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Memorial Inscriptions of St. Michael's, Smarden and
surrounding non-conformist chapels.
by Frank Bamping 21 January 2004
Michael's Churchyard, Tilden
Chapel, Spier's Ash
Burying Ground, Sanders
The Reverend Francis Haslewood was born in Smarden on May 2nd,
1840, at the Rectory where his father, Frederick Fitzherbert Haslewood was the
incumbent from 1857, having previously been the curate.
Francis Haslewood soon after becoming an Associate of King's College, London, in
1863, became curate of St. Peter's ad Vincula, The Tower, London. His next post,
in 1864, was as priest at St. Mary's, Bryanston Square, London. In 1866 he moved
to nearby St. Luke's in Marylebone, London. This post was evidently not too
demanding as he began compiling his Antiquities of Smarden, Kent. This
first venture into private publishing, with the results of his research, was to
appear in 1866 from his address at 30, York Street, in the West End of London.
The Antiquities was printed in two versions, an octovo and a quarto,
priced at 10s.6d. and 12s.6d. respectively!
In 1875 he left the Rectory at Benenden as he was preferred by the Lord
Chancellor Selbourne to become Rector of St. Matthew's, Ipswich, in Suffolk, and
also by then had been elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and in
1874, a Life Member of the Kent Archaeological Society.
Haslewood's interest in Smarden continued in spite of his living in Suffolk and
in 1886 he produced his Memorials of Smarden, Kent, again privately
published. With this work he completed his researches into every aspect of
Smarden's history, which included all the monumental inscriptions he found there
in both the churchyard of the established church of St. Michael's as well as all
those of the surrounding non-conformist chapels. What follows is his
transcription of these in which he had a particular interest as a Member of the
National Society for Preserving the Memorials of the Dead.
As an active member of the Kent Archaeological Society he contributed three
papers to Archaeologia Cantiana on Smallhythe Church in Volume 14 and The
Rectors of Pluckley, and Pevington and its Rectors both in Volume 22.
His forays into private publishing included little pamphlet studies of The
Parish of Chislet (1887), The Parish of Benenden (1889) and The
Parish of Pluckley (1899).
The Reverend Haslewood's interest in publishing did not end with his two books
on the village of Smarden. Whilst living in Ipswich he produced his monumental
work of 350 pages entitled Ipswich Inscriptions containing every
inscription he found in the Suffolk Parish together with a map of the
churchyard, notes from the registers, and the Davy papers and other material
which he found in the British Museum [now The British Library].
The Author's interests extended into genealogy, not only of his own family, but
into other families as well, such as in his book The Genealogy of the Family
of Dering. In this book he reproduced the original Visitation of the County,
wills, extracts from the parish registers and Dering monumental inscriptions, in
full, from Canterbury, Charing, Little Chart, Pluckley, Ripon and Rolvenden,
among other parishes. The work also contains a tabulated pedigree and an
heraldic shield with sixty quarterings.
Naturally, Haslewood also turned to his own family and produced three books. In
one, The Genealogy of the Family of Haslewood, he deals with his own
Shropshire Branch of the family which he manages to trace back to 1414, with
biographical memoirs, wills, parish registers and private documents. The two
other books on Haslewood genealogy covered branches firstly in Worcestershire,
Rutland and Northampton; and secondly in Staffordshire, Warwickshire and
The Reverend Francis Haslewood's very productive life drew to a close in 1900.
Memorials of Smarden, Kent, 1886 by Rev. Francis Haslewood,
F.S.A. (Pages 85 to 219)
IN THE CHANCEL
A memorial beneath the East window.
 In memory of Charlotte Elizabeth, wife of Rev. F.F. Haslewood, Rector of
Smarden: died in London, June 12th, 1867, aged 63 years, and buried at Kensal
Green [West London]. By her husband and children.
White marble tablet on South wall.
 In Memory of Mr. Jacob Turner late of London, Merchant, second son of
Captain Jacob Turner of this Parish: born in July 1643: marryed in November:
1676: to Mary Knightley second Daughter of Lucy Knightley of London: Merchant,
of the Family of Fausley, in Northanptonshire, by whom he had Issue: 3 sons:
& 5 Daughters, of which only two survived him viz. Thomas Turner and Anne
Marryed to Stephen Ram of London, Goldsmith: he departed this life the 5th day
of July, 1709 Aged 66 years Note that this Mr. Jacob Turner gave in his life
time 100 pounds for the Repairs of this Church: and also laid out 100 pounds
more in a purchase of Land; the rent whereof is Yearly to be distributed in the
poorest of this Parish as Appears by the Deed of Trust made in 1686
Of parts and parentage I cannot boast, and need not tell of what I got or
lost. I've liv'd, and whether well or ill, I am gone, before the Reader to
receive me Doome. If well, praise God. If ill, the worst is mine, Mend then the
failures of my life in thine.
[The Tablet was raised a few feet to admit the new stone doorway. Arms over:-
Per fess, sa. and erm. a pale, countercharged, and three fer-de-moline, two and
one, or. Crest:- A lion, sejant, erm, holding in the dexter paw a fer-de-moline
or. For pedigree see Berry, page 274, and Archaelogia Cantiana, vi. 292. For
that of Knightley, History of County Northampton, by Geo. Baker, i., 383.]
ON THE FLOOR OF CHANCEL
[3a] He .....Ca .....M ......& W ....Parish ..3 Sons ..she ..... of
Who died May ye 30 in the year 17 of his age.
[This was to Anne, daughter of John Marshall, of Halden, wife of George Carter,
gentleman, and for the latter, who died in 1728. (Hasted vii., 483.) The
Register has:- 1723 August 1. Marian Carter, wife of George Carter. 1728 June 2.
Mr George Carter. He was Churchwarden in 1718.]
BLACK SLATE ON THE FLOOR.
[3b] To the Memory of the Revd. Mr. SOLOMON PAWLEY, Late Vicar of Aylsham in
Norfolk who departed this Life the 4th April 1777 Aged Seventy Five
Years. N.B. He was Curate of this Parish 18 Years. [The Parish Registers at
Aylsham throw no light upon Pawley's history, and there is no record of him in
There are two large slabs without inscriptions, though one bears the matrix of a
small brass plate.
On the front panel of the Organ
 In memory of Mr. William Hinds, of this parish died 25th March,
1869 Aged 79 years O Praise the Lord Sing praise unto our God. [Mr. Hinds
was one of the largest contributors to the Restoration of the Church, but died
before the work was accomplished.]
IN THE NAVE
White marble tablet in the East corner of the North wall of Nave.
 Sacred to the memory of HANNAH WOOLLEY whose remains are interred in a vault
in this churchyard She departed this life the xxth day of December
MDCCLXXXVIII, aged xxxii years also of JOHN and FRANCIS WOOLLEY father and
mother of the above. FRANCIS WOOLLEY died the xith of May, MDCCCIII
aged LXXXV years. JOHN WOOLLEY died the xxth of February MDCCCXVIII
aged LXXXVII years. They left issue one son JOHN CHARLES. Likewise of John
Charles Woolley whose valued life was closed the IIIrd of October,
MDCCCXVIII, aged LVII years. This monument was erected by his affectionate
White marble tablet between the windows near the grotesque head, formerly on the
East wall of the old chancel arch.
 Underneath this Pew lie the Remains of CHARLES JAMES OTWAY, Esq., late of
Romden in this Parish, and those of his dearly beloved, and most affectionate
Wife, Lady BRIDGET OTWAY Daughter of Bazil, Earl of Denbigh, they had Issue
three Sons & two Daughters, (viz.) Charles, James, Richard, Elizabeth &
Bridget. The two eldest are interred here, as are Also the Remains of COLONEL
JAMES OTWAY & ELIZABETH his wife, Father and Mother of the above Charles
James. Colonel Otway was Governor of St. Philip's Castle in the Island of
Minorca where He Died. Likewise the Remains of Bridget Otway of Ashford, the
Youngest and last survivor of the above Worthy Family were here deposited the 15th
day of October 1804.
[Beneath are the Arms coloured Quarterly: 1st and 4th Argent, a chevron sable,
over it a pile az. countercharged; 2nd and 3rd sable, a dolphin embowed argent,
impaling over the Austrian eagle displayed, sa., a shield argent, on a fess
azure, three lozenges, or. Crest:- an ox on a helmet. Motto:- In cölo quies.
For Pedigree showing this match see Earl of Denbigh in Burkes's Peerage. A sword
which formerly hung over the Romden pew is now at Chillington House, Maidstone.]
IN THE CHURCHYARD
 In memory of GEORGE ACRES of this parish who departed this life May 21st
1858, Aged 74 years Leaving a widow 4 sons & 2 daughters, (viz.)
Thomas-Wood, Austin-Neame, George, John-Rigden-Neame, Harriett and Susannah.
Also of SUSANNAH wife of the above died July 29th 1875 aged 87 years.
Her end was peace.
 In memory of THOMAS WOOD of this Parish, yeoman, who departed this life June
10th 1843 aged 87 years. Also of SUSANNAH wife of the above named who
died April 21st 1848 aged 82 years. Left issue surviving two sons and
 In memory of Elizabeth, wife of Uriah BARHAM of this parish who died March
23 1775 Aged 44 years. Also Uriah their son died an infant.
 A flat stone in path Beneath This Stone are Deposited The Remains of JOHN
JUDGE Late of Camberwell, Surrey who died .... September 1832 Aged 61 Years.
[The Register states he was buried September 12th.]
On the East wall of the chancel.
 JOHN WILMOT died February 7th 1854 Aged 84 Years MARGARET, his
Wife died October 3rd 1813, Aged 44 Years. JOHN (their son) died
April 15th 1817, Aged 25 Years. Left surviving WILLIAM, MARY, THOMAS,
ROBERT JANE and MARGARET.
SOUTH SIDE OF CHURCHYARD
 Here lyeth the Body of Thomas Jeffery of this Parish, Yeoman, he departed
this Life March the 3rd 1745 in the 65 Year of this Age. Here Lieth
interred the Body of Elizabeth Jeffery Wife of Thomas Jeffery of this Parish who
departed this Life May the 4th in 1743, in the 67th Year
of her Age.
 In memory of RICHARD son of WILLIAM and EMMELINE OFFEN of this Parish who
died December 11th 1840, aged 14 months. also MARY OFFEN Who died
December 2nd 1840, aged 4 weeks. also Charles who died in his
infancy, Angels the Infants Requiem sing. With vernal blossoms deck the Tomb,
Fair emblems of that joyful Spring, When these sweet Flowers again shall Bloom.
 In Memory of SARAH WIFE of JOHN HOOKER From Little Biddenden in this
Parish, who died the 24th of December 1790, Aged 53 Years. Left Issue
two Daughters, MARY and SARAH. Be patient under Affliction. Also the above JOHN
HOOKER died November the 11th 1808, Aged 74 Years. And what I say
unto you I say unto all watch.
 Double headed stone Left-hand: Here lies the Body of THOMAS GEORGE late
of this Parish who died July the 25th 1715 Aged 41 Years. Right-hand:
Here also lies the Body of ELIZA: Wife of the said THO: GEORGE who died December
21st 1735 aged 51 Years. left Issue 2 Sons & 2 Daughters. namely
Elizabeth, Thomas, Jonah and Sarah.
Inserted in the wall beneath the vestry windows.
 T.MUNN 1787. Aged 86 Clark 57 years. ELIZ. MUNN 1745
A white coped marble monument within iron railings, close to the Vestry.
 In Fond Remembrance of SARAH, the beloved wife of JAMES BRUNGER of this
parish, died February 29th 1884, aged 65.
[18a] Sacred to the memory of THOMAS WICKENS of this Parish, who died October
the 23rd 1852, aged 72 years. Also Mary-Ann wife of the above who
died September 19th 1870, aged 79 years. Also Mary daughter of the
above who died June the 11th 1835, aged 6 years. Also Thomas their
son who died June the 16th 1843, aged 24 years. Also John their sone
who died February the 29th 1844, aged 28 years. Also Charles their
son who died January 28th 1879, aged 66 years. [Charles Wickens was
Gardener to the Rev. F.F. Haslewood for about nineteen years.]
A coped stone within iron railings.
[18b] In loving memory of ARTHUR son of WILLIAM and ESTHER BEAN, of Lodge Place,
Great Chart, who died October 7th 1876, aged 5 weeks. Also JANETTA,
daughter of W. and E. BEAN, who died June 27th 1879, aged 7 months. Thy
will be done.
Flat stone within iron railings.
 In loving memory of SUSANNAH, daughter of WILLIAM and ESTHER BEAN, of this
parish; who died June 14th 1871: aged 1 year and 2 months. Also
WILLIAM THOMAS son of the before named who died June 22nd 1871; aged
3 months Suffer little children to come unto me.
 Double headed stone. In Memory of JOHN STRUTFIELD of this Parish;
Bricklayer, who died November the 2nd 1762 aged 69 years. Here lieth
the Body of MARY the wife of JOHN STRUTFIELD who died August the 1st
in 1737, aged 33 years. Also, on son and one daughter Samuel and Elizabeth
Interred here Left issue one daughter MARY.
 In memory of EDWARD FRY from Mayfield in the County of Sussex; and late of
this Parish, Blacksmith, who died May the 9th 1782. Aged 87 years. This
life is a scene of vanity that affords no Solid Satisfaction, but in the
Consciousness of doing well and in hopes of Another life. This stone is
Erected by his Executors WILLIAM FRY and EDWARD APPS.
