March 1706; also to his wife, for ever, all his interest and stock in the Bank of England, £253, and £150 in hands of his son William, and one prize ticket (no. 1638) of 35 per annum, for 32 years in Government Lottery in 1710; plus ten blank tickets in the same lottery of 14/- per annum each. Also household goods, silver plate, brass, pewter, etc. For her life, part of his dwelling leased from the Governors of the Chest at Chatham; and his two houses in Chatham, occupied by John Russell and [     ] Slindall, widow. After her death, to son William, in trust,; William to sell and pay grand daughter Ellen Walter, daughter of son Thomas, £150 at 21 or day of marriage, with interest.
   To son William, Horsted Farm, Chatham and St. Margaret's, Rochester, occupied by son Gabriel; this was purchased from Mr Lee of Delce; also two pieces of land in Chatham and St. Margaret's, occupied by son Gabriel, purchased from Mr Barrell, one of the Prebendaries of Rochester, for ever. Also to son William, three leasehold houses held of the Governors of Chatham Chest, one divided into two, one in his own occupation, the other untenanted; the second occupied by [    ] Thomas, widow, and the remaining one also untenanted. Son to permit his mother to have use of his now dwelling house.
   To son William an annuity of £30 for 99 years from H.M. Exchequer dated 17th September 1704.
   To son Gabriel his farm at Luton, in Chatham, occupied by Anthony Jarrett, purchased from Madam Kifford, for ever; also to Gabriel, a leasehold divided into three dwellings in Chatham, occupied by John Mason, Nichoas Stott and John Peterson, leased from the Brethren of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Chatham. After death of his wife, son Gabriel gets two annuities of £25 from H.M. Exchequer of 99 years, dated 25th March 1706; son Thomas, one of executors, gets annuity of £25, and daughter Elizabeth, wife of Captain Wheeler, another of the £25 annuities; if she dies with no children living, her annuity shared between his sons.
   To niece Elizabeth Crump, 350; to sister, Elizabeth Fletcher, widow of Matthias Fletcher, £10 15s for mourning. To sister [    ] Crump, £10 for mourning. To [    ] Evans, widow of Gravesend, £5. Residue of personal estate to wife and son William, equally; they also executors.
   Witnesses: A. Hawes, Elizabeth Russell and Fra. Warner

Elizabeth Walter,
Widow of Gabriel, P.C.C. Will dated 5th July 1721
   To eldest son William, all household goods, except silver plate, which she gives to sons William, Thomas and Gabriel, and daughter Elizabeth, equally. To Gabriel £100 of her stock in Bank of England. To Thomas £250, now in his hands.
   To grandson John Fletcher, son of Elizabeth, £100 Bank of England stock, and interest at 21.To grand daughter Elizabeth Fletcher remainder of stock (£53) at 21 or day of marriage. To daughter Elizabeth £20. To grand daughter Ellen Walter £10. To sister Mary Crump £20. To niece Elizabeth Crump, daughter of Mary, £10.
   To ten poor widows, "whom I shall name to my executor", 10/- each. Residue to son William, who is executor.
   Witnesses; Edward Hales, Dorothy Downes and Ann Hales

Codicil dated 19th October 1734
   Son Gabriel has since died. The £100 left to him, goes to grandchildren, John, Thomas and Walter Fletcher, equally. Gabriel died a bachelor and intestate, so she became entitled to share of his estate with her sons and daughter; all her share to grandsons as above, equally at 21.
   Sister Elizabeth Crump has also died, the £20 given to her now goes to her maid servant Mary Blunt, "now living with me". To grandson Walter Fletcher £50 now in the hands of Captain Fetcher's father. To son Thomas and daughter Elizabeth, money which is in the hands of Thomas.
   Witnesses: Anne Hales, John Leafgreene and James Sanders
   Proved 13th May 1737

William Walter
, Esquire P.C.C. Will dated 17th November 1739
To be buried "without any funeral pomp or show, in same vault in Chatham Churchyard, where the bodys of my dearest deceased father, mother and late wife, Rebecca lyeth interred".
   Horsted Farm, occupied by Henry Wise, and lands adjoining, purchased from Rev. Edmund Barrell; also small house against Horsted called Little Horsted, with lands purchased from Thomas Crump, Esq. and Rebecca, his wife; also occupied by Henry Wise. Also, farm called Brown Hill, also occupied by Henry Wise; farm called Snolledge Bottom, occupied by John Hassell; woodland in his own occupation but late occupied by Bridgett Wells ?, deceased, as executor of Heyward Penny, deceased; woodland in his own occupation but late occupied by brother Gabriel, deceased, which adjoins Great and Little Horsted Farms; two pieces of land of 30 acres in his occupation but late of Thomas Best, Esq., in Chatham and St. Margaret's, to Captain Israel Sparkes of Frindsbury, Gentleman and Captain John Redman of Mile End Green, Middlesex, Gentleman, in trust, to permit brother Thomas to take rents for life. After his death to use of his son, also Thomas, and to his male heirs, in default of heirs to use of second son of brother Thomas, and so on through all sons in succession. In default to nephew John Fletcher, for life, succession as above; in default, to Thomas second son of sister Elizabeth Fletcher and male heirs, for ever. To nephew John Fletcher, Southwood Farm, occupied Thomas Budd; woodland in his own occupation, about 12 acres; 12 acres in Cliffe and Higham; also to nephew John Fletcher, Janes Farm, occupied by Thomas Simmonds, in Gillingham; five houses, three in Chatham occupied by John Tomlyn, Thomas Cooper and John Pearn, the other two in Eastgate, Rochester, one in occupation of his sister, Elizabeth, she to have house she lives in for life. After his death son John has the house. To nephew Thomas Fletcher his half share of his farm at Luton in his own occupation. Also to Thomas, his half share of house and land at Hale in Chatham, occupied by Richard Day; also his half share of house and land at Street End, Luton, occupied by William Luffett, and his half share of Oast House in his own occupation on last property; house and land in Luton occupied by Isaac Kestfield; three small pieces of woodland in his own occupation, purchased from Thomas Rogers; house and land with Malt House in Newington occupied by Richard Christfield; six houses in Chatham, occupied by Gideon Firman, John Russell, Thomas Hamilton , Ann Hales, Francis Harbin and Mary Blunt, also his half share of two house occupied by Sarah Nash, widow, purchased from John Moorcock, one of which fronts Chatham St., the other adjoining it in Heavy Side Lane; house in which testator lives, leased from the Governors of Chatham Chest Charity, 54 years remaining of term, and orchard belonging to it, on shorter lease; three house leased from Rt. Worshipful Dr Thomas Herring D.D., Dean of Rochester and Patron and Governor of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, occupied by Joseph Cherk, William Wilkins and John Fawler.
   To his two executors £500 Bank of England Stock, in trust, the interest for benefit of his sister Elizabeth Fletcher , widow, for life. After her death the stock to nephew John Fletcher. Also to executors £1,000 South Sea Annuity Stock, part of large sum in his name, in trust, as above. After sister's death the £1,000 to nephew John Fletcher.
   To brother Thomas £1, 359 7s 6d old South Sea Trading Stock, in his name. To executors £1,707 4s new South Sea Annuity Joint Stock, in trust, interest for benefit of nephew Thomas Walter.
   To niece Ellen Walter £2,000 new South Sea Annuity Joint Stock, plus £1,000. To nephew Thomas Walter, £500 at 21, if he dies before 21, then to nephew Thomas Fletcher. To sister Elizabeth Fletcher £1,000,in private securities, for life; after her death the £1,000 to nephew John Fletcher. To executors £1, 015 18s 6d old South Sea Annuity Stock, in trust, interest to benefit of nephew Thomas Fletcher, who at 21 gets principal, also £400 at 21, if he dies before 21 then to his brother John. To nephew Thomas Fletcher, "all my cows, team horses and harness, stock of St. Foin (saffron?) or any other grasses stock of beans, and all household goods which I now have at H.M. Farmhouse near H.M. Dockyard at Chatham and which I hold of H.M. And also the contract of Teamer to H.M. Dockyard at Chatham which I hold by virtue of a contract with the Rt. Hon. The Principal Officers and Comiss. Of H.M. Navy".
   Also to Thomas Fletcher property on his farm at Luton.
   To sister Mary Walter wife of brother Thomas, £100. To two executors £500 of South Sea Annuity Stock, in trust, interest to benefit of Gabriel Snattgrass, now apprentice to Isaac Snell of Deptford, Shipwright; the principal to him at 21. To nephew John Fletcher £1,000 of South Sea Annuity Stock. To cousin Elizabeth Brereton wife of Edward, Esq., £100. To Peregrine Rolph of Hollingbourne, Husbandman, £100. To servant Mary Blunt £50, and to all men and women servants with him at his death, £10 each. £10 to Mary Blunt the Elder, if she survives him. £50 to be distributed by executors "to such poor industrious house keepers as do not take alms or are maintained by any parish" £50 "to put poor children of poor industrious parents apprentice". £200 "for the discharge of poor prisoners for debt in the Sheriff's prison or custody in the County of Kent or in the debtors prison in the City of Rochester"; to discharge those who by misfortune, nor dishonesty and remain in custody for six months before his death.
   To friends Baldwin Duppa Esq., Captain Nathaniel Rich, George Roberts, Richard Webb, Thomas Weston, Captain Israel Sparkes and Captain John Redman, a gold ring of 25/- value each.
   To sister Elizabeth Fletcher a diamond girdle buckle "being what I bought when I married". To nephew Thomas Walter pair of diamond brilliant drops, which he bought when he married, if Thomas dies before he marries, then to nephew John Fletcher. To niece Ellen Walter six diamond stay tags and a gold equipage which he bought when he married. To sister Elizabeth, silver tea kettle lamp with silver bottom and salver. To nephew John Fletcher silver cup and cover, four pictures, sea pieces, being paintings of ships. To nephew Thomas Fletcher household goods where he now lives ( silver plate, books and four pictures above mentioned excepted)
   To nephews Thomas Walter, John and Thomas Fletcher all his books shared equally; his papers and manuscripts to nephew John Fletcher.
   He is giving sister Elizabeth £1,100 in private securities, after her death then to her son John. To Gabriel Snattgrass £20 To sister Elizabeth two silver tea cannisters, silver sugar cannister and silver milk pot. To nephew Thomas Walter, silver salver, silver plate, silver soup ladle, silver sauce pan, two silver candlesticks with two silver savealls ?, two new fashioned silver salts, two large old fashioned silver spoons.
   To nephew John Fletcher two silver cups, silver orange strainer, two silver hand waiters ?, silver porringer, large silver salver, two silver candlesticks, silver punch ladle. To nephew Thomas Fletcher two shagreen cases, one of which contains twelve silver handled knives, twelve silver handled forks and twelve silver spoons, the other twelve silver handled knives, and twelve smaller silver handled forks, small silver nutmeg grater, silver toothpick case, silver tankard, two silver salts, silver pepper box, silver mustard pot, silver marrow spoons, two silver sauce boats, silver porringer, two old fashioned silver candlesticks, small silver mug, pair of silver shirt sleeve buttons.
   To nephew Thomas Walter his gold watch, "which I bought for my wife" and old pair of gold shirt sleeve buttons.
   To nephew John Fletcher his own gold watch, and pair of gold shirt sleeve buttons, ten old silver spoons, thirteen silver tea spoons and two silver tea strainers.
   Remainder of money, if any, equally shared between brother and sister and nephew John Fletcher.
   Brother Thomas and John Fletcher executors.
   Witnesses; John Rugg, George Catlett and James Sanders
   Proved 8th May 1745

Thomas Swanton,
of the Navy Office, P.C.C. Will dated 10th January 1722 (23)
   Extracts referring to daughter and son in law Rebecca and William Walter of Chatham
"..... then I will and devise the said £500 to my daughter Rebecca the wife of the said William Walter"
"......I give and devise to my son in law William Walter Esq., one of my executors, herein after named, the sum of £400, a specific legacy"
".....I will and appoint that the part unto her above given of the said Stock (£1,500 of South Sea Company Stock) shall go and be divided unto and among my said four sons and eldest daughter Rebecca, now the wife of William Walter, Esq."

