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Monumental Inscriptions of St Mary the Virgin Church, Chatham - recorded by D. E. Williams 2012

Section A - South & West walls of Church Yard

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

1.   Headstone

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

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

2.   Headstone

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

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

3.   Headstone

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

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

4.   Headstone

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

 

5.    Headstone Illegible

6.    Headstone

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

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

7.   Headstone

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

 

8.   Headstone

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

 

9.   Headstone   Illegible

10.   Headstone

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

 

11.   Headstone

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

 

12.   Headstone

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

 

13.   Headstone

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

 

14.   Headstone   Illegible

End of the South Wall

 

West Wall of Churchyard  (South to North)

15.   Headstone

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

 

16.   Headstone

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

 

17.   Headstone   Illegible

18.   Headstone

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

A Cashier: (Consistory Court of Rochester Will)

19.   Headstone

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

 

20.   Headstone

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

 

21.   Headstone

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

22.   Headstone  Illegible

 

23.   Ledger

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

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

24.   Headstone   Face to wall !

 

25.  Headstone

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

 

End of the West Wall

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