 In memory of WILLIAM FRY of this Parish he departed this life the 26th
of January 1818 Aged 90 Years. A beloved Friend here doth lie, Who's gone to
Eternity, Oh may the Lord our Soul prepare, To meet with him in Comfort there.
 In Memory of AMY Wife of ROBERT FRY, of this Parish, Blacksmith; who
died July the 21st 1801, Aged 23 Years. Left Issue Two Daughters
(viz.) MARY and SARAH. Also of Robert FRY, who died January the 3rd
1831 Aged 68 Years. Left issue 2 sons WILLIAM and JOHN, by his second Wife.
 On a card. In Memory of EMILY GRACE AUSTEN who died August 7th
1872 aged 11 months. The Shepherd will not let them go, His fold is on the
golden shore; And they are safe, and glad, and warm, Far from the night-wind and
the storm. He shall gather the Lambs.
 A coped stone WILLIAM FRY of Great Chart, died June 23rd 1883
aged 76 years. Thy will be done.
 In memory of JOHN NICKELS Of this parish who died January 16th
1863 aged 66 years. Also JAMES his brother who died October 3rd 1850
aged 52 years. Also the children of JAMES, (viz.) ELIZABETH, died December 21st
1844 aged 22 years. GEORGE, died February 24th 1845 aged 3 years and
5 months. JAMES died July 31st 1855 aged 28 years.
A very thick stone.
 Sacred to the Memory of JAMES OTTAWAY who died December the 1st
1827 aged 72 years. Also of SUSANNAH Wife of James Ottaway who died December the
21st 1815 aged 60 yearsLeft issue 4 sons and 3 daughters.
 Sacred to the memory of ANN the beloved wife of RICHARD WELCH, who fell
asleep in Jesus March 3rd 1862 aged 52 years. Blessed are the dead
which die in the Lord. Rev. 14c. 13v.
A coped granite monument within iron railings, close to the South Porch.
 In loving memory of MARIA AUSTEN who died 21st October 1883 aged
Altar tomb next to the South Porch.
 Here lyeth the Body of FRANCES the Wife of THOMAS HAFFENDEN who was Buried
the 14 day of March 1683 Aged ..... yeares. Left Issue on daughter. (N.B. The
age is not given in the Register.) Here lyeth Interred the Body of THOMAS
HAFFENDEN, Gent., who departed this Life the 24 day of February 1701 and in the
74 yeare of his age and left Issue two daughters Marrian and Elizabeth.
Double headed stone near South Porch.
 GEORGE CARY late of this Parish, Yeoman, died August the 10 1725. Aged 62
years. Margaret his Wife died July the 28 1725 aged 48 years. Likewise 3 of
their children ELIZ died July the 19 1724 aged 24 years. SUSANNA died September
4 1708 aged 3 years. JOHN died December 2 1710 aged 3 years. Left issue 2
daughters FRANCES & ANN.
 Lyeth Buried the Bodye of JOHN HAFFENDEN the Husband of Mary Haffenden who
deceased this life the 10th daye of August 1667. Hee was aged 34
yeares. Hee had issue two children a sonne and daughter both deceased and are
Double headed stone with skull and crossbones.
 Left-hand: In Memory of JOHN OTTAWAY, of this Parish Yeoman.... November 4th
Right-hand: In Memory, of MARY second Wife of JOHN Ottaway who departed this
life aged 75 years. December the 1787. On the other side. MARY OTTAWAY died
January 25th 1763 aged 20 years.
Double headed stone unusually thick carved with a cherub and hourglass.
 Left-hand: In Memory of JAMES OTTAWAY of this Parish Senior who died March
13th 1797, aged 72 years.
Right-hand: In Memory of ANN, Wife of JAMES OTTAWAY, Senior of this Parish who
died February 13th 1795 aged 69
On the side of a high Altar tomb.
 In Memory of SUSANNA Wife of JOHN OTTAWAY and daughter of Henry and Mary
Bridges who died December 26th 1715 aged 28 years. Left issue on son
In Memory of JOHN Son of John and Susanna OTTAWAY of this Pariah, Yeoman who
died May 5th 1763 aged 48 years.
On the East End. This Tomb was Erected by his Executor JAMES OTTAWAY.
 (An Altar Tomb) Here lieth the body of JACOB TURNER decised the 25 of
August 1672: aged 58 yeares, had issue 9, left 4 living 2 sones and 2 daeters.
(On the opposite side) Here lyeth also interred the body of RICHARD TURNER
eldest son of Jacob Turner of this Parish who deceased the 28th day
of April 1686 Leaving issue five sons and one daughter aged forty four years and
nine months. (On the East End) Here lyeth also interred the Body of HENRY TURNER
who deceased the 28 day of April 1686 aged one year and two months youngest son
of RICHARD TURNER.
Small stone very thick
 Here lyeth also inter red the Body of JOHN TURNER who deceased the 13th
day of November 1686 aged about 4 yeares, son of Richard Turner.
Tall upright stone
 Erected to the memory of Mr. HENRY OTTAWAY, late of the Parish, Timber
Merchant, Who Died September 27th 1795 aged 60 years. Also of
FRANCES, Wife of the above named HENRY OTTAWAY: Who Died May 24th
1762, aged 24 years, by whom he had issue one son named Henry. Also of
ELIZABETH, second Wife of the said HENRY OTTAWAY, Who Died August 6th
1784 aged 22 years by whom he had also Issue 4 sons and 1 daughter namely John,
Samuel, Elizabeth, James and Charles, also Margaret his third Wife Who Died
November 17th 1780 Aged 66 Years.
Within iron railings
 In Loving memory of FRANCIS - GILBERT - STAWELL MARSHALL, died May 17th
1877, aged 2 years.
He shall gather the lambs with his arms.
 Here lyeth Interred the Body of HENRY BRIDGES Son of Henry and Margaret
Bridges who departed this Life the 15th day of February 1715 Aged 25
 Here lyeth Interred the Body of JANE HOLMES the widow of WILL HOLMES who
departed this Life the 26 day of January 1715 Aged 29 Years.
 Sacred to the memory of JAMES LARGE, of this Parish, who died June 17th
1837, aged 70 years. He was the kindest of Husbands, and a true and faithful
Neighbour. Also MARY his wife, who died March 11th 1845, aged 73
Double headed stone with scull and hourglass.
 Left-hand Here lyeth Interred the Body of JOHN, son of Henry and Margaret
Bridges, who departed this Life December the 2nd 1715 Aged 34 Years,
and had issue by SARAH his Wife 5 sons. Here also Lyeth HENRY, son of JOHN and
SARAH BRIDGES who died February the 26th 1715 Aged 5 Years.
Right-hand Also here lies the Body of SARAH Wife of FRANCIS JORDAN of this
Parish, Former Wife of John Bridges she died September 30th 1726 Aged
43 Years. Left issue by Francis Jordan one Son and one Daughter George and
 Erected to the memory of JONATHAN LARGE, of this Parish, who departed this
life April 6th 1837 aged 75 years. also SARAH LARGE, wife of the above, who
departed this life August 7th 1856 aged 76 years. Left issue 3 sons
and 1 daughter (viz) John, Joseph, Sarah and James.
 In memory of SARAH Wife of JOHN LARGE, of this Parish; who departed this
life September the 9th 1791, aged 59 years. also the above said JOHN
LARGE, departed this life September the 27th 1804, aged 73 years.
Likewise two of their sons, Benjamin and Charles, who died in their infancy.
Left issue; surviving four sons, (viz) Jonathan, Joseph, James and William.
Coffin shaped stone.
 In memory of JOSEPH LARGE who died March 25th 1855 aged 58
 CHARLES LARGE, Ob: 1776 Aged 7 Years.
 Here lyeth the Body of Thomas JONES, senior, who lived to the age of 54
yeares and departed this life the 26 of May Anno dni 1682. He had issue ten
children by his wife Elizabeth and left 4 Sons and 3 daughters alive.
 Here Lyeth Interred the Body of JOHN JONES who departed this Life the 5 day
of July 1713 Aged 49 Years.
 In Memory of EMILY, Daughter of WILLIAM and EMILY OFFEN, who died 14th
day of January 1876, aged 2 years and 4 months. Suffer little children to
come unto me and forbid them not: for such is the Kingdom of God. Luke xviii 16.
(Pair of Coffin shaped stones.)
 Sacred to the memory of RICHARD OFFEN, yeoman, of this Parish, who departed
this life June 28th 1843, aged 74 years. Also MARY, Wife of the above
who departed this life June 21st 1846, aged 79 years. Left issue 2
sons, viz., John and William.
 In loving memory of WILLIAM OFFEN of this parish, died January 10th
1882, aged 82 years. Left surviving a widow, 2 sons and 4 daughters viz William,
Grace, John, Emeline, Selina, and Sarah. Also of Winifred, daughter of the above
died January 6th 1877, aged 27 years. Also of Richard, Mary and
Charles, died in their infancy.
 In memory of Mr. JOHN OFFEN, who departed this Life March 24th
1804 Aged Sixty three Years.
Here rests the mortal part of One, who knew The Christian's Hope and
kept his End in View, Religion's path devoutly firm he trod, Fervent his Praises
and his Prayers to God. His Life was formed on no Fanatic Plan Love to his God
breath'd Charity to Man: He Strove by Works a Christian's Faith to Suit, Aware,
who cursed the Fig-Tree wanting Fruit.
Also In Memory of MARGARET his Wife, died January 25 1810 Aged 69 years, of
their two sons and a daughter deceased, George aged three years; Thomas nine
months; and Elizabeth twenty eight years. Their issue living are Henry, John
William, Richard, Essex, Benjamin, Winifrid, Wilkins, Margaret, Mary, Grace,
Susan and Phillis.
 Sacred to the memory of JOSEPH JUDGE who died October 20th 1802,
aged 67 years. Also SUSANNAH his wife died May the 28th 1822, aged 91
years. Left issue three sons and two daughters (viz) Joseph, William, Jasper,
Mary and Susan. MARY TUTTY daughter of the above who died October 13th 1862
aged 96 years.
[N.B. The Register contains this entry:- 1785. John Tutty, Bachelor and Mary
Judge of Boxley married 10 November.]
 Sacred to the Memory of SARAH Daughter of John and Sarah STEVENS of this
Parish, who died May the 12th 1823, aged 8 months.
 (A double headed stone.) Left-hand: In memory of JOHN HICKS, who died
November the 15th 1750, aged 75 years. Right-hand: Here lyes MARY
wife of JOHN HICKS who died February the 1st 1736 aged 55 years. She
left issue one daughter namely Mary.
 In affectionate remembrance of JOHN WOOD late of Brick House Farm,
Headcorn, who died December 3rd 1876 aged 67 years In the midst of
life, we are in death.
(Two coffin-shaped stones.)
 Sacred To the Memory of SARAH daughter of JOSEPH and ELIZABETH JUDGE, who
died March 9th 1849 aged 53 years. Whate'er we do, where'er we be,
we'er travelling to the grave.
 Sacred to the memory of JOSEPH JUDGE who died July 19th 1849
aged 75 years Also of Elizabeth wife of Joseph Judge, who died December 29th
1830, also MARTHA daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Judge, who died December 12th
1805, aged 4 years and 8 months. Left surviving 5 sons and 2 daughters, viz.
JOHN, JOSEPH, CHARLES, JAMES, WILLIAM, SARAH and ANN.
 Sacred to the Memory of JOSEPH JUDGE who died June 19th 1793
aged 54 years. Also SARAH wife of John Judge, who died May 11th 1778
aged 42 years. Likewise JOHN son of JOHN and SARAH JUDGE, who died August 6th
1786 aged 18 years. also SARAH their daughter who died December 9th
1793 aged 8 years. and of WILLIAM their son who died in his infancy 1778.
 In memory of WILLIAM EVENDEN of this parish who died June 16th 1821
aged 72 years. Also HANNAH wife of the above died February 20th 1827
aged 80 years. May all who stop to view this Stone, Remember Death takes Old
and young And all prepare while Life is given, To meet their Judge to dwell in
Heaven. Left issue three sons and one daughter (viz) William, Joseph,
Charles and Harriot. Also MARIA their daughter who died April the 1st
1794 aged 3 years and 11 months.
Close to the Tower (South side).
 In memory of ELIZA ALBERTINA wife of Richard FLEET who died December 24th
1815 aged 22 years. Likewise ELIZABETH his second wife who died October 29th
1828 aged 33 years. She left issue 3 sons (viz) Thomas William, Richard John and
Joseph. Joseph died April 3rd 1829 aged 5 years. Thomas William died
August 7th 1835 aged 16 years. Also ELIZABETH WINCH his third wife
who died November 29th 1847 aged 42 years..
 In memory of HENRY CHEESMAN late of this Parish, Yeoman. Who died 6th
March 1777 aged 68 years. Also MARY his wife died 25th November 1779
aged 70 years.He left issue Henry, John and Thomas.
 This stone is erected to the memory of HENRY CHEESMAN of this parish who
departed this life January the 2nd 1823 aged 78 years. Train up a
child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. And
of MARY his wife who departed this life October the 9th 1826 aged 77
 In affectionate remembrance of ROBERT WILMOT who died at Thurnham April 21st
1827 aged 75 years. Also of HARRIOT his wife who died June 15th
1870 aged 56 years. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.
 In Loving Memory of JOHN COOPER of this parish who died April 11th
1879 aged 62 years. Leaving a widow and four sons, George, Joseph, Eli and
Albert, also of the deceased children of the above, Esther died December 27th
1856 aged 2 years and 2 months. Eleanor died January 29th 1857 aged 4
years and 3 months. Emma died November 14th 1870 aged 24 years. Thy
will be done.