126.  Chest Tomb, ledger, very worn


WEATHERALL AND BUCHANAN TOMB

JOHN WEATHERALL ESQ.
LATE STOREKEEPER OF CHATHAM
DOCK YARD
DIED 12th OCT. 1795
AGED 71 YEARS
ELIZABETH DAUGHTER [    ]
[    ]
[WHO DIED] [ ] [NOVEMBER 1806]
[ AGED 45 ? YEARS]
[    ]
[    ]
ALSO GRACE WEATHERALL
[WIFE OF] JOHN WEATHERALL
[WHO DIED][   ] [DECEMBER 1808]
AGED [   ] YEARS
ALSO Mr. GEORGE WEATHERALL
[WHO DIED] [    ] [ SEPTEMBER 1836]
[AGED 73 YEARS]
ALSO CATHERINE WEATHERALL
[    ]
[    ]

North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
LIEUT. COL. BUCHANAN LATE OF THE CORPS OF ROYAL
ENGINEERS WHO DIED 1st DECEMBER 1830 AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO OF FRANCES HIS DAUGHTER
WHO DIED 9th DECEMBER 1830 AGED 21 YEARS

John Weatherall, Storekeeper of H.M. Dockyard, Chatham, P.C.C. Will dated 17th October 1787
   Wife Grace and son John joint executors. House in Bill Street, Frindsbury, late occupied by Thomas Collins, to wife for life, she to kep in good repair. After her death, to son John and heirs; in default, to son George, for ever but he must pay £120 to executors of John.
   Several house in Chatham, occupied by Richard Barren ?, John Bond, Mary Parker, William Barber, William Chadwick, Thomas Church, Thomas Victualler, John Smith and William Walter, to wife for life, she to repair property and pay rents as in terms of leases.
    After her death, leaseholds shared equally between sons and daughters, Grace, wife of Captain John Smith, Royal Artillery and Ann wife of Captain Billy Douglas, R.N., and Elizabeth Weatherall.
   To wife use of household furniture and goods for life; after her death, shared among his children. She can, with consent of children, sell same and money goes to personal estate.
   £3,000 4% Consolidated Bank Annuities in his name and rest of personal estate to wife and son John, upon trust, to transfer into their names and place rest of money at interest in their names; wife to have interest for life. After her death, the money invested in land, shared by all children. He has advanced £300 to daughter Grace at her marriage, that sum is part of her share. He advanced £50 to son John and left him house after mother's death, , so £170 deducted from his share. If daughter Elizabeth , in life of mother, get good marriage offer, and mother and brother John approve, then they to pay her not less than £100 and not more that £200. If son George marries with approval as above, then he gets £100. These sums deducted from their legacies.
   Witnesses: John Bradly, Henry Hills and John Sparks, Attorney of Rochester
   Proved 11th November 1795

George Weatherall,
son of above, Gentleman of Bill Street, Frindsbury, was appointed a Clerk in his father's department in 1784. P.C.C. Will dated 9th February 1836
   To daughters Elizabeth Malpas, wife of Lt. Charles Friend R.N., living at Cork, Ireland and Emma Ann, wife of Lt. Samuel Hood Hennicans R.N. , now living at Greenock, North Britain, his freeholds in Brompton and Bill St. Frindsbury, also his plate, linen and china, furniture and household goods, also his ready money, investments and personal estate, equally.
   Lt. Friend and Lt. Hennicans executors.
   Witnesses: John Snatt, Frindsbury, Gentleman, G. Davis, Chatham, Gentleman and H.J. Wells, Rochester, Gentleman.
   Proved 29th September 1836

Gilbert Buchanan
(Christian name not on tomb) Junior Brevet Major, Royal Engineers, P.C.C. Will dated 20th January 1824, at Mauritius.
   He feels his bodily health declining. To wife, Harriet Wilks Buchanan, all his property, she is his sole executor.
   Signed on 27th June 1824
   Witnesses: J.M. Weatherall and Thomas Baker

Codicil dated 8th May 1830 at Chatham, now a Lt. Colonel R.E.
   To save his wife of trouble of setting his affairs as executor, he appoints his brother, George Buchanan, R.N., as sole executor. He recommends his "beloved children" to the guardianship and protection of their maternal grandfather, Lt. General John Smith, R.A.
   Witnesses: Stanhope Jephson, Nephew and Gilbert T.L. Buchanan, Son.
   Proved 16th December 1830

Regimental Rank
Lieutenant: 1st July 1801; 2nd Captain: 1st July 1806;
Captain: 1st May 1811; Lt. Colonel: 23rd March 1825;

Army Rank
Major:12th August 1819
(No War Service)

127.  Headstone


WILLIAM WEEDEN, DIED 1728
THIS STONE HAS ALSO BEEN MOVED FROM IT'S ORIGINAL POSITION TO THE PATH

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
WILLIAM WEEDEN
C[ARPENTER] OF HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP REVENGE
WHO DIED YE 14th DAY OF JUNE 1728
AGED 36 YEARS
AND RESTS WITH HIS PARENTS
WILLIAM AND JANE WEEDEN
WAITING FOR A JOYFUL RESURRECTION
IN MEMORY OF WHOM HIS LOVING
BROTHER HATH ERECTED THIS STONE

William Weeden, Master Carpenter of H.M.S. "Bideford", also served on H.M.S. "Medway" and H.M.S. "Revenge", latter on headstone. Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 4th April 1718
   All his estate to wife Mary, who is executor.
   Witnesses: ? Faded
   Proved 2nd July 1728

128.  Headstone

[    ]
SARAH HALLEY WEEKS
[    ]
WILLIAM WEEKS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 10th OF FEBRUARY 17[ ] ?
AGED 78 ? YEARS

 

WELDISH or WILDISH see TYHURST

WESTON see HUCKLE

129.  Headstone

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
JANE ELIZABETH
WIFE OF
THE REVD. ROBERT WHITEHEAD
CHAPLAIN OF THE DOCKYARD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 20th OF MAY 1842
AGED 78 YEARS
ALSO THE SAID
REVD. ROBERT WHITEHEAD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 31st OF MAY 1854
AGED 88 YEARS

 

130.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ANN
WIFE OF JOHN WIGHTMAN
SERGEANT ROYAL MARINES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
30th SEPTEMBER 1831
AGED 44 YEARS

 

131.  Headstone


RIGHT: THOMAS AND FRANCES POTTEN, DIED 1731 & 1750
LEFT: THOMAS WILLARD, DIED 1746

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
THOMAS WILLARD
CORDWAINER OF THIS
PARISH WHO DIED THE
11th ? OF SEP. 1746
AGED 67 YEARS

 

132.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN WM. MENR. WILLS R.N.
ELDEST SON OF JOHN WILLS
PURSER IN THE ROYAL NAVY
AND JENEFER HIS WIFE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 5th DAY OF JULY 1831
AGED 33 YEARS
MOST DEEPLY REGRETTED BY HIS RELATIVES AND FRIENDS.
HE HAD LONG SERVED IN THE BRITISH NAVY IN WHICH HE
WILL BE DESERVEDLY REMEMBERED AS A HUMANE, BRAVE
AND GENEROUS OFFICER
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED AS A TRIBUTE OF
AFFECTION BY HIS AFFLICTED FAMILY

 

133.  Ledger in pavement on north – south path

TO THE MEMORY OF
AGNES WINCH
WHO DIED 27th MAY 1844
AGED 57 YEARS

 

134.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ANN THIRD DAUGHTER OF
ARCHIBALD CHARLES AND
CATHERINE WINDEYER
WHO DIED 1st FEBRUARY 1817
AGED 11 MONTHS
ALSO CATHERINE THEIR ELDEST DAUGHTER
WHO DIED 20th MAY 1821
AGED 7 YEARS AND 9 MONTHS
ALSO JAMES THEIR FIFTH SON
WHO DIED 27th APRIL 1825
AGED 5 MONTHS
ALSO MARY THEIR SECOND DAUGHTER
WHO DIED 2nd JULY 1833
AGED 18 YEARS
ALSO
ARCHIBALD CHARLES WINDEYER
THEIR ELDEST SON, STUDENT OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE
WHO DIED THE 17th OCTOBER 1836 AGED 19 YEARS
ALSO JOHN THEIR THIRD SON
WHO DIED 27th DECEMBER 1841 AGED 20 YEARS

Archibald Charles Windeyer was a Baker and Churchwarden in 1819 (see Misc.)
Archibald Charles Windeyer, (a nephew ?) was Clerk to the Ordnance Office (Wright's Directory, 1838) and Deputy Store Keeper at Gun Wharf (Bagshaw's Directory, 1847)

YATES see OULSON

Section C - North East portion of Church Yard

North East Corner of Churchyard
(All Standing Headstones, unless otherwise stated)

It should be noted for future reference, that there is a fine dismantled chest tomb in the extreme north east corner, on the edge of the cutting. The ledger is beneath many heavy stones, and is also undermined ! The top stone is far too heavy to move and the whole is rather dangerous . What can be seen of the inscription (only "In Memory") seems in good condition.

 

135.  Headstone, against north wall

 
MARY, WIFE OF ROBERT AGGAR, AND MARY HER DAUGHTER, BOTH DIED 1735

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
MARY WIFE OF Mr. ROBERT AGGAR
MASTER ATTENDANT OF HIS MAJESTY'S YARD
AT CHATHAM SHE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
FEBRUARY 28th 1735 AGED 67 YEARS
AND ALSO MARY DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE SAID
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCTOBER 20th 1735
AGED 23 YEARS

Robert Aggar, Master Attendant of H.M. Dockyard was responsible for ship movements to and from the Dockyard, including Dockyard craft. Aggar was buried at St. Mary's although he does not seem to have a surviving monument, but he may be on the reverse of his wife and daughter's stone, which stands against the north churchyard wall.

Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 29th February 1748
   Son Henry, Master Mast Maker at Sheerness Dock Yard, sole executor, gets all estate and has to pay legacies.
   To Henry, bed and furniture (except chest of drawers), 6 chairs, 2 arm chairs, looking glass, pewter dishes, 12 pewter plates, 3 large table clothes, pair brass candlesticks and £100.
   To grandson Robert Aggar, son of Henry, silver tankard marked A , large salver marked A , milk pot marked R A, R M R M pepper box marked A , 6 large spoons marked R A , punch ladle marked A , with sundry furniture in best parlour, R M R M, elbow chair, easy chair, 6 leather bottom chairs, square tea table, and best set of china, large picture (landskip), over the fire place, large china "burnt in" bowl, large china enamelled bowl, small enamelled bowl, 2 middling enamelled china dishes, 8 enamelled china plates, large blue and white china dish, china jar, painted card table, black and white earthen bowl, mahogany table, in the back parlour, large sea picture over the fire, 3 pictures opposite the windows with 2 saints and a woman; in the common parlour, large sea picture over the fire; in the best chamber, bed with bolster, curtains, vallance, window curtains, brass hearth, quilt, 2 blankets, 2 pairs sheets, 2 pillow cases, large looking glass, chest of drawers; in the kitchen, 6 pewter plates, 6 soup plates, tureen, 6 china soup spoons, copper fish dish, pair brass candlesticks, plate warmer, large copper coffee pot, chocolate pot, 2 damask table clothes, 6 napkins, wearing apparell, except 6 shirts, 6 neckes, 6 handkerchiefs and £250.
   To grandson John Aggar, second son of Henry, silver tankard marked S , (this marked has an heart in the middle)  I M  silver slver marked R A, 2 spoons marked A , 3 spoons marked S , bed, silk quilt, 2 blankets, 2 sheets, 2 pairs pillow  R M I M  curtains, vallance, window curtains in the small fore chamber up one pair [of] stairs, 6 matted chairs with Kettleton backs in the fore parlour under it, looking glass in best chamber, red and blue china dish, smaller red and green dish, 2 red and green plates, 2 pewter dishes, 12 pewter plates, pair brass candlesticks, mahogany table, 2 table clothes, 4 napkins, 6 shirts, 6 neck, 6 handkerchiefs, stone [     ] ?, all small prints in best parlour and £100.
   To Miss Mary Taylor, daughter of James Taylor of Deal, Pilot, white rag bed, 2 blankets, 2 pairs sheets, 2 pair pillow beares, now in small room up two pairs of stairs forward.
   To her brother Robert Aggar Taylor £10. To niece Mrs Mary Higgins relict of Mr Edward Higgins late of Greenwich, Mariner, bed, curtain, vallance, quilt, 2 blankets, "that she lies in", 2 pairs sheets, 2 pillow beares, 2 octagon tables, small chamber table, large chest of drawers in his own chamber, all other furniture and household goods, and £50 "as a token of my affection and in memorandum of my gratitude for the great care she has always taken of me".
   All other money due to him, to son Henry and 2 grandsons Robert and John, equally. In case son Henry dies before the testator, his legacy goes to grandsons, equally, they will then be executors.
    If John dies his legacy to Robert, provided he is not married; if Robert dies his legacy to his heirs. If John is married then to his wife or sons.
   If niece Mary Taylor dies before testator, her legacy shared equally between her 2 daughters, Mrs Mary Downer and Mrs Susannah Caskett.
   Witnesses: John Brome, Charles Downman and Eustace Peacock

Codicil dated 2nd November 1749
   To Robert Aggar, grandson, £100 in trust, to be invested in Public Funds; interest for clothing and education of great grand daughter Martha Aggar, daughter of Robert, until she is 21 or married, Robert to pay the £100 to Martha at 21 or marriage. If she dies unmarried or under 21, the £100 to her father.
   Witnesses: Solomon Turner, Newland Rice and Henry Sheafe
   Proved 16th January 1752

136.  Headstone

TO THE MEMORY OF
PHILLIP AUSTEN
SHIPWRIGHT LATE OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED
THE 18th OF APRIL 1747 AGED 5[  ] ? YEARS
ALSO ANN HIS WIFE
WHO DIED THE 6th OF APRIL 17[  ]
AGED 61 ? YEARS

 

137.  Large Ledger, very eroded

ELIZABETH
[    ]
THOMAS BALDOCK
[    ]
[    ] SEPTEMBER 1832
[ AGED] 30 ? YEARS
THOMAS BALDOCK
[    ] [    ] APRIL 1840 ?
[IN HIS] 72nd or 79th ? YEAR

Thomas Baldock of H.M. Dockyard, Secretary of the Philosophical & Literary Institute (Wright's Directory 1838), is he the Thomas Baldock who died 1846 ?

