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Toke's and others, Heraldic Ledger Stones in Kent churches

Mary HAWKINS 1713  Boughton-under-Blean, St Peter & Paul Church

The medallion is 21⅞inch in diameter and is cut in high relief on a blue ledger stone 78inch x 39inch in the north Chapel.

Arms: Ar. On a saltire sa. five fleurs de lis, or. For HAWKINS of Nash Court impaling ar. a cross engr. Sa. between four torteaux for CLAYTON.

Here lyeth ye Body of Mary the wife of Thomas HAWKINS Esq. & Daughter of Richard CLAYTON of Lea-Hall in Shropshire and of Margaret GOWER his wife. She died in 1713 and had born five children. Mary Magdalene married to Cha. WESTON Esq.; her two eldest sons died within the year & are buried in ye same Grave. She was aged 34. John who has the paternal Estate & Edward-Thomas who enjoys ye Gower Estate of Colmers in Worcestershire taking yt Name. In her life rebuilt the Mansion House of Nash. She was a Woman of great prudence to perpetuate ye Memory of hr Vertues Her husband has caused this stone to be laid in the year 1748. He being there in ye 72d year of his Age and & expecting (soon) to be in the same grave.

Rubbed July 1930 by Nicholas Eyare Toke

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