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The Monumental Inscriptions (M.I.s) in the church & churchyard of St Mary and All Saints, Boxley, Kent with concise wills 
                                         Transcribed by D. E. Williams 2021 with Index of names 

A fascinating and varied collection of monuments are to be found at Boxley, including those of figures of national interest, including the Poet and Traveller, George Sandys, the Whatman family, makers of the finest English papers, used by J.M.W. Turner, John Constable and many other artists, including William Alexander, the artist who provided many of the earliest images of China to British audiences and who is buried here. Also buried here is Cecilia Lushington, wife of Edmund Law Lushington and sister of Alfred Lord Tennyson, his work includes references to Boxley. In the churchyard is the prominent tomb of the Best family of Chatham and Boxley, whose Chatham Brewery was very successful, not just at home but internationally, exporting beer to America.
   I am grateful to Mr Ted Connell for hosting this work and for compiling the index. I very much appreciated the warm welcome and encouragement I received from Churchwarden Ms Jacqueline Saunders and Mr Robin Ambrose, co author of, Boxley, the Story of an English parish, which contained much additional information of many those buried here.
   I also wish to thank the staff of the County Archives at Maidstone Library for their friendly assistance and last but not least I am grateful to my wife, Beverley for her patient support.


St. Mary and All Saints, with the Narthex, from the South East. The word Narthex properly refers to a railed off
part of early churches in which catechumens and penitents were admitted. This type of structure was also known
 as a Galilee, also found at the west end of a church. But this particular structure was the original Norman nave, 
the present Tower was built on the site of the original Chancel in the 15th century. The residents of Vinters had 
the right of burial under this building, so, some Champneys and Whatmans are interred in a vault here.

INTERIOR of church

1.   White Marble Tablet, South Aisle


Self portrait of William Alexander, Watercolour

Near this Place lie the Remains
of
WILLIAM ALEXANDER Esq. F.S.A. and L.S.
One of the Librarians of the British Museum
He accompanied the Embassy to China
in 1792
and by the power of his pencil introduced
into Europe a better Knowledge of the
Habits and Manners of China
than had been before attained
He was a man of Mild and Engaging manners
active Benevolence and unsullied Integrity
Waiting patiently for the Glory Honour and
Immortality brought to light by the Gospel
He was born at Maidstone 10th April 1769
Died 23rd July 1816

2.   Ledger, South Aisle

Here Lyeth Interred [ye Body]
of Mr ROBERT ANDRE[WS]
of London who depart[ed] this
[Life] the 28th of July [1684]
Aged 63 Years
[who] left behind [him]
[one] [Dau]ghter Mrs ELIZA[BETH] [CHARLTON]
of this Parish

ANDREWS see CHARLTON

3.   Plain, White Marble Tablet, North Aisle

Near this Place Lieth the Body of ANN
the Wife of SAMUEL ATHAWES Senior of this Parish
who departed this Life the 31st day of May 1733
Aged 54 Years
Left Issue five Sons and three Daughters
Here also lieth the Body of Mr SAMUEL ATHAWES
who succeeding his Father in the Parsonage Farm
of this Parish
occupied the same 48 Years with such Uprightness and Moderation
that no Dispute or Contention arose in his Time
and the Tythes were as willingly paid by the Parishioners
as received by himself
He died Respected by his Friends for his Integrity and Generosity
and died Lamented by All
the 16th day of December 1757 Aged 83 Years
leaving numerous Issue
Likewise WILLIAM Son of the said
SAMUEL and ANN ATHAWES
died December 26th 1763 Aged 54 Years
In Remembrance of so Worthy and Exemplary a Character
his Grandson SAMUEL ATHAWES a Virginia Merchant of London
has caused this Tablet to be fixed
this Year of our Lord 1799

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 9th July 1753
SAMUEL ATHAWES of Boxley, Gentleman.
Usual Religious Preamble.
He has previously advanced his son, SAMUEL, several sums of money which exceeds anything he can give to his other children, which means son, SAMUEL, is now indebted to him but he now releases him from this debt and gives him 10 for mourning but no more.
   To his sons, PETER and THOMAS, 200 each.
   To his daughter, FRANCES wife of JOSEPH CHARLTON, 200.
   To his daughter, ELIZABETH, his house, farm and lands, called new New Barn in the Parish of Maidstone, (which he purchased from ELIZABETH GILMAN), also the hop poles and stock, for ever. He also gives her 300 and his household goods, plate, linen and furniture.
   To his son WILLIAM, an annuity of 12 for life, also all his clothes, linen and woollen.
   To his grandchildren, children of SAMUEL, 100, equally shared.
   To grandson, RICHARD HALLOWAY and his heirs, the small house and garden adjoining the barn belonging to testator's house and now occupied by THOMAS BEALE. In default of lawful heirs, then to the testator's own right heirs. Also to RICHARD, 10 for mourning.
   The rest and residue of his personal and real estate, not before given, which he charges with the payment of his debts, legacies and the above annuity, to his eldest son, EDWARD, who is also his executor.
   Witnesses: WILLIAM ALEXANDER RICHARD COOPER both of Boxley, SAMUEL GOUMELINE, Cordwainer's Hall, London
   Proved 10th January 1758

4.   Oval Marble Tablet, North Aisle

Sacred
to the Memory of
HANNAH BEST
Wife of JAMES BEST Esq of Chatham
who died 9th May 1816
Aged 52 Years
Also of
the said JAMES BEST Esq
who died 10th December 1828
Aged 73 Years

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 26th April 1824
JAMES BEST of Chatham, Esquire.
   He has no children and presumes he will not have any.
   He wishes to be buried in the family vault in Boxley church. Mr THOMAS WELLS of Chatham to manage the funeral, similar to that of his late wife, HANNAH. His body to be carried by men employed in his Chatham Brewery, they to receive a guinea each and a good dinner.
   All his ready money, furniture, pate, linen, china, books, prints and pictures, wine liquor and provisions in his Chatham house, horses, carriages and harness, to his nephew, JAMES BEST of Boxley, Esquire, eldest son of his late brother, THOMAS, absolutely.
   All the freehold and copyhold houses and lands to the Reverend FRANCIS SONNINGS of Craxton, Lincoln and HENRY EDMEADES of Cobham, Esquire, upon trust, to the use of his friend, BOSWELL MIDDLETON, Esquire, of the Custom House, London, the Reverend ALEXANDER BROWN of Rochester, ROBERT TURBEVILLE BINGHAM , Esquire of Rochester and EDWARD WICKHAM of Chatham, Clerk of his Chatham Brewery, as trustees. For the benefit of his nephew, JAMES BEST.
   To his wife, ELIZABETH, for life, an annuity of 100 and to MAWDISTLY BEST, eldest son of his late nephew, THOMAS BEST of Boxley, for life, an annuity of 50, to JAMES BEST, second son of THOMAS BEST, for life, an annuity of 50, to nephew, RICHARD BEST, formerly of Chatham, Esquire, for life, an annuity of 400 and to his wife, ANNA MARIA , for life, an annuity of 100, to RICHARD MAWDISTLY BEST, son of his nephew, RICHARD, for life, an annuity of 100, to his niece, HARRIOT, wife of ROBERT LOVELACE, Esquire, for life, an annuity of 100, to his Butler, WILLIAM BUTTERFIELD, for life, an annuity of 100, to SUSANNA WICKHAM, for life, an annuity of 100 and , after her death, an annuity, for life, to her daughter, SUSANNA of 100 and after the death of the survivor, an annuity, for life, to EDWARD WILLIAM WICKHAM, son of SUSANNA WICKHAM, of 100, to his late Housekeeper, MARY FILMER, for life, an annuity of 40 and to his present Housekeeper, JANE FEATHERSTONE, for life, an annuity of 40. He charges the payment of the annuities on his freehold and copyhold estate.
   The annuity given to his wife to be accepted in lieu of her Dower Rights.
   To his wife, 5 and to FRANCES JENNINGS and HENRY EDMEADES, 100 guineas each, to BOSWELL MIDDLETON, ALEXANDER BROWN, ROBERT TURBEVILLE BINGHAM and EDWARD WICKHAM, trustees and executors, 200 guineas
   To nephew, RICHARD BEST, 5,000, to nieces, ELIZABETH, DOROTHY and FRANCES BEST, daughters of his late brother, THOMAS, 2,000 each, to his nephew, THOMAS FAIRFAX BEST, , son of his late brother, GEORGE, 1,000, to his nephew and nieces, Reverend MAURICE LLOYD, FRANCES and MARGARET LLOYD, daughters of the late Reverend MAURICE LLOYD, late of Lenham, 2,000 each, to RICHARD WHITEHEAD, his Clerk, 2,000, to SAMUEK TUFFNELL BARNETT of Shorne, Esquire, 1,000, to his daughter, MARY AGNES BARNETT, 100.
   To the Guardians of the poor of Chatham, 500, to improve the Poor House.
   To EDWARD WICKHAM, 6,000, to HUMPHREY WICKHAM, his brother, 2,000.
   To THOMAS BROOKS the Coper of his Brewery, 100, to each of his domestic servants, with him at his death, 50 and a suit of mourning of the value of 10 each, all free of duty.
   He gives his trustees all his leasehold estate, stock in trade, debts and securities due in his trade as brewer, horses, carts and other chattels belonging to his trade, residue of his personal estate after his debts, (not charged on on his freehold or leasehold estate), funeral and probate costs are paid.
   They to carry on the trade, until the legacies have been paid. Profits from the Brewery to form part of his residuary personal estate. They to stand possessed of his leasehold and personal estate, for his nephew, JAMES BEST. He requests his Clerks, RICHARD WHITEHEAD and EDWARD WICKHAM and his Brewer, HUMPHREY WICKHAM continue to be employed to manage the business and that nephew, JAMES BEST, continues to employ them.
   He appoints nephew, JAMES BEST and trustees, MIDDLETON, BROWN, BINGHAM and WICKHAM, executors.
   Witnesses: THOMAS WELLS of Chatham, Builder, LEWIS WHITEHEAD of Chatham, Sadler, WILLIAM STROUGHILL of Chatham, Plumber.

1st Codicil 26th April 1824
He now gives THOMAS WELLS of Chatham, Carpenter and Builder, 200. Rest of will ratified.
   Witnesses: WILLIAM STROUGHILL and LEWIS WHITEHEAD

2nd Codicil 13th November 1824
To EDWARD WICKHAM, his Clerk, 4,000 in addition to the other legacy, to make 10,000.
He revokes the legacy of 3,000 to his niece, MARGARET LLOYD, now wife of [       ] DOYLE, in lieu he gives her an annuity of 50 for life, free of any control of her husband or any future husband. He had given the Guardians of the Chatham Poor House, 500 to improve and extend the building, but now revokes this, instead he gives them 500 to be spent as they think fit for the benefit of the institution, other than the purchase of real estate.
   He had appointed BOSWELL MIDDLETON as as an executor and given him 200 guineas but now revokes this.
His leasehold estate and residuary personal estate to his trustees, upon trust and appoints his nephew, JAMES BEST, together with his trustees executors.
   Since he made his will he has bought other freeholds in Chatham, these to go under the provisions already made in his will.
   Witnesses: D. B. LEWIS, Attorney of Rochester, R. CLEMENTS, Draper of Rochester, D. R. LEWIS of Rochester

3rd Codicil 13th November 1824
To DAVID BAXTER LEWIS of Rochester, Attorney, 100 guineas, duty free and a mourning ring. Rest of will ratified.
   Witnesses: R. CLEMENTS D.R. LEWIS

4th Codicil 10th June 1826
He has left WILLIAM BUTTERFIELD, then his Butler, who has now left his service, an annuity of 100 for life. He revokes this and any other bequest to WILLIAM BUTTERFIELD. Since making his will he has bought more freeholds in Chatham and Gillingham, these to go under the same directions as in his will. Rest of will ratified.
   Witnesses: RICHARD MARTIN, Surgeon, Chatham, THOMAS QUESTED,Inn Keeper, Chatham, JAMES NORRISON, Servant to Mr BEST.
This 4th codicil comes at the end of the will, after the 6th codicil, so the probate clause comes after this and not the final codicil, proved 19th December 1828

5th Codicil 7th June 1827
He desires to be buried in the vault, which he lately made in Boxley church, where his late wife lies. The funeral to be as he has already directed.
   He wishes to make more provision for his Clerk, EDWARD WICKHAM. He has purchased the Manor Farm of Delce, Rochester, of about 300 acres, now or late occupied by DANIEL CHAMBERS, he gives this farm to EDWARD WICKHAM, for ever.
   To his Butler, DILHUNT? RICHARDSON, 800 and to EDWARD WICKHAM, son of his Clerk, 100.
To his Housekeeper, JANE FEATHERSTONE, for life, an annuity of 50, in place of the one for 40, previously given.
   He ratifies the rest of the will.
   Witnesses: RICHARD MARTIN, Surgeon, Chatham, ROBERT FOORD, Plumber, Chatham, THOMAS QUESTED, Inn Keeper, Chatham.

6th Codicil 18th November 1828
He has purchased more freeholds in Gillingham, these to go as directed in his will.
   He has given to RICHARD WHITEHEAD, a Clerk in his Brewery, 2,000. He now revokes this and gives him an annuity of 200, for life.
   He has given given his nephew, RICHARD BEST, son of his brother, RICHARD BEST, an annuity of 400, for life and the principal sum of 5,000, he now revokes this. He gives his trustees and executors the annuity of 400 and the 5,000, upon trust, to pay the annuity in quarterly payments to nephew, RICHARD BEST and invest the 5,000 in Public or Bank of England Stock or Real estate, in their names, as they think fit and pay the interest earned to nephew, RICHARD, for life.
   After RICHARD'S death, then, upon trust, to transfer the 5,000 to RICHARD MAWDISTLY BEST, son of his nephew, RICHARD BEST.
   He revokes the annuity of 100 given to RICHARD MAWDISTLY BEST and now gives him an annuity of 100 during his joint life with his father, RICHARD. RICHARD MAWDISTLY BEST not to transfer any part of this bequest to his father. His father to have no powers over the bequest to his son.
   Witnesses: D. R. LEWIS, Rochester, JAMES LEWIS, Rochester, ROBERT FOORD, Chatham
   Proved 19th December 1828

5.   Marble Tablet

M.S.
EDWARDI BURTON Societtat Regiae Socii
Qui Annos natus LXXVI
Prudens simplex probus pins
Ex hac vita migravit
Summisse expectons meliorem
Minime propter sui ipsius
Omnino propter Jesu Christi merita
Die Martii XI MDCCCLXVII

6.   Large Marble Tablet, South Aisle

In Memory of
the Rev GEORGE BURVILL
of Boxley in the County of Kent
who died Sept 17th 1798 Aged 73
whose Remains are interred near this place
Also the Remains of JULIANA BURVILL his Wife
who died July 2nd 1777 Aged 50
Also of JOHN BURVILL their Son
a Major in the 66th Regiment of Foot
who died at Port Au Prince in St Domingo
March 13th 1796 Aged 38
Also in a vault beneath this Tablet are Interred
the Remains of PETER RASHLEIGH
who died Aug 25th 1807 Aged 20 the 2nd Son of
the Rev PETER RASHLEIGH of Southfleet in the
County of Kent and FRANCES his Wife Daughter
of the Rev GEORGE BURVILL and JULIANA his Wife
Also of HENRY RASHLEIGH their 3rd Son
who died at Calcutta in the East Indies
Dec 18th 1813 Aged 22
Also of FRANCES Wife of the Rev PETER RASHLEIGH of Boxley
Rector of Southfleet in this County and Daughter of
the above Rev GEORGE BURVILL of Boxley
she died May 14th 1823 Aged 66 Years
Also of JULIANA Wife of the
Rev GEORGE CUMMING RASHLEIGHT
Fellow of Winchester College and Grand daughter of
the Rev PETER RASHLEIGH she died December
6th 1832 Aged 42 Years and was buried at Silverton Devon
Also of the Rev PETER RASHLEIGH A.M.
Rector of Southfleet in Kent Vicar of Barking in Essex
and one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace
for the Western Division
he died February 8th 1836
Aged 90 Years

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 21st January 1793
JOHN BURVILL of Boxley, Captain of the 66th Regiment of Foot.
   After his debts are paid, all his real and personal estate , to his sister, FRANCES RASHLEIGH wife of the Rev PETER RASHLEIGH of Southfleet, he appoints the latter two his executors.
   No witnesses.

Affidavit dated 16th August 1796
SAMUEL BATE of the Adelphi in the parish of St Martin in the Fields, Hotel Keeper and ARCHIBALD FALCONER of St Margaret's Westminster, Gentleman, are sworn in.
   They state they were well acquainted with with JOHN BURVILL and that they have seen him write many times and are familiar with his signature. They have carefully examined the will and they are sure it is in his hand and contains his signature.
   Proved 17th August 1796. Power reserved to FRANCES RASHLEIGH.

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 25th January 1798
GEORGE BURVILL, Vicar of Boxley
   No Religious Preamble.
   His debts, funeral and probate costs to be first paid.
   To THOMAS RASHLEIGH of Hatton Garden, London, Esquire and JOHN RASHLEIGH of Panquite?, Cornwall, Esquire, all his manors, houses, lands and all real estate, upon trust.
   His present housekeeper, MARY FRYER, if she is with him at his death, to have, for life, an annuity of 30, tax free and her husband, GEORGE FRYER to have, for life, an annuity of 10, tax free.
   Income from his estate to the Rev PETER RASHLEIGH, Vicar of Southfleet, for life. After his death, in case his wife, the testator's daughter, FRANCES, survives him, then to her, for life.
After the death of the survivor of PETER and FRANCES RASHLEIGH, then to their lawful children, equally shared if more than one.
   During the minority of their children, the RASHLEIGH'S can lease any part of the real estate, for any term not exceeding 21 years.
   If his personal estate is insufficient for paying his debts, legacies, etc., his trustees can sell or mortgage his real estate or any part of it until they have enough money to make up the shortfall.
   His ready money, securities for money, goods, chattels, effects and personal estate, subject to the payment of his debts, funeral and probate costs, to PETER RASHLEIGH, for ever. After the death of PETER RASHLEIGH and FRANCES, his wife, he appoints his trustees or the survivor of them, Guardians of their children during their minorities.
   He appoints PETER RASHLEIGH his executor.
   Witnesses: GEORGE BURR THOMAS CHARLES BURT ROBERT POPE, Junior
   Proved 15th October 1798

CANE or CAVE see CHAMPNEYS

7.   Marble Tablet, North Aisle


Engraving of the Five Kentish Petitioners, 1701,
Justinian Champneys at bottom right.

The Five Kentish Petitioners, 1701. At the bottom right hand corner is Justinian Champneys, died 1754, one of the five petitioners who tried to present the Petition, signed by over 200 Kent Gentlemen, which tried to petition Parliament to
modify a Bill over Defence concerns. It seems extraordinary now but they were punished for their action by being 
locked up at Westminster for a month until agitation for their release led by Daniel Defoe was successful.

"Pro Patria Rege et Avis
Sacred to the Memory
of
JUSTINIAN CHAMPNEYS Esq of Gray's Inn, Barrister only Son of the Rev JOHN
CHAMPNEYS, Clerk, Rector of Digswell in the County of Hertford by MARTHA
Daughter of Sir ALEXR. CANE Knt He was born in 1637 and died unmarried in 1713
SARAH Daughter and Heiress of ANDREW HUGHES Esq of Ringlerton in the Parish
of Woodnesboro[ugh] by SARAH Daughter of GRATIAN LYNCH Esq of Groves in the Parish
of Staples and Wife of JUSTINIAN CHAMPNEYS Esq of Ostenhanger in this County
She was born in 1679 married in 1694 and died in 1728 leaving Issue JUSTINIAN, WILLIAM
HENRY and SARAH Wife of the Rev STRINGER BUTCHER, Clerk Rector of Ulcomb
JUSTINIAN CHAMPNEYS Esq of Ostenhanger only Son of RICHARD CHAMPNEYS
of Biddenden born in 1669 and died in 1754 he was one of the five Gentlemen stiled
the Kentish Petitioners of whom we have an account in the History of this County
JUSTINIAN CHAMPNEYS Esq the Son of the last mentioned JUSTINIAN born in 1695
died in 1758 not leaving any Issue and is buried in Aousia, Piedmont
HENRY CHAMPNEYS Esq of Vinters in this Parish born in 1700 died unmarried in 1781
In compliance with whose desire this monument is erected to the
Memory of his Father and Mother and others of his Family buried in this Church

Consistory Court of Canterbury Will Dated 5th February 1738
JUSTINIAN CHAMPNIES of Boxley, Esquire
   No religious preamble.
   He desires to decently buried but at a cost of no more the 20
   By an indenture dated on or about 13th June 1700, made between himself and SARAH , his then wife, his dearest kinsman, and only friend, JUSTINIAN CHAMPNIES, Senior, Esquire, Sir GEORGE CHOAT, Baronet and HENRY AYRES, Esquire and HENRY BROWN?, Esquire and WILLIAM HENMAN , Gentleman, Power is given and reserved to him to revoke and alter the portions of 2,000, therein mentioned to be paid to his son WILLIAM and his daughter, SARAH and to order and limit the 2,000 among his children, which he has by his wife, SARAH, as he thinks fit, by deed or his last will. He now revokes this, so far as it alters the portions as follows, the 2,000 be equally divided between his sons WILLIAM and HENRY.
   To his only sister, MARTHA BUTCHER, an annuity of 10, for life.
   To his daughter, SARAH, 100.
   To his eldest son, JUSTINIAN, 20 for mourning.
   To his faithful housekeeper, SUSAN ONGLEY, 10, if she is in his service at his death.
   His two sons, WILLIAM and HENRY are his executors and he gives them his real estate, not otherwise settled, and his personal estate, they to pay his debts and legacies.
   Witnesses: LEROIS CAGE JAMES CAHEET SAMUEL FULLAGAR
   Proved 4th October 1754

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 5th November 1778
HENRY CHAMPNEYS, of Vinters,Boxley.
  
No religious preamble.
   To his niece, ELIZABETH BELCHER, 90.
  
To his niece, SARAH MILNER, 90, (but this is all crossed out, which is explained in the codicil)
  
To niece FRANCES CHAMPNEYS, 90, his farm at ? and his house in Canterbury, for life. He makes this bequest to discharge a debt of 400 he owes her.
  
To ANN SPRAT, "for her honesty , integrity and fidelity in his service between 40 and 50 years", 90, "which she shall forfeit should she be so impudent to marry", he also gives her 200.
  
He has an investment in the Turnpike between Rochester and Maidstone, the interest due to him at the time of his death, he also leaves to ANN SPRAT and his feather bed, the chairs, carpet, curtains, the grate and tea table in the dining room. Also his night table, his bureau in the breakfast room, all his clothes, linen. Lace, all his china, one of the two best cases of knives, forks and spoons, two silver candlesticks, with arms in a lozenge and his flat silver candlesticks and extinguishers, the watch she usually wears all the time, which he bought at Lord Mountford's sale, the oval table he bought at Michell's sale, a trunk and the cabinet in his bed chamber also his   ?    pan.
  
To GAB. CLOVER, an annuity of 10, for life.
  
To niece, HARIOT BURT, daughter of JOHN and HARIOT BURT, 500 at 15 years of age.
  
To Captain JOHN BURT, 20 for mourning.
  
All his real and personal estate, goods and chattels, not before given, to his niece, FRANCES CHAMPNEYS, upon trust, she to pay his debts and funeral costs and to lay out the rents and profits of his estate, as follows,
to his nephew, HENRY WILLIAM CHAMPNEYS, so of JOHN BURT and HANAH CHAMPNEYS, all his estate, for life. After his death, to his eldest son and successive sons. In default, then to his niece, FRANCES CHANPNEYS, she giving 5,000 to his niece, HARIOT BURT, daughter of JOHN and HARIOT BURT.
  
His trustee, FRANCES CHAMPNEYS, to use income from his estate to increase his fortune until his nephew, HENRY WILLIAM CHAMPNEYS is 21 and pay him 100 per annum until then, for his education. If he should die without male heirs, FRANCES CHAMPNEYS to keep possession of the funds until his nephew, THOMAS BURT is 21.
  
To his niece, FRANCES CHAMPNEYS, his diamond ring, she is his executor.
  
Witnesses: WILLIAM WRENTMAN J. PETT SAMUEL JONES

Codicil, 9th December 1779
"Called loudly on by Justice, Honour and a proper resentment for a most Outrageous and Unparalleled behaviour to strike out of this my Will made 5th November 1778 what I had left to Mrs SARAH MILNER. I now Unpassionately but most reasonably declare that I have this 9th Dec 1779 scratched out the 6th and 7th line in my said Will intending nothing to be given thereby" (no witnesses)

Codicil 14th April 1781
He realises that his niece FRANCES CHAMPNEYS, his sole executor and trustee, is not competent and able to act as sole executor and trustee, so he appoints his friend, Captain JOHN BURT of the Marines, joint executor with FRANCES. (no witnesses)

Affidavit 11th September 1781
JOHN PETT of Maidstone, Apothecary and SAMUEL JONES of Thurnham, Yeoman, are sworn in. They knew and were well acquainted with the testator and familiar with his handwriting and signature. They have carefully examined the Codicils and believe them to be in his hand and that the signatures are authentic.
  
Proved 25th September 1781

8.   Marble Tablet, North Aisle

Near this Place are Deposited
all that could    ?    Earth
of HANNAH the Wife of WILLIAM CHAMPNEYS
of Vinters in this Parish Esq
and Daughter of JOHN TRIGG
of Newnham in the County of Gloucester Esq
"And that the Memory of so able a Person That Heaven may Bless
may not be buried with her Ashes two infant Daughters she has left
Let Truth record, let Justice acknowledge with like Endowments
that her Form was mirrored to her Mind as the prayer of the surviving
reflecting those Excellences Parent
which all Applaud, few Possess and that they may be many such
Sense with Innocence should be the prayer of all
Mildness with Dignity who are Friends to Virtue
Cheerfulness with Modesty Lovers of their Country
Piety without Affectation and well wishers to Human Kind"
and evert Virtue joyned with every One only Son, SACKVILLE, she left
Grace that could give Lustre to who followed her too soon
the Character of a Neighbour, Friend She died on the 17th day of April
and Wife, Mother, Christian Aged forty three Years
He died on the seventeenth of
May Aged Six Years
MDCCXLVIII

9.   White Oval Marble, North Aisle

In the Vault
near this place
lies interred the Body of
WILLIAM CHAMPNEYS
of this Parish Esq
who was for many years
one of the Hon Commissioners
of his Majesty's Revenue in Ireland
He died July 30th 1766 Aged 63
In Testimony of her Dutiful Regard
for an Affectionate and Indulgent Husband
and to Commemorate the many Social and
Domestic Virtues by which his Character
was Eminently Distinguished
SOPHIA his second Wife
Daughter of Sir THOMAS D'AETH
of Knowlton in this County Bart
hath Erected this
Monument

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 27th March 1760
WILLIAM CHAMPNEYS of Vinters, Esquire
   By a marriage settlement made on his marriage with his late wife, dated on or about 29th January 1740* between his late father, JUSTINIAN, of the first part , the testator and his late wife HANNAH, then HANNAH TRIGGE, Spinster of the second part and THOMAS TRIGGE, THOMAS CRAMP and ABRAHAM TILGHMAN of the third part, 2,000 to be raised at the death of his late father from Ringleton Farm, marshland in Woolwich and houses in Canterbury, was agreed to be paid to the third parties and be invested in land for use of testator for life. The remainder to the first and other sons of the marriage in Tail Male, or to the daughters of the marriage in Tail General. In default of such issue, then to the testator and his heirs, for ever.
   The money has not been used and if his two daughters the surviving issue of that marriage, happen to die before they are 21, leaving no lawful issue, he gives the property to be purchased to his now wife, SOPHIA, for life.
   After her death, then to his brother, HENRY CHAMPNEYS, for ever, he or his heirs to pay testator's sister, SARAH BELCHER, 2,000 if she is living at the time of the death of his two daughters , if she is dead, then to her daughters, equally divided.
   There is another settlement made upon his marriage with his present wife, dated about 19th February 1749, made between his wife, formerly SOPHIA D'AETH of the first part, the testator of the second part and Sir NARBROUGH D'AETH, Bart and JOSIAH HARDY of the third part. The money arising from the sale of his wife's third part of and in several manors, house and lands in St Paul's Cray and St Mary's Cray or elsewhere in Kent, to be laid out in freehold lands and houses for testator, for life and then to his wife, for life. And after their deaths, to their children, in default of heirs, then to testator's heirs, for ever. The properties have been sold but the money not laid out. In case he has no issue or they die with no issue, the estate to be purchased to his daughters, FRANCES and HARRIOT, as laid out in the will of his wife, SOPHIA. In default of such direction, then to his daughters and their lawful heirs.
   To daughter, FRANCES, 400, from his personal estate at the death of his present wife. He is giving this to her in regard of the fact that her sister, HARRIOT, has had more than this spent on her education.
   Also to his daughters, equally shared, his Manor of Ringleton and the Manor House, called Ringleton, with it's land in Woodensborough.
   To his wife, SOPHIA, for life, all other of his lands and houses but subject to charges on them, after her death, to his daughters, equally shared.
   To his sister, SARAH BELCHER and his brother HENRY, 20 each for mourning.
   Rest and residue, of his goods, chattels, ready money, debts and personal estate, after payment of his debts, legacies, funeral and probate costs, to his wife, SARAH, she is his executor. She and his brother, HENRY, are appointed Guardians of his daughters, FRANCES and HARRIOT during their minorities.
   If he leaves any mortgage of his real estate, it is not to be charged on his personal estate but from his real estate. His personal estate to be charged with the legacies bequeathed.
   Witnesses: ANNA MARIA FULLAGAR SAMUEL FULLAGAR CHRISTOPHER FULLAGAR

Codicil (no date or witnesses)
He gives to the poor of Boxley, 40 in the year after his death.
   Proved 22nd September 1766

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 2nd September 1766
SOPHIA CHAMPNEYS, Widow of the late WILLIAM CHAMPNEYS, Esquire, late of Vinters, Boxley,
   No religious preamble.
   Her late husband by his last will, dated 27th March 1760, referring to the Tripartite Indenture made before their marriage and dated 19th February 1749, when she was SOPHIA D'AETH of the first part, WILLIAM CHAMPNEYS of the second part and Sir MARLBROUGH D'AETH, Baronet and JOSIAH HARDY, Merchant of the third part. Money to arise by the sale of her third part, real estate in St Mary Cray and St Paul's Cray or elsewhere in Kent, was directed to be laid out on freehold real estate, to be settled to the use of WILLIAM CHAMPNEYS, for life and after his death, for their children. In default of such children, then to the heirs of WILLIAM CHAMPNEYS, for ever.
   They have no children living so, as directed by her husband's will, the real estate to go to his daughters, FRANCES and HARRIOT, under provision she is to make by will or deed.
   The money raised by the sale has not been laid out in other real estate and is held in the names of
Sir MARLBROUGH D'AETH and JOSIAH HARDY, in trust.
   The latter have advanced to JUSTINIAN CHAMPNEYS the Younger, , Esquire, (deceased), on a mortgage in a share in the New River Water Works in or near London, the residue of the trust fund was laid out in the purchase of 1,474, 3% Stock of Bank Annuities (probably Bank of England stock).
   She now gives 500, part of the trust fund, to HARRIOT CHAMPNEYS and the residue to FRANCES CHAMPNEYS.
   She also gives FRANCES CHAMPNEYS, all her goods, chattels and personal estate, subject to FRANCES paying her debts and funeral charges and appoints her her sole executor.
   Witnesses: ELIZA DOWNEY SAMUEL FULLAGAR
   Proved 19th February 1772

10.   Marble Tablet with Female Mourning Figure, North Aisle


Monument of Frances Champneys 1800

Sacred to the Memory
of FRANCES Eldest Daughter and Co-Heiress
of WILLIAM CHAMPNEYS late of Vinters in this Parish Esq
Such was the Piety of her Mind the Goodness of her Heart
and the Benevolence of her Disposition
that her Life proved a Blessing, her Death a heavy Affliction
to her Family
She died 28th day of February 1800 in the 58th Year of her Age
"We shall go to her, but she shall not return to us. For I would
not have you to the Ignorant' Brethren, concerning then which are
Asleep that ye Sorrow not, even as others which have no Hope
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also
which sleep in Jesus, will God bring with him"

11.   Ledger in South Aisle

Here Lieth Interred the
Body of JANE CHARLTON
the Wife of GEORGE
CHARLTON of Boxley who
dyed ye 26th day of October
1678 Aetatis Suae 56
Here Lieth the Body of
CHRISTIAN Wife of JOHN WYVELL
(       ? ) and Vicar of Boxley
who died April 25th Anno Domoni
1698 Aged 37
CHRISTIAN KNIPE
Obt October 8th 1775
Aged 80

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 16th September 1772
CHRISTIAN KNIPE of Maidstone, Widow.
   She desires to be buried in Boxley church in the same grave as her mother, in a lead coffin only.
   Her real estate including a farm in Headcorn, now or late occupied by HENRY VANE, to the Rev GEORGE BURVILL of Boxley and his brother HENRY BURVILL now or late of St Margaret's Westminster, Gentleman, equally shared, for ever..
   After her debts and funeral costs are paid, the rest and residue of money, securities for money, plate, rings, watches, books, china, pictures, furniture, clothes, effects and personal estate, to the Rev GEORGE BURVILL, for ever. He is also her executor.
   Witnesses: DAVID DEAS R. PARKER THOMAS WILLARD
   Proved 2nd November 1775

12.   Ledger in South Aisle, East of and Adjoining the above

[Here] [L]ieth the Body of GEORGE
[CHARL]TON of Boxley who departed
[this] [L]ife the 23rd of Feb. 1680*
Aged 67 Years
[Here] also lays the Body
of GEORGE CHARLTON
[In] Memory of whome
[the] Monument on the
[So]uth side of the
[Ch]urch is erected

* 1681 in the Modern Calendar

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 7th January 1680 (1681 in the Modern Calendar)
GEORGE CHARLTON the Elder of Boxley, Esquire (Was a Tanner)
   He is weak in body.
   To his son, GEORGE, 700 from his personal estate also 30 more from his personal estate towards his maintenance.
   To his daughter, ANNE, for life, an annuity of 20 for life, from his real estate in Boxley and Headcorn.
   To his daughter, CHRISTIAN, 300, if his executor fail to pay this, CHRISTIAN can hold his real estate in Boxley and Headcorn and receive the rents and profits. Also to her, 30 towards her maintenance. She also to have six pairs of good sheets.
   To his daughter, JANE IDEN, wife of JAMES IDEN of Bearstead, Gentleman, an annuity of 6, for life.
   To his grandson, GEORGE IDEN, 100, within six months of the death of his mother.
   To his daughter, E(linor)?, the bedstead, beds, furniture belonging, valence and four pairs of sheets.
   His son, GEORGE is sole executor and he gives him, for ever, all his real estate in Kent and all his goods, chattels, household stuff, moveables and personal estate, he is to pay all his father's debts, legacies and funeral charges.
   Witnesses: JOHN SPRINGETT, the mark of ELLEN FOWTAN, ROBERT SASTEDES?, Junior.
   Proved 22nd June 1681

12.   Ledger in South Aisle, East of and Adjoining the above

[Here] lieth Interred ye Body of
ELIZABETH one of the Daught
ers of     ?     b JAMES HUDSON
[of][Lon]don & Wife of GEORGE CHARLTON
[of this] Parish who had by him one
[Son] GEORGE [CHARLTON?] leaving
[                              ] departed
[this][Li]fe ye 15th of [         ] [    ]1 Aged 27
Also here is Interred
[the] [Bo]dy of CHRISTIAN
[CHA]RLTON Daughter of
GEORGE CHARLTON and of
[his] 2nd Wife Mrs ELIZABETH CHARLTON
Daughter of Mr ROBERT ANDREWS
[of London] She died ye 26th of
[ January ] 1723* Aged 31 Years

* 1724 in the Modern Calendar

13.   Large Marble Tablet, South Aisle

In Hopes of a Joyfull Resurrection near
this Place lyes interred the Body of GEO.
CHARLTON Gent. His first Wife was ELIZ
the Daughter of Col JA. HUDSON by
whom he left Issue only one Son JA.
CHARLTON His second Marriage was with
ELIZ the Daughter of ROB. ANDREWS by
whom he had 4 Sons and 12 Daughters His
unaffected Piety towards God and extensive
Charity towards Men, his steady Zeal
for the Established Religion and Government, his
Conjugal Affection and Paternal Love, his
Commendable Industry in all his affairs, his
known Probity in all his actions, that
Alacrity with wch he served his Country and the
Neighbourhood, that Synserity with wch he
Created his Friends, that Kindness
wch he expressed to all made him justly Beloved
whilst he lived and lamented when he dyed
August 12th 1707 Aged 58 Years
In Memory of whom and that Inviolate
Affection which Continued betwixt
them 23 years E his Disconsolate Widow
and Executrix hath erected this
Slender Monument.