A Gentleman in his P.C.C. Will dated 14th March 1838
   To grandson Alfred Baldock, his share in freehold estate in Luton, Chatham late in occupation of William Filmer, now occupied by ----- ? Rule and ------ / Webb, subject to payment of annuity of £12 for daughter Mary.
   Also to Mary household goods, linen, furniture, plate, china, wine and liquor, books and pictures.
   To son Thomas Baldock clothes..
   Money and investments and residue of personal estate to friend Michael Lock of Gillingham, Gentleman and George Essell of Rochester, Solicitor, upon trust, to convert personal estate to cash, and to invest; dividends to daughter Mary; after her death, third of capital and freehold invested in trust for her children if any, sons at 21 daughters at 21 or marriage.
   If Mary dies without children, or none reach 21, in trust for son Thomas and grandson Charles Fincham Baldock, equally divided.
   Another third invested for son Thomas, remaining third held for grandson Charles, until he is 21, if he dies pre 21, then to son Thomas.
   Witnesses: George Povall and Charles Lott, Clerks to Messrs Twopenny and Essell, Solicitors, Rochester.

Codicil dated 30th April 1841
   Had given to grandson Alfred properties in Luton, subject to annuity for daughter Mary. Revokes this, property to son Thomas, charged with same annuity.
   To grand daughter Louisa daughter of son Thomas, £500 at 21, if she reaches 21 after death of daughter Mary. If she is 21 before then, then immediately after Mary's death.
   If Louisa dies pre 21 the £500 is part of residue and the £500 invested for benefit of Mary.
   Witnesses: J.S. Bullard and Gabriel Couves, Clerks to Messrs Essell, Solicitor, Rochester

Codicil dated 25th January 1845
   Gives whole of trust funds to son Thomas, subject to trust for Charles, who gets £1,000. Revokes bequest of £500 to Louisa, now gives her £1,000, on same terms.
   Witnesses: Charles Lott and Gabriel J. Kenyon, Clerks to Messrs Essell, Hayward and Essell, Solicitors, Rochester

138.  Ledger, laid on side, Part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

[     ] REMAINS OF
WILLIAM JOSEPH BATE[S]
SON OF
WILLIAM AND ELLEN BATE[S]
WHO DIED ON THE 4th DAY OF [OCTOBER]
1814 AGED 14 MONTHS

 

139.  Headstone, buried


WILLIAM BEEKE, DIED 1755
SEVERAL STONES IN THIS PART OF THE CHURCHYARD HAVE BEEN PARTLY BURIED,
 MAY BE FROM SPOIL THROWN UP WHEN THE CHURCH WAS RE-BUILT IN THE 1880's ?

[IN MEMORY OF]
---------------(Ground Level)-------------
WILLIAM BEEKE
LATE OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED THE 16th
NOV: 1755 AGED 45 YEARS

Almost all of this stone is buried, and like other partly buried stones, the covered inscription is in very good condition. William Beeke, Coachmaster and Victualler, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 5th June 1755
   To kinsman Henry Beeke of Chatham, Blacksmith, £5; to Henry's now wife, Elizabeth £5; to their son Henry £5.
   To his sister Mary Wattle, £5; to William Jessup, £5; to Elizabeth Jessup £5.
   To Rebecca Beeke daughter of Henry £20, to be paid after the death of his widow Anne.
   To William Wattle son of sister Mary, £20 and to her mother £20. To Elizabeth Jessup £20 to be paid after the death of his widow. Residue including money household goods, coaches and carriages, horses, stock in trade and personal estate to wife Anne, for ever, she is executor.
   Witnesses: John Cazeneuve, Peter Martin and Thomas Johnson
   Proved 26th November 1755

He married first to Elizabeth Jessup in Chatham in 1740. His kinsman, Henry, was fined one shilling in 1744 for leaving dung and other rubbish in the street in Chatham !
   His second wife was Anne Glidd, whom he also married in Chatham, in 1751. If either of his wives are on the stone, they are at a depth which is not practical to reach with a trowel.

140.  Headstone

Front

IN MEMORY OF
Mr. ROBERT BEVERSTOCK
ATTENDANT ? IN HIS MAJESTY'S DOCKYARD, CHATHAM
DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOVEMBER [     ] [1762 ?]
AGED 50 YEARS
[ALSO] ELIZABETH [WIFE OF ?]
ROBERT BEVERSTOCK
[    ]

Rear
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH FORRESTER DAUGHTER OF
ROBERT AND ELIZABETH BEVERSTOCK
WHO DIED [ ] 21st 1815 AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO OF JOHN MARK
[SON OF ?] ROBERT & ELIZABETH
[WHO] DIED JANUARY 9th 1826
AGED 74 YEARS

 

141.  Headstone

[IN MEMORY OF]
SUSANNA WIFE OF Mr. JOHN BODDINGTON
WHO DIED FEBRUARY [    ] 1806
AGED 5[ ] ? YEARS
ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF
THE ABOVE NAMED Mr. JOHN BODDINGTON
WHO DIED JANUARY 31st 1824
IN HIS 88th YEAR
HAVING FAITHFULLY SERVED HIS MAJESTY
AS WARDEN OF CHATHAM DOCKYARD
FOR 27 YEARS
[Verses, very eroded]

John Boddington, Warden of H.M. Dockyard, Chatham P.C.C. Will dated 15th January 1821
   Wishes to be buried in Chatham Churchyard in same grave as his wife Susanna and that a "headstone and foot stone be set up to our remembrance stating the number of years I have had the honour of serving his Majesty as Warden of His Majesty's Dockyard at Chatham, commencing the 21st July 1796"
   To brother Thomas, all his wardrobe, watch, silver shoe and knee buckles; if Thomas is not alive, then to nephew Mr Mar Isaac at Messrs Broadwood Manufactory in Bridle Lane, Golden Square, London, except his watch which goes to his sister Joanna Bromage, she also gets bed and table linen; if she is dead, then to her daughter Ann Mar Isaac.
   To Mrs Emmerson wife of nephew Thomas Emmerson , 2 volumes of Hogarth's Works, 2 china jars in the hall with their brackets, blue and white china jar in the corner cupboard in his sitting parlour, 2 old red and white china soup plates, 2 ½ pint cups of Staffordshire Ware, all his sea shells and chimney ornaments in his best parlour. To Thomas Emmerson, glass case containing the "shivered effects of a shot on the Cat's Tail of the Victory"
   To Ann and Catherine, 2 eldest daughters of Mar Isaac, all prints and ornaments, framed and glazed in his sitting parlour, except the portrait of Sir Sidney Smith which is to be sold with the rest of the prints in the house.
   To nephew and godson John Boddington Lawcourt of Richmond, Surrey, £10 and cheese tray, formed of part of the Victory; also cat and dog painted on wood which are in his sitting parlour. To each of children of nephew and niece Ann and Dunstan Mar Isaac £5. To servant Maria Reed £15 over and above any wages due.
   Residue equally divided between his brother and sisters.
   The furniture to be sold by Mr Robert Burr of Chatham and he to conduct funeral as he conducted that of his wife. Brother Thomas of Thurnby near Leicester and nephew Tomas Emmerson of no. 4 Berniers St., Oxford St.., London are his executors; to them £10 each for their trouble.
   Witnesses: Joseph Burgis and D. Cowley

Codicil dated 11th November 1822
   Bother Thomas has died; appoints nephew Dunstan Mar Isaac executor in his place.
  No witnesses

Affidavit dated 3rd March 1826
  Thomas Catherall of 88 Pall Mall, Tea Dealer and John Branscomb of same place, Tea Dealer, are sworn that they knew testator well, and were familiar with his handwriting; they believe codicil is in his handwriting and that signature is authentic.
   Proved 17th March 1826 Power reserved to Dunstan Mar Isaac

142.  Headstone, against north wall


THOMAS BORMAN, DIED 1728
THIS STONE HAS BEN MOVED FROM IT'S ORIGINAL POSITION TO THE NORTH WALL

HERE LIES THE BODY OF
THOMAS BORMAN
LATE OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED
THE 18th ? OF JUNE 1728
AGED 34 YEARS

Thomas Borman , Baker, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 23rd March 1723 (24)
   To his aunt Mary Dartnall of Chatham, widow, gold ring to value of 21/-. Residue to his wife Sarah, who is executor.
   Witnesses: Harlow ? Palfry, Samuel London and Thomas Johnson

BRETT see WOOD

143.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr. JAMES BUCK (SHIPWRIGHT)
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT. 21st 1812
AGED 55 YEARS
ALSO OF Mrs. MARY BUCK
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 4th FEBRUARY 1827
AGED 67 YEARS

James Buck, Shipwright of Queen Street, P.C.C. Will dated 10th August 1811
   To wife Mary all his half share of houses on the Brook or Smithfield Bank in Chatham, which he inherited from his father Benjamin Buck, who inherited them, with his brother Richard Buck, from their father Crosley Buck, for ever.
   All his money and investments, wages, household goods, furniture, plate, etc. and residue to wife Mary, she is executor.
   Witnesses: Joanna Stephens, Anna Stephens and W.P. Morgan
   Proved 15th October 1812

144.  Headstone, against north wall

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM WEST BURTON
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 7th 1843
AGED 52 YEARS
ALSO
FAITH MARIA BURTON
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 17th 1846
AGED 26 YEARS

 

145.  Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
JAMES CANE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 6th OF
DECEMBER 1762 AGED 42
YEARS

John Cane, Boatswain; H.M.S. Windsor, (at date of will, 1755) and H.M.S. London, Consistory Court of Rochester Will on Naval Form, dated 11th October 1755
   All estate to wife Jane of Plymstock, Devon, she is executor.
   Witnesses: Nicholas Hore, Carpenter and Henry Stacy, Clerk

146.  Side Panel from a destroyed Chest Tomb

IN MEMORY OF CHARLOTTE CARTER
WHO DIED THE 8th AUGUST 1805 AGED 30 YEARS
FRANCIS CROCKFORD WHO DIED THE
14th FEBRUARY 1831 AGED 1 MONTH
ALSO HENRY SHOTWATER CROCKFORD WHO DIED
THE 20th AUGUST 1831 AGED 1 YEAR AND 9 MONTHS

 

147.  Rear of an eroded 18th century Headstone

HERE LIETH
INTERRED THE BODY
OF SARAH WIFE OF
ROBERT CHAPPLE SHE
DIED THE 2nd OF MARCH 1763
AGED 74 ? YEARS

Robert Chappell, Shipwright, he was probably on the eroded front of the headstone, which commemorates his wife on the rear. P.C.C. Will dated 3rd May 1740
   Forgives Sarah Thomas daughter of his wife Sarah, all charges he has met for her board, washing, lodging and clothing during time she has lived with him. To wife Sarah, his wages due from H.M. Dockyard and all goods, wares and merchandise; she is executor.
   Witnesses: Thomas Smith, Thomas Warrington and Samuel Brook
   Proved 26th March 1762

Sarah Chappell, Widow of above, P.C.C. Will dated 9th October 1762
   She is not well in bodily health. £50 to Arthur Chappell of Chatham, Shipwright, nephew of late husband; £50 to Robert Chappell, son of Arthur at 21. Executors to pay interest from latter to Arthur Chappell until his son is 21.
   £30 to Thomas Chappell son of Samuel Chappell of Chatham, Blacksmith, another of late husband's nephews, at 21; interest as above.
   £5 to Ann wife of James Baldock of Rochester, Blacksmith; £5 to Mary Goldfinch of Rochester, Spinster; 1 guinea to her sister Susannah Goldfinch. To her friend Eleanor wife of Michael Littlewood of St. Margaret's, Rochester, Shipwright, I guinea for a ring. £5 to Mary Gowdy, daughter of Michael Littlewood. Residue of ready money, investments, goods and personal estate, shared equally among nieces and nephews, Sarah Allen, widow; Mary Cush, spinster; Elizabeth wife of Mr [ ] Dennis; Martha Cush and Thomas Cush, children of her late brother Nathaniel Cush.
  
