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Monumental Inscriptions of St Peter & St Paul Church, Aylesford  - recorded by D. E. Williams

Section B   All that area West of the Church and North to the North West
                           corner of the Vestry

48.   Headstone, Badly Flaked

IN
MEMORY OF
SUSANNAH ADAMS
[L]A[TE] [OF] ROCHESTER
[WHO DIED] [AUG]UST [    ] [1842]
[ AGED 75 YEARS]

Susannah Adams, died 1842, was in the previous year, living at St. Catherine's Hospital Alms House, Rochester. (1841 Census)

49.   Headstone

TO THE MEMORY OF
WILL. APPS OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED YE 9th OF JAN.
1747 IN YE 60th YR OF HIS AGE
LEFT ISSUE BY ELLENOR HIS
WIFE 1 SON & 4 DAUGHTERS
THO. ELIZ., MARY, ELLENOR
& HANNAH

50.   Eroded Headstone and Slab

[SACRED]
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
MARGARET WIFE OF
SAMUEL ARNOLD [WHO DIED] [AUGUST] [    ]
[1821] AGED 46 YEARS
[LEFT ISSUE] [    ]
GEORGE, MARY AND ELIZA
ALSO THE ABOVE SAMUEL ARNOLD
WHO DIED OCTOBER [    ] 1843
AGED 62 YEARS

George Arnold, died 1843, was a Grocer. His P.C.C. Will is dated 8th April 1843.
   To son George, his 6 freehold cottages and 3 acres of plantation land at Nash, in the parish of Ash near Sandwich; his leasehold dwelling house and garden, in Aylesford, he now occupies; plus 3 leasehold cottages adjoining, for remainder of term.
   Personal estate to son George. Son George and son in law William Douglas Hewitt of West Cowes, Isle of Wight, Brewer and Coal Merchant, executors.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: John Wagon of Aylesford and Jno. Cole, Solicitor of Maidstone.
   Proved 25th October 1843

51.   Curbs

North Side
ELIZABETH AUSTIN WHO DIED 5th JANUARY 19000 AGED 69 YEARS

South Side
JOHN AUSTIN DIED DECEMBER 1915 AGED 87 YEARS

John Austin, died 1915, a Shipwright of 30 High Street, Aylesford (1881 Census)

52.   Headstone and Body Stone

ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HANNAH BOURNE A NATIVE OF ASTLEY
IN WORCESTERSHIRE WIFE OF
THOMAS BAILEY OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED FEBRUARY THE 3rd ? 1832
AGED 60 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE 3 SONS AND 1 DAUGHTER VIZ.
JOHN, THOMAS, RICHARD AND MARIA
ALSO THE ABOVE THOMAS BAILEY
WHO DIED APRIL THE 27th 1834
AGED 63 YEARS
ALSO RICHARD SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED FEB. 24th? 1830 AGED 37 YEARS

53.   Headstone

ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HENRY BATH
WHO DIED SUDDENLY ON SUNDAY
THE 1st OF APRIL 1787
AGED 34 YEARS
"Ye Fair, ye Gay, ye Generous and ye
Brave,
Who each in turns behold the Silent
Grave,
With thoughts Immortal to yourselves
Recall,
How Great a Moment when a moment's
All,
Blest with that thought your
Wretchedness Deplore,
Nor Trust to Time, when thought can be
No More"

54.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
RALPH & MARY BINSKIN
OF THIS PARISH
HE DIED [   ] JAN. 17[2]4 AGED [   ] YEARS
SHE DIED [   ] DEC. 17[4]2 [AGED [   ] YEARS]
ALSO HENRY SON OF
RALPH & MARY BINSKIN
WHO DIED THE [   ] FEB. 1748
AGED 38 or 58 ? YEARS

55.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH JANE BINSKIN
DIED NOV. 24th 1927
WILLIAM HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
DIED MARCH 16th 1905
ELIZABETH THEIR DAUGHTER
DIED JULY 18th 1906
THOMAS THEIR SON
DIED JUNE 14th 1922

William Binskin, died 1905, was a Barge Builder, living in Brewer Street, Maidstone in 1901 (Census).

56.   Small Headstone


JOHN BONNIWELL, DIED 1695, SON OF JAMES AND MARY

HERE LIETH YE BODY OF JOHN
SON OF JAMES BONNIWELL &
MARY HIS WIFE WHO
DEPARTED THIS LIFE MARCH
YE 20th DAY 1695 AGED 23 YEARS
[Verses Half Eroded]

57.   Eroded Headstone


JAMES BONNIWELL, DIED 1708, AND MARY BONNIWELL, DIED 1696
COMPARE THIS EXPOSED SIDE TO THE REAR (NEXT PICTURE)

HERE [LIETH]
IN HOPE OF A JOYFUL
RESURRECTION YE BODY OF
JAMES BONNIWELL DIED
YE 19th DAY OF MARCH 1708
AGED 75 ? YEARS
HERE ALSO LIETH YE BODY OF
MARY [BONNIWELL WIFE OF]
JAMES BONNIWELL WHO DIED
[   ] [DECEM]BER 169[6]
[AGED] [  ]0 YEARS

Rear
HERE ALSO LIETH
JAMES SON OF JAMES
& MARY BONNIWELL
WHO DYED IN YE YEAR
1709
AGED 31 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE ONE SON
NAMED JAMES

James Bonniwell, died 1709, was a Grocer of Aylesford. His Rochester Will is dated 18th January 1705/06
   To son Thomas the house he lives in and other properties near by, occupied by Robert Vinter and Henry Holland?, for ever.
   To grand children, Mary and Elizabeth Bonniwell, daughters of son William, 20/- each. To grandson, James Bonniwell, son of son James, deceased, 20/-. To kins woman Elizabeth Duning ?, "that dwelleth with me", 20s.
   Residue, including stock in trade, "shares and parts of hoyes or vessels", to son Thomas, who is executor.
   Signs with a mark.
   Witnesses: Edward Baldock, John Farncom and Robert Taylor
   Proved April 1709

58.   Headstone and Foot Stone, Flaked

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
SUSAN DAUGHTER OF
[WILLI]AM JACKSON [OF] CLAPHAM
[AND] [W]IF[E] [OF] [    ] B[RADLEY]
[WHO DIED AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 1869]
[AGED 55 YEARS]
ALSO
MARTHA B[RADLEY] ?
[WHO DIED 1871]
[AGED 80 YEARS]

59.   Eroded and Broken Headstone


REAR OF THE JOHN BRIDGLAND, DIED 1777, FAMILY HEADSTONE
WHICH IS VERY BADLY ERODED, THIS IS THE GOOD SIDE !

IN MEMORY OF J[AMES SON OF JOHN]
AND ELIZABETH BRIDG[LAND]
OF THIS PARISH WHO DIED JULY THE [    ]
1753 IN THE 4th ? YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO JOHN THEIR SON DIED MARCH
THE 12th 17[5]4 IN THE 18th YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO SAMUEL THE SON OF THE ABOVE
[WHO DIED] JAN. 1760 IN THE 27th YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO MARY DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
[    ]
[    ]

Rear
[IN] MEMORY OF
[SAR]AH BRIDGLAND
WHO DIED 7th OF MAY 1763
IN THE 20th YEAR OF HER AGE
ALSO ELIZTH. WIFE OF
JOHN BRIDGLAND DIED
OCT. YE 13th 1770 AGED 68 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE JOHN BRIDGLAND
DIED THE 23rd OF NOVEMBER 1777
AGED 73 YEARS

John Bridgland, died 1777, was a Farmer of Aylesford. His P.C.C. Will is dated 9th April 1773
   To daughters Hannah and Elenor, 700 each. To grandson, Simon Rouse, 200, to be put out to interest until he is 21. If he dies before 21, then the 200 to above daughters.
   To Abraham Webb, "a bill of work, money and settery ?" and interest on bond of 200. Residue to his two daughters, equally.
   Simon Rouse, Butcher and William Turner, Blacksmith are executors, for each of them, 10gns.
   To the Minister to preach funeral sermon, 1gn.
   Witnesses: William Green, J. Shepherd and J. Cooke
   Proved 12th January 1778