Beneath this Monument is
Deposited the Body of ELIZ.
CHARLTON Second Wife of
GEO. CHARLTON, Gent
ob 21st May
Dom 1750
Aetatis 86

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will dated 30th June 1707
GEORGE CHARLTON of Boxley, Gentleman
   Short religious preamble, he desires to be buried without pomp.
   To the poor of Boxley, 10 on the day of his funeral, as his executor thinks fit.
   To his 7 daughters, ELIZABETH, MARY, CHRISTIAN, ANNE, JANE, LAURENTIA and CHARLOTT CHARLTON, 1,000 each "for their persons", if they marry with the consent of their mother but not otherwise, to be paid on day of marriage. Any daughter who marries without her mother's consent will only get a 30 annuity, for life. Any daughter, above the age of 21, who wishes to live apart from her mother, to have 30 per annum for board and maintenance, until the larger legacy becomes payable.
   For the "better raising" of the portion of his two youngest daughters, LAURENTIA and CHARLOTT, he gives them 500 worth of his best timber trees each. This wood is growing on the farms he purchased from Mr ANTHONY IRBY in Headcorn, provided they marry with their mother's consent. The trees must not be felled until these daughters are 23. This bequest is to make these daughters equal to his other daughters.
   To his brother, ABRAHAM CHARLTON, an annuity of 10, for life and al the money he owes testator, to buy him and his wife, mourning.
   O his "brother and sister BURTON, 5 each for mourning.
   To Mrs ELIZABETH CHARLTON, and SUSANNAH DOBBS, MARY HOLDING and JOHN DOBBS, 5 each for mourning.
   To his sister, BEEBEY? and ARNOTT BEEBEY?, 10 each for mourning.
   To his son, JAMES, all his houses, farms and lands in Headcorn, lately occupied by JAMES BURKHURST?, now by REBECCA WATERMAN, for ever.
   To JOHN ANDREWES and LUKE PHILLIPS both of London, Gentlemen and to their nieces, his now dwelling house and it's land, upon trust, first, for the use of his wife, for her lifetime. After her death, upon trust, to permit his son, JAMES to take the rents and profits for life. After his death, then to his male heirs, in default of male heirs, then to his female heirs, in default of female heirs, the to his son, JOHN , for life and after his death, as before, in default of heirs, then to testator's daughters, with remainder to the heirs of his brother, ABRAHAM, for ever.
   To the above trustees, his Mansion, houses and land at Headcorn, purchased from Mr IRBY, upon trust, for his wife, for life. This property is charged with a 30 annuity for his son JOHN, for life.
   After the death of his wife, upon further trust, to permit son, JOHN, to receive the rents for life. After his death, to his male heirs and in default, to his female heirs, in default of any heirs, then to son, GEORGE, after his death then as before and in default of any heirs, then to son, JAMES, after his death, then as before, in default of any heirs, then to the heirs of his brother ABRAHAM, for ever.
   To his trustees, upon trust, his house and lands at Boxley and Maidstone, purchased from Captain JAMES BIX and MATTHEW TILDEN, for the benefit of his wife, for life. This property is charged with an annuity of 30 for his son GEORGE, for life, for his board and maintenance. After the death of his wife, son GEORGE to receive the rents for life. After his death, then as before and in default of any heirs of GEORGE, then to son, JOHN, for life, after his death, then as before and in default of heirs of JOHN, then to heirs of brother ABRAHAM, for ever.
   To his wife, ELIZABETH, for ever, all his houses, farms and land purchased from HENRY SANDALL and all his houses, farms and land, purchased from Captain BIX, near Canterbury, to be sold to raise his daughters portions , if his wife thinks fit. Also to his wife, all his real estate in Essex and Norfolk.
   He appoints his wife, sole executor and gives her all his personal estate, except the furniture of his best chamber, as it was in the lifetime of his late wife, mother of son JAMES, his now wife to have the furniture for life and after her death, it goes to son JAMES.
   His wife to pay his debts, legacies and funeral charges.
   He charges all his children to be dutiful to his wife, "not doubting that she will be a kind mother to them"
   Witnesses: DANIEL WHITE, HENRY BURVILL, JOHN THORNEY , D. FULLER
   Proved 20th December 1707

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 10th November 1746
ELIZABETH CHARLTON of Boxley, Widow.
   The usual religious preamble.
   She desires to be buried in the vault of her late father in Boxley church after the hour of 10 pm in a lead coffin with no pall bearers and some remembrance of her to be engraved on the monument she set up for her late husband.
   To the poor of Boxley, 10, to be distributed to those in greatest need of charity.
   To her daughter, ELIZABETH PARKER, her house and land at Dicklebury, Norfolk, now or late occupied by ROBERT BARKER and all her lands and houses in Little Bromley, Essex, now or late occupied by JAMES WINTER, given in accordance to the marriage settlement of her daughter, ELIZABETH and her late husband, GEOFFERY PARKER, Esq., after her daughter's death, this to her daughter, MARY THOROLD, Widow, if she survives her sister, for her lifetime. After her death, then to her son, JOHN CHARLTON of London, Merchant, for ever.
   Also to son, JOHN, her houses and lands which she possesses at her death.
   To her daughters, ELIZABETH PARKER, MARY THOROLD and CHARLOT BURDEN and her husband, her son in law, HENRY BURVILL and daughter in law, ANN CHARLTON, Widow, 10 each for mourning.
   To daughter, CHARLOT BURDEN, all of her clothes, linen and woollen.
   To daughter, MARY THOROLD, her best diamond ring, to wear during her life, she giving a security for it to her brother JOHN, so that it is returned to him or his representative after her death.
   To Grand daughter, ANN BURDEN, her Cabinet in her closet, inlaid with ivory.
   To daughter ELIZABETH PARKER, her Japan Cabinet and Great Carpet, for life, she giving security to her brother JOHN, as before.
   To her Servant, MARY HALL, if with her at time of her death, 5.
   If any of her daughters, ELIZABETH and MARY, have a liking for any of her plates, they can have it for life, again giving a security for it's return to brother JOHN, after their deaths.
   She gives a ring containing the hair of her late daughter, LAURENTIA, to her cousin, ELIZABETH AMHURST, wife of EDWARD AMHURST of Barnet?
   Rest of goods and chattels and personal estate, after her debts, legacies and funeral costs are paid, to son JOHN, he is her executor.
   Witnesses: JOHN CRISPE, CHARLES MANORATH, W. RELFE, Junior
   Proved 1st June 1750

CRISPE see WIAT

D'AETH
see CHAMPNEYS

FINCH
see WIAT

GRIFFITHS
see SANDYS

14.   Black Ledger with Armorial Crest, South side of Chancel this ledger is under the Choir stalls, only the crest is visible, the inscription was recorded by John Thorpe in the 18th century.

Hic Jacet
HENRICUS GRIMSTON, Milles
EDWARDI RIMSTON Armigeri
Filius natu ( aliter nomini) secundus
Propter pietatem ergo Deum
Charitatem erga proximum pacificus
Vixit pace quiescit mariens dixit Resurgam
Obiit 22nd Septembis 1645
Aetatis Suae 64

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 15th April 1644
Sir HENRY GRIMSTON of Boxley.
   Religious Preamble
   e is infirm and sick in body.
   To his son, ALEXANDER, 200 from land he has put up for sale.
   To his daughter, MARY, 200, over and above the 200 held by her aunt CORNWALLIS, in all 400, he has been given securities by Mr WILLIAM MADDOX , for 375 and so much more of the money he owes testator, to make up to 400, in satisfaction of her portion.
   To his daughter, HESTER, 400, (at 21 years), in the meantime she is to be allowed 5 for clothes and 11 for her diet until her portion is paid in full.
   To his daughter, BRIDGETT, 400, (at 21 years), in the meantime, to have the same allowance as her sister, HESTER.
   To his daughter, ISABELL, 300, (at 21 years). in the meantime to have her diet and clothes provided.
   To his son, HENRY and his heirs, his house, lands and hop grounds in Otham, which testator purchased from Widow BAKER, now occupied by Mr HODGES and all the hop poles, with his kells, (kilns) for drying the hops near his mansion house in Boxley, with free access for bagging, parking and standing the hops.
   To his sons, EDWARD and THOMAS, 250 each when they are 18, together with the chain of pearls, which their mother gave them, to be sold for their benefit.
   To his daughter FRANCES, 300, within 5 years of his death, in the meantime, executors to allow her diet and clothes.
   If any of the above children die before they can be paid, then the money to remain with the executors.
   To his God daughter, ELIZABETH FREEBODY, 100
   His executors to have the next felling of his wood called Outwood when it has 14 years growth, this wood is in the care of NICHOLAS PEGGE, his tenant.
   He and his late wife, Dame MARGARET, by an indenture of 1st February in the 15th year of King Charles 1, conveyed certain houses and lands in Thorpe Marrey, Preston, Bretnam and Kettle Barston in Suffolk to Sir HUMPHRY TUFTON, Baronet, EDWARD CHUTE, Esq, WILLIAM MADDOX, Gentleman. And covenanted by indenture assigned sur cogniszance de droit, with intent and purpose that the testator might stand seized of the lands in fee simple to be better enables to to dispose of the same in his lifetime by his will and testament or by the said indenture. He knows that the residue of his goods and chattels will amount to enough to cover his debts and legacies, so he devises the lands in Suffolk to his executors, to sell and with the proceeds pay his debts and legacies. Until then, his executors will receive the rents for that purpose.
   To his son, WILLIAM, his rights in his house in St. Martin's Lane with the benefit of a new lease, if he pleases. Also to WILLIAM, the annuity which he purchased from Rev. FRANCIS CAROTT, for his lifetime , with the deed and obligation for the same and all the rents and arrears of rent.
   If WILLIAM or any of his children oppose or hinder is will and testament, in any way, they not to benefit from his will.
   Rest of his goods and chattels, money due, to his executors towards the performance of the will.
   Any surplus remaining after payment of his debts and legacies to be equally shared by his executors.
   He appoints his sons, WILLIAM and HENRY and daughters, MARY and BRIDGETT, executors.
He gives them his blessing and reminds them they will answer on the Day of Judgement if they do not honestly and faithfully perform his last will and testament.
   He appoints WILLIAM MADDOX, his son in law and RICHARD GWYN, his brother in law, his overseers of the will.
   Witnesses: WILLIAM SILDEN, CHRISTOPHER LONGLEY, LEWIS DU MAYLIN, WILLIAM TILDEN

1st Codicil
He has bequeathed his eldest son, WILLIAM, his Mansion House, lands, leases and mortgages purchased from JOHN and THOMAS BREWER in Boxley, WILLIAM has since died and the bequest now goes to son HENRY and his heirs.
   Witnesses: JOHN FREEBODY and THOMAS FREEBODY.

2nd Codicil
He has given his daughter, MARY, 200 and the 200 given by her aunt CORNWALLIS, he now gives her another 100, within 2 years after his death.
   Witnesses: ELIZABETH MADDOX and CHRISTOPHER LONGLEY
   Proved 10th November 1645

HALES see WIAT

HAWT
see WIAT

15.   White Marble Tablet, Dark Grey Border Close to Lushington Memorials

To the Glory of God
and in Memory of
CECIL JOHN HILTON M.A. Priest
Born June 24th 1879 died Nov 15th 1918
Seven years Assistant Curate
and Priest-in-Charge of this Parish
during Four Years of the War
This tablet is erected over his stall in
Grateful Remembrance by the People of Boxley
"He being Dead yet Speaketh"

HUGHES see CHAMPNEYS

HUDSON
see CHARLTON

The following LUSHINGTON tablets are all in the South East angle of the Nave

16.   White Marble Tablet in Gothic Arch, Grey Background

Sacred to the Memory of
EDMUND HENRY LUSHINGTON, Esquire
formerly Puisne Judge of Ceylon
and Master of the Crown Office
who was born July 11th 1766
at Peterhouse Lodge in Cambridge
and died March 26th 1839
at Park House near Maidstone in this Parish
and his Wife SOPHIA
Daughter of THOMAS PHILIPS Esquire
of Sedgeley near Manchester
who was born July 30th 1779
and died January 10th 1844 at Park House
Of LOUISA SOPHIA LUSHINGTON
their youngest Daughter born January 28th 1824
who died July 19th 1854
while travelling from Malta to England
at Avignon where she is buried
And of HENRY LUSHINGTON
their second Son born April 13th 1812
Chief Secretary to the Government of Malta
who died August 11th 1858 at Paris
while travelling from Malta to England
In Token of a Debt of Love Greater
than words or thought can express or than Life can pay,
this tablet is raised by the remaining Children
of EDMUND HENRY and SOPHIA LUSHINGTON
to their Father, Mother, Sister and Brother
in the Hope that they Rest for Ever and Ever
with Him who is God of the Living
This stone is likewise Sacred
to the beloved Memory of EDMUND HENRY
only Son of EDMUND LAW and CECILIA his Wife
who was born December 31st 1843 in Glasgow
and died October 20th 1858 at Eastbourne

17.   Marble Tablet

Sacred
to the Memory of
THOMAS DAVIES LUSHINGTON
third Son of
EDMUND HENRY and SOPHIA LUSHINGTON
He was born June 29th 1813
and died June 17th 1858
at sea off Point de Galle in Ceylon
after a life of active employment
for more than twenty years
in the Madras Civil Service
of the East India Company

"His High Principals, wide Benevolence
and Devotion to his Public Duties
were attested all connected with him
in official or social intercourse
The Beauty, Noblesse and Tenderness
of his Character
in all the dearest relations of life
will be ever cherished in recollection
by those who knew them best,
his Widow, Brother and Sisters
who have raised this tablet to his Memory"
"Them also which sleep in Jesus,
will God bring with him"

18.   White Marble Tablet, Grey Border

Sacred to the Pure and Tender Memory of
EMILY second Daughter of
EDMUND LAW LUSHINGTON and CECILIA LUSHINGTON
born June 23rd 1849
From a life of childlike sweetness
her Spirit returned in peace to God who gave it
on Christmas Day 1868
Full of trust in
and strong in the love which casteth out fear
"Be thou faithful unto death and
I will give thee a Crown of Life"
Sacred also
to the blessed Remembrance of her beloved
and loving Aunt ELLEN ELIZA sixth Daughter
of EDMUND HENRY and SOPHIA LUSHINGTON
born April 16th 1821 died January 14th 1886
"Blessed are the Dead which die in the Lord
for they rest from their Labours"

19.   

Sacred
to the Sweet and Hallowed Memory of
LUCY MARIA
third and youngest Daughter of
EDMUND LAW LUSHINGTON
and CECILIA LUSHINGTON
born January 20th 1853 died October 1st 1874
"Dear to all who knew her,
Dearest to those who knew her best,
She was taken to her rest,
Full of trust in God,
on whom her mind was stayed,
who kept her in perfect Peace
"Blessed are they which do Hunger and Thirst
after Righteousness , for they shall be Filled"

20.   White Marble Tablet with Grey Marble Border

Sacred to the Memory of
MARIA CATHERINE LUSHINGTON
Born Jan 30th 1816
Called to her Rest Jan 1891
Her life was one of Unselfish
and Untiring Love towards
Others and of Fearless Trust
in Him who gave it
"So, shall we ever be with the Lord"

21.   Marble Tablet with Black and White Chequer Band Border

Sacred
to the Most Blessed Memory of
EMILY LUSHINGTON
Born May 10th 1817
From a Life of Loving Labours and Patient Hope
She passed into the Peace of God
on Easter Monday April 3rd 1893
"The very God of Peace"

22.   White Marble Tablet, Grey Background


Photograph of Edmund Law Lushington 1893

Sacred to the Memory of
EDMUND LAW LUSHINGTON L.L.D. D.C.L.
of Park House, Maidstone
for Thirty Seven years Professor of Greek in Glasgow
University and afterwards elected Lord Rector
Born January 10th 1811 Died July 13th 1893
A Man of Vast Learning, Rare Humility
and Wonderful Influence for Good
Also to the Memory of his Dearly Loved eldest Daughter
CECILIA
Born June 24th 1846 Died at Eastbourne April 9th 1921
"He that Dwelleth in Love Dwelleth in God"

23.   White Marble Tablet, Grey Background

In Loving Memory of
FRANKLIN LUSHINGTON Kt
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate
Born January 4th 1823 Died Nov 10th 1901
4th Son of EDMUND HENRY LUSHINGTON
The last of a highly gifted Generation
and possessed of a Great Diversity of Gifts
He Humbly felt that
it is the same God that worketh All in All

24.   White Marble Tablet, Grey Background

To the Glory of God
and the beloved Memory of
MARY
Widow of the above T.D. LUSHINGTON
who fell asleep in Jesus May 14th 1907 Aged 83 Years
Also in Ever Loving Memory of
Lieut. CECIL HENRY GOSSET LUSHINGTON
Grandson of the above T D and M LUSHINGTON
and younger Son of Major A T LUSHINGTON
Joining the Worcestershire Regt
at the outbreak of the European War
he gave his life in the Battle of the Somme, France
July 4th 1916 Aged 32 Years
"Faithful unto Death"
ARTHUR E. GODFREY HAMILTON LUSHINGTON
Dearly Loved Husband of GERTRUDE DALE LUSHINGTON
Died June 26th 1935
"To Live in the Hearts of those we leave behind is not to Die

25.   White Marble Tablet, Grey Background

In Loving Memory of
CECILIA
Widow of EDMUND LAW LUSHINGTON
and Sister of ALFRED TENNYSON
Born Oct 10th 1817 Died March 18th 1909
"The Lord Knoweth"

26.   White Tablet, Grey Border

In Loving Memory of
Rev THOMAS GODFREY LAW LUSHINGTON
Rural Dean of Sutton
who died May 7th 1926 Aged 75
and of his Sister MAY CATHERINE LUSHINGTON
who died August 18th 1938 Aged 84
and of BERYL LUSHINGTON of Aldington Court
who died November 27th 1947
and of HENRY VENABLES LUSHINGTON J.P.
Last owner of the Park, Sandling, Maidstone
and Dearly Loved Husband of BERYL LUSHINGTON
He feel asleep on Dec 2nd 1936 Aged 80
"In thy Presence is Fullness of Joy"

MARSHAM see WIAT

27.   Ledger, formerly outside Communion Rails, from John Thorpe, recorded in 18th century

Here Lieth the Body of
Captain STEPHEN MITCHELL
Husband of
JANE MITCHELL
of the Parish of Boxley
He departed this Life
the 14th day of August
being aged forty eight years
and in the year of our Lord 1667
Here Lieth the Body of
STEPHEN MITCHELL
the Son of
Capt STEPHEN MITCHELL
late of Boxley
He departed this Life
the 11th of September 1678

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 17th January 1662
STEPHEN MITCHELL, Master and Commander of the Castle a Frigate of London and now bound for the Gold Coast of Guinea for the East India Company..
   Usual religious preamble.
   All of his lands and houses at Speldhurst to his wife, JANE, to be sold for the best price. The money raised and his other from the sale of his leases and from his personal estate to be divided into 6 equal parts.
   One third to his wife, the remaining two thirds to his children, equally shared. During their minorities their money to be invested and interest towards their maintenance and education. What remains to be equally shared at 21 years of age, to his daughters at 21 years of age or day of marriage, if sooner.
   To his father, ROBERT MITCHELL, an annuity of 8, for life.
   To his sister, JOANE MITCHELL, 50.
   He appoints his wife, JANE as his executor.
   Witnesses: GEORGE MAPLESDEN, MATTHEW TREVOR and SIMON THOMAS
   Proved 24th October 1667

Note in margin, in Latin and small and smudged. Will probably not administered by JANE, and granted to JAMES  ?    ?    ?

28.   Ledger, next to above

Here Lieth the Body of
Mistress JANE MITCHELL
the Wife of
Captain STEPHEN MITCHELL
She departed this Life
the 7th of February
being forty one years
leaving behind her three Sons
and two Daughters
in the Year 1669*

*1670, in the Modern Calendar

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 4th February 1669 (1670)
JANE MITCHELL. Widow of Webbering*, Boxley
   She is sick and weak. No religious preamble.
   To her daughter, MARY MITCHELL, 150 to be paid to her Guardian, "to be improved for her", until she is 16. Also to MARY, her best suit of damask and best quilt and best furniture of the best chamber, a pair of Holland sheets, pair of pillow coats, child bed linen and half of her best mantles, two diamond rings, her best gown and petticoat and half of the rest of her clothes, linen and woollen.
   The other half of her clothes to daughter, SARAH THOMAS, except the worst of them, which SARAH will give to the servants. Also to SARAH, a silver goblet pot and ewer and 40. To her three children, 5 each, to be paid to their mother.
   To her sister, CATLETT'S child, 40 shillings.
   To her three sons, STEPHEN, CHRISTOPHER and MATTHEW, the rest of her estate, money and rings not before given. Youngest son, MATTHEW to have 10 more than his brothers.
   Son STEPHEN, is sole executor, her brother, MATTHEW CRAVEN?, and cousin, JOHN BLOOM?, to be her overseers.
   Witnesses: GER(VAISE) MAPLESDEN JOHN THATCHER
   Proved 19th February 1669 (1670)
Note in margin, 9th May 1673, difficult to read but seems will not administered, so administration granted to SARAH THOMAS.
* Weavering ?

MONTAGUE see SANDYS

PHILIPS
see LUSHINGTON

RASHLEIGH
see BURVILL

29.   White Marble "Scroll", Black Background, Tower

In Memory of
CHARLES CORNWALLIS ROSS
Capt 3rd Regt The Buffs Born April 5th 1827
Eldest Son of CHARLES ROSS Esq and his Wife MARY
Daughter of CHARLES 2nd and last Marquis CORNWALLIS
On the night of the 31st of September 1855
He was posting his sentries
in advance of the trenches before Sebastapol
whilst engaged in this dangerous duty
a Russian picket lying in ambush
suddenly fired a volley
he is supposed to have been mortally wounded
and carried off by the enemy
but all efforts to ascertain his fate
have proved unavailing
he fell at the early age of 28
Lamented not only by his Family
but by the Officers and Men of his Regiment
among whom he will long be remembered
as a brave Soldier
distinguished alike for his high courage
his unfailing devotion to his duty
and his unceasing care for the welfare of his men
His own words when proceeding on his last fatal duty
will be his best praise
"I am always ready to go wherever my duty calls me"
"As for our God, he is in Heaven, he hath done whatever pleased him"
"Now, unsearchable are his judgements and his ways past finding out"
                                                                     PS. CXV ROM XI 33

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 25th April 1855
CHARLES CORNWALLIS ROSS
  
The will was written at Gallipoli, in case he "does not survive the ensuing campaign"
   His watch to be sent home to his father, and ALEXANDER his small pin with a serpent twisted (unless he prefers the pin that was his Grandmother's)
   To JAMES, his turquoise studs and buttons
   He finds it difficult to decide what would suit MARY, his chain or if it is not suitable a chain to be bought, the price to be arranged according to what money he leaves.
   He owes the "Governor" 200, his seal to have a new stone put in and engraved LOUISA'S baby, he has forgotten it's name.
   To CRAWLEY, his carv.....? studs and buttons.
   To Mrs ARNOLD, the bowl bought in Greece.
   To JAMINIA, Scott's Works, Shakespeare (the ones LOUISA and his mother gave him)
   His clock to his mother if the Governor does not want it [and] the pin that was his Grandmother's , also his Bible, "if it ever gets home", CHARLES WHATMAN to have his   ?   ?   flask.
To CHARLES WHATMAN, the two chairs that were worked up for him last year , as they are more suitable for a country than a town house .
   ALEXANDER is the have his key ring and the    ?    belonging to it.
   To Mr TREFNELL ?, in India, his onyx studs and shirt sleeve buttons unless it is thought at Portland Place too little when touching   ?      ?    "mind be added in my mother's, is also my square book shelves with the brass    ?    ." I have come off the trenches at 8 o c and have to parade at 12 o c", so he has no time to write. "I hope it will please the Almighty to spare me"
   Signed CORNWALLIS ROSS
   He recommends his servant YOUNG, as a very good and attentive servant, and says, "take him as a servant"
   No witnesses

Affidavit 29th February 1856
CHARLES ROSS, father of deceased, of 60 Portland Place, Esquire and the Right Honourable EDWARD GRANVILLE ELIOT, Earl St. Germans , are sworn on oath.
   They were both well acquainted with Captain ROSS'S handwriting and signature. They have carefully examined the will and confirm it is in Captain ROSS'S hand.
   Proved 4th March 1854
   Administration granted to CHARLES ROSS, the father.

Note in margin.8th August 1860?
The will was not administered by CHARLES ROSS, so administration granted to ALEXANDER HARRY ROSS, brother of the deceased and acting executor of his father, CHARLES ROSS.

30.   Marble Tablet, North -West end of Nave


Engraving of George Sandys 1743

Sacred
to the Memory
of
GEORGE SANDYS Esquire
Eminent as a Traveller, a Divine Poet and a Good Man
Who died March IV MDCCXLIII [1743] at Boxley Abbey Aged LXVI [66]
and is interred in the Chancel of this Church
His Life
was throughout blameless and never unuseful
It's earlier part
was sometimes passed in observing his fellow men in foreign lands
and in it's latter years at home
in celebrating the praise of his God
and attuning the "Songs of Zion to the British Lyre"
"Thou brought'st me home in safety, that this earth
Might bury me, which fed me from my birth,
Blest with healthful age, a quiet mind,
Content with little, to this work designed,
Which I at length have finished by thy aid,
And now my vows have at thy altar paid"
Erected MDCCCXLVIII
By an admirer of Talents, Piety and Virtue,
His humble Emulator in his latter task.
T GRIFFITH D.D. Vicar M(ATTHEW) M(ONTAGUE)

31.   Inscription on Stained Glass window, near to above

To the Glory of God & in Memory of GEORGE SANDYS Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to King Charles 1st 1624 Poet & Traveller7th Son of EDWIN SANDYS D.D. Archbishop of York & CICELY WILFORD is wife born at Bishop's Thorpe March 2nd 1577 Treasurer of the first Colony of Virginia 1621* Died at Boxley Abbey Mar 1st 1643 This window was erected by bequest of Col THOMAS SANDYS of Graythwaite Hall, North Lancashire died 18th Oct 1911

* This was the same year when Sir Francis Wiat was Governor of Virginia

SANDYS see WIAT

SCOTT
see WIAT

SKINNER
see WIAT

32.   Brass Plaque on Ledger, Centre Aisle of Nave This and other Ledgers in the centre of the nave are covered by a fitted carpet and can not be seen.

Decimo die Marcii Anno
Gratiae MCCCCLI Magister WILLIELMUS SNELL quondam
de Collegio Animarum (Omnium) Oxon istius Ecclesias
Vicarius Ecclesiastice tradit sepulturae pace requiescat

33.   Brass with Figure of Man in Armour Centre of Chancel, not visible. Rubbing in North Aisle

RICHARD TOMYOW Esquier who married one of the Daughters of Sir MATTHEW
BROWNE of Bechworth Castle in the Countie of Surrey
Whoe under stone of marble here doth rest A Man indeed with verues of the minde
By derest friends remembered as you see Esteeming much the meyne of gayest state
such wysdom sure did lodge within his brest well learned he was to every good inclinde
And such contempt of worldly things had he with pacience great colde broke eche other fate
As made him posse with gaine of worthy praise to Prynce and Pere most true in service still
The gayest course of those his aged days at eigthie years on him God did his will

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 4th June 1576
RICHARD TOMYOW, Esquire of Boxley
   He is sick in body.
   Religious preamble.
   To the poor people (of Boxley?), 46 shillings and eight pence, to be distributed "now".
   He wishes to be buried in Boxley church at the discretion of his executors unless he later desires to be buried elsewhere.
   His moveable goods, and leases, to his son WILLIAM and his daughter, MARY TOMYOW, equally shared. His son and daughter are his executors.
   Witnesses: Mr (or Mrs?) WYATT, Mr(or Mrs?) HILLES, RICHARD STONER, THOMAS FITZWILLIAMS
   Proved 4th July 1576

TRIGGE see CHAMPNEYS

TWISDEN
see WIAT

34.   Small Marble Tablet, in the Tower

In Memory of
JAMES WHATMAN of Vinters
Born July 3rd 1813 Died March 11th 1887
And of
LOUISA ISABELLA
Wife of the above
Born January 25th 1826 Died November 7th 1905
"Blessed are the Dead which die in the Lord, that hey may Rest from their Labours"
Rev XIV 13

Principal Probate Registry Index
James Whatman's Personal Estate was valued at 45,255 15s 3d, which is more than 6,000,000 in today's values
   The Whatman family, by virtue of their residence, Vinters, had the right, as did the Champneys family, of burial in the Narthex of Boxley, this is the name of the structure which is the main entrance to the church and which was the original Norman nave. Apart from the small tablet, above, I did not find any more Whatman monuments or ledger stones which one might expect over the place of burial. The Whatmans transformed the manufacture of paper, producing the finest wove papers for many uses, including high quality water colour paper, which the most outstanding artists of the 18th and 19th centuries favoured, including J.M.W. Turner, R.A. Alas, it has long ceased to be made. In default of any more monuments, I am including portraits of James Whatman, who was buried here on 26th March 1798 and his widow, Susanna, who was buried on December 6th 1828 and concise versions of their wills.


Miniature by John Smart of James Whatman, 1777

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 6th March 1798
JAMES WHATMAN of Vinters, Boxley, Esquire. (First Whatman owner of Vinters)
   His daughters have married and he has given them their fortunes.
   Before his marriage with his present wife, (SUSANNA BOSENQUET), a settlement was made to secure the payment of 800, per annum, if she survived him and the remainder to the child or children of the marriage.
   There is now in the hands of the testator, 9,000 Bank Stock and 8,320 Orphan Stock, producing interest of 962 16s , so, by the settlement he gives the whole sum to his wife, for life. Following her death, then to his only son and child by his present wife, JAMES WHATMAN, also India Stock of 5,000, now producing interest of of 525 and 15,000 Bank Stock, now producing interest of 1,050.
   His lands and houses, not at present used or occupied by himself, to son JAMES for ever.
   To his wife, SUSANNA, for life, his Mansion House at Vinters and all land belonging, after her death to son JAMES for ever.
   Also to his wife, all the residue of his effects, money in the funds, on mortgage or at interest and all personal effects.
   He appoints his wife and son JAMES, executors; "Trusting in the experience I have had of her great worth and distinction that they will not be impaired in her hands"
   Witnesses: CHARLES SHEPHERD BENJAMIN WALKER J. W. POPE, Clerks to Messrs BARNETT HOARE and Co, Lombard Street.

Codicil 17th March 1798
His "mind is too unsettled to make alterations, my will was executed the 6th Inst and is in the hands of WILLM BOSENQUET, Esq".
   To his sister, SUSANNA ELIZABETH PHILIPS, 100 and if she outlives her husband, she to have an annuity of 100 for life.
   To his half sister, ANN LOBB, 50 and an annuity of 50 for life.
   To Mr WILLIAM BALSTON, 100 as a small token of his regard.
   He charges his personal estate with the legacies and annuities.
   No Witnesses.

Codicil 17th March 1798
HESTER DAVIS, his housekeeper has had her wages increased and he gives her an annuity of 10 for life.
   To RICHARD PEMBLE, his Butler, if with him at time of his death, all his clothes.
   The the other servants, with him at his death and have been with him more than 2 years, one year's wage to each of them.
   To the poor of Boxley, 20, to such persons and in such proportions as the Vicar and Curate think proper.
He charges his personal estate with these legacies.
   No Witnesses

Affidavit 2nd April 1798
FINCH HOLLINGWORTH of Maidstone, Paper Maker and THOMAS ROBERT HOLLINGWORTH if Maidstone, Paper Maker, on oath, state they were well acquainted with the testator and familiar with his handwriting and signature. They have carefully examined the the will and codicils and are satisfied they are in testator's hand.
Proved 7th April 1798


Susanna Whatman, 1776
Engraving after the portrait by George Romney

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 20th November 1826
SUSANNA WHATMAN, formerly of Northaw, Hertfordshire but now of Nottingham Place, Middlesex (St. Marylebone), Widow.
   She leaves all of her real and personal estate to her son, JAMES WHATMAN of Vinters, Esquire, for ever. He is also to be her executor.
   Witnesses: ELIZA VINES Upper Gower Street, SUSAN SMITH Servant to Mrs WHATMAN, SAMUEL VINES, Upper Gower Street.

Codicil 21st April 1828
She revokes all legacies and bequests she may have made at any time, to the benefit of Sir CHARLES ALDIS.
   Witnesses: HENRY HALFORD GEORGE RICKARDS
   Proved 12th December 1828

The Codicil is a bit of a mystery, Sir CHARLES ALDIS is not mentioned in the will and she revokes all former wills she may have made, so Sir CHARLES would not have received anything by any former wills.

SUSANNA WHATMAN, compiled a slim volume, over several years, on Household Management, this was re-discovered in 1952 and published, with illustrations by LAWRENCE JOSSET, an artist, printmaker and teacher, who lived for many years, at Detling, the parish adjoining Boxley. I believe it is or was recently, still in print as a paperback, entitled,
"SUSANNA WHATMAN, HER HOUSEKEEPING BOOK"

35.   Black Ledger with Armorial Crest, rest under Choir Stalls North side of Chancel. Recorded by John Thorpe in the 18th century.