Sarah Allen and Martha Cush executors
   Witnesses: Hannah Peckham and William Twopenny
   Proved 21st March 1763

148.  Ledger, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM GILBERT CHILD
OF THE 19th DRAGOONS
[COLONEL] IN THE ARMY
AND LATE BARRACK MASTER
AT CHATHAM
AND WAS THE ONLY SON OF
MAJOR CHILD
OF RAVENHILL HALL
IN THE NORTH RIDING OF YORKSHIRE
HAVING SPENT 19 YEARS
IN INDIA
IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY
[HE FELL ?] VICTIM TO HIS EXERTIONS
AT THE LATE FIRE AT CHATHAM
AND DIED
AFTER A LONG AND PAINFUL ILLNESS
ON THE 11th MARCH
1821
IN THE 57th YEAR
OF HIS AGE

"The late fire at Chatham" occurred in 1820, when a considerable number of properties were destroyed. The military were the best resource for fighting fires on this scale. Child gave 3 guineas to the relief fund

149.  Headstone


WILLIAM CLARK. DIED 1777 AND HIS DAUGHTER FRANCES TURNER, DIED 1784

[IN MEMORY OF]
WILLIAM CLARK
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH
24th 1777 AGED [ ] YEARS
ALSO FRANCES WIFE OF THOS. [TURNER]
[DAUGHT]ER OF THE ABOVE WILLIAM [CLARK]
WHO DIED MAY 23rd 1784
AGED 40 YEARS

William Clark, Victualler, P.C.C. Will dated 3rd June 1773
   All real and personal estate to daughter Frances Clark for ever; she is executor
   Witnesses: Samuel Chappell, John Wilkins and John Hick, Attorney of Rochester
   Proved 13th April 1777 Administration to Frances , now Turner, wife of Thomas Turner (see Turner will)

150.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mrs. SARAH CLEMENTS WIFE OF
Mr. JOHN CLEMENTS SENR.
WHO DIED THE 18th ? OF NOVEMBER 1761
AGED 51 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE THREE SONS AND ONE DAUGHTER
ALSO TWO SISTERS OF THE ABOVE
Mrs. SARAH CLEMENTS
AND WILLIAM CLEMENTS HER LAST ISSUE
WHO DIED MARCH [ ] 1762
AGED 23 YEARS
ALSO Mr. RICHARD MORRIS OF CHATHAM
AND SOUTHFLEET, GRANDSON TO ONE OF THE
ABOVE TWO SISTERS WHO DIED NOVEMBER
4th 1826 AGED 54 YEARS

Richard Morris was buried at Southfleet. In 1922 Leland Duncan transcribed his headstone, which agrees with the Chatham inscription but Chatham is not mentioned

CROCKFORD see CARTER

151.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
SARAH FAIRHALL
SHE DEPARTED THIS LIFE
APRIL 12th ? 1771
AGED 39 ? YEARS

 

152.  Headstone

Front

Mr.
JOHN FOREMAN
DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH THE 6th 1785
AGED 53 YEARS
ALSO HANNAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
[ ] 22 [ ] IN THE 6[ ] [OF HER AGE]

Rear

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mrs. HANNAH WEST
WIFE OF
WILLIAM JAMES WEST
WHO DIED [ ]
[ ]

John Foreman, Coach Master P.C.C. Will dated 31st December 1784
Household goods to wife Hannah and real estate for life, she keeping same in good repair. Money, investments, and personal estate to Hannah and his son Thomas, upon trust, they to invest value in Public Funds, upon trust, to permit his wife to receive the interest for life. After her death, then real estate and fund shared equally among his children, Arthur John, Thomas, Elizabeth, Hannah and Ann Foreman, for ever.
   Wife and son Thomas executors.
   Witnesses: Edward Pope, William Archer and John Sommerton
   Proved 21st March 1785

William James West, Late of Malta now of St. Nicholas, Rochester, P.C.C. Will dated 29th October 1824
   West was buried at St. Mary's, Chatham but there is no surviving inscription. His wife is on the back of the headstone of the Foremans, who were her parents.
   Family to be put into decent mourning. Wife Hannah gets all household goods, money and personal estate, except money in Public Funds. To Hannah, and John Snatt of Frindsbury, Esquire, his dwelling house, upon trust, Hannah to have rents for life; after her death, upon trust, for his sons and daughters, Hartwell ?, William James and Ann West equally, for ever.
   If in wife's life, executors see it as advantageous to sell above property, they can, and put proceeds with money in Public Funds, so that Hannah has dividends foe life. After her death, upon trust, for his children, equally shared. Executors can if they think fit advance money to his children towards their advancement in the world, but not exceeding £1,000 each.
   Witnesses: John Batten of Rochester, Arthur Rye, Surgeon of Rochester and J. Gibbs, Solicitor, Rochester
   Proved 20th April 1825

FORSTER see KIRBY

FOSTER see MORRIS

153.  Headstone

[    ]
JANE GANNIKELL
WHO DIED MARCH 2nd ? 1787
AGED [    ] YEARS

 

154.  Eroded Ledger, Close to ground

[IN MEMORY OF]
[RUPERT GEORGE]
[ ]TAUR[ ]D SON OF
[THE] [H]ONBLE. BARON [GEORGE]
[WHO FELL ?] VICTIM TO [A FEVER]
[AS A CONSEQUENCE ?] OF HIS DUT[Y] ON THE [    ]
[DECEMBER 12th ] 1807 AGED [    ]
"[    ] allotted [    ]
[ [ thou [ ]"

Rupert George, Late Midshipman of H.M.S. Prince of Wales, son of Baron George, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland.
Died at the Mitre Inn (Gentleman's Magazine for 1807, page 1,236)

GIBBS see MANSFIELD

155.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

IN
MEMORY OF Mr. RICHARD GREENFIELD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 10th OF
JANUARY 1765 AGED [ ] YEARS
SARAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE DIED THE 21st
OF NOVEMBER 1782 AGED 61 YEARS
ALSO
ELIZABETH GREENFIELD DAUGHTER
OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED THE 14th OF APRIL
1771 AGED 18 ? YEARS
Mr. GEORGE GREENFIELD
[    ] R[    ]
[    ]
MARCH 1817 AGED 69 YEARS
[    ]
ALSO Mrs. ELEANOR GREENFIELD
[    ] 27th MAY 1836 AGED 83 YEARS

 

156.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
LEONORA DAUGHTER OF
ROBERT AND JANE HANNA
OF CHATHAM BARRACKS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON THE 21st
DAY OF JANUARY 1821
AGED 15 YEARS
ALSO ROBERT HANNA THEIR SON
WHO DIED THE 19th DAY OF FEBRUARY 1824
AGED 25 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE ROBERT HANNA
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 7th ? 1827
AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO MARIA [    ] DAUGHTER OF
[    ]

 

157.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr. THOMAS HORLEY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[    ]
[    ]
ALSO SARAH HIS WIFE
WHO DIED 30th OCTOBER 182[ ]
AGED 80 ?YEARS

 

158.  Headstone

[IN MEMORY OF ]
Mr. JAMES HOWARD
[    ]

 

159.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

IN
MEMORY OF ELIZABETH WIFE OF
JAMES JACKSON OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED ON OCTOBER [    ] 1771 AGED [    ] YEARS
[AND FOUR] OF THEIR CHILDREN
MARTHA ?, MARIA, ANN AND [    ]
[ALSO] SARAH WIFE OF GEORGE JACKSON
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED ON [    ] APRIL 17[    ] AGED [   ]2 YEARS
ALSO [ ] OF THEIR CHILDREN
ALSO OF Mr. GEORGE JACKSON
WHO DIED THE [   ] OF JANUARY [1801]
AGED [    ] YEARS

George Jackson, Late Victualler, P.C.C. Will dated 11th November 1800
   Desires to be buried in Chatham Churchyard by the side of his wife and children "in my burying place".
   To Ann Grimett his wife's sister, £100 of Stock in his name in the 3% Annuities of the Bank of England. To son George, household goods, money and rest of investments; also to George the interest ? part of the £850 in the hands of Mr Harvey Pierce of Newhall near Axminster, Devon, which interest ? is now paid to Ann Jackson during her life; also the remaining house of the two in Troy Town, Rochester, of which Ann Jackson wife of James, deceased, receives the rent for her life, as bequeathed by her husband. After her death the properties will come to testator, who is son of the said James, and a half of the £850 in the hands of Harvey Pierce and one house in Troy Town. The other half of the £850 and other house in Troy Town (adjoining the other) to his son George. His sister in law Ann Grimett and Mr Samuel Nicholson, Shipbuilder, are executors; to each of them, "a very handsome mourning ring".
   If son George dies before 21, then whole property shall be at the disposal of Ann Grimett, except sum of £10 given to Mr John Jackson of Brompton, Grocer
   Witnesses; Samuel Commins and Henry Medwin
   Proved 14th April 1801

160.  Headstone


JOHN JOBSON, DIED 1732

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
JOHN JOBSON SON OF JOHN & ELIZ.
JOBSON OF THIS PARISH WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE APRIL THE
[    ] 1732 AGED 21or 24 ? YEARS

 

161.  Ledger on low stone base


KIRBY TOMB, 
PRECARIOUSLY PERCHED ON THE EDGE OF THE CUTTING

MEMORIAM SACRAM
Mr. EDWARD KIRBY
DIED MARCH 27th ? 1743 AGED [    ] YEARS
Mrs. ANN KIRBY HIS WIFE
WHO WAS DAUGHTER OF [THE LATE?]
JHO. FORSTER ESQ.
OF WARNFORD, NORTHUMBERLAND
DIED DEC. 9th 1758 AGED 76 YEARS
AND SIX OF THEIR CHILDREN
WHO DIED IN THEIR INFANCY
ELIZ. KIRBY THEIR ELDEST DAUGHTER
DIED SEPT. 13th 1777 AGED 68 ? YEARS
Mr. THOMAS KIRBY THEIR ELDEST SON
DIED AUGUST 12th 1781 AGED 70 YEARS
LIEUT. MATH. KIRBY THEIR SECOND SON
DIED OCT. [   ] 1781 AGED 66 YEARS
Mr. GEORGE KIRBY THEIR THIRD SON
DIED NOV. [   ] 1784 AGED 59 ? YEARS
Mrs. MARY KIRBY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
Mr. GEORGE KIRBY DIED FEBRUARY 22nd
1788 AGED 48 ? YEARS

Edward Kirby, Barber Surgeon P.C.C. Will dated 18th March 1742 (43)
   To each of his children £5 each. All other money, lands, houses, goods, chattels and personal estate to wife Anne; she is executor.
   Witnesses: Edward Ham, James Purcell and Isaiah Brittain

George Kirby, Esquire, P.C.C. Will dated 10th November 1784
   To wife Mary his freehold in Chatham where he lives, for life; after her death to his adopted niece Elizabeth Kirby , daughter of his late brother Matthew Kirby, by Martha Butcher, for ever.
   To James Morrison, Esq., of the Tower of London, and George Marsh of the Navy Office, Esq., (two of his executors), all household goods, upon trust, they to allow his wife to use same for life. After her death, then for niece Elizabeth Kirby. To Morrison and Marsh, £7,500 4% Bank Annuities, part of larger sum in the Bank of England, upon trust, to pay interest to his wife for life. After her death, upon further trust, to transfer the £7,500 to niece Elizabeth.
   Also to trustees, £1,250 4% Bank Annuities, upon trust, to pay interest to Martha Butcher for life; after her death the £1,250 to niece Elizabeth. Also to trustees £1,000 3% Consolidated Bank Annuities, upon trust, to divide sum among all children of James Morrison by Margaret his wife, deceased, who shall be living.
   To his relation Thomas Forster of Alnwick, Northumberland, and his sister Jane Forster, and George North, £100 each.
   To John Witheridge of Chatham, Ironmonger, £100 to put his family in mourning; to his son William Witheridge, £100 at 21; to all his servants with him at time of death, £10 each.
   Residue of real and personal estate to his niece Elizabeth for ever.
   Wife, niece Elizabeth, James Morrison and George Marsh executors.
   Witnesses: Robert Bengo, Francis Barrow and J. Simmons, Attorney of Chatham
   Proved 23rd November 1784