60.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARIA THE BELOVED WIFE OF
[THOM]AS BROOMF[IELD]
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN J[ESUS]
SEPT. 28th 1871 AGED 24 YEARS
"My Life's a Shade, my Days,
A Pace to Death's Decline,
My Lord is Life, He'll Raise,
My Dust again, even Mine,
Sweet Truth to Me, I Shall Arise,
And with these Eyes my Saviour See"
"Father, I will that they also whom Thou
Hast Given Me be with Me where I Am"
John XVII 24

61.   Small Headstone and Slab

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGINA BURTON
DAUGHTER OF
CAPTAIN THOMAS AND
CATHERINE J. BURTON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 1st DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1827
AGED 2 WEEKS & 6 DAYS

62.   Small Headstone

IN EVER LOVING MEMORY
OF
OUR DEAR SON
EDGAR ISAAC BUSS
WHO LOST HIS LIFE WHILST BATHING
19th JULY 1900 AGED 13 YEARS
"Therefore be ye also Ready"

Edgar Buss, died 1900, was the son of Thomas of Eccles, a Boiler Maker's Labourer (1891 Census)
His Inquest was reported in the Kent Messenger:
  
"DROWNED WHILE BATHING. --- Mr T. Buss, County Coroner, held an inquest at the Chequers Inn, on Saturday, respecting the death of Edgar Isaac Buss, aged 13, son of Thos, Ed. Buss, skilled labourer, at Eccles, who was drowned in the Medway at Aylesford while bathing with other lads. Mr Ballard was foreman of the jury. The father stated that he had cautioned deceased about bathing in the river. There was no doubt that the boy wanted to be able to swim like his elder brother. Hubert Oliver, the son of an Eccles grocer, stated that he and deceased and another boy named Wallis, entered the river on Thursday afternoon some distance above Aylesford bridge. Witness could swim and so could deceased, a little. About ten minutes after they had been in the water, witness heard the deceased cry out "Help ! Help !". He and Wallis tried to reach him , but could not. Witness saw him go under three times. By the Coroner: Witness and other boys had bathed at the same place before. He should think deceased was seized with cramp.
   Walter Hadlow, bargeman, of Cook's Wharf, Rochester, stated that he dragged for the body for a considerable time on Thursday night. On the following morning he found deceased on a mud bank, resting on his hands and knees about 20 yards from the place where the boys had been bathing.
   Dr Fiske proved that death was due to suffocation by drowning, there being no marks of violence on the body.
   A juror suggested that the Coroner might ask the Navigation Company to take steps to prevent boys from bathing in the river. Mr Buss, however, said he was afraid that if he made such a representation to the Company it would have very little effect.
   The jury then returned a verdict of "Accidentally drowned ""

63.   Eroded Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE CARTER, WIDOW
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE [ ] OF JULY 1821
AGED 70 YEARS

Jane Carter, died 1821, was the widow of John, a Farmer. Her P.C.C. Will is dated June 1821
   100 left to her by her late husband's will, to her two brothers, Edward and Richard Farmer, shared equally. If they are dead then to their children. Clothes and other property to her niece, Frances Carter.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: William Eveleigh and William Knowles

64.   Small Headstone


MARY COVILL, DIED 1707. THE UPPER PART WAS, PRESUMABLY, LEFT
BLANK FOR HUSBAND JOHN, BUT NEVER USED

(Top Half Left Blank)
HERE LYETH YE BODY OF MARY
COVILL THE BELOVED WIFE OF
JOHN COVILL WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE [   ] OF DEC.
[1707] IN THE [   ] YEARE OF
---------------Ground Level-----------
HER AGE [ LEFT ISSUE ]
[    ] DAUGHTER ELIZABETH

John Covill of Aylesford. Rochester Will dated 29th August 1724
   To servant maid, Hannah Randall, 10, "besides what I am indebted to her"
   To his daughter Elizabeth Middleton, a parcel of land in Aylesford, which he purchased from Sir Charles Sidly, for life. After her death, to her daughter Elizabeth, if she dies without children, then to William Covill of Boxley and to his son William, for ever. Daughter Elizabeth is executor.
   Signs with a mark
   Witnesses: mark of Nicholas Figg, mark of Arthur Harvey and William Peen
   Proved August 1725

65.   Headstone

IN MEMORY
OF
THOMAS JACKSON CRISPE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPTEMBER 22nd 1849
IN THE 54th YEAR
OF HIS AGE
"Prepare to meet thy God for ye know
Not what hour the Lord calleth ye"

Thomas Crispe, died 1849, of Apoplexy (Register)

66.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
ELIZABETH DELVE
BORN JUNE 25th 1822
DIED NOVEMBER 25th 1901

Elizabeth Delve, died1901. In 1901 Census, a visitor at Mount Pleasant, Aylesford, in the house of John Humphrey a carpenter. She was born in Chatham.

67.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
ANN DICKS
WHO DIED [   ] OCT. 17[52]
AGED 20 YEARS
"While in this World I did Remain,
My Latter End was Grief and Pain,
Till God did Please to make me Blest ?
And took me to a Place of Rest"

Rear
URSULA LAMBATH
DIED SEPT. 12th? 1794
AGED 66 YEARS

Ann Dicks and Ursula Lambath, died 1752 and 1794, were sisters. Ursula Dicks married Joseph Lambert at Aylesford in 1762.

DOWD see STUART

68.   Headstone, Broken, Partly Eroded, Close to South West Gate


ELIZABETH EASTON AND DAUGHTER, ALSO ELIZABETH, BOTH DIED 1727
I HAVE TEMPORARILY REPLACED THE BROKEN FRAGMENT,
AND HAVE USED CHALK TO HIGHLIGHT THE INSCRIPTION.

H[ERE LIETH THE BODY]
OF E[LIZABETH EASTON WI]FE
OF [THOMAS EASTON]
W[HO DEPARTED TH]IS
[LIFE ON THE [    ] DAY OF J]ULY
[1727 AGED [ ] YEA]RS
ALSO THE BODY OF ELIZ.
DAUGHTER OF THE SAID
THOS. & ELIZ. EASTON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
29th ? OF OCT. 17[2]7 AGED
[1] YEAR & SIX MONTHS

69.   Small Headstone and Slab


THOMAS FARNCOMB, DIED 1692

HERE LIETH THE BODY
OF [THOM]AS FARNCOMB
SON OF [JOH]N FARNCOMB
WH[O] DEPART]ED THIS
LIFE [    ] OF MAR.
169[2] [AGED [    ] YEARS]

John Farncomb, Yeoman of Aylesford, father of Thomas, died 1692. No monument for John but Rochester Will dated 24th June 1719.
   To grand children John and Elizabeth Fletcher, all pewter and linen, equally.
   To John Farncomb his 2 gold rings "I had at the burials of Sir John Banks and Mr Caleb Banks". Also to    John all his properties in Aylesford occupied by James Taylor, Thomas Cook , Thomas Goodman and --------- Woolett, for ever; chargeable with an annuity of 5 for Elizabeth Farncomb for life.
   Residue to his grand children, James, John, Augustine, Thomas and Robert Taylor equally shared.
   Mr Thomas Haunch of Chatham and Mr Henry Knowles of Birling, executors.
   Witnesses: Thomas Tomlyn, Elizabeth Watts and James Smedley.
   4th August 1722 Thomas Haunch renounces administration of will

70.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr THOMAS FORDHAM
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
SEPTEMBER 25th 1859
AGED 49 YEARS

71.   Headstone


JOHN FOWL, DIED 1704, AND ANN FOWL, DIED 1707

HERE
LYETH THE
BODY OF JOHN FOWL
WHO DYED YE 2[ ] DAY OF
AUG. 1704 AGED ABOUT
50 ?YEARS
HERE LYETH ALSO ANN
DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND
ELIZ. FOWL WHO DIED YE 20th
DAY OF DEC. 1707 AGED
16 YEARS

72.   Cruciform Coped Stone

South Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF JANE THE WIFE OF THOMAS FRANKLYN
ALSO THE ABOVE THOMAS FRANKLYN WHO DIED 3rd MARCH 1877
AGED 78 YEARS