M.S.
of EDWIN WIATT Esq
Son of EDWIN WIATT
Serjeant at Law
He Maryed ELIZABETH HALES
Second Daughter of and one of the co-heirs of
EDWARD HALES of Chilton
in this County, Esq
and ELIZABETH his Wife
He departed this Life
June the 4th 1707

   36.   Large Marble Tablet within an Elaborate Architectural Setting North Wall of Chancel


Wiat Monument, North Wall of Chancel


EDWIN
WIATT, Serjeant at Law, Son and heire male of Sir
FRANCIS WIAT of Boxley Abbey and MARGARET his Wife was at one
time justice of the Peace of this County Recorder of Canterbury and
Recorder and Burgess in Parliament for the Corporation of
Maidstone one of the Council of the Court before the President and
Council of the Marches of Wales and Chief Justice of the
Grand Sessions for the Counties of Carmarthen, Pembroke and
Cardigan He Married FRANCES Second Daughter and co-heire of
THOMAS CRISPE of Quex in Thanet, Esq., by whom he had
THOMAS and other Sons and MARGEURETTE and other Daughters
Buried in this chancel and both EDWIN, FRANCES and RICHARD
living ., and erected this monument 1702 To the Memory of Sir
HENRY WIATT of Allington Castle, Knight Banneret, descended of
that ancient family , who was imprisoned and tortured in the Tower
in the Reign of King RICHARD the Third, kept in the dungeon
where fed and preserved by a cat . He Married ANN Daughter of
THOMAS SKINNER Esq of Surrey, was of the Privy Council to King
HENRY the Seventh and King HENRY the Eighth and left one Son
Sir THOMAS WIAT of Allington Castle who was Esquire to the
Body of King HENRY the Eighth and Married ELIZABETH
Daughter of Sir THOMAS BROOKE Lord Cobham and well known for
Learning and Embassy in the Reign of that King. Sir THOMAS WIAT
of Allington Castle his only Son Married JANE Youngest Daughter
of Sir WILLIAM HAWT of this County and was beheaded in the
Reign of Queen MARY leaving GEORGE WIAT , his only Son that
lived to age, who Married JANE Daughter of Sit THOMAS FINCH of
Eastwell and KATHERINE his Wife, restored in blood by Act of Parliament
of the 11th of Queen ELIZABETH and leaving only two Daughters ANNA
who Married ROGER TWISDEN of Roydon Hall Esq and JANE who
Married THOMAS SCOTT Esq. GEORGE WIAT was succeeded by his Eldest
Son Sir FRANCIS WIAT , twice Governor of Virginia and Married MARGARET
Daughter of Sir SAMUEL SANDYS of Ombersly in Worcestershire
GEORGE WIAT left also HAWT WIAT , who died Vicar of this Parish and hath
Issue living in Virginia and left also ELIONORA, Married to Sir
JOHN FINCH, Baron of Forditch Sir FRANCIS WIAT by his Wife
MARGARET had Issue the said EDWIN WIAT and also ELIZABETH who
Married THOMAS BOSVILLE of Little Mate , Einsford, Esq and by him hath
MARGARETTA his only Daughter and heire who is Married to
Sir ROBERT MARSHAM of the Mote in Maidstone, Knight and Barronet


Sir Francis Wiat or Wyatt

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will Dated 6th August 1644
Sir FRANCIS WYATT of Boxley Abbey, Formerly Governor of Virginia.
   Usual Religious Preamble.
   First, all his debts to be paid as soon as may be convenient..
   To the poor of Boxley, 6 and to the poor of Southfleet, 4.
   He is owed several sums of money.
   After his debts, funeral costs and legacies are paid and his personal estate exceeds 500, it to be divided between his son, EDWIN and his daughter, ELIZABETH WYATT, one third to EDWIN and two thirds to ELIZABETH.
   Concerning his land, to son, EDWIN, for life, his lands called Gasset, of about 100 acres, occupied by JOHN PARISH and a tenement with 2 acres, called Harpe?, also occupied by JOHN PARISH.
   Also about 60 acres, formerly occupied by JOHN GOULDFINCH?, now by JOHN PARISH; also 5 acres, once occupied by ROBERT SMITH, now by JOHN PARISH; also land called Shawes Croft Ruffe?, and Redpitt Wood, now in his own occupation; his house and land of about 4 acres, once occupied by JOHN STOCKWELL and now by THOMAS NEWMAN? ; his house and land of about 11 acres, now occupied by ROBERT GUBBERD and previously by JOHN JOHNSON, all in Boxley and Aylesford. Any person in possession in trust for him, to convey the same to his son, EDWIN
   Some of his estate is conveyed and assured to his niece, ELINOR? WYATT for the security of 125 10s, to be paid to her by his son EDWIN.
   He gives his Manor of Boxley and lands and houses purchased from STEPHEN ALCOCKE, in Boxley and Aylesford, except those bequeathed to his son EDWIN, to his wife, Dame MARGARET WYATT, for life. After her death and the death of son, EDWIN, then to his eldest son, HENRY and his lawfully begotten heirs, in default of such heirs, then to the lawful heirs of son EDWIN. In default of such heirs, then to his own lawful heirs, for ever.
   His wife and son HENRY are his executors.
   His children to be educated in the fear of God, good manners and literate. He trusts son HENRY to be obedient to his mother and have true love and affectionate to his brothers and to his sister. He has great hopes in him.
  n nHe appoints his Honourable friend, FRANCIS FYNCH of the Inner Temple, London, Esquire, to be Overseer of his will, in respect of his love and respect he expects of him, he gives him a gold ring of 40 shillings value, which he wishes him to accept and wear for testator's sake.
   Witnesses: JOHN DARY JAMES FRANCKS JAMES BIRKBECKE THOMAS TOMLYN
   Proved 27th September 1644

Note in margin: It seems the original will was returned to his executors, which explains why it does not exist in the Kent Archives, the above is from the registered copy.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 12th July 1653
HENRY WYATT, Esquire of Boxley Abbey.
   Religious Preamble.
   His real estate in Boxley or elsewhere in Kent, named in an indenture dated on or about 18th June 1649, made between him of the first part, JANE DUKE late of Maidstone, Widow, deceased, of the second part and JANE DUKE, one of the daughters of Sir EDWARD DUKE, deceased of the third part, which land and property were settled on JANE DUKE, his now wife, for her life, he now gives this to his wife, for ever.
   Concerning his Manor of    ?    and Poole Wood in Southfleet and Stone, he gives it to his wife, for her lifetime. After her death, then to his daughter, FRANCES WYATT and her lawful issue. In default of such issue, then to his wife, for ever.
   His farm called Motes, now or late occupied by HENRY PETTLEWELL in Southfleet and Swanscombe and Stone, he gives to his wife, for life and after her death, to his daughter, FRANCES, for ever.
   His land and houses, which were mortgaged by Sir FRANCIS WYATT, his late father, unto JOHN WARNER, Citizen and grocer of London, for the sum of 500 by an indenture dated 30th October 1635, he gives his right and interest for the same to his wife for life, after her death, then to his daughter, FRANCES, for ever. Provided that his wife happens to be with child and it happens to be a son, the property bequeathed to FRANCES, will go to that son. But if his wife gives birth to a daughter, then the property left to FRANCES will be equally shared with that new daughter.
   To the poor of Boxley, 5, to be distributed at the discretion of his executor.
   His goods, chattels and personal estate, he leaves to his wife, who he appoints executor, she paying his debts, funeral costs and legacies.
   Witnesses: WILLIAM DIXON RICHARD DUKE JOHN GODDEN.
   Proved 5th March 1654 (1655 in the Modern Calender)

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 13th November 1713
EDWIN WIAT of the Manor House, Boxley, Sergeant at Law.
   He is 83 years old.
   Religious Preamble.
   His real estate has already been settled by deed, upon the marriage of his sons, EDWIN and FRANCIS.
   As for personal estate, there is a mortgage lease to secure the payment of 1,100 on the estate of Sir THOMAS TAYLOR, Baronet made to ANNA CRISPE, his sister in law, vested in his wife, FRANCES and her sister with much interest due and arrears to his wife as executor of ANNA CRISPE, towards payment of legacies in the will. His own money could not be used above 500, he needs his wife to lay out 500 to purchase lands and houses to be settled on his daughter in law, ELIZABETH WIAT, for life and after her death, to his heirs in tale male, remainder to his son FRANCIS, ? tail male, remainder to his wife, FRANCES and her heirs.
In the meantime, the interest of the same ? after ? of 5% to be paid to his daughter (in law)? ELIZABETH WIAT, for life, in line with his covenant of investing 500 in lands and houses to be settled on her.
   He reminds his wife that she is to lay out the remaining 600 in the mortgage on the real estate to be purchased following the above will, in the meantime, the interest of the same at 5% to be paid, as by the will of ANNA CRISPE, to MARIA ADRIANA BRETON and CHRISTOPHER CLAPHAM.
   He has provided an annuity of 25 to his daughter (in law), ELIZABETH WIAT, for life.
   By her marriage with his son EDWIN, he has settled an annuity of 50 from real estate, after the death of his wife, FRANCES. He gives daughter in law, ELIZABETH, 20 for mourning and 50.
   He requires his sons, FRANCIS and RICHARD, to be kind to their sister in law, ELIZABETH and assist her, "who was a very loving wife to her husband their brother, is obliging to me and paid money for the credit of the family".
   He gives MARIA ADRIANA BRETON, 20, and to her husband RICHARD, 10.
   To Sir EDMUND ANDROS 10
   To Sir ROBERT MARSHAM, Baronet and his Lady; to Sir THOMAS PALMER, Baronet and his Lady; to BROOKE BRIDGES, Esquire and his lady and to Sir HENRY SELBY, each a ring of 1 guinea value.
   To his son, FRANCIS, his grandfather's and grandmother's pictures and all pictures in his dwelling house, except 3 or 4 as his mother shall choose to take ; also all his beds and furniture in FRANCIS'S house; also 30 for mourning for him and his wife.
   To son RICHARD, 20 for mourning.
   To the poor of Boxley, 10, to be distributed by his executor.
   To each of his Servants, 40 shillings and to those of daughter, ELIZABETH and sons, FRANCIS and RICHARD, 20 shillings.
   To his wife, all his real estate in St Olave, Southwark, which he hold by mortgage deeds redeemable by TRIAMORE SPARKE BENK?, upon payment of 900 and interest due, towards the payment of his debts and legacies.
   Also to his wife, his law books, in his chamber in the Inner Temple, to be sold; also all money owing to him on mortgage, bond, bills, notes and arrears of rent. He appoints her his executor.
   After his debts, legacies and other costs are paid, he gives from the surplus, 100 to son FRANCIS and 200 to son, RICHARD, who has received little portion from testator. He requires his sons to be dutiful to their mother and assist her as she has been very loving to him and kind and careful of them both. He leaves them his blessing.
   Witnesses: JANE LECHE DOROTHY LEACHE ANNA LECHE

Codicil 8th September 1714
He stands bound to lay out 500 to purchase real estate to be settled on daughter in law ELIZABETH WIAT, for life
   He has purchased land and houses in Boxley with the yearly value of 20 and upwards. With the first purchase money, building and repairing will cost 380. In lieu of the 350 part of the 500 and in the discharge of so much, he devises all the purchased real estate, including 7 pieces of land in Boxley, of about 36 acres, occupied by WILLIAM CHAMP and JOHN SAUNDERS. And the house now divided into 5 dwellings, with land belonging in Boxley, occupied by RICHARD MEDHURST and THOMAS COXE, to his daughter in law, ELIZABETH WIAT, for life and after her death, to his son FRANCIS, for 60 years and after his death, then to his sons in succession by order of birth and their successive male heirs. In default, then to son, RICHARD. For life, after his death, as for his brother's line of succession. In default, then to testator's wife FRANCES and her heirs. The remaining 120 to be laid out by his wife to purchase real estate to be settled as above, in the meantime to pay interest to daughter in law, ELIZABETH WIAT.
   He revokes the bequest of the estate in Southwark to his wife and gives it to son RICHARD, he paying 100 to his brother FRANCIS.
   He revokes the 100 given to son FRANCIS and the 200 to son RICHARD from the surplus of his personal estate.
   His wife should know that she should repair the properties in Boxley occupied by SAUNDERS, MEDHURST and COXE and she is to carefully pay the mortgage money and interest charged on the above properties to safeguard the interest of their daughter in law, ELIZABETH WIAT. ELIZABETH to pay the annual rent of 2 marks out of the SAUNDERS' houses to the Corporation of Maidstone, also 2 marks from the house occupied by Mrs ELIZABETH CHARLTON.
   Witnesses: JOHN GORE ELIZABETH GORE THOMAS GORE
   Proved 22nd February 1714 (1715 in the Modern Calender)

Administration granted to sons, FRANCIS and RICHARD

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 19th November 1723
FRANCIS WIAT, of London, Merchant.
   Brief Religious preamble.
   Desires to be buried in the chancel of Boxley church.
   To his wife, ELIZABETH, for the term of the lease, now let to JOHN TOWNSEND, the wharf, house, warehouses and buildings called Baynard's Castle Wharfe in the parish of St. Andrew's Wardrobe and St. Benet's Paul's Wharfe, City of London; also 1,000, her diamond necklace, diamond earrings, diamond buckles and all other diamonds and jewels, household furniture, plate and linen of his house in Chartehouse Yard, family pictures, pictures of the "King and Queen of Bohemia", "Queen Anne of Bullen" and the "Dutch Fair" excepted, and after her death, to his executors.
   He also gives his wife, all the furniture, linen and pewter in his house called Quex on the Isle of Thanet, with all arrears of rent due from the farm belonging to Quex.
   Also to his wife, the coach and horses he may possess at his death.
   To all his servants with him at the time of his death, 40 shillings each and 5 for mourning.
   To the poor of Birchington and Boxley, 5 to each parish.
   To his sister WIATS' 20 to each of them for mourning.
   He appoints his brother, RICHARD as his executor and residuary legatee.
   When he dies he desires his brother to see he is buried without pomp and in the presence only of relations, in the chancel of Boxley, "near my honoured father".
   No witnesses.

Codicil 17th November 1736, Written at Quex
He has bequeathed the family pictures to his wife, for life, he ratifies this, with the exception of "Sir Henry, his cat", "Sit Thomas the Elder, his mare", "George Francis" and "Edwin Wiat", his father, of the size of the others, which, at his death, he gives to his executor.
   He has given his wife, all household stuff, jewels, plate and linen, having since making his will he has bought or been presented with several pieces, so, he gives to brother, RICHARD, the silver tankard and cover presented to him y the Turkey Company and the silver tea kettle and silver stand bought at the sale of the goods of his brother (in law), RICHARD MEAD, deceased. Rest of will confirmed.
   No witnesses.

Affidavit 4th October 1739
JAMES WHITCHURCH, Junior, of the parish of St. Bartholomew, behind the Royal Exchange, London, Merchant and GEORGE NEWLAND , of the same parish, Merchant, are sworn to give a true account. They were well acquainted with the deceased and familiar with his handwriting and signature. They have carefully examined the will and codicil and believe it to be in his hand.
   Proved 4th October 1739

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 28th October 1748
ELIZABETH WIAT of Boxley, Widow.
   To her nephew, WILLIAM GORE, Esquire and niece, FRANCES, Wife of the Honourable EDWARD BOSCOWEN, Esquire and to their lawful heirs, all her real estate.
   To her cousin, JULIA EVELIN, 20
   To Mrs HANDFIELD of Ashford, her muff and one of her tippets*.
   To Mrs ELIZABETH CRISPE, Wife of Mr CRISPE of Lenham, her other tippet.
   The residue of her clothes to her servant, ELIZABETH TAPMAN.
   To her servant, THOMAS HUNT, 100.
   To all her other servants, a quarter of a year's wages each.
   To such poor housekeepers of Boxley as her executors thinks fit, 10 shared among them.
   To cousin WILLIAM GORE, 50 over and above his share of the residue of her personal estate. Rest of her personal estate, after her debts and legacies are paid, to her nephew and niece, WILLIAM GORE and FANCES BOSCOWEN, equally shared. She appoints them her executors.
   She signs the will with her mark
   Witnesses: THOMAS WEATHERLY SARAH ALEXANDER SAMUEL FULLAGAR
   Proved 24th November 1748 Power reserved to FRANCES BOSCOWEN

Note in margin: 22nd February 1787, Administration granted to FRANCES BOSCOWEN, Widow,
it maybe that the will was not administered by WILLIAM GORE.

* A Tippet was a garment worn around the neck and fastened at the throat

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 28th November 1748
RICHARD WIAT, Esquire of Boxley.
   Some religious sentiments in preface.
   He gives all his right and title to his estates to his "much honoured friend and kinsman", the Right Honourable ROBERT MARSHAM, Lord Romney, for ever, but charged with the payment of his debts and the following legacies, to the poor of Boxley, 10, to be distributed as he thinks fit.
   "Instead of that piece of pageantry and superfluous expense of hanging the Desk and Pulpit of the aforesaid church in mourning", he gives 5 to the Curate who performs Divine service and 20 shillings for the Parish Clerk"
   He gives 2,000 to Dame MARY HALES, Wife of Sir THOMAS HALES, Baronet of Bekesbourne, for ever.
   To his "two little kinswomen", FRANCES and ELIZABETH WYATT, now at Mrs DESENUIS'S Boarding School, Wandsworth, 2,000 each, for FRANCES on the 31st of December 1758, (her 21st birthday) and ELIZABETH on the 19th of January 1759, (her 21st birthday). But if they marry before that date, with the liking of Lord Romney, by his being party to the marriage settlement, then that to have the money at that date.
If either died before these events then the whole of the 4,000 to the survivor. If either marry without Lord Romney's consent, they will lose the legacy.
   In the meantime, the interest from the 4,000 towards their maintenance and education until they are 21 or married, if earlier.
   To Mrs MARIANNA CASTINELLI, "whose family I was acquainted with in Leghorn and lived in good repute but are since fallen to decay", Mrs CASTINELLI has retired to a monastery, with "a very base subsistence", so, he gives her an annuity of 10 or 48 dollars.
   His good friend Mr WHITCHURCH, with whom Lord Romney is acquainted, will arranged to pay this annuity without trouble to Lord Romney.
   To his sister, ELIZABETH WIAT, 50guineas for mourning.
   To his friend and old acquaintance, JAMES WHITCHURCH of Twickenham, 20 guineas for mourning.
   To his kinsman, THOMAS CRISPE of the custom House, (London), 10 guineas for mourning.
   To ELIZABETH READLY, if living with him at his death, 20, each of his other servants, to have 5 over and above wages due.
   He appoints Lord Romney his trustee and executor.
   Witnesses: M. SPALDMAN WILLIAM TAYLER THOMAS WARD

Codicil 15th April 1753
His estate has increased since he made the will.
   FRANCES and ELIZABETH WYATT "should reap the benefit of it", he gives them 1,000 each subject to the same conditions applied to the 2,000 legacies.
   Witnesses: FRANCES PARTRIDGE MARY LAWDER MARY FOSTER

Codicil 22nd December 1753
He addresses Lord Romney, as if in a personal letter and asks him to act as his prudence shall direct.
   To Miss CORNELIA DRAKE of Twickenham and her heirs, for ever, the 400 he is concerned with, with his sister WIAT in a mortgage of 800 on houses in Warder (sic) Street, near Soho Square, "as an acknowledgement for her care and attendance on me on my last illness" but chiefly as a security to make up for any lose she may suffer from his advice to invest 400 abroad for her fortune at Fort St. George
   Witnesses: FRANCES PARTRIDGE MARY LAWDER
   Proved 3rd January 1754

 

MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS IN THE CHURCHYARD

These inscriptions are from the old churchyard, two modern extensions, dating from the Edwardian era covers a considerable area to the east of the original churchyard.
   The churchyard west of the church, is divided by a cobbled path into two sections, which are my Section A on the north and Section B on the south.
   Section C is the area south of the church building and Section D is the area north of the church building.
   Section E is the large area east of the church, extending from the north wall to the south wall of the churchyard and just into the trees to the east, beyond which lie the modern extensions.
   There may be some overlap occasionally.

SECTION A

37.   Headstone

In Memory of
JOHN ARNOLD
Late of Sandling
Formerly of Pentonville, near London
who departed this Life May
22nd 1826
Aged 70 Years

38.   Headstone

In Memory of
ENOCH ATWATER of
this Parish who died June the
14th 1782 Aged 58 Years
Also the Body of ELIZH. Wife
of the above ENOCH ATWATER
who died June ye 11th 1782
Aged 55 Years
Left issue Four Daughters ANN
ELIZH. SARAH & MARY
Also MARY their Daughter
died June 22nd 1782
Aged 24 Years
"Within this Mould[       ] Earth our Bodys lie,
Full thirty years we lived in true Tranquillity,
[                  ] to [      ] us with a Joyful Sound"
[ANN?] Wife of THOMAS [ COOPER?]
[and Daughter of the above]
[ who died September 1801]
[                           ]

Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will Dated 12th June 1782
ENOCH ATWATER of Boxley.
Religious Preamble.
First, all his debts to be paid.
To his daughter, ANN COOPER, of his personal estate at the rate of 4 per year until the is used up.
To daughter, ELIZABETH READ, of his personal estate.
To daughters, SARAH and MARY ATWATER, of his personal estate, each.
He appoints Mr GEORGE GREEN and daughter, SARAH AyWATER, executors.
Signs with his mark X
Witnesses: SAMUEL HART JOHN ROSE WILLIAM MUNN
Proved 24th June 1783. Value of effects under 100

39.   Headstone

In Memory of
ELIZABETH Wife of RICHD. CARTER
of the Parish of Aylesford
who departed this Life October [   ]
1792 Aged 25 Years
Also WILLIAM their Son who died
August the 11th 1792 Aged 16 Months
Also of the above RICHARD CARTER
of the Parish of Aylesford who departed
this Life September the 8th 1813
In the 53rd Year of his Age.

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 28th August 1813
RICHARD CARTER of Aylesford, Farmer.
   All his debts, funeral, probate costs and mourning for his wife, JANE and family members as she may choose, to be first paid.
   To his brother, CHRISTOPHER and sisters, ELIZABETH KEMP and SARAH COLLARD, 10 each, as a token of his affection and regard.
   To his good friends, JOHN BRIDGLAND of Barming, Farmer and GEORGE CUTBATH of Aylesford, School Master, as a token of respect and for their trouble as executors and trustees, 5 each. To them, all his ready money, debts, crops growing, stacked or in barns, live and dead stock, farm implements, household goods and furniture, plate, linen, china and rest and residue of his estate and effects, upon trust.
   They to permit his wife to carry on his farming business, with their assistance, for 12 months after his death and further time as they think beneficial, she to receive the profits.
   When they think it is time, they to sell the business and household goods his wife does not choose to keep and use for her lifetime.
   The trustees will invest proceeds in the Public Funds or mortgage on freehold property. His wife will receive the dividends for her lifetime. After her death, then continuing upon trust, to sell the investments and call in the mortgages and pay 100 to whom his wife directs by her last will and testament. In default of such direction, the 100 to fall into his residuary personal estate.
   His niece, FRANCES CARTER, to have 100 at 21 years of age. Until then the interest from the 100 towards her maintenance and support.
   He gives 200 to his daughter, MARY, wife of JOHN JOB NEWTON, independent of her husband or any future husband.
   The residue of household goods to be sold after the death of his wife and invested with the proceeds of his residuary personal estate and interest to be paid to his daughter MARY, for life, free from the control of her present husband or any future husband. After her death, the principal sum invested to be shared equally by her children, if more than one, respectively at 21 years of age or day of marriage for girls if earlier. In the meantime, interest to be used towards their maintenance and education and to place them out in the world, (i.e. apprenticeships).
   Witnesses: WILLIAM JARMAN J. STEPHENS
   Proved 18th February 1814

40.   Double Headstone

In Memory of
WILLIAM COVELL 
of this Parish Senr. 
died April ye 24th 
176[0] Aged 77 Years 
SARAH his wife
Died April the 9th
1745
Aged 73 Years

Likewise the Body of one Son
and one Daughter ELIZABETH
died December 1722 Aged 13 Years
WILL died [April] 24th 1760 Aged 5[ ]
JANE died [March] 26th 1770 Aged 57
SARAH [died] [June] [1782] [              ]

Concise Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will Dated 3rd September 1755
WILLIAM COVILL of Boxley, Carpenter.
   To his son WILLIAM, all of his tools, best feather bed, steddle, curtains, blankets and coverings belonging and the flock bed and steddle, his larger brass portage pot, largest pewter dish and stock of hop poles in the hop ground called the Upper Hop Ground. His hop poles are charged with the payments of 3 to each of his daughters, SARAH and JANE COVILL, if either died before him or before they they can be paid, the full 6 to the survivor.
   The poles not to be delivered to his son before his daughters or the survivor have picked the hop crop.
   If his son fails to pay the 6, the daughters to have all the hop poles, equally divided. Executors not to be accountable for broken poles.
   To son, WILLIAM and daughters, SARAH and JANE, equally divided, his half share in the stock of timber, nails, book debts, ladders, laths and what is his in his partnership with with his son, in business as a carpenter.
   If either of his daughters are then dead, the survivor to get the share of the one dying as well as her own share.
   He gives his daughters all the hop poles on land called the Lower Hop Ground and the crop and, as for the Upper Hop Ground, they have the power themselves or their workmen or workwomen, to gather the crop and dry it and bag it in his oast house.
   The residue of household goods, horses, cows, hogs, tackle and implements, chattels and personal estate, not already given, to his daughters equally shared.
   Executors to pay his debts, funeral and probate costs from his personal estate.
   He appoints his friends, WILLIAM BUSBRIDGE of Teston, Farmer and GYLES CLARK, Carpenter, executors, they to have 1 guinea each for their troubles.
   Witnesses: ANNE PUNNETT THOMAS PUNNETT
   Proved 6th May 1760 Power reserved to GYLES CLARK.

41.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
WILLIAM GROVE
who died Feb 19th 1861
Aged 53 Years
Also ELIZA GROVE
Daughter of the above
who died July 20th 1861
Aged 16 Years

42.   Headstone

[                         ]
ELIZABETH RADLEY Wife of
WILLIAM KENTISH of this Parish
who departed this Life
May? [  ] 1834 Aged [  ]7 Years
Also ELIZABETH [the Daughter]
                              [of the above who] died [    ]
[             ] 1834? Aged [   ] [Months]

43.   Headstone

To the Memory of
REUBEN LEAD
who departed this Life
Sept 22nd 1853
Aged 45 Years
"Death is a Cure for every ill,
A Balm for every Wound,
Here Safe, how Undisturbed, how Still,
Men Rest beneath the Ground"
Also HARRIETT his Wife
who departed this Life
Dec 5th 1854
Aged 37 Years

In the 1851 Census, a REUBEN LEAD was a House Porter at Oakwood Asylum

44.   Headstone

[                    ]
THOMAS ONGLEY
of Sandling Farm in this Parish
who died suddenly 14th of Feb 1876
Aged 57 Years
(worn verse)
Also of
ELIZABETH Wife of the above
who died [   ] Sept. 1879
Aged 65 Years

THOMAS ONGLEY also had a Wheelwright's business at Sandling in 1859, from 1871, he and GEORGE ONGLEY, were tenants of Tyland farm, the family remained tenants until 1904. He also ran the Red Lion Inn from 1836 to 1852, when his son, also Thomas took over. (History of Boxley, Ambrose and Hook)

45.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
ABIGAIL Wife of JOHN PYE
of this Parish who departed this Life
the 11th of December 1818
Aged 66 Years
"Dear Soul, thou suddenly wast snatched away,
And turned to cold and dreary lifeless clay,
A Loving Mother and Virtuous Wife,
Faithful and Just in every path of Life"
Also the above JOHN PYE who
departed this Life the 2nd of June 1825
Aged 76 Years
Left issue one Daughter and two Sons
Viz ELIZABETH, WILLIAM and THOMAS
"Life is uncertain, death is always near,
To meet your Enemy you must Prepare,
Nor High nor Low, nor Rich, nor Poor,
Can keep Death's Summons from the door,
My life a Burthen was worn out with Sorrow,
I died today and you must die tomorrow"

The above are the 4 times Great Grandparents of the Transcriber

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 13th May 1825
JOHN PYE of Dunn Street, Boxley, Yeoman, (of Dunn Street Farm, now called "Manor Farm")
He appoints his son, WILLIAM of Boxley and WILLIAM LONG of Hucking, Farmer, executors.
He desires to be buried in a decent but not costly manner and wishes for a headstone to be erected to his memory.
His debts, funeral and probate costs to be first paid.
He has already given instructions concerning the distribution of his household furniture.
   WILLIAM LONG owes him 100 and his son, WILLIAM PYE owes him 60, which he had advanced them.
  
He gives his grand daughter, ABIGAIL LONG, 10
  
The rest and residue of goods, chattels, money, (particularly the two sums mentioned above), all his stock, crops, effects and personal estate, to his two sons, WILLIAM and THOMAS and son in law, WILLIAM LONG, equally shared.
  
He empowers his executors to reimburse themselves for costs incurred from his personal estate and effects.
   Witnesses: JOHN BONNY (Victualler of Bredhurst) S. G. READER Clerk to Mr LAMPREY, Solicitor of Maidstone.

Affidavit 17th November 1826
WILLIAM PYE of Dunn Street, Boxley, Yeoman and JOHN BONNY* of Bredhurst, Victualler are sworn in. They have carefully examined the will.
   WILLIAM
PYE was present when the will was found in his father's papers and states that it is the same document he has examined. There was no codicil or any paper concerning the distribution of the furniture, only verbal directions were given.
   JOHN
BONNY was well acquainted the deceased for some time prior to his death. A few days before the will was signed, he had the deceased say, "I shall not have the household goods put into my will as I have already given that away, part of it to my daughter, Elizabeth Long, part for my grand daughter Abigail Long, other part to my son, Thomas and the remainder to my son William. And they know their own parts and will take them without dispute after my decease, I will say nothing about them"
   BONNY
also stated that the word grand, as in grand daughter, which is interlined was interlined before the will was signed and witnessed; and that the will is the same document , in the same condition as when he witnessed it.
  
Proved 22nd November 1826

* WILLIAM PYE'S wife was SUSANNA BONNY, probably a relation of JOHN BONNY but if she is, I do not know how. WILLIAM PYE, carried on farming in his father's place but by 1829 was a Labourer. He later became landlord of the Harrow Inn at Lidsing.

46.   Headstone

In Memory of
MARY Wife of
MATTHEW WHEELER
of this Parish
who died the 7th of [November] [1748]
Aged 63 Years
(Worn Verses)
Also MATTHEW WHEELER
who died March [   ] [1759]
[ Aged [   ] Years]

MATTHEW WHEELER, was a Weaver and in 1749 was landlord of the Red Lion Inn, a MATTHEW WHEELER owned the Harrow Inn at Lidsing in 1761, possibly a son? (History of Boxley, Ambrose and Hook)

47.   Headstone

To the
Memory of
RICHARD WINCH
Formerly of Elford, Hawkhurst
who departed this Life
January the 14th 1831
Aged 94 Years

48.   Ledger on Low Brick Base

SOPHIA
Wife of the
Rev L. WINTER
died August 5th 1832
Also 3 Infants
ROBERT 1824 ALLEN 1825
JOHN 1837
ROB. HEAWOOD
died August 9th 1850
Aged 21 Years

49.   Three Headstone in Line


Elizabeth BEST 1690

Here Lyeth ye Body
of ELIZABETH the
Daughter of Mr
JOHN WISE who
was buried June
ye 23rd 1690 in the
7th Year of her Age
-----------------
Here
Lyeth the Body of
Mr JOHN WISE
of this Parish who
was buried the 2nd
of April 1705 in the
73rd Year of his Age
----------------
Here Lyeth ye Body of
Mrs ELIZA ye Widow of
Mr JOHN WISE who
departed this Life
6th of October 1718 in
the 6[  ] Year of her Age

 

SECTION B

50.   Small Headstone

To
the Memory of
ANNE BAKER
of Marden
who died 17th March 1752
Aged 26 Years

51.  Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
JOHN STEPHEN BATH
who departed this Life
November 7th 1866 Aged 49 Years
"Hallowed be thy Tomb where Worth
Commands a Tear"

52.   Double Headstone

Here Lieth 
interr'd ye Body 
of BARTHOLOMEW  
  BEAUMAN
who died May 4th 
1741 
Aged 74 
Also
ELIZ. Wife
of BARTHOLOMEW
  BEAUMAN
who died May
ye 26th 1752
Years Aged 80 Years
Also of 4
Daughters [   ]
[    ]

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 13th August 1726
BENJAMIN BEAUMAN of Boxley, Miller
He is somewhat indisposed in body.
Religious preamble.
   To ELIZABETH, his wife, who is his sole executor, all his goods, chattels, lands and money, for as long as she remains his widow.
   She is not to sell any of the estate and after her death or remarriage, his estate to his children.
   To his children, JOHN, WILLIAM, BRIDGETT, SARAH, HANNAH, MARGARET and SUSANNAH BEAUMAN, all of his estate, chattels and moveables, equally shared, for ever at their mother's death or remarriage. They are to pay his daughter, ELIZABETH, 4 per annum for life and after her death, 60 to her children which she had by her husband, THOMAS ALLEN, as follows, 30 to BARTHOLOMEW, 30 to ELIZABETH ALLEN. The remaining part of the 4 per annum, (annuity?) to be divided equally between his children.
   He gives any of his children who are unmarried at their mother's death, 30 each, to be raised from his moveable goods, what remains to be equally shared by his children.
   He signs the will with his mark.
   Witnesses: The mark of HENRY BEAUMAN, JOHN EASTLAND, RICHARD HOLLOWAY
   Proved 25th May 1741

53.   Headstone

[                          ]
[SAR]AH ANN Wife of
[RIC[HARD BIGG
of this Parish
who died 2nd January 1864
Aged 68 Years
[Also] the above
[RICH]ARD BIGG
[who died] [5th] [ August] ] 1873
[Aged Years]
[                       ] [BI]GG
[                       ] the above
[                          ]

Principal Probate Registry Index
RICHARD BIGG of Boxley, Farmer. Administration granted to WILLIAM LONG of Chatham, Grocer, the executor. Value of effects, under 450.

54.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
JUDITH Wife of
THOMAS BRIDGLAND
of this Parish
who died August [ ] 1826
Aged 42 Years
Left issue 8? Sons and 3 Daughters
[                               ]
THOMAS BRIDGLAND
[who] died January 25th 1862
Aged 84 Years
(Eroded Verses)

55.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
JAMES BRIDGLAND
who departed this Life Dec 28th 1868
Aged 85 Years
Also ESTHER Wife of the above
who departed this Life May [   ] 1829
Age 33 Years
(Eroded Verses)

In the 1851 Census, JAMES BRIDGLAND was a Farm Bailiff at Bearstead.