Near the Tower.
 In memory of ABRAHAM OTTAWAY who died October 5th 1784 aged 42
years. Also of Mary his wife who died June 2nd 1810 aged 76. Leaving
issue 1 son and 1 daughter viz. John and Mary. And also of JOHN OTTAWAY son of
the above who died November 5th 1813 aged 41. Also of Sarah his wife
who died May 14th 1850 aged 76.
 Double Headed Stone. Here lyeth the body of THOMAS GILHAM of this Parish,
Yeaman, who departed this life August the 17th 1724 aged 73 years.
Here lyeth the body of MARY the wife of THOMAS GILHAM who departed this life
July the 24th 1725 aged 63 years. Left issue John Gilhamand Elizabeth
 To the memory of WILLIAM WOOD late of this Parish, Yeoman who died the 9th
of November 1814 aged 64 years. Leaving issue by Mary his wife two sons and five
daughters (viz) William, Charles, Sarah, Elizabeth, Hannah, Winney and Harriot. Farewell
my dear and faithful wife, My sons and daughters too, Tho' never in this mortal
life Again you must me view: Close in Our Saviour's footsteps tread, Of love
divine possess'd with the dead, Your souls will be at rest. Also MARY his
wife who died the 25th of March 1839 aged 82 years.
 Sacred To the memory of ELIZABETH WOOD Wife of Charles Wood, of this
Parish, Yeoman; who departed this life December the 9th 1817 aged 19
years. In prime of life as you may see, I left my friends to mourn for me,
Grieve not dear friends at my decease, For Christ I hope has made my peace; And
none can tell beneath the sun, How soon their glass will cease to run; But all
know this, that death's keen dart Will soon the dearest couple part; Therefore
prepare thro' grace divine, Meekly each other to resign. Also the above
CHARLES WOOD who died the 12th April 1834 aged 38 years.
 Sacred to the memory of JANE wife of GEORGE MUNN and daughter of William
FITCH of this Parish who died November 6th 1853 aged 32 years. Also
JANE their daughter died May 10th 1853 aged 3 months. Left issue 4
children, George, Grace, Mary and Thomas.
Double headed stone.
 Left-hand Here lyeth interred the body of CHRISTOPHER HAWKES who departed
this life the 20th day of September 1727. Right-hand Here lieth the
body of MARY wife of CHRISTOPHER FULLAGAR she died September the 17th 1737.
[In the Register 1700, June 4. Christopher Fullagur, Householder.]
 Sacred to the memory of HARRIOT HOMEWOOD Wife of JAMES HOMEWOOD, Yeoman, of
this Parish who died September 29th 1831 aged 39 years. Leaving
surviving 7 children viz 4 sons and 3 daughters. Also of EMMA who died an
infant. My children dear: I bid you all adieu! By God's command, I leave this
world and you, And trust my friends whom I have left behind, Will give you
comfort, and you be kind.
 HIS Sacred to the memory of JAMES HOMEWOOD of this Parish who died April 22nd
1859 aged 65 years. Left surviving seven children four sons and three daughters.
James, William Edward, Charles, Harriett, Elizabeth and Emmeline. Adieu vain
world I've seen enough of thee And now I'm careless what thou say'st of me What
faults you knew in me take care to shun And look at home, enough there's to be
 Sacred to the memory of JANE wife of WILLIAM LILLY who died April 22nd
1841 aged 35 years. Leaving 8 children, 3 sons and 5 daughters, who are all
married and living in the State of Wisconsin, N. America. A.D. 1862. My
children are fled to a foreign land, Where there are wars and desolation; May
God protect them with his hand, In that distressed nation. * Also of
the above WILLIAM LILLY who died November 21st 1876 aged 74 years
leaving a widow and 2 sons. [* Referring to the War in the United
 Sacred to the memory of MARY ANN the beloved wife of WILLIAM SKINNER,
Victualler, of Yalding in this County and second daughter of Mr. WILLIAM FITCH,
Farmer of this Parish who departed this life January 6th 1853 aged 21
SOUTH WEST OF THE CHURCHYARD
Near the Tower.
 In memory of DANIEL MEDHURST of this Parish who departed this life the 21st
of September 1758 aged 72 years. And of two daughters both named ANNA who died
young. Also ELIZABETH his wife who departed this life September the 20th
1765 aged 75 years. Left issue one son and two daughters Daniel, Elizabeth and
 In memory of THOMAS FARLEY of this Parish who died January 5th 1792
aged 74 years. Also MARY his wife who died March 2nd 1794 aged 78
years. Left issue 1 son and 2 daughters viz Thomas, Mary and Sarah.
 Memento mori Here lieth the body of MARY LUCAS wife of JOHN LUCAS of
this Parish who died December 15th 1724 in the 104th year
of her age. Left issue one daughter Sarah wife of Francis Woollett
 Here lieth interred the body of JOHN LUKIN (The rest is illegible.)
 Here lieth the body of FRANCIS WOOLLETT of this Parish, Yeoman, who died
July 24th 1725 aged 68 years. Left issue one son and 2 daughters
John, Mary and Frances. Also the body of SARAH BASSET Former wife of Francis
WOOLLETT she died October the 29th 1743 aged 88 years.
 Here Lyes the Body of Eliz Daughter of JOHN and Eliz: WOOLLETT of this
Parish she died Aug. 26th 1731 in the 5th year of Her age.
Weep not for me My Parents dear Ere it be long You'll sleep beside me here.
 In memory of SARAH the wife of JOHN PULLEN of Cranbrook, who died December
the 16th 1757 aged 28 years.
 Here lyes the Body of ELIZABETH, daughter of JOHN LUCAS, of this Parish,
who dyed January the 23rd 1724, aged 5 years, 10 months and 7 days.
Here Also lyes the Body of ANN Daughter of JOHN and ANN LUCAS, who dyed May the
5th 1725 aged 2 years and 17 weeks.
 Here lyes the Body of John, son of JOHN LUCAS of this Parish who dyed July
the 1st 1725 aged 5 weeks and 3 days.
 Erected to the memory of JOHN PEARSON, of this Parish, who died December 8th
1855, aged 80 years. Also JANE, his wife, died June 5th 1845
aged 67 years. Also ANN their eldest daughter died February 27th 1837
aged 33 years. Also John, their eldest son, died January 14th 1848
aged 46 years. Left surviving 4 children, (viz) Richard, William, Jane and
Eliza. I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter
day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my
flesh shall I see God. Job xix chap.
 In memory of MARY, wife of WILLIAM WARD, of Bethersden: who died September
6th 1800 aged 50 years. Also the above WILLIAM WARD, who died
February 8th 1817, aged 68 years. Affliction sore long time I
bore, Physicians were in vain; Till God did please Death should me seize, And
ease me of my pain.
NEAR THE WEST DOOR
(Double headed stone)
 Left-hand: Here lies the Body of ANN Wife of JOHN AUSTEN and Daughter of
AMBROSE and ELIZABETH COVENEY Late of Brenchley who died April 11 1731 aged 37
years. Left issue 4 sons John and Daniel Ambrose and Thomas. Thomas died June 12
aged 13 weeks. Here lies Buried in one Grave Mother and a Son they are Gone to
rest amongst the blest, their hardest work done.
 In memory of MARTHA, wife of WILLIAM JELL of this parish, who died January
the 21st 1807 aged 77 years. Also of WILLIAM JELL, Yeoman, who died
August the 18th 1822 aged 86 years. Say you who meditate these
realms of Peace, Where Wisdom Courage and Ambition cease; May not the Grave some
useful lessons give Instruct the heart, and teach it how to live, Let Sacred
duties guard the tender mind, Virtue alone, true happiness can find.
 Sacred to the memory of RICHARD GOODWIN of this Parish, who died July 3rd
1846 aged 88 years. Also SARAH his wife who died May 7TH 1845 aged 89
years. Likewise of BENJAMIN-WOOLLEY GOODWIN their son who died October the 3rd
1818 aged 17 years. Also of NAOMI their daughter, wife of ROBERT LAW who
died April the 3rd 1819 aged 28 years. O Heavenly Father let thy
will be don, By thy decree we lost our youngest son; Yet nature caused a
parent's tear to fall, We must submit when thou thinks fit to call: In
Heaven we hope he'll Hallelujah sing To God and Christ our Great Eternal King. [The
Register has 1818. Benjamin Gooding, buried October 10.]
 In memory of RALPH HATCHER who departed this life the 6th of May
1805 aged 76 years. Also DORCAS his wife who departed this life the 6th
of October 1806 aged 90 years.
(Double headed stone.)
 Left-hand In memory of JOHN SHARLOCK, of Bethersden, who departed this life
May the 31st 1764 aged 76 years. Right-hand Here lieth the body of
JANE wife of JOHN SHARLOCK who died March 14 1768 aged 74 years. Left issue one
(An old stone near the houses on the South side.)
 Here Lyeth Buried the Body of THOMAS CLAGGETT who died January 21st
in the year of our Lord 1671 Aged..... Yeares and in memory of him his loving
Executrix MARGERY TONGE this stone hath erected.
[His burial is thus entered in the Parish Register:- 1671. Thomas Claggett
sepultus erat in Die Vicessimo quinto Januarii die Iovis, Secundum laudabilem
ordinem et Antiqum Morem Ecclesiae Anglicanę in eā parte benč provisā (quanquam
neglectā et contemptā.]
(On a board between two posts)
 DENNETT of this Parish who died...... [This memorial was to Stephen, the
father of James, who died in 1806, and was buried at Cranbrook, where his son
John Thomas Dennett still resides. James was twice married, the said John Thomas
being the youngest of the second family, a posthumous child.]
 In affectionate remembrance of JOHN BRUNGER of this parish who died October
14th 1869 aged 83 years. Also of CHARLOTTE wife of the above who died
February 5th 1858 aged 71 years. Leaving 1 son and 3 daughters,
James, Chaney Ann, Sarah, and Mary-Ann.
 Sacred to the memory of ANN MILLEN, died September 26th 1881
aged 73 years. Left issue five sons, and two daughters, viz: JOHN, ALFRED,
HERBERT, GEORGE, ELI, ELIZABETH and OLIVE. Whom here I in heaven but thee?
and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. LXXIII Psalm 25.26 My
flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion
(On the side of a vault with iron railings.)
 In memory of THOMAS FARLEY, YEOMAN, of this Parish; who departed this life
April 12th 1822, aged 73 years. Left issue two daughters, viz. Mary
and Sarah. Also MARY FARLEY, wife of the above who died 12th February
1832 aged 77 years.
 In memory of JOHN NOAKES, (late of Staplehurst) who died June the 19th
1806 aged 77 years. Also ELIZABETH his wife (daughter of JOHN and ELIZABETH
JELL, of this Parish) who died July 22nd 1785 aged 54 years. Likewise
JOHN their son who died January the 12th 1780 aged 20 years. Left
surviving one son and three daughters (viz) Benjamin, Ann, Elizabeth and Sarah.
 In memory of JOHN JELL of this Parish, Yeoman, who died July the 8th
1772 aged 69 years. Also Elizabeth his wife who died June 28th 1792
aged 86 years. Left issue 6 sons and 5 daughters George, Joseph, William, James,
John, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Sarah, Iden, Mary and Ann.
(Double headed stone)
 Left-hand Here lieth the Body of JOHN JELL of this Parish Senior who died
August the 26th 1727 aged 73 years. Left issue 3 sons and 4
daughters. John, Joseph, George, Elizabeth, Sarah, Priscilla, and Mary.
Right-hand: Here also lieth the Body of SARAH wife of JOHN JELL, Senior, who
died September the 24th 1753 aged 79 years.
 Here lyeth the Body of GEORGE JELL (Son of Thomas and Ann Jell of this
Parish Yeoman) who died the 24th day of December 1715 in the 44th
year of his age. [The Register has 1715. December 24 George Jull from Pluckley.]
 To the memory of MARY, wife of WILLIAM WOOD of this Parish; who died
August the 31st 1806 aged 23 years. Also CHARLES their son who died
the 13th of November 1805 in his Infancy. N.B. She left surviving one
son William. Also of Harriot second wife of WILLIAM WOOD who died July the 7th
1815 aged 26 years. Left issue four sons (viz) John, Edward, Henry and James.
N.B. JAMES died the 26th of July 1815 in his infancy.
 To the memory of WILLIAM WOOD Of this Parish who died July 15th 1855
aged 78 years. Also FRANCES third wife of the above who died November 25th 1858
aged 69 years. Left issue by his 3 wives 5 sons and 2 daughters (viz) William,
John, Edward, Henry, Charles, Elizabeth and Frances.
 In a vault beneath this stone are deposited the remains of THOMAS WILMOT
late of Haffenden Quarter in this Parish who died December 20th 1825
aged 92 years.
(On a stone inserted in the East wall of a large brick vault built above ground,
with iron gratings through which four coffins are plainly visible.)
 In this vault Are deposited the remains of HANNAH WOOLLEY who departed
this life the 21st of December 1788 aged 32 years. Likewise of JOHN
and FRANCES WOOLLEY father and mother of the above. FRANCES WOOLLEY died the 11th
of May 1803 aged 85 years. JOHN WOOLLEY died the 20th of February
1818 aged 87 years. They left issue one son John Charles Also of JOHN CHARLES
WOOLLEY whose mortal life was closed the 3rd of October 1818 aged 57
NEAR THE RIVER
 In memory of JOHN LINDRIDGE who died 15th May 1814 aged 82
years. Also of ELIZABETH his wife who died 3 November 1789 aged 60 years.