East Side
OF COBTREE
THOMAS PAIN FRANKLYN
BORN 9th DECEMBER 1845
DIED 11th OCTOBER 1893

North Side
WHO DIED XXXI OF MARCH MDCCCLX AGED LVI
AND OF SARAH DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE, WIFE OF J. MONSON SHAW
OF ROWE PLACE WHO DIED XXVIII OF SEPTR. MDCCCLXXXVII AGED XLV

Sarah Shaw, died 1887, was the wife of John Monson Shaw, a Farmer of 160 acres, employing 7 men and 2 boys (1881 Census)

Thomas Franklyn, died 1877. Mayor of Maidstone 1840 and 1846. Wine Merchant of Maidstone (1871 Census)

73.   Large Headstone and Two Body Stones

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN FRENCH
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
APRIL 18th 1847 AGED 56 YEARS
ALSO PHOEBE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
JOHN FRENCH
WHO DIED JANUARY 12th 1864
AGED 71 YEARS
WILLIAM SON OF
JOHN & PHOEBE FRENCH
WHO DIED JUNE 22nd 1839
AGED 5 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS
CHARLES THEIR SON
WHO DIED MARCH 11th 1842 AGED 13 YEARS

John French, died 1847, Victualler of "The George", Mill Hall, (Pigot's Directory 1840)P.C.C. Will dated 13th April 1847
   Jesse Perrin of Aylesford, Farmer and Joseph Bateman of Aylesford, Grocer, are executors and trustees.
   To executors, 1,600 at 3% Bank Annuities; part of stock in joint names of himself and wife Phoebe, upon trust. Wife to have dividends for life. After her death, the same stock shared equally between sons, Henry and Edward.
   All his interest and term in public house in which he lives at Mill Hall and house contents and residue of above stock, to son Henry.
   To son Edward 3 properties in Aylesford Street, occupied by William Meopham, Charles Copper and Ann Belton, for ever. Also to Edward 700 in the Branch Bank, Maidstone; insurance policy of 500 in the Kent Life and Fire Assurance Office, Maidstone, and all bonuses.
   Debts owed to him by son Henry and all other ?real estate to trustees.
   Residue of real and personal estate shared equally between sons for ever.
   Witnesses: Silas Norton, Solicitor, Town Malling and William South Norton, Gentleman, same place
   Proved 17th May 1847

74.   Large Ledger, Was Completely Covered in Ivy

IN MEMORY OF
HENRY FRENCH
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER 12th 1873 AGED 51 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST 22nd 1867 AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO OF
ELIZABETH ANN GODFREY
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MAY 30th 1889 AGED 37 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE 7 CHILDREN
ALSO OF EDWARD FRENCH
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVEMBER 19th 1890
AGED 40 YEARS
"Precious in the Sight of the Lord is the
Death of his Saints"

Henry French, died 1873, was a Coal Merchant (1861 Census)

Edward French, died 1890, son of above, was a Carpenter (1881 Census)

75.   Headstone

TO THE MEMORY
OF
HARRIET FROST
WIFE OF
CHARLES FROST
WHO DIED DEC. 2nd 1852
AGED 28 YEARS
ALSO JOHN FROST
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 18th 1853
AGED 18 MONTHS

76.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
PETER LONG FRY
LATE OF FORDINGBRIDGE ? IN THE COUNTY
OF HANTS.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE MAY 22nd
1818
AGED 47 YEARS

77.   Eroded Headstone

[HERE LIETH]
[THE BODY OF]
[THOMAS] [FRY]LAND
[WHO DEPARTED] THIS LIFE
[MAY [    ] ] 1735
AGED [    ] [YEARS]
[LEFT] ISSUE ONE [SON] & ONE
[DAUG]HTER THO. & MARY

78.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE WILLIAM FULLER
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER 25th 1869
AGED 40 YEARS
LEAVING A WIDOW AND SEVEN
CHILDREN
"In the midst of Life we are in Death"
ALSO RUTH SARAH
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVEMBER 17th ? 1869
AGED 5 YEARS
ALSO
GEORGE JOHN THOMAS FULLER
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 3rd 1937
AGED 85 YEARS
AND OF JULIA WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 29th 1939
AGED 85 YEARS

George Fuller, died 1869, of the "George Inn", (1855 Post Office Directory)

79.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN GREEN
WHO DIED OCT. 17th 1842 AGED 87 YEARS
ALSO SARAH HIS WIFE WHO DIED
FEB. 11th 1843 AGED 76 YEARS
LEFT THREE SONS AND TWO DAUGHTERS
(VIZ.) JOHN, WILLIAM, ABRAHAM,
MARY AND CATHERINE

80.   Headstone and Curbs

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR DEAR SON
SIDNEY GREEN
DIED 28th FEBY. 1906
AGED 19 YEARS
"In the midst of Life we are in Death"
ALSO OF SARAH ANN GREEN
MOTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 10th FEBY. 1925
AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO OF WILLIAM GREEN
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 4th MAY 1942
AGED 94 YEARS

GREEN see GREGORY

81.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
EDWIN GREGORY
DIED 7th JUNE 1905
ALFRED GREEN
DIED 14th AUG. 1954
ALSO ALICE GREEN
DIED 11th MARCH 1967
"Re-united"

Edwin Gregory, died 1905, Chalk Labourer of Burham? (1901 Census. Aged 22)

82.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF MARY DAUGHTER OF
GEORGE AND ANN GROOMBIDGE
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 28th OF OCTOBER
1818 AGED 18 YEARS
[12 Lines of Verse Half Eroded]

83.   Large Ledger, Badly Flaked, Covered by Ivy

IN MEMORY OF
Mr JOHN HALL
OF LITTLE BUCKLAND, MAI[DSTONE]
WHO DEPARTED TH[IS LIFE]
FEBRUARY 20th [1866]
AGED 80 YEARS
AND OF ANN HIS[WIFE]
WHO DIED APRIL [    ] [1844]
AGED 59 YEARS
ALSO
TO THE MEMORY OF
JANE
WIFE OF EDWARD [HALL]
BUCKLAND, MAIDSTONE
DIED MAY 4th 1860 [AGED 37 YEARS]
LEAVING [    ]
TO DE[PLORE HER LOSS]

John Hall, 1866, Farmer.
In 1841 Salesman of Buckland, Maidstone (Census)
1851 Farmer of 140 acres at Little Buckland, employing 10 labourers (Census)

84.   Ledger and Loose Tablet, Badly Flaked, Covered in Ivy and Next to Above

IN MEMORY OF
JAMES HALL
OF COURT LODGE, AYLESFORD
WHO DIED AUGUST THE 29th 1871
AGED 65 YEARS

James Hall, died 1871, Farmer
1841 Salesman of Buckland
1851Farmer of 300 acres at Court Lodge, employing 13 labourers (Census)
1861 Still at Court Lodge, 340 acres, employing 14 men and 4 boys, he is "Deaf" (Census)

85.   Tablet

ALSO OF
MARY ANN HALL
NIECE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JULY 17th 1923
AGED 81 YEARS

86.   Headstone

[SACRED]
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
RICHARD HOSMER
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED [    ] JANUARY 1835
AGED 8[0] YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM HOSMER
WHO DIED FEBRUARY [    ] 1815
AGED 6[8] YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH HOSMER
WHO DIED JUNE [ ] 1817
AGED [67] YEARS

87.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
Mr WILLIAM HUBBARD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 21st OF MARCH
1803 AGED 58 ? YEARS
LEFT A WIDOW ONE SON & FIVE DAUGHTERS
ALSO ELIZABETH HUBBARD
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
THE 16th OF AUGUST 1822 AGED 22 YEARS
ALSO MARY HUBBARD
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED JUNE 20th
1841 AGED 82 YEARS
CHARLES COPPER
BORN FEBRUARY 8th 1793
DIED APRIL 29th 1863

William Hubbard, died 1803, Victualler. P.C.C. Will dated 19th March 1803
   He is "very sick and weak". To wife Mary, who is executor, 320, which is in the hands of Stephen Page Seager of Maidstone; she to receive interest as it becomes due.
   To wife business and all household goods, for life; if their youngest child is still a minor at her death, the 320 to remain out at interest, which is to be used for the maintenance of the youngest children.
   When of age, the 320 shared equally among those children "born in lawful wedlock", viz. Sarah. Thomas, Mary, Harriett, Ann and Eliza Hubbard.
   Signs with a mark.
   Witnesses: John Perrin and George Cutbath
   Proved 24th March 1804