56.   Headstone

[                           ]
JOHN CHAPMAN of Rainham died
January [   ] 1769 Aged 46 Years
[                                    ]
MARY Wife of JOHN CHAPMAN
died [June] [   ] [1762]
[                            ]

Concise Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will Dated 29th November 1768
JOHN CHAPMAN of Rainham, Yeoman.
Short religious preamble.
His debts and legacies are charged upon his real estate.
   To his wife, SUSANNA, his house and land at Bredhurst (tightly creased here), [his house?] at Chatham Hill, occupied by JOHN TAYLOR and the house, garden, orchard and shop, which he occupies, household goods, ready money, securities for money, for as long as she remains his widow. After her death of remarriage, whichever is the sooner, everything to his son, JOHN, for ever. But if his son dies before he is 21, he gives the above to his nephew, EDWARD CHAPMAN, son of his deceased brother, EDWARD of Halstow and 100, for ever.
   The house at Bredhurst is occupied by WILLIAM MUNN.
   To MARY CHAPMAN, daughter of his brother, EDWARD of Halstow, 100; to his nephews, ROBERT and JAMES TAYLOR, sons of his sister, SUSAN TAYLOR of Milton, 50 each.
   To nephew, HENRY RAMSVERY?, Barber of Chatham, son of his sister, ANN CHAPMAN, 50.
   To his cousin, MARY HILLS wife of WILLIAM HILLS of Strood and daughter of his brother, (in law), WILLIAM RICH near or at Epsom and his cousin, JANE RICH, daughter of his brother ( in law), WILLIAM RICH, 20 each.
   To his cousin, JOHN BURT of Rainham, 10
   To his daughter, SARAH MARSHALL, the half house, orchard and garden which was her father's or 60, whichever she prefers, (I assume this is his step daughter?)
   He appoints his good friend, JOHN WILLSON of Otterham Quay and his brother, (in law), ROBERT HOPE, a Farmer of Lenham, trustees. He also appoints his son, JOHN, executor.
   Witnesses: JOHN BOESLY? JOHN LIDGATER ANN LIDGATER
   Proved 14th March 1769. Administration granted to his wife, SUSANNA, son JOHN is only 6 months old. The trustees have renounced acting.

8th of October 1770
The will has not been administered by SUSANNA CHAPMAN, who is now dead, so ROBERT HOPE, uncle of JOHN CHAPMAN, Junior, was his appointed guardian.

Affidavit 3rd April 1792
JOHN CHAPMAN, now 17 years old, states, on oath, that his father was of sound mind and memory while living.
ROBERT HOPE and JOHN WILLSON have renounced their roles as trustees when he was under 1 year of age so his mother and guardian, SUSANNA, acted for him until he was old enough to execute the will. JOHN has now been granted administration of the will, the goods, chattels and credits of his father are valued at less than 100.

57.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
GEORGE CONSTABLE
who died March 31st 1843
Aged 53 Years
Left issue 1 Son and 1 Daughter
Viz GEORGE & EMILY
Also ANN Wife of the above
who died November 29th 1864
in the 76th Year of her Age
"O, may the grave become to me,
the bed of peaceful Rest,
Whence I shall gladly rise at length,
and mingle with the Blest"
Also MAHALAH Wife
of GEORGE CONSTABLE Son of
the above died June 19th 1870
Aged 44 Years

Concise Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will Dated 17th March 1843
GEORGE CONSTABLE, Labourer, of Farthings, Boxley.
   Appoint his wife, ANN and WILLIAM SHARP AVERY of Boxley, farmer, executors.
   He gives his wife, his 4 cottages with their gardens at Farthings in Boxley, occupied by himself, his son GEORGE, WILLIAM HARRIS and SARAH BROOKER, for her lifetime, she keeping them in good repair. After her death, the cottage in his own occupation and the one occupied by his son, with rights of way to the wells belonging, to son GEORGE, for ever.
   The other two cottages to his daughter, EMILY, wife of THOMAS SHEFFIELD, for ever.
   His wife to have use of the clock and corner cupboard in his cottage and his stock of bees and their hives, for life and after her death, to son GEORGE, for ever.
   All his household furniture, money, securities for money and rest and remainder of his personal estate to his wife, ANN absolutely.
   Witnesses: WILLIAM WHITE ROBERT WILLIAM PARSONS Clerks to Mr WILDES, Solicitor, Maidstone.
   Proved 29th July 1843. The value of his goods, chattels and credits is less then 100.

58.   Headstone

In Memory of
ELIZABETH Wife of
JOSIAH WISE DAWES
died April 20th 1837 Aged 35 Years
Also MARY
his second Wife who died
August 28th 1877 Aged 76 Years

JOSIAH WISE DAWES, in 1825 was a Garden Nurseryman at Went's Wood Farm

59.   Low Chest Tomb, Side facing the path

Sacred to the Memory of
RICHARD DRIVER of this Parish who
departed this Life [December [   ] 1748
Aged [   ] Years
Also MARY Wife of the above RICHARD DRIVER who
died the 4th of December 1773 Aged 75? Years

Concise Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will Dated 28th May 1742
RICHARD DRIVER of Boxley, Gentleman
He is sick and weak in body.
Religious preamble.
   All his estate to his wife, MARY, who is his executor.
   His house and land and buildings at Staplehurst, occupied by THOMAS RIGBY, for ever; his house and land in Maidstone, occupied by THOMAS JORDAN, for ever; his house land and buildings at Boxley, occupied by JOHN PECKHAM, for ever; also his own house and land, with building at Boxley, for ever.
To his brother, THOMAS, 10
To his sister, MARY REEVES, 1 shilling, only if she demands it.
To his sister, MARGARET STONE, 1 shilling, only if she demands it.
Rest and residue of his personal estate to his wife.
Witnesses: JOHN EASTLAND FRANCES EASTLAND THOMAS ATLINS
Proved 2nd January 1748 (1749 in the modern calendar)

RICHARD DRIVER was originally a Sadler. He also ran the Plough Inn at Sandling and built a substantial inn by the Turnpike Gate, appropriately called the The Turnpike Gate but by 1727 it's name had changed to The George. He built and ran the original Running Horse Inn and purchased Stone House Farm of 18 acres. (Ambrose and Hook). It was common for retired, successful tradesmen and business men to style themselves as a "Gentleman"

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 25th June 1773
MARY DRIVER, Widow of Weavering Street, Boxley.
No religious preamble.
Her debts and funeral costs to be first paid.
   She wishes to be buried with her late husband and that a handsome "tombstone", with a proper inscription, to be erected. Her body to be carried by 6 men, each to have a mourning ring of the value of 1 guinea, her pall to be supported by 6 women each of them to have a like ring. Psalm 68 to be sung at her funeral.
   She gives her house and garden in Boxley and her half share of a house and land in or near the Street in Boxley, which was purchased from the SOUTHGATE'S, to EDWARD FOWLE the Elder of Boxley, for ever.
   To her Godson, JOHN FOWLE, son of EDWARD, 500 and her largest silver tankard.
   To THOMAS, WILLIAM, ROBERT and GEORGE FOWLE, sons of EDWARD, 100 each at their respective ages of 21.
   She gives 20 in bread to be distributed between Christmas and Candlemass next after her death, to the poor of Boxley not receiving Alms, as her executors shall think proper "objects of charity".
   To JOHN FOWLE the Elder, of Maidstone, Gentleman, 100 and to THOMAS SEAGER of Grove, Husbandman, 20.
   After her debts, funeral and probate costs and legacies are paid, the rest and residue of ready money, securities for money, goods, chattels, effects and personal estate, to JANE, wife of EDWARD FOWLE of Boxley, for her own separate use and benefit.
   She appoints JOHN FOWLE the Elder and JANE FOWLE, executors.
   Signs will with her mark, M D.
   Witnesses: WILLIAM ALLEN R. PARKER THOMAS WILLARD

Codicil 2nd October 1773
She gives SUSANNA HATCH, widow of WILLIAM HATCH, late of Maidstone, Wheelwright, an annuity of 20, for life, in 2 portions, half yearly on 25th December and 25th March.
   After the death of SUSANNA HATCH, the annuity to go to JANE FOWLE, wife of EDWARD, for ever.
   She desires 1,000 of her personal estate to be placed in the Public Funds for the better security and payment of the annuity. If her executors neglect payment, SUSANNA HATCH to receive the interest and pay herself. Also to SUSANNA HATCH, all of her clothes.
   Signs codicil same manner as her will.
   Witnesses: DAWSON ATHAWES WILLIAM DUNNING

Codicil no date
SUSANNA HATCH to have a handsome and good suit of mourning and a mourning ring of 1 guinea value.
No witnesses.
Proved 12th January 1774

Note in margin, 6th May 1788. The will was left administered by JOHN FOWLE and JANE FOWLE, administration granted to EDWARD FOWLE the Elder, husband of JANE and her administrator.

60.   Double Headstone

Here
Lyeth the Body
of JOHN
FREEMAN
who departed this life
[January] [ ] [1727]
Aged
6[  ] Years
Here also [lyeth] WILLIAM
ye Son of JOHN FREEMAN
who departed this Life
[   ] [of] [January] [1708]
[Aged] [   ] [Years]
Here
Lyeth ye Body
of MARY the Wife of JOHN
FREEMAN
of Maidstone who
departed this
Life April ye [   ]
1720 Aged [   ] [Years]

61.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
WILLIAM GROVER
who died Feb 19th 1861
Aged 53 Years
Also ELIZA GROVER
Daughter of the above
who died July 20th 1861
Aged 16 Years

A WILLIAM GROVER and his wife, ANN, ran the White Horse Inn for 25 years from 1838 (Ambrose and Hook) WILLIAM did die in 1861, I presume his wife run it after his death ?

62.   Headstone, Very Worn

[                         ]
WILLIAM KEMSLEY
of this Parish
who departed this Life
Jan the [   ] 1806 in the [   ]
Year of his Age
Likewise
GEORGE KEMSLEY
[                         ]
[                      ] Nov 1807
[                       ]

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated12th June 1802
WILLIAM KEMSLEY of Aylesford, Farmer.
No religious preamble.
   He leaves 10 each to his children for morning.
   To his friend EDWARD FOWLE, of Cobtree, Esquire and WILLIAM KEMSLEY of Aylesford, Victualler, (his trustees), his freehold house and land at Boxley and all money due and owing to him, upon mortgage, bond, speciality or simple contract and his personal estate and effects, upon trust. The house for the use and benefit of his wife for life, after her death, to his sons, WILLIAM, THOMAS and ROBERT and their heirs, as tenants in common. If either of his sons wish to sell their share, then son WILLIAM to have first offer. If he decides to purchase that third, a valuation to be made by two indifferent persons, one chosen by each party. Son THOMAS to have the next preference.
   Concerning his personal estate, to be in trust to collect or allowed to remain invested money owing to him and pay his wife the interest earned. After her death, on trust, to invest in Government Securities in the trustees names, enough to produce an annual interest of 20 for his son, JOHN (sic), for life and after his death, then the stock and accrued interest due to the child or children of son, JOHN, equally shared if more than one, at 21 years of age or, if female, day of marriage if earlier.
   Upon further trust, to pay his sons, WILLIAM, THOMAS and ROBERT, 50 each and 200 to his grand daughter, MARGARET WEEKES of Chatham, after the death of his wife.
   Also to transfer the whole of his personal estate and effects to his children, SUSANNA, WILLIAM, THOMAS and ROBERT, who are living at the time of his wife's death.
   Trustee rules and conditions follow.
   He appoints his wife, son WILLIAM and EDWARD FOWLE, executors.
   Witnesses: W. FOWLE JOHN HOPKINS RICHARD SHEPHERD, 40 Blackman Street, Southwark.
   Proved 4th February 1806 Son WILLIAM is the only surviving executor.

63.   Headstone, Very Worn

[                            ]
THOMAS KEMSLEY
who died March [  ] 180[7]
Aged [   ] Years
Also ELIZABETH his Wife
who died October 11th 1810
Aged 73 Years

ELIZABETH KEMSLEY was brought from Rainham

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 9th June 1792
THOMAS KEMSLEY of Lidsing, Gillingham, Yeoman
   He appoints wife, ELIZABETH, executor.
   To his children, JOHN, HANNAH, THOMAS, FANNY and GEORGE, 10 each within 6 months of his death.
   To son, WILLIAM one shilling
   Rest and residue of ready money and securities for money, money in the public funds, debts, plate, linen, woollen, china, pewter, brass, beds, bedding, household stuff and implements, goods, chattels and personal estate, his debts , legacies and funeral costs being first paid, to his wife, ELIZABETH, absolutely.
   Witnesses: D.B. LEWIS F.W.L. DICKINS
   Proved 15th May 1807

The KEMSLEY family were sometime tenants of Tyland Farm, Boxley, 85 Acres. (Ambrose and Hook)

64.   Headstone

In Memory of
EDWARD KENNARD
of this Parish who departed this Life
February 14th 1779 Age 57 Years
Also BENNETT Wife of the above said
EDWARD KENNARD who departed this
Life May the 24th 1783 Aged 64 Years

Concise Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will Dated 10th October 1778
EDWARD KENNARD of Boxley, Farmer.
   To his daughter, ANN BLAXLAND KENNARD, 20 in money or goods, within 3 years of his death.
   To JOHN PERKINS of Maidstone, Paper Maker one shilling.
   To his son, THOMAS of Maidstone, Brazier, one shilling and to WILLIAM GREEN of Maidstone, Brazier, one shilling.
   Residue and remainder of household goods, stock in trade, book debts, bonds, bills, plate, jewels and effects, not already disposed of , to his wife, BENNETT for life and after her death to his son, EDWARD of Boxley.
   All the household furniture, linen and woollen, hay, corn, horses, cows, bullocks, carts, wagons, farm utensils to his wife, absolutely. His wife not to sell cows, bullocks, horses, hops, hop poles and household furniture, without the consent of his son, EDWARD, except through necessity but she must acquaint him with her intentions.
   If son, EDWARD dies before his mother, without a male heir, then the household furniture, linen, woollen and agricultural items and stock, before mentioned, to testator's wife BENNETT, absolutely.
   He appoints his wife, sole executor.
   Witnesses: HENRY GROOMBRIDGE THOMAS HALL
   Proved 1st March 1779

65.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
EDWARD KENNARD
late of Maidstone
who departed this Life Jan 19th
1817
Aged 36 Years
Left issue One Son and One Daughter
viz EDWARD & SOPHIA

66.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
EDWARD KENNARD
of this Parish Yeoman
who departed this Life Nov 12th 1823
Aged 82 Years
(Obscured Verses)
Also SARAH KENNARD
Wife of the above
who departed this Life Sept 12th 1825
Aged 72 Years
(Eroded Verse)

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 20th November 1818
EDWARD KENNARD of Maidstone, Yeoman.
No religious preamble.
   He appoints his wife, SARAH, friend, WILLIAM WALKER of Maidstone, Gentleman and GEORGE CATT of Detling, Gentleman, executors and trustees.
   He gives his 3 cottages, under one roof, at Weathering Street, Boxley, occupied by WILLIAM BRITTER of Boxley, Labourer, WILLIAM USHER and [      ] BLAKE, to his wife for her lifetime. After her death, to WILLIAM PARKINS of Boxley, Labourer, THOMAS BRIDGLAND of Boxley, Labourer and JAMES BRIDGLAND of Boxley, Labourer, for ever, equally shared.
   To his wife, the use of all his household goods, plate, linen, china, earthenware and glassware and other articles and furniture, for life. After her death, the above to be valued by a person appointed by his executors. His nephews and nieces, JAMES EVENDEN, WILLIAM EVENDEN, ANN GUSTUS, ELIZABETH MOLLOY, WILLIAM PARKINS, THOMAS KENNARD, MARY COMFORT, SARAH STRONG, ANN PARKINS, JUDITH BRIDGLAND, ESTHER BRIDGLAND and JOHN EVENDEN can divide the above as they decide among themselves for and in part of their respective shares of the residue of his personal estate, hereafter bequeathed to them. If they decline to to take the bequest, the items to be sold and added to his residuary personal estate.
   He gives to his executors, all the residue of his personal estate to sell to pay his debts, funeral and probate costs and invest the remainder in Government or Real securities and pay from the annual interest an annuity of 20 to WILLIAM PARKINS for the lifetime of testator's wife, SARAH, if he lives so long. In case of the death of WILLIAM PARKINS in her lifetime, then the whole to his wife for life. After her death, JAMES EVENDEN of East Farleigh, Labourer, to have 20, his brother, WILLIAM EVENDEN of East Farleigh, Labourer, to have 5; to ANN GUSTUS wife of CHARLES GUSTUS of Maidstone, Labourer, daughter of WILLIAM WHITE of Chatham, now or late, a Watchman in H. M. Dockyard, by ANN his wife, 10.
   After payment of these legacies, the estate, upon trust, to pay out as follows: One seventeenth of the residue of his personal estate, to ELIZABETH MOLLOY of Maidstone, Milliner, exclusive of her husband. Another seventeenth part to be equally shared among the children, then living, of ANN BUBBOE, deceased, formerly ANN GREEN, Spinster, late wife of JOHN PETER BUBBOE, to be paid when the youngest child is 21.
   Another seventeenth to be equally shared by the children of WILLIAM GREEN the Younger of Maidstone, Land Surveyor, to be paid as above.
   Another seventeenth to WILLIAM PARKINS and another seventeenth to be shared equally between the children of MARY CHITTENDEN, deceased, late wife of STEPHEN CHITTENDEN late of Chatham, Bricklayer, to be paid as before.
   Another seventeenth to be equally shared by the children of JOHN PARKINS late of Rufsacre, Bearstead, Paper Maker, deceased, to be paid as before.
   Another seventeenth to be equally shared between the children of DAVID WAGHORN, late of West Farleigh, Labourer, deceased, by [         ] his wife, formerly [         ] PARKINS, to be paid as before.
   Another seventeenth to THOMAS KENNARD of Maidstone, Brazier and another seventeenth to be shared equally between the children of EDWARD KENNARD late of Maidstone, Brazier, deceased, to be paid as before.
   Another seventeenth to MARY COMFORT, wife of [        ] COMFORT of Battle, Sussex, Currier and another seventeenth shared equally between WILLIAM WHITE of Chatham, Painter and Glazier and EDWARD WHITE of Sheerness, Carpenter to be paid on the death of their mother ANN WHITE, in the meantime, interest earned to be paid to their mother, independent from the interests of her husband.
   Another seventeenth to SARAH STRONG, wife of CHARLES STRONG of London, Gardener.
   Another seventeenth to JUDITH BRIDGLAND, wife of THOMAS BRIDGLAND and another seventeenth to ESTHER BRIDGLAND wife of JAMES BRIDGLAND, the remaining seventeenth to JOHN EVENDEN of East Farleigh, Labourer.
   Witnesses: WILLIAM SCUDAMORE, Attorney at Law, Maidstone J. MARLEY J. S. BURN, Clerks to Mr SCUDAMORE.

Codicil 21st November 1818
He gives WILLIAM WALKER and GEORGE CATT, 10 each for their troubles as executors.
   Witnesses: As for will.

Codicil 4th April 1821
THOMAS KENNARD of Maidstone, Brazier had been given one seventeenth of his personal estate but has since died. He was also bequeathed 50, which has given to his widow. He gives, equally shared, to the children of THOMAS KENNARD, so much of the residue of his personal estate, to match 50 and 50 given to THOMAS KENNARD and his widow, which will be equal to a seventeenth of the residue of his personal estate, to be paid to them, as before.
   Rest of will ratified.
   Witnesses: WILLIAM SCUDAMORE J. MARLEY FRANCIS PARFETT, Clerks to Mr SCUDAMORE.

Codicil 13th April 1821
He had given a seventeenth of his personal estate to be equally shared between WILLIAM WHITE of Chatham and EDWARD WHITE of Sheerness to be paid on the death of their mother, ANN WHITE, the interest, until then to ANN WHITE.
   It was his intention to give them a seventeenth each, so he revokes the bequest in the will and gives one seventeenth to both of them, to be paid after the death of their mother and, as before, the interest, until then, to be paid to her.
Rest of will ratified.
    Witnesses: As for last codicil
    Proved 27th March 1824. Power reserved to SARAH KENNARD.

67.   Headstone, Close to Path,

[                              ]
FRANCIS LOTT
of this Parish who
departed this Life Sept. [   ]
1809 Aged 28 Years
Also ELIZABETH Wife of the above
who departed this Life July 2[   ] 1863
in her 81st? Year
Left issue by his Wife ELIZABETH
[           ] JANE [          ]

68.   Headstone, near above, flaking

[                        ]
JOHN HENRY LOTT
who died [   ] March 1817
[                  ]
TH[OMAS] [  ] PIPER
who [died] [Augus]t 28th 1849

69.   Double Headstone

Here
Lyeth
ye Body
of MARY ye Second
Wife of JEREMIAH
PARKER of this
[Parish] who died
[November] [   ] 1741 in
[ye] [   ] [Year] of her Age
(Fragmentary Verses)
[JEREMIAH PARKER]
[buried 19th February 1754]
Here
Lyeth ye Body of
MARY Wife of
JEREMIAH
PARKER
of this
Parish who died
May ye 9th [1724]
Aged 4[   ] [Years]

There is a will for a Jeremiah Parker in the County Archives at Maidstone, reference, PRC/16/442, 1772, most likely a son.

70.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
WILLIAM PARKINS
who departed this Life
September 10th 18[2]9
Aged 66 Years
Also ANN PARKINS
Wife of the above
who departed this Life
September 21st? 1836?
Aged 72 Years

PIPER see LOTT

71.   Headstone

In Memory
of
SARAH SAVAGE
who died at Cobtree
in this Parish
on the 12th March 1871
Aged 62 Years
"She lived respected
by all who knew her"

72.   Small Headstone

Here Lieth
the Body of
WATTS Son of JOHN
& ELIZABETH
SWINNOCK
who died ye [   ] [February]
1718 Aged [   ] Years

73.   Headstone

To the Memory of
FANNY THOMAS
of this Parish Wife of the late
WILLIAM THOMAS of [     ?     ]
Who died the 8th?, of August 1812
Aged 74 Years
Also ANN Daughter of the above
WILLIAM and FANNY THOMAS
[                                        ]
[                     ]

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 16th November 1811
FANNY THOMAS of Boxley, Widow.
All of her debts, funeral and probate costs to be first paid.
   To her son, EDWARD, 400, as follows, 50 at the end of one year after her death, then 50 per year until year four, the 100 for years five and six. Executors can pay the whole amount or part earlier, at their discretion.
   If EDWARD dies before the total sum is paid, then the 400 or residue, to be paid to his child or children, if more than one, in equal shares at 21 years of age. If any die under 21, then to their children, if any, as above. Interest earned on the sum, towards the maintenance and education of EDWARD'S child/children. In default of any heirs of EDWARD, then to her son, WILLIAM and daughters, ELIZABETH and ANN, equally shared.
    To her daughter, FANNY, wife of JOHN BLACKWELL of Clifton Cottage, Bridgend, Glamorganshire, Wales, independent of her present or any future husband.
   To her daughter, ELIZABETH, 900and to daughter, ANN, 1,000, to be paid according to the agreement between her and her son, WILLIAM.
   Half of her household goods, furniture, linen and china, to daughters ELIZABETH and ANN, equally shared.
   The other half and residue of her goods, chattels, personal estate and effects, to son WILLIAM.
   All her houses and lands or parts thereof, in Kent or elsewhere, to son WILLIAM, for ever. He and daughter, ELIZABETH are executors.
   Witnesses: W. A. DUNNING, Attorney, Maidstone J. MAIDMAN, Junior THOMAS MAIDMAN, Senior
   Proved 9th September 1812 Power reserved to ELIZABETH THOMAS

74.   Headstone

In
Memory of
JAMES WEEKS
who died Sept 14th 1790 Aged 65 Years
Also of
SUSANNA Wife of the above
who died Nov 1st 1824 Aged 74 Years
Also of
GEORGE WEEKS
Grandson of the above (who was
unfortunately drowned off Sheerness
April 8th 1811) Aged 23 Years
Also THOMAS WEEKS
Son of the above
late of Maidstone who died Nov
[   ] 1856 Aged [   ]6 Years
Also ANN WEEKS
Wife of the above
who died July 21st 1861 Aged 82 Years

75.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
HARRY WOOLLVEN
of this Parish
who departed this Life
Nov 6th 1834
Aged 86 Years
Also SARAH WOOLLVEN
Wife of the above
who departed this Life
Oct [ ]9th 1836?
Aged 81? Years
Also ANN WOOLLVEN
their Daughter
who departed this Life
[          ] 18th 1839 Aged 49 Years

 

SECTION C

76.   Headstone

Here Lyeth the Body of
PETER ATHAWES, Yeoman
of Newnham Court in this Parish who
died Sept ye 22nd 1724 Aged 53 Years
Also here lies ye Body of MARY
ATHAWES [who died] [         ] the 13th 1755
Aged 84 Years
[                        ]
[Also here lies the] Body of
[                                ]

Concise Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will Dated 8th September 1724
PETER ATHAWES of Boxley, Yeoman
He is sick and weak in body.
Brief religious preamble.
   To his eldest son, PETER, 5 shillings, he has already given him more than his proportionate share of his estate.
   To his daughter, MARY, wife of EDWARD HOPE, 5.
   To his three daughters, ELIZABETH, SARAH and ANNE 100 each at 22years of age or day of marriage, if earlier but only if the marriage has the consent of his wife and his brother, SAMUEL and Mr and Mrs ROBERT RUGG.
   To his son, THOMAS, 125, when he obtains an apprenticeship of 7 years in some trade and to supply him with clothing.
   To his son, JOHN, 200 at 22 years of age.
   To his grandchildren, EDWARD and THOMAS HOPE, 1 guinea each.
   He had entered into a bond before his marriage with MARY, to pay her 300 after his death, she is willing to deliver this to his executors to be cancelled after his death, so he gives her an annuity of 20 for life. This is charged on all his house, farm and land in Thurnham, now occupied by [        ] WELLS. If income from his farm falls short to fully pay the annuity, executors to make up the full amount from his personal estate. His wife has power to distrain the property if the annuity is not paid until it is paid again.
   He also gives his wife, 10 and the furniture of his best chamber, 5 sheets and 3? sheets, as she shall choose, also his silver tankard and 3 silver spoons and ten table spoons and equipage?
   To son, SAMUEL, his house, farm and land at Thurnham, above mentioned, and all his other real estate, subject to the payment of the 20 annuity to his mother. Te rest of his goods, chattels and personal estate, not already bequeathed, to son, SAMUEL, his debts, legacies and funeral costs being first paid.
   He appoints son, SAMUEL sole executor. SAMUEL will bring up his 4 youngest children until they are put out or can provide for themselves.
   He appoints his brother, SAMUEL and brother in law, ROBERT RUGG, Overseers, in trust for his children and desires them to assist son, SAMUEL to manage his affairs.
   Executor to pay all parts of the legacies to his youngest children, trustees to direct when payment needs to be made.
   Witnesses: ROBERT DAWSON THOMAS RICH D. MILLER?
   Proved 30th November 1724

77.   Headstone

In Memory of
WILL. & MARY ATHAWES
From the Lower Grange
in this Parish
He died 16th Sept 1749 Aged 82 Years
She died April 17th 1746 Aged 87 Years
Also
ANN Wife of
THOMAS SELL
and Daughter of
WILL & MARY ATHAWES
who died Oct [   ] 1747
Aged 59 Years

Concise Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will Dated 17th April 1747
WILLIAM ATHAWES of the Lower Grange, Boxley, Yeoman
No religious preamble.
His debts and funeral costs to be first paid.
   He gives his tile kiln, kiln house and lodges and all utensils at Lower Grange, with stock in trade, to his son, SAMUEL, in trust, that he, within 6 months after testator's death, to have the property valued by two appraisers, one a carpenter, one a bricklayer and sell for the best price and use the proceeds for the benefit of his grandson, JOHN ATHAWES, (sic), son of his daughter, ANN ATHAWES, (sic).
   The rest of his goods, chattels, household stuff, ready money, debts due, plate, linen, clothes and personal estate, to his son, SAMUEL, in trust, as before the value to be appraised by two valuers and sold and the proceeds to go to the benefit of grandson, JOHN ATHAWES (sic). SAMUEL can deduct reasonable expenses and costs incurred. If his grandson dies before testator then the above bequests to his son, SAMUEL, he paying his debts and funeral costs.
   Son SAMUEL is sole executor.
   Witnesses: THOMAS ATKINS RICHARD DRIVER THOMAS DAY
   Proved 19th October 1749 Effects valued at less than 20

78.   Double Headstone

In Memory of
SAMUEL Son of
SAM. ATHAWES
of this Parish Yeo
who departed this
Life Decemr the 16th
1754 Aged 54 Years
In Memory of
ELIZABETH his
Wife and Daughter of
JOHN and ELIZABETH
HOOKER of Brenchley
Gent Decemr the 25th
1747 Aged 45 Years
Near this pace lieth the Body of ANN
[ATHAWES] who departed this Life
[February] [   ] 1756 Aged 20 Years
[ Eroded]

79.   Headstone

In Memory of
Mr SAMUEL ATHAWES
who departed this Life the 6th of May 1826
Aged 68 Years
Also SARAH ATHAWES Wife of the
above who died Feb 12th 1835 Aged 69 Years
Also JAMES their Son who died Novr
the 10th 1834 Aged 36 Years
EDWARD Son of SAMUEL
and SARAH ATHAWES of Maidstone
who died May the 27th 1789
Aged One Year
Also WILLIAM their Son who died
February 20th 1795 Aged One Year
Likewise SARAH their Daughter who
died October the 12th 1813 Aged 17 Years
And EDWARD their Son who died
July the 18th 1817 Aged 14 Years

80.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
Mrs SARAH ATHAWES
who died March 7th 1830
Aged 75 Years
Also Mr SAMUEL ATHAWES
died January [   ] 1840 Aged 50 Years
Also MARY ATHAWES
died Sept 30th 1877 Aged 84 Years

ATHAWES see HUNT

81.   Double Headstone

Here Lyeth
the Body of
JOHN BURFORD
of this Parish
who departed this
Life Jan 30th 1732
in [the] [  ]3rd [Year]
of his Age
Also here lyeth?
Ye Body of MARY
the Wife of
JOHN BURFORD
who departed
this Life [the] [    ] of [     ] 1739
[                             ]

Concise Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will Dated 1st May 1731
JOHN BURFORD of Boxley, Yeoman.
Brief religious preamble.
   To his wife, MARY all household goods, for ever. Also to her, an annuity of 16 for life, charged upon his farm at Wormshill, to be paid by his son, JOHN, if the income from the farm is not sufficient, then to be made up by money he has out on interest.
   To his daughter, SARAH JEAKINS, 100, 6 months after his wife's death and to all of his daughter, SARAH'S children, 10 each, 6 months after his wife's death.
   To his grandson, JAMES MUDDLE and grand daughter, MARY MUDDLE, 50 each, to be paid as above, out of his farm at Wormshill.
   To his son in law, JOHN MUDDLE, 5 shillings.
   To his son in law, JAMES JEAKINS, all his clothes.
   His farm at Wormshill, occupied by ABRAHAM WESTON, to his son, JOHN and his heirs, subject to the above charges, for ever. In default of such heirs, then the farm to his daughter SARAH JEAKINS, for her life and after her death, then to her children, equally shared, and their heirs, for ever.
   Son JOHN, is sole executor.
   Witnesses: HELEN DIXON ANNA DISMORE HENRY DIXON
   Proved 16th May 1732

82.   Headstone

In Memory
of
CHARLES S. BYNON Esq
Late of the Admiralty
Office London
who in the Prime of Life whilst
Sporting in this Neighbourhood
was suddenly cut off from
Existence by the accidental
discharge of a gun on the Sixth
of September 1833
Aged 26 Years

Maidstone Gazette 12th September 1833
" A young gentleman from London, named Charles Swansea Bynon was killed by the explosion of his gun on Friday at Boxley Hill. He had been out shooting with his friend Mr Hodges, near Penenden Heath, and ascending the hill with a gig, they both alighted to ease the horse, and the gun was lying with the muzzle pointed over the back of the gig. Mr Bynon was walking close behind the vehicle when the gun (a percussion cock) suddenly went off and shot him through the head.
   A man named Fowle was similarly killed whilst drawing his gun through a hedge about a twelvemonth (sic) ago within half a mile of the same spot"
   (Robert Fowle was killed in 1830, see later in this section)

Southeastern Gazette 10th September 1833
"Died on Friday, the 6th Inst at Boxley, near Maidstone by the accidental discharge of his gun, Charles S Bynon of the Admiralty, Somerset House, aged 26 years"
   Charles Swansea Bynon was baptised in Old Saint Pancras church on the 26th of August 1807, he was born on the 3rd of that month, son of John and Elizabeth Bynon. He was baptised again in 1813, along with his brother, John Currie Bynon and a sister, Elizabeth Harriet. His father died in 1847 at Prospect Place, Maida Hill, Middlesex and his will makes no mention of son John, I presume he had died by then.
   John Bynon, Senior was the Head Clerk in the Admiralty Medical Section in it's main office in Somerset House, where the Physician General was based. Son Charles was a Junior Clerk in the same office, the annual salary of a junior clerk in 1833 was 90.
   Charles had an uncle, also Charles Bynon, of South Bank, Regent's Park, who also work for the Admiralty; in 1826 he was First Clerk of the Cost Office in the Victualling Department.
   Another uncle was Thomas Miles Bynon, a Cotton Merchant of the City of London, , engaged in exporting fabrics to Africa in 1815 to the value of 531. He died in 1824 and left a legacy to Elizabeth his niece, sister of Charles but Charles is not mentioned in his will.

Sources : Royal Kalendar and Court and City Register, 1833
Old Saint Pancras Parish Registers
Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills

CHEESEMAN see HUNT

83.   Chest Tomb

South Side
In Memory of
EDWARD FOWLE Gent
late of Cobtree in this Parish
who departed this Life August 9th 1803
Aged 52 Years
whose Remains are interred in a vault
at Bredhurst

Also ANN Widow of the above
EDWARD FOWLE
who departed this Life Jany. 1St 1835
Aged 83 Years

North Side
In Memory of
JANE
the second Daughter of
EDWARD & ANN
FOWLE
[who departed this Life]
Oct [5th] 1854
Aged 70 Years

End Panel
Sacred
to the Memory of
ELIZABETH
third Daughter of
EDWARD and ANN FOWLE
late of Cobtree
who departed this Life March 16th 1826
Aged 38 Years

End Panel
[Also]
LOUISA CAROLINE
Widow of
HARRY STOE MAN R.N.
[ Youngest Daughter of the above]
EDWARD & ANN FOWLE
[who died July 21st 1878]
[Aged 83 Years]
[Buried at Halstead, Kent]
[Leaving 4 Sons and
[1 Daughter surviving]

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 10th August 1803

EDWARD FOWLE of Cobtree in Allington and Boxley, Yeoman.
   To his wife, ANN, his son, GEORGE and his 4 daughters, ANN Wife of WILLIAM HENRY LEIGH, JANE, ELIZABETH and CAROLINE FOWLE, all of his real and personal estate and effects, to be equally among them when the youngest is 21. Provision to be made for the support of his wife and the bringing up of his unmarried children, during the interval between his death and his daughter, CAROLINE reaching the age of 21, so his business to be carried on for the benefit of his wife and his 3 daughters.
   Whatever sum of money his son GEORGE, will have received from him during his life, is to be deducted from his share of the estate, when it is divided. The same applies to his eldest daughter, ANN, for the sums had by her husband, together with what he owes testator.
   He appoints THOMAS COOPER, Esquire of Panton Square, London, Merchant, THOMAS FOWLE of Frant, (Maidstone), Yeoman and LAWRENCE STARMES of Yalding, Yeoman, executors, trusting to their discretion in the carrying on of his business.
   He desires that his wife to have 2 shares to any 1 of his children.
   The will is not signed or witnessed and no affidavit attached.
   Proved 31st December 1803. THOMAS FOWLE has renounced his role as executor.