Likewise JAMES LINDRIDGE their son who died 20th August 1813 aged 47
 In memory of STEPHEN BEECHING who departed this life January the 17th
1766 aged 66 years. In memory of MARY the wife of STEPHEN BEECHING of this
Parish who departed this life May the 19th 1760 aged 71 years. Left
issue one son Stephen and one daughter Mary.
WEST OF THE CHURCH
 Sacred to the memory of RICHARD WILLIAMS who died July 26th
1857 aged 87 years Also of ANN wife of the above died February 11th
1857 aged 76 years. Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing
of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Also EDWARD their son died
May 2nd 1816 aged 2 years, and of WILLIAM their son died April 7th
1862 aged 54 years.
 In memory of WILLIAM EVENDEN who died December the 12th 1837
aged 60 years. Also ELIZABETH wife of William Evenden, late of Bethersden, who
died January the 26th 1817 aged 37 years. Also CHARLES-PIERCE son of
the aforesaid who died April the 15th 1811 aged 10 weeks. Pass a
few swiftly fleeting years, And all that now in bodies live, Shall quit, like me
the vale of tears, Their righteous sentence to receive. But all before they
hence remove, May Mansions for themselves prepare, In that Eternal House above,
And, O my God, shall I be there?
 In memory of SARAH wife of STEPHEN CHITTENDEN of this Parish; who died
October 19th 1799 aged 53 years. Also the above STEPHEN CHITTENDEN
who died May 5th 1807 aged 78 years. Also one son who died in his
infancy. Left issue one daughter Elizabeth She left issue by her former husband
one son and one daughter viz Richard and Mary.
(On the side of a stone Altar Tomb.)
 Here lieth the Body of CHRISTIAN of this Parish he died September the 29th
1734 aged eighty six years. (On opposite side.) Here lieth also the body of
ELIZABETH wife of JOHN CHRISTIAN she died September the 20th 1735
aged seventy eight years. Left only one son John.
(On the side of an Altar Tomb.)
 In memory of JOHN CHRISTIAN (Surgeon) who died January the 21 1771 aged 70
years. (On opposite side) In memory of ELIZABETH wife of JOHN CHRISTIAN,
Surgeon, and daughter of William Tempest, Esq. She died July the 2 1748 aged 39
years. Left one son John. (The top is illegible)
 To the memory of DANIEL BUSS Late of Bethersden who departed this life
February the 20th 1809 aged 70 years. Also SARAH wife of the above
Daniel Buss who departed this life January the 10th 1809 aged 74
years. Leaving issue surviving one son viz James. Come hither mortal man and
cast an eye Read now this tomb and be prepared to die; See here the old, the
young, the middle age: By God's command they all go off the stage, Tremble ye
sinners all with one accord Repent in tim and turn unto the Lord.
 To the memory of WINNEY SEELY, wife of George Seely of this Parish who
departed this life the 27th of November 1815 aged 26 years. Also of
CHARLES their son who departed this life the 20th of March 1815 aged
3 years. She left issue surviving one son and one daughter (viz) William and
Eliza. Affliction sore long time I bore, Physicians were in vain; Till God
did please Death should me seize, And ease me of my pain.
NEAR THE NORTH GATE
 In memory of ANN daughter of RICHARD and ELIZABETH BAYLY who died July 17
1767 aged 26 years.
 In memory SAMUEL son of RICHARD and ELIZABETH BAYLY of this Parish who
died December the 17th 1759 aged 29 years. He was unfortunately
drowned in the River near Rumden in this Parish.
 In memory of RICHARD BAYLY of this Parish who died July 27 1770 aged 75
years. Left issue RICHARD, JOHN, THOMAS, BENJAMIN and ELIZABETH. His toils of
life, and pains of death are o'er Where toil and pain, and sickness are no more.
Also ELIZABETH wife of the above RICHARD BAYLY who died August the 14th
1784 aged 80 years.
 In memory of BENJAMIN son of RICHARD and ELIZABETH BAYLY of this Parish
who died January 24th 1777 aged 29 years.
 Left-hand: Here lieth the body of SAMUEL FULLER of this Parish, he
departed this life March the 31st 1767 aged 65 years. Right-hand: To
the memory of ELIZABETH wife of SAMUEL FULLER Carpenter of this Parish who died
April the 28th 1765 aged 58 years. Left surviving one son and one
daughter James and Elizabeth.
 In memory of JAMES BUSS of this Parish who died April the 23rd
1806 aged 72 years. Also ELIZABETH BUSS died February the 15th 1814
aged 78 years. Left issue Two sons and one daughter (viz) George, Elizabeth and
 To the memory of ELIZABETH wife of JAMES HOMEWOOD and daughter of EDWARD
and ANN Munk of this Parish who died June the 12th 1807 aged 36
years. Left issue surviving four sons and three daughters (viz) James, Isaac,
Edward, Thomas, Elizabeth, Frances and Ann. A new commandment I give unto you
that you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another. St
John's Gospel Chapter XIII v.34 She was a tender mother and a parent dear: a
quiet neighbour and a faithful friend. So as she liv'v we hope so is her end.
(Two coffin shaped stones)
 In memory of EDWARD MUNK, Yeoman, of this Parish who departed this life
September the 21st 1821 aged 76 years. Also ANN his wife who died
June 21st 1822 aged 71 years. Left issue surviving four sons and
three daughters (viz) James, John, Edward, Thomas, Ann, Jemina and Sarah.
 Erected to the memory of SARAH daughter of EDWARD and ANN MUNK late of
this Parish who departed this life December the 7th 1822 aged 32
years. To tell the virtues that perhaps might glow With hallow'd meekness in
the dust below To tell the vices that might harbour there And paint each folly
to the vulgar stare Were bootless now no censure could alarm No love could waken
and no praise could charm Stranger that wanderest o'er the green turf cold Where
sleep my relics in the silent mould Grieve not for me nor idly seek to learn If
aught were mine to reverence or spurn Look to thyself, enough the tomb hath said
Enough the graven tablet of the dead, If haply warning as thou ramblest by This
humble stone can teach thee how to die. [The above was chosen by herself.]
 Erected to the memory of SAMSON BUTTON of Bethersden who died April 19th
1849 aged 73 years. Also ANN his wife died January 16th 1852 aged 79
years. Left issue one son and two daughters, William Jemina and Charlotte.
 In memory of JOSEPH EVENDEN of this Parish who died August 12th 1853
aged 74 years. Also MARY wife of the above who died May 28th 1820
aged 43 years. Also HARRIOT their daughter died August 1st 1817 aged
14 years. Also JOSEPH their son died June 18th 1834 aged 27 years.
Also ANN their daughter and wife of EDWARD PEARSON of Ulcombe died December 4th
1842 aged 25 years. Also HANNAH second wife of the above JOSEPH EVENDEN died
March 1st 1834 aged 39 years. Also MARIA their daughter died January
13th 1830 aged 4 years. Also GEORGE their son died December 19th
aged 7 years. [No year given] Left surviving William, John, Thomas, James and
 Erected to the memory of CHARLES-MERREX EVENDEN son of Joseph and Mary
Evenden of this Parish who died September 23rd 1839 aged 29 years. Reader!
this silent grave contains, A husband and father's dear remains Death like a
frost, has nipt his bloom And call'd him early to the tomb. He left a widow
and 5 children, Isaac, Matilda, Eliza-Sarah, Amelia-Maria and Jane.
 Sacred to the memory of JAMES son of HUBURY and FRANCES GAY of Huntington
Street, Hoxton, London: who departed this life July the 22nd 1808
aged 10 months. The above FRANCES daughter of John and Elizabeth Munk of Little
Hamton in Sussex. This tender blossom of the opening year. Whose .......
(The rest is illegible)
 Sacred to the memory of ELIZABETH daughter of James and Sarah Munk of this
Parish who died March the 1st 1806 aged 6 years. In this cold
grave lies one whose gentle youth, Shone bright with native innocence and truth,
Stranger to vice no guile her bosom knew, Heav'n claims her soul the earth he
spotless due. Also JAMES MUNK who died February the 13th 1840
aged 68 years. Also SARAH his wife who died December the 6th 1856
aged 86 years.
 Sacred to the memory of NANCE daughter of Samson and Ann Button of the
Parish of Bethersden who died March the 3rd 1806 aged 4 years. Also
SARAH their daughter died March the 12th 1806 aged 7 weeks. Beneath
this stone lies innocence at rest, Took early from their loving parents breast,
To heaven there more happiness to see; And from afflictions ever to be free. Also
FRANCES their daughter died March the 3rd 1815 aged 18 months.
 Sacred to the memory of EDWARD son of Samson and Ann Button of the Parish
of Bethersden he departed this life April the 21st 1813 aged 15
years. Oh if my threatening sins were gone, And death had lost its sting, I
could invite the angel on, And chide his lazy wing. Joyful I'd lay this body
down, And leave this lifeless clay, Without a sigh without a groan, stretch and
 Sacred to the memory of ALFRED son of SAMSON and Ann BUTTON of the Parish
of Bethersden who departed this life January the 15th 1827 aged 19
 Left-hand In memory of JOHN AUSTEN of this Parish died June 24 in 1750 65
years. Right-hand: In memory of SARAH wife of JOHN AUSTEN who died February the
3 in the year 1750
 In memory of ROBERT son of ROBERT and CELIA TASSEL Of this Parish who died
April 20th 1807 aged 3 years and 9 months.
NORTH SIDE OF THE CHURCH
 In memory of WILLIAM COLEGATE of this parish who died March 28th
1833 aged 55 years. Also HARRIETT ELIZABETH wife of the above who died April 26th
1835 aged 57 years. Likewise WILLIAM BRISTOW their son who died July 3rd 1828
aged 23 years and ELIZABETH their daughter who died April 18th 1830
aged 21 years.
 To the memory of ROBERT PERKINS of Canterbury who died April the 29th
1824 aged 63 years. Also of EDWARD & LOUISA infant children of William
COLEGATE of this Parish; nephew of the above Robert Perkins.
 In memory of ANN wife of WILLIAM WEST of this Parish who died June 14th
1833 aged 26 years. Left issue 3 daughters (viz) Ann, Sarah and Martha.
KITTY second wife of the above who died April 17th 1844 aged 36
years. Left issue 1 daughter Mary ANN third wife of the above who died March 28th
1863 aged 67 years was interred at Allhallows in the Hundred of Hoo.
(A very thick stone close to the Tower.)
 Here lyeth the body of THOMAS HOPPER of Smarden, Senior, who departed this
life the 23 of April 1683 aged 52 years and had issue by his wife Elizabeth 4
sonns and 4 daughters.
(A small stone 7½ inches thick.)
 Here lyeth the body of JONE HOPPER of Smarden wife of Thomas Hopper Senior
who departed this life the 11 of June ... aged....
(Near the North wall of the Church.)
 In memory of ANN wife of Thomas Hinds of this Parish who died January 8th
1822 aged 74 years. Also of THOMAS HINDS, Yeoman, who died April 7th
1831 aged 86 years.
(A wooden cross)
 R.R. WILKINSON died April 19th 1867 aged 62 years.
NEAR THE NORTH PORCH
(Incised in the head of the Stone are the Good Samaritan, pouring oil into the
wounded arm of the traveller, also the Priest and the Levite passing by: The
beast is also represented.) Go and do thou likewise. St. Luke Chap. X. v. 37.
 To the memory of JOHN and MARY HINDS of this Parish: He died January 21st
1787 aged 70 years. She died November 28th 1789 aged 74 years. They
left issue; one son Thomas, and she one daughter Sarah, by a former husband. How
good or bad they were, The judgement day will shew.
 In memory of JOHN MARY and JOHN sons and daughter of John and Mary HINDS
of this Parish JOHN died April the 5th 1751 aged 2 years. MARY died
May the 4th 1762 aged 4 years. JOHN died June the 1st 1762
aged 8 years,
 Sacred to the memory of Mr. JAMES BATT of this Parish, Farmer, died
December 7th 1841 aged 57 years. Also Mrs MARY BATT wife of the above
died May 11th 1849 aged 63 years. Likewise Mrs MARY GURR daughter of
the above died February 20th 1847 aged 28 years.
(Near the North wall.)
 Left-hand: Here lieth the body of JOHN HARNDEN of this Parish: he died
August the 30 1728 aged 73 years Right-hand: Here lieth the body of ELIZ: the
wife of John Harnden of this Parish: she died April the 28 1751 aged 50 years.
Left issue three sons and four daughters viz William, John & Thomas,
Elizabeth Mary, Ann and Priscilla.
 In memory of PETER PEREN of this Parish who died December the 3rd
1767 aged 48 years. And HANNAH his wife died November the 20th 1762
aged 38 years. Left issue one son Peter Affliction sore long time they bore,
Physicians were in vain; Till God did please death should them seize, And ease
them of their pain.
(A flat stone.)
 Here lyeth the body of THOMAS PELL who died May the 7 1696 aged 75 years.
Left issue 1 daughter MARY. [His will was proved 13 July 1696, from which it
appears he had one daughter named Mary and she was married.] Here lyeth the body
of MARRIAN wife of THOMAS PELL who dyed May the 2 1695 aged 74 years. [In the
Register :- May 8th Mary the wife of Thomas Pell, buryed.]
 Here lyeth buryed CHRISTOPHER CARR being of the age of 22 yeres. He dyed
the .... day of January Anno domini 1628.