Charles Copper, died 1863, was a Grocer, retired by 1851 (Census)

88.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
JOHN THE SON OF
EDWARD AND MARGARET HUMPHREY
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOV. 16th 1866
AGED 27 YEARS
"He was cut down in his Bloom,
And lies beneath the Sod,
Thou art travelling to the Tomb,
Prepare to meet thy God"
ALSO OF GEORGE THEIR SON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE DEC. 12th 1868
AGED 21 YEARS
EDWARD HUMPHREY
BORN MARCH 6th 1801 DIED AUG. 20th 1877
MARGARET HUMPHREY
BORN AUG. ---- 1805 DIED JULY 1st 1895

John Humphrey, died 1873, was a Carpenter, lodging in Maidstone (1861 Census)

Edward Humphrey, died 1877, father of above, was a Carpenter (1861 Census)

89.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
HANNAH
RELICT OF THE LATE
Mr JONES
OF ALDGATE, LONDON
WHO DIED IN THIS VILLAGE
DECEMBER 29th 1847
AGED 76 YEARS
"Deeply Lamented"

90.   Headstone and Foot Stone (*Dates and Ages not Cut)

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE KEMSLEY OF THIS
PARISH WHO DIED [   ]*
AGED [    ]* YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH KEMSLEY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED [    ]*
AGED [    ]* YEARS
ALSO GEORGE THEIR SON
WHO DIED JULY 21st 1862
AGED 30 YEARS
ALSO JOHN THEIR SON
WHO DIED [    ]*
AGED [    ]* YEARS
"Blessed are the Dead,
Which Die in the Lord
They Rest from their Labours"

Foot Stone (*No Dates Cut)
G. K.*
E. K.*
G. K. 1862
J. K.*

91.   Double Headstone


HENRY KENNIT, DIED 1710, AND SARA KENNIT, DIED 1697

HERE
LIETH ALSO THE
BODY OF HENRY 

KENNIT, HUSBAND
OF THE [ ABOVE ?] 
[         ]
[         ]
[WHO DEPARTED YS]
LIFE THE [19th ]
OF SEPTEMBER 1710
AGED 81 ? YEARS
HERE LIETH YE BODY
  OF SARA WIFE OF
HENRY KENNIT WHO
 DIED MAY YE 15th ? 1697
AGED 71 YEARS

Henry Kennit, died 1710, Husbandman. Rochester Will dated 9th September 1709

Robert Bayley, Carrier of Rochester and John Chapman of St. Margaret's, Husbandman, are executors, they to pay debts, to James Fortton ?, Husbandman of Buckland, 40; to Nicholas? Palmer of Mill Hall, 30.
   Robert Bayley to have 20 and John Chapman, 16.
   To Margaret Chapman, feather bed in his chamber, quilt and 5 blankets and bolster. Any money left after payment of debts to his mother for life, then to his brother and sister.
   "There is a Cribe?, which is called Lady Ken--?, which is actually Margaret Chapman's" Also to Margaret 20.
   Goods and stock and movables to be sold to pay debts, and "the part that I have ? in the land" to be sold to pay debts.
   Witnesses: mark of Thomas Plastow, James Lashenden?and Mary Hamdon?
   Proved 28th September 1710

92.   Small Headstone

[HERE LIETH]
THE BODY OF
NICOL[AS K]NO
WLDE[N W]HO
DEP[ARTED T]HIS
LIFE THE [   ] DAY
OF JANUARY
LMI ?[ ]    [A]GED
[    ]
(Died 1683)

93.   Double Headstone


THOMAS KNOWLDEN, DIED 1730, AND ANN KNOWLDEN, DIED 1726

[HERE LIETH]
[THE BODY] OF
[    ] THO.
[KNOW]LDEN
SENR. [W]H[O] 
DEPARTED
THIS LIFE
[OC]TR. YE 20th
[1730] AGED
[    ] YEARS 
HERE LIETH
  THE BODY [OF]
  ANN WIFE OF
  THOMAS
KNOWLDEN
SENR. WHO DEPARTED
  THIS L[IFE]
  JAN. [    ]
  172[6] A[GED] [    ]
YEARS


NICHOLAS KNOWLDEN, DIED 1683

Nicholas Knowlden, died 1682,(3) Yeoman of Aylesford. Rochester Will dated 16th January 1682 (3)
   To brothers Edward, Anthony and Heugh, 5 each. To cousin John Knowlden, son of brother Edward, his house in Bearstead, occupied by William Eagels. Brother Edward to have rent until John is 21 years, then to John for ever.
   Rest of houses, leases, lands and goods, to brother Thomas for ever, on condition that he pays debts and legacies, Thomas is executor.
   Also to Thomas all land he holds in reversion and his rights and title to land in Hollingbourne, now in contest with Hammerson.
   Witnesses: James Taylor, Mary Noy? and Augustine Taylor
   Proved 1st February 1682 (3)

LAMBATH see DICKS

94.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
LOUISA LEGOOD
WHO DIED 10th MAY 1902
AGED 73 YEARS
ALSO OF WILLIAM LEGOOD
WHO DIED 16th JULY 1902
AGED 72 YEARS

William Legood, died 1902, a Locomotive Stoker in 1891 and Night Watchman in 1901 (Census)

95.   Small Headstone, Oldest Legible Monument in Churchyard

HERE
LYETH
THE BODY
OF THOMAS
MADGIN WHO
DEPARTED THIS
[LIFE] [    ]
[APRIL] 1680
AGED 63 YEARS

Thomas Madgin, died 1680, a Tailor; Churchwarden c. 1652, name on Church bell of that date
   We know Madgin was a Tailor because of a extraordinary accusation against his wife in 1656. The following is from the West Kent Quarter Sessions records in the Kent County Archives (Ref: Q/SB 1656)

The informacion of Jane Webbe, the wife of John Webbe of Aylesford, butcher, taken upon oath this 28th day of February 1655 (1656) George Duke, Magistrate
   Who saith upon her oath that her said husband, John Webbe, came home on Tewesday night last and said he was poysoned by Jane Madgin, the wife of Thomas Madgin of the same, taylor, who gave him poyson in a cup of beere and this informate further sayeth upon her oath that the said John Webbe hath kepth his bedde since and hath been very ill and that throughout Tewesday night he vometted a great deale.

Statement of Ellen Gervase, widow of Aylesford:
   Who saith that on Tewesday night last shee being at Mrs Margaret Thorroughgood's house, Jane Madgin came in and presently after came in John Webbe, who called for a pott of beere and dranke of it to Mrs Thorroughgood who dranke to Jane Madgin and shee to John Webbe a who[le] little pott of beere and then shee the said Jane Madgin filled the said little pott with beere and gave it to John Webbe and as soon ashe had dranke the beere in the said little pott he cryed out presently he was poysoned, whereon this informate said to him "Give me the pott", and shee looked into it and said "There is a foule peece of worke between you for here is poyson in the pott" and then this informate carryed the said little pott away which is the pott shee bought to me and saith upon her owne knowledge that the white stuffe therin is white mercury and that is the stuffe that was in the pott when shee tooke it out of John Webbe his hand.

Statement of Jane Madgin:
   Who confesseth that on Tewesday night last shee was at Mrs Margaret Thoroughgood's house in Aylesford aforesiad having heard the widow Gervace, her voice there, and after shee had sett downe by the fier a while came in John Webbe of the same, butcher and called for some beere and dranke to her and other in the company and shee the said Jane Madgin dranke to him and filled the pott with beere and gave it into his hand and he after a little while holding it in his hande dranke and as swoone as he had dranke poured some of the beere upon the ground and swore there was poyson in the pott, there was white mercury in it. Upon which Ellen Gervace, the widow, being there in company desired to see the pott and this examnate desired likewise to see it but they refused to lett her looke into it, but the said Ellen Gervace said there was something that was white in it and then the said Gervace or John Webbe carryed the pott away.
   The said examinatt further saith that about a fortnight since shee bought a pennyworth of rattsbane of Mr Henden but having broken the paper in her pockett soe as some of the rattsbane mingled among the reasons of the same that were in the same pockett, she flung the said reisons and rattsbane but saith shee told noebody of this her doing, only tolde her childe shee had lost the plums and further saith that she bought the rattsbane to kill mice.