Edward Fowle, together with Mary Driver, purchased Southgate Farm from William Southgate. He also farmed, as tenant or owner, of Great Farm, Nether Grange, Gove Green, Boxley Abbey lands, Weavering Farm and land at Aylesford and occupied and farmed Cobtree Manor. (Ambrose and Hook)

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 18th March 1833
ANN FOWLE of Maidstone, Widow
   She appoints THOMAS FOWLE of Yalding, Gentleman and LAWRENCE STARMES of Yalding, Gentleman, executors.
   Her debts, funeral and probate costs to be first paid.
   She has made some provision for her daughter, CAROLINE, wife of HARRY STOE MAN, and her children, to the amount of 600, purchasing a house at Halstead in Kent. She also wants to make provision of 600 for her daughter, ANN, wife of WILLIAM HENRY LEIGH and her children .
   To her executors, 600 to lay out at interest in the Public Funds or Real Securities, and interest to be paid to daughter, ANN, for life, independent of her present or any future husband.
   After ANN'S death, then to the benefit of her children.
   Son GEORGE owes her money, arrears of an annuity paid by him or on any other account.
   She gives her household goods, money, debts due, particularly debts due from son GEORGE, to her daughter, JANE FOWLE.
   Witnesses: H. A. WILDES, Solicitor, Maidstone WILLIAM WHITE, his Clerk
   Proved 11th May 1835 THOMAS FOWLE has renounced his role as executor.

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 16th September 1850
JANE FOWLE of Yalding, Spinster.
   She appoints ROBERT CUTBUSH of Yalding, Gentleman and HENRY ATKINSON WILDES of Maidstone, Gentleman, executors and trustees.
   To her sister, CAROLINE MAN, 50.
   To her nephews, HENRY LEIGH, GEORGE LEIGH, EDWARD LEIGH and ROBERT LEIGH, sons of her late sister ANN , 5 each.
   To her nephews and nieces, EDWARD FOWLE, GEORGE FOWLE, LEWIS FOWLE, ANN FOWLE, ELLEN DUNNING FOWLE and EDWARD DUNNING FOWLE, children of her late brother, GEORGE FOWLE, 5 each.
   To her cousins, SARAH TAYLER, widow and ANN SISLEY, ANN ELIZABETH FOWLE , widow of her late brother, GEORGE and ELIZABETH FOWLE, widow of her late cousin, GEORGE ROBERT FOWLE, 5 each.
   To her executors, 10. (Shared or each?)
   To her executors and trustees, 2,600, upon trust, to lay out at interest and pay the income to her sister, CAROLINE MAN, for life. After her death, 750, part of the 2,600, is to be shared equally among the children of her sister, ANN LEIGH. If one of them, ROBERT LEIGH, is not then living, (was he sickly ?), his share to go into her residuary personal estate.
   150, another part of the 2,600, to the children of nephew, WILLIAM LEIGH, son of sister, ANN, equally shared.
   150, another part of the 2,600, to the children of her late niece, ANN DOWSETT, daughter of ANN LEIGH, equally shared.
   The residue of the trust money to the children of CAROLINE MAN, after the death of CAROLINE, equally shared.
   Her household goods, furniture, money, residue of securities for money and her personal estate, to her sister, CAROLINE MAN, absolutely.
   Witnesses: ROBERT ROSE Schoolmaster of Halstead JAMES CREASEY, Surgeon of Brasted
   Proved 2nd January 1855

84.    Chest Tomb


Robert FOWLE 1830

South Side
Sacred
to the Memory of
ROBERT FOWLE [Esquire]
of this Parish
Who was Prematurely Cut Off
in the Vigour of Youth
by the Accidental Discharge of his gun
on the 20th of September 1830
in the 28th Year of his Age
regretted and Esteemed
by all who Knew Him

End Panel
Also of
[                          ]
Mrs MARY PATTENDEN
who died
March 27th
1844
Aged 82 Years

There is a small headstone in this section for Mary Pattenden, so it seems that she does not lie under this monument but is buried close by.

Maidstone Gazette 21st September 1830
"FATAL ACCIDENT IN SHOOTING.-- A most lamentable accident happened in the vicinity of Boxley yesterday forenoon, which has suddenly terminated the existence of Robert Fowle, Esq., who resided in that village. The following are the particulars of this melancholy event. It appears that about nine o'clock yesterday morning the deceased, accompanied by Mr Charles Hills, of Boxley, went out hare hunting on the grounds adjoining the warren of the Earl of Romney. The deceased carried a double barrelled gun, which he had charged previous to his leaving home. The two gentlemen had enjoyed their sport for about two hours, when the deceased proposed to set his dogs in a field of barley, which is a short distance from the warren, and not having occasion to use his fowling-piece, he concealed it in a hedge unknown to his friend. Some time afterwards Mr Fowle requested Mr Hills to bring him the piece, directing him to the spot where he had left it. The latter proceeded thither, but missed the object of his search. The deceased thereupon went to the hedge, into which, it would seem, he had thrust the butt-end of the gun, and consequently the muzzle pointed upwards. With the reckless in-caution of a sportsman, Mr Fowle hastily drew out the piece, and while in the act of doing this, it is supposed that a twig caught the trigger. The gun went off, and , melancholy to relate, the contents entered the brain a little below the fore part of the temporal bone , and caused instantaneous death. A considerable haemorrhage followed, occasioned, we should imagine, by the rupture of the temporal artery, Mr Hills, horror-struck at the shocking spectacle, called out to Major Wayth, who was shooting in the neighbouring field, and that gentleman immediately repaired to the spot. He soon saw, however, that his unhappy friend was beyond the reach of mortal aid. The remains of the unfortunate gentleman were placed in a shell, and conveyed to his residence, to await the inquisition. The deceased was in his twenty-eighth years, and unmarried; he was much respected for his many amiable qualities , and his untimely death has produced a deep sensation of grief throughout the village of Boxley"
   Robert Fowle was one of 4 children of William Fowle and Mary Pattenden. Robert and his twin brother, William were born in 1802. Two sisters followed, Jane, born 1804 and Mary, born 1806.
   The children were baptised many years later, in 1817, under the name Pattenden but Robert and William at some point, took their father's name.
   William Fowle acknowledged that he was the father and left most of his estate, in trust, for his children, primarily to his sons and an annuity of 100 to Mary Pattenden, who was living with him when the will was made. She also had the use of his house for life. William Fowle, who died in 1815, was rather eccentric in his choice of burial. He desired to be buried in the base of his windmill in Poor Field in Boxley. His son, William, who died in 1839, also choose this unusual burial place in his will. Later both father and son were exhumed from the windmill and buried in the churchyard but I did not find any monument to them there.
   The death of Robert Fowle, like that of Charles Bynon, (also in this section) is rather odd. Both seem to be experienced handling guns, so why did Fowle pull a loaded gun, muzzle first, toward him? And, why was Charles Bynon happy to walk behind the gig with the muzzle of a loaded gun pointing at his head? People with no experience of guns would be aware of the danger posed by such situations and take more care than these two "sportsmen".
   If we rule out the unlikely possibility of foul play, what is left to explain these tragedies, what could be the factor which led two young men out to enjoy a day's shooting, to be so incautious? I am inclined to think that factor was alcohol, it would seem perfectly natural that on both occasions, food and drink, perhaps beer, was taken with them and that the accidents occurred after refreshments were taken and enough alcohol consumed to dull their awareness of the inherent dangers of loaded guns.

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 3rd August 1840
MARY PATTENDEN of Boxley, Single-woman.
   All of her debts, funeral and probate costs to be first paid.
   All her goods, chattels, money and securities for money, personal estate and effects, after the above costs are paid, to her daughters, JANE, wife of GEORGE PATTENDEN of Maidstone, Butcher and MARY , wife of THOMAS HUBBARD of Boxley, Farmer and Wood Dealer, absolutely, equally divided.
   She appoints her two sons in law, executors.
   Witness: CATHERINE BOULDEN of Boxley, widow WILLIAM TAYLOR of Maidstone, Writer.
   roved [?] May 1844. Power reserved to THOMAS HUBBARD

85.   Headstone

In Memory of
ELIZ[ ? ? ? ?] FULLAGAR of this Parish
who died Nov 26th 1815 Aged 49 Years

(This inscription is a puzzle, the Register records her as Lydia, undoubtedly, the house keeper of John Hunt (see below). In his will she is referred to as Lydia, "otherwise", Elizabeth. Whatever the mason was trying to do he did not succeed in making it legible, I presume he had shortened Elizabeth and was trying to over-cut it with Lydia?)

86.   Headstone

[Near this Place?]
is deposited the Remains
of JOHN GREEN late of
Deptling who died Feby. [   ]
1774 Aged 60? Years
Also ELIZABETH his wife died
Decr. 18Th? 1787 Aged 78 Years
Left issue WILL and GEORGE

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 10th March 1783
ELIZABETH GREEN, of Detling, Widow.
   Her house, barn, stable and land at or near Strutton Street near Bearstead, occupied by THOMAS GYLES, to her children, JOHN, ELIZABETH, and MARY ATHAWES, WILLIAM and GEORGE GREEN, for ever, equally shared.
   To the children of her late daughter, CATHERINE MAYTUM, MARY, CATHERINE and JAMES MAYTUM, 50 each; to CATHERINE and MARY, at 21 years or day of marriage, which ever is the sooner, and to JAMES at 22 years of age.
   To GEORGE MAYTUM, brother in law of the children, 10 at 21 years of age.
   To her daughter, MARY ATHAWES, 100 and to her daughters, MARY and ELIZABETH ATHAWES, the goods and effects in the enclosed schedule in this will?
   After payment of her debts, legacies and probate costs, the rest and residue of her goods, chattels, ready money, securities for money and personal estate, to her five children, equally shared.
   She appoints her friends, EDWARD FOWLE of Boxley, Gentleman and ROBERT RUGG of Detling, Yeoman, executors.
   Witnesses: WILLIAM NASH of Detling, Wheelwright JOHN ROSSE JOHN CRITTENDEN.

Affidavit 19th February 1788
ELIZABETH ATHAWES, of Town Malling, Spinster states, on oath, that she is a daughter of the deceased. She and her sister, MARY ATHAWES, found the will in their mother's papers. They did not find any separate paper, (the schedule mentioned in the will). They searched for the schedule but did not find it and believe that the schedule was not actually made.
   Proved 19th February 1788

87.   Headstone

[                          ]
ISAAC HABERFIELD
of this Paris
who departed this Life Feby. 3rd
1810
Aged [   ]9 Years

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 5th December 1802
ISAAC HABERFIELD of Boxley, Yeoman.
All his debts, funeral and probate costs to be first paid.
   The rest and residue of his real and personal estate and effects, to his wife, MARY, absolutely; she is his sole executor.
Witnesses: JOHN MOORE, 2 Woodstock Street, Oxford Street, Attorney at Law MARY MOORE.
Proved 22nd March 1810

88.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
MARY Wife of JOHN HALL
of this Parish who departed
this Life November the 16th 1794
Aged 58 Years
Also the above JOHN HALL
who departed this Life
November the 3rd 1807
Aged 62 Years
Left issue surviving 3 Sons
and 1 Daughter
"Whilst in this World I did Remain,
My latter days were grief and pain,
But when the Lord did think it best,
He took me to a place of Rest"

89.   Large Ledger on low Base

Sacred
to the Memory of
JANE HARRIS
of Boarley Farm in this Parish
who departed this Life
March 13th 1872 Aged 56 Years

90.   Double Headstone, Very Flaked

In Memory of 
THOS. HATCH Sen. 
of this Parish 
who departed 
[   ] 1758 Aged [   ] [Years] 
Also ANN Wife
of THOS HATCH
who departed
this Life Decr
this Life Sept 28th 1758 Aged
70 years

[Also]
THOMAS [HATCH] Son of the [above]
THOMAS & ANN HATCH Died
the 17th [Sept] 1758 Aged 36 [Years]

91.   Headstone

In Memory of
MARY Wife of
VALENTINE HATCH
of this Parish who departed this
Life December the 31st 1795
Aged 74 Years
And the said
VALENTINE HATCH
who died October 6th 1800
Aged 74 Years

Concise Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will Dated 20th April 1799
VALENTINE HATCH of Boxley, Farmer.
First, his debts, funeral and probate costs to be paid.
He appoints his (new) wife, MARY and RICHARD HOLLOWAY of Maidstone, Gentleman, executors.
To JOHN PARKS of Boxley, Bricklayer, 10, as a token of his regard for him.
   His house and land and shares of real estate, to ANN PERRIN, wife of THOMAS ELGAR PERRIN of Maidstone, Labourer, FRANCES MASON of Maidstone, widow and MARY COVILL, wife of JOHN COVILL of Maidstone, Waterman, for ever, equally shared.
   To his executors, 150, upon trust, to invest in Public stocks or Real securities, in their name and to allow ANN PERRIN to take the dividends, for life, free of any control of her husband. After her death, upon trust, to transfer the 150 and dividends due to her children, equally shared, if more than one, at 21 years of age. In the meantime, the dividends towards her children's maintenance and education.
   Also to his executors, another 150, upon trust, to invest as before and to pay the dividends to FRANCES MASON, for life. After her death, upon trust, to pay the 150 and dividends due to the children of FRANCES MASON, THOMAS and WILLIAM MASON, equally shared at 21 years of age, until then the dividends to be used as before.
   To his executors another 150, upon trust, to invest as before and pay the dividends to MARY COVILL, for life. After her death, the 150 and dividends due to her husband JOHN COVILL absolutely. But if JOHN dies in his wife's lifetime, then all to MARY, absolutely.
   To FRANCES SOPER, wife of THOMAS SOPER of Rainham, Farmer, 150 and to their daughter, ANN SOPER, 30.
   To MARY PERRIN, daughter of ANN PERRIN, 20 at 21 years of age.
   To JOHN WINGATE, of Snodland, Farmer, and WILLIAM WINGATE, of the City of London, Cordwainer, 10 each.
   To ELIZABETH, wife of WILLIAM WESTBROOKE, of Maidstone, Waterman, 20
   To ANN wife of THOMAS ROBINSON of Maidstone, Labourer, daughter of ANN PERRIN, 10.
   Rest and residue of money, securities for money, bills, bonds, notes, goods, chattels, effects and personal estate, not before given, (charged with payment of his debts, funeral and probate costs), to his wife, MARY, absolutely.
   Witnesses: GEORGE BURR ROBERT POPE Junior RICHARD WATHURST

Codicil 21st July 1800
To VALENTINE [HATCH?] SOPER of Brompton, Tailor, 50 .
To VALENTINE HATCH ROBINSON, son of THOMAS and ANN ROBINSON of Maidstone, 10.
Rest of will ratified.
Witnesses: GEORGE BURR CHARLES HOAR GEORGE D BURR
Proved 22nd December 1800

92.   Small Headstone

[Here]
Lieth ye Body of
ELIZABETH D[aughter]
[                           ]
HOLLOW[AY]
[who died Jan. [   ] 1740]
[                 ]

HOOKER see ATHAWES

93.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
WILLIAM HUNT
of this Parish Carpenter
who departed this Life
October the [   ] 1791
Aged 50? Years
Also ELIZABETH his Wife Daughter of
SAMUEL the Son of SAMUEL ATHAWES
[                                             ]
May the [   ] 1791
[                           ]

94.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
ELIZABETH Wife of
EDWARD HUNT of this Parish and
Daughter of STEPHEN and ELIZABETH
CHEESEMAN of East Farleigh
who departed this Life August the 4th ?
1792 Aged [   ] Years
Also the above named
EDWARD HUNT
who departed this Life October the 22nd
1852 in the 97th Year of his Age

95.   Headstone

[                              ]
Mr JOHN HUNT
of this Parish
who departed this Life Jan [ ] 18[13]
Aged 47 Years
(Eroded Verses)

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 6th January 1813
JOHN HUNT, of Boxley, Carpenter.
All of his debts, funeral and probate costs to be first paid.
   He appoints STEPHEN FRENCH of Maidstone, Iron Monger and his house keeper, LYDIA FULLAGAR, who lives with him, executors.
   To his sister, ELIZABETH HULTON, widow, 200.
   To STEPHEN FRENCH and LYDIA FULLAGAR or the survivor of them, 300, upon trust, to invest in one of the Public Funds or Real Securities and pay his sister, FRANCES HUNT, the interest for life. After her death, then the interest to be paid between WILLIAM HUNT, FRANCES HUNT and ANN HUNT, the 3 illegitimate children of his sister, FRANCES HUNT, equally shared. If any died their share to be equally shared between the survivors.
   His 6 leasehold cottages at " Virginia" at the upper end of East Lane, Maidstone, he holds through a lease from Mr WILLIAM COLEMAN, to himself and WILLIAM GOODMAN. He has purchased the latter's share . The properties are now occupied by ROBERT MERCER and others and go to LYDIA FULLAGAR and his illegitimate daughter by her, ELIZABETH HUNT FULLAGAR, for the remainder of the term. If LYDIA, otherwise ELIZABETH, has died and ELIZABETH HUNT FULLAGAR died before the end of the lease, then it goes to his nephews and niece, JOHN, EDWARD, WILLIAM, GEORGE and ELIZABETH HUNT, children of his late brother, WILLIAM , equally divided.
   To ELIZABETH FULLAGAR (LYDIA), one half of his household goods, furniture and effects, for life. An inventory to be made of her half and a copy each, to her and STEPHEN FRENCH.
   Rest and residue of goods, chattels, money, securities for money and personal estate, subject to payment of his debts, funeral and probate costs and legacies, to his brother, EDWARD HUNT and his nephews and niece, children of brother, WILLIAM, equally shared.
   Witnesses: CHARLES TOPPING JOHN MARTIN
   Proved 26th March 1813. Administration granted to LYDIA, otherwise ELIZABETH FULLAGAR, Spinster, power reserved to STEPHEN FRENCH.

MAN see FOWLE

96.   Headstone

In Memory of
DANIEL NEALE
who died September [   ] 1807
Aged 70? Years
Also ELIZABETH Wife
of the above who died
February the 22nd 1830
Aged 86 Years
Also HARRIOT ELIZABETH SWAIN
Daughter of the above
ELIZABETH NEALE
who died Dec 25th 1847
Aged 82 Years

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 2nd January 1806
DANIEL NEALE, of Boxley, Farmer.
He appoints his daughter, ELIZABETH NEALE and THOMAS FISHER of Thurnham, Farmer, executors.
   To THOMAS FISHER and BEDINGFIELD WISE , his real estate, upon trust, to sell and add the proceeds to his personal estate, upon trust.
   To his wife, ELIZABETH, 15 and to his daughter, ELIZABETH, 50.
   To THOMAS FISHER and BEDINGFIELD WISE, 20 each.
   Rest of money from his real estate sale, his household property and personal estate and effects, to his daughter, ELIZABETH, THOMAS FISHER and BEDINGFIELD WISE, to convert into cash all that not consisting of money and after payment of his debts, legacies, funeral and probate costs, to invest, in their names, into the 5% Bank Annuities in the Bank of England and stand possessed of the stock, upon trust.
   They to pay from the interest an annuity of 40 to his wife, for life, in half yearly payments.
   After her death, the annuity to his daughter, ELIZABETH, for life and after her death, to transfer the trust fund to the child/children of daughter ELIZABETH, equally shared at their respective ages of 21. In the meantime, the interest towards their maintenance and education. If any died leaving lawful issue, that parent's share to them. If all the children die leaving no lawful issue, then to whom his daughter leaves it by her last will and testament.
   Witnesses: SAMUEL JONES THOMAS WATSON WILLIAM (    ?    )
   Proved 19th November 1807

97.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
SARAH OSBORN, Widow
late of East Malling
who departed this Life
the23rd of March 1789
Aged 77? Years

98.   Headstone, Mostly Flaked

To the Memory of
Mrs SAR[AH] [PA]TTEND[EN]
Widow of the [late] [       ] [          ]EN
who died S[eptember] [   ] 1842
A[ged] [   ] [Years]

99.   Small Headstone

MARY
PATTENDEN
1844

(See Robert FOWLE)

100.   Headstone

[Sacred]
to the Memory of
JANE Wife of
GEOR[GE] GREEN PATTENDEN
of Maidstone
who died March 3rd 1847
Aged 43 Years
(Large gap here, probably
for husband George? )
Also JANE
Daughter of the above
who died Feb 2nd 1838
[Age]d 1 Year & 9 Months
Al[so] GEORGE their Son
[who] died June 16th 183[   ]
[Aged] [   ] [Mon]ths

PATTENDEN see FOWLE

101.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
WILLIAM RADCLIFFE
Citizen of London he died
at Maidstone June the 11th 1784
in the 42nd Year of his Age

(The Burial Register records that he died of Consumption)

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 12th November 1784
WILLIAM RADCLIFFE of Maidstone, Haberdasher and Draper.
Religious Preamble
His funeral to be plain and not costly.
   To his wife, DEBORAH and JOHN MITCHELL of Southampton Buildings, Holborn, Middlesex, Stationer, 400 in the Bank Funds, the new 4% fund, upon trust.
   To his children, ESTHER and SOPHIA, 200 each of the stock. There is 850 invested in the new 4% stock, of this he also gives his wife, 450. Mr MITCHELL is only to be joint trustee with his wife, for the 450.
   As far has his son, WILLIAM is concerned he leaves it to his wife to provide for him at her discretion.
   He desires that his daughters may have their fortune at the age of 21 or day of marriage, if earlier, provided they marry with their mother's consent, but not otherwise.
   His wife is to receive the whole interest of the 850 stock, if she thinks it proper, Mr MITCHELL can receive it for her and pay it to her half yearly as he receives it.
   Also to his wife, the rest and residue of his money , effects and property; he appoints her sole executor.
   To his "worthy friend", JOHN MITCHELL, 3 guineas as a small but grateful compensation for his troubles .
   Witnesses: WILLIAM WHITE ELDEN GEORGE BURGESS

Codicil 29th January 1784
He desires his wife to add to their daughters' fortune, 50 stock, equally divided between them.
Proved 28th June 1784

102.   Headstone

In Memory of
WILLIAM RAYFIELD of this Parish
who departed this Life May [   ] 1802
Aged 45? Years
Also CHARLOTTE their Daughter
who died in her Infancy*
Left issue 6 Sons & 4 Daughters
[                                  ]
[Also] MARY Wife of the above
WILLIAM RAYFIELD
[who died] July 181[   ]
[                   ]
* 1801

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Date 25th March 1802
WILLIAM RAYFIELD of Sandling, Boxley, Victualler.
   To HARRIET MARCHANT, the illegitimate daughter of SARAH MARCHANT, Spinster, his cottage situated over the great bridge, Maidstone, occupied by [          ] or [         ], for life. After her death, then to his children by his wife, born or to be born.
   To his wife, MARY, his house and farm in his own occupation, near Penenden Heath, with the hop poles, effects and farming implements, for her life as long as she remains his widow. After her death or remarriage, the farm at Penenden Heath, subject to the payment of 575, for which the farm is mortgaged, to his son, JOHN, for ever.
   Also to his wife, household furniture, goods, chattels and effects of his dwelling house, called the "Red Lion", at Sandling, she to occupy the house in order to better support , maintain and educate their infant children.
   Is 4 houses and gardens at Penenden Heath, occupied by BENNETT RALPH, RICHARD HILLS, WILLIAM BURVILLE and [        ] DAWLINGS and all his other real estate in Boxley, Thurnham, Brompton, Chiddingstone and Rochester. Also his personal estate, securities for money, goods, chattels and effects, not before given, to his wife, MARY and his good friends, THOMAS RIDOUT of Maidstone and JOHN DOWN of Maidstone, Innholder, upon trust, to sell. From the proceeds, they to pay his debts, (except the 575 mortgage), funeral and probate costs and to invest the remainder in the Public Funds or Real Estate, upon trust. They to pay annual interest toward the maintenance of his wife, for life, as long as she remains his widow and maintains and educates his children. After his wife's death or remarriage, trustees to pay the fund and interest to WILLIAM RAYFIELD, otherwise called, WILLIAM BALCOMBE, illegitimate or natural son of his wife, by him begotten, (then MARY BALCOMBE, Spinster), MARY DANN RAYFIELD, THOMAS RHODES RAYFIELD, CHARLES RAYFIELD, JAMES RAYFIELD, ELIZABETH RAYFIELD and the child his wife is carrying, in equal shares.
   If any of these children die before his wife and before they can inherit, leaving lawful issue, their share goes according to the laws of intestacy.
   Until the sale of his real and personal estate, takes place, his trustees to pay rents and profits to the benefit of the same parties as the money from the sale is directed.
   He appoints his wife, THOMAS RIDOUT and JOHN DOWN, executors and guardians of his children.
   Witnesses: ROBERT PATTENDEN JAMES COOKE JOHN JAMES COOKE, Attorney, Maidstone.
   Proved 30th October 1802

103.   Low Chest Tomb

Ledger, Very Eroded
[                              ]
JOHN SAYWELL
of Boxley Yeoman
[who] departed this Life
the [   ] [of] [February]
Anno Domini 17[18]
Aged [   ] Years

Side Panel
[                                                   ]
ELIZABETH SAYWELL Wife of the
the above named JOHN SAYWELL
who departed this Life ye 15th of October
1720 Aged 72 Years

Side Panel
[                                 ]
[                ] [SAYWELL] Son of
[                             ] JOHN SAYWELL
[                                                   ]
[                   ]

The latter two do not appear in the Burial register, at least not in the Kent Family History Society's transcript. If that is the case, I wonder if they are buried at Bredhurst, there is a John Saywell, of Bredhurst, a Yeoman, who died in 1727, leaving a will, (held in the Kent Archives at Maidstone), Ref: PRC/31/197 S/9. May be the son mentioned above, although may also be a cousin?

SELL see ATHAWES

SWAIN
see NEALE

 

SECTION D

ALEXANDER see CROWHURST

104.   Headstone, Very Flaked

In
Memory of
WILLIAM ASHBY
who after a long and painful
illness
died February 1[   ] 1867
Aged 22 Years

105.   

In
Affectionate Remembrance of
JANE the beloved Wife of
GEORGE ASHBY
who after a long and painful
illness borne with Christian
Patience
died April 29th 1875
Aged 62 Years
"Thy Will be Done"

(Large Gap)

Also of CHARLOTTE
eldest beloved Daughter of
the above GEORGE & JANE ASHBY
who died of Consumption
Oct 2[   ] 1855? Aged 2[   ] Years
"My Hope [is in the Lord ?]"

106.   Headstone

Sacred to the Memory of
ANN Wife of WILLIAM
ATHAWES of the Parish of
Stockbury who departed this
Life January the 5th 1773
Aged 84 Years

107.   Headstone, Very Flaked

Sacred
to the Memory of
WILLIAM SHARP AVERY
of [this] [Par]ish
who d[ied] [              ] 1857
A[ged] [    ] [Years]
Leaving S[                  ] Wife

108.   Headstone,

Part covered with thick, hard Lichen
This Stone is in Memory of
JAMES BAKER
who was buried [       ] ye [ ]
of May 1736 Aged 5[ ] Years
And also of MARGARET his
First Wife who was buried ye
11th ? Of May [1722]
Aged [ ] [Years]
Also MARY his 2nd Wife
[                      ] Sept. 1723
[Aged] [   ] [Years]

109.   Headstone, Lying Flat

Sacred
to the Memory of
ELIZABETH ANNE
Daughter of WILLIAM
and SARAH BARROW
who died May 26th 1836
Aged 9 Years
Also ELIZABETH ANN
who died May 5th 1839
Aged 1 Year and [   ] Months

110.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
ELIZABETH
Wife of HENRY BARROW
of this Parish
who died May 4th 1863
Aged 42 Years
Also LOUISE his Second Wife
who died June 4th 1870
Aged 42 Years
Also WILLIAM HENRY
Eldest Son of
HENRY and ELIZABETH BARROW
who died [Januar]y 6th 1871
Aged 16 Years

1861 Census   HENRY BARROW, Farmer at Newnham Court, employs 9 men and 4 boys

111.   Stone Cross

"She is not Dead
but Sleepeth"
ISABEL
BELLAMY
died
Sept. 24th
1848
Aged 70
Years

112.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
MARY Wife of THOMAS BUCK
who departed this Life January
[   ] 1809 Aged 23? Years

113.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
ANN CROWHURST who died
Nov 17th 1824 Aged 76 Years
Also THOMAS PARKS who died
June 22nd 1825 Aged 73 Years
Also SUSANNA his Wife who died
Feb 3rd 1857 Aged 80 ? Years
Also SUSANNA their Daur who died
Augt 5th 1824 Aged 27 Years
Left issue 2 Sons viz WILLIAM & THOMAS
Also SARAH ALEXANDER who died
Feb 3rd 1832 Aged [ ]3 Years
"Whilst in this World I did remain,
my Latter Days were Grief and Pain,
but when the Lord did think it best,
He took me to a place of Rest"

114.   Large Ledger, Ground Level

Beneath this Stone
are deposited the Remains of
THOMAS EVERSFIELD
of this Parish
who died on the 23rd day of
July 1844 in the 69th Year
of his Age
Also those of EDWARD
Son of the above
who died on the 27th day of
April 18[   ] in the 14th? Year
of his Age
Also JANE late Widow
of the above
late Wife of
GEORGE SIMSON
[of] Maidstone
who died Augt. 20Th 1866
Aged 69 Years
HARRIOT Wife of GEORGE SIMSON
[of] Maidstone died Novr. 2[   ] 1862
Aged 66? Years

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 17th June 1844
THOMAS EVERSFIELD, (Independent of Mote Lodge, Census, 1841), Ashford Road, Boxley, Gentleman.
   He appoints THOMAS CLOUT of Maidstone, Builder, his trustee. His wife, JANE and THOMAS CLOUT are his executors. During her widowhood, his wife to be Guardian of his son, (THOMAS).
   His money, securities for money, goods, chattels and personal estate, after payment of his debts, funeral and probate costs, to THOMAS CLOUT, upon trust, (interest from trust fund?), for his wife's benefit, for her lifetime.
   After her death, then in trust for his son, THOMAS, to be transferred to him when he is 25. In meantime, interest from the trust fund towards his maintenance.
   After his wife's death or in her lifetime, with her consent, money can be applied towards his son's advancement in the world.
   To his trustee real state vested in him as mortgagee or trustee.
   Witnesses: DAVID TANNER SWEETLOVE, Attorney at Law, Maidstone JAMES COLLENS of Maidstone, Farmer

115.   Headstone

In Memory of
HENRY FANCETT
who died Nov 25th 1825
Aged 68 Years
Leaving a Widow to Lament his Loss
Also SARAH ELLEN?
His Widow died June 27th 1856
Aged 89 Years

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 27th May 1825
HENRY FANCETT of Boxley, Labourer.
   All his household goods, furniture, clothes, plate, linen, china, books, ready money, securities for money, debts due, personal estate and effects, after his debts, funeral and probate costs are paid, to his wife (SARAH), absolutely.
   In case his wife dies before him, his estate to be shared by his brothers, THOMAS and NICHOLAS and his sister, REBECCA.
   He appoints CHARLES PASTON of the Marine Band, Chatham Barracks, his executor.
   Witnesses: WILLIAM ELAN, St. Margaret's, Rochester ZECHARIAH SILVESTER
   Proved 15th January 1826

116.   Coped Stone, Partly Eroded

South Side
Sacred to the Memory of
WILLIAM FOWLE Esq
of this Parish
died February 4th 1865 Aged [   ] Years

North Side
In Loving Memory of
LOUISA FOWLE Wife of [WILLIAM FOWLE ?]
of this Parish died April? [   ] [       ] Aged [   ] Years
Also of EDWARD FOWLE
Third Son of WILLIAM and LOUISA FOWLE
died at Sea April 16th 1889 Aged 28 Years

117.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of ANN Wife of
Mr ROBERT HAMMOND
of Sheerness in the Isle of Sheppey
who departed this Life
the 18th day of April 1815
Aged 45 Years
"She was a truly Loving, Tender Wife,
who [      ] no ill nor [       ]
[        [ in God and Christ [     ]
[      ] in Hope of Everlasting Life to Rise?"

Robert Hammond may be the Iron Monger of Minster, Isle of Sheppey (Sheerness was part of this parish). He died in 1830 and left a P.C.C. will which throws no light on any Boxley relationship, his marriage to Ann did not take place at Boxley.

118.   Headstone

[                          ]
GEORGE HILLS
of this Parish who departed this Life
the 25th of May 1813
Aged 77 Years

(Uncut Gap)

Left issue living [2 Sons and 2]
Daughters Viz GEORGE, WILLIAM,
FRANCES and MARY
Here also lies the Body of JOHN Son of
the aforesaid GEORGE & MARY HILLS
who died the 11th of September 1805
Aged 30 Years
Also ELIZABETH ANN their Daughter
who died the 25th of November 1812
Aged 25 Years

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 5th May 1813
GEORGE HILLS the Elder of Boxley, Farmer.
All his debts, funeral and probate costs to be paid first.
He appoints his sons, WILLIAM and GEORGE, executors.
   He gives his house and farm in Thurnham, now or late occupied by his son in law, THOMAS VASS and all other his real estate, to son GEORGE, for ever, subject to a charge of 350to be paid to his daughter, FRANCES VASS, wife of THOMAS VASS.
   To his son, WILLIAM, his half share and all other part shares of the farming stock, crops, cattle, horses, cows, sheep, swine, poultry, wagons, carts, harrows, rollers and other implements, as tenant of Earl Romney, in Boxley, occupied by himself and son WILLIAM in partnership, for ever, subject to the payment of 50 to his daughter, FRANCES VASS; and subject to the payment of interest on 250, at 5% per annum to testator's wife, MARY, for her lifetime. After her death, the 250to his daughter, MARY SPRINGETT, wife of JOHN SPRINGETT of Linton, Grocer.
   He also gives to his wife, MARY, for life, the interest on 350, this money is owing to him on a bond from WILLIAM SMITH of Boughton Monchelsea, Farmer. After her death, the 350 to JOHN SPRINGETT.
   He gives all the live and dead farming stock at Parsonage Farm, in Boxley, where he resides, and where he is a tenant of Lord Romney; this business is run solely by himself, to his wife for life.
   He directs his son, GEORGE, will assist his mother in carrying on the farm, for her best advantage. After her death he leaves the tenancy to son, GEORGE, absolutely.
   His household goods, furniture, plate, linen, china, earthen and glassware and rest and residue of money, securities for money, goods, chattels, effects and personal estate, not before given, to his wife, MARY, absolutely.
   Witnesses: CHARLES TOPPING JOHN BIGG THOMAS CLIFFORD
   Proved 12th November 1813

George Hills was tenant of Sandling Farm in 1794, the Hills family held this until 1871, and, were also tenants of Abbey Street Farm and Tyland Farm. (Ambrose and Hook)

119.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
MARY Wife of
GEORGE JOHN HILLS
of this Parish
who departed this Life Sept 27th
1838 Aged 33 Years
"[                          ] Deeply
Regretted by all who knew Her"
Also the above
GEORGE JOHN HILLS
who died Feby 3rd 1871
Aged 60 Years

Principal Probate Registry Index
GEORGE JOHN HILLS of Tyland, Boxley, Farmer. Administration granted to JOHN HYDE HILLS of Maidstone, Draper and EDWARD HOAR of Maidstone, Solicitor, the executors. Personal effects under 18,000

120.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
WILLIAM HILLS
of this Parish
who departed this Life
July the 15th 1850
Aged 76 Years

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 1st July 1850
WILLIAM HILLS of Tyland Farm, Boxley, Farmer.
Appoints his son, GEORGE JOHN HILLS and daughter, FRANCES MARY HILLS, executors.
To them all his farming affects, crops, household furniture and personal estate, equally shared.
Witnesses: CHARLOTTE BURR of Sandling, Boxley EDWARD HOAR , Solicitor of Maidstone.
Proved 25th November 1850

121.   Headstone, Mostly Flaked Away

Sacred
to the Memory of
[THOM]AS MAN[WA]RING
[died] [           ] 18[39] Aged [ ] Ye[ars]
Also [A]NN Wife of the above died
April 28th [1]8[  ] Aged [  ]7 Y[ears]

122.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
JOHN PARKINS
of this Parish
who departed this Life on the
13th August 1861 Aged 3[   ] Years
Also of HARRIET Wife of
the above JOHN PARKINS
who departed this Life on the
24th August 1864 Aged 30 Years

Principal Probate Registry Index
JOHN PARKINS, late of the Gibraltar Inn, Boxley, Inn Keeper. Administration granted to HARRIET PARKINS, Widow and executor. Effects under 800.