Mary Kirby,
Widow of above, P.C.C. Will dated 29th January 1786
   By indentures of lease and release made previous to her marriage to George Kirby dated 25th and 26th June 1784; George Kirby of the 1st part, herself, Mary Witheridge of the 2nd part, Samuel Gillam Mills of Greenwich, Surgeon and John Hosier of St. George Street, Westminster, Gentleman, of the 3rd part, she did with consent of George Kirby, grant and convey to Samuel Gillam Mills and John Hosier, her half share of three houses in Chatham occupied by [      ] and all her other property in Chatham, and her half share of another property, to Mills and Hosier, upon trust, after her death to such persons as by deed or will disposed.
Also to trustees £800 3% Consolidated Bank Reduced Annuities, upon trust.
   George Kirby did by the above indentures, covenant with the trustees, all sums of money he had from the estate of William Witheridge, in respect of £235 and interest due to her upon bond, to be paid to trustees, for her to dispose of.
   George Kirby has since died, and she has received all monies and interest from estate of William Witheridge, upon bond. Her brother John is indebted to her in £166 7s, upon bond of obligation dated 7th February 1785, part of £266 7s By Power of Indenture of Release, the trustees to remain possessed of above houses and the £800 annuities; they to take rents and interest until the four children of her brother John, William, Robert Inwood, Henry and John are 21.
   Trustees to buy from the interest, after repairs of properties, new 3% Bank Annuities in their names.
   The half share in the properties and the bank annuities, rents and dividends and new investments; all her real estate to all her above nephews who are then 21, equally. She forgives and releases brother John from money due on bond , the £166 7s to remain in his hands for life; he to renew bond or give it to her trustees. After his death, the £166 7s is to be lent to Mrs Sarah Witheridge, wife of John, if she is living, and is to carry on husband's trade for life; she to give bond to trustees. If she is not to carry on business, the £166 7s to be paid out by trustees for purchase of of new bank annuities, upon trust; Sarah Witheridge to receive interest, if living, for life. If she is dad at time of her husband's death, or from her decease, the £166 7s shall be part of testator's estate.
   To niece Elizabeth Kirby, silver coffee pot, diamond hoop ring and any other diamond rings she may choose.
   To Sarah wife of John Witheridge all her clothes. To nephew William Witheridge gold watch, silver pint pot, six silver tea spoons, tongs, strainer with a castle as a crest.
   Rest of her silver plate equally divided among Witheridge nephews.
   To servant Elizabeth Rogers £20, if still in her service
   Residue to trustees upon trust, to use part of interest towards maintenance and education of above nephews, until they are 21. When they are 21, their legacies with interest equally divided.
   If all die pre 21 then to their father, John; if he is dead, then to their mother Sarah, for life; if she is dead, then to trustees for their use; they can lay out money from dividends for benefit of nephew William Witheridge or for his further education as a Surgeon , Apothecary or Midwife between his 20th and 21st years.
   Trustees are executors
   Witnesses: James Morrison, Tower of London and John Whiffen of Chatham
   Proved 3rd July 1788 Power reserved to Samuel Mills

162.  Ledger, just above ground level


KITE TOMB,
ON THE EDGE OF THE CUTTING

IN MEMORY OF
Mrs. SUSANNAH KITE WIFE OF
Mr. PHINEAS KITE OF THIS PARISH
DEPARTED THIS LIFE APRIL 14th A.D. 1783
AGED 52 ? YEARS
Mr. PHINEAS KITE DIED DEC. 19th 1793
AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO
THREE OF THEIR CHILDREN
VIZ.
JOHN DIED NOV. 30th 1769
}INFANTS
SARAH DIED DEC. 30th 1773 ?

SUSANNA DIED JAN. 9th 1778
AGED 7 YEARS

Phineas Kite, Tallow Chandler, (Bailey's Directory, 1784) P.C.C. Will not dated or signed
   "I desire to be decently interred in Chatham Church Yard in the vault which I have built for that purpose for my late wife and children"
   "I have only one son living, who was born 20th day March 1774, whom I pray that God will keep him under his care and protection".
   His houses, goods, money in the bank at 4% Consolidated New South Sea Annuities, "my ledger page 157 for particulars". His Bonds or Navy Bills, Exchequer Bills, household goods, shop goods, book debts, all to son Jacob, for ever; if he is 18 at testator's death he can dispose of or bequeath legacy as he pleases.

Affidavit dated 21st March 1794
   John Simmons, Gentleman of Rochester and John Eggier of Chatham, Leather Currier, sworn that they knew Kite well and were familiar with his handwriting. They have examined the will and confirm that it is in Kite's hand.
   Proved 26th April 1794. Administration to Jacobe Cazeneuve Troy, "the cousin german", next of kin and curator or guardian of Jacob Kite, a minor.

Note in margin of above, dated 29th March 1802
   " Administration granted to Jacob Kite, son and universal legatee"

Phineas Kite was a Churchwarden of St. Mary's in 1770. He married Susanna Cazeneuve in Chatham in 1767

163.  Headstone, against north wall


JOHN LAMPERD, DIED 1753
MOVED FROM ORIGINAL POSITION TO NORTH WALL

IN MEMORY OF Mr. JOHN LAMPERD
LATE BOATSWAIN OF HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP
NEWARK WHO DIED THE 19th ? OF JUNE 1753
AGED 59 ? YEARS
ALSO NEAR THIS PLACE LIETH THE BODY OF
Mrs. ELIZABETH WALL
----------------(Ground Level)--------------
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 5th ? DAY OF FEBY. ? 17[    ]
AGED 65 ? YEARS
NEAR THIS PLACE LIETH THE BODY
OF Mrs. ELIZABETH MILLFORD
[WHO DIED] THE [    ] DAY OF FEB. 1752

John Lamperd, Boatswain of H.M.S. Cumberland at date of will, made a month after his second marriage, to Ann Wall at Chatham), and H.M.S. Newark, at his death (as on stone) Consistory Court of Rochester Will, on Naval Form, dated 31st July 1750
   All to wife Ann,who is executor
   Witnesses: Elizabeth and John Tomlyn

Elizabeth Millford was the wife of Humphrey; just over a week after her burial, her son, Robert, was buried. She presumably died as a result of childbirth ? She was probably Lamperd's daughter ?

164.  Headstone

SACRED
TO
THE MEMORY OF
JANE WIFE OF HENRY LIGHT
WHO DIED ON THE 29th OF AUGUST 1846
AGED 28 YEARS
"Farewell dear friends, I've gone before,
My love will be to you no more,
No grief, nor sorrow for me take,
But love my offspring for my sake"

 

165.  Headstone

TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY ANN WIFE OF
JOHN MANSFIELD
QUARTER MASTER SERGEANT
[    ]
WHO DIED AT WOOLWICH ? ON THE 9th OF
APRIL 1843 AGED 25 YEARS
ALSO JANE GIBBS
[SIS]TER OF THE ABOVE AND DAUGHTER OF
Mr. WILLIAM GIBBS OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [    ]
[    ]
ALSO Mrs. ANN GIBBS WIFE OF
Mr. WILLIAM GIBBS OF THIS
PARISH AND MOTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE
[   ] APRIL [    ] AGED [    ] YEARS
[ALSO] Mr. WILLIAM GIBBS

William Gibbs, possibly the Provision Merchant, died 1852, P.C.C. Will dated 12th January 1852
   To grand daughter Ann Owen, Widow, now living with him, all his household furniture, leasehold estate, money, stock and goods; she is executor.
   Witnesses: Frederick S. Manser, Vitler (sic) of Chatham and Alfred Morgan, Clerk to W.G. Acworth, Solicitor, Rochester

166.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

[    ]
JOHN MAWBY ESQ,
[    ] [JULY] 1801[    ]
[   ]
ANN MAWBY
[    ]
[    ] 181[    ] [    ]

 

167.  Fragments of Headstone

[SERGEANT] [WILLIAM] [MAX]WELL
[CHATHAM] [DIV]ISION OF
[ROYAL] [M]ARINES
[WHO] [DIED] [ON] [TH]E 4th DAY OF JANY. 1851
[AG]ED 52 YEARS
[LEAVI]NG A WIDOW AND 3 CH[ILDREN]
[AND ?] [SIS]TER ? TO LAMENT THEIR LOSS
HIS WORTH AS A FRIEND
HIS EXCELLENCE AS A SCHOOLMASTER
HIS WARM AND GENEROUS DISPOSTION
ARE TESTIFIED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM

Maxwell

From the Maidstone Journal, January 14th 1851
"MILITARY FUNERAL.--- On Wednesday last, Sarjeant Maxwell, the schoolmaster of the Royal Marines boy's school, was buried at St. Mary's church. The deceased being well known and much respected, it was determined to bury him with full military honors. The body was removed from Melville hospital at half-past two p.m. to the parish church , and to witness the funeral cortège there was an immense concourse of persons assembled along the road leading to the church. The body was preceded by the splendid band playing the Dead March in Saul; next came the coffin, the pall being borne by 6 sergeants, followed by the deceased's son as chief mourner: next came the boys of the school; the procession was closed by a long train of sergeants, color-sergeants, and sergeant majors from the Royal Marines, 12th regt., sappers and miners, artillery, and provisional battalion; there were also many officers and tradesman present. The deceased had served 28 years in the corps and was in his 52nd year."

168.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF GILES SON OF
GILES AND HANNAH MILLER?
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY THE [ ] 17[81]
AGED 37 ? YEARS
[    ] JOHN AND
[    ] MILLER ? DIED
[    ] 1787
[    ] MONTHS

Foot Stone

G. M.
1781
H

 

MILLFORD see LAMPERD

169.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church, very eroded


THE LONG LOST MILLS FAMILY HEADSTONE, IN THE CUTTING.
VICTIMS OF THE 1816 ROCHESTER BRIDGE TRAGEDY

IN MEMORY OF
Mr. ALEXANDER MILLS
[ LATE QUARTER MASTER SERGEANT] OF THE ROYAL MARINE CORPS.
[ WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON] THE
[    ] APRIL 1812
AGED 59 ? YEARS
[    ]
JANE WIFE OF THE ABOVE
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE] THE 11th
[OF] JANUARY 1806 AGED 48 ? YEARS
JANE [THEIR] DAUGHTER DIED IN INFANCY
[    ] [AUGUST] [1794]
ALEXANDER MILLS AGED 27 YEARS
MARIA HIS WIFE AGED 27 YEARS
ANNA ELIZA AGED 3 YEARS
WHO WITH
[THOMAS] AND ELIZA GILBERT
NINE YOUNG LADIES AND THE BOATMAN
[WERE UNFORTUNATELY] DROWNED IN [ATTEMPTING]
[TO PASS THROUGH ONE OF] THE ARCHES
[OF] ROCHESTER BRIDGE ON THE EVENING
OF [THE 13th ] [OF] SEPTEMBER [1816]
[WHICH MELANCHOLY CIRCUMSTANCE IT IS]
[SUPPOSED WAS OCCAISIONED BY THE]
[CULPABLE NEGLECT OF THOSE PERSONS APPOINTED]
[TO CONDUCT THE REPAIRS OF THE BRIDGE WHO]
[LEFT FIXED WITHOUT SUFFICIENT NOTICE A PIECE]
[OF TIMBER ACROSS THE ARCH AGAINST WHICH]
[THE BOAT STRUCK AND WAS UPSET]

This is probably the headstone which the Rochester Journal reported (in 1895) was formerly at the east end of the church "but has now disappeared" Alexander Mills, Senior does not appear in the burial register. The date on the stone is very clear on an otherwise very worn stone, and Alexander Mills death was reported in the Maidstone Journal, of 22nd April 1812 as having occurred "a few days since", so it could hardly have been at any great distance from Chatham.
   The deaths of Alexander Mills, Junior, his wife and child, and the others was caused by their boat striking a piece of timber which had been left between two of the starlings of Rochester Bridge. The party had been on a trip up river to Wouldham to celebrate the 21st birthday of Thomas Gilbert. The nine young ladies were pupils of a school run by Eliza Gilbert, who was Maria Mills sister. Two of the pupils, Mary Brock, age 11, and Agnes Reynolds, age 5, were buried in this churchyard on the same day as the Mills family, (September 18th)

170.  Headstone

Front

IN
MEMORY OF ELIZABETH
WIFE OF RICHARD MORRIS WHO DIED
THE 28th OF APRIL 1760 AGED 41 YEARS
ALSO THREE CHILDREN, MARGARET,
JOHN AND THOMAS
ALSO RICHARD MORRIS WHO DIED
THE 10th OF MARCH 1764 AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH WIFE OF
JOHN FOSTER JUNR. OF THIS PARISH
AND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MARCH THE 10th 1779
IN THE 33rd YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO RICHARD MORRIS
SON OF THE ABOVE
RICHARD AND ELIZABETH MORRIS
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[ ] 1834