Statement of Mr John Henden, Apothecary of Maidstone:
   Who having seen the white stuffe that was left in the foresaid little pott wherein John Webbe had drunke saith that he cannot positively say but doth beleeve that it is arsnicke commonly called rattsbane and further saith that within three weeks last past he sold unto Jane Madgin one pennyworth or two of rattsbane and further saith not.

Jane Madgin was indicted for a misdemeanour (not attempted murder), a summons was issued, but no more is known, except that John Webb was bound over, charged with being a common drunkard and using threatening words against Thomas Madgin!

96.   Headstone

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ALFRED EDWARD MAY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
23rd DECEMBER 1920
AGED 65 YEARS
ALSO ELLEN MAY
HIS LOVING WIFE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
25th DECEMBER 1909
AGED 50 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM STEPHEN MAY
THEIR SON OF THE 4th ? DRAGOON GUARDS
KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE
15th APRIL 1918 AGED 33 YEARS
"We cannot Lord thy Purpose See,
But All is Well that's done by Thee"

97.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ELIZABETH MILES
THE WIFE OF
DAVID MILES
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT. 21st ?
1818 AGED 40 YEARS
[Eroded Verses]

98.   Headstone and Ledger

IN MEMORY OF
PETER MOORE OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 29th OF JANUARY
1827 AGED 80 YEARS
ALSO MARY WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 19th OF JUNE 1783
AGED 37 YEARS
LIKEWISE RACHEL THEIR DAUGHTER
WHO DIED THE 6th OF FEBRUARY 1800
AGED 25 YEARS
ALSO HESTER SECOND WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 3rd OF JULY 1813
AGED 49 YEARS

Ledger
BENEATH THIS STONE
LIETH THE REMAINS OF
WILLIAM SON OF THE
ABOVE NAMED PETER MOORE
WHO DIED 17th NOVEMBER 1867
IN THE 71st YEAR OF HIS AGE
"There the Wicked cease from Troubling,
And there the Weary be at Rest"
ALSO SARAH ANN
WIDOW OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 19th APRIL 1875
AGED 78 YEARS

Peter Moore, died 1827, "Gentleman" in his P.C.C. Will dated 20th July 1823
   George Cutbath, School Master of Aylesford, Peter Moore, his son , a Gardener of Barking and son William Moore, Gardener of East Ham, executors and trustees.
   To his children, Peter, Elizabeth wife of William Heath, Labourer, John, William and Mary wife of Jesse Perrin, Gardener, all his ready money, securities, etc., equally. To daughter Mary, household furniture, goods, stock, etc., "for her good attendance and kindness to me" He empowers her to transact all business and to receive money owing.
   Wishes to be buried seven foot deep by the side of his last wife Esther and a "headstone and body stone may be placed by my executors to the memory of myself, my late wives and children"
   Witnesses: Mary Cutbath and Thomas Fordham
   Proved 24th April 1827 Power reserved to Peter Moore

99.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
EDWARD OAKLEY
WHO DIED THE 20th OF FEBRUARY 1820
AGED 77 YEARS
ALSO MARY HIS WIFE
WHO DIED THE 6th OF JUNE 1825
AGED 76 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF
THE ABOVE EDWARD AND MARY
OAKLEY WHO DIED THE 24th OF JUNE
1799 AGED 22 YEARS
LEFT ISSUE 2 SONS AND 4 DAUGHTERS
VIZ. EDWARD, JOHN, ANN,
MARY, MARIA AND PHEBE
LIKEWISE OF FANNY WIFE OF
JOHN OAKLEY
WHO DIED THE 21st OF MARCH 1821
AGED 36 YEARS

100.   Ledger on Ground Level, Near to Above

BENEATH THIS
STONE LIE THE REMAINS OF
JOHN OAKLEY
WHO DIED DEC. 15th 1853
AGED 71 YEARS

John Oakley, died 1853, and his brother, Edward, died 1864, were both retired Paper Makers (1851 Census)
   John is described as a "Gentleman" in his P.C.C. Will dated 28th May 1845
   All real and personal estate to brother Edward, who is executor.
   Witnesses: Silas Norton, Solicitor of Town Malling and Benjamin George, his Clerk
   Proved 20th February 1854

101.   Ledger on Ground Level, Next to Above

BENEATH THIS
STONE LIE THE REMAINS OF
EDWARD OAKLEY
WHO DIED MAY 3rd 1864
AGED 84 YEARS

102.   Coped Stone

South Side
[IN MEMORY OF]
THOMAS MILLEN OLIFF
BORN JANUARY 24th 1816 DIED JANUARY 9th 1887

North Side
ALSO ESTHER WIFE OF
THOMAS MILLEN OLIFF
DIED DECEMBER 2nd 1902 AGED 88 YEARS

103.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM PAGE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
JANUARY 15th 1871
AGED 82 YEARS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF
SARAH PAGE
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WILLIAM PAGE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST 8th 1869
AGED 80 YEARS

William Page, died 1871, a Carpenter (Pigot's Directory 1840, Maidstone & Environs Directory 1850)

104.   Small Headstone

H[ERE] [LYETH]
[YE BODY OF]
[JOHN]
SON ? [OF JOHN ?]
PALM[ER] [WHO DIED]
THE 6th ? [OF AUGUST]
1693 A[GED] [    ] [YEARS]

John Palmer, died 1693, possibly son of John Palmer, Yeoman Farmer.

105.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
HENRY JAMES PEARCH
DIED MAY 17th 1868
AGED 25 YEARS

Henry Pearch, died 1868, the White Smith at Tunbridge Wells?, son of William, Beer House Keeper; mother born Aylesford (1861 Census)

106.   Headstone

IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS OBEE PEARCH
DIED JANUARY 17th 1871
AGED 69 YEARS
ALSO OF MARY PEARCH
DIED SEPTEMBER 23rd ? 1842
AGED [39] YEARS

Thomas Pearch, died 1871, was a Stone Quarry Labourer (1861 Census)

107.   Headstone

IN MEMORY
OF
REBECCA WIFE OF
PETER MOORE PERRIN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MARCH 24th 1860 AGED 43 YEARS
"Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye
Think not the Son of Man Cometh"
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
PETER MOORE PERRIN
DIED MARCH 30th 1906
AGED 83 YEARS
"Absent from the Body, Present with the Lord"
ALSO REBECCA PERRIN
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
DIED [1923]
[AGED 77 YEARS]

Jesse Perrin, died 1861, a Farmer (Post Office Directory 1855)

Peter Moore Perrin, died 1906, a Farmer (Kelly's Directory 1882)

108.   Headstone, Top Half Completely Eroded

ALSO THE BODY OF WILLIAM (PETT)
THEIR SON WHO DIED THE [    ]
OF AUG. 1787 AGED 36 YEARS

William Pett, died 1787, possibly son of William Pett, Blacksmith

109.   Headstone, Under Tree

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
AVIS WIFE OF JOHN PHILLI]PS]
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AUG. 15th
1864 AGED 21 YEARS
AND WITH HER LAST BREATH SANG
"Jesus Lover of my Soul,
Let me to thy Bosom Fly,
While the nearer Waters Roll,
While the Tempest still is High,
Hide me O my Saviour, Hide,
Till the Storm of Life be Past,
Safe into the Haven Guide,
O Receive my Soul at Last"
"Reader, you have a Soul that must Reign in Heaven,
Or Rage in Hell, See ye to it"

John Phillips, wife Avis, died 1864, was a Labourer in Chalk Works (1871 Census)

110.   Double Headstone


SIMON PURLIS, DIED 1703, AND ANN PURLIS, DIED 1707

HERE
LIETH THE
BODY OF ANN
PURLIS DAUTHER
OF DANIEL PURLIS 
SEN. OF ROVES
WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE YE 10th 
DAY OF JUNE
[17]0[7] AGED
[    ] YEARS
 HERE LYETH
  THE BODY OF SIMON
  PURLIS SON OF
  DANIEL PURLIS
OF ROUES WHO
  DEPARTED THIS

LIFE YE 12th OF FEB.
1703 AGED 25
  YEARS LEFT
  ISSUE ONE SON &
  ONE ? DAUGHTER

Daniel Purlis, father of Ann, who died 1707, and Simon, died 1703, was probably a Farmer of Rowes Place Farm? Roves on headstone. There is no surviving monument for Daniel Purlis.
Daniel Purlis, Miller of Maidstone, left a P.C.C. Will dated 26th November 1726, proved 23rd March 1727.