123.   Headstone, Very Worn

Sacred
to the Memory of
JOHN WEDEKER PARKS
who for Seventeen Years
Served the Office of
Parish Clerk
He was born 10th October 1799
and died 11th [        ] [1859]
Aged 60? Years
Also
ELIZABETH PARKS
[                             ]
[                   ]

PARKS see CROWHURST

124.   Headstone, Part Eroded

[                                  ]
[                                  ]
Also ALICE PIERCE who died Sept
the 4th? 1815 Aged 62 Years
[                          ] THOMAS
[                                    ]
[                                    ]
Also JOHN PEARCE died the 7th of
September 1824 Aged 48 Years
Also JOHN Son of the above
died Nov 15th 1834? Aged 25 Years
Also FRANCES PEARCE Wife of
the above named JOHN PEARCE
who died Oct 18th 1842 Aged 68 Years
"Beloved and [                       ]
[                            ] Family [         ]"

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 22nd July 1822
JOHN PEARCE of Boxley, Victualler.
   To his wife, FRANCES, his cottage in Wheeler Street, Maidstone and all his real estate, for her lifetime, as long as she remains his widow. After her death or remarriage, then to his 7 children, MARY, CHARLES, ELIZA, JOHN, THOMAS, HENRY and ALICE PEARCE, for ever, equally shared.
   After payment of his debts, funeral and probate costs, his ready money, securities for money, money in Public Funds, household furniture, plate, linen, china, glass, goods, chattels, effects and personal estate, to his wife, FRANCES and good friends, ROBERT FAUCHON of Allington, Farmer and WILLIAM DURGATE of Maidstone, Poulterer, in trust, for his wife's benefit during her lifetime, as long as she remains his widow. After her death or remarriage, upon trust, the estate to be divided equally among his lawful children.
   He appoints his trustees his executors.
   Witnesses: WALTER HILLS Clerk to Mr COOKE, Solicitor, Maidstone RICHARD WAY COCKS of Duke Street, Stamford Street, Blackfriars Road WILLIAM WALTER, Maidstone.
   Proved 3rd February 1825

125.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
MARY ANN SHARP
Wife of RICHARD SHARP
of [the Parish of ?] Maidstone
who died the 13th ? of March 1818
Aged 30 Years

(Large Gap)

Left issue 1 Son and 1 Daughter
WILLIAM? & ELIZABETH
Also MARY ANN Second Daughter of
RICHARD & SARAH SHARP
died April 1840 Aged 17 Years

126.   Headstone, Lying on Ground

Sacred
to the Memory of
WILLIAM? LAWSON SHARP
Son of
RICHARD & SARAH SHARP
[                                              ]
[                      ] March [      ]

[                                            ]
[Also]
RICHARD SHARP
[who] died [   ] February 1835
Aged 46? Years
Also RICHARD WILLIAM
Son of RICHARD WILLIAM
And LETITIA SHARP
who died May 13th 1838
Aged 11 Months

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 30th December 1834
RICHARD SHARP of Maidstone, Wine and Spirit Merchant.
His debts, funeral and probate costs to be first paid out of his personal estate.
   He wishes to be buried in a lead coffin near to his late wife at Boxley. The funeral to be "suitable to his situation in life" but not costly.
   To his son, RICHARD WILLIAM, 500, to be paid to him when he is 21.
   His freehold estate and leasehold estate and residue of his personal estate, to his brother, WILLIAM SHARP, of Gravesend, Inn Keeper, WILLIAM LAWSON of St Mary Hill, Tower Street, City of London, Wine Merchant and ROBERT HAZELL of Maidstone, Gentleman, upon trust, to allow his wife, SARAH, to hold his household furniture, as she desires and as trustees think "proper to allow to her", for her lifetime, as long as she remains his widow.
   Trustees to sell his his residuary personal estate not consisting of money, mortgages, securities, except his stock in trade, plant and implements of his trade, and money due to him. They to invest the money in Government Stock or Real Estate, they can alter the investment and change to better stock if they need to. They to pay dividends to his wife SARAH, for life, as long as she remains his widow, for her support and maintenance and education of his children. If trustees think his wife is incapable of managing the income, they to take over the management.
   After the death or remarriage of his wife, then upon trust, to divide the fund equally between his children, RICHARD WILLIAM, SARAH, MARY ANN, REBECCA, JOHN and SUSANNAH SHARP and others who may yet be born.
   His business, to his son, RICHARD WILLIAM, until the Christmas next after his death. After payment of the operating costs of the business for that period, the profits to be divided between his wife and son RICHARD WILLIAM, as follows, five sixths to his wife for her support and maintenance and education of his children and one sixth to son RICHARD WILLIAM. If the business is not making a profit, the trustees to sell it but if it is profitable it is to carry on and the profits to be shared between his wife and son RICHARD WILLIAM, as follows, three quarters to his wife and one quarter to his son, until the death of his mother. After her death or remarriage, trustees to arrange a valuation of the stock in trade, plant and utensils. Son RICHARD WILLIAM to have first option of taking the stock at that valuation. If he declines, the trustees to sell the business and the proceeds to go into his residuary personal estate.
   He appoints his trustees as his executors.
   Witnesses: JAMES LAWRY, Surgeon, Maidstone MARY MILLER, Servant to Mr SHARP STEPHEN CHARLES LAMPREY, Attorney at Law, Maidstone.
   Proved 31st March 1835 Power reserved to ROBERT HAZELL

127.   Coped Granite Stone on Substantial Granite Base

In Loving Memory of
JOHN WALLIS late of H.M. 34th Regt
who died October 26th 1861 Aged 80 Years
Also of MARY Second Wife of the above
who died September 19th 1867 Aged 80 Years
"So he bringeth them unto the Haven where they would be" Psalm 11 v30
This tomb is erected by their youngest Son C.E. WALLIS

128.   Small Headstone

ANN WILMOT
died Feb. 18th 1789
Aged 4 Years

 

SECTION E

129.   Small Headstone

Here Lyeth
the Body of
[                  ]
Daughter of
CHARLES and
ELIZABETH
ALEXANDER

Either SUSAN, 1710 or ELIZABETH 1720

In 1748, Charles Alexander was farming Street Farm (Ambrose and

Concise Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Will Dated 5th June 1748
CHARLES ALEXANDER of Boxley, Yeoman
   To his wife, ELIZABETH, for her lifetime, all of his lands and houses. After her death to his brother's son, EDMUND ALEXANDER of Boxley and his sister in law's son, THOMAS BEACH of Maidstone, equally shared, for ever.
   To his wife, for life, his goods, chattels and personal estate, after his debts, funeral and probate costs are paid. After his wife's death, then to EDMUND ALEXANDER and THOMAS BEACH, equally shared. An inventory of his goods, chattels and personal estate.
   Witnesses: JOHN OARE FRANCIS CLAPHAM CHARLES KNIPE
   Proved 31st July 1751. His wife, ELIZABETH, died in her husband's lifetime

130.   Small Headstone

Here
Lieth ye Body of
FRANCES Daughter
of WILL & SARAH
ALEXANDER
who died July ye [   ]
[1739] Aged [   ] Months
[                  ] D[        ]
[               ]

In 1748, William Alexander was a Wheelwright of Boxley Green (Ambrose and Hook)

131.   Chest Tomb

Ledger
Beneath this Stone lies Interred
the Remains of
WILLIAM ALEXANDER
who died February 5th 1757
Aged 51 Years
Also five Children who died
in their Infancy
He left surviving Issue Two Sons
and Seven Daughters
Here also are Interred the Body
of SARAH Wife of the above
WILLIAM ALEXANDER
Mother of the above Children
who died March 18th 1801
Aged 91 Years
Also ELIZABETH STILES
Daughter of the above died
Nov 24th 1775 Aged 31 Years
Also HARRY Son of HARRY
and ELIZABETH ALEXANDER
who died January 18th 1802
Aged 31 Years

Side Panel
Sacred to the Memory of
CORDELIA PARKER Relict of
WALTER PARKER Esq
and Daughter of
WILLIAM & SARAH ALEXANDER
departed this Life [December] 8th ? 1828
Aged 76 Years

End Panel
[Also]
FRANCES
ALEXANDER
died the 26th
of April 1809
Aged 60 Years

132.   Headstone

"[                                       ]
of that Day when God shall Judge
[              ] of Men by Jesus Christ"
HARRY ALEXANDER*
who departed this Life October 22nd 1783
Aged 47 Years
Also ELIZABETH his Wife who
departed this Life Oct the 14th 1784
Aged 53 Years
* Presumably buried at All Saints, Maidstone

Concise Consistory Court of Canterbury Will Dated 14th October 1783
HARRY ALEXANDER of Maidstone, Coach-Maker.
   One fifth of his house and workshop, outhouse and yards in Week Street, Maidstone and his two other houses , outhouses, yards, gardens in Week Street, now occupied by Mrs LOTT and Mrs WATKINS, also three houses near St Faith's Green, Maidstone, occupied by [              ] MANOUCHE , Butcher, [       ] HILTON and ISAAC LEEDS, also a building on St Faith's Green now used as a chapel or meeting house for religious worship and the house and cellar under the same , to his wife, ELIZABETH, for ever.
   The remaining four fifths to his wife, his brother, THOMAS and his friends, THOMAS WARING* of Chatham, Brewer and JOHN SEAGER of Maidstone, Brewer, upon trust, they to receive rents and use the income for the maintenance and education of his 4 children, viz SARAH, WILLIAM, JAMES and HARRY, until they are 21, when they respectively reach the age of 21, they to have one fifth of his estate, each, for ever.
   All his ready money, securities for money, books debts, to his four trustees, upon trust, to pay his debts and funeral costs. He gives one fifth of his goods, chattels, effects and personal estate to his wife. The remainder of his personal estate to be invested in Government Funds, the interest earned towards the maintenance and education of his children, until they are 21, when they will equally share the principal sum. If any of the children die before then, the survivors to equally share the portion of that child.
   Obscure passage but seems that his property can be leased for terms not exceeding 14 years.
   He appoints his wife, THOMAS ALEXANDER, THOMAS WARING and JOHN SEAGER, executors.
   Witnesses: WILLIAM ARNOLD STEPHEN PAGE SEAGER R. PARKER
   Proved 21st November 1783 Goods, chattels and credits value less than 100

* Thomas Waring, see my St. Mary the Virgin, Chatham Monumental Inscriptions, on this site.

133.   Large Ledger at Ground Level. Obscured by many, hard, white lichens

In a Vault beneath are deposited the Remains of
ANN Wife of THOMAS ALEXANDER of Maidstone
who died Septr. 29th 1836 Aged 88 Years
Also the above THOMAS ALEXANDER
who died February 15th 1839 Aged 88 ? Years
Also ANN ALEXANDER Daughter of the above
THOMAS and ANN ALEXANDER
who died the 20th of November 1840
Aged 51 Years
Also the Remains of CHARLES HUGHES of Maidstone
who married CORDELIA Second Daughter of
THOMAS and ANN ALEXANDER
He died the 4th
Aged [   ] Years
Also ELIZABETH ALEXANDER Daughter
of the said THOMAS and ANN ALEXANDER
who died on the [   ] of August 1866 Aged 81 Years

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 7th March 1829
THOMAS ALEXANDER of Maidstone, Gentleman.
   All his debts, funeral and probate costs to be first paid.
To his three daughters, ELIZABETH , CORDELIA, wife of CHARLES HUGHES, of Maidstone, Gentleman and ANN , all of his houses and lands, household goods, ready money , debts owed, securities for money and all real and personal estate, equally shared.
   He appoints his daughters, ELIZABETH and ANN and CHARLES HUGHES, executors.
   Witnesses: CHARLES SCUDAMORE WILLIAM FITZROY SCUDAMORE J. A. MORLEY
   Proved 28th August 1839 Power reserved to ELIZABETH and ANN ALEXANDER

134.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
ANN
Wife of JOHN ASHWORTH
for more than 50 Years
a Most Devoted and Affectionate
Servant to the Family of
EDMUND HENRY LUSHINGTON Esq
of Park House
She was born A.D. 1789
at Dronfield in Derbyshire
and died May 2nd 1861 at Park House
Aged 72 Years
"Well done, good and faithful Servant,
enter Thou, into the Joy of thy Lord"

135.   Headstone

[                           ]
ANN Wife of WILLIAM
ATHAWES of the Parish of
Stockbury who departed this
Life January the 5th? 1773
Aged 81? Years

ATHAWES see DUNNING

136.   Headstone

Sacred
to the
Memory of
LYDIA JANE
only Daughter of
Mr MARK ATKINS
of this Parish
who departed this Life
on the 9th day of May 186[0]
Aged 20? Years

137.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
RHODA BARTON
third Daughter of JOHN and
MARY MADDOX BARTON
who died at Sandling in this Parish
on Thursday 13th April 18[82]
Aged 44 Years

138.   Headstone

[                               ]
RICHARD BENNETT
of this Parish who departed this Life
[   ] of Sept. 1787 Aged 56 Years

139.   Large Square Portland Stone Pedestal , topped with an Urn, in a very large plot, the whole once enclosed
                 with railings. Very eroded in places.


James BEST 1782

Erected to the Memory of
JAMES BEST, Esquire late of Park House in this
Parish and of Chatham in this County who died on
the 29th of January 1782 Aged 62 Years
He left issue four Sons and four Daughters Viz
ELIZABETH, THOMAS, JAMES, RICHARD, GEORGE
FRANCES, DOROTHY and CHARLOTTE
Also of FRANCES Widow of the above who died on
the 30th of October 1808 Aged 77 Years
Also of MARTHA Wife of RICHARD BEST
of Chatham who died on the 1st of June 1787
Aged [28] Years*
Also of CHARLOTTE BEST youngest Daughter
of the above named JAMES BEST ,[Esquire] who
died on the 4th of August 1791 Aged [   ] Years
Also of CHARLOTTE and [JAMES]
Infant Children of RICHARD BEST of [Chatham?]
who died in August and September 1793
Also of MARY [       ] Wife of
RICHARD BEST Esquire who died on the
[   ] of August 1795 Aged 38? Years
Also of RICHARD BEST, Esquire
of Chatham who died on the 1st of April 1801
Aged 44? Years leaving issue one Son
and two Daughters Viz
HARRIOT, RICHARD and FANNY
Also the said FANNY BEST died [   ]
1837 Aged [   ]7 Years
* After a Miscarriage
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Sacred to the Memory of
THOMAS BEST, Esquire of Park House
in this Parish who died on the 27th? Of May 1815
Aged 61 Years
He left issue by ELIZABETH his Wife who
survived him one Son and three Daughters Viz
FRANCES JULIA, JAMES, ELIZABETH CHARLOTTE
and DOROTHY and also two Grandsons
WILLIAM
MAWDISTLY and JAMES JOHN
Children of THOMAS BEST, Esquire, his second
Son, a Captain in the 26th ? Regiment of Foot
who died at Gibraltar on the 8th of October
1818 Aged 29 Years
Also of HANNAH Wife of JAMES BEST, Esquire
of Chatham who died on the 9th of May 1816
Aged 52 Years
Sincerely Loved and interred in Chatham
Also of ELIZABETH Widow of the above
THOMAS
BEST, Esquire
who died April ? [  ] 1832 Aged 78 Years
Also of the above named FRANCES [BEST]
who died December 5th 1842 Aged 62 Years
Also of the above JAMES JOHN BEST
Esq Major H. M. [   ] 4th Foot
[     ] born Feb 23rd? 1811 died Nov? [ ] 1844
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Also to the Memory of
THOMAS HENRY born June 17th
died September 13th 1825
Sons of JAMES and
HARRIOT BEST
JOHN AYLMER born April 22nd 1831
died January 28th 1832
JAMES Eldest Son born 27th October 1822
died 10th June 1845 Aged 22 Years
Also of JAMES BEST Esquire of Park House
and of Chatham Lieut Col of the West Kent Militia
who died 9th of June 1849 Aged 68 Years
he left issue two Sons and two Daughters
Viz MAWDISTLY GAUSSEN, THOS. CHAS HARDINGE
EMILY DOROTHY and ELIZABETH CAROLINE ANNE
Also ELIZABETH CHARLOTTE BEST
who died January 6th 1861 Aged 74? Years
Also of DOROTHY BEST
who died April 20th 1[871]1 Aged 79 Years
Also of HARRIET
Wife of the above named JAMES BEST
born Jany. 30th 1795 died Jany 21st 1875
Also ELIZABETH CAROLINE ANN BEST
born May 18th 1836 died August 17th 1883
Also of THOS. CHAS. HARDINGE BEST
late Major 2nd? Highlanders
born 22nd May 1828 died 21st Sept. 1882
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Sacred to the Memory of
MAWDISTLY BEST Esquire& MAWDISTLY his Son
the former left issue by ELIZABETH his Wife
THOMAS JAMES & DOROTHY SARAH
Also of KATHERINE ANNABELLA BEST*
born July 12th 1843 died June 18th 1896
the beloved Wife of MAWDISTLY GAUSSEN BEST
of Park House
Also of Major MAWDISTLY GAUSSEN BEST
late 34th ? and 23rd [Regiments ?]
born Aug 25th 1826 died July 14th 1906
Also of EMILY DOROTHY BOSANQUET
born Decr. 16Th 1829 died Decr. 23Rd 1899
Also in Memory of her Daughter
AYLMER ADELA MAWDISTLY BEST BOSANQUET
who died [            ] 192[0]? Aged 50 Years
buried at San[        ] Gor[   ] Ade[   ]?
[                           ]
the [       ] of [        ] Canada?

There is a ledger to her in the Western part of the plot, where she is presumably buried?

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 21st December 1779
(Two of the Best Wills are long, over 20 pages. I have done my best to summarise them and apologise for any omissions and misinterpretations I may have made)
JAMES
BEST, of Park House, Esquire .
  
By a Deed Poll signed by himself and his wife, FRANCES, dated 21st June 1779, 6,000, which, by their Marriage Settlement, was secured to be raised and paid as the portion of their younger children, under a trust and limited for them. This sum is to be raised after his death and paid by his wife to their younger children, as follows: 300 shared equally by sons, JAMES, RICHARD and GEORGE and any yet to be born. Also 5,700 to be equally shared by his four daughters, ELIZABETH, CHARLOTTE, FRANCES and DOROTHY and any yet to be born.
  
The share of ELIZABETH to be paid 6 months after the death of the survivor of himself and his wife.
  
The shares of CHARLOTTE, FRANCES and DOROTHY to be paid at their respective ages of 21 or day of marriage if sooner, provided, that the marriage has his consent and that of his wife.
  
If any die under 21 and unmarried, their share to be equally shared by the survivors.
   By an Indenture made the 2nd and 3rd of June 1779 between HENRY HARDINGE, Clerk (Clergyman) of the first part, the testator and his daughter, FRANCES of the 2nd part, GEORGE HARDINGE, Esquire of the 3rd part, HENRY PELHAM Esquire and testator's son, GEORGE of the 4th part and HARDINGE STACEY, Esquire and THOMAS LLOYD of the 5th part, concerning the marriage of daughter FRANCES BEST and HENRY HARDINGE, the testator has conveyed several houses in Chatham, Rochester and elsewhere of an annual value of 800 and upwards, to the use of HENRY PELHAM and son GEORGE BEST, upon trust, to pay, annually, 150 to benefit HENRY HARDINGE and daughter, FRANCES BEST and their children. After testator's death, trustees to raise money, which daughter FRANCES, by virtue of the marriage settlement is entitled to. HARDINGE STACEY and THOMAS LLOYD to hold the total sum, upon trust, for FRANCES, her husband and children. The sum involved seems to be 5,000. (Much of the will is taken up with complicated and detailed matters concerning this marriage settlement).
  
All his plate, china, linen, goods and furniture in his Mansion House at Chatham, carriages, stable furniture, horses, not used in his Brewery, wine and liquors in either of his houses, to his wife, absolutely.
   All his freehold houses and land in Kent or elsewhere, leasehold estate and all other real estate, to HATLEY? FOOTE of Linton, Esquire, PIERPOINT CROMP of Frindsbury, Clerk, (Clergyman) and DENNY MARTIN of Leeds, Clerk, upon trust. One third of his real estate to son, JAMES, for life and after his death, if he does not direct by will, to his children, primarily, sons. If he leaves no male children then to his daughters and their heirs, in default, then to son RICHARD, for life, after his death then as above. In default of any heirs, then to son, GEORGE, for life, after his death, as before and in default of heirs, then, in trust for THOMAS, eldest son of his son, THOMAS BEST and his heirs, in priority of birth. In default of any heirs then to testator's own right heirs, according to the laws of intestacy.
  
Another third part of the real estate to son, RICHARD, for life, after his death, if he leaves no direction, then in the sequence as above.
  
Remaining third part of real estate, to son JAMES, for life, after his death, if he leaves no direction, to son RICHARD and so on, following the sane sequence above, in default of direction left by the succession of legatees.
  
JAMES
BEST desires to be buried in Boxley church , his executors to "cause s handsome monument to be erected or placed over my grave or as near to the same as conveniently as may be, with such inscription thereon as they shall think proper". 100 to be allowed for the monument but not to be exceeded. (This wish was not carried out, he is buried in the churchyard vault, see Charlotte Best's will).
  
His wife should reside in his Mansion House, (Park House), with garden, House Meadow and nearby orchard, for life. She to have 2,000 and annuities of 210 and 300.
   Witnesses: THOMAS LLOYD, of Grays Inn JOHN ROBINSON, JOHN WEBSTER, Clerks to Mr LLOYD.
  
Proved 4th March 1782 Power reserved to THOMAS BEST, brother of deceased
  
Proved again, 20th October 1784, now also granted to THOMAS BEST.

Note in margin, 4th May 1821 ?
The will was not administered by FRANCES BEST or THOMAS BEST, so administration granted to FRANCES HARDINGE, Widow, the daughter. Seems his trustees appointed in the will have died without performing the trusts.

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Date 15th December 1785
CHARLOTTE BEST, of Boxley, Spinster.
  
She desires to be buried in the vault in Boxley churchyard, where her father JAMES BEST "was lately buried".
  
She appoints her mother, FRANCES, to be her executor.
  
To her brothers, THOMAS, JAMES, RICHARD and GEORGE and her sisters, ELIZABETH, FRANCES, wife of Rev. HENRY HARDINGE and DOROTHY, wife of WILLIAM TWOPENNY the Younger, 50 each.
  
Rest and residue of ready money, securities for money, money in Public Funds, debts, plate, linen, woollen, linen, goods and chattels, her debts, legacies and funeral costs being first paid, to her brother, GEORGE and WILLIAM TWOPENNY the Younger of St Margaret, Rochester, Gentleman, upon trust, to sell and collect money owing and, deducting their expenses, to invest and pay interest to her brother GEORGE, and, after his death, the trust money to go as follows. 1,000 each to her sisters, ELIZABETH BEST and DOROTHY TWOPENNY. Another 1,000 to brother GEORGE and WILLIAM TWOPENNY, upon trust, to invest for the life of HENRY HARDINGE and pay him interest earned. After his death, they are to pay his widow, her sister, FRANCES, the interest. After her death, then the interest to their child or children, if more than one, equally shared at their respective ages of 21 or, if a daughter on her day of marriage is sooner.
  
Residue of trust money, to her mother, FRANCES.
  
Witnesses : DAVID LEWIS HENRY ASHBY EDWARD HAITE, Junior
  
Proved 17th August 1791

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 5th April 1811
THOMAS BEST of Park House, Boxley, Esquire.
  
His debts, funeral and probate costs to be first paid.
   He ratifies an indenture dated 15th January 1783 made between his wife, ELIZABETH of the 1st part, his late brother, RICHARD and brother GEORGE, of the other part, for securing an annuity of 200 for his wife, he also ratifies an indenture, dated 7th December 1784, made between himself and his wife of the first part and the Rev THOMAS SCOTT (deceased) and the Rev HENRY HARDINGE of Stonehope, Durham, Clerk, of the other part. This involves 5,000 settled on him, his wife and children.
  
To his son, JAMES, all of his real estate, for ever.
  
He gives all his wines , spirits and liquors, in his house to his wife, absolutely.
   His household goods and furniture, plate, linen, china, earthen and glass ware, to his wife and his brother, JAMES, of Chatham, Esquire, upon trust, to permit his wife to use the same for life. If required she to sign an inventory for his brother, JAMES.
  
After the death of his wife, his household goods, etc, upon trust, for son JAMES, but if JAMES dies in testator's lifetime, the same in trust for his son, THOMAS. If THOMAS dies in testator's lifetime, then to any son he may yet have, the eldest, if more than one, to have preference, at 21 years of age. If all his sons so die, then to his daughters, equally divided.
  
He has lately purchased the Land Taxes on estates in Boxley and Frindsbury and is tenant for life and his son, JAMES, tenant in Tail Male. The purchase money of 233 6s paid, is not to be a charge on the estate. The land tax shall be    ?    and extinguished or consolidated with the freehold ? .
  
His stock in the public funds and other    ?    , mortgages, bonds, note and other securities and rest and residue of his personal estate and effects not otherwise bequeathed, to his wife, ELIZABETH and his brother, JAMES, upon trust, to sell and pay his debts, funeral and probate costs The balance to be invested in Government or Real securities, upon trust, for his son THOMAS and his daughters, FRANCES JULIA, ELIZABETH CHARLOTTE and DOROTHY and children to be born. In the meantime interest earned towards their maintenance and benefit.
  
He appoints his wife, guardian of his children and after her death appoints his brother, JAMES to be guardian. His wife and brother JAMES are his executors.
  
Witnesses: GEORGE WILLIAMS NATHANIEL MORPLETT SAMUEL DENDY, 3 Breams Buildings, Chancery Lane.
  
Proved 12th July 1815 Power reserved to JAMES BEST

(The concise will of JAMES BEST, who died in 1828, is to be found in the Interior Section)

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 26th March 1843
JAMES JOHN BEST of Maidstone, Major, 34th Regiment of Foot.
To his brother, WILLIAM MAWDISTLY BEST, 200.
The rest of his property, after payment of his debts, funeral and probate costs, to his two aunts, ELIZABETH CHARLOTTE BEST and DOROTHY BEST.
  
He appoints WILLIAM MAWDISTLY BEST his sole executor, for this service he will have another 50.
  
Witnesses: CHARLES (    ?    ) ROOK, 34th Regiment, Southampton E. J. A. KILVER, Lieutenant, 34th Regiment, Southampton.
  
Proved 31st December 1844

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 13th August 1846
JAMES BEST of Park House, Boxley and Rome House, Chatham, Esquire and Lieut. Colonel, West Kent Regiment of Militia.
  
He directs that he is to be buried in the family vault in Boxley churchyard. His funeral to be conducted in the same manner as his late father, THOMAS. His executors to employ Mr THOMAS WELLS of Chatham, undertaker on that occasion.
  
He ratifies the indenture , (marriage settlement), dated 22nd September 1817 between himself of the 1st part, his wife, HARRIET, then HARRIET GAUSSEN, Spinster of the 2nd part and Sir HENRY RODDAIN CALDER, Baronet, Rev CHARLES HARDINGE, (now Sir CHARLES HARDINGE, Baronet), CHARLES BOSANQUET, Esquire and JAMES WHATMAN, Esquire, (deceased) of the third part. By this indenture South Sea Stock was settled upon the trusts it contained.
  
He also ratifies an indenture, dated the same day, between himself of the 1st part, his wife of the 2nd part, Sir HENRY RODDAIN CALDER and Sir CHARLES HARDINGE of the 3rd part and Sir HENRY RODDAIN CALDER, Sir CHARLES HARDINGE, CHARLES BOSANQUET and JAMES WHATMAN, (deceased) of the 4th part . By this indenture, the Manor of Islingham and houses and land in Frindsbury and Boxley, including undivided moieties and land known as Harbourland and Conquest Wood.
  
Since the marriage settlement was made he has become absolutely entitled to the remaining moieties of the same lands, the moieties to be held by the trustees of the settlement.
   He gives 2 parts he recently purchased from his nephews, WILLIAM MAWDISTLY BEST and JAMES JOHN BEST, in that house, outhouse, (formerly a barn), a cottage, 2 gardens and parcels of land, 2 orchards and 4 more parcels of land, stable and meadow belonging, of 14 acres known as Harbourland in Boxley and woodland in Frindsbury of about 2 acres, abutting a road, formerly leading from Chattenden to the west to land belonging to Chattenden Farm, towards the north to land lately occupied by RICHARD RICH, towards the east to lands belonging to Islingham Farm, towards the south , formerly in the possession of GEORGE CONQUEST, to Sir HENRY RODDAIN CALDER, Sir CHARLES HARDINGE and CHARLES BOSANQUET, upon trust.
  
He gives his manors, freehold and copyhold houses and lands to his wife, Sir CHARLES HARDINGE, his son, MAWDISTLY GAUSSEN BEST, a Lieutenant in the 34th Regiment of Foot , (his eldest son), upon trust.
  
As to his house called Rome House with barn, stables, outhouses and gardens, in Chatham, now in his own occupation, to his wife, for life, as long as she remains his widow.
   The residue of his real estate to his wife, Sir CHARLES HARDINGE and son, MAWDISTLY GAUSSEN BEST, upon trust. They, from mortgage or sale and from his rents and profits to raise enough money to pay his debts and legacies, they to possess any surplus. His wife to receive an annuity of 1,600 for life, as long as she remains his widow, over and above an annuity of 200 by virtue of the marriage settlement, she had an annuity of 520 from the Islingham property, (this now ceases?).
  
To his nephew, WILLIAM MAWDISTLY BEST, an annuity of 100, for life.
  
He gives to his sisters, ELIZABETH CHARLOTTE and DOROTHY BEST, an annuity of 300 for life, (Joint ?)
  
To FANNY CLIFFORD, nurse of his children, an annuity of 54 12s, for her faithful service, at 1 1s per week, for life.
  
To second son, THOMAS CHARLES HARDINGE BEST, an annuity of 200 at 21, for life.
  
To his other children, annuities of 200 each, for life.
   He is leaving real estate, in trust for son, MAWDISTLY, if he dies under 21, with no lawful children, then in trust for son, THOMAS
  
Rents and profits from real estate to nephew, WILLIAM MAWDISTLY, in addition to an annuity of 100, for life........................
  
Provision has been made for his wife, in lieu of her Dower rights she may be entitled to by Common Law or Custom
   To each of his younger children, 8,000 at 21 years of age or day of marriage for girls if sooner. If his wife is living at his death, no greater sum to be paid than, 5,000, until after his wife's death.
   Any of his children who are under 21 at his death to have 150 per annum for maintenance and education and when they are 21, 200 per annum.
   His wife to have use of household goods and furniture, pictures, plate, coins, medals and books for life, while she remains his widow. After her death or remarriage, trustees to be possessed of the above goods, upon trust for his eldest son at 21. If he dies before then leaving no lawful children, then to nephew, WILLIAM MAWDISTLY BEST?
  
His late father's Coachman, EDWARD GRIGSBY?, for some years in his employment, to have 4 shillings per week, for life and a further 6 shillings if he is not in the Union Workhouse.
  
To his Butler, JOHN MEEK, 250
  
To his brother officer and friend, JOHN ELEY, Captain and Adjutant, West Kent Militia, 200.
  
To Sir JOHN KENWARD SHAW, Baronet, Colonel West Kent Militia, a ring of 30 guineas value.
  
To cousin, RICHARD BEST, Esquire, residing at Hanbury, as a token of his kindness to his late son JAMES BEST, in his last illness, , 300.
  
To his Managing Clerk, JAMES HITHER BRAMLEY, 200
  
To his Outdoor Servant, EDWARD JAMES ?, 50
  
To RICHARD JAMES, his Gardener, at Boxley, 10
  
Rest and residue of his personal estate and effects, to his wife, Sir CHARLES HARDINGE, MAWDISTLY GAUSSEN BEST and son, THOMAS CHARLES HARDINGE BEST, upon trust.
  
His wife, Sir CHARLES HARDINGE and MAWDISTLY GAUSSEN BEST are executors.
  
Witnesses: THOMAS SINGLETON, Clerk to Mr   ?   , Bream's Buildings, Chancery Lane , JANE PETO, GEORGE ? WILLIAMS, 18 Tooks Court, Cursister Street, Chancery Lane, Law Stationer

Codicil 19th February 1849
He has lately purchased the Walderslade Estate in Chatham from the assignees of Mr CHAMBERS and freehold houses in Boxley from Mr WILMSHURST. He has also agreed to buy the adjoining freehold near Park House from Rev GEORGE RASHLEIGH.
  
He gives his sisters ELIZABETH CHARLOTTE and DOROTHY BEST, an increase of 100 to their annuity.
  
He revokes the bequest given to JAMES HITHER BRAMLEY and no longer wishes him to be his Managing Clerk of his Brewery.
  
He has lately arranged with Messrs Barclay and Company for a supply of London Porter and Stout to his brewery at Chatham on Agency terms, he now confirms this.
   To RICHARD BURVILL RASHLEIGH, 100, if he is under 21, the 100 to be paid to HENRY BURVILL RASHLEIGH and invested at interest until he is 21. If he dies before then the 100 to HENRY BURVILL RASHLEIGH if he is living.
  
To EDWARD WINCH of Chatham, 105.
  
He appoints his second son, THOMAS CHARLES HARDINGE BEST as a trustee after the first vacancy that occurs after he is 21.
  