Rear

IN
MEMORY OF SARAH WIFE OF
Mr. RICHARD MORRIS JUNR.
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED FEBY.
THE 28th 1779 AGED 33 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM THEIR SON WHO DIED
MARCH THE 28th 1779 AGED 18 WEEKS
ALSO MARY SECOND WIFE OF THE
ABOVE WHO DIED NOVEMBER 8th 1780
AGED 26 YEARS
ALSO JEMIMA THIRD WIFE OF THE
ABOVE WHO DIED MAY 24th 1826
AGED 60 YEARS
[ ]

Richard Morris, Shipwright P.C.C. Will dated 27th February 1829
   His freehold house, divided into two in Meeting House Lane, Chatham, in his own occupation and William Roffe; all other real estate to his sons and daughters, John, Elizabeth Winford, Sarah Jemima Mason, James, Rebecca Tascall ? And Joseph George Morris, equally.
   To grandson James Tomlin19 guineas at 21. All his ready money, investments, public stock, chattels and personal estate to his children equally. Sons John and Joseph executors
   Witnesses: D.B. Lewis, Solicitor, Rochester, James Lewis and D.R. Lewis, his Clerks
   Proved 3rd November 1834

171.  Headstone, against north wall, on side


JOHN NASH, DIED 1739
MOVED FROM ORIGINAL POSITION TO NORTH WALL

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN NASH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANUARY [    ] 1738 [    ]
HE LEFT ISSUE TWO SONS & THREE
DAUGHTERS

 

172.  Ledger, near ground level

ANN PALLISER
DIED 10th OCTOBER 18[0]3
AGED 6 YEARS, 3 MONTHS
SARAH PALLISER
DIED 11th OF SEPTEMBER 1811
AGED 7 ? YEARS, 4 MONTHS
ANTHONY PALLISER
OBIIT 22nd FEBRUARY 1815
AGED 9 YEARS, 8 MONTHS
ROBERT WARRE PALLISER
DIED 26th OCTOBER 1817
AGED 3 ? YEARS, 11 MONTHS
Mr. JOHN [COSTOBODIE] PALLISER
DIED [    ] NOVEMBER 1818
[AGED 23 YEARS]

 

173.  Headstone, partly buried

[IN MEMORY OF]
HENRY PEARNE
DIED 23rd APRIL 1739
------------(Ground Level)----------
AGED 71 ? YEARS
MARTIN
SON OF HENRY PEARNE
WHO DIED 11th NOV. 1750

Henry Pearne, Joiner, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 1st June 1737
   To two sons Thomas of Deptford, Clerk and Martin of Chatham, Clerk, five sixths of a house, barn, stables, orchard and land in Gillingham, called Little Twiddall, occupied by Henry White, equally, for ever.
   If either dies without children, survivor gets all. To wife Mary property called Maysberry in Rainham for life; after her death, equally between two sons, also two houses in Brompton, on condition that she remains a widow; if she remarries then these houses and Mayberry to sons.
   She also gets three houses in Chatham on "Colledge lease", occupied by Mr George Guy, Mr Pain, Shipwright and Mr King, Joiner; after her death, these houses to sons. Rent arrears due at his death on Little Twiddall, equally to two sons, other arrears to wife.
   Household goods and personal estate to wife, who is executor.
   Witnesses: John Leafgreene, John Woodger and Thomas Manger ?

Henry Pearne married Mary Leafgreene at Chatham in 1702. There may be more on the stone but it is buried rather deep in the ground.

Martin Pearne, Clerk, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 9th October 1749
   "Weak in body". To brother Thomas of Deptford, Clerk, his share of five sixths of property at Little Twidale in Gillingham, in occupation of Henry White, for ever.
   To his mother, Mary of Chatham, and niece Catherine Pearne of Deptford, £100 each. If either dies in meantime the survivor gets £200.To brother Thomas, sister Catherine Pearne, uncle John Leafgreene and friend Henry Smith, £10 each. To cousin Elizabeth Croucher and John Batten, Junior, £5 each. To friend John Gardener, Junior, all woollen and silk clothes and microscope and case. To mother Mary, all linen clothes, plate, and furniture of best parlour.
  To friend Henry Smith, 20 volumes of his books, as he chooses.£20 to buy twenty gold mourning rings to be inscribed with his name and date of death, to give to the twenty persons named on the back of his will. To brother Thomas the residue; he and Henry Smith are executors.
   Witnesses: R. Paine, John Smith and H. Barber
   Proved 24th November 1750 Power reserved to Thomas Pearne

Persons to be given the gold rings
   Mr Newland Rice, John Croucher, John Leafgreene, John Hill, Thomas Pearne,  Edward Batten, Nathaniel Pearne, Mrs Mary Pearne, James Collins,  Dor. Humphries, Ralph Paine, Catherine Pearne, Senior, Henry Smith, Sarah Northrop, Baker Pidgeon, Ann Northrop, John Gardner, Junior Elizabeth Croucher, Senior, John Batten, Junior, Sarah Masterman

174.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

 
THE EXTREMELY ERODED PETTY STONE IN THE CUTTING
COMPARE TO REAR, BELOW


THE REAR OF THE PETTY STONE, RECORDING THE ERECTION
OF THE STONE BY HENRY PAUL IN 1750, A QUARTER OF
A CENTURY AFTER THE DEATHS OF THE PETTYS

Front

TO
THE MEMORY OF
JOHN PETTY ROPEMAKER
AND OF ELIZABETH HIS WIFE
[    ]
IN H[   ] ? LOVING

[    ] : 172[1]
[    ] : 172[4]
[    ]
[    ]
JOHN AND ELIZABETH

Rear

ERECTED
BY H. PAUL
1750

Elizabeth Petty, Widow, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 5th November 1723
   Concerning the "Society of Chatham"*, of which her late husband, John, was a member, and which he wished would benefit from a house in Brompton, occupied by John Churchman and the house in Chatham, in which she lives, and is occupied by John Collins, Sail Maker.
   The rents from these houses are now to be used by the Society to keep poor children at school, if the parents are too poor to pay .
   To Elizabeth Hart daughter of Stephen Hart, late Clerk of the Parish of Chatham an annuity of £5, from above rents; after her death, then to use of the poor children, above.
   She appoints " trusty and well beloved friends" Henry Paul of Gillingham, Caulker and John Sanders of Chatham, Shipwright, trustees to oversee her gifts " to the Glory of God and the good of poor children's souls"
   Paul and Sanders to choose two other members of the Society of Chatham to act in their place, after their deaths. These should be men who fear God and hate covetousness. If the Society fails or does not use bequest as ordained then , testator's house to Eleanor Pearpoint daughter of brother Peter Pearpoint and to Ann Hart daughter of Stephen Hart, the house in Brompton . To brother Peter Pearpoint, ½ guinea; to his two children, William and Eleanor, £5 each at 18.
   To god daughter Elizabeth Duncome, two silver spoons; to Sarah wife of John Collins, 1 guinea; to Henry Paul and John Sanders, 1 guinea each and all her books equally. To Elizabeth Hart daughter of Stephen, all her clothes; to "loving friend" John Sanders, ready money, bills, and bonds, for ever. She trusts that he will see that legacies are fulfilled and that he will take care of "that poor girl Elizabeth Hart".
   Henry Paul and John Sanders executors
   Witnesses: John Howard, Jane Marlow and Thomas Phillips

*Ron Baldwin in his Chronicles of Gillingham, states that the society was "a Church of England Society"

Henry Paul
, Caulker of Gillingham, was a trustee of Elizabeth Petty's will. The inscription on the back of the Petty stone is in a very fresh condition; it was probably placed here with the other stones in the cutting, when the church was rebuilt in the 1880's, and is testimony to the worsening pollution of the last 120 years compared to the previous 120.

175.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

IN MEMORY OF
AMBROSE PROCTOR
[WHO DIED] [ ] [FEBRUARY] 1759
AGED 60 ? YEARS
[ALSO] MARY HIS WIFE DIED THE 6th OF FEBRUARY 1763
AGED 62 YEARS
[ALSO] AMBROSE PROCTOR SON OF THE ABOVE
[WHO] DIED THE [ ] OF JANUARY 1764 AGED [ ] YEARS
[ALSO] ELIZABETH WIFE OF WILLIAM PROCTOR
[WHO] DIED 8th ? OF NOVEMBER 1781 AGED [ ] YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE WILLIAM PROCTOR
WHO DIED THE 16th ? OF NOV. 1798 AGED 67 YEARS
[    ] PROCTOR
GEORGE AND SUSANNAH [PROCTOR ?]
[   ] 13th OCT. [    ]
[    ] PROCTOR [   ]
[BORN] [    ] NOV. 178[   ] DIED 19th DEC. [    ]
[    ] GEORGE PROCTOR [    ]
[    ] ELIZABETH [    ]
[   ]

Ambrose Proctor, Senior, Brazier, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 20th May 1758
   To eldest son Ambrose 5/-; to daughter Mary wife of Daniel Bing of Chatham, House Carpenter, £5; to son William £10 at 21. Residue to wife Mary, she is executor
   Witnesses; Robert Cox and William Twopenny
   Proved 20th February 1759

Ambrose Proctor, Junior, Brazier, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Will dated 17th December 1763
   To sister Mary Bing, £5. Residue to brother William of Chatham, Tinman, he is executor and is to pay sister's legacy.
   Witnesses; John Townson and John Speek

Mary Proctor, Widow of Ambrose, Senior, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 1st February 1763
   Clothes to daughter Mary wife of Daniel Bing. Daniel Bing has his own household goods in her dwelling house, part he bought, part he made; these are recorded in an inventory, drawn up by testator and Daniel, bearing same date as her will. She gives all household goods to Daniel and also forgives and releases him from debts he owes her for his families board.
   The £5 given to daughter Mary and the £10 given to her son William by her late husband's will, which she has not yet paid, shall be paid from her personal estate.
   She forgives and releases son William money owed for clothing, she also gives him his father's silver watch. Her husband's working tools and tools used in her trade or business, shared equally between sons William and Ambrose. Residue equally shared between Mary Bing and sons William and Ambrose Proctor.
   Daniel Bing and William Proctor executors
   Witnesses: Joseph ? Sparrow and William Witheridge
   Proved 15th February 1763

Later Proctors appear as Braziers in various Directories into the early 19th century

176.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mrs. ELIZABETH PROSSER
WHO DIED JANY. 30Th 1811 AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO
THE BODY OF Mr. WALTER PROSSER
SHIPWRIGHT HUSBAND TO THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 2nd 1814 AGED 52 YEARS

 

RENNOLLS see ROBINSON

177.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

TO THE MEMORY
OF
JOHN FRANKLIN
SON OF
HENRY HEPBURN
THE ELDEST [    ]
[    ] RICHARDSON
OF THE
ROYAL MARINES
AND NOW OF
HASLAR HOSPITAL
[    ] ORYER ?
ONLY AND INTELLIGENT CHILD
[    ] SCARLET FEVER
AGED 2 YEARS , 8 MONTHS
[    ]2 SEPTEMBER1822 2 ?
[   ]
WHEN ONLY A MONTH [    ] WAS SUDDENLY
CARRIED OFF BY [   ]
MAY 28th 1835
[    ]

 

RICHARDS(ON ?) see SMITH

178.  Fallen Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
Mr. SAMUEL ROBBINS
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE THE 1st OF OCT. 1799
AGED 74 YEARS

Samuel Robbins, Gardener ? P.C.C. Will dated 15th July 1777
   Although the copy of the P.C.C. Will states "Gardener", I wonder if this is correct, because he commits his body to "earth or sea" ? To wife Elizabeth all his real and personal estate, she is executor.
   Witnesses: Charles Mills, Gunner of H.M.S. Leander and Harry Mynors Long, No. 3 Clifford's Inn
   Proved 29th April 1800

179.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
THOMAS ROBINSON SON OF
SARAH RENNOLLS WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE DECEMBER THE 20th 172[2]
AGED 21 ? YEARS
HERE ALSO LYETH THE BODY OF
SARAH RENNOLLS WIFE OF
RICHARD RENNOLLS OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY [ ] 173[1]
AGED 61 YEARS