 Sacred to the memory of Mr. JOHN ALLWORTHY of the Parish of Egerton
formerly of London obit July 23rd 1867 AEt 79 years. Also ELIZABETH
COLE of Egerton formerly of London obit September 12th 1867 AEt 91
years and mother of Mrs Allworthy. Also Mrs ELIZABETH ALLWORTHY the beloved wife
of the above obit September 4th 1876 AEt 65 years. Blessed are
they that sleep in the Lord, Not lost but gone before.
 Sacred to the memory of THOMAS RUSSELL farmer of this Parish who died
November 17th 1865 aged 78 years. Leaving Mary his widow, 2 sons and
7 daughters (viz) William, Thomas, Mary-Ann, Susannah, Jane, Ellen, Amelia, Ann
and Frances. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the
children of God.
 In memory of WILLIAM BINGHAM of this Parish who died 11th July
1809 aged 54 years. Also SUSAN, wife of the above William Bingham who died
August 28th 1831 aged 80 years. Life is uncertain, death is sure,
Sin is the wound, and Christ the Cure.
(Two small wooden crosses.)
 In memory of ALICE. MAUD. HILLS died June 17th 1884 aged 10
 In memory of ETHEL. ROSE. HILLS died May 5th 1884 aged 1 year
& 9 months.
 In affectionate remembrance of WILLIAM KENNETT late of Lyminge who
departed this life January 26th 1870 aged 83 years. Also of Ann, wife
of the above who departed this life April 6th 1871 aged 86 years.
Leaving one daughter, Grace.
 Erected to the memory of RICHARD RUSSEL of this Parish who died the 7th
of July 1792 aged 76 years. Also SUSANNA his wife died May the 5th
1761 aged 42 years. Also ELIZABETH wife of Thomas Lewis and daughter of the
above died October the 11th 1787 aged 31 years. Left issue three sons
and two daughters Richard, Thomas, John, Mary & Susanna. Also 4 children who
died in their infancy.
 Sacred to the memory of JOHN RUSSELL late of this Parish who departed this
life June the 18th 1826 aged 68 years.
(Death's Head and Cross-bones.)
 Here lieth the body of JOHN DOWNE and ANNE his wife (Both of this Parish).
She died April the 23rd in the year of Our Lord 1705 aged 44 years.
He died February the 4 1717 aged 66 years. They left issue one son and 4
 In affectionate remembrance of GRACE the beloved wife of THOMAS RUSSELL of
this Parish who died October 22nd 1871 aged 52 years. Blessed are
they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew v. 4 verse.
 In memory of RICHARD RUSSELL late of Headcorn who died 7th
January 1799 aged 55 years. Also MARY his wife who died 17th
September 1802 aged 60 years. Stop traveller and cast an eye, As you are now
so once was I, But as I am, so must you be, Therefore prepare to follow me.
Affliction sore long time I bore, Physicians were in vain; Till God did please,
death should me seize And ease me of my pain.
 Sacred to the memory of ANN RUSSELL wife of Thomas Russell of this place,
yeoman, who died 26th July 1831 aged 73 years. Also of the above
THOMAS RUSSELL who died 2nd March 1834 aged 80 years. Left issue 2
sons and 1 daughter viz Thomas, William and Susan.
 In memory of MARY-ANN daughter of THOMAS & ANN RUSSELL of this Parish
who died the 1st day of September 1808 in the 13th year of
her age. Reader! this silent grave contains A much loved daughter's dear
remains, Death like a frost hath nipt her bloom And early sent her to the tomb.
Hence let the young this lesson learn, Eternity's their great concern. Also
JOHN, son of WILLIAM and SUSAN RUSSELL of Bethersden, nephew of the above who
died 23rd August 1835 aged 7 months.
 In remembrance of GURNEY WHITE who was buried in the family vault at
Lyminge, Kent June 30th 1873 aged 84 years. Also of SARA-ANN wife of
the above who lies beneath this stone died May 23rd 1877 aged 69
years. They rest from their labours.
 In memory of SUSANNA HOGBEN daughter of Thomas and Susanna Hogben who
died the 25th of April 1792 aged 66 years.
 T. HOGBEN Obit 1774 Aetatis 71. [The Register has "1774. January 18.
Mr Thomas Hogben". The author saw a brass sun dial of considerable merit,
on which was inscribed;-"Made by Tho: Hogben, Landsurveyor, and master of
the free school of Smarden, 1754".]
 S. HOGBEN Obit 1768 Aetatis 71. [In the Register 1768. August 10. Susanna
wife of Mr Thomas Hogben.]
(Close to the Chancel.)
 JANE DORMAN (daughter of the late Reverend Mr. George Carleton, Sub-Dean
of His Majesty's Chapel Royal) died 14th June 1788 aged 58 years.
 Here lieth the Body of ELIZABETH Wife of John GREENHILL of Frittenden died
January the 11, 1753 aged 61 years. Left issue one daughter FRANCES. Affliction
sore long time she bore Physicians were in vain Till God did please Death should
me seize To ease me of my pain.
 In memory of JOHN GREENHILL of Frittenden, Yeoman, he died December the 12th
1763 aged 77 years. He left issue 2 daughters Elizabeth & Frances. Free
from all care and pain Asleep my body ..... (illegible.)
 Here lyeth the body of MARY the wife of John GREENHILL the daughter of
Richard and Elizabeth WOOD who died the 22 of December 1715 in the 29 year of
her age. Left issue 2 daughters Eliza & Mary.
 Here lieth the body of RICHARD WOOD who died the 28 day of April 1715 in
the 64 year of his age. Left issue one son and five daughters Richard, Mary,
Eliz, Sarah, Martha, & Ann.
 Sacred to the memory of REBECCA ANN daughter of Robert and Harriot TURK of
this Parish who died November 5th 1832 aged 19 years. Also CHARLES
their son died in its infancy. The pale consumption gave the fatal blow,
Death was certain tho' the effect was slow; With wasting pains death found me
sore oppressed, Pitied my sighs and kindly gave me rest. Also HARRIOT
daughter of Robert & Harriot Turk died September 19 1841 aged 19 years.
 In loving remembrance of WILLIAM P. GURR of this parish who departed this
life August 8th 1881 in the 78th year of his age.
 Sacred to the memory of Captain PETER ALLEN (late in the service of the
Hon. East India Company) son of Gabriel & Mary Allen. Late of Maidstone who
died December 13th 1853 aged 62 years.
 Sacred to the memory of MARY wife of Gabriel ALLEN, surgeon, Formerly of
Maidstone who died on the 21st of March 1829 aged 75 years. Also the
above GABRIEL ALLEN who died the 29th of November 1831 aged 83 years.
Left issue 6 sons & 2 daughters.
 Sacred to the memory of MARY wife of GABRIEL ALLEN, Surgeon, of Bettenham
in Cranbrook (formerly of this Parish) who died April 7th 1831 aged
45 years. Left issue 13 children. Also the above GABRIEL ALLEN who died October
14th 1859 aged 77 years.
 Sacred to the memory of WILLIAM PEARSON Wheelwright of this Parish who
departed this life December 9th 1859 aged 49 years. Leaving a widow
and 5 children viz. Maria, William, John, Elizabeth and George. In love he
lived, in peace he died, His life was crav'd but God denied. Also of
ELIZABETH widow of the above who died March 5th 1878 aged 73 years. For
here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Hebrews. XIII. 14th
Verse. Sacred to the memory of MARIA, eldest daughter of William and Elizabeth
PEARSON of this parish who died November 5th 1865 aged 26 years. Friends
weep not in sorrow of spirit, But joy that my time here is o'er, I go the good
part to inherit, Where sorrow and sin are no more.
 In memory of THOMAS PAINE who died June the 29th 1765 aged 83
years. Also JUDETH his wife who died July the 12th 1755 aged 69
years. Likewise Elizabeth their daughter wife of John LARGE she died April 30
1759 aged 38 years. Left issue two sons Richard and John.
 In memory of John, son of Thomas & JUDETH PAINE who died October the
18th 1749 aged 37 years.
 Sacred to the memory of WILLIAM CORNES late of this parish who departed
this life July 14th 1852 aged 73 years. Also of SARAH wife of the
above William Cornes who died October 14th 1848 aged 62 years.
Leaving surviving four sons and five daughters viz. John, William, Thomas,
Norton, Elizabeth, Mary, Ann, Sarah and Harriot, also LEONARD who died in his
infancy. Husband and children do not weep, In heaven with you I hope to meet,
And there our cheerful voices raise, To sing our Dear redeemer's paise.
 In memory of JESSE TASSELL of this parish who died August 22nd
1858 aged 32 years. Left surviving a widow and two sons (viz) Horace and Elgar.
 Erected to the memory of HARRIOT the wife of EDWARD DAY of this Parish who
died December 21st 1865 aged 39 years. Left surviving two sons and
two daughters (viz) Horace, Edgar, Emma and Eva, the above sons by her former
 Sacred to the memory of THOMAS CORNES farmer of this parish who departed
this life on the 20th day of July 1863 aged 48 years. This stone
is erected by a few personal friends in token of their appreciation of his
honest and obliging disposition as well in sympathy for his wife and daughter in
their loss of so good a husband and father.
(Three small coped stones on a plinth.)
 In affectionate remembrance of FRANK, sixth son of CHARLES. M.E. &
EMMA C. CORNES of Pluckley and late of this parish who died December 27th
1882 aged 10 days. The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed by the
name of the Lord.
 In affectionate remembrance of CHARLES M.E. and Emma C. CORNES of this
parish who died April 30th 1877 aged 4 years and 5 months. An
angel took my flower away, yet I will not repine Since Jesus in his bosom wears,
that flower that once was mine.
 In affectionate remembrance of SARAH infant daughter of CHARLES M.E. and
Emma C. CORNES of this Parish who died April 14th 1870 aged 14 weeks.
No longer weep for her, so early gone to rest; Your little lamb rest
peacefully, upon her Saviour's breast.
 In affectionate remembrance of WILLIAM CORNES of this Parish who died
October 7th 1872 aged 60 years. Also of ANN wife of the above who
died February 28th 1865 aged 60 years. Leaving 2 sons and 2
daughters; (viz) Charles-M.E., William, Jane and Emily. The above named Ann,
left by her first husband 5 daughters (viz) Mary-Ann, Hannah, Sarah, Harriett
and Ann. How hard it is to part with those We hold on earth so dear, The
heart no greater trial knows No sorrow more severe.
(A coped stone.)
 In affectionate remembrance of SARAH third daughter of Charles and Ann
Wood of this parish who died February 16th 1878 aged 50 years. We
cannot tell who next may fall beneath thy chastening rod: On must be first, so
let us all prepare to meet our God.
 Sacred to the memory of NORTON CORNES of this Parish who died December 19th
1873 aged 44 years. Leaving a widow and eight children, Sarah, Ann, Esther,
Elizabeth, Thomas, Eliza, Eva and Agnes. Also of SUSAN daughter of the above who
died June 6th 1862 aged 3 years.
ON A STONE FORMERLY IN THE CHURCHYARD.
 Under neth this tombe lyeth the body of GEORGE BROWN who departed this
life the 13 day of April 1702 aged 43 years. Hee left issue by ELIZABETH one
daughter MARY. Under neth ..... body of ELIZABETH daughter ...... MARY his wife
who departed this life 27 ... 1703 aged 3 years.
[These extracts occur in the Parish Register:-
1702 April 17 Mr. George Brown, Chirurgeon, Householder.
1703 February 3 Elizabeth the daughter of Mrs Mary Brown, widdow.
1708 August the 2nd Mrs Mary Brown, widdow.]
This is the end of the Monumental Inscriptions found by the Revd.
Haslewood in the churchyard of the established church of St Michael's, Smarden,
up to and including 1886.
The Reverend Haslewood then continued his researches with an account of the
Non-conformist chapels of Smarden. He started with the Particular Baptists and
their Tilden Chapel. He discusses its history, formation and its books, and
quotes liberally from them. Finally he then lists all the M.Is. he found inside
the Chapel and in its burying ground or graveyard.
OVER THE ENTRANCE TO THE TILDEN CHAPEL.
 This Is the Gift of JAMES TILDEN; of: High Halden, in Kent, Yeaman: and
Was Built in the year 1726
On the floor
 Here lyes Interr'd the Body of JAMES TILDEN, of High Halden in Kent,
Yeoman who departed this life the 19th of November 1729 & Aged 81
White marble tablet on the Wall.
 Sacred to the memory of JOHN BALLARD, of Staplehurst, in this County; who
died August 22nd 1835, aged 61 years. the deceas'd was for many
years a faithful deacon of the church assembly here: he was the subject of
severe and lengthened affliction which he bore with great resignation and even
cheerfulness in his intercourse with society he was generous yet firm: as a
christian he was consistent and a man of fervent prayer: his memory will long be
cherished with respect by all who knew him and with true affection by a bereaved
wife and family. "Behold the upright, for the end of that man is
peace!" Also PRISCILLA, wife of the above who died May 6th
1854, aged 76 years.
IN THE GRAVEYARD
 In Memory of JOHN, son of BENJAMIN and MARGARET ELGAR of this parish, who
died July 19th 1841. aged 3 years. also ELI, son of the above who
died at Ash near Sandwich May 13th 1857. Aged 15 years.