111.   Inscribed Body Stone There are two other Body Stones in Section B, but with no Visible Inscriptions

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
OF ANNA SUSANNAH
THE BELOVED WIFE
OF
WILLIAM RANDALL
OF MAIDSTONE
DIED DEC. [    ] 1851
AGED 5[4] YEARS

Anna Randall, died 1851, was the wife of William Randall, a Brewer, in Maidstone. She was born in Darlington (1851 Census)

112.   Headstone

ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY OF
RICHARD SAMSON
WHO DIED 21st FEBRUARY 1877
AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO ELIZA WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 8th JANUARY 1855
AGED 49 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH HIS SECOND WIFE
WHO DIED 22nd FEBRUARY 1874
AGED 56 YEARS
ALSO AUGUSTA DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
RICHARD & ELIZA SAMSON
WHO DIED 18th SEPTEMBER 1915
AGED 75 YEARS

SHAW see FRANKLYN

113.   Coped Stone on High Stone Base, Large Slab, Vault Entrance


HENRY SIMMONDS, DIED 1883, AND FAMILY
TO THE LEFT IS THE LEDGER OF HENRY FRENCH, DIED 1873,
AND FAMILY, THE IVY WHICH COVERED IT, FRESHLY PEELED OFF

South Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY JANE WIFE OF HENRY SIMMONDS
OF THE FRIARS IN THIS PARISH
WHO DIED 7th JANUARY 1867 AGED 48 YEARS

North Side
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
HENRY SIMMONDS
OF AYLESFORD HOUSE, HERNE HILL, LONDON
WHO DIED JUNE 17th 1883 AGED 67 YEARS
[ Verse ? ]

East Side
SACRED
TO THE MEMORY
OF
ALGERNON SON OF
HENRY & MARY JANE SIMMONDS
WHO DIED 16th ? MARCH 1869
AGED 21 YEARS

Henry Simmonds, died 1883, Coal Merchant, Simmonds, Hunt and Flint, Medway Wharf and Maidstone (Post Office Directory 1855)

114.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
Mr JOHN SMITH
SURGEON OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED MARCH 23rd 1820
AGED 62 YEARS

John Smith, died 1820, Surgeon of Aylesford. His P.C.C.C Will is dated 15th March 1820
   All his estate to wife Elizabeth, including debts owing to practise, for her lifetime. After his wife's death shared equally between his daughters, Harriet Elgar and Jane Smith.
   Also the sum Mr Wickham is to pay into the business at the expiration of the term of 4 years from the commencement of their partnership.
   Witnesses: George Groombridge, Edward Poss and Thomas Lake
   Proved 2nd October 1820

115.   Headstone

TO
THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM STREETON
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST 22nd 1847
AGED 59 YEARS
"Mine Own and not Other's Eyes,
The King shall in his Beauty view,
I shall from Him receive the Prize,
The Starry Crown to Victory due"
CHARLOTTE STREETON
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JULY 4th 1853
AGED 64 YEARS
"Blessed are the Dead that Die in the Lord"

William Streeton, died 1847, Bricklayer/Builder (Pigot's Directory 1840) P.C.C. Will dated 6th July 1847
   All real and personal estate to wife Charlotte, who is executor.
   Witnesses: Charles Scuddamore, Solicitor, Maidstone and John Wagon, Schoolmaster, Aylesford.

Charlotte Streeton, died 1853, widow of William. Mrs Streeton, Butcher in 1850? (Maidstone & Environs Directory) P.C.C. Will dated 28th May 1853
   To son Thomas all the bricklaying tools and material she has at time of her death.
   To daughter Susanna Goden, household furniture, plate, linen, china, books and clothes.
   To executors, upon trust, leasehold property in Bull Lane, in Aylesford; after paying rent and necessary repairs, to be divided equally between son son and daughter Susanna.
   Residue to Susanna, who together with John Wagon is joint executor.
   Witnesses: Elizabeth Heal and John Good

Affidavit dated 22nd August 1853
   John Good, Gentleman of Aylesford, sworn that he is one of witnesses, and he and Elizabeth Heal, widow, witnessed will together on 28th May 1853
   Proved 25th August 1853. Power reserved to John Wagon

116.   Headstone

IN
MEMORY OF
Mr DANIEL STUART
LATE OF MAIDSTONE WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE 2[ ] OF JULY 1791
AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO ELIZABETH WIFE OF
THE ABOVE DANIEL STUART
DIED THE 17th OF JANUARY 1807
IN THE [    ] YEAR OF HER AGE
LIKEWISE HARRIET WIFE OF
LIEUT. DOWD 21st ? DRAG[OONS]
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED
THE 4th OF APRIL 1827
AGED 65 YEARS
ALSO THE REMAINS OF THE ABOVE
LIEUT. JAMES DOWD OF THE
1st ROYAL VETERANS BATTALION
DIED THE 20th OF NOV. 1831
AGED 60 YEARS

Daniel Stuart, died 1791, Hop Merchant of Maidstone, (Register), P.C.C. Will dated 21st December 1790
   Appoints nephew Archibald Morton, Merchant of Wellingborough, Northants, and friend John Seager, Brewer of Maidstone, executors.
   To wife Elizabeth annuity of 70 for life, out of several properties in or near Rochester, in occupation of Israel Levi and others, and from interest of money in Public Funds, sufficient sums transferred to executors and wife, in trust, with rents of properties to pay annuity.
   This annuity taken in lieu of any dower rights she may be entitled to by the customs of Kent. To wife all household goods and effects in house which were hers at time of marriage. She to have use of all other household goods. After her death, goods to residue of estate.
   To Ann Stuart, and Agnes, wife of John Morrison, the daughters of late brother John, 100 each.
   To James Stuart, illegitimate son of James, late son of brother John, 300, to John Stuart, another son of James, 3500 at 21 years.
   To Robert Clark who married late Jane Stuart, daughter of late brother Robert, 10. To their son Alexander Stuart, 500. To their daughter ------- Stuart, 30. To Rev. William Stuart son of late brother Charles, 40. To Janet Stuart, daughter of brother Charles, 40. To Mary Stuart wife of William Williams, daughter of late brother David, 20. To Ann Stuart another daughter of David, wife of ----------- ? annuity of 7 for life.
   To Janet daughter of Archibald Morton of Westmuir, near Glasgow, and sister of executor Archibald Morton, 50.
   To child/children of late Agnes Morton, wife of Walter Rankin, another sister of his executor, Morton, 100, shared equally at 21.
   To Jane Stuart daughter of his brother John, annuity of 6 for life. To George and Samuel Wilkins, sons of his wife, Elizabeth, and to Rev. Mr Relph, Minister of the Dissenting Meeting he attends in Maidstone, if he is Minister at time of his death, 20 each
   To executor John Seager 10 for mourning and to the poor of Dissenting Meeting, 5 shared as executor thinks fit.
   To Donald Russell, son of Ann Morton by husband James Russell, 50 at 21, in meantime, interest to his maintenance and education.
   To Kitty and Harriett Wilkins, daughters of his wife Elizabeth, 30 each, within 12 months of death of wife.
   To James Wilkins, son of wife, interest of 60 for life. After his death the 60 to his siblings.
   To William and Charles Morton sons of executor, his interest in properties, late the estate of Sir Edward Austen, Bart., and Dame Susanna, his wife, given to John Amherst, Esq., since purchased by Daniel Stuart, and his share of other freehold and leasehold estates of the late Sir Edward Austen, since purchased by Stuart. Also to William and Charles, his share of property in Bearstead, late belonging to John Kenteins?, of Bearstead, for ever, interest from the property for their maintenance and education, until 21 years.
   To executors properties in Rochester occupied by Israel Levi and other properties in Rochester, chargeable with annuity of 70 to wife. Residue to Archibald Morton.
   Witnesses: Edward Argles, Week Street, Maidstone, John Masters, Carpenter, Maidstone and Jno. Roffe, Attorney of Maidstone

Codicil dated 12th January 1791
   Had given wife household goods for life, he now revokes this. Now gives all household goods except bureau and bookcase in his bedroom with the books, and plate in house; she may sell rest of goods. Rest of will stands.
   Witnesses: John Seager and Jno. Roffe
   Proved 3rd August 1791. Power reserved to John Seager.