Witnesses; G. W. GREENWOOD THOMAS SIMPSON, Clerk to Mr G. CANDY, Solicitor, Bream's Buildings, Chancery Lane
  
Proved 21st August 1849

Principal Probate Registry Index
KATHERINE BEST, died 1896 at Norwood, administration granted to MAWDISTLY GAUSSEN BEST, EVERARD KNATCHBULL HUGESSON and WILLIAM STEWART FORSTER, Esquires, effects, 49,216 9s 6d (modern equivalent about 5,000,000)

MAWDISTLY GAUSSEN BEST, died at Park House, 1906, administration granted to GEORGE DUNBAR WHATMAN and ARTHUR FRANCIS FORSTER , Esquires, effects 167, 417 19s 7d, re-sworn at 177,044 12s 4d (modern equivalent about 22,000,000)

BEST see GRIGSBY

BEST
see LANE

140.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
RALPH BEST
Son of
WILLIAM & ELIZABETH BEST
Born at Tunstall
in the Parish of Stranton
County of Durham died February 26th 1836
at Medway Cottage
in this Parish
Aged 25 Years
"Prepare for Death, no Time delay,
We in our Prime are called Away"

141.    Headstone

In Memory of
ARTHUR HENRY
Fourth Son of
THOMAS & MARY ANN BLINKHORN
of Abbey Court, Sandling
in this Parish
who died 27th April 1877
Aged 28 Years

142.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
FRANCES BRIDGLAND
who died 19th of October 1874
Aged 70 Years
Widow of the late W. BRIDGLAND
of Warren Farm

143.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
WILLIAM BRITTER
who died May 13th 1857
Aged 74 Years
Also CHARLOTTE
Wife of the above
WILLIAM BRITTER
who died Nov 16th 1862
Aged 70 Years
MARY Daughter of
WILLIAM & CHARLOTTE
BRITTER
who died May 30th 1840
Aged 21 Years
Also CHARLOTTE
their Daughter
who died June 17th 1843
Aged 27 Years
Also SAMUEL
their Son
who died July 10th 1863
Aged 43 Years
Also THOMAS
(Flaked Away)

William Britter was a Carpenter (Ambrose and Hook)

144.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
MARY Wife of THOMAS [BUCK]
who departed this Life March [   ]
1809 Aged 23 Years
[Half legible verses]

(Thomas may be Thomas Buck buried in 1811?)

145.   Small Headstone

ROSE BUSH
Departed this Life
October 5th 1802
Aged 21 Years
"Much regretted by the Family
from which it pleased Almighty
GOD to call her"

At the time of visiting there was a flowering rose on the grave

146.   Small Eroded Headstone

Here
Lyeth interr'd ye Body
of THO. Son of
WILL. CHAMP
of Chatham
who departed this
Life [Jan or Feb 171]0
[Aged [   ] Years]

147.   Low Ledger, close to the Best plot

Said to be the tomb of the CHARLES family but I
as unable to read any of the very worn inscription.

148.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
JANE Wife of
RICHARD CLIFFORD
of this Parish
and Daughter of
THOMAS & MARY REEVES
who died [January?] [   ] 1837
Aged [   ] [Years ]
Also the above named
RICHAR[D] [CLIFFORD]
who died [1846?]
Aged [84?]
JAMES [                ]
(Gone)

In 1835 Richard Clifford was a Shop Keeper (Ambrose and Hook)

CLIFFORD see LANE

CLIFFORD
see LOWE

149.   Double Headstone

In Memory
of MARY ye Daughter
of JOHN and
ELIZABETH
DUNNING
(Rest flaked off)
[July 1750]
Also ye
Body of SARAH
[                          ]
[           ] Daugr who
[departed this Life Feb [ ]
1749* (Rest flaked off)

* 1750 in the modern calendar

150.   Headstone

Erected [    ] Memory of
FRANCIS Son of JOHN and
ELIZ DUNNING of Aylesford
in this County who departed
this Life November 23rd 1764
Aged 30 Years
Also to the Memory of KETURA
[their Daughter] [who] died Oct 27th 17[63]
Aged 23 Years

151.   Headstone

[                        ]
JOHN DUNNING
[of the] Parish [of Ayle]sford
who died the 7th of [December] 1772
Aged 70 Years
ELIZABETH Wife of
JOHN DUNNING departed this
Life the 5th of August 1779
Aged 70? Years

152.   Chest Tomb


William Alexander DUNNING 1818

Beneath this Tomb is Interred the Body
of WILLIAM ALEXANDER DUNNING
of Aylesford in this County
who departed this Life on the 20th day
of June 1818 Aged 82 Years

End Panel
[                 ]
DAWSON ATHAWES
of this Parish
who departed this Life
the 21st day of January
1794
Aged 69? Years

End Panel
Also?
[ELIZABETH] ATHAWES
Widow of
DAWSON ATHAWES
who died at Aylesford
[the] [   ] day of October
1802
Aged 77 Years

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 21st November 1770
DAWSON ATHAWES of Newnham Court, Boxley, Yeoman.
Religious preamble.
   To his wife, ELIZABETH, all his houses, lands and all other real estate, for ever.
    After the payment of his debts and funeral costs, he gives to his wife, the rest and residue of his goods, chattels and personal estate, absolutely. He appoints his wife his sole executor.
   Witnesses: ANNE PUNNETT THOMAS PUNNETT THOMAS DURRANT PUNNETT
   Proved 5th December 1794

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 9th November 1817
WILLIAM ALEXANDER or WILLIAM DUNNING the Elder of Aylesford, Gentleman.
He desires to be buried at Boxley, as near as possible to his late wife.
To his late servant, MARY KING, 19 19s.
To his late servant, CHRISTOPHER? FULLAGAR, all his clothes and 5 for mourning.
To his maid servant, SARAH YEOMANS, 10 for mourning.
   His real estate and residue of his personal estate, not before given, to be equally divided between his son, WILLIAM ALEXANDER DUNNING and his son in law, RICHARD RYANSTON SUMMERFIELD, GEORGE FOWLE and THOMAS WILLIAM CARTER, in equal shares.
All money due to him from his son or son in law to be considered part of their portion.
He appoints RICHARD RYANSTON SUMMERFIELD and THOMAS WILLIAM CARTER, executors.
Witnesses: JOHN DUDLOW HENRY MORRIS JAMES FORMAN ?
Proved 20th August 1818

153.   Portland Stone, Classical Sarcophagus, supported at each corner with Claw and Ball feet, on a 
                  Rustic Base and surmounted by an Obelisk.


Thomas Evenden DUNNING 1814

Sacred to the Memory of
THOMAS EVENDEN DUNNING
Bachelor of Woodcutt, Parish
of Hollingbourne in this County
who departed this Life April the 8th 1812
Aged 23 Years

Sacred to the Memory of ELIZABETH
Wife of WILLIAM ALEXANDER DUNNING
Daughter of JOHN GODDEN of
Ditton Place She departed this
Life without Issue June the 22nd 1814
Aged 35 Years

Sacred to the Memory of
WILLIAM ALEXANDER DUNNING
of Maidstone in this County
who departed this
Life Decr. 12Th 1831
Aged 53 Years

Sacred to the Memory of
ANN the beloved Daughter of
WILLIAM ALEXANDER DUNNING
who died at Dovor (sic) June 14th 1851
Aged 26 Years

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 21st December 1810
THOMAS EVENDEN DUNNING of Woodcut, Hollingbourne, Farmer.
His debts, funeral and probate costs to be first paid from his personal estate.
To his brother, WILLIAM ALEXANDER of Maidstone, all of his estate, land and houses, for ever.
   Also to brother WILLIAM, his goods, chattels, money, debts owed, effects and personal estate, for ever. He appoints brother, WILLIAM as his executor.
Witnesses: SUSANNA SEAGER HARRIETT BOWENE? BENJAMIN WOOD JOHN LAMKIN.
Proved 21st April 1812

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 19th July 1828
WILLIAM ALEXANDER DUNNING of Maidstone, Gentleman, (Attorney at Law)
   First, all his servants and clerks wages as hereafter mentioned and his debts, funeral and probate costs, to be paid as soon as convenient from his personal estate.
   To his friends, TINMOUTH DIXON of 5 New Boswell Court, Carey Street, London, Gentleman, his son, THOMAS HENRY DIXON of the same place, Gentleman and ALEXANDER RANDALL of the Kentish Bank, Maidstone, Gentleman, his house, farm and land of about 16 acres, 2 roods and 16 perches, in Leeds, Kent, now occupied by ROBERT LONG. His house, farm and lands called, Woodcut in Hollingbourne and Thurnham, only 1 acre being in Thurnham, in total, about 68 acres, 2 roods and 3 perches and two newly erected cottages and a lodge adjoining with about 1 acres and 2 roods and 33 perches, occupied by himself and BENJAMIN PARATEY, with free use of the right of way and residue of the said farm, occupied by JOHN ROBINSON. His house, in two dwellings, with land of about 6 acres 1 rood and 17 perches, in Burham, occupied by JOHN WOODING and WILLIAM TAYLOR. And his house with about 1 acre, 1 rood and 30 perches in Burham Common or Downs in Burham and Aylesford, allotted to him in respect of his first mentioned house and land in Burham under an act of Parliament for the enclosure of the Common or Downs.
   And his piece of land adjoining of about 2 roods and 7 perches allotted under the same act, to his brother in law, GEORGE FOWLE, which testator purchased from him about February 1820, this is now occupied by JOB HAMAKES?,
   Also his piece of meadow at the Brook in East Malling of about 1 acre, 1 rood and 29 perches, occupied by Mr EDWARD BALDOCK, also his house, where he now lives in Maidstone, with offices, out buildings, yards and garden, which was by an Indenture of Lease and Release, dated 10th and 11th of April 1826, the Indenture of Release in 3 parts and made between testator and of the first part , ELIZABETH JOSSELYN of Pond House, Boxsted, Essex of the 2nd part and WILLIAM THOMAS of Basted, West[er]ham, Kent, Papermaker of the 3rd part, to the use of WILLIAM THOMAS, for ever, upon trust, for securing to the said ELIZABETH JOSSELYN, the transfer of 650, 4% Bank Annuities and payment of the dividends.
   And his house adjoining the last house, which he purchased from WILLIAM ARCHER and now occupied by GEORGE HOW GREEN, which by an indenture of 13th September 1822, made between the testator and JAMES JACOBSON of Maidstone and secured to JAMES JACOBSON, to secure the payment of 500 for the same at the rate of 5%.
   His private pew in Maidstone Church, (All Saints?), purchased from the representatives of the late THOMAS STEVENSON and the moiety of a house, farm and land at Leeds of about 36 acres, occupied by JAMES AVERY, in trust for ELIZABETH JOSSELYN and JAMES JACOBSON.
   Two of the main beneficiaries of this will are his housekeeper, ANN HEARNDEN and his daughter by her ANN DUNNING, aged 4 years. An annuity, in trust, for his daughter ANN of 135 .
   His sister, ANN ELIZABETH FOWLE, wife of GEORGE FOWLE of Cobtree, Farmer, receives an income from the rents from a farm occupied by BENJAMIN DAWLEY and a farm at Leeds occupied by ROBERT LONG, as does his sister, MARY CARTER, wife of THOMAS WILLIAM CARTER of Maidstone, Auctioneer and after her death then to her lawful children, equally shared.
   To his sister , ANN FOWLE, a large portrait of his late father by Mr DRUMMOND and a copy of it in crayon by Miss DRUMMOND, another portrait of his father in chalk and pencil by JOHN SUMMERFIELD?, 2 portraits of his sister, ANN and her husband in crayon by Miss DRUMMOND and a plaster bust of his father by Mr GAYHAGAN?
   To his sister, MARY, his late father's silver tobacco box and silver pipe in a Morocco case and her portrait by Mr DRUMMOND.
   To WILLIAM TAYLOR, his Clerk, 25
   To his trustees, 10 guineas, each as a token of his friendship and esteem.
   To ANN HEARNDEN, all parts of his household goods she may choose, for life, also his late wife's watches, rings, jewels, necklaces, bracelets, trinkets and ornaments of her person, his own rings, broaches, watches, chains and seals, his own large portrait and his picture of     ?     and her daughter by Mr DRUMMOND and his own plaster bust by Mr GAYHAGAN, a sketch in chalk of his father by JOHN SUMMERFIELD, his maps and books, (excepts his law books), household goods and furniture as she chooses, in trust, for their daughter, ANN.
   Residue, after payment of his debts, funeral and probate costs are paid, to his housekeeper's sister, and his servant, ELIZABETH HEARNDEN.
   Witnesses: THOMAS CHANDLER, Rose House, Maidstone JOHN LOTT, Butcher, Maidstone

Codicil 19th April 1831
One of the DIXON'S (a trustee) to inspect his manuscripts and books and destroy those which are "useless".
   Witnesses: D. T. SWEETLOVE, Attorney at Law, Maidstone JOHN DOE, Butcher, Maidstone CHARLES CHARLTON, Baker, Maidstone.

Codicil 9th May 1831
He evokes the annuity, in trust, for daughter, ANN?
To ANN HEARNDEN, all linen, china and glass, wines and liquors and all clothes, absolutely.
Witnesses: As for first codicil.
Proved 17th September 1832

154.   Headstone, Very Worn

In Memory of
MARY Wife of EDWARD FOWLER
of Maidstone who died February 27th?
1789 Aged 60 Years
Left issue one Daughter J[ANE]?
Also the above named EDWARD FOWLER
[who died] [September? 1792] Aged [   ] Years

Rear
In Memory of
Five Grandchildren of the
above said EDWARD FOWLER
Viz JANE [         ]ARD died Jan [   ]
1791 Aged 1 Year and 3 Months
THOMAS B[      ]ARD died [       ]
[                             ]
JOHN [                                        ]
1794 Aged [            ]
JOHN FOWLER died [                ]
1800 Aged [   ] Months
ELIZABETH [                ]ARD [ ]
180[   ] Aged [   ] Years

155.    Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
HENRY FULLAGAR
who died January 28th 1867
after a long and painful Illness
Aged 56 Years
Leaving a Wife and six Children
Also ELLEN Daughter of the above
who died March 15th 1859
Aged 11 Weeks

156.   Headstone

In Loving Memory of
ELIZABETH FULLAGAR
who died October 21st? 1882
Aged 75 Years
"Blessed are the Dead which die in the Lord"
Also WILLIAM FULLAGAR
Husband of the above
who died February 12th 1889
Aged 87 Years

Principal Probate Registry Index
Labourer of Sandling, Boxley, administration granted to ELIZABETH JARRETT, wife of LOUIS JARRETT of Sandling, daughter and executor, personal estate, 77 9s.
There is a WILLIAM FULLAGAR in the 1861 Census, Farmer of 8 acres at Rochester Road, Cobtree, employing 1 man. Is this the same man?

157.   Headstone

In Affectionate Remembrance of
EDWARD GANDY
Born October 19th 1795
Died January 7th 1888
"They rest from their Labours"
Also ELIZABETH
Daughter of the above
died March 27th 1922
Aged 96 Years
"Lead Kindly Light"

158.   Headstone

Sacred to the Memory of
SARAH
Widow of the late
JOHN GORHAM
of Maidstone
who died April 19th 1875
Aged 82 Years

159.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
JESSE GREEN of this Parish
who died July 13th 1843
Aged 53 Years
Left issue by SARAH his Wife 6 Sons and
5 Daughters (Viz) GEORGE, RICHARD, SARAH,
Also ELIZABETH HARRIOTT THOMAS, ANN ISAAC,
JANE & ROBERT
Also of HENRY their Son who died
June 14th 1840 Aged 17 Years
Also SARAH
Wife of the above named
JESSE GREEN
who died [   ] August 1882
[Aged] [85] Years

In 1826 JESSE GREEN was in occupation of Callants Farm near the Detling Road, this was also known as Queen Anne Farm, GEORGE GREEN farmed here in the 1840's/50's. In the 1841 Census, JESSE GREEN is recorded as being Blind.

160.   Headstone

In Memory
of
EDWARD GRIGSBY
who entered the service of
JAMES BEST Esq
of Park House in this Parish
in the year 1767
and continued a faithful Servant
to successive generations
of that family
He died on the 9th day of September
1847
in the 98th Year of his Age
Also of his Wife
FRANCES RELFE
who was employed
for fifty years
She died on the 13th day of July 1840
Aged 86

161.   Headstone

To the Memory
of
MARTHA HEAD
who died May 22nd 1855
Aged 38 Years
Also JABEZ EDWARD TOLHURST
died July 25th 1858
Aged 5 Years

In the 1851 Census, MARTHA HEAD was the wife of JAMES HEAD, a Gardener at Boxley Abbey

162.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
MARY ANN HOLDER
who died suddenly of heart disease
at Sandling in this Parish
Born 29th June 1843
Died 17th Oct 1873
"Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him,
who will say unto him, what doest thou ?"

163.   Headstone

In Memory of
ELLEN CAREY second Daughter of
HENRY and CAREY E.M. HUGHES
of the Bower, Maidstone
Born 13th June 1865 Died 14th July 1866
Also of MARY GERTRUDE
third Daughter of the above
who died on the 2nd day of October 1869
Aged Thirteen Months
Also of HERBERT
Son of the above who died 13th of Nov 1870
Aged Ten Weeks
And of OWEN BERNARD
Son of the above who died 24th July 1874
Aged Seven Weeks and Three Days
Also of the above named HENRY HUGHES
who died Jan 22nd 1879 Aged 49 Years
Leaving a Wife and Three Children to mourn his loss
[                       ?                  ]
Also of CAREY [ELIZABETH MARIA] Wife of the above
[died 2nd November 1926]
[Aged 88 Years]

Principal Probate Registry Index
HENRY HUGHES of Maidstone, Gentleman, administration granted to his widow, CAREY ELIZABETH MARIA, personal estate, 25,000
   CAREY HUGHES, died at 1 Bower Terrace, Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, administration granted to Reverend CHARLES ERNEST HUGHES and MARGARET MILLICENT HUGHES, Spinster, effects, 30, 307 9s 7d, re-sworn at 30, 606 16s 2d

164.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
ANN KEMSLEY
who died May 26th 1870
Aged 69 Years
Also of STEPHEN
Husband of the above
who died August 6th 1870
Aged 66 Years
"Blessed are the Dead which die in the Lord
for they shall rest from their labours and
their work shall follow them"

165.   Headstone

To the Memory
of
LUCY Wife of
ANTHONY KILLICK
of this Parish
who died Sept 28th 1842 Aged 47 Years
and of ELIZA their only child
Wife of ROBERT SUTTON WATTS
who died at Hastings September the
15th 1843 Aged 26 Years
"[She?] Lived
[     ] as the Lamb unharmful as the Dove"
Also the above
ANTHONY KILLICK
[who di]ed April 23rd 1851 Aged 73 Years

In the 1841 Census, Anthony Killick was a Farmer of Dunning's Farm, near Vinters.

166.   Headstone

[Sacred]
to the Memory of
RICHARD LANE
who died November 7th 1879
Aged 83 Years
For 38 years a Faithful Servant
in the Family of
Colonel James Best
of Park House
Boxley

167.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
CHARLES LAVENDER
late of London
who departed this Life
on the 27th of Feb 1836
Aged 60 Years

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 22nd September 1834
CHARLES LAVENDER, of Maidstone, Gentleman.
   To his friend, HENRY PIPER of Havock Lane, Maidstone,    ?    , nephew, JOHN LAVENDER of Boxley, Paper Maker, son of his brother, JOHN, all his freehold, copyhold and leasehold estate and personal estate and effects, upon trust. Trustees to sell his real estate and what of his personal estate does not consist of money and invest the proceeds, first paying his debts, funeral and probate costs.
   Trustees to pay 1 fourteenth of the net value of his estate to his niece, MARY CHURCH, wife of [          ] CHURCH of [              ] for her own use and independent of her present or any future husband.
   Another 1 fourteenth to his niece, CELIA BROWN, wife of [       ] BROWN of [       ], independent of her husband.
   Trustees to hold in trust the remaining 12 parts and invest it in their names in Parliamentary Stocks or Government or Real securities. They to pay the annual interest , as follows, 5 fourteenths to MARY LAVENDER, widow of his late brother, JAMES, for their children, CHARLES, GEORGE, WILLIAM, MARY and HARRIET LAVENDER, each to have 1 fourteenth at 21 years of age. If any are dead at the time of their mother's death, leaving lawful issue, then their share to their child or children at 21 years of age.
   7 fourteenths of the estate to go to whom his brother JOHN directs but in default of such direction, then JOHN to keep it. After JOHN'S death, I part of the 7 fourteenths to each of JOHN'S children, SARAH, ELIZABETH, JOHN, LUCY, CHARLES, MARY ANN and HARRIET LAVENDER at 21 years of age. If any are dead at JOHN'S death then as above.
   Trustees to invest the shares of those under 21 as before mentioned. Interest can be used towards the maintenance and education of those who are minors and their issue, if any.
   He appoints his trustees executors
   He signs the will with his mark, X, not being able to write because of paralysis (probably a stroke?)
   Witnesses: RICHARD HART, Solicitor, Maidstone WILLIAM KETTLE, Grocer, Maidstone EDWARD KETTLE, Shoemaker, Maidstone
   Proved 29th April 1836 Power reserved to HENRY PIPER.

168.   Chest Tomb

Side Panel
Sacred to to Memory of
EDMUND HENRY LUSHINGTON Esquire
who was born at Peterhouse, Lo[dge, Cambridge on ]
July 11th 1766 and died March 26th 1839
at Park House near Maidstone in this Parish
and of his Wife SOPHIA [Daughter of]
THOMAS PHILLIPS Esq of [Sedgeley, Lancashire ] ]
who was born [ July 30th ] 1779
and died January 10th 1844 at Park House
[And] of LOUISA SOPHIA LUSHINGTON*
their youngest Daughter
who died July 19th 18[54]
And of HENRY LUSHINGTON
Chief Secretary to the Government of Malta
their second Son born [ April 13th 1812 ]
who died August 11th 1858
at Paris while travelling from Malta to England
*Buried at Avignon

Edmund Henry Lushington was a graduate of Queen's College, Cambridge and a Barrister. He was Chief Justice of Ceylon in 1807. Back in England, he became Chief Commissioner of the Colonial Audit Board and Master of the Crown Office. In 1824 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. His first wife, mentioned briefly in his will, was Louisa Philips, daughter of Faulkner Philips of Manchester, she died in 1801.

Side Panel
"In Token of a Debt of one Greater than Words
or Thoughts can Express or that Life can [ ? ]"
This tomb is raised by the remaining children of
EDMUND HENRY and SOPHIA LUSHINGTON
to their Father, Mother, Sister and Brother
In the hope that they rest for ever and ever
with him who is God of the Living
This stone is likewise Sacred
to the beloved Memory
of EDMUND HENRY only Son of
EDMUND LAW LUSHINGTON and CECILIA his Wife
who was born December 31st 18[43] in Glasgow
and died October 20th 1858 at Eastbourne
(Illegible)

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 26th September 1835
This will is long, 23 pages, some of the pages have obscure passages caused by poor reproduction.
   nI apologise for any mistakes, omissions and misinterpretations in this brief summary.
   EDMUND HENRY LUSHINGTON of Park House.
   The main theme of this will is centred around a Marriage Settlement dated 24th March 1810, he being the 1st party, his wife, then SOPHIA PHILIPS of the 2nd part, GEORGE PHILIPS, Esquire, now Sir GEORGE PHILIPS, Baronet, FLETCHER RAINCOCK, Esquire and GEORGE RICHARD PHILIPS, Gentleman of the 3rd part.
      Property involved in this Settlement, include, the Manor of Higham and Great Higham House and houses, farm and lands, including Lady Wood or Lade Wood, in Milstead, Lenham and Doddington; also a house in St. Mildred, Poultry, City of London, now 2 houses. Houses in Derbyshire and Leicestershire, subject to the Estate Tail of his late eldest brother, THOMAS GODFREY LUSHINGTON, who died childless, held in trust by the 3rd parties, above, until his marriage took place.
   This is for his use during his life, subject to the Settlement made on his first marriage, for raising 4,000 for his late daughter, LOUISA LUSHINGTON, his only child by that marriage. LOUISA died before the same was vested. Now, this to the 3rd parties, above, upon trust, the remainder to his use, in fee simple......................
   From his decease in his wife's lifetime, she will be paid 500 per annum and annual dividends, if any, as will be bequeathed by her uncle, JOHN PHILIPS, as will make up the sum of 500 during her life, the residue of rents and profits to his heirs and assigns.
   If he has any children by his wife, then after his and her death, then by mortgage or sale, the above Manor, to raise money for their children in equal shares............................
   He has purchased an estate called Dale Hall Farm in Essex and other estates in Kent. The income, after deducting costs, is 700 per annum. This is not part of the above Settlement........................
   He has 4 sons and 4 daughters by his present wife, EDMUND LAW, HENRY, THOMAS DAVIS, FRANKLYN, MARIA CATHERINE, EMILY, ELLEN ELIZA and LOUISA SOPHIA LUSHINGTON. EDMUND and THOMAS have attained the age of 21, the rest are minors, the youngest, LOUISA is 11.........................
   He has received 4,000 on behalf of his wife from her father, as her marriage portion, also from her brother, Sir GEORGE, a gift of 2,000 and from her uncle, JOHN PHILIPS, 4,000. From her late sister, CATHERINE PHILIPS, 8,000 and 3,377 18s 1d, as her late sister's residuary legatee and under her father's will on the death of her sister, unmarried, 800, the total sum is 22, 177 18s 1d............. for the portion of their children.........................
   He gives to his wife, all her jewels, trinkets. All household furniture, linen, glass, china, plate, wines, liquors, horses, cattle, sheep, carriages, farm implements, live and dead stock, hay, straw and all in Park House and grounds, for life. She also to have for life, all his books, pictures, which after her death go to son EDMUND LAW. She also to have 2,000....................
   All his money and securities for money, Government Stock and personal estate, to his brother in law, Sir GEORGE PHILIPS, nephew, GEORGE RICHARD PHILIPS, (son of Sir GEORGE), his sons, EDMUND LAW and HENRY, he appoints them his executors. They to convert into money all that not consisting of money and stand possessed of it, upon trust....................
   To Sir GEORGE PHILIPS, his wife, Lady SARAH PHILIPS, GEORGE RICHARD PHILIPS, his brothers, WILLIAM JOHN LUSHINGTON, STEPHEN RUMBOLD LUSHINGTON and Colonel JAMES LAW LUSHINGTON, 10 each for a ring or books as a memorial of him; to old friend, FLETCHER RAINCOCK of Liverpool, 50 for the same purpose.
   His house and farm, called Allington or Aldington of 252 acres, 3 roods and 32 perches in Thurnham, occupied by THOMAS ROBINSON, to Sir GEORGE PHILIPS and GEORGE RICHARD PHILIPS, upon trust, for the use of son EDMUND LAW, for life. After his death, to his first born son and his heirs, in default of such heirs, the to his 2nd son and his heirs, in default of such heirs, then, in priority of birth to other sons, as above. In the case there are no heirs from any of the sons, then to the daughters as for the sons. In default of any heirs from the daughters, then to his son THOMAS, after him, then as above and in default of any heirs, to son FRANKLYN, after him as before, in default of heirs then through testator's daughters, in priority of birth, MARIA CATHERINE, EMILY, ELLEN ELIZA and LOUISA. In default of any heirs, then to his brother, JAMES LAW LUSHINGTON, in default of heirs of JAMES LAW, then to brother, WILLIAM JOHN LUSHINGTON for ever.
   His house and farm, called Otteridge Farm of 66 acres, 2 roods, 7 perches, in Bearstead, occupied by RICHARD STOKES, to Sir GEORGE PHILIPS and GEORGE RICHARD PHILIPS, upon trust, for the use of son HENRY,after his death without heirs, then as before, through, THOMAS and FRANKLYN and EDMUND LAW and limited to the daughters of EDMUND ?............................ In default, then to testator's daughters, as before, in default of heirs, to his brother, JAMES LAW, for life and after his death to his children.................
   He gives the leasehold Rectorial or other tithes of 154 acres in Bearstead, which he holds from the Dean and Chapter of Rochester and interest he may hold at his death, to son HENRY.
   He is to make provision for sons THOMAS and FRANKLYN and his 4 daughters, in addition to sums already given or under the marriage settlement.
   To his PHILIPS trustees, upon trust, his mansion house and farm, Great Higham with land of about 230 acres, Lady Wood, 33 acres, Cherry Wood, 6 acres, occupied by JOHN REINHARD, afterward by STAPLETON PAYNE and now by WILLIAM COOPER in Milstead, Kingsdown, Lenham, Tonge, Doddington, Rodmersham and Murston Also his 2 houses on the north side of Poultry, City of London and Grocers Alley or Grocers Hall Court in St Mildred's, City of London; one was anciently called the "Three Tuns", the other the "Globe and Sceptre", both now in one tenement, formerly occupied by Messrs WILKS DICKENSON and Co, since by Messrs RHODES and Co, now let on lease to JOHN SOAMES at 300 per annum, all still subject to the Marriage Settlement.
   Also his house and farm, Dale Hall Farm and lands of about 479 acres, 3 roods and 2 perches and 38 acres, 17 perches of marshland , adjoining, 3 acres is called Howe, held of the Manor of Lawford, Dale hall Farm id in Lawford, Essex and Brantham, Suffolk, conveyed to him by the trustees of EDWARD RUSSELL HOWE, Esquire on the 23rd and 24th of March 1828; also Park House, where he resides, of 115 acres, 1rood, 18 perches. Also his land called Chillington Fields of 43 acres, 3 roods, 8 perches, in Maidstone, occupied by [          ] BAKER. Also his his house and farm called New Barn of 24 acres in Boxley and Maidstone, in his occupation.
   He purchased Park House from Sir HENRY RODDAM CALDER, Baronet; also his house and land purchased from FRANCIS BRADLEY, Esquire, of 19 acres, 10 perches, in Maidstone, occupied by [        ] BAX . And all other freehold and copyhold, Manors houses , upon trust, to be held by his trustees subject to the Marriage Settlement, for the use of his wife, SOPHIA, for life, independent of any future husband.
   After her death, then to the use of son, EDMUND LAW, for life, after his death, then has before to his other sons, in priority of birth, in default of any heirs from them, then through his daughters, as before, in default of heirs from them then to his brother, WILLIAM JOHN.
   After the death of his wife, to his daughter, MARIA CATHERINE, 2,500, to son, THOMAS, 1,250, EMILY, ELLEN ELIZA and LOUISA SOPHIA to have 1,250 each, son FRANKLYN to have 2,000 at 21 years of age...................................
   Witnesses: HARRIET HINGE, Mrs LUSHINGTON'S Maid SARAH MALLET, Housemaid THOMAS CHEESMAN, Footman to E.H. LUSHINGTON

Codicil 18th November 1835
He has, since the will was made, purchased, on the 9th and 10th of November, 1835, from THOMAS WILLIAM BROWNE BROTHERTON, Esquire, a piece of woodland called Sandling Wood of about 34 acres and Grange or Nether Grange Farm of about 42 acres, 3 roods, in Boxley and Maidstone. He gives this, upon trust to his PHILIPS trustees, for the purposes already expressed concerning his other properties.
   Witnesses: PETER DEALTRY of the Crown Office, Temple WILLIAM SAMUEL JONES of the Crown Office, Temple E. J. WHISHAW, Gray's Inn.
   Proved 7th June 1839, granted to EDMUND LAW and HENRY LUSHINGTON. Power reserved to Sir GEORGE PHILIPS and GEORGE RICHARD PHILIPS

LUSHINGTON see ASHWORTH

LUSHINGTON
see WATSON

169.   Coped Stone Horizontal Cross

South Side
Sacred to the Memory of our most Beloved
MADELINE FRANCES Wife of RICHARD MERCER of Sandling Place
who passed into Everlasting Life on the 30th of January 1862 Aged 24 Years
"Called to God's Eternal Glory by Christ Jesus"
1st Peter Ch 1 Vers 20

North Side
[                                                      ]
RICHARD MERCER of Morhanger Park, Sandy, Bedfordshire
[and] of Sandling Place in this Parish
Born [   ] May 1835 Died 15th October 1904

Principal Probate Registry Index
RICHARD MERCER of Morhanger Park, Sandy, Bedfordshire. Administration granted to ALGERNON MERCER, Colonel, H.M. Army and HERBERT MERCER, Lt. Colonel, 3rd Dragoon Guards. Effects, 21, 561, 5s 6d, re-sworn at 25,445, 5s 2d .

170.   Small Headstone, leaning against Chancel

In
Memory of
THOS Son of
THOS & SARAH NEVE
of this Parish who
died in his Infancy
[September 1755]

171.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
CLARA PACEY the beloved Wife of
ROBERT MELANOTHAN PACEY
who departed this Life January 4th 1869
Aged 20 Years
Also HARRIETT WINCHESTER
Daughter of the above
who departed this Life January 5th 1869
Aged 15 Years
Also FRANCIS WINCHESTER
Son of the above
who departed this Life January 14th 1869
Aged 12 Years
"Prepare to meet thy God"
Amos 1 V 12

PARKER see ALEXANDER

172.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
Miss
ELIZABETH PARRY
who died
7th August 1846
Aged 65 Years

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 15th August 1844
ELIZABETH PARRY of Boxley.
   She appoints her cousin, JOHN WILMSHURST?, Surgeon and his son, JOHN, a Solicitor residing in London, as her executors.
    To godson, JOHN WILMSHURST, Junior and his sister, MARGARET WILMSHURST, 50 each.
   To LYDIA BURNETT?, 50 and to her sister, ELEANOR BURNETT ?, 50.
   To her god daughter, LOUISA JANE [BUR]NETT?, 20, to her god daughter, ELIZABETH MANNERING, 50 and to her mother, JANE MANNERING, the bond which testator holds of her husband, WILLIAM (   ?   ) MANNERING.
   To her god daughter, ELLEN ROSE MARTIN, 10, to god daughter, ELLEN SUSANNA ROSE, 10 and to MARY ANN BATHURST, 5.
   The residue of her estate to her cousin JOHN WILMSHURST, Surgeon.
   Witnesses: MARY WALKER THOMAS CHARLES

173.   Ledger on Brick Base, (Just inside wooded area to the East)

Here lies Deposited
the Remains of ELIZABETH
Wife of JAMES PIGRAM of
Maidstone She died the 14th
of July 1804 Aged 46 Years
Left issue four Sons (Viz)
WILLM. LAMB, JAMES THO. RUSSELL
and GEORGE LOUCH

174.   Headstone

In Loving Memory
of
JOHN POUND
died March 26th ? 1872
Aged 44 Years
"Thy Will be Done"
Also SARAH ANN his Wife
died February 14th 1922
Aged 90 Years
"Resting in Peace"

1871 Census, John Pound was an Agricultural Labourer living in Wateringbury, his children were born in Boxley

REEVES see CLIFFORD

175.   Portland Stone Plinth, topped with an Urn. (Very Eroded, only one face partly legible)


John RICHARDSON 1829

Sacred
to the Memory of
JOHN RICHARDSON, Gen[t]?
[who died] [   ]3 March 1829
[Aged 52 Years]

I have not found a will for John Richardson but did find a will for Thomas Richardson, buried at Boxley, April 1822, aged 53 and his wife, Sarah buried in Boxley, May 1826, aged 68. I was disappointed to find that the wills threw no light on John. Thomas, who styled himself Esquire, was a Farmer of Reed Court Farm, Marden when he made the will in 1814. Five of his six children, including John George, were minors. Thomas was about 45 years old in 1814, so this rules out John being a son. I suspect that John was a brother and that Thomas and Sarah may be on the illegible faces of the monument? My first impression of the inscription was that it was for John Richard Songen, the body which awarded this and other monuments Grade 2 listed status, also misread the inscription and did not check the registers, so it remains wrongly attributed.