 In Memory of JAMES son of BENJAMIN and MARGARET ELGAR of this parish, who
died at near Sandwich. August 17th 1866. aged 31 years
 I.H.S. In affectionate remembrance of BENJAMIN ELGAR who died at
Richborough Farm Ash next Sandwich, on the 23rd day of May 1878 in
the 80th year of his age. also of MARGARET, wife of the above who
died at Richborough Farm Ash next Sandwich, on the 26th day of May
1881, in the 80th year of her age, both formerly of this parish. I
am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead,
yet shall he live.
A double-headed stone with a small profile portrait.
 Here lieth interr'd the body of THOMAS EDMET of Biddenden yeoman who
departed this life March the 28th 1735 aged 36 years. Also MARY his
wife who departed this life March the 20th 1745 aged 47 years. Left
issue 5 children (viz) JANE SAMUEL, MARY, ELIZABETH & SARAH. Also MARY
daughter of the above THOMAS and MARY EDMET departed this life December 28th
1789 in the 60th year of her age.
 In memory of ELIZABETH PAYNE spinster (sister to the undermentioned Mrs
EDMET) who died February 9th 1787 aged 49 years. In memory of SARAH
wife of SAMUEL EDMET of Biddenden who departed this life July the 12th
1761 aged 30 years. Left issue one son THOMAS.
 In memory of SARAH daughter of JAMES & SARAH PETTER POWELL who died
March 30th 1785 aged 15 years. also WILLIAM, JOHN, JOSEPH and WILLIAM
sons of J and S.P. POWELL died in their infancy.
 To the memory of JAMES POWELL of this parish, surgeon, who died the 14th
of March 1804 in the 61st year of his age. He left surviving three
sons and one daughter. Also SARAH-PETTER POWELL widow of the above died at
Chichester the 26th April 1821 aged 70 years.
AT THE BACK OF THE CHAPEL
On the sides of a stone Altar Tomb.
 Here lieth interr'd Mr THOMAS HAFFENDEN of this parish who died April 8th
1756 aged 75 years. He was a diligent and faithful minister of the gospel above
forty years. [He is described as "Elder" in the book belonging to this
Chapel, and was appointed a Trustee for the School at his Chapel in 1726. He was
co-pastor with Thomas Gilham, for it was the custom in those days to have two
ministers. He lived at what is called Haffenden Quarter.] Also here lieth MARY
his wife (daughter of RICHARD HAFFENDEN of this parish, gentleman) who died July
the 6 1746 aged 66 years. They left issue one daughter ELIZABETH the wife of
JOHN HAFFENDEN of Bethersden.
Old fashioned upright stone with a portrait incised.
 Here lieth the body of GEORGE HAFFENDEN son of THOMAS HAFFENDEN & MARY
his wife: who departed this life October the 13th 1742 aged 25 years.
Stone similar to the last also with portrait.
 Here lieth interr'd the body of THOMAS HAFFENDEN son of THOMAS HAFFENDEN
and Mary his wife; who departed this life January the 8th 1737 aged
 In memory of ROBERT HOOKER late of this parish; who departed this life 8th
March 1794 aged 85 years. Also of MARY his wife who died 14th August
1794 aged 81 years. Left issue five sons and one daughter (viz) JAMES, MARY,
JOSEPH, JOHN, BENJAMIN & ISAAC.
 Sacred to the memory of JAMES CORNES of this parish who departed this life
April 12th 1870 aged 83 years. Also HANNAH wife of the above who
departed this life September 10th 1857 aged 66 years. Also ANNE their
daughter who died in infancy, leaving surviving three sons and two daughters
namely JAMES, CHARLES, MARY ANN ELIZA and JOHN.
 To the memory of STEPHEN HOOKER of Aldington who died the 5: of June 1779
aged 79 years. Also ELIZABETH his wife who died the 8: of May 1789 aged 87
years. They left issue five sons and two daughters viz: SARAH, STEPHEN, JOHN,
WILLIAM, DANIEL, ELIZABETH & THOMAS. Kind angels watch this sleeping
dust, Till Jesus comes to raise the just. Then may they wake with sweet
surprise, And in their Saviours image rise. [The Register states that
Stephen was a Deacon and died 1780.]
A thick stone with portrait incised.
 In memory of EDWARD SEARLES late of Wye in the County of Kent, yeoman,
died May the 31st. .....1746 aged 49 years.
 Here lieth the body of SAMUEL HARDEN of this parish who died September 29th
1778 aged 72 years. Also ELIZABETH his wife who died May 22 1784 aged 88 years.
 (Difficult to read.) Here interr'd the daughter of THOMAS and ELIZABETH
RUSSELL of Tenterden who died October 9 1747 in the 76 of her age.
 To the pious memory of the most affectionate ELIZABETH RUSSELL who
departed this life November the 26th 1752 aged 35 years. Left issue
one son and two daughters. This stone is erected by her disconsolate friend
THOMAS RUSSELL of Tenterden. This read with a sigh and follow'd with a tear,
alas is all that friends on earth can do.
 In memory of THOMAS RUSSELL, senior, late of Tenterden in this County who
died 6th October 1782 aged 72 years. Left issue THOMAS and ELIZABETH.
 Here lieth interr'd the body of ROBERT SANDERST of Great Chart, yeoman,
who departed this life March the 13th 1745 aged 52 years. Also
ELIZABETH his wife who departed this life January 20th 1747 aged 52
years. Left issue two daughters ELIZABETH & MARY.
 (On the side of an altar tomb.) Here lieth the body of THOMAS SIMMONS of
High Halden in Kent yeoman, he departed this life June the 20th 1755
aged 76 years. [The Book states he was a Deacon and died 21 June.] JOHN SIMMONS
his nephew erected this tomb.
(An altar tomb)
 In memory of JENKIN HAGUE of Folkstone, late of Biddenden Kent, gentleman,
who died March 19th 1777 in the 77th year of his age. In
memory of SUSAN the wife of JENKIN HAGUE of Folkstone, late of Biddenden, Kent,
who died June 23rd 1774 in the 74th year of her age. ----
 In loving remembrance of KATE CLARA TONG died December 30th
1882 aged 8 years, are lying near LILLY JANE TONG died November 26th
1870 aged 7 months. They are not lost but gone before.
 Here lieth intrr'd the body of JOHN PETLY of Smarden, yeoman, who departed
this life May the 16th 1743 aged 46 years, and left his wife SUSANNAH
PETLY. Also here lieth SUSANNA his wife late wife of RICHARD BAKER of Biddenden
who died October the 9th 1760 aged 67 years.
 In memory of WILLIAM AUSTIN formerly of Egerton, but late of this parish:
who died November the 4th 1804 aged 64 years. Left issue one daughter
MARY. Also MARY his wife who died August 25th 1825 aged 78 years.
Likewise MARY DAY daughter of the above who died March 14th 1826 aged
 In memory of SARAH wife of JOSEPH GILHAM of this parish who died January
the 3rd 1770 aged 22 years. Go home dear friends and shed no tears
must be here till Christ appears And at his coming I hope to have A joyful
rising from the grave Short was my race long may be my rest God took me from you
when he thought best.
 In memory of MARY wife of JAMES FULLER of this parish who died January 29th
1781 aged 47 years.
Also the said JAMES FULLER son of SAMUEL & ELIZABETH FULLER departed this
life April 10th 1787 aged 55 years.
 Thy will be done. HIS In memory of HANNAH CORNES daughter of JAMES and
HANNAH CORNES of this parish who departed this life February 5th 1866
aged 42 years. "Thanks be to God which giveth us the victory, through
our Lord Jesus Christ."
 In memory of JAMES PAYNE late of Cranbrook who died 23rd June
1792 aged 63 years. Also SUSANNAH his wife who died September 14th
1815 aged 80 years.
 In memory of SUSANNA wife of JOSEPH LONG who departed this life May the 22nd
1771 aged 68 years.
On a wooden board.
 ...... BROWN of Biddenden .... 1792 .....----- Also SARAH his wife who
departed this life October 30 1788 aged 61 years. Likewise ELIZABETH daughter of
RICHARD and SARAH RECORD of Lenham who died June 2 1795 aged 9 years.
 In memory of THOMAS TURK of Pluckley who died September 12th
1859 aged 59 years. Also ANN ARIA wife of the above who died June 2nd
1878 aged 70 years. Also MARY who died August 9th 1857 aged 21 years.
Also FRANCES who died September 12th 1857 aged 17 years daughter of
 In memory of Mrs SARAH BALLARD late of Hawkhurst who calmly left this
world of cares September 25th 1829 aged 77 years.Also near this place
are the remains of her first husband SAMUEL HEATH who died 1788 aged 41 years,
and one daughter ELIZABETH who died July 10th 1789 aged 8 years. Also
one son JESSE who died July 11th 1807 aged 24 years and one
grandchild SARAH-ANN who died November 7th 1816 aged 7 months.
 In memory of SOPHIA daughter of JOB and ELIZABETH SANDERS who died October
the 9th 1815 aged 18 years.
 In memory of SARAH daughter of JOB and ELIZABETH SANDERS who died August
the 4th 1811 aged 18 years.
 In memory of ELIZABETH wife of JOB SANDERS of this parish who died
December the 7th 1802 aged 40 years. Left issue three sons and four
daughters (viz) JOB, THOMAS, SILAS, ELIZABETH, SARAH, SOPHIA, and MARY. Also the
above JOB SANDERS who died January 7th 1833 aged 74 years.
 In memory of ELIZABETH daughter of JOB and ELIZABETH SANDERS January the
28th 18.... aged 21 years.
 In memory of SARAH wife of JAMES ELGER of Headcorn who died January 1st
1797 aged 42 years. Left issue 4 sons and 4 daughters (viz) JAMES, EDWARD,
THOMAS, BENJAMIN, SARAH, MARY, ELIZABETH and JANE. Also the above JAMES ELGAR
late of this parish who died July 12th 1827 aged 77 years.
 In memory of THOMAS ELGAR son of JAMES and SARAH ELGAR of Smarden who died
May 13th 1833 aged 43 years.
 Sacred to the memory of JOSEPH and MARY BRIDGE, builder, of this parish.
JOSEPH died February 17th 1868 aged 80 years. MARY died June 6th
1861 aged 77 years. Leaving 3 sons JAMES, ROBERT, and JOSEPH. Why do we mourn
departing friends or shake at death's alarms, 'tis but the voice that Jesus
sends to call us to his arms.
 In memory of MARY ANN daughter of JAMES & MARY BRIDGER late of High
Halden who died February 16 1859 aged 1 year & 10 months.
 In memory of DANIEL FOORD who died June 20th 1809 aged 33
years. Also CHARLOTTE FOORD (wife of the above) died July 2nd 1812
aged 27 years. To faith and charity her heart inclin'd, Gentle, prudent, of
an easy mind, Ready to forgive, fearful to offend, Faithful to her parents, true
to her friend, Her course she finish'd, and resign'd her breath, In pursuit of
heaven through the vale of death.
 Sacred to the memory of ELI BALLARD of Staplehurst who died 27th
August 1881 aged 74 years leaving a widow to lament his loss. "For I
know that my redeemer lieth."
 Erected to the memory of WILLIAM BALLARD bachelor late of Staplehurst who
died April 21st 1837 aged 34 years. Submissive at thy throne O
God, we own the justice of thy rod; 'tis thine to send thy judgements down, 'tis
ours to say "thy will be done." Life's uncertain death is sure, sin
the wound but Christ the cure. Also near this place ESTHER BALLARD sister to
the above who departed this life June 20th 1852 aged 44 years.
 In memory of MARY wife of RICHARD BALLARD of Staplehurst who died November
20th 1820 aged 20 years. Also the above RICHARD BALLARD of Biddenden
and son of JOHN and PRISCILLA BALLARD of Staplehurst who died December 15th
1827 aged 26 years leaving MARY his second wife and three children (viz) LOUISA,
MELICENT, and RICHARD.
 In memory of SILAS SANDERS of this parish who died December 28th
1833 aged 43 years.
 Sacred to the memory of JANE wife of JOHN HOOKER and youngest daughter of
HENRY and MARY WISE of Egerton who died May 15th 1859 aged 47 years.
Also HENRY infant son of the above who died June 5th 1848 she left
surviving one son and six daughters namely JANE, ELIZABETH, MARY ANN, SARAH ANN,
MERCY, JOHN, and LOUISA. Many have been her afflictions; but the Lord has
delivered her out of them all.
 In memory of MARK A. COPPING who died June the 19th 1855
aged 6 months.
 In memory of JOHN COPPING who was a faithful pastor of the baptist church
in this place for 23 years and entered into rest January 30th 1837
aged 65 years leaving a widow and six children also MARY his first wife who died
August 19th 1826 aged 54 years. Likewise JANE his second wife who
died November 17th 1840 aged 45 years. Left issue one daughter JANE.
 Sacred to the memory of JANE wife of SILAS HICKMOTT of Frittenden who died
in the Lord, July the 16th 1857 aged 40 years leaving eight children.
 In memory of MATTHEW PARKER of this parish who died March 16th
1820 aged 61 years. By his request borne to the grave by his sons. Also SARAH
his wife who died June 18th 1832 aged 72 years. Left issue nine
children viz JABEZ, MARY, JOSIAH, SARAH, PHEBY, RACHEL, JESSE, MORIAH and JAMES.
In the midst of industry, thought on death.