James Dowd, died 1831, former Soldier, Lieutenant 1st Veterans Battalion, of Hook Wood Cottage, Maidstone. His P.C.C. Will is dated 25th October 1831
   His friends, George Hubbard of Maidstone, Post Master and Simon Nicolls, Esq., of Lougford, County of Lougford, Ireland, are his executors and trustees.
   His property to be sold and proceeds added to other money, including that in Maidstone Savings Bank; this devolves to George Hubbard because he is resident in Maidstone.
   To 2 sons and daughter of late sister Winifred, Mrs Manaway of Castlereagh, 20 each.
   To 2 daughters of late brother, John Dowd, of the Scotch Quarters near Lougford,,20 each.
   To the 5 daughters of Hugh Lee by his sister, Margaret,20 each.
   Remaining money to be placed in the Long Annuities until death of Hugh Lee and sister Margaret. The half yearly dividends to be paid to the Lees to "enable them support so large a family". After the Lees die, annuities to be sold, proceeds divided between the Lees 3 sons. To his executors 5 each.
   Witnesses: James Lowry, Surgeon of Maidstone and George Hubbard, Junior, Hatter of Maidstone
   Proved 1st February 1832
   Executors have renounced administration. Granted to Hugh Lee and James Lee, representing Margaret Lee, now resident of Soran Coid near Lougford.

117.   Headstone

Front
Extremely Eroded
[SACRED]
[TO THE MEMORY OF]
WILLIAM STUBBERSFIELD
[                                            ]
[                                             ]
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE]
[MAY] 1789 [AGED [ ] YEARS
[Eroded Verses]]
HANNAH [WIFE OF THE ABOVE] WILL.
[STUBBERSFIELD WHO DIED]
[ [   ] JUNE 1792 AGED [69] YEARS]
[                                             ]
[                                             ]
[                                             ]
HANNAH ?[                         ]
[                                             ]
[THOMAS STUBBERSFIELD]
[WHO DIED OCTOBER [ ] ]
1815 AGED 10 YEARS & 9 MONTHS

Rear
IN MEMORY OF
THOMAS STUBBERSFIELD
WHO DIED THE 7th OF APRIL 1816
AGED 55 YEARS
[                   ?                    ]
[                   ?                    ]
ALSO SARAH STUBBERSFIELD
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED THE 14th OF JULY 1817
AGED 21 YEARS

William Stubbersfield, died 1789, Thomas Stubbersfield, died 1816, were father and son, both Watermen of Maidstone. Thomas and his brother, William, also a Waterman, who died in 1780 (P.C.C. Will), were Freemen of Maidstone by virtue of birth from William, senior.

118.   Low Medieval Stone Coffin Type, Cross in Relief

South Side
EDWARD KYNASTON SUMMERFIELD DIED SEPT. 22nd 1830
JOHN SUMMERFIELD BROTHER OF THE ABOVE DIED MARCH 22nd 1817

East Side
AGED 59 YEARS
AGED 40 YEARS

North Side
CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH HIS WIFE DIED JUNE 13th 1863

West Side
AGED 79 YEARS

Richard Knyaston Summerfield, died 1830, Gentleman. P.C.C. Will dated 29th January 1825
   Wife Charlotte Elizabeth and friends Richard Phillips of Brompton, Carpenter and Builder and Henry Morris of Aylesford, Surveyor, are executors, trustees and guardians.
   To wife, for life, 2 houses in Aylesford, occupied by Mrs Mary Charlton, widow and ---------- ?, and house on west side of Stone Street, at foot of Gabriel's Hill, Maidstone, occupied by David ------- ?; house in Sandgate, and land of 8 acres "upon the hill", in Burham occupied by George Pope; 4 new cottages in Burham occupied by William Taylor and others; his half of 4 acres at Rocky Hill in Maidstone occupied by Isaac Bradford; income to be used for his childrens' support and education until 21. Wife to keep all property in good repair.
   After her death to children in equal shares, for ever, subject to annuity of 30 to his good friend Mary Gibbons. Provision made for his wife in lieu of any further claims. Son Richard by former wife, Catherine, is entitled, under his great grandfather's will, (Thomas Evernden), a house and farm lands in Langley occupied by Robert Cullow. To son Richard, his 2 houses in the "Bowling Alley", in Aylesford, occupied by the Misses Barnes and Daniel Spong; and 11 cottages and carpenter's shop and yard, in the "Bowling Alley", for ever.
   If Richard dies before 21 with no heirs, property to be shared among children by his wife Charlotte.
   To friend Mary Gibbons of Sutton Valence, Spinster, debts owed him by , if she survives his wife. She to have annuity of 30 for life, charged upon his properties, after her death to her children.
   To servant James Tomand?, annuity of 10 for life, out of personal estate.
Residue to wife, son Richard and all his children equally.
   Witnesses: William Farr of Aylesford, Alexander Mc Micken of Aylesford and Charles Hoar, Solicitor, Maidstone

Codicil
   Richard Phillips, executor, has since died. Daniel Barnes of Aylesford, Gentleman, appointed in his place. To Daniel Barnes and Henry Morris, 19gns. each for their trouble.
   Witnesses: William Beale, Solicitor, Maidstone, Brandsby William Powys and William Morris, his Clerks.
   Proved 20th January 1831 Power reserved to Daniel Barnes.

119.   Grey Stone Chest Tomb, (One of Group of Three)


CHEST TOMB IN BACKGROUND, AUGUSTINE TAYLOR, DIED 1699
LEFT, DENNIS TAYLOR, DIED 1702, RIGHT, PROBABLY TAYLOR

East Side
[HERE LYETH] THE BODY OF AUGUSTINE
[TAYLOR SON OF Mr] JOHN TAYLOR WHO
[DEPARTED THIS LIFE NOVEMBER [ ] 1699]
[AGED [45 ?] YEARS]

Augustine Taylor, died 1699, Gentleman Rochester Will dated 20th August 1698
  To sons John and Augustine his dwelling house, barns, stables, outhouses, oast house, lands and properties on them, amounts to 100 acres in Aylesford. Also part of the Common called Aylesford Common, with all rights, purchased from Sir John Sidly, Bart., subject to an annuity of 20, charge on properties by late father, John, to such person or persons by an Indenture of Settlement , to him and his wife before their marriage.
   To sons John and Augustine,for ever, land of 23 acres called Kitts Cote House, and one piece called the Cams, adjoining latter, about 15 acres.
   Another piece of land called Burham Shott, of 24 acres adjoining Kitts Cote House, and Lower Lanhham of 5 acres, adjoining lane leading to the Warren, and another called Upper Langham, of 7 acres, adjoining Warren House.
   Also Warren House, with barn and land of 50 acres, with Common rights, all in Aylesford and Burham, occupied by the testator and Henry Fletcher. Also cottage in Wouldham Street, Wouldham. His sons to pay from latter 20s per annum to poor of Aylesford and 10s to poor of Meopham, according to the will of his grandfather James Taylor.
   To son James house and garden, orchard in Wouldham occupied by John Keble, purchased of Francis Harris, for ever.
   His nephew, Augustine Taylor, for the consideration of 40, already paid to him, has agreed to convey a house in Aylesford, occupied by John Field and widow Hackett, assigned to him by nephews, John , James and Thomas Taylor brothers of Augustine (who is a minor), are bound to him in sum of 80. Property conveyed to son James, or his executors, in trust for James. Also to James, the obligation that his nephews are bound in.
   His wife, Mary, shall convey to herself property in Halling, occupied by George Musye?, for her life; after her death to son James; also to James annuity of 10 from his dwelling house and land belonging, during the life of his wife.
   To daughter Elizabeth a woodland called Pottkin Wood of 25 acres in Aylesford, adjoining Burham Common to the south. She is to release executors from 100 charged on the woodland by his late father John's will. She also gets 150 at 21 years, in meantime interest for her maintenance.
   To son John 100. To son James 50 to be invested for his benefit until he is 21.
   To poor of Aylesford 40s.
   Residue to sons John and Augustine, equally.
   Wife Mary and father in law John Tomlyn executors.
   His "loving kinsmen" Robert Taylor and Thomas Knowlden are Overseers.
   Witnesses: [      ] Tayler, mark of Ann Knowlden, John Taylor and Robert Taylor