176.   Headstone, (the Roots stones are very worn)

Sacred
to the Memory of THIRZA Daughter of
ABEL and BET ROOTS
died July [   ] 1800 Aged 15? Months

177.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
JAMES ROOTS
the eldest Son of
ABEL and BET ROOTS
of Boxley
who Expired June 18th 1840
Aged 49? Years
This Stone is erected by his
Parents and his Desolate Widow
(Illegible Verses)

178.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
ABEL ROOTS
who during Forty Seven Years
of [      ] and serious and [      ]
served the Office of Parish Clerk
[                      ] and Fidelity
died on the 12th day of Nov 1850
Aged 81 Years
Also BET [Wife of the above]
[died 1855]

Concise Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will Dated 7th January 1841
ABEL ROOTS, of Boxley, Farmer.
   He appoints his son, GEORGE, daughter, ELIZABETH THIRZA ROOTS and his friend, WILLIAM BEALE of Maidstone, Gentleman, executors.
   All his household furniture, goods, plate, linen, china, wines, liquors and all other goods and effects, to his wife, BET, for life and after her death, then to his daughter, ELIZABETH THIRZA, absolutely.
   To his executors, 400 in the 3% Consolidated Bank Annuities, in the Bank of England, upon trust, trustees to pay his wife the dividends for life and after her death, the 400 Annuities to daughter, ELIZABETH THIRZA, absolutely.
   His houses, cottages, farms, lands, woodlands, in Boxley, Bearstead, Thurnham and Gillingham and the Ville of Lidsing and all the rest of his real estate, to his wife, for life, she keeping the same insured and in good repair and condition.
   His house divided into four dwelling houses with a barn and blacksmith's forge, yard, garden and land in Thurnham, now occupied by ROBERT DAY, JOHN ATTWOOD, THOMAS ROSE and THOMAS LULCOCK, to his 5 grandsons, GEORGE, ABEL WILLIAM, THOMAS CHARLES, HENRY and FREDERICK ROOTS, children of his son, GEORGE, for ever, equally divided.
   The rest and residue of his real estate to son GEORGE, for ever, subject to payment of an annuity of 50, charged on that real estate, to be paid to his sister, ELIZABETH THIRZA, for life. The estate given to son GEORGE, is also charged with the payment of 25 for each of his 4 grand daughters, HARRIET, ELIZA THIRZA, LOUISA ANN and ELIZABETH ROOTS, children of son GEORGE, provided that the annuity for his sister, ELIZABETH THIRZA, is paid without any deductions. The annuity is to be paid quarterly, if it is not paid within 30 days after it is due, his daughter can distrain the properties, if it is not paid within 40 days, she to receive the rents and profits due from the estate until it is paid.
   The rest and residue of ready money, securities for money, goods, chattels and credits, to his trustees, upon trust, they to convert into money all not consisting of money and paid his debts and funeral and probate costs. The residue to be invested in Government or Rear securities and the dividends to be paid to his wife for life. After her death, the residue of his personal estate to son GEORGE, absolutely.
   To WILLIAM BEALE, 19 19s for the trouble he may have in the execution of the will.
   Witnesses: J. H. SH(   ?   ) SAMUEL SMITH, Clerks to Messrs HOARE and BEALE, Solicitors, Maidstone

Codicil 13th June 1847
He had given daughter ELIZABETH THIRZA, all household goods after her mother's death, (she is now the wife of WILLIAM EYRES of Southfleet, Carpenter) but he now revokes this bequest. After the death of her mother his daughter to equally share these goods with her brother, GEORGE.
   He ratifies the rest of the will.
   Witnesses: THOMAS PEARCE S. MADDOX
   Proved 18th December 1850

The Roots family farmed Lower Grange, (40 acres), for the first half of the 19th century, until the Best family bought it. Abel was originally a Shoemaker. In 1849 he was also a Miller at Aylesford Corn Mill. (Ambrose and Hook).

179.   Headstone, Flaked and Bulging

In Loving Memory of
JAMES SELLEN
Second Son of
[CHARL]ES and ANN SELLEN
[of] this Parish
[who died] October 18th [18]45
[Ag]ed 28 Years
(Eroded Verse)
Also the above named
CHARLES SELLEN
Born June 13th 1812
Died April 15th 1883
Also ANN his Wife
Born Novr. 3rd 1810
Died Decr. 23Rd 1888

1861 Census, Charles Sellen was a Farmer of 17 acres at Grove Green

180.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
WALTER WILLIAM
Son of
WILLIAM & ELIZABETH WARD
who died at Sandling
in this Parish
May 31st 1866
Aged 19 Years

181.   

In
Affectionate Remembrance of
ELIZABETH
the beloved Wife of
WILLIAM WARD
who died suddenly
at Sandling in this Parish
17th May 1876
Aged 68 Years
"Her End was Peace"
"Watch, therefore, for ye know not at
what hour your Lord may come"

1871 Census, William Ward was an Inn Keeper at the "Running Horse" at Sandling

182.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
JAMES WATSON
for more than 50 years a
most devoted and trustworthy
Servant to the Family of
E. L. LUSHINGTON, Esq
of Park House
He was born A.D. 1786 at
Thurnham Green in Middlesex
and died Nov 9th 1877 at Hunton
Aged 91 Years
"Well Done, good and faithful Servant,
enter thou into the Joy of thy Lord"

Principal Probate Registry Index
JAMES WATSON of Maidstone, Gardener. Administration granted to JOHN WATSON, a Gardener, the son, of Horton and STEPHEN HOLMES of 35 Church Street, Southgate Road, Middlesex, Merchant's Clerk. Effects under 600

183.   Headstone

Sacred
to the Memory of
WILLIAM WHYMAN
who died November 3rd 1868
Aged 49 Years
Left surviving a Widow, 1 Son
and 2 Daughters
"I will lay me down in Peace and take my
Rest for it is thou Lord only that makest
us dwell in Safety"

1861 Census, William Whyman was a Gardener, living at Vinters Lodge

184.   Headstone

In
Memory of
THOMAS WOOLLEY
(of Boxley)
died December 23rd 1888
Aged 68 Years
"Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob
for his help, whose Hope is in the Lord,
his God"

1881 Census, Thomas Woolley was a Farmer of 8 acres, living at Woolley's Cottage, near Lidsing Cottages.

 

Index of names and places etc        Places        Miscellaneous 

ALCOCKE 36
ALDIS 34
ALEXANDER 1,36,113-133,152
ALLEN 59
AMHURST 13
ANDREWES 13
ANDREWS 2, 13
ANDROS 36
ARCHER 153
ARNOLD 29, 37, 132
ASHBY 104, 105, 139
ASHWORTH 134
ATHAWES 3, 59, 76-80, 86, 93,
   106, 135, 152
ATKINS 77, 136
ATKINSON 83
ATLINS 59
ATTWOOD 178
ATWATER 38
AVERY 57, 107, 153
AYRES 7

BAKER 14, 50, 108, 168
BALCOMBE 102
BALDOCK 153
BALSTON 34
BARKER 13
BARNETT 4, 34
BARROW 109, 110
BARTON 137
BATE 6
BATH 51
BATHURST 172
BAX 168
BEACH 129
BEALE 3, 178
BEAUMAN 52
BEDINGFIELD 96
BEEBEY 13
BELCHER 7, 9
BELLAMY 111
BENNETT 64, 138
BEST 4,139,140,160,166,178
BIGG 53, 118
BINGHAM 4
BIRKBECKE 36
BIX 13
BLACKWELL 73
BLAKE 66
BLAXLAND 64
BLINKHORN 141
BLOOM 28
BOESLY 56
BONNY 45
BOSANQUET 139
BOSCOWEN 36
BOSENQUET 34
BOSVILLE 36
BOSWELL 4
BOULDEN 84
BOWENE 153
BRADLEY 168
BRAMLEY 139
BRETON 36
BREWER 14
BRIDGES 36
BRIDGLAND 39 , 54, 55, 66,
BRITTER 14, 2
BROOKE 36
BROOKER 57
BROOKS 4
BROTHERTON 168


BROWN 4, 7, 167
BROWNE 33, 168
BUBBOE 66
BUCK 112, 144
BURDEN 13
BURFORD 81
BURGESS 101
BURKHURST 13
BURN 66
BURNETT 172
BURR 6, 91, 120
BURT 6, 7, 56
BURTON 5
BURVILL 6, 11, 13, 139
BURVILLE 102
BUSBRIDGE 40
BUSH 145
BUTCHER 7
BUTTERFIELD 4
BYNON 82

CAGE 7
CAHEET 7
CALDER 139, 168
CANDY 139
CANE 7
CAROTT 14
CARTER 39, 152, 153
CASTINELLI 36
CATT 66
CHAMBERS 4, 139
CHAMP 36, 146
CHAMPNEYS 7, 8, 9, 10
CHANDLER 153
CHAPMAN 56
CHARLES 147, 172
CHARLTON 3,11,12a,13,36,153
CHEESEMAN 94, 168
CHITTENDEN 66
CHOAT 7
CHURCH 167
CHUTE 14
CLAPHAM 36, 129
CLARK 40
CLEMENTS 4
CLIFFORD 118, 139, 148
CLOUT 114
CLOVER 7
COCKS 124
COLEMAN 95
COLLARD 39
COLLENS 114
COMFORT 66
CONQUEST 139
CONSTABLE 57
COOKE 102, 124
COOPER 3, 83, 168
CORNWALLIS 14, 19
COVELL 40
COVILL 40, 91
COXE 36
CRAMP 9
CRAVEN 28
CRAWLEY 29
CREASEY 83
CRISPE 13, 36
CRITTENDEN. 86
CROMP 139
CROWHURST 113
CUMMING 6
Currie 82
CUTBATH 39, 83
D to K
D'AETH 9
DANN 102
DARY 36
DAVIES 17
DAVIS 34
DAWES 58
DAWLEY 153
DAWLINGS 102
DAWSON 59, 76, 152
DAY 77, 178
DEALTRY 168
DEAS 11
Defoe 7
DENDY 139
DICKENSON 168
DICKINS 63
DISMORE 81
DIXON 36, 81, 153
DOBBS 13
DOE 153
DOWN 102
DOWSETT 83
DOYLE 4
DRAKE 36
DRIVER 59, 77, 83
DRUMMOND 153
DU MAYLIN 14
DUDLOW 152
DUKE 36
DUNBAR 139
DUNNING 59, 73, 83, 149-151
DURGATE 124
DURRANT 152

EASTLAND 52, 59
EDMEADES 4
ELAN 115
ELDEN 101
ELEY 139
ELIOT 29
EVELIN 36
EVENDEN 66, 153
EVERSFIELD 114
EYRES 178
FAIRFAX 4
FALCONER 6
FANCETT 115
FAUCHON 124
Faulkner 168
FEATHERSTONE 4
FILMER 4
FINCH 36
FISHER 96
FITZROY 133
FITZWILLIAMS 33
FLETCHER 168
FOORD 4
FOOTE 139
FORMAN 152
FORSTER 139
FOSTER 36
FOWLE 59, 62, 82-84, 86, 116, 152, 153
FOWLER 154
FOWTAN 12a
FRANCKS 36
FREEBODY 14
FREEMAN 60
FRENCH 95
FRYER 6
FULLAGAR 7, 9, 36, 85,95, 152, 155, 156
FULLER 13
FYNCH 36

GANDY 157
GAUSSEN 139
GAYHAGAN 153
GILMAN 3
GODDEN 36, 153
GOODMAN 95
GORE 36
GORHAM 158
GOULDFINCH 36
GOUMELINE 3
GRANVILLE 29
GREEN 38, 64, 66, 86,153,159
GREENWOOD 139


GRIFFITH 30
GRIGSBY 139, 160
GRIMSTON 14
GROOMBRIDGE 64
GROVE 41
GROVER 61
GUBBERD 36
GUSTUS 66
GWYN 14
GYLES 86

HABERFIELD 87
HAITE 139
HALES 35, 36
HALFORD 34
HALL 13, 64, 88
HALLOWAY 3
HAMAKES 153
HAMMOND 117
HANDFIELD 36
HARDINGE 139
HARDY 9
HARRIS 57, 89
HART 38, 167
HATCH 59, 90, 91
HAWT 36
HAZELL 126
HEAD 161
HEARNDEN 153
HENMAN 7
HILLES 33
HILLS 56, 84, 102, 118, 119, 120, 124
HILTON 15, 132
HINGE 168
HITHER 139
HOAR 91, 119, 120
HOARE 34, 178
HODGES 82, 14
HOLDER 162
HOLDING 13
HOLLINGWORTH 34
HOLLOWAY 52, 91, 92
HOLMES 181
HOOKER 78
HOPE 56, 76
HOPKINS 62
HOW 153
HOWE 168
HUBBARD 84
HUDSON 12b, 13
HUGHES 7, 133, 163
HULTON 95
HUNT 36, 85, 93, 94, 95
HYDE 119

IDEN 12, 12a
IRBY 13

JACOBSON 153
JAMES 139
JARMAN 39
JARRETT 156
JEAKINS 81
JENNINGS 4
JOHNSON 36
JONES 7, 96, 168
JORDAN 59
JOSSELYN 153
JOSSET 34

KEMP 39
KEMSLEY 62-66, 164
KENTISH 42
KENWARD 139
KETTLE 167
KILLICK 165
KILVER 139
KING 152
KNATCHBULL 139
KNIPE 11, 129
L to R
LAMKIN. 153
LAMPREY 45, 126
LANE 166
LAVENDER 167
LAW 16, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 168
LAWDER 36+
LAWRY 126
LAWSON 126
LEAD 43
LECHE 36
LEEDS 132
LEIGH 83
LEWIS 4, 63, 139
LIDGATER 56
LLOYD 4, 139
LOBB 34
LONG 45, 53, 153
LONGLEY 14
Lord Cobham 36
Lord Romney 36
LOTT 67, 68, 132, 153
LOVELACE 4
LULCOCK 178/
LUSHINGTON 16-26, 134, 168,
   181
LYNCH 7

MADDOX 14, 137, 178
MAIDMAN 73
MALLET 168
MAN 83
MANN 83
MANNERING 172
MANORATH 13
MANOUCHE 132

MANWARING 121
MAPLESDEN 27 28
MARCHANT 102
MARLEY 66
MARSHALL 56
MARSHAM 36
MARTIN 4, 95, 139, 172
MASON 91
MAWDISTLY 4,139, 168
MAYTUM 86
MEAD 36
MEDHURST 36
MEEK 139
MERCER 95, 169
MIDDLETON 4
MILLER 76, 126
MILNER 7
MITCHELL 27, 28, 101
MOLLOY 66
MONTAGUE 30
MOORE 87
MORLEY 133
MORPLETT 139
MORRIS 152
MUDDLE 81
MUNN 38, 56

NARBROUGH 9
NASH 86
NEALE 96
NEVE 170
NEWLAND 36
NEWMAN 36
NEWTON 39
NORRISON 4

OARE 129
ONGLEY 7, 44
OSBORN 97

PACEY 171
PALMER 36
PARATEY 153
PARFETT 66
PARISH 36
PARKER 11, 13,59,69, 131,132
PARKINS 66, 70, 122
PARKS 113, 123
PARKS 91
PARRY 172
PARSONS 57
PARTRIDGE 36
PASTON 115
PATTENDEN 84, 98- 100, 102
PAYNE 168
PEARCE 178
PECKHAM 59
PEGGE 14
PELHAM 139
PEMBLE 34
PERKINS 64
PERRIN 91
PETO 1038
PETT 7
PETTLEWELL 36
PHILIPS 16, 34, 168
PHILLIPS 13, 168
PIERCE 124
PIGRAM 173
PIPER 68, 167
POPE 6, 34, 91
POUND 174
PUNNETT 40, 152
PYE 45

QUESTED 4

RADCLIFFE 101
RADLEY 42
RAINCOCK 168
RALPH 102
RAMSVERY 56
RANDALL 153
RASHLEIGH 6, 139
RAYFIELD 102
READER 45
READLY 36
REEVES 59, 148
REINHARD 168
RELFE 13, 160
RHODES 168
RICH 56, 76, 139
RICHARDSON 4, 175
RICKARDS 34
RIDOUT 102
RIGBY 59
RIMSTON 14
ROBINSON 91, 139, 153, 168
RODDAM 168
Romney 34
ROOK 139
ROOTS 176, 177, 178
ROSE 38, 83, 178
ROSS 29
ROSSE 86
RUGG 76,
RUMBOLD 168
RUSSELL 168
RYANSTON 152

S to Y
SANDALL 13
SANDYS 30, 31, 36
SASTEDES 12a
SAUNDERS 36
SAVAGE 71
SAYWELL 103
SCOTT 36, 139
SCUDAMORE 66, 133
SEAGER 59, 132, 153
SELBY 36
SELL 77
SELLEN 179
SHARP 57, 107, 125, 126
SHAW 139
SHEFFIELD 57, 62
SHEPHERD 34
SILDEN 14
SILVESTER 115
SIMPSON 139
SIMSON 114
SINGLETON 139
SISLEY 83
SKINNER 36
Smart 34
SMITH 34, 36, 118, 178
SNELL 32
SOAMES 168
Songen 175
SONNINGS 4
SOPER 91
SOUTHGATE 59, 83
SPALDMAN 36
SPARKE 36
SPRAT 7
SPRINGETT 12a, 118
STACEY 139

STAPLETON 168
STARMES 83
STEPHENS 39
STILES 131

STOCKWELL 36
STOE 83
STOKES 168
STONE 59
STONER 33
STRINGER 7
STRONG 66
STROUGHILL 4
SUMMERFIELD 152, 153
SUTTON 165
SWAIN 96
SWEETLOVE 114,. 153
SWINNOCK 72

TANNER 114
TAPMAN 36
TAYLER 36, 83
TAYLOR 36, 56, 84, 153
TENNYSON 25
THATCHER 28
THOMAS 27, 73, 153
THORNEY 13
THOROLD 13
TILDEN 13, 14
TILGHMAN 9
TINMOUTH 153
TOLHURST 161
TOMLYN 36
TOMYOW 33
TOPPING 95, 118
TOWNSEND 36
TREFNELL 29
TREVOR 27
TRIAMORE 36
TRIGG 8
TRIGGE 9
TUFFNELL 4
TUFTON 14
TURBEVILLE 4
Turner 34
TWISDEN 36
TWOPENNY 139

USHER 66
VANE 11
VASS 118
VINES 34

WAGHORN 66
WALKER 34, 66, 172
WALLIS 127
WALTER 124
WARD 36, 180, 181
WARING 132
WARNER 36
WATERMAN 13
WATHURST 91
WATKINS 132
WATSON 96, 181
WATTS 165
WAY 124
WEATHERLY 36
WEBSTER 139
WEDEKER 123
WEEKES 62
WEEKS 74
WELLS 4, 76, 139
WESTBROOKE 91
WESTON 81
WHATMAN 139
WHATMAN 29, 34
WHEELER 46
WHISHAW 169
WHITCHURCH 36
WHITE 13, 57, 66, 83, 101
WHITEHEAD 4
WHYMAN 183
WIAT 36
WIATT 35, 36
Sir Francis Wiat 31
WICKHAM 4
WILDES 57, 83
WILFORD 31
WILKS 168
WILLARD 11, 59
WILLIAMS 139
WILLSON 56
WILMOT 128
WILMSHURST 139, 172
WINCH 47, 139
WINCHESTER 171
WINGATE 91
WINTER 13, 48
WINTER 48
WOOD 153
WOODING 153
WOOLLEY 184
WOOLLVEN 75
WRENTMAN 7
WYATT 33, 36
WYVELL 11

YEOMANS 152
YOUNG 29

Places
Africa 82
Aldington Court 26
Allington 83, 124
Allington Castle 36
Aousia, Piedmont 7
Ashford 36
Avignon 16, 168
Aylesford 36, 39, 62, 83, 
   150-153, 178,
Barking, Essex
Barming 39
Barnet 13
Basted, Westerham 153
Battle, Sussex 66
Bearstead 12a, 55, 178
   Otteridge Farm 168
   Rufsacre 66
   Strutton Street 86
Bechworth Castle, Surrey 33
Bekesbourne 36
Biddenden 7
Birchington 36
Bishop's Thorpe 31
Boughton Monchelsea 118

Boxley 174
   Abbey 30, 161
   Abbey Court, Sandling 141
   Abbey Street Farm 118
   Boarley Farm 89
   Boxley Hill 82
   Callants Farm, Detling Rd 159
   Chattenden Farm 139
   Cobtree 62, 71, 83, 153
   Conquest Wood 139
   Dunn Street 45
   Dunn Street Farm 45
   Dunning's Farm, nr Vinters 165

   Farthings 57
   Gasset 36
   Gibraltar Inn 122
   Grange or Nether 
      Grange Farm 168
   Great Farm, Nether Grange,
      Gove Green, Abbey lands,
          Weavering Farm 83
   Green 130
   Grove Green 179
Boxley continued
   Harbourland 139
   Harpe 36
   Islingham Farm 139
   Lower Grange 77, 178

   Manor Farm 45
   Medway Cottage 140
   Mote Lodge, Ashford Rd 114
   Narthex of 34
   New Barn farm 168
   Newnham Court 76, 110, 152
   Outwood 14
   Park 139
   Park House 16, 22, 134, 160,
      166, 168, 182
   Parsonage Farm 3, 118
   Poor Field 84
   Queen Anne Farm 159
   Red Lion Inn 44
   Redpitt Wood 36
   Ringleton Farm 9
      Rochester Road, Cobtree 156
   Rome House 139
Boxley continued
   Sandling 44, 102, 120, 156,
      162, 180
      Plough Inn 59
      Red Lion 46, 102
      Running Horse 59, 181
   Sandling Farm 44, 118
   Sandling Place 169
   Sandling Wood 168
   Shawes Croft Ruffe 36
   Southgate Farm 83
   St. Martin's Lane 14
   Street Farm 129
   The Park, Sandling 26
   the Street 59
   Tyland Farm 44, 63- 64,118- 120
   Vinters 7-10, 34
   Vinters Lodge 183
   Warren Farm 142
   Weathering Street, 66
   Weavering Street 59
   Webbering (Weavering?) 28
   Went's Wood Farm 58
   Woolley's Cottage 184

Brantham, Suffolk 168
Brasted 83
Bredhurst 45, 56, 83, 103
Brenchley 78
Bretnam and Kettle
   Barston in Suffolk 14
Bridgend, Clifton Cottage,
   Glamorganshire 73
Brompton 91, 102
Brook East Malling 153
Burham 153
Burham Common or 
   Downs in Burham 153
Calcutta 6
Cambridge Peterhouse Lodge
   16, 168
Canterbury 7, 9,
Cardigan 36
Carmarthen 36
Ceylon 16
Chatham 4, 38, 53, 58, 62, 66,
   132, 139, 146
Chatham Hill 56
Chatham Mansion House 139
Chatham Rome House 139
Chatham St. Mary the Virgin,
   M.I.s no. 203, on this site 132
Chiddingstone 102
Chilton, Kent 35
China 1
Cobham 4
Colony of Virginia 31
Craxton, Lincoln 4
Dale Hall Farm, Lawford, Esse168
Deptling (Detling) 86
Detling 34, 66, 86
Derbyshire 168
Dicklebury, Norfolk 13
Digswell, Hertfordshire 7
Ditton Place 153
Doddington 168
Dover 153
Dronfield, Derbyshire 134
East Farleigh 66, 95
East Indies 6
Eastbourne 16, 22, 168
Eastwell 36
Epsom 56
Essex 3
Essex Dale Hall Farm 168
Forditch 36
Fort St. George 36
Frindsbury 139
Gallipoli 29
Gibraltar 139
Gillingham 4, 178
Glasgow 16, 168
Glasgow University 22
Gold Coast of Guinea 27
Gravesend 126
Graythwaite Hall 31
Greece 29
Halstead, Kent 83
Halstow 56
Hanbury 139
Hastings 165
Hawkhurst Elford 47
Headcorn 11, 12a, 13
Higham Great Higham 168
Higham Great Higham House 168
Higham Lady Wood,
   Cherry Wood 168

Horton 181
Hucking 45
Hunton 182
India 29
Ireland 9
Kingsdown 168
Knowlton, Kent 9
Lady Wood or Lade Wood,
   in Milstead, Lenham and
       Doddington 168
Leeds, Kent 139, 153
Leghorn 36
Leicestershire 168
Lenham 36, 56, 168
Lidsing 178
Lidsing Harrow 46
Lidsing Harrow Inn 45
Lidsing, Gillingham 63
Linton 118, 139
Little Bromley, Essex 13
Little Mate (mote), Einsford 
   (Eynsford) 36
Liverpool 168


London 3, 12b, 13, 36, 66, 82, 167, 172
   18 Tooks Court, Cursister Street,
      Chancery Lane 139
   3 Breams Buildings, Chancery Lane 139
   35 Church Street, Southgate Road,
      [Islington] Middlese181
   40 Blackman Street, Southwark 62
   5 New Boswell Court, Carey Street 153
   60 Portland Place 29
   Adelphi in the parish of St Martin
      in the Fields 6
   Baynard's Castle Wharfe 36
   Bream's Buildings, Chancery Lane 139
   British Museum 1
   Chartehouse Yard 36
   City of London 82. 91
   Cordwainer's Hall 3
   Crown Office, Temple 168
   Custom House 4, 36
London continued
   Mrs DESENUIS'S Boarding School, 
      Wandsworth 36
   Duke Street, Stamford Street,
      Blackfriars Road 124
   Earl St 29
   Globe and Sceptre 168
   Grays Inn 7, 139, 168
   Hatton Garden 6
   Inner Temple 36
   Lombard Street 34
   New River Water Works 9
   Nottingham Place, Middlesex 
      (St. Marylebone) 34
   Old Saint Pancras church 82
   Old Saint Pancras Parish Registers 82
   Panton Square 83
   Porter and Stout 139
   Prospect Place, Maida Hill, Middlesex 82
   
London continued
   5Royal Exchange 36
   Somerset House 82
   South Bank, Regent's Park 82
   Southampton Buildings, Holborn,
      Middlesex 101
   Southwark 36
   St Andrew's Wardrobe 36
   St Bartholomew 36
   St Benet's Paul's Wharfe, City of 36
   St Margaret's Westminster 6, 11
   St Mary Hill, Tower Street, City of 126
   St Mildred, Poultry, City of London 168
   St Olave, Southwark 36
   Three Tuns 168
   Upper Gower Street 34
   Warder (sic) Street, near Soho Square 36
   Westminster 7
   2 Woodstock St, Oxford Street 86

Maidstone 7, 11, 13, 34, 36, 45,
 57, 59, 64-66, 73, 79, 83, 84, 91,
 95, 101, 102, 114, 119, 120, 124,
 126, 129, 133, 139, 153, 154,
 158, 167, 168, 173, 178, 181
   " Virginia" at the upper end of
       East Lane 95
   All Saints 132
   1 Bower Terrace,
      Tonbridge Road 163
   Bower 163
   Chillington Fields 168
   Frant 83
   Havock Lane 167
   Mote 36
   New Barn 3
   over great bridge 102
   Rose House 153
   St Faith's Green 132
   Week Street 132
   Wheeler Street 124
Malta 16, 168
Manchester 168
Marden 50
Marden Reed Court Farm 175
Middlesex Thurnham Green 181
Milstead 168
Milton 56
Minster, Isle of Sheppey 117
Morhanger Park, Sandy,
   Bedfordshire 169
Mountford 7
Murston 168
Newnham Gloucestershire 8
Norfolk 13
Northaw, Hertfordshire 34
Norwood 139
Oakwood Asylum, Barming 43
Ombersly, Worcestershire 36
Ostenhanger (Westenhangar) 7
Otham 14
Otterham Quay 56
Panquite? (Penquite), Cornwall 6
Paris 16, 168
Pembroke 36
Penenden Heath 82, 102
Point de Galle in Ceylon 17
Pond House, Boxsted, Essex 153
Port Au Prince in St Domingo 6+
Quex in Thanet 36
Quex on the Isle of Thanet 36
Rainham 56, 63, 91
Rochester 4, 7, 102
Rochester Manor Farm of Delce 4
Rochester St. Margaret's
   115, 139

Rodmersham 168
Roydon Hall 36
Running Horse Inn 59
Sadler 59
Sedgeley, Lancashire 168
Sedgeley, Manchester 16
Sheerness 66, 74
Sheerness in the
   Isle of Sheppey 117
Shorne 4
Silverton, Devon 6
Snodland 91
Southampton 139
Southfleet 6, 178
Southfleet Motes 36
Southfleet Poole Wood 36
Speldhurst 27
St Mary's Cray 9
St Paul's Cray 9
Staplehurst 59
Staples, Groves 7
Stockbury 135
Stone House Farm 59
Stone Poole Wood 36
Stonehope, Durham 139
Strood 56
Swanscombe 36
Teston 40
The George 59
The Turnpike Gate 59
Thorpe Marrey, Preston 14
Thurnham 7, 76, 96, 102, 118,
   153, 178
Thurnham, Allington or
   Aldington 168
Tonge 168
Town Malling 86
Tunstall, Stranton, 
   County of Durham 140
Turnpike Gate 59
Twickenham 36
Ulcombe 7
Virginia 31
Winchester College 6
Walderslade Estate 139
Wateringbury 174
Wayth 84
West Farleigh 66
White Horse Inn 61
Woodcutt, Hollingbourne 153
Woodensborough 9
Woodnesborough, Ringlerton 7
Woolwich marshland 9
Wormshill 81
Yalding 83
Miscellaneous
accidental discharge of a gun 82
Admiralty, Somerset House 82
Agricultural Labourer 174
Apothecary 7
Army
   23rd Regiment 139
   34th Regiment of Foot 139
   3rd Dragoon Guards 169
   3rd Regt The Buffs Born 29
   66th Regiment of Foot 6
   2nd? Highlanders 139
   4th Foot 139
   H.M. 34th Regt 127
   West Kent Militia 139
   West Kent Regiment of
      Militia 139
   Worcestershire Regt 24

   Captain 4, 6, 7, 13
   Captain and Adjutant 139
   Captain in the 26th? 
      Regiment of Foot 139
   Chatham Barracks 115
   Colonel 13, 139, 166, 168, 169
   Lieut Col of the West Kent
      Militia 139
   Lieut. Colonel 139, 163
   Lieutenant 139
   Major 6, 84, 139

Royal Navy 83
   Captain 27, 28
   Castle a Frigate of London 27
   Master and Commander 27
   Marines 7
   Marine Band 115

artist 34
Attorney 4, 73, 102
Attorney at Law 66, 86, 114,
   126, 153
Auctioneer 153
Baker 153
Barber 56
Barclay and Company 139
Barrister 7, 168
bees and their hives 57
Blind 159
Boxley Norman nave 34
Brazier 64, 66
Brewer 4, 132, 139
Bricklayer 66, 77, 91
Builder 4, 114
Butcher 84, 132, 153
Butler 4, 34, 139
Carpenter 4, 40, 66, 77, 95,
   143, 178
chapel or meeting house for religious worship 132
Chatham, Poor House 4
Chief Commissioner of the Colonial Audit Board and Master of the Crown Office 168
Chief Justice of Ceylon 168
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate 23
Chief Secretarto the 
   Government of Malta 16, 168
Citizen of London 101
Clergy
   Assistant Curate 15
   Priest 15
   Rector 7
   Rev 11, 14
   Rural Dean of Sutton 26
   Vicar 6, 11, 30, 36
   Clerk (Clergyman) 139
Clerk 4, 34, 45, 57, 66, 83, 124,
  139, 153
Coach-Maker 132
Coachman 139
Consumption 101
Cooper 4
Cordwainer 91
Corn Mill 178
Cost Office 82
Cotton Merchant 82
Currier (?carrier) 66
Dower Rights. 4
Draper 4, 101, 109
drowned 74
East India Compan17, 27
Embassy 1
Farm Bailiff 55
Farmer 39, 40, 45, 53, 56. 57, 
   62, 64, 83, 84, 91, 110, 114,
   118, 119, 120, 124, 153, 156,
   165, 175, 178, 179, 184
Fatal accident in shooting 84
Five Kentish Petitioners 7
Footman 168
Garden Nurseryman 58
Gardener 66, 161, 181, 183
Governor of Virginia 31, 36
Grocer 36, 53, 118, 167
Haberdasher 101
Habits and Manners of China 1
Hon Commissioners of his Majesty's Revenue 9
hop grounds 14
hop poles 3
Hotel Keeper 6
House Porter 43
Household Management 34
Housekeeper 4, 6, 7, 34, 95
Housemaid 168
Husbandman 59
inn 59
Inn Keeper 4, 122, 126, 181
Innholder 102
Iron Monger 95, 117
Justices of the Peace 6
kells, (kilns) 14
Kentish Bank, Maidstone 153
Kentish Petitioners 7
Labourer 57, 66, 91, 115, 156
Land Surveyor 66
Law Stationer 139
Librarian 1
locked 7
Madras Civil Service 17
Maidstone Corporation of Maidstone 36
Managing Clerk 139
Manor of Boxle36
Manor of Higham 168
Manor of Islingham 139
Manor of Lawford, Essex 168
Manor of Ringleton, Woodensborough 9
manufacture of paper 34
Master of the Crown Office 16
Merchant 13,36, 83
Merchant's Clerk 181
Miller 52, 178
Milles 14
Milliner 66
Monastery 36
Oakwood Asylum, Barming 43
Office of Parish Clerk 123
Orphan Stock 34
Outdoor Servant 139
Painter and Glazier 66
Paper Maker 34
Paper Maker 34, 64, 66, 153, 167
Physician General 82
Plumber 4
Poet 30, 31
Poulterer 124
printmaker 34
private pew in Maidstone
   Church 153
Privy Chamber 31
Professor of Greek 22
Puisne Judge 16
Rectorial or other tithes 168
Royal Kalendar and Court and
   City Register, 1833 82
Sadler 4, 59
School Master 39
Senior was the Head Clerk  the
   Admiralty Medical Section 82
Servant 4, 29, 34, 36, 126, 134,
   160, 166
Shoemaker 167, 178
Shop Keeper 148
Solicitor 45, 57. 83, 119, 120,
   124, 139, 167, 172, 178
South Sea Stock 139
Stationer 101
Surgeon 4, 83, 126, 172
Tailor 91
Tanner 12a
teacher 34
The George 59
The Turnpike Gate 59
Turkey Company 36
Turnpike 7
undertaker 139
Union Workhouse 139
Victualler 45, 62, 102, 124
Victualing Department 82
Virginia Merchant 3
warren 84
Watchman in H. M. Dockyard 66
water colour paper 34
Waterman 91
Weaver 46
Wheelwright 59, 86, 130
Wheelwright's business 44
White Horse Inn 61
windmill 84
Wine and Spirit Merchant 126
Wine Merchant 126
Wood Dealer 84
Yeoman 7

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