 In memory of JOSEPH STEARS who died April 23rd 1840 aged 54
years. Also ELIZABETH wife of JOSEPH STEARS late of Biddenden who died October
28th 1835 aged 54 years. Left issue 2 sons and 1 daughter (viz)
JAMES, WILLIAM and ELIZABETH she was an affectionate wife and a tender mother. A
sudden change I in a moment fell, And had not time to bid my friends farewell;
Think nothing strange death happens unto all, 'Tis my lot today tomorrow thine
 Sacred to the memory of ALFRED OTTAWAY son of SAMUEL and MARY OTTAWAY who
died February 10th 1861 aged 22 years. Encased within this sacred
grave, lies one who did his earthly part; to serve his master and to save, his
soul from sin with truthful heart.
 In memory of PETER HILLS of this parish who died June 15th aged
64 years. Also MARY wife of PETER HILLS of this parish who died May 18th
1834 aged 35 years. Likewise JANE his second wife who died July 11th
1881 aged 72 years.
 Here are deposited the earthly remains of JAMES BOORMAN of East Sutton who
departed this life February 9th 1845 aged 84 years. Also MARY wife of
the above who departed this life May 27th 1844 aged 80 years. Left
issue surviving 4 sons and 4 daughters.
 In memory of JAMES PEARSON (of Kennardington) who died December 14th
1871 aged 60 years. Also four children of the above who died in their infancy.
He left a widow and seven children (viz) WILLIAM, ALFRED, JAMES, MARY ANN,
THOMAS HENRY, SUSANNA and SARAH. Also PHEBE daughter of the above who died June
27th 1863 aged 32 years. "Ere long this tomb shall yield its
prey, When the believers here, With Jesus on that joyful day, All glorious shall
Two stones within iron railings
 1853 Beneath lieth the mortal remains of JOHN BOORMAN late of Biddenden
who died September 22nd aged 77 years. Also RACHEL BOORMAN of
Biddenden who died May 31st 1875 in her 90th year. "Complete
in Him" Colossians II. 10
 In memory of CHARLOTTE wife of JOHN BOORMAN of Biddenden who died March 8th
1856 aged 51 years. Also of the above JOHN BOORMAN who died May 11th
1882 aged 78 years. "He giveth his beloved sleep." Psalm 127. 2
A wooden memorial
 In memory of JAMES COPPING son of ROBERT & ELIZABETH COPPING of this
parish who died September 18th 1835 aged 25 years. Life is
uncertain, death is sure, sin the wound but Christ the cure.
 C.S. 1866
 Sacred to the memory of CHARLES HAYTER son of THOMAS and ELEANOR HAYTER
who died September 13th 1863 aged 35 years leaving a widow and one
son FRANK. Also CHARLES son of the above who died January 2nd 1857
aged 4 months. "The dead shall hear the voice of the son of God; and
they that hear shall live." John 5, 25.
 In memory of SARAH wife of JOHN CHILDREN who departed this life June 29th
1872 in the 74th year of her age. Left surviving 1 son and 1 daughter
SILAS and SARAH.
 Erected by his sorrowing children in loving remembrance of SILAS HICKMOTT
who died February 13th 1870 aged 63 years. Fearless he enter'd
Jordan's flood, At peace with heaven, he closed his eyes, His only trust was
Jesu's blood. In sure and certain hope to rise. "Mary the perfect man, and
behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace." Also BENJAMIN
son of the above who died June 14th 1847 aged 1 year & 6 months;
and WILLIAM who died March 12th 1869 aged 18 years.
 In memory of STEPHEN HICKMOTT bachelor of Buckhurst Hill, Frittenden who
died December 7th 1882 in the 80th year of his age. "Looking
for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our
Saviour Jesus Christ." Titus 2. 13.
Two small coffin Stones
 ALICE CHAMBERS died February 26th 1857 aged 18 months. .....
CHAMBERS died April 1860 aged 2 years.
 In affectionate remembrance of MARGARET the beloved wife of JOHN CORNES of
this parish who died November 9th 1880 aged 45 years leaving two
children (viz) HANNAH-LOUISE and JAMES-PERCY. So live, that falling into
death's last sleep calm thou may'st smile, while all around thee weep.
 This stone was erected in affectionate remembrance by WILLIAM &
PHAROAH HONESS (now in America) to their departed mother MARGARET the beloved
wife of WILLIAM HONESS of this parish who departed this life on the 21st
February 1879 aged 50 years: leaving 10 children, 6 sons and 4 daughters (viz)
WILLIAM, PHAROAH, LEWIS, EDWIN, LEONARD, ARTHUR, MARIA, EMMA, ESTHER and GRACE.
Also JOHN son of the above who died 2nd January 1868 aged 20 years. In
the midst of life we are in death.
 To the memory of EDWARD HONEYSETT yeoman of this parish who died March 4th
1840 aged 75 years. N.B. He was a worthy member of this church upwards of fifty
years. Also ELEANOR his wife who died October 9th 1838 aged 71 years.
 Erected to the memory of JOHN PETTET of this parish who died July 11th
1850 aged 73 years.
 E.B. 1871. [The Minister's Book identifies these initials, 1871, January 6th
as Elizabeth Buss, Maidstone, 31.]
 In memory of WILLIAM SYCKELMOORE a devoted pastor of the baptist church in
this place for upwards of 20 years he was called to his eternal rest 16th
January 1858 in the 68 year of his age. Victory through the blood of the
lamb. Also MARY-ANN wife of the above who died October 8th 1865
aged 76 years.
 In memory of SOPHIA BRIDGER who died August 29 1862 aged 48 years Left
surviving 6 sons and 4 daughters.
 In memory of CHARLES WOOD who died February 22nd 1869 aged 62
years. Also ELIZABETH BUSS daughter of the above who died January 2nd
1871 aged 31 years. Also JOHN son of the above who died April 27th
1876 aged 34 years.
 In remembrance of JAMES REEVES late of Sutton Valence who died January 22nd
1885 aged 67 years. Also MARY wife of the above who died September 15th
1871 aged 54 years.Left surviving 2 sons and four daughters viz ALFRED, MARY
ANN, ALBERT, RACHEL, ELIZA & LOUISA. Who is a God like unto thee? Micah
 In affectionate remembrance of CHARLES BATT of this parish who died
September 9th 1868 aged 50 years. Asleep in Jesus. Leaving a
widow and 10 children to lament their loss. Also HOSMER son of the above who
died September 24th 1870 aged 3 years and 4 months. Also EBENEZER son
of the above who died at Hartland, Wisconsin, North America October 8th
1882 aged 33 years.
A coped stone.
 In affectionate remembrance of CHARLES son of ELI and ANN WOOD of Headcorn
who died July 11th 1870 aged 2 years and 9 months. "Why
weepest thou, fond parents, dry thy tears: a few more setting suns, or rolling
years, shall bring thee, if in Jesus, to that shore, where thou shalt meet thy
child, to part no more."
 Sacred to the memory of SARAH the wife of JOHN MILLEN who departed this
life October 13th 1874 aged 57 years of Wissenden, Bethersden,
leaving issue two daughters and two sons viz ELIZABETH, SARAH, JOHN &
THOMAS. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. Rev. xiv.
 This stone was erected in 1876 to the memory of WILLIAM FREEMAN of
Biddenden whose wish it was to have his remains buried here, he was born March 4th
1880, died .......18..Also RACHEL wife of the above born January 16th
1805 died April 17th 1873
 In memory of SARAH FARRANCE of the parish of Frittenden who departed this
life May 1st 1878 aged 67 years. Also of RHODA DUREY niece of the
above who departed this life February 1st 1872 aged 13 years.
 Sacred to the memory of EDWARD SHILLING of Tenterden who departed this
life October 2nd 1853 aged 64 years. Whose remains were interred at
Bethersden in this county. Also of CHARLOTTE his wife who died September 11th
1870 aged 78 years. Whore mortal remains rest here. And I heard a voice from
heaven saying unto me, write, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from
henceforth; Yea; saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours: and
their works do follow them. Rev. xiv. 13.
At the farthest point from the Chapel, close to the hedge.
 In affectionate remembrance of GEORGE KINGSNORTH of Pluckley who died
January 15th 1884 aged 54 years. Also of CHARLOTTE first wife of the
above who died December 30th 1873 aged 44 years. Also of 3 of their
children viz. JOHN, died December 22nd 1864 aged 3 years. JOHN
WILLIAM BURCH died January 17th 1870 aged 10 months and ELIZABETH
died June 9th 1870 aged 3 years. Left surviving MARY ANN his
affectionate widow also 3 sons and 2 daughters viz GEORGE, FRANK, OLIVER, BETSY
ANN and CHARLOTTE.
 Sacred to the memory of JAMES PEARSON who died at Hadman Place in this
parish February 2nd 1882 aged 62 years. Leaving a widow and one son
to mourn their loss. "From grief to bliss from earth to heaven removed,
His memory honoured and his life beloved."
 In memory of JAMES PEARSON late of Biddenden who died April 16th
1865 aged 75 years. Also ELIZABETH his widow who died December 6th
1865 aged 73 years. The memory of the just is blessed.
 In memory of ALFRED YOUNGEST SON OF JAMES and ELIZABETH PEARSON of
Biddenden who departed this life February 24th 1848 aged 22 years. The
Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
The Reverend Haslewood then moved on to the history, description and papers of
the General Baptist Chapel, also called the Zion Chapel, and its burying ground
known as Spier's Ash, where he found thirty-two monuments.
MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS. AT THE FURTHER END OF THE GROUND.
 In memory of ELIZABETH the truly affectionate wife of THOMAS DAWSON who
died September 23rd 1765 aged 35 years. Left issue two sons (viz)
THOMAS MERCER and DANIEL. DANIEL since here interr'd. Also the above THOMAS
DAWSON died February the 7th 1822 aged 89 years.
A thick stone with a carved side face portrait.
 DANIEL AUSTEN late maltster of this parish died March 8th 1794
aged 89 years and is buried at the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel near
Tunbridge Wells. In memory of MARY wife of DANIEL AUSTEN of this parish maltster
who departed this life November the 27th 1760 in the 49 year of her
age. She left issue four children that ..... SARAH, MARY, JOHN and ANN.
 In memory of WILLIAM READ who died February 6th 1844 aged 37
years. Also ELIZABETH his daughter who died April 29th 1852 aged 19
years. Also ESTHER his daughter who died December 23rd 1843 aged 11
months. He left surviving 1 son and 3 daughters viz JAMES HOSMER JANE, SARAH ANN
 In memory of BENJAMIN HOSMER who died the 5th of March 1804
aged 76 years. Also of ELIZABETH his wife who died the 26th of May
1799 aged 65 years. Left issue two sons & two daughters (viz) DANIEL,
JOSEPH, ELIZABETH, and ELEANOR. Watch! for ye know not what hour your Lord
 In memory of JOSEPH HOSMER of Headcorn who departed this life December 15th
1837 aged 65 years. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his
Saints. Our friend is gone before To that celestial shore: He hath left his
mates behind, He hath all the storms outrode! Found the rest we toil to find.
Landed in the arms of God. Also ANN his wife who died February 4th
1853 aged 77 years. Left issue two sons & seven daughters (viz) JOHN, JAMES,
SARAH, MARY, CHARLOTTE, ANN, ELIZABETH, JANE and MARTHA.
 In memory of EMMA HARRIET ANDERSON daughter of EDWARD and EMMA ANDERSON
who died March 4th 1856 aged 1 year 9 months. Also WILLIAM ANDERSON
son of the above who died June 27th 1857 aged 5 months.
 In memory of SARAH wife of DANIEL HOSMER of this parish who died the 27th
of May 1817 aged 43 years. Also the above DANIEL HOSMER died February 11th
1827 aged 56 years. He was a worthy elder of this Church for 20 years.
 In memory of SARAH wife of JOHN THORPE of this parish who died the 3rd
of May 1811 aged 72 years. Left issue one son & two daughters (viz) JOHN,
SARAH & ANN. All you that view my grave prepare to follow me in hope to
rise among the just. Also the above JOHN THORPE died July 1st
1828 aged 82 years.
 Erected to the memory of THOMAS ANDERSON plumber of this parish who died
..... 18... aged.... years. Also MARY-ANN second wife of the above who died July
12th 1838 aged 47 years. Also WILLIAM their son who died at Pluckley
February 8th 1843 aged 29 years. Left issue 3 sons and 2 daughters (viz)
THOMAS EDWARD, ALFRED, MARY-ANN and ANN-MARIA. Also ELIZABETH his third wife who
died April 19th 1864 aged 57 years.
 In memory of ANN wife of BENJAMIN AUSTEN of this parish who died the 27th
of August 1804 aged 30 years. Stop, mortals, you must shortly die; Consider
now, your end, Prepare to rise above the sky, When Jesus shall descend, To
earth, to call the righteous home, When all shall hear his voice, And every
sinner meet his doom, Love God and you'll rejoice. Also the above BENJAMIN
AUSTEN who died the 13th of September 1859 aged 84 years.
Within iron railings.
 Erected to the memory of JAMES DAWSON of this parish who died February 3rd
1843 aged 71 years. Likewise SUSAN wife of JAMES DAWSON of this parish who died
July 6th 1805 aged 35 years. Also of ELIZABETH DAWSON who died June
21st 1831 aged 52 years.
 In memory of THOMAS HUNTLEY of this parish who died November 22nd
1841 aged 46 years. Also SARAH his wife who died October 24th 1860
aged 72 years. Left issue 2 daughters viz CHARLOTTE & ELIZABETH also THOMAS
who died in his infancy.
Long wooden memorial.
 WILLIAM BURBIDGE died 5th August 1840 aged 67 years. MARY
BURBIDGE died June 4th 1819 aged 39 years.