John Taylor, died 1694, Yeoman P.C.C. Will dated 10th September 1691
   To poor of Aylesford 40s.
   To grandchild Mary daughter of late James Taylor, 200. To sister Susanna Palmer who lives in his house, 5. Residue of personal estate to son Augustine who is executor.
   To son Augustine his house, with barns, stables, hop houses and 100 acres in Aylesford; part of Aylesford Common, purchased of Sir John Sidley, Bart., also land of 23 acres called Kitts Cotthouse, another 15 acres, adjoining called the Cams; another of 24 acres, adjoining, called Burham Shott, in Aylesford and Burham; another of 5 acres called Lower Laughamton, in Aylesford, to a lane at the gate called Warren Gate; another of 7 acres called Upper Laughamton, adjoining Warren House; also Warren House and barn and land of 50 acres, with Common rights, occupied by James Paine; house in Wouldham Street in Wouldham; out of latter Augustine to pay 20s to poor of Aylesford and 10s to poor of Meopham, as laid out in will of his father, James Taylor. These properties to Augustine for ever.
   He also gets Pottkin Wood of 24 acres in Aylesford adjoining Burham Common, Augustine to pay from this wood to Elizabeth Taylor, Augustine's daughter, 100 at 20 years. If she does not get the 100 she can distrain wood until she gets enough rent to cover the 100. After 100 is paid wood to Augustine for ever. To grandson James Taylor, for ever, house and orchard called Hubbards late occupied by John Chowning; another house with barn, garden and orchard, occupied by Richard Archer, both in Aylesford. In Snodland, a house with barn stable, orchard and 2 pieces of land of 4 acres, with Common rights, occupied by John Taylor, and 1 piece of reed land of 3 acres, on Snodland side but in Burham parish, occupied by ------- Row, it adjoins reed land of Sir John Banks, on the north and River Medway on the east; also land called Sawbins of 2 acres, adjoining land of Sir Charles Sidley, to the east and to land of Robert Edmunds to the west.
   To grandson James Taylor 2nd son of James Taylor,forever, woodland "on the hill" in Aylesford of 43 acres, called Impton Wood, adjoining land of Sir Charles Sidley, on north, and west, to land of of Sir Richard Head, on east; and 2 pieces of woodland called Tottentons Wood of 22 acres in Aylesford, to the lands of Sir Charles Sidley,on west, to Burham Common,on south.
   To grandson Thomas Taylor, 3rd son of James, forever, house called Blew Bell on the hill, with barn, stables, and land of 2 acres, 1 piece of arable adjoining Pottkin Wood, north and Burham Common, south, of 6 acres; and land adjoining two barns of 4 acres; and 1 piece of rough ground called Lady Land of 16 acres adjoining Pottkin Wood, and to the King's Highway, south; and 1 piece adjoining Lady Land, west and to Aylesford Common, east, of 3 acres; and piece called Heathy Field of 6 acres, adjoining land of Sir Richard Head, north and to Aylesford Common, to the east; and 3 pieces called Farneham Crofts, and 1 little orchard, total 4 acres, lying to Sir Richard Head's land, north and to wood called Impton Wood, west, the 4 acres occupied by John Fuller.
   To grandson Robert 4th son of James Taylor, forever, a house, barn stables and 40 acres of land in Scarrburrough Streete in Wouldham and Burham, occupied by John Watts.
   To grandson Augustine Taylor, 5th son of James, forever , 4 houses, gardens, orchards in Aylesford Street, occupied by Edward Goodman, William Winter, John Luck and lately by John Butler.
   Witnesses: James Judits?, James Callant and Robert Chambers
   Proved 7th February 1694

120.   Grey Stone Chest Tomb, Next to and East of Above

South Side
[HERE LYETH THE BODY OF]
DENNI[S] [WIFE OF JAMES TAYLOR] ?
[WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JUNE [ n   ] 1702]
[AGED [     ] YEARS]
(The third chest tomb, with much red brick, has no surviving inscription, possibly also of the Taylor Family ?)

121.   Headstone

ERECTED
BY INHABITANTS OF AYLESFORD
TO RECORD
THE NOBLE SELF SACRIFICE OF
HENRY TURNER
OF THIS VILLAGE
WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN THE ENDEAVOUR
TO RESCUE A CHILD FROM DROWNING
IN THE RIVER JUNE 14th 1866
HE DIED AGED 25
"In as much as ye have done it unto one of
The Least of these my Brethren ye
Have done it unto ME"

Henry Turner, died 1866, attempting to save William Fitzroy Keddell, age 2 (see Headstone in Section D)
   The Maidstone Journal reported the double tragedy.
   "AYLESFORD LOSS OF LIFE BY DROWNING. On Thursday last the village was thrown into great gloom in consequence of the sudden death of two of its inhabitants. The second son of W. F. Keddell, Esq., Surgeon, aged two years, was out with its nurse in a hay field adjoining the river, and whilst playing fell into the water.
   A young man named Henry Turner, aged 28, who was working some distance from the spot, perceived the accident and ran to the child's assistance. Turner jumped into the water and not being able to swim, soon sank.
   A boy on the opposite bank, seeing his danger, swam across and succeeded in bringing him to shore, but although every effort was made to restore animation, it was without avail, as life was probably extinct before he was taken out of the water.
   The child was drowned, and the body was not found till nine in the evening. The young man Turner was the sole support of his infirm parents, and his sudden death has left them unprovided for, but we are glad to learn a subscription is being raised on their behalf, and the Rev. W. J. Lawrence will be glad to receive any sum which may be subscribed for them."
   I wonder who the boy was who pulled Turner out? He deserved a medal !

122.   Very Small Tablet Leaning Against Page

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARY TUTCHENER
DIED 31st JANY. 1905 AGED 52
----------------Ground Level---------------
"I heard the Voice of Jesus say,
"Come unto me and Rest""
"Farewell to all I know on Earth, Adieu to those I Love,
My Spirit Hopes & Trusts to Dwell in that Dear Home Above"

Mary Tutchener, died 1905, was the wife of John, a Labourer, of the High Street.(1901 Census)

123.   Headstone

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
ROBERT WATERMAN
OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED JANUARY 16th 1856
AGED 33 YEARS
[Large Gap]
ALSO WALTER AND ANN WHO
DIED IN THEIR INFANCY

Robert Waterman, died 1856, was an Agricultural Labourer (1851 Census)

124.   Headstone


MARSHALL WEBB, DROWNED AT LONG REACH, NEAR GILLINGHAM, 1818
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE POOR CONDITION OF THE 18th AND 19th CENTURY
LIMESTONE HEADSTONES AT AYLESFORD. IN A FEW DECADES IT IS LIKELY
THAT THESE INSCRIPTIONS WILL BE COMPLETELY ILLEGIBLE

SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARSHALL TRIPLETT? WEBB
[LATE ?] OF BRENTFORD IN THE COUNTY
OF MIDDLESEX
WHO WAS UNFORTUNATELY DROWNED
IN LONG REACH NEAR GILLINGHAM
30th OF JULY 1818
AGED 34 YEARS

Marshall Webb, died 1818. Was he a relation of Thomas Webb, Blacksmith and Barge Builder, who appears in the the Aylesford section of the Maidstone & Environs Directory of 1850?

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