Richard Rennolls, formerly a Mariner, later Boatswain of H.M. Dockyard, Chatham. The Boatswain was responsible, with the Master Attendant, for the movement of craft to and from the Dockyard.
P.C.C. Will dated 17th February 1740 (41)
   Appoints Robert Aggar of Chatham, Gentleman, James Sommers of Chatham, Master Boat Builder of H.M. Dock Yard and Richard Lemmon of East Greenwich, Mariner, now Master of H.M. Yacht "William and Mary", executors and trustees. (Debts to be paid by sister Sarah Roberts). To each of his trustees £5. To son in law John Robinson, bedsteddle, curtains, vallence, blankets, bolster and pillows in best chamber of his house, silver spoon marked S H,another marked J B, two others marked J E, silver porringer marked S , little silver cup marked J H , dozen pewter plates marked R,  T R R S,  two pewter dishes of large size, two of middling size and one small, a large old print bible; from kitchen, large kettle, old easy chair and two flat brass candlesticks.
   To son Richard Rennolls £100 bank stock, clothes, rings, jewels and watches, silver tankard marked R ; to grand  R E,  daughter Sarah Cornish £200 bank stock at 21 or one month after marriage, if before 21; in meantime interest for her maintenance and education, she also gets bedsteddle, curtains, vallence, bed, bolster, three blankets, two pillows, blue and red silk quilt, chest of drawers in best chamber, silver soup spoon marked R R , two silver spoons marked S C, two silver spoons marked R , two silver spoons marked R R , one marked S R, one marked E R, two marked R C and four R S marked R R, small silver salver marked S C, large silver salver marked R , silver half pint mug marked S C , silver R S porringer marked R C, silver dram cup without mark, two silver salts marked R , pair of silver beer cups marked R  R E R E  dozen silver tea spoons, pair of silver tea tongs.
   To son in law John Cornish £10 for mourning.
   Executors to pay interest of £100 bank stock to daughter Anne Davis for life; after her death, the £100 shared equally among her children. If she outlives her husband, Clement, the £100 paid to her; if she dies in husband's lifetime,with no children, the £100 goes to residue of personal estate.
   Forgives and releases son in law Francis Stott money lent on account of his late wife, or otherwise, also gives him 1/-
   To sister Sarah Roberts, who lives with him, £20 and bedstead, curtains, vallence, bolster, two pillows, three blankets and rug in garret "where she lodges", two pairs of "wearing sheets" and two pairs pillow bears. If she is dead at time of his death, the £20 and goods to niece Elizabeth Roberts. Residue to son Richard Rennolls and grand daughter Sarah Cornish, equally; Sarah's share at 21 or marriage. If son Richard, who now lives in North America, dies in father's lifetime, his bequest to grand daughter Sarah Cornish for ever, as above.
   If Sarah dies pre 21 or marriage, her legacy to son Richard, for ever.
   Witnesses; Samuel Parker, Henry Sheafe and John Fick, Clerk to Mr Sheafe
   Proved 15th October 1742 Power reserved to Robert Aggar and James Sommer

180.  Marble panel from Chest Tomb? Part of retaining wall of path around north side of church


SARAH ROGERS, WIFE OF MAJOR ROGERS, DIED 1718
FROM A CHEST TOMB ? AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CUTTING

SARAH THE WIFE OF MAJOR THOMAS ROGERS
DIED THE IX OF OCTOBER MDCCXVIII IN HER XLIII YEAR
TO HER PIOUS MEMORY
ONE OF THE BEST WIVES, PRUDENT AND VIRTUOUS,
HE WITH DEEPEST SORROW FOR THAT GREATEST LOSS,
THIS MONUMENT ERECTED

 

181.  Richly carved wall monument, top half eroded. Part of retaining wall of path around north side of church


THE STONE OF EDWARD SMITH, DIED 1704
THIS APPROPRIATELY "GOTHIC" IMAGE GREETS VISITORS TO THE CUTTING!

EDWARDUS SMITH
FILIUS CORUM OBT. JULII 31st [ ]
ATEAT SUAE 39
ANNO MDCCIV

 

182.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM SMITH ESQ.
LATE STOREKEEPER OF H.M.
ORDNANCE, CHATHAM
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [ ]
OF MARCH 1802
IN THE 65th ? YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO JANE SMITH
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM SMITH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 16th OF JANUARY 1807
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO JOHN RICHARDS(ON) ?
BROTHER TO THE ABOVE JANE SMITH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 8th OF JULY
1810 AGED 87 YEARS

William Smith, Clerk of the Cheque, H.M. Gun Wharf, Plymouth, later Store Keeper of H.M. Ordnance, Chatham
P.C.C. Will dated 6th June 1780
   All his personal estate to wife Jane, she is executor.
   Witnesses: Nicholas Mill and Charles Higgs
   Proved 13th May 1802

As Ordnance Office Storekeeper at Chatham Smith had a salary of £140 P.A. (Universal British Directory, 1790's) His brother in law does not appear in the Burial Register

183.  Ledger, slightly below ground level, on edge of cutting around church

IN MEMORY OF
Mrs. ELIZABETH SMITH
WIFE OF
Mr. ABRAHAM SMITH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT.
THE 20th 1818 AGED 88 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
Mr. ABRAHAM SMITH
WHO DIED OCTBER 6th 1825
AGED 85 YEARS
ALSO ANN SMITH
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 6th ? 1846
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF
Mr. ABRAHAM SMITH
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED AUGUST 9th 1852
AGED 80 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
Mr. ABRAHAM SMITH
WHO DIED APRIL 21st 1853
AGED 81 YEARS

Abraham Smith, Senior, Superannuated Block Maker of H.M. Dockyard Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 17th April 1823
   Three front and two back houses in Chatham High Street near the poor house, occupied by himself and others, to son Abraham Smith, for life, he to keep in good repair and pay insurance.
   After son's death, to son's daughter Elizabeth Smith for life, same conditions; after her death, to her children, equally.
   If she dies with no children, then to children of daughter Elizabeth Ely, late of Chatham, now of Rochdale, Lancs., widow, and children of daughter Sarah Gooding, wife of William Gooding of Chatham, Cordwainer, equally.
   Ready money securities, household goods and residue of personal estate to daughter Ann Smith of Chatham, spinster, she is executor.
   Witnesses; J.S. Stephens, S.A. Stephens and Henry ? Stephens
   Proved 3rd November 1825 Value under £100

Abraham Smith, Block Maker, P.C.C. Will dated 1st March 1853
   Two freeholds on north side of Chatham High Street, occupied by John Miller and John Bridges, which he bought from ------- ? Harris; freehold cottage behind the above, occupied by ------ ? Fox; freehold house in Brougham Place, New Road, Chatham, occupied by Mrs Rowe, which he erected on ground purchased from George Robson, to daughter Elizabeth wife of Francis Smith White Sparkes (commonly called Francis White) for life; after her death to her husband for life; after his death, to their children, Abraham Smith, Jabez, John, Harriet and Elizabeth, equally at 21.
   Household goods to daughter Elizabeth Sparkes; also dividends from capital stock of £400 3 ¼ % Annuities in the Bank of England, and other stock dividends, for life. Feter her death to her husband, for life, after his death to their children at 21.
   Francis Smith White Sparkes and grandson Abraham Smith Sparkes (commonly called Abraham Smith White) are executors
   Witnesses; W. J. Stephens, Solicitor, Chatham and Walter Scot his Clerk
   Proved 26th August 1853 Power reserved to Abraham Smith White

The Smiths' brick-lined grave is right on the edge of the cutting, which was made when the church was rebuilt in the 1880's, the exposed bricks were probably rendered then. The Kite grave has been similarly exposed.

184.  Headstone, buried


JOHN AND JUDITH STRANGE, DIED 1734 AND 1741
THE INSCRIPTION IS TOTALLY BURIED!

-----------Ground Level----------
IN MEMORY OF
Mr.
JOHN STRANGE
AND JUDITH HIS WIFE
-------------Limit of Excavation-----------
[JOHN STRANGE buried 14th March 1734]
[JUDITH STRANGE buried 27th May 1741]

 

TURNER see CLARK

185.  Headstone, part of retaining wall of path around north side of church

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
LUCY ELIZA
WIFE OF CHARLES JAMES VINALL
WHO DIED AT CAPE COAST CASTLE
26th AUGUST 185[7] ?
AGED 20 YEARS

 

186.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
REBECCA WALKER
WHO DIED MAY [   ] [1852]
AGED 14 YEARS

Rebecca Walker was the daughter of a Superannuated Shipwright, (1851 Census) Her mother and two older sisters ran an Haberdasher business in John Street

WALL see LAMPERD

WEST see FOREMAN

187.  Headstone

IN MEMORY OF 
GEORGE WHITE JUNIOR 
OF THIS PAR: LATE LAY CLK
[OF ROCHESTER] CATHEDRAL 
[WHO DIED][    ] [ FEBRUARY]176O
AGED 2[  ] YEARS 
ELIZABETH WIFE
OF GEORGE WHITE
SEN: DEPARTED THIS
LIFE THE 30th OF MARCH
  1776 AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO GEORGE WHITE
WHO DIED JUNE 14th 1782
AGED 74 YEARS

188.  Headstone, buried


WILLIAM WILKINS, DIED 1747
LIKE STRANGE AND BEEKE, THE INSCRIPTION IS BURIED

[IN MEMORY OF]
-------------Ground Level-----------
WILLIAM WILKINS
CARPENTER OF YE PRINCE OF ORANGE
WHO DIED THE 25th JANUARY 1747
AGED 58 YEARS

William Wilkins, Carpenter of H.M.S. "Colchester", Consistory Court of Rochester Will, on Naval Form, dated 31st July 1732
   H.M.S. "Colchester" "now riding at Chatham" Pay and wages to wife Elizabeth; in case of her death to three youngest daughters Susan, Mary, and Phillis Wilkins, equally. Wife and Robert Russell executors
   Witnesses: William Walter, Giles Baker and Thomas Jordan

This inscription is buried and is in very good condition below ground level.

189.  Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WALCOTT WISEMAN
WHO DIED
[    ] OF APRIL 1844
AGED 16 YEARS

Large foot-stone

W. W.
1844

 

190.  Headstone

IN
IN MEMORY OF
MEMORY OF SARAH WOOD
ELIZABETH BRETT DIED APRIL 10th 1745
[DIED] JANUARY 19th ? 1767 AGED 44 ? YEARS
[AGED] [    ] YEARS ALSO EDWARD WOOD
EDWARD WOOD DIED DEC. 21st 1735
DIED [    ] 13th 1769 AGED [ ] MONTHS ?

Edward Wood, House Carpenter, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 4th June 1769, re-executed 28th June, daughter's name corrected from Sarah Wood to Mary and testator's name from John to Edward .
   Freehold and leasehold in Chatham or elsewhere, to daughter Mary, spinster, for ever; charged with two annuities for wife and son John, £50 and £20, respectively.
   If John survives mother, he gets additional annuity of £10. The leasehold where he lives to daughter Mary, foe life, charged with making up the above annuities.
   To wife such household goods she chooses to value of £50. To son John all his clothes. If daughter Mary dies unmarried or married with no children living, all real estate and such of leaseholds remaining, to son John, for ever, charged with annuity of £50 for wife. Residue and personal estate shared equally between wife and daughter.
   Witnesses; John Cazeneuve, John Townson and William Stubbs
   On the 28th June the witnesses sign again to endorse alterations, above.

191.  FOOT-STONES IN CUTTING AROUND NORTH SIDE OF CHURCH

W. B. J. S E. B. 1851. T. R. 1830 J. G. 1822 J. O. 1847
1787 1845 J. B. 1853 M. R. 1844 S. G. 1825

 

192.  FOOT STONE CLOSE TO BALDOCK

A. S. 1838
A. S. 1812

Section D - Miscellaneous Locations

BEAVAN see PAYNE

193.  Ledger set in paving, south of the tower

IN MEMORY OF
ANN THE WIFE OF
Mr. AMBROSE BRYANT OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE 1st OF NOVEMBER 1777
AGED 52 YEARS
[ALSO] [THE] ABOVE NAMED Mr. AMBROSE BRYANT
[WHO] DIED THE 23rd OF SEPTEMBER 1805
AGED 82 YEARS
Miss ANN BRYANT
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
[WHO] DIED THE 29th OF APRIL 1808
AGED 55 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM FRANCIS SON OF
JACOB GEORGE AND MARY BRYANT
WHO DIED THE 4th OF SEPTEMBER 1808
AGED 13 MONTHS
ALSO JACOBE GEORGE SON OF THE ABOVE
JACOB GEORGE AND MARY BRYANT
WHO DIED THE 4th OF NOVEMBER 1808
AGED 2 YEARS AND 10 MONTHS
ALSO MARY ANN DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
JACOB GEORGE AND MARY BRYANT
WHO DIED THE 25th OF MARCH 1809
AGED 7 MONTHS
ALSO WILLIAM EGERTON BRYANT SON OF
THE ABOVE DIED THE 9th OF DECEMBER [ ]

Jacob George Bryant, Surgeon and J.P. (Pigot's Directory 1824)

194.  Pedestals, east end of church, north of gate

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
LYDIA
WIFE OF CAPTAIN
JAMES A. GORDON R.N., K.C.B.
BORN MAY 12th 1787
DIED JULY 28th 1835
ALSO OF CLEMENTINA JANE
THEIR INFANT DAUGHTER
DIED MARCH 24th 1833

 

195.  Ledger set in paving, south of the tower

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
SARAH HARGOOD
DAUGHTER OF
THOMAS & ELIZABETH HARGOOD
OF THIS PARISH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[    ] OF SEPTEMBER [    ]
[    ]
[    ]
[    ]
ALSO MARY HARGOOD
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
THOMAS & ELIZABETH HARGOOD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 27th
DAY OF APRIL 1836

 

196.  Ledger set in paving, east of the tower

IN MEMORY OF
WALTER ARTHUR SON OF
WALTER AND SARAH HILLS
WHO [DIED] OCT[OBER] 1833
[AGED] 8 ? MONTHS
ALSO OF
SA[RAH] ELIZABETH
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WALTER AND SARAH HILLS
WHO DIED 30th JUNE 1849
AGED 18 YEARS

Walter Hills, Solicitor and Secretary of the Medway Steam Company (Wright's Directory 1838)

197.  Ledger set in paving, south of apse

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE HULBERT
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
[    ] OCTOBER 1803 AGED [    ] [YEARS]

George Hulbert, Brewer, P.C.C. Will dated 22nd October 1803
   Funeral to be without ostentation, and inventory to be made of estate.
   As long as wife, Mary remains his widow, she shall possess estate for her use and his two daughters, Olivia Ann Buchanan and Martha Hulbert.
   If his wife remarries, or does not carry on business of the present house, then estate, except for part she and executor shall agree to keep for her own use, to be sold.
   His son George Redmond Hulbert, one of executors, shall be paid from proceeds, £1,000, this is the sum he had lent his father, for which he has not taken interest.
   Residue of money invested in 3% Consolidated Annuities of the Bank of England in name of executors. Dividends to be paid to wife for life and £50 p.a., remainder, to daughters, equally shared. If either die without children, their share to survivor; if both die then to two sons.
   At wife's death, the £50 to daughters equally, if they die without heirs, then to two sons.
   He is guardian of Charlotte Goodchild; he places her into care of executors, and they to carry out terms of her father's will.
   As a token of friendship and regard, he gives a ring to his "highly respected and much esteemed friend", John Simmons Esq., of Rochester. The ring to be chosen by his executors.
   Wife Mary, sons George Redmond and John Spice Hulbert are executors.
   Witnesses: Robert Bengo, Richard Thompson, Surgeon, Rochester and Samuel Hanway
   Proved 27th January 1804

HUTCHINGS see PAYNE

198.  Chest Tomb, red brick base, south west of tower


PAYNE, BEAVAN AND HUTCHINGS TOMB
ON THIS SIDE, (THE SOUTH), THERE IS A SLIGHT TRACE OF AN INSCRIPTION

Inscription on Side Eroded

SAMUEL [GRANDSON ?] OF THE ABOVE
SAMUEL AND ANN PAYNE
WHO DIED THE 21st OF DECEMBER 1834 AGED 12 YEARS
MARY ANN BEAVAN
SISTER OF THE ABOVE SAMUEL PAYNE
DIED THE 23rd OF JANUARY 1849 AGED 25 YEARS
WILLIAM PAYNE ESQ. FATHER OF THE ABOVE
SAMUEL AND MARY ANN
DIED 20th SEPT. 1849 AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO SARAH WIFE OF
WILLIAM HUTCHINGS OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED THE 2nd OF APRIL 1789 AGED 63 YEARS
WILLIAM HUTCHINGS
WHO DIED THE 4th OF NOVEMBER 1789 AGED 72 YEARS
ALSO ANN PAYNE DAUGHTER OF
WILLIAM AND SARAH HUTCHINGS
WHO DIED THE 18th OF AUGUST 1816 AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO THREE DAUGHTERS AND ONE SON
[LIKE]WISE SAMUEL PAYNE HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 8th OF NOVEMBER 1817 AGED 72 YEARS

William Hutchings probably a Draper and Salesman (Bailey's Directory 1784)
May have been William Hutchings who witnessed Edward Effrey's will in 1776 ? (see South East Portion)

199.  Fragments, close to path near south wall of churchyard

IN MEMORY OF
[GEO]RGE RANDALL
[WHO] [DIED] [FEBRU]ARY 26th 1849
[    ]
[    ]
[    ] RANDALL
[    ]1849
[    ]

 

200.  Ledger set in paving, south of the tower

JOHN SIMSON
WHO DIED 11th SEPT. 1770
AGED [    ] YEARS
JOHN SIMSON
[    ] [    ] [DECEMBER] 1788
[    ]
[    ]
[CATHERINE]?
[    ] DAUGHTER OF [JOHN] ?
[AND] SUSANNAH SIMSON
WHO DIED [    ] APRIL 1789
AGED [    ]4 YEARS

 

201.  Headstone Lying on Ground Close to North West Norman Door


EDWARD SMITH, MALTSTER, DIED 1702
MOVED FROM ORIGINAL POSITION TO PATH AROUND WEST SIDE OF CHURCH

HERE LIETH [THE BODY OF]
EDWARD SMITH, MALTSTER
CONSTABLE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST 22nd ? 1702 AGED
[ ]9 YEARS LEAVING ISSUE
[3 SONS & 2] D[AUGHTERS] EDWARD,
JOHN & THOMAS, SARAH ? &
ELIZABETH

Edward Smith, Maltster, Consistory Court of Rochester Will dated 18th August 1702
   He is "weak in body"
   To son William, £40; to sons Edward, John and Thomas, and daughters, Sarah, Elizabeth and Mary, £400 each at 21 or day of marriage for daughters. Goods, chattels, etc. to wife Sarah, who is executor.
   Shaky signature
   Witnesses: John ----- ?, Richard Higgins and Daniel Eversfield

202.  Ledger set in paving, east of the tower

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF
Mrs. MARGARET TOWERS WIFE
OF Mr. JOHN TOWERS WHO
DIED THE 8th OF AUGUST 1803
AGED 45 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE
Mr. JOHN TOWERS
DIED 7th ? DECEMBER 1826
AGED 78 YEARS

John Towers, Superannuated Clerk H.M. Dockyard, Chatham (Master Attendant's Clerk, H.M. Dockyard, Chatham) (Universal British Directory 1790's)
P.C.C. Will dated 28th January 1826
   Ready money, arrears of pension, goods and personal estate to friend Edmund James Jeyes of Chatham, Victualler; Jeyes is executor.
   Witnesses: D.B.Lewis, Attorney, Rochester and E.W. Wickham, his Clerk
   Proved 8th February 1827

203.  Ledger set in paving, south side of tower

[HANNAH WARING]
[    ]
[    ]
ALSO Mr. GUSTAVUS WARING
WHO DIED DECEMBER [    ] [182]0
AGED 68 YEARS

204.  Portland stone tablet, c.40"x 30"x 6", face down, in N.E. Section

REBUILT
A.D.1819
REVD. J. LAW, D.D.
MINISTER
A.C. WINDEYER  }  CHURCH         
WM. ASHENDEN   }          WARDENS

Commemoration Tablet
(This remains face down)
The Medieval church was replaced by a new structure in 1788. The 1819 rebuilding referred to, may have been for a vestry? There was a brick, slate roofed building adjoining the north side of the church. In a photograph of the demolition of the 1788 church in the 1880's, this building is clearly visible. Dr. John Law was Archdeacon of Rochester and was Vicar of Chatham, 1784-1827, Archibald Charles Windeyer was a Baker; and William Ashenden, a Carpenter and Builder

 

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Names Index
ACKWORTH 42
ACWORTH 23
ADAMS 26
ADAMSON 27
AGGAR 135
ALMOND 19
ASHDOWNE 28
ASHENDEN 204
AUSTEN 136

BAKER 29
BALDOCK 137
BALE 30
BATE 31
BATES 138
BEAVAN 198
BEEKE 139
BELL 62
BEVERSTOCK 140

BLOUD 77
BODDINGTON 141
BOLDOCK 110
BOND 32
BOORMAN 33
BORER 34
BOWER 65
BRADBURY 35
BRANAN 27
BRYANT 193
BUCHANAN 126
BUCK 143
BUDDEN 36
BUNCE 37
BURKETT 69
BURROWS 16
BURTENSHAW 3
BURTON 84, 144
BUTLER 47
BYCRAFT 38
CANE 145
CARTER 39, 146
CATLETT 40
CAZENEUVE 41 42
CHAMBERS 121
CHAPMAN 43
CHAPPLE 147
CHASE 44
CHESMAN 46
CHILD 148
CHURCH 45
CHURCHILL 40
CLARK 149
CLEMENTS 150
COLLEY 46
COSTOBODIE 172
CROCKFORD 146
CROFT 46
CUNNINHAM 47

DADD 47
DAFFORNE 48, 49, 50
DAWES 69
DICKERSON 51
DUPORT 52

EASTREY 53
EFFREY 54
ELLIS 20

FAIRHALL 151
FARR55
FAWLER 56
FIELD 57, 121
FLEMING 1
FOREMAN 152
FORSTER 161
FRANKLIN 177
FRIEND 58

GANNIKELL 153
GEORGE 154
GIBBS 165
GILBERT 42, 169
GORDON 194
GOUGH 71
GREEN 56, 59
GREENFIELD 155
GUY 60

HACK 61
HADDELL 21
HAMILTON 62
HAMLEY 63
HANNA 156
HARGOOD 195
HARTLY 64
HASSELL 65
HASTHICK 11
HAYLER 66
HEPBURN 177
HICKES 67
HIGGINS 78
HILLS 196
HODGES 68
HOOPER 69
HORLEY 157
HOWARD 158
HOWELL 68
HUBBARD 70, 71
HUCKLE 72
HULBERT 197
HUMPHREYS 73
HUNTER 99
HURD? 75
HUTCHINGS 198
INGRAM 109
IRONS 76
IRWIN 6

JACKSON 77, 78, 98, 159
JARMON 79
JEFFERYS 121
JENNINGS 80
JOBSON 160

KING 81
KIRBY 161
KITE 162

LAMPERD 163
LANDEN 29, 61
LANE 82, 83
LAW 204
LIGHT 164
LLOYD 47, 84, 85
LOGIE 95
LONG 86, 87
LOWEN 67
LUCEY 7

Section A  1-25       Section B  26-134        Section C  135-192       Section D  193-204

MANLEY 69
MANSFIELD 165
MARK 140
MARSHALL 88
MASTERS 89
MATHIAS 90
MAWBY 166
MAXWEL 167
McCRUMMEN 91
MEAD 92
MEREDITH 15
MILLER? 168
MILLFORD 163
MILLS 169
MITCHELL 93

MONK 94
MONTGOMERIE 90
MOORE 84
MORRIS 95,150, 170
MUDDLE 61
MUNN 61

NASH 171
NICHOLASS 25
NOBLE 61
NORTH 96
NORTHCOTE 97

ORREN 6
OULSON 98
PAGE 42
PAINE 99, 106
PALLISER 172
PARFITT 100
PARLBY 101
PAUL 174
PAYNE 198
PEARNE 173
PETTS 18
PETTY 174
POTTEN 102
PRATTEN 103
PROCTOR 175
PROSSER 176
RANDALL 199
REA 10
REDMAN 57, 104
REED 57
RENNOLLS 179, 104
RICH 105
RICHARDSON 177, 182
RISKELLEY 106
ROBBINS 178
ROBINSON 179
ROGERS 180

SANDERTON 99
SHOLL 107
SHOTWATER 146
SIMSON 200
SKINNER 108
SMITH 58, 109, 110, 111, 181, 
   182, 183, 201
SPARKES55
SPENCER 69
STEELE 32
STEPHENS 112
STRANGE 184

STROUGHILL 2
SUTHERLAND 113
SWANTON 125

TERRY 114
TESTER 115
THOMAS 21, 116
TILBY 117
TOWERS 202
TRATTLES
TRIBE 119
TROTT 120
TROY 41, 42
TURNER 149
TUSON 121
TYHURST 123
TYLER 8

VINALL 185


WALCOTT 189
WALKER 186
WALL 37, 61, 124
WALSINGHAM 89
WALTER 47, 125
WARING 203
WARRE 172
WEATHERALL 126
WEEDEN 127
WEEKS 128
WELDISH 123
WEST 144, 152
WESTON 72
WHITE 13, 187
WHITEHEAD 25, 129
WIGHTMAN 130
WILDISH 123
WILKINS 188
WILKINSON 12
WILLARD 131
WILLS 132
WINCH 133
WINDEYER 134, 204
WISEMAN 189
WOOD 190

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