 In memory of MATTHEW VANE an esteemed useful and worthy minister and elder
of this church who died June 6th 1763 aged 48 years. Left issue one
son and one daughter (viz) JAMES and SARAH In life let us all prepare for
death Life how short eternity how long. Also of SARAH his wife who died
December 19th 1803 aged 80 years. Also SARAH VANE daughter of the
above died November 4th 1833 aged 80 years.
 In memory of WILLIAM CHILDREN draper of Rye, Sussex beloved son of WILLIAM
and MARY CHILDREN of Smarden died December 8th 1877 aged 31 years.
 In memory of WILLIAM CHILDREN farmer of Smarden died August 13th
1853 aged 40 leaving a widow, two sons and one daughter SARAH-ANN WILLIAM and
 Sacred to the memory of WILLIAM CHILDREN who died April 10 1853 aged 65
years. Also ABIGAIL wife of the above who died November 30th 1853
aged 65 years, had issue 2 sons and 6 daughters. WILLIAM died August 13th
1853 aged 40 years LYDIA died September 5th 1853 aged 29 years ESTHER
died July 25th 1858 aged 28 years JOHN died 1822 aged 6 months
ELIZABETH died 1831 aged 21 years JANE died May 27th aged 25 years
MARY-ANN died March 28th 1849 aged 29 years ANN died March 25th
1865 aged 49 years
 In memory of WILLIAM SEELEY farmer of Smarden died December 29th
1833 aged 52 years. Also MARY his wife died September 28th 1865 aged
80 years leaving two daughters MARY and MARGARET.
 In memory of ISAAC BEKEN who departed this life April 15th 1864
aged 75 years. Also HANNAH his wife who departed this life February 4th 1864
aged 76 years. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them
also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 1st Thess 4c.,
Two coffin shaped stones.
 Sacred to the memory of JAMES UNICUME of the parish of Headcorn who
departed this life November 20th 1854 aged 40 years. Left surviving a
widow and issue three sons viz JAMES, THOMAS and SAMUEL.
 Sacred to the memory of SAMUEL and JAMES UNICUME the beloved sons of JAMES
and MARTHA UNICUME of Headcorn. SAMUEL died June 27th 1856 aged 3
years JAMES died February 4th 1860 aged 12 years.
 In memory of JOHN WOOD of this parish who died September 18th
1851 aged 62 years. Also PHOEBE his wife who died January 1st 1847
aged 56 years. Left issue 4 children (viz) SARAH, PHOEBE, MARY and JANE.
 Sacred to the memory of JAMES HOSMER of Headcorn Place who departed this
life February 8th 1870 aged 58 years. Called quickly to his
fathers house above there were no farewells to his loved ones given but there
are welcomes for them all in store when they shall meet with him to part no
 In memory of ELIZABETH daughter of JAMES & SARAH HOSMER of Headcorn
who died April 23rd 1851 aged 17 years. Also GABRIEL son of the above
who died February 4th 1856 aged 3 years & 8 months. Also JABEZ
son of the above who died March 20th 1859 aged 4 years. Likewise
RHODA daughter of the above who died June 2nd 1869 aged 26 years.
 In memory of HERBERT son of CALEB and MARY HOSMER died February 16th
1876 aged 4 years and 2 months.
 In loving memory of MARK BOORMAN who died at Benenden January 15th 1880
aged 41 years leaving a widow and 7 children. Also of MARK son of the above who
died January 17th 1880 aged 2 years and 5 months. "Be ye
ready" Also of HARRIETT daughter of the above who died March 26th
1880 aged 9 months. "Suffer the little children to come unto me."
 Sacred to the memory of MARY-FOWELE ROFE the beloved wife of the
Reverend THOMAS ROFE of Headcorn who died in peace September 15th
1846 aged 60 years. Also of the above Rev'd THOMAS ROFE who died July 3rd
1879 aged 91 years.
A coped stone.
 Sacred to the memory of ANN the beloved wife of WILLIAM HARVEY of
Hawkhurst in this County and youngest daughter of the Rev'd THOMAS ROFE of
Headcorn was born April 12th 1826 and died April 12th 1853
leaving issue 2 daughters viz MARY & ANNE, also of ANNE born February 6th
and died September 26th 1853. Also of MARY born June 21st
1851 died August 5th 1864 not lost but gone before.
 In memory of ALBERT son of THOMAS & MARY ROFE late of Headcorn who
died September 2nd 1829 aged 9 weeks. Also MARY their daughter who
died April 9th 1840 aged 24 years. Also WILLIAM WYMARK their son who
died January 1st 1845 aged 20 years.
A double headed stone.
 In memory of GEORGE KENHELMN of this parish who died April the 28th
in 1751 aged 66 years. He left issue two daughters MARY AND DINAH Also ELIZABETH
his wife she died 14th October 1767 aged 75 years.
N.B. He was Elder of the Church of General Baptist. Meeting in Smarden and
Staplehurst 33 years which office he discharged with very great faithfulness and
 In memory of MARY ANN LUPTON the beloved wife of LEWIS MILLS died July 8th
1871 aged 58 years.
 R. + G. July 23rd 1870.
 Sacred to the memory of JULIANA ESTHER JANE the affectionate daughter of
GEORGE and ANN BIRT who died August 21st 1869 aged 7 years. Suffer
little children to come unto me, and forbid them not. Luke 18. 16.
The author also found a further private burying ground which is referred to as
The Offen Burying Ground. Here he
found five monumental inscriptions located in a meadow as follows:-
 In memory of BENJAMIN OFFEN died December 18th 1875 aged 74
years leaving a widow named SARAH, one son, one daughter namely EDWIN &
ESTHER. Also ALFRED OFFEN died March 3rd 1850 aged 3 years 4 months.
 Sacred (This stone was erected as a mark of respect by S.B. CURTEIS.) to
the memory of WILKINS OFFINS who died March 31st 1867 aged 49 years. Why
do we mourn departing friends Or shake at death's alarms? 'Tis but the voice
that Jesus sends, To call them to his arms.
 To the memory of John son of ESSEX and SARAH OFFEN of this parish who died
July the 11th 1820 aged 17 years. Man that is born of a woman is
of few days and full of trouble He cometh forth like a flower and is cut down,
he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. Job Chap. 14th Verses
1 & 2. Also J.T. WETHERDEN died 19 January 1830 aged 2... years.
 In memory of ESSEX OFFEN of this parish Yeoman, who died 8th
February 1833 aged 62 years. Also SARAH his wife who died 5th January
1860 aged 79 years. Left issue 8 children (viz) ESSEX, BENJAMIN, WILLIAM,
MARGARET, THOMAS, JAMES, WILKINS and EDWIN. Farewell my wife & children
dear, I must be gone, and leave you here, Here I lie, free from all pain, Till
Christ, shall raise me up again.
 In memory of WILLIAM OFFEN WITHERDEN who died December 10th
1851 aged 23 years. When blooming youth & health is mostly brave, Death
plucks up and plants us in the grave Take care young men your precious time to
spend Your lives are short and quickly at an end. Also BENJAMIN OFFEN
WITHERDEN who died February 1st 1831 aged 3 months.
Finally, the Reverend Haslewood's researches concluded with a description of one
further private burying ground in that part of Smarden Parish known as Obden in
which he listed four memorial stones he found there in a hop garden, which was
called the Sanders Burying Ground,
 Sacred to the memory of ANN wife of JOB SANDERS who died May 25th
1848 aged 28 years. Also the above JOB SANDERS who died December 6th
1859 aged 43 years. Leaving a widow. Left issue by his first wife 3 sons and 1
daughter (viz) THOMAS, JOB, ANN and SILAS, ANN died May 5th 1860 aged
 Sacred to the memory of LUCY the beloved wife of SAMUEL CORKE of this
parish who sweetly fell asleep in Jesus on the 22nd November 1868
aged 23 years. Also of her three innocent babes two of which died in October
1867 and MARY ISABELLA died November 19th 1868 aged 11 days. Blessed
are the dead which die in the Lord. Rev. 14c., 13v.
 Erected to the memory of ELIZABETH wife of THOMAS SANDERS of this parish
who died March 28th 1841 aged 24 years. Left issue 1 daughter
ELIZABETH. Also MARY daughter of the above who died November 21st
1850 aged 7 years.
 Sacred to the memory of THOMAS SANDERS of this parish died March 11th
1859 aged 73. Also SARAH his wife died December 26th 1859 aged 72.
The author had some final thoughts in his book the Memorials of Smarden,
Kent, and included them in Addenda to the main work on the very last page.
He included them, as they referred to Smarden folk, although they were not
buried in the Parish.
(On the floor under the Tower.)
 Here lyeth buried the body of SARAH MARSHALL wife of THOMAS MARSHALL
daughter of JACOB TURNER of Smarden who departed this life the 10 day of May
1683, left issue two sonnes and six daughtars, aged 32 years. Here also lieth
interred the body of MARIAH MARSHALL second wife of THOMAS MARSHALL, gent, who
departed this life July the 17 1736 aged 77.
[The above inscription the Author copied, as bearing on the history of the
Turners and Marshalls, two families long resident in Smarden. See the Will of
Jacob Turner, on page 88 of the Antiquities of Smarden.]
 Here lieth the body of THOMAS MARSHALL, gent., senior, who departed this
life the 22nd day of October 1712 aged 66 years. Also here lieth the
body of Thomas Marshall, junior, a grandson aged near nine years. (vide
Parson's Funeral Monuments.)
There is some account of the family of Austen (many of whom resided in the
neighbourhood of Smarden), in the Memoirs of N. Lawrence Austen of
Haffenden, etc., by Frank Buckland, 1877. For that of Hovenden (with Arms and
Autographs) see Genealogical Memoranda relating thereto, by Robert Hovenden,
Index of Names and Places
Allen, 171, 172, 173
Anderson, 279, 281
Austen, 24, 29, 87, 131,
214, 275, 282
Ballard, 190, 222, 232-234
Batt, 142, 264
Bayly, 114, 115, 116, 117
Bean, 18b, 19
Bridger, 230, 261
Bridges, 35, 40, 43
Brown 187, 220
Brunger, 17, 94
Buss, 112, 119, 259, 262
Button, 123, 128, 129, 130
Cheeseman, 62, 63
Children, 251, 287-289
Christian, 110, 111
Copping, 237, 238, 248
Cornes, 177, 180-184, 186,
202, 217, 255
Dawson, 274, 283
Earl of Denbigh 6
Edmet, 194, 195
Elgar, 191-193, 227, 228
Evenden, 60, 108, 124, 125
Farley, 77, 96
Fitch, 70, 75
Fry, 21, 22, 23, 25
Fuller, 118, 216
R + G 304
Gilham, 67, 198, 215
Greenhill, 165, 166, 167
Gurr, 142, 170
Haffenden, 30, 32, 198-200
Hickmott, 239, 252, 253
Hills, 150, 151, 243
Hinds, 4, 138, 140, 141
Hogben, 161, 162, 163
Homewood, 72, 73, 120
Hooker, 14, 201, 203, 236
Hopper, 136, 137
Hosmer, 264, 277, 278, 280, 295, 296, 297
Jell, 88, 97, 98, 99, 100
Jones, 48, 49
Judge, 10, 53, 57, 58, 59
Large, 42, 44-47, 175
Lucas, 78, 83, 84
Marshall, 3a, 39, 315, 316
Millen, 95, 266
Munk, 120-122, 126, 127
Munn, 16, 70
Offen, 13, 50-53, 306, 308-310
Ottaway, 27, 33-35, 38, 66,
Paine, 175, 176
Payne, 195, 218
Pearson, 85, 124, 174, 245, 271-273
Powell, 196, 197
Rofe, 299, 300, 301
Russell, 148, 154, 156-159,
Sanders, 223-226, 235,
Seeley, 113, 209
Turk, 169, 221
Turner, 2, 36, 37, 315
Unicume, 292, 293
Wilmot, 11, 64, 103
Wood, 8, 56, 68, 69, 101, 102, 167, 168, 185, 262, 265, 294
Woollett, 78, 80, 81
Woolley, 5, 89, 104
Hundred of Hoo 135
Ash near Sandwich 191,192
Richborough Farm 193
Aylsham, Norfolk 3b
Camberwell, Surrey 10
Cranbrook 82, 93, 218
East Sutton 244
Egerton 147, 214, 236
Buckhurst Hill, 253
Great Chart 209
Lodge Place, 18b
Halden (High) 3a
North America 263
Hawkhurst 222, 300
Headcorn 157, 227, 265,
278, 292, 293, 296,
Brick House Farm 56
Headcorn Place 295
High Halden 3a, 188, 189,
Little Hamton, Sussex 126
London 2, 147
Kensal Green, West
Lyminge 152, 160
Maidstone 171, 172, 259
Chillington House, 6
Mayfield, Sussex 21
Pluckley 100, 181, 221,
Rye, Sussex 287
Haffenden Quarter 103,
Little Biddenden 14
Romden 6, 115
St.Philip's Castle,Minorca 6
Staplehurst 97, 232-234
Sutton Valence 263
Tenterden 206-208, 269
Tunbridge Wells, Countess
of Huntingdon's Chapel,
Wisconsin, N. America 74
Countess of Huntingdon's
Blacksmith 21, 23
Captain East India Co. 171
Chapel Royal 164
Deacon 190, 210
East India Company 171
Executor 21, 36
free school of Smarden 162
hop garden 311
Householder 71, 187
Land surveyor 162
minister 198, 286
pastor 238, 260
Repairs of this Church 2
Reverend 3b, 164, 299
School at his Chapel 198
Surgeon 111, 172, 173,
Timber Merchant